Letter of James // Day 16

When I was a child, I was happy little girl. I was curious about things and people, and I wasn’t afraid to talk to anyone. I grew up going to mass with the family every Sunday. It was normal to me and I didn’t mind it. Fast forward to 8th grade. This is the first time I ever went on a retreat. It was amazing and I loved it; and it was something I never experienced before. I encountered the love of Christ for the first time.

 

Letter of James // Day 15

The power of prayer is insurmountable. With that, the power of confession can turn any sinner into a saint. What is the point of confession? The prodigal son displays this well. He asked for his inheritance from his father while he was still alive. This would be like telling his father that he would rather have this money than to have his father alive. The son did an awful thing to his father and he took that inheritance and gambled it away and he lived what would probably equate to a party lifestyle.

Letter of James // Day 13

These words struck a cord. Establish your hearts. Make ready. Prepare. Make sturdy. This past Sunday, we heard about Jonah and the Ninevites, & Paul proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God. [Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B] Both Jonah & Paul were sent to proclaim the coming of the Lord. The words that Jonah & Paul used had to matter. They had to be said with intent. Their "yes" to the truth and their "no" to the sinful nature of the people had to stand firm. Their Yes had to mean Yes and their No mean No. They didn't back down. 

Letter of James // Day 12

There is talk sometimes of karma. “Oh you’ll get yours”. But what exactly is Karma? The definition from Google is, “(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.” So your actions will decide your fate later. Or if someone does something bad, only negative things will come back to them. Well if that was the case, I think everyone would be dead already. We are sinners. We all are; but here is a different perspective that I got from James 5:1-6.

Letter of James // Day 11

Future thinkers. We all are. We have to be, don’t we? We’re asked this all of the time: What are your goals? What do you want to be? Where do you see yourself in five years? Yes, we all know that goals are good, but when we grow up always being asked what we want to be and what do we want to do after high school, we cant help but keep this mentality throughout our lives.

Letter of James // Day 10

James 4: 1-12

How to do Lectio Devina:

Sisters, this is really your time with the Lord. This will be a challenge but so fruitful. There will also be a short reflection. Give this a chance and see where the Lord takes you.

There are a couple of different ways to do this but there is one way that I will point out. This is a simple way to pray. A great resource here is your prayer journal.

1: Read the whole Scripture: James 4: 1-12

2: Reflect on it for a short time (3 min or more) and see if any particular verse stands out to you.

3: Read the verse that stood out to you again.

4: Reflect on it and see if a particular word stands out to you (3 min or more)

5: Reflect on the word and see what the Lord is trying to point out to you.

You can go back and read any verses that you stood out to you and just spend a short time in prayer (silence) and listening to what God wants to point out to you. God will show up. He always does.

Short Reflection

Sisters, honestly, for verses 1-12, I’m letting the Lord speak to you on those. Seriously, if he has something to tell you in them, let his words resonate. I felt convicted. And as open as this is, I feel compelled to share my personal response with you: “Lord, I’m sorry. Help me to be better. May my desires, passions, and will conform to yours. May your desires be my desires. Help me not to gossip about my friends or those around me. I’m sorry Lord, I want to be better, help me. I need you, please help me.“

We're all in this sisters, I’m praying for you too.

God bless you sisters.

Remember, no matter what, You are Loved!

Letter of James // Day 9

There are so many things around us that tell us to make a bold statement in every aspect of our lives. In our attitude and speech, Be Bold Ladies! In our wardrobe, Make a Bold Statement with Colors in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer (and Autumn when we remember it). Be Bold, with your lashes! Everything we do we’re told to do with Boldness, Passion, and Fervor. I believe that we think if we are being bold then we are somehow being courageous and unafraid.

Letter of James // Day 6

Today I’m stuck on the word faith.  What is faith? In the catechism it says, 

“Faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God who reveals himself. It involves an assent of the intellect and will to the self-revelation God has made through his deeds and words.” (CCC #176)

Letter of James // Day 5

Here, I think the message is loud and clear. Don’t hold someone above someone else. God made us all equal and loves us all the same. But God did make us different and unique. We are all not the same person. We all have different temperaments and personalities so naturally we would get along with some better than others.

Letter of James // Introduction

In this study we will reflect on James. It is interesting where James is in the bible. James is in the New Testament and is in between the book of Hebrews and 1 Peter. In Hebrews, there many stories on the sacrifices and that the saints and Jesus had made. In the book of James, I believe Jesus takes us, the reader, on a journey for internal reflection on who we are and what sacrifices we need to make for a deeper relationship with Jesus and to get to the kingdom of God. In 1 Peter there is a lot of talk about hope and continuing what is before us.