A Better Me #5: God, Neurons, Emotional Balance & Life

You are set to have a good meeting with a secretary of a properous company concerning a possible employment.  But when you are with the person you get so nervous that you can hardly speak a word.

     It is the night of your dreams you are going out with your boyfriend to the most important social event ever in your life.  You try to make your appearance look very appealing.  Your boyfriend meets you at the door and his first words are: “You look beautiful.”  What a moment!

     You are on a golf-course teeing off on the first hole.  All of a sudden, about 50 meters above you, a fellow in a flying suit with a flying motor on his back, comes over you and your fellow players.  It is in the middle of your swing and you are so surprised that you miss the ball.

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A Better Me #4: The Angels

     It is quite an adventure to live in a world that God has created which will never cease to challenge our intellects, our wills, our senses, and our hearts!  To read about the structure and the working of the body, the functioning of our intelligence, the marvelous reality of nature, the  existence of space and planets, the millions, and even billions of years that have passed for all this to have occurred and developed.  Amazing!

      And yet all of this is only part of our world, and not even much of it at all. We can perceive with our senses so much of reality but, through faith and God’s revelation to us, we can “transcend” in our knowledge and wisdom and come to an understanding of the angelic creation.  

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A Better Me #3: Sanctification of Work

It is interesting that many times when people are asked how often they pray each day, their answer is: once, twice, a few times, every once in a while….  If they are asked, “Why not more?”, their replies can be: “I don’t think of it,” or “I don’t have time for it,” or “I don’t make time for it,” or “I am often too busy in many necessary activities,” etc.

     It is true that they may realize that, being baptised Catholics, we are children of God the Father, living in the Mystical Body of Christ, and called to imitate Jesus Christ in each and every human action.  His words, thoughts, actions and reactions are the “good news” contained in the Gospels.  But the Gospels relate primarily the details of his “public life,” the few years that he spent with his Apostles and disciples.  His first thirty years has been called his “hidden life”, namely, his time living with Blessed Mary and St. Joseph.  In those years he lived a very ordinary life, working with St. Joseph.  

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A Better Me #2: Sense of Sin and Frequent Confession

Last week we discussed our place and role in the Mystical Body of Christ. Now we are going to talk more about the Mystical Body and how it lives and works. Our Mother Mary is considered by many theologians to be the “neck” of her Son’s Body. You and I are parts of the Body that function as a unity to make the Body work, develop and fulfill its goals. Just as blood makes the natural human body go, so grace makes the Mystical Body work. Each of ourselves, baptised in Christ, needs a lot of grace to fulfill the tasks that God the Father has given to us.

You may remember last week how we saw that each one of us is intimately united to the other members of Christ’s Body. It is obvious that each of us has to be healthy and in good shape in order to contribute to the Body’s life. Sit back perhaps, and imagine this Body full of Christ’s life, working in the world. If the Body were perfect our image would be that of a world full of peace and joy.

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A Better Me #1: Our Real State after Baptism

I send you a first attempt of, hopefully, a consistent weekly note.  We all need a good theological and philosophical formation and I ask God to help you to use the note as assistance in your interior and exterior life.

We are going to begin by presenting a part of the “structural” analysis of the position, the “where” we are after we are baptised.

Through God’s Love, the death of the Father’s Son Jesus on the Cross brought about the reality of a “new human being”, a “new man”.  Jesus not only came forth as resurrected from the tomb, but God made it such that humanity itself, through Baptism, would be reborn, “revivified”, “recapitulated” in Him.  The “new baptized man” became part of the Mystical Body of Christ.  Christ is the Head and all of those validly baptised are members of His Mystical Body.  This “new man” sprung forth from Jesus on the Cross when the Roman Centurion pierced Jesus’ side with a spear and from His heart there flowed “blood and water”, signifying the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of the Church.

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