A Perpetual Gift

If we are not aware then we should become aware. We have been given the gift of Forgiveness. Yes, we have been. It is important that we cherish this gift and put it to use. We are called to be so grateful to God for the gift of forgiveness and we must never forget its liberating powers. We must also feel the need to share this gift with others. Forgiving others and ourselves is discovering a gift that truly keeps on giving(Wrapped Up)

I have had my own experiences of having to forgive others, forgive myself and being open to accepting forgiveness and it is definitely very liberating to one’s emotional self. Yeah, hence my perpetual happiness. 

Forgiveness is the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. Forgiveness is letting go of the need for revenge and releasing negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment.

DON’T HOLD ON to those negative thoughts of bitterness and resentment. 

N’koma

Some more about forgiveness: 

http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/topic/forgiveness/understanding-forgiveness

 

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St. Patrick

St. Patrick 
(415-493)
Legends about Patrick abound; but truth is best served by our seeing two solid qualities in him: He was humble and he was courageous. The determination to accept suffering and success with equal indifference guided the life of God’s instrument for winning most of Ireland for Christ.

Details of his life are uncertain. Current research places his dates of birth and death a little later than earlier accounts. Patrick may have been born in Dunbarton, Scotland, Cumberland, England, or in northern Wales. He called himself both a Roman and a Briton. At 16, he and a large number of his father’s slaves and vassals were captured by Irish raiders and sold as slaves in Ireland. Forced to work as a shepherd, he suffered greatly from hunger and cold.

After six years, Patrick escaped, probably to France, and later returned to Britain at the age of 22. His captivity had meant spiritual conversion. He may have studied at Lerins, off the French coast; he spent years at Auxerre, France, and was consecrated bishop at the age of 43. His great desire was to proclaim the Good News to the Irish.

In a dream vision it seemed “all the children of Ireland from their mothers’ wombs were stretching out their hands” to him. He understood the vision to be a call to do mission work in pagan Ireland. Despite opposition from those who felt his education had been defective, he was sent to carry out the task. He went to the west and north, where the faith had never been preached, obtained the protection of local kings and made numerous converts.

Because of the island’s pagan background, Patrick was emphatic in encouraging widows to remain chaste and young women to consecrate their virginity to Christ. He ordained many priests, divided the country into dioceses, held Church councils, founded several monasteries and continually urged his people to greater holiness in Christ.

He suffered much opposition from pagan druids and was criticized in both England and Ireland for the way he conducted his mission.

In a relatively short time the island had experienced deeply the Christian spirit, and was prepared to send out missionaries whose efforts were greatly responsible for Christianizing Europe.

Patrick was a man of action, with little inclination toward learning. He had a rocklike belief in his vocation, in the cause he had espoused.

One of the few certainly authentic writings is his Confessio, above all an act of homage to God for having called Patrick, unworthy sinner, to the apostolate.

There is hope rather than irony in the fact that his burial place is said to be in County Down in Northern Ireland, long the scene of strife and violence.

COMMENT:
What distinguishes Patrick is the durability of his efforts. When one considers the state of Ireland when he began his mission work, the vast extent of his labors (all of Ireland) and how the seeds he planted continued to grow and flourish, one can only admire the kind of man Patrick must have been. The holiness of a person is known only by the fruits of his or her work.

QUOTE:
“Christ shield me this day: Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me” (from “The Breastplate of St. Patrick”).

I’m Happy

So a friend asked me this morning:
“Why are you so glad?” After I sent a morning greeting.

Me: “I’m always glad.”
Friend: “Lucky you!”
Me:”That isn’t luck.” “It’s CHOICE and CONVICTION.”

God loves me unconditionally. I can do everything through God who strengthens me. I do not live in fear. I’m difficult to offend. I’m quick to forgive.

I love all people and I have no problem helping others. Love here is not about how I feel about people BUT how I treat them.

N’koma

LIFE… Love… Inspiration… Faith… Empowerment…

Koma2013… :) L.I.F.E.

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Open-mindedness

A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. — Oliver W. Holmes

I believe it is important to have an open mind as we pursue life. Such openness allows us to be ready to face challenges and meet needs. I’ve experienced where closed minds, narrow-mindedness, tunnel vision, however you want to refer to it, has caused many to miss great opportunities for their own development and  progress in life. Sometimes we say or hear  “you need an eye-opener” to me what we really need to tell others or hear ourselves is “open those eyes”. Really saying to have an open mind.

As we develop open-mindedness we develop our ability to discern. We develop our ability to make informed decisions. We learn to take all aspects of a circumstance into consideration before we make judgement or attempt to understand it fully. We are able to know that a problem can have more than one way to the solution. We would assess situations appropriately and respond to them effectively.

“I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.” Maxine Hong Kingston

Indeed I have learned to make my mind large as the universe is large and the benefits are great.

N’koma

LIFE… Love… Inspiration… Faith… Empowerment…

Koma2013… :) L.I.F.E.