I don’t know if it’s because I just celebrated another birthday and have perhaps been pondering too diligently, but the question has come to mind as to why we people can think so differently regarding some very important issues. I believe that very often, perhaps most often, it has nothing to do with our level of education or intelligence. I’m not speaking about things that can be indisputably proven or disproven by virtue of one’s knowledge. I’m speaking more about points of view. Certainly, those who have been our teachers (professional educators, parents, pastors) have significantly influenced our way of thinking. I thank God for my Catholic background. Which, by the way, truly helped me twenty-three years ago to open my heart and mind to a religious re-enlightenment when God blessed me with an opportunity to grow up and from then on strive to age well. If we are aging well, we should be able to say, as does Msgr. Charles Pope, “My body is aging, but my soul is younger and more vibrant than ever.” Since then our Blessed Triune God and his Holy Catholic Church have helped me to carefully discern between his Will, that of my own, and the influence of others and also to fervently strive to know and live my Catholic faith more deeply. I can sincerely pray this way.
My zeal for my faith and my concern for my loved ones those many years ago prompted me to establish a website, which I chose to name Thoughts and Faith to Share. That evolved into my current blog, Taking Life, Love and Faith Seriously. Why did I choose that title and why might some of my points of view be so different than so many of my fellow citizens of our shared planet? Because I cannot care less than I do about the topics presented on this blog. I must strive to have as deep a concern about important issues as does my Lord and Master – the only Teacher Who is the way, the truth and the life.
To close, I’d like to add:
If you are a non-practicing Catholic or do not embrace all of the teachings of the Catholic Church, I earnestly suggest that you wait no longer for your own religious re-enlightenment and begin your own phase of aging well. I pray you begin earlier and I did and strive even more diligently than I do. I believe you will find a great deal of helpful material and references on this blog (and do feel free to email me.)
If you are a parent, grandparent or godparent, I recommend reading A Child’s Plea for Eternal Life.
God bless you
If you didn’t click on the prayer link, see below.
I love You as my Life, my Hope and my Salvation.
I adore You as the Author of my being.
I desire You as my End.
I praise You as my Perpetual Benefactor.
I invoke You as my Sovereign Protector.
I worship You as my Divine Master.
Direct me by your Wisdom.
Restrain me with your Justice.
Comfort me with your Clemency.
Protect me with your Power.
I consecrate to You my thoughts, that I may think of You,
my words, that I may speak of You,
my actions, that they may be according to your Will,
my sufferings, for your greater Glory.
I beg your Pardon for my faults.
Strengthen me with your Grace and keep me from falling.
Come and take Possession of my heart.
Live and Reign in it making it wholly yours.
Fill it with your Love, Mercy and Peace.