Every second, minute, hour and day are NEW GIFTS from God. We call this LIFE. So, as traditional Catholics we want to LIVE our LIVES, (every second, minute, hour, day, year), ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL. In saying this, we believe that DOING GOD’S WILL IS THE WAY TO LIVE LIFE WELL. We know that living a life in this manner will help us live a life, full of meaning, success and joy.
So, inorder to live our Catholic life well, we need to start off every day with prayer. It is of super importance that we put God and communication with Him, first off in our activities. This will always be very very difficult to do because of the life we have chosen to live in a ‘rat race world’ where we, along with everyone else, rush around as if we are ‘chickens with our heads cut off’.
SIMPLE FACT OF LIFE. When you chop the head off of a chicken to kill it, (and then to be de-feather and cook), if you allow it, it will keep on running around headless until it dies.
That is a perfect example of us today, we are so busy getting up, showering, eating, getting the children off to school, rushing through traffic to work, that we fail to use our heads, our intellect; we just rush through another day without really having a God centered plan. (God gave us our intellects in our souls to help us know what we are doing.)
Then, before we know it, WE HAVE RUSHED THROUG LIFE, AND IT IS ALREADY OUR TURN TO DIE. Everyone knows how our minutes, hours, days and years rush by. And each year that we get older, ‘time flies’ even more so.
So, inorder to live our lives according to God’s will and to accomplish something meaningful with the life God has given us, we need to take time to reflect, pray and plan. Time has to be scheduled in and discipline made, in order to maintain this all important time to reflect, pray and plan. This needs to be done every morning, week, month and year. The first of the year is always a good time to take the new Calendar and carve out time for what is important; reflecting, praying, planning, resting, playing and communicating. Every month, week and day too. Plan out time for prayer.
Most people live life in the manner that it lives them, rather then them living life. What I mean is that they just live each day surviving and reacting to the things that happen. And, believe you me, life will keep your busy doing, without you getting any where. And as I said before, you will be old and dying before you know it. And what do you have to show for the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and years that God gave you.
‘Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour. For even as a man going into a far country, called his servants, and delivered to them his goods; And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.
And he that had received the five talents, went his way, and traded with the same, and gained other five. And in like manner he that had received the two, gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way digged into the earth, and hid his lord’ s money. But after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents, behold I have gained other five over and above.
His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me: behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed. And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine.
And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed: Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received my own with usury. Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away. And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:13-30.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know that life is a gift from God that quickly passes. We are trying to use this gift well by doing God’s will, praying, trying to save souls and enjoying our Catholic life, family and friends.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.