land of the living

Brothers and sister: None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For this is why Christ died. and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Romans 14: 7-9

Sunrise at Cana, Edinboro Lake, Pa. No filter.

For life I choose thee now,

My pleasure, honor, friend,

Sole object of my vow,

Sole joy to which I tend.

For mercy’s sake, print, trace

Yourself upon my heart,

My arm, my forehead, face;

And not one blush will start.

Triumph of the Cross, St. Louis de Montfort – Stanza XXIX

hugs n’ blessings for all the times we choose to live life with the only purpose that truly matters!

sacramental life

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Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?

1 Corinthians 6:15

“Christ used the flesh and blood of Mary for his life on earth, the Word of love was uttered in her heartbeat. Christ used his own body to utter his love on earth; his perfectly real body, with bone and sinew and blood and tears; Christ uses our bodies to express his love on earth, our humanity.

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A Christian life is a sacramental life, it is not a life lived only in the mind, only by the soul; through the bodies of men and women Christ toils and endures and rejoices and loves and dies; in them he is increased, set free, imprisoned, restrained.

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grace always wins!

Fight-Flight-Freeze

Fight

But if you bite and devour one other, take heed that you are not consumed by one another. Galatians 5:15

Watching animals in the wild hunt, defend, and fight for territory can be brutal. We are not wild animals, but it might pay to stop and think about whether we are, at times, acting like them!

Surely, a quick glance scrolling through social media or watching the nightly news and it can become hard to differentiate between the person and the beast!

God doesn’t call us to be the judge of what others say or do, he wants us to have control of ourselves.

When we start to assume or say unkind things about people, it can be the start of an attack on character or a judgement of the way things are being done. Instead of being ready to attack or defend our territory, we should be quick to forgive, to try and understand others’ perspectives, and stay out of the danger of judgement.

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