12-30-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world.  Yet the world and its enticement are passing away.  But whoever does the will of God remains forever.”  1 Jn 2:12-17

You see, beloved, when we love the things of the world, it all leads to “self.”  It leads to self-preservation, selfishness, jealousy, argument, disagreements, fighting and war.  It leads to death.  Satan and his world love death.  But God loves LIFE.  When we can learn to love God, then we can begin to see God in others.  Then instead of fighting for self, we begin living to GIVE to others – ALL that we have and all that we are.  And the more we give, the greater our lives become – both in the eyes of God and our fellow-man.  And that ‘greater’ means – happier, healthier, hopeful and productive – in a heavenly sense.

Jesus showed us this “Way.”  A way of living in thanksgiving for even the least or little that we have.  A way of living a life of love and forgiveness of others.  A way of living for Giving.  A way of living LIFE to the full – the way God had intended us to live from our very creation.  And all of that brings us HOPE.

As we bring another year to its close, spend a few moments, beloved, to think of ALL we have to be thankful for.  And then think of those who might not even have a roof over their heads or a meal to eat. How can we make THEIR lives better?

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Hello and welcome to ColorMe4Life and Whispers to the Wind. My name is Joe Puglis and these websites encompass various aspects of my life. From the backgrounds of grocery store proprietor, to research chemist, to manager, carpet dyer and Catholic deacon you'll find a cornucopia of colors here, the Colors of Life. Most dear to my heart is my love of God, my awesome family, and you, beloved. Thank you for visiting. Please come back again. And feel free to visit the links in all pictures and hyper-linked words. These are always hand selected to go with the topic of discussion and kept as absolutely clean as possible. Also, I apologize for any links that have been removed by their owners. In time I try to replace them or update them. Hope you enjoy. May God bless YOU always, in Christ's love! Joe
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