- attractive person: hi
- me: who put you up to this
I was able to go to Confession today. =]
May we live Jesus in our hearts forever!
Especially for those in my family..
Lord, have mercy.
Please pray for those finding the holidays difficult to deal with like those stressed, depressed, those who have nothing, and those who have no one to celebrate with.
A few days ago when I was driving home from school, I got a flat tire. While it was not exactly the peaceful drive home I expected after a long day of finals, I somehow found a reason to laugh.
Be it, frustrated laughter, exhausted laughter, or hysterical laughter, it was laughter nonetheless.
And if that weren’t strange enough, after laughing, I began to wonder how often the saints and prophets laughed.
Last weekend, I decided I’d reward myself for all my hard work this semester and bought a brand new Nintendo 3DS. The price tag? About $190.
I’ve never really considered myself a hardcore, competitive gamer by any means, however I’ve always found playing video games to be relaxing. They’ve always been a fun way for me to pass the time and unwind, especially during the rare occasion when I wouldn’t have homework to do over a weekend.. Or like now (since I’m on winter break now).
My understanding of playing video games (as far as the perspective of a Catholic young man goes) is that as long as it doesn’t lead you into sin (sloth, playing violent or suggestive video games, harms your prayer life, etc.) that it’s okay to play them.
So far, I’ve been able to maintain that kind of a balance.
But here’s where my dilemma starts.
I feel guilty for buying that 3DS. I really don’t want it to bring me away from Christ by any means, and I’m afraid that because I bought something rather expensive for myself, I’m being selfish. And I know I don’t want to be materialistic either.
Something tells me in my heart that if I truly want to follow Christ with all my heart, I should return the 3DS. Then again, I am reminded of St. John Bosco’s words that I should “enjoy [myself] as much as [I] like, only if [I] stay away from sin.”
I mean technically, I’m still a young man who needs time for rest and relaxation on a daily basis (apart from reading books, playing the guitar, playing basketball, and so on).
However, while I go to Mass daily and try to pray the Rosary everyday, something inside my heart also tells me that I must pray more. So of course, keeping that 3DS would probably not be the best thing to do in that perspective.
Okay, I realize that I’m just going back and forth on this. Advice would be appreciated.
(I blame reading St. Teresa’s books on detachment for this. :P)
When my mom heard the news that my grandma was dying in the Philippines about a year ago, she quickly took a plane to go see her in the hospital. When my mom arrived there, she noticed a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe at my grandma’s bedside. According to my auntie, she knew how much my grandma loved Our Blessed Mother and so she went home to get an image of her - and out of all of the images she could have chosen instead (Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Sorrows) - she chose Our Lady of Guadalupe.
For weeks, my grandma endured so many sufferings - pneumonia, UTI, respiratory failure, and stroke. And through those weeks, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe remained by her bedside.
When my grandma passed away, the funeral parlor she went to was named: Our Lady of Guadalupe Funeral Parlor. The funeral parlor was relatively far away from where my relatives lived, but my family was able to come in contact with a couple of seminarians who offered a place for us to stay, free of charge, that was just right across from the funeral parlor. The name? Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary.
After the viewing, on the morning of the next day, my family and I celebrated her funeral Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.
The most incredible part of this story?
While my grandma still lived with my parents and me here in California, she spent hours alone in her room in prayer. A particular statue was placed at the front of her room. Are you starting to get the pattern now?
It was a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Such an amazing story.. I might write a more developed post about this later, but I wanted to publish this one today in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day.
She’s truly such a beautiful and amazing mother who will watch over us and intercede for us, even at the hour of our death. (:
“Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.” - Elie Wiesel
In that case, I sure hope you find some soon.
All I did was try to explain why the Catholic Church believes what it believes, and explain what the point of that picture was. If you don’t agree with my beliefs or the teachings of the Catholic Church - that’s perfectly fine. I just ask that you be a little bit more respectful and tolerant of my choice and the choices of others to choose and defend life.
Isn’t that what you guys stand for, anyway? Choice?
It would be nice if you respect ours, as we respect yours.
Have a good day. =]
so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” —St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church (via radioteopoli)
I could sure use their intercession. :P
YOU AND ME BOTH!
St. Dymphna is the patron saint of mental problems and sleep walkers. Close enough?
I love St. Dymphna! She’s perfect, actually, since I do tend to get a little bit loopy when I don’t get enough sleep hahaha.
I could sure use their intercession. :P