Monday, January 16, 2017

Daily Thought For Jnauary 16, 2017

Kindness
   
 
How can I show kindness to others? 
 
GOD'S RESPONSE 
The way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. 
Colossians 1: 1 0 
 
Do for others what you would like them to do for you. 
Matthew 7:12 
 
I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God's people. Philemon 1:7
 
 Kindness is not a single act but a lifestyle. It is the habit of being helpful, encouraging, sympathetic, and giving-what you do for others that says, "I'm thinking of you." Even in confrontation you can be kind. You practice kindness in all you do and say, always treating others as you would want to be treated. When you do that, you bring great refreshment to everyone you meet and you honor and please the Lord. Your kindness today may pass on to many generations and leave a lasting impression on more people than you realize. 
 
GOD'S PROMISE 
Your own soul is nourished when you are kind. PROVERBS 11:17 
 
from The One Year Mini Devotional For For Men (September 18)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Daily Thought For January 15, 2017

Confidence In The Midst Of Conflict
   The Christian life is a spiritual battle. The charismatic experience of the Spirit does not place believers above or beyond the reach of this conflict but actually makes it more intense, because it makes us aware of living between two worlds, equally real but always in contention one against the other. The Spirit asks us to live “according to the Spirit” while we are still living “in the flesh.”
     The confidence that we enjoy in the midst of this conflict is such, thanks to the Holy Spirit, that it is not lessened even in the face of defeat. We read in the stories of the Desert Fathers of a certain monk who often, in the dark of night, gave way to sins of the flesh, but for all that he did not give up praying, and prayed with great intensity after every fall. Once, no sooner had he sinned than he got up and started praying the daily office, whereupon the devil, “astonished at his persistent trust,” appeared to him and asked whether he was not ashamed to appear before God in his present condition. The monk answered him, “I swear that I will not tire of asking God to help me against you until you stop your attacks on me, and we will see who wins: you, or God.” The story continues, “And the devil stopped tempting him from that very moment, because he saw that the temptations served only to increase the monk’s crown.”
from Come, Creator Spirit - Meditations on the Veni Creator by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa p.301

Friday, January 13, 2017

Daily Thought For January 13, 2017

        Don't Get Stuck On Past Failures

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
St. John XXIII

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daily Thought For January 12, 2017

NPD

I am making my way through a book someone recommended by Elanor D. Payson, M.S.W. called The Wizard of Oz And Other Narcisissists. 

I think a lot of politicians, musicians, and artists suffer from this disorder, although it is certainly not limited to those professions. 

The book provides excellent advise on how to deal with these types of people and how to establish clear boundaries in your relationships so they can't manipulate you and drive you crazy.

The essence of conversion in Christianity is precisely dying to all of these self-centered behaviors and to learn to live for God and others. 

Have a blessed day and don't follow the yellow-brick road when it comes to this! 😇

in Christ,
Fr. Jim 

Characteristics of Narcissitic Personality Disorder
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
  • Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
from The Wizard of Oz & Other Narcissists by Eleanor D. Payson, M.S.W.  p.21

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Daily Thought For January 11, 2017

Ask & You Will Receive
 
If we have good ideas or good desires but lack strength to put them into practice, we must present them to God with a firm hope that He will help us. Certainly, if we place all our confidence in Divine Goodness, the Lord will not fail to grant whatever is necessary to persevere in His service. 
 
St. Francis de Sales

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Daily Thought For January 10, 2017

Our Neighbors Bring Out Our True Character
Your neighbors will bring out your true character.
In the good they elicit good, in the wicked, evil. The proud cannot harm a truly humble person. Nor can an unbeliever shake the faith of someone who truly believes.  Their lack of faith will not diminish your faith, but rather strengthen it, if your heart is rooted in love of me.
In the same way patience, benignity, and kindness—if they are real and true—will blossom in the face of another’s envy, anger, annoyance, and hatred.
Indeed, it is often true that not only is your virtue proved when you return good for evil, but that when you reply to hatred and rancor in another’s heart with the coals of your own fiery love, their hatred will be extinguished.
Good can come from evil when you respond to evil with love and patience, with fortitude and perseverance, with endurance in the face of those who would turn you away from the love of me.
St. Catherine of Siena – from Set Aside Every Fear – Love and Trust in the spirituality of Catherine of Sienna

Monday, January 9, 2017

Daily Thought For January 9, 2017

Keeping Away From Anxiety
 
     Several times during the day, but especially in the morning and evening, ask yourself for a moment if you have your soul in your hands or if some passion or fit of anxiety has robbed you of it. Consider whether you have command of your heart or whether it has slipped into some disorderly passion of love, hatred, envy, covetousness, fear, uneasiness or joy. If you have gone astray, quietly bring your soul back to the presence of God, subjecting all your affections and desires to the obedience and direction of His Divine Will. Just as men who are afraid of losing a precious pearl hold it firmly in their hands, so we must keep a close watch on the precious pearl of our soul.
 
St. Francis de Sales