I Will Be Grateful

What is your call to action? How will you live a life of faith?

During the summer months, we’re featuring a post called “I Will.” What’s one thing you can do to make the world a better place?

I Will…Be Grateful.

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” ~Brother David Steindl-Rast

Who have you thanked today? What are you waiting for?

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I Will Pray the Five Finger Prayer

What is your call to action? How will you live a life of faith?

During the summer months, we’re featuring a post called “I Will.” What’s one thing you can do to make the world a better place?

I Will…Pray the Five Finger Prayer.

Prayer is a simple, yet powerful action. Each time we sit in a quiet space and talk to God, we are making an impact on the world around us.

Pope Francis offers this advice when it comes to prayer.

Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order:

1.) The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “Sweet Obligation.”

2.) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers.

3.) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.

4.) The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers.

5.) And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.

I Will…Practice Patience

What is your call to action? How will you live a life of faith?

During the summer months, we’re featuring a post called “I Will.” What’s one thing you can do to make the world a better place?

I Will…Practice Patience.

“God has perfect timing: never early, never late. It takes a little patience and faith, but it’s worth the wait.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the year 2000, over 50% of American households owned a microwave oven. Since then, our patience has never been the same.

Fast Food. Road Rage. Short tempers. Overbooked schedules. We have forgotten how to wait. We have forgotten how to stand still. We have forgotten the art of simply being.

And what about your faith? When you ask God for something, do you expect an instant answer? Why isn’t he listening to me? Why doesn’t he answer my prayers?

Summer is the perfect time to slow down our minds and our hearts. It’s the perfect time to focus on what patience means and how it can truly affect our relationships with everyone we encounter.

And it’s the perfect time to truly talk to God. Tell Him what you’re thinking. Share with Him what you’re feeling. Ask Him for patience in your life.

The next time you feel your body get tense and your mind start to spin, force yourself to relax. “Act” patient and you will “become” patient. Take a few deep breaths. Calm your thoughts.

And…relax.