Holiness

Early to bed, early to rise….

…makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy and wise. I wonder when I’ll learn that…? When I sleep late I wake up late and grouchy the day does not go well and I don’t’ ‘have’ time to read my bible or say my prayers coz I am harried and the day just goes down the drain… I know this! But guess what time I went to sleep the other day? 3:30 am… when I need to be at work by 8:30 and it takes 1 hour at least for me to get there…. whoever said human beings are creatures of habit had it spot on. Because all I wanted to do was finish my novel and the rest would take care of itself. Now if I had the same attitude towards my quiet time I could probably move mountains coz when I am in tune with the Lord I am in tune with me and what I need to get done, I am literally superwoman.

There have been a couple of good breakthroughs though, I decided for advent to say the Joyous mysteries and I’ve actually been doing it twice a day and loving it as well as the Divine Mercy chaplet. I was busy googling devotions I came across it and though I hadn’t done it in a while when it was actually one of my favourites so depending on how I’m feeling rosary first then Divine Mercy chaplet or vice versa and because the Angelus is so centred around the birth of Jesus I’m doing it too. I tend to miss at least one of the times either midday or 6pm but ’tis early days yet, I’ll have it down pat by next week, easy peasy.

Now to sort out my sleep patterns.

catholics on the rapture…

I have been reading the Left Behind Series and as usual, after coming across new information I begin to wonder about things and the church’s position on stuff. So do Catholics believe in the Rapture? Yes and No…

Let’s start with Yes – Catholics certainly believe that “we will be caught up in the air” (1 Thess 4:17) when the trumpet sounds, but this is more in a Post-Tribulation Rapture kind of way

No, we don’t believe in Pre and Mid Tribulation Rapture as there is no solid evidence of Jesus coming back more than once. Then there’s is this stuff about “The warning” of which I have no idea…

Pre, Mid or Post? I know! my sentiments exactly! All this I found out using my trusty friend google and discovered there are many ‘Rapture’ theories out there… mind-boggling for a girl who has always known that Jesus is going to come again but being Catholic the word Rapture is rather foreign… What can I say… Revelations is scary, as in there are beasts, hail and fire, mixed with blood crowned locusts with human faces, women’s’ hair, lions’ teeth, scales, and stinging scorpion tails, a red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns…. My cousin the other night asked me not to read it out loud to her coz she’d have nightmares, and I believe it is a dire warning of hard times ahead… I just marvel at the time-lines people come up with… as they say He will come like a thief in the middle of the night. That tells me it will be when we least expect it.

So do I believe in the rapture? If you mean being caught up in the air when Jesus comes, then yes. When will this happen? At Jesus second coming, when the trumpets sound 😀 as St. Paul says…

 

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For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thess 4:15-17). 

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed (1 Cor 15:51-52).

Dating and being a 21st century christian

date photoSo here I am, worried… yes worried about people close to me, well about their love lives. None of my business? I don’t think so, it is my business to try and make sure my loved ones and neighbours (whom if I love are also my loved ones :D) don’t get off the straight and narrow. Truth be told there ain’t much I can actually do to get them to change their minds but I can try ha?

So sent an email along this gist… just hoping they actually read all this… or any of it… so I told them I was praying that the Lord leads and guides them… and to get a copy of Playing God by Michelle McKinney Hammond… what can I say, it’s real………

Don’t fall into missionary dating, it just ain’t the way to go. wait on the Lord 😀

Why now? Why bring this up now whenI’vee never really said anything before well I have but not along these lines and ’tis not like I have the best track record… lets says have been convicted by the HS to do so… and I’ve been reading a lot on dating and courtship and lets just say I wish the dating morals of people would go back a couple of centuries, well not all of them but most…

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”2.Cor:6.14-18.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1)

The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you (Matthew 6:33).

It may seem sometimes that you are alone. You are not! Keep your Faith in Christ and the Power of the Cross. Even though as a human we want to try to fix things by self. You can’t. 1 Peter 4;12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that when His Glory shall be revealed you may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the Name of Christ, happy are you for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you.

So what’s wrong with missionary dating? Read this, do read it please, else I’ll come bonk you on the head with a wok!