Every day we are called to praise, honor, and glorify God in everything that we do – through our words, actions, thoughts, deeds, and prayers. God gives us blessings each and every day. I want to thank God for sending so many people my way who I have been blessed to know since starting this blog. God has put you in my pathway for a reason. There is one person in particular who has been a tremendous blessing in my life and her name is SR. She runs the blog To Have Her Heart which I highly recommend following. I want to thank her for all of her prayers for my healing. Through her faithfulness, her love and devotion for both the Catholic faith, God, and Mary, she has inspired me to be better in my own faith life. She has sparked something in me that hasn’t been there since I attended Franciscan University – Love for the Catholic faith. I have always believed in the tenets of the Church but after I was betrayed so badly by certain powerful Church members I started struggling quite a bit in my faith and had this love-hate relationship with the Church. I have had this desire to truly love God and my faith with the fervor that I had before the betrayal occurred. I was gradually gaining back that love for His Church, but it was a slow bit-by-bit process until SR helped to open the floodgates into my soul and heart. Thanks to SR, I don’t just attend mass out of some sense of obligation to follow our faith but I do this out of genuine love for our Church and with also having a deeper love for God which has been restored in my heart and soul. This has helped me to praise and honor God in a more fitting and more meaningful way. Thank you for helping me to know God and deepening my faith, SR. God Bless.
Here is a prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas for ordering our lives wisely.
For Ordering a Life Wisely
St. Thomas recited this daily before the image of Christ
O merciful God, grant that I may desire ardently, search prudently, recognize truly, and bring to perfect completion whatever is pleasing to You for the praise and glory of Your name.
Put my life in order, O my God.
Grant that I may know what You require me to do.
Bestow upon me the power to accomplish Your will, as is necessary and fitting for the salvation of my soul.
Grant to me, O Lord my God, that I may not falter in times of prosperity or adversity, so that I may not be exalted in the former, nor dejected in the latter.
May I not rejoice in anything unless it leads me to You; may I not be saddened by anything unless it turns me from You.
May I desire to please no one, nor fear to displease anyone, but You.
May all transitory things, O Lord, be worthless to me and may all things eternal be ever cherished by me.
May any joy without You be burdensome for me and may I not desire anything else besides You.
May all work, O Lord, delight me when done for Your sake and may all repose not centered in You be ever wearisome for me.
Grant unto me, my God, that I may direct my heart to You and that in my failures I may ever feel remorse for my sins and never lose the resolve to change.
O Lord my God, make me submissive without protest, poor without discouragement, chaste without regret, patient without complaint, humble without posturing, cheerful without frivolity, mature without gloom, and quick-witted without flippancy.
O Lord my God, let me fear You without losing hope, be truthful without guile, do good works without presumption, rebuke my neighbor without haughtiness, and—without hypocrisy—strengthen him by word and example.
Give to me, O Lord God, a watchful heart, which no capricious thought can lure away from You.
Give to me a noble heart, which no unworthy desire can debase.
Give to me a resolute heart, which no evil intention can divert.
Give to me a stalwart heart, which no tribulation can overcome.
Give to me a temperate heart, which no violent passion can enslave.
Give to me, O Lord my God, understanding of You, diligence in seeking You, wisdom in finding You, discourse ever pleasing to You, perseverance in waiting for You, and confidence in finally embracing You.
Grant that with Your hardships I may be burdened in reparation here, that Your benefits I may use in gratitude upon the way, that in Your joys I may delight by glorifying You in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You Who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.
Shout To The Lord is one of my favorite contemporary Christian songs. One summer I attended classes, worked part-time for the summer conferences, and stayed in the dorm on campus. That was one of the best summers that I have experienced throughout my life. I can remember one day – I believe it was a Saturday – waking up to music at like 8 O’clock in the morning. At first I was thinking who is playing that music so loud this early in the morning? I was not alone in this thinking. As I listened to the words I could feel Jesus’ presence. He was with me. I had such a wonderfully awesome feeling. God woke me up because he wanted me to hear his voice, listen to him, and glorify him by listening to the music and listening to His words. I came to find out that the band was practicing for a conference which was being held over the weekend. The music carried a good distance from where the band was playing to the dorm. That is one of my most memorable moments from when I attended Franciscan University.