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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…

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The Way You Want To Be Remembered

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.”

~St Catherine of Sienna

Each of us leaves a legacy. For some it changes the course of world history; for others it only seems to affect the immediate surroundings. Regardless of the visible outcome though, we all have an irreplaceable role to play during our short time on earth and we would do well to reflect on what our lives say to the world.

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keep in mind…

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Keep in mind:

The power that He uses to sustain you in the Eucharist

is the same power that Christ used to sustain himself on the cross;

the same power that God used to raise him from the dead;

the same power by which he ascended into heaven

and the same power that Holy Spirit strengthened the apostles with to change the face of the earth.

 

When you are not strong enough, remember who has your back

 

AMDG

The Homeless Man in Each of Us

July 15, 2011 2 comments

I was saying a walking rosary with some friends one night  and this homeless man approached us shaking. “Do you have a blanket. I’m so cold I just need a blanket.” None of us happened to be carrying a blanket with us, but I did have a hoody. So I gave that to him which he put on with some difficulty. He went on to tell us that he was “from Jesus” and that “Jesus is coming soon”. We offered an Amen to those assertions. He also admitted that he was a drunk. He was shaking from withdrawal. He said he was sick of Satan’s lies and that he wanted to get better. 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…

A New Philosophy on Life

June 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I was listening to a testimony earlier and something the woman said really struck me. It’s nothing I hadn’t heard before, but somehow I just processed it at a different level this time… 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