Aug 7, 2020

TOUGH DEMAND

“Stay fit and healthy” is everyone’s mantra, but the demand is tough in attaining it, which means shedding off excess fat, doing regular exercise, strict diet, good sleep, avoid stress and do things in moderation, but how moderate is moderation? The regiment of the prescription must be followed if you want the desired result for good health, though it’s a fact that things are easier said than done.

The same measure is true in our moral and spiritual fitness. Some people’s mood- swings are fast and frequent, for small matters their tantrums explode, for lack of patience and humility they turn furious and arrogant, for refusing to see the good side of things and people they despise and throw a barrage of criticism and when things don’t work to their expectation, they get mad and show attitude. Therefore, for people to respect and trust them, the demand for a change of behavior is a tough demand. Are you that kind of person? If so, you’re on your way to a lonely island alone with no friends. Change gears before it’s too late.

To live with integrity and credibility is a tough demand if you want your office or environment clean of corruption and deceit. In the midst of enmities and competition among members of an organization, reconciliation is a tough demand if peace is being fostered. Honesty is toughly demanded of you if you want your superior or colleagues to trust you. For your children to respect and obey you, showing a good example and loving them is demanded of you. Life is God’s most beautiful gift to us, and so to live happily and peacefully, it demands tough conditions among which is putting God in priority over our plans.

Carrying our cross, that is, bearing sacrifices and faithfulness to God is a tough demand of discipleship. To be great in the eyes of God, humility is a tough demand, for the Lord said; “ He who humbles himself will be exalted. “ (Luke 14:11). The Lord tells us to seek first his kingdom, and the rest shall follow besides, these and other words of God in the Bible will bring us peace and lead us to his Kingdom.

Commonly in praying, we tell God mostly about our problems and pains in life. We must also offer him our praises, gratitude, and worship, surrender to him our stubbornness, bad habits, our works, our families, our jobs, relationships and friendships. Let’s stop counting the things we’re missing, but thank him for his blessings.

Someone said that love is not what you say, but what you do. It’s time to just be happy. Being angry, sad and overthinking isn’t worth it anymore. Just let things flow and be positive. Never say mean words out of anger. Your anger will pass but your mean words can scar a person for life. So use kind words or be silent. If you commit a mistake, forget about it, just remember the lesson. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Beautiful things have dents and scratches and so is one’s beauty. If you see someone without a smile, give one of yours. A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not it’s built for. Lead a simple life. First, reduce your greed and then reduce your need. Amen on that folks!!

St. Faustina, “ Great love can change small things into great ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions.” ( Diary 303).

Come to our Healing Mass at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at san Vicente Church, Barrigada with the anointing of the blessed oil of San Roque and veneration of his sacred relic. There’s Confession before the Mass.

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy and the Holy Rosary for peace in our families and throughout the world.

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