I returned to work today after a long sojourn, and the best part of my day was going to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to pray and attend the 7:30 am mass.
A wonderful way to start my day as I return to the hectic world of teaching young children. A lot has changed within me the last few years, but the world and the job all remains the same. The staff changes and children changes throughout the years, but the same hectic reality remains the same.
I have changed. My faith has deepened and for those of us who walk in Jesus:
“Three things are necessary to everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance.”
Powerful conversion stories – testimonies – is one of the most beautiful graces from God. It lets us know that in our imperfections, our moments of deep sin, and when we have lost all hope – God is there to open our eyes to his divine mercy, forgiveness and love.
I was touched by Shia LaBeouf’s conversion for many reasons, the first is when my kids were young we were a fan of his Transformer films. The second reason is his life mirrors much of the decadences – self affliction and pain of not only those in the entertainment business, but those who are creative, young, and broken. So many of us were lost in secular culture and Shia LaBeouf’s conversion story reminds us that Jesus is every present knocking at our door, waiting for us to open it for him.
It is a good idea to look at the other videos and commentary by other interviewers. They provide a more deeper perspective on Shia LaBeouf’s faith journey. It also opens up for many the traditional vs the modernist (Vatican II and post) movement in the Catholic Church.
The road to heaven is narrow. The road to heaven is to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, body and spirit. This is proactively to have a sincere relationship with Jesus with all my heart, taking the time to know him, love him, and finally to follow him by doing – God’s will. Doing God’s will is not what I want, but what God wants for me.
Praying for God’s will in my life means picking up the cross of Jesus. For me this means stepping out of my comfort zone to trust and love Jesus, and, to love my neighbours. I am happy and content to exist in my little shell. It’s stress free and easy. Stepping out means I trust in Jesus to lead me along the rocky and narrow road towards heaven – and not hide in the four corners of my comfortable shell.
I am saved by grace, and this means for me to step out and love those around me. It can be a simple smile, a genuine greeting, a helping hand, and above all to love the unloveable.
Yes it’s hard to love our neighbours, and it is only through God’s grace and knowing that Jesus lives in my heart that I can do this. You can also!
Jesus, help me to enter through the narrow door. Guide and lead me to let go of the things in this world and focus just on the cross – to heed your words with a trusting and sincere heart – and to obey you🙏
I pray that each of you come to know Jesus, love him, and take up the cross to follow him. I pray for God’s blessings upon each of us to love our neighbours and ask for their salvation in our prayers, to sincerely love, greet, hugs, and give in good will.
May the light of the Cross in each of us radiate outwards.
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from. And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
I sometimes feel I am not doing enough to tell others of our amazing merciful God. I am predominantly home bound and overcoming my own personal challenges. I am not a theologian, a layperson or anyone special. I am simply a wife and mom who loves the triune. Nowadays I’m also spending a lot of time caring Candy – our family Keeshond whose lost the use of her hind legs. It is by the grace of God with the Holy Spirit working in me that I can share with others from where I am.
I came across some incredible conversion stories which I created a page for:
Each story is a gripping and beautiful testament of God’s grace and mercy, as well as their incredible journey to Him.
I hope to add to this page and hope each of you will be inspired, touched and moved by their stories to live a deeper walk with Jesus.
God is there for us, and sometimes He creates situations that leads us to him through others. Each story is unique just as each of us is special and different, and there are elements in each story that teaches us something new and wonderful about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, our Blessed Mother, saints and angels.
I was moved by an interview on EWTN with Mark Wahlberg discussing his new film about Father Stu. Mark Wahlberg talks about drawing from his own personal journey with God. He also talks about prayer and the rosary as powerful tools. His film on Father Stu is his – passion – for Jesus. He is a Catholic using his talent to plant seeds for Jesus.”
It is not only spiritually inspirational, but the honesty and candidness is relatable:
I will definitely see this film when it comes out, because it’s a project from the heart with God at the center. How often do we ask ourselves, “how can I serve you Jesus?”
“Planting seeds for Jesus.”
Using the gifts given to each of us to plant seeds with humility and the knowledge that we are not perfect, but with Jesus in our heart, we can strive to walk towards a little more holiness and saintliness.
I received a little booklet entitled: Treasure in Heaven by Fr. Mark Goring (Ottawa, Ontario), and want to share this little gem with my readers. It is a wonderful booklet for those wanting to know Jesus. It also offers a comprehensive 40 day journey in prayer and scripture in getting to know and draw closer to Jesus.
Sharing all this short message by Father Mark Goring, CC:
His daily messages are always inspiring for all of us who walk the faith…and it is up to all of us to teach the young by the actions that we do – we are the role model for their spiritual growth in Jesus.
Solemnity of the ImmaculateConception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Gospel Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Mary’s “yes” always moves me and leads me to ponder over my “yes” to God. I always ask myself what “yes” have I said to God. I recall a time when I would ignore Gods call. I also recall a time when I told Him I was not ready. Throughout my “no” and “not yet”, God was always patient and faithful. When I finally said “yes”, the power of the Holy Spirit filled me with inner joy, peace and love – so that no matter what life challenges I face, Jesus gives me the strength to endure all.
Let us ponder on the “yes” we say to God. Let us rejoice on how our “yes” has lead to transformations within our own lives.