Friday, September 18, 2009


Reading in Mass today:
"What did we bring into this life? Nothing! What can we take out of the world? Nothing! So then, if we have food and clothes that should be enough for us.....For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." Timothy 6:2-12

This verse always grabs my attention and brings me to a screaching hault. The truth is the truth is the truth. I visualize my babies being born naked and helpless and then I visualize my loved ones who have gone before me lying in bed helpless through their sickness and suffering. I think of the excitement and labor pains of bringing new life into the world and then I think of the sorrow and hurt of watching a casket being lowered to the ground as you say good bye to someone you love so dear. There is no way around God's design of life and death. We all (I am very guilty) get so caught up in the here and much money we want to make, what kind of home we want to live in, what big promotion we are working towards, what vacations we want to take, what wardrobe we dream of having, and the list goes on. If you think about it, it is quite disgusting. All that truly matters is living your faith and keeping your eyes fixed on eternity. What is going to get you into the gates of heaven? What is going to let you have that moment of seeing Jesus face to face? What is going to let you live in Paradise? Not the "things" of this world, but your love, sacrifices, acts, and faith will be the true riches that you need to build up to help you live forever.

As parents, we have so many important lessons to teach our is overwhelming if you think about it. One very important lesson is just teach them to live for the spirit and not the things of this world. To give them less materialism and more love. To not always be preaching the gospel but live it. To sacrifice our selfish desires for their gain. Live not as the world tells you to live but live as Jesus tells you to live and in turn our children will be better people because of it. So then, as your casket is being lowered to the ground, your children and loved ones who you leave behind will have a better chance on the highway to heaven because of you and the work you did on of love, sacrifice,charity, faith.....riches that will live on for generations to come.

God Bless your Friday! Have a wonderful weekend.

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