Every Day is a New Chance to Live Your Life for God

If you asked most people today if they thought they were capable of being a saint they would likely say something along the lines of, “not a chance”. However, is it the mentality that prevents people from achieving greatness? An article I found today points out that may be the case, at least to an extent. The post is featured on Catholic Sistas and is titled, “The Road Not Take…A Path to Sainthood”.

In the post the author Michelle talks about how, “Saints are people who have tried their hardest to do the will of God, to become holy, to live a good life, and to be virtuous”. This is how most people view saints, and that is a correct way to look at it. There are saints that ended up being like the description above that didn’t begin that way. A lot of saints have interesting stories about their conversion from other religions or non-belief. Some saints even persecuted other Christians before they repented. People should remember that they have a new chance every day to live their life for God. This is something that goes largely overlooked, and I think the post brought my attention to that.

Keeping Your Spiritual Tools Sharp: Saint Anthony and His Lesson

We all know a little bit about Saint Anthony of Padua, like if you need help finding something you pray to him. His patronage is indeed of lost things, but there is another Saint Anthony too. Saint Anthony the Great or Saint Anthony of the Desert is not as well known as Saint Anthony of Padua, but he was just as impressive a person.  Anthony was from a privileged family, but he gave all that up to lead an aesthetic lifestyle. He spent most of his years living in a desert. So much can be learned about Saint Anthony through the writings of Saint Athanasius. Saint Athanasius wrote a book called The Life of Saint Anthony of the Desert and it explains what Saint Anthony learned throughout his long life (105 years).

A post on the Catholic Writers Guild site brought this title and the life of Saint Anthony to my attention. It seems that Saint Anthony learned how the devil tricks humans into losing their faith. He banks on the human imperfection and flaw to come through, and this is where we must not give in. Anthony discovered the best defense against this was to keep your ways of judging things sharp. Be able to discern between reality and perception, and have faith in God.

What Has Changed in Catholic Culture?

I read a post today about the restoration of Catholic culture, which began with a quote from Pope John Paul II. “A faith that fails to become a culture is not an authentic faith.” The post went on to talk about how Catholicism has become less of a culture in America recently. America’s culture has become based around greed, money, and a lot of atheism.

The main issue that this post pointed out was the urban lifestyle that so many city dwellers have taken up. However, I see this as a challenge. The challenge is to strengthen our faith enough to change our environment, not the other way around. I don’t see the problem as the city lifestyle, but the lifestyle of people in general. The best thing you can do to change this is to live your life in a way that Christ would approve of. Hopefully your good actions will have an effect on others.

Living in the Moment: Everything Up Until Right Now Was Just Practice

Something all parents figure out is that kids know how to make a mess. Starting at an early age kids spill drinks, color on the walls, and track mud through the house; some parents choose to get upset about things like this. In reality these messes result in a little bit of time spent cleaning and lesson learned for your kids. While the mess is being made or immediately after parents tend to overreact due to stress or whatever else is occupying their mind. It can be really tough to take a step back and think about the situation in the grand scheme of things. If you can conquer doing this as a parent, I can guarantee you will lead a much happier life. The messes aren’t going to stop, they just change and evolve in nature. Adults make messes too, its more how you cope with the messes than what the messes actually are.

A recent blog post I read titled, “Don’t Become A Wreck Over Your Kids’ Mess” kind of inspired the idea for this post. It got me thinking about things in the bigger picture. Little kids do make messes and that’s okay; adults make bigger messes and that’s okay too. If it becomes a learning experience and you can keep your cool then I chalk that up as a win. Everything up to today was just practice for what’s happening now, so don’t get too caught up in your daily messes.

Experiencing Failure: An Unavoidable Part of Life

It seems as though kids today are growing up with the expectation of always succeeding. This is not a bad attitude to have at all, in fact I think it is a good thing. These kids don’t accept failure, but do it the wrong way. Instead of failing and looking for ways to improve themselves, they look for who to point the finger at. If they didn’t score well on a test, then the test must have been way too difficult.

A post from Kitchen Table Chats with a Catholic Matriarch made me realize this was happening. Her post titled, “The Participation Trophy Generation”, explains this situation quite well. While I found the title to be absolutely genius and really witty, the post also got across the message that I spoke of above. Kids today want the success, but don’t want to work for it. Perhaps they have been given false “success”, like participation trophies, before when they might not have deserved it.

What do think about the “participation trophy generation” concept? Do you agree that children today are too coddled when growing up?