On Friday we had our first Summer with the Saints, being one of my favorite Saints and being on his feast day we did, St. Josemaria Escriva. We had some Spanish rice for snack, we watch cartoon movie "God's Footprints" , had a discussion on it and than we made a Children's prayer of St.Josemaria.
Friday, June 26, 2009
"The spirit of Opus Dei reflects the marvellous reality (...) that any honest and worthwhile work may be converted into a divine occupation. In God's service there are no second-class jobs, all of them are important. To love and serve God, there is no need to do anything strange or unusual. Christ bids all men without exception to be perfect as His heavenly Father is perfect. Sanctity, for the vast majority of men, implies sanctifying their work, sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it. Thus they can encounter God in the course of their daily lives."
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Be men of prayer; men of prayer; and men of prayer’.”
Since we are in the Year of the Priest... I give Thursday to be Priestly Thursday, where I will post about Priest and I ask you to do the same on your blog, posting something about Priest and their beautiful vocation! So that we can all learn and understand and love our dear Soldiers in Christ.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
A homily given by St. JoseMaria on 17 June 1966,
Let us realize all the richness hidden in the words "the sacred heart of Jesus." When we speak of a person's heart, we refer not just to his sentiments, but to the whole person in his loving dealings with others. In order to help us understand divine things, Scripture uses the expression "heart" in its full human meaning, as the summary and source, expression and ultimate basis, of one's thoughts, words and actions. A man is worth what his heart is worth...
To the heart belongs joy: "let my heart rejoice in your saving help" (Ps 12:6); repentance: "my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast" (Ps 21:15); praise of God: "my heart overflows with a goodly theme" (Ps 44:2) the decision to listen to the Lord: "my heart is ready, Lord" (Ps 56:8); loving vigilance: "I slept, but my heart was awake" (Cant 5:2); and also doubt and fear: "let not your hearts be troubled, believe in me." (John 14:1).
The heart not only feels, it knows and understands. God's law is received in the heart (Cf Ps 39:9) and remains written there (Cf Prov 7:3). Scripture also adds: "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34)." Our Lord reproaches the scribes: "Why do you think evil in your hearts?" (Matt 9:4) And, summing up all the sins man might commit, he says: "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander and blasphemy." (Matt 15:19)
When holy Scripture refers to the heart, it does not refer to some fleeting sentiment of joy or tears. By heart it means the personality which directs its whole being, soul and body, to what it considers its good, as Jesus himself indicated: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt 6:21)
So when we talk about the heart of Jesus, we stress the certainty of God's love and the truth of his commitment to us. When we recommend devotion to the sacred heart, we are recommending that we should give our whole self to Jesus, to the whole Jesus — our soul, our feelings and thoughts, our words and actions, our joys.
That is what true devotion to the heart of Jesus means. It is knowing God and ourselves. It is looking at Jesus and turning to him, letting him encourage and teach and guide us. The greatest superficiality that can beset this devotion would be a lack of humanity, a failure to understand the reality of an incarnate God.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
PrincessGirl is playing her group, a suzuki violin method. Shinichi Suzuki is the founder of the this method, he has this great book called, Nurtured by Love, The classic approach to Talent Education, I highly recommend to any parent is more than just about violin its about true love for a child. But here are a few of his thoughts,
" The only concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings."
"For the sake of our children, let us educate them from cradle to have a noble mind, a high sense of values, and splendid ability."
"A true artist is a person with beautiful and fine feelings, thoughts and actions."
He had a student that lived with him for the student's parents die during 2nd world war, and the boy convert to a catholic and Suzuki saw that he went to church every day and he told Koji, "Today you should go to church and play there before Christ. If you play with all your hear and soul, He will listen." When he came back, he said "It felt very good!" Suzuki said,
" Whenever you play, always think that Christ is listening to you. All right?"
This young men became the 1st non German to be the 1st seat Violin player on the German Orchestra and that is a big deal!
"Talent is not inborn, it has to be created."