Good evening my dear amici (friends)!
I have not posted in a few days due to my family (my parents) visit this week, so I apologize for my absence. I have missed talking and sharing about our beautiful Catholic faith with you! It is such a blessing to chat about!
In today's reading from St. Paul to the Ephesians, I am reminded to take a look at my behavior towards others. As Catholics, we can use our simple every day behavior as a way to evangelize . . . just by our example! Now that's an easy place to start, isn't it? I need to continually ask myself the following:
Have I been kind to others or have I failed at times today?
Have I been compassionate towards others or have I failed at different moments?
Have I been forgiving of others or have I held on to wrongdoings and failed to forgive?
God certainly forgave me through His Son's death and resurrection? Why can't I do the same towards those who hurt me? Did I pray for those that have or are hurting me?
Do I do the best that I can each day to live in LOVE of others and try to imitate Christ?
Did I say something using impure, obscene, suggestive, or immoral words or thoughts?
Did I display greed, covetousness, jealousy, envy, pride, or idolatry in words and/or thoughts?
Did I encourage dishonesty, lack of integrity or ethics in my words and/or thoughts?
OR did I speak of and encourage the opposites of these ungodly behaviors so that I am more pleasing to my Heavenly Father?
Do I have a sense of fear, knowing that God not only has love for me (and you), but also has the ability for some mighty wrath and discipline for me (and you) when I (and you) am disobedient.
With God and His Son, I live in the LIGHT, and can better armor myself for the fight against a life of darkness and disobedience.
BEHAVE LIKE GOD AS HIS VERY DEAR CHILDREN. . . Eph 5:1
Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
Nor sits in the company of the rude and insulting,
But DELIGHTS in the LAW of the LORD
and MEDITATES on his law DAY and NIGHT. ~ Psalm 1
These are wise words to think upon this evening. I hope that yours is peaceful and restful. . .
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~