Sunday, November 23, 2014
My bio dad, having been an apostolic/pentecostal minister when I was born, instilled in all of us kids a most wonderful sense of guilt enhanced and in keeping with a family of obsessive compulsives LOL. So, becoming Catholic has been nothing short of miraculous in and of itself for me. Yet, I am faced with things like not doing well with a 'scheduled' rosary. Like the day for saying the sorrowful mysteries, the inane guilt that I feel, I must proceed to the glorious mysteries as I cannot leave Christ hanging on the cross overnight. :)
As I was saying the rosary today, simultaneously getting in the 6000 steps for the Spark day's goal, I thought about this, the major point of why I'm writing . The rosary is beautiful and has intensely added to, enhanced, and let my spiritual life grow in unforeseen ways. Yet, I am a firm believer in doing, living it, as opposed to 'just' prayer. But with these thoughts in mind, and knowing prayer is a help, is a positive, and often for the elderly a comfort and assists in knowledge of still being able to carry on positive work for others, I thought what would be a neat way to instill more in self and the young needing guidance in life and prayer? That we not only contemplate the words we are taught through scripture, but think of examples of how we have done this, yet thoughts of how we will endeavor to in the future, that it becomes a conscious effort, planned, and glorious motivation to work to be all that we can be for the glory of our God.
Alas, I arrived at another set of 'mysteries', for personal use to use, to pray with, to contemplate to try to make me a better Christian. This addendum is based upon the gifts of the spirit of Faith, Hope, Love, Kindness, and Gentleness (as I think understanding/forbearance are included in the others). With Faith, we might refer to: Ephesians, Hope to: Titus 3:7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Hope From the Book of Romans
Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope., Love to 1 Corinthians 13, Kindness to: much of the book of Romans, and any scriptures depicting hospitality,
Gentleness to: Titus 3:2 , 1 Peter 3:15, Psalm 18:35, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, James 3:17 , much of Galatians, and many others.
Just a start on the referencing, just some thoughts that might be helpful to someone, and sharing for those that have need of this.
May God bless and have a beautiful week!