Created for the seventh

Every thing we are doing should be leading us to and preparing us for heaven.

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In a podcast by Dr. Scott Hahn, he shared how every thing God made during the first six days of creation was created to be consecrated on the seventh day — to be blessed, to be holy, or to be set apart for His purpose.

It reminds me of the opening paragraph of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. — An excerpt from the CCC paragraph 1

God created us for the seventh day, for eternity with Him — to share in His eternal and blessed life.

This is an eternity of praising God, glorifying Him, remaining in His love, and putting Him above all else.

Praising God, glorifying Him, remaining in His love, and putting Him above all else… Isn’t this like the Holy Mass where we praise God and put Him above all else and be with Him in the Eucharist?

In a more immediate sense, we are created for Sunday. Every thing we are doing should be leading us to and preparing us for the Liturgy.

In the eternal sense, we are created for everlasting life with God. Every thing we are doing should be leading us to and preparing us for heaven.

As the Sunday Liturgy is the highlight of our week, eternity is the highlight and purpose of our lives.

Is the work you’re doing leading you to eternity? How about the words you say, the food you eat, your eating or spending habits, your hobbies, or how you spend your free time? Are you glorifying God through how you are living your life?

Will you spend this week, from today until Saturday, preparing yourself for Sunday?

Alive through the saints

Jesus was alive in the lives of the saints — through their journeys, their works, their courage to share the Gospel, and their martyrdom.

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When visiting old churches, I love looking at murals and stained glass windows depicting the lives of saints.

In just a few paintings or windows, you will learn the journeys and the works of the saints. You will also learn where and to whom they shared the Gospel. Most of the time, they lived and shared the Gospel in pagan territories. And sometimes, you will learn how they were martyred for their faith and their works.

What never fails to be impressed upon me is how Jesus was truly alive in the saints.

Jesus was alive in their own lives — through their journeys, their works, their courage to share the Gospel, and their martyrdom.

For us, the Christians of today, we believe that Jesus is alive.

He is alive during our prayers. He is alive in our personal and private lives. He is alive in the Mass, in the Eucharist, in our services.

But, is He also alive in our public lives?

Do we let other people know that He is alive — through our actions, our words, and our lives?

Do we have the courage or the audacity to share with others that He is truly alive?

We need more modern day saints. We need more Christians through whom other people will know that Jesus truly lives — through their words, their works, and their lives.

Will you be one of those saints?

Jesus is alive in you.

P.S. Do you know why old churches have these murals, sculptures, or stained glass windows? When we visited an old church, our guide told us that this was called “visual catechesis.” Hundreds of years ago, many people were illiterate. They could not read or write. But through paintings, murals, sculptures, and stained glass windows, they were able to learn more about the Gospel and the lives of many saints who shared and even gave up their lives for the Gospel. Such is the beauty of our faith.

Create new possibilities

God has given us the ability to change what is possible in our lives. He has given us the ability to shape our future.

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There are some things in life that seem impossible.

For me, it is writing a book, running a successful business, and becoming a full-time blogger.

For some, maybe it is going up the career ladder or finding the love of their lives. And for hundreds of millions around the world, it’s getting out of poverty.

Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with a condition in my left eye where my vision has become impaired. It has become harder for me to work with this condition and my dreams only seemed to become even more impossible.

In times of desperation, I only prayed even more. And while my eye cannot see clearly, it is my faith that makes me see ever more clearly that God is with me. And with God, nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37)

He is the One who gave us the ability to change what is possible in our lives. He has given us the ability to shape our future. Creating us in His likeness, He has given us the ability to create new possibilities in our lives.

Remember then the Lord, your God, for he is the one who gives you the power to get wealth, by fulfilling, as he has now done, the covenant he swore to your ancestors. — Deuteronomy 8:18

This ability is the bridge that will allow us to get out of our impossible situations and into the limitless possibilities that God has in store for us.

It starts with believing that God is with us. Then, we reimagine what’s possible in our lives. Finally, we put in the work with faith.

Are you in a difficult or impossible situation? Create new possibilities.

P.S. And when you have created new possibilities in your life, help others do the same.

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. — 1 Peter 4:10

God will reward your hard work

If you have faith, you will continue working hard. Because you believe that God will reward your hard work.

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It can be discouraging to work when we’re not seeing the results of what we’re doing. It can be frustrating when we are not reaping the fruits of our labor and perseverance.

Some of us have given up on our dreams. Some of us have stopped acting, making a sales call, sending a proposal or a job application, or writing a book.

Some of us have lost faith — in ourselves, in our dreams, and even in God.

For six months, I thought of giving up on writing (again) and just focus on my day job.

Aside from having more responsibilities at my job, I was also feeling discouraged because I wasn’t seeing the results that I was hoping for. I wasn’t seeing the growth in my blog’s readership and my mailing list.

But I realized that if I truly trusted God, I would keep working on my dream and keep writing.

Because if I truly have faith in Him, I would trust that He rewards hard work.

Maybe we’re not yet seeing the results. Maybe we’re not yet reaping the fruits of our hard work.

But, let us work hard anyway — hoping and trusting that God will reward the work of our hands.

Are you feeling stuck, discouraged, or hopeless? Keep working anyway.

Have faith and show it through your actions.

Our rewards will come in His perfect time.

In His perfect time.

May the favor of the Lord our God be ours. Prosper the work of our hands! Prosper the work of our hands! — Psalm 90:17

See beyond the wall

We have to see beyond the wall of hopelessness not with our eyes, but with the eyes of our faith.

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In our journey, whether in life or in chasing our dreams, we sometimes come across a towering wall that prevents us from moving forward and onwards.

There is no way around it for it also spans infinitely wide.

This wall is called hopelessness.

This wall of hopelessness casts a shadow of despair over us. We want to give up. We see no way out. We begin to think that this is where our journey ends, that this is how things will be for the rest of our lives.

This wall of hopelessness blocks our vision for the future. It prevents us from seeing the plans God has in store for us.

In the face of this wall of hopelessness, we have to see beyond the wall not with our eyes, but with the eyes of our faith.

Only then will we be able to start climbing or breaking through the wall.

When we reach the top of or break through the wall, we will see more clearly, with our own eyes, the future God prepared for us.

And we can, once again, move forward and onwards.

Abraham believed, hoping against hope, that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said. He did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God. — Romans 4: 18, 20

P.S. As I start blogging again, I hope I can help you in my little ways to see beyond the walls that are preventing you from seeing the future God has in store for you.