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Daughters of the King

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently had the privilege of serving at an event organized and intended solely for the purpose of affirming the women in our lives and reminding them of their beauty and dignity. About 35 gentlemen hosted about 100 women for an evening of prayer, food and dancing. All we asked of the women was the grace of their presence. Below is a short poem that was intended in that light to remind each woman how deeply they are valued.

My dear sister in Christ, where to begin?

To ignore thanking God we would certainly sin.

For it was only in Him that such beauty could find

Its way to your heart and its light in your mind.

And He didn’t stop there for it is too plain to see

that no masterpiece known could be fairer than thee.

No sunset, or sea breeze or cool starlit night

compares in the slightest with you in His sight.

To us you’re an image of all things good and true;

You remind us of heaven and what love calls us to.

To compare you with angels I would not even be keen

For indeed even they bow their knees to a Queen.

So we thank the dear Lord for so great a grace

Of the call to our home-land with each smile on your face.

We cannot stop there though, for we must also state

That we owe you our thanks for your will in this fate.

It was Him who created and made you so fine

But only through freedom does His full glory shine.

It is clear that the Evil One does all that he can

To keep you from giving your “yes” to God’s plan.

But in your great strength that magnifies beauty

You accept the Invitation as your joyful duty.

Finally now, we must beg you forgive

All of our failures in the way that we live

To honor and serve you as is our true call

We were made to protect you, but sometimes we fall

We may often fail in our parts day-to-day

But we want you to know what our actions must say.

Right here tonight we want you to know

That we love you and honor you wherever you go.

Remember this evening with a prayer and smile

And know that you’re worth so much more than your style.

Your life and your love are amazing to behold

Never be afraid to share and be bold

Brighten the world with the song that you sing

And never forget: You’re a Daughter of the King!

Sincerley,

Your brothers in Christ

The Servants of the King

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Modesty- Helping a Brother Out

December 17, 2011 1 comment

I’ve touched on the topic of modesty in a few of my other discussions, but wanted to give it some more attention. This specific blog applies more to women and a separate one (entitled “Manly Modesty”) will be addressed toward the guys and address respecting emotional differences.

In order to appreciate the virtue of modesty, it’s important first to understand its origin and its end. In the beginning, man and woman were both naked and without shame. They could look at each other and, with complete purity of heart, desire wholly to give themselves to each other as a gift. There was no need for them to cover up, because the only message that their body spoke was an invitation to love. This changed when man and woman endeavored to disobey God and gain knowledge of evil. We read as a first order effect that they discovered that they were naked and immediately sought to hide their bodies. Once the possibility (or “knowledge”) of evil enters the realm of humanity, the need for fig leaves instinctively follows. We are endowed with an innate understanding of the amazing goodness (not just goodness actually, but “very good”-ness) of our bodies, so we naturally seek to keep them from any form of degradation. The more obvious reason for this desire is a personal need for protection, but there is also an altruistic logic. The fig leaves are a mercy for the other. When Eve recognized this possibility of being seen as a mere object of lust instead of a subject of love, she covered her body to protect both herself AND Adam. She knew that the love that she was made for would suddenly be a challenge for Adam and, in her longing for that authentic union, established and demonstrated the newly appropriate virtue of modesty.

Modesty, at its root, is the will to help others love you as they should. It’s a recognition that we are a family in this world and that we can (and should) help each other grow in virtue. True, the men in your life have a responsibility to look at and treat you as a sister in Christ  – as a person and not a mere object – regardless of how you dress or act, but why not help us out where you can? If it were solely a desire to protect yourself it wouldn’t be a virtue; it would just be self-preservation. Virtue, by its nature, must be rooted in selfless love.   Read more…

Prop’s to Mario Vazquez

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I know I’ve been sticking to my own personal reflections in my posts, but this guy deserves props for bringing a theological truth to the public in a way that no church sermon could. Read more…

Love at First Sight

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Some people say that there is no such thing as love at first sight, especially for a Christian. I beg to differ. In fact, I would go so far as to say that love at first sight (LAFS) is the most authentic type of love (especially for a Christian). I would even say that it is the CALL of every Christian. The problem is our concept of love. Read more…

Chris West at USNA

June 18, 2011 1 comment

During my senior year in college (2006), I was fortunate enough to have Christopher West come and speak to an open audience (both Catholics and Protestants who were interested) at my school about “God, Sex, and the meaning of Life.” He allowed us to record it and share as we saw fit, so there’s no copyright issue. Here is a link to the download if you want to check it out (about 90mb and 90 minutes long).

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21653317/CW%20%40%20usna.wma

(note: the first voice you hear is the priest saying an opening prayer, Chris starts right after that)

also, while I still have space (over a GB), here is the link to the full video…

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdl.dropbox.com%2Fu%2F21653317%2Fchris%2520west%2520at%2520USNA.mpg&h=84774

AMDG

Beautiful

June 18, 2011 1 comment

To every woman I have ever know, and all the women that I haven’t:

There is a huge poverty of self respect these days, especially in women. Admittedly, that’s largely due to the fact that we men have been doing a horrible job of affirming the women in our lives. It also doesn’t really help that our society today defines beauty by a set of dimensions and symmetrical facial features. It seems to me that very few women these days realize that they’re beautiful. Of those that do, it seems that even fewer recognize their beauty as something deeper than their physical qualities

So for what ever little worth my input may be in your life, I just want you to know that you are BEAUTIFUL. Read more…