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October 30th, 2010

Prayer For A Life Partner

Prayer for a life partner

Lord, You said that it is not good for us to be alone. You made us for each other. But Lord, I find it so hard to find that mate who would be a good spouse. Help me, Lord, to put this yearning for marriage in its proper place.

Lead me, Lord, to the one whom You choose for my spouse. While I wait for You to reveal Your Will in this matter, help me to know myself better. Help me to address those areas of my life which are disordered and which would interfere with my having a successful marriage. When my desire to find a spouse becomes all consuming, help me to relax and practice patience. Help me to invest in wholesome friendships which bring me closer to You and which will assist me in making such an important decision. It is so natural, Lord, to seek love.

Teach me to seek You first and to learn to give love before I try to receive it. Help me to remember that whatever journey this life leads me on, You are always present, always offering companionship, and always filling my deepest need. I offer You, Lord, my loneliness and my longing for marriage. I wait for You to lead me to Your perfect Will for me in this and all things. Amen.

I hope this is the perfect prayer for a life partner or spouse or marriage mate.

October 30th, 2010

ABC’s of Multiculture

ABC's of Multiculture

ABC’s to live in this multicultural world

A is for AWARENESS of those around us

B is for BEAUTY for all people

C is for CARING about each other

D is for DIGNITY that we all possess

E is for ETHNICITY of which we would be proud

F is for FEELING, important to us all

G is for GIVING of ourselves

H is for HOPE for a better tomorrow

I is for INTEGRITY, our standards tell so about us

J is for JOINTLY working together

K is for KNOWLEDGE which erases ignorance

L is for LOVE to be shared

M is for MANKIND, the entire human race

N is for NOBODY is unimportant

O is for OPTIMISM which enhances everyone’s life

P is for PROGRESS made toward understanding

Q is for being QUIET when asked

R is for RESPECT for oneself and others

S is for SELF-WORTH which we should never be without

T is for TOLERANCE toward others

U is for UNDERSTANDING different cultures

V is for VALUES learned along the way

W is for WEALTH gained by sharing our diversity

X is for X-RAY vision that helps us see the good in others

Y is for YOU. Make your life what you want it to be, forward and upward

Z is for ZEAL to appreciate a multicultural world

October 30th, 2010

Live Well to Die Well

Live Well to Die Well

The general rule, “that he who lives well, will die well,” must be mentioned before all others: for since death is nothing more than the end of life, it is certain that all who live well to the end, die well; nor can he die ill, who hath never lived ill; as, on the other hand, he who hath never led a good life, cannot die a good death.

The same thing is observable in many similar cases: for all that walk along the right path, are sure to arrive at the place of their destination; whilst, on the contrary, they who wander from it, will never arrive at their journey’s end.

They also who diligently apply to study, will soon become learned doctors; but they who do not, will be ignorant. But, perhaps, some one may mention, as an objection, the example of the good thief, who lived ill and yet died well. This was not the case; for that good thief led a holy life, and therefore died a holy death. But, even supposing he had spent the greater part of his days in wickedness, yet the other part of his life was spent so well, that he easily repented of his former sins, and gained the greatest graces.

For, burning with the love of God, he openly defended our Savior from the calumnies of His enemies; and filled with the same charity towards his neighbor; he rebuked and admonished his blaspheming companion, and endeavored to convert him. He was yet alive when he thus addressed him, saying: “Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done no evil” (Luke 23:40, 41). Neither was he dead when, confessing and calling upon Christ, he uttered these noble words: “Lord, remember me when thou shall come into thy kingdom.” The good thief then appeared to “have been one of those who came last into the vineyard, and yet he received a reward greater than the first.”

True, therefore, is the sentence, “He who lives well, dies well” and, “He who lives ill, dies ill.”

We must acknowledge that it is a most dangerous thing to deter till death our conversion from sin to virtue: far more happy are they who begin to carry the yoke of the Lord “from their youth,” as Jeremiah says; and exceedingly blessed are those, “who were not defiled with women, and in whose mouth there was found no lie: for they are without spot before the throne of God. These were purchased from among men, the first-fruits to God and to the Lamb.” (Rev. 14:4, 5.) Such were Jeremiah, and St. John, “more than a prophet;” and above all, the Mother of our Lord, as well as many more whom God alone knows.

This great truth thus now remains established, that a good death depends upon a good life.

– – – written by St. Robert Bellarmine

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