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Offline Truth is Eternal

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Feeling Empty. This World has Nothing to Offer.
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:20:39 AM »
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  • Most everything around me is in the process of spiraling towards ruin. I have always been told to see the good of God in everything, and, while I believe that's true, everything just continues into moral, social, political and economic chaos which makes it that much more difficult to see good in the majority of people. The less good I see in people, the more wonderful and magnificent our great God appears to me.

    I am just having trouble finding my place in all of this. I hate my job. I am also told to be happy I have a job. I see some of the logic in it but it still doesn't change the fact I hate my job and the place appears to be falling apart.

    Is is wrong to in a way to beg God for the chastisement to come in full force?
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    « Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 10:31:44 AM »
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  • I pray daily, for Jesus Christ to heal the crisis, anyway He Will.  

    Personally I feel sad and alone, although I have my family all around me.  God has been good to me and their is no reason why I should feel sorry for myself, and usually I don't, but it is that "sometime" when I do, that gets to me.  

    Although I am usually not depressed, I feel bad and shudder to think of so many of my loved ones that are on shaky ground when it comes to judgement.  Yet I have confidence, without confidence, I would be in worse condition than those that I pray daily for.

    Don't forget these words, "Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand."  Luke 21
     





     


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    « Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 10:33:48 AM »
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    I hate my job. I am also told to be happy I have a job.


    I guess I would hate my job too, but there is a bigger vision.

    If I were ever called in and fired, I would just smile and think, "I work for God and God is now sending me somewhere else."

    Keep telling yourself at work that you work for God and that God is present.

    Also remember, God has created hell to keep all those evildoers from ruining the party in heaven. Be charitable and generous. Let God worry about the "big" stuff.

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    « Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 10:53:07 AM »
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  • Rejoice in the conclusion that "This World has Nothing to Offer". It is the first step towards really shifting our focus on Heaven, which is where our real home is. Christ will draw His flock out of the world.

    The world is the church of Satan, like the Catholics are the Church of Christ Lord. The world is the mystical body of the devil, like the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. The Christian race do no belong to the world. There are two kingdoms: the kingdom of Heaven, which begins with the grace of Baptism and develops in us until eternal life, and the kingdom of Satan, which starts in sin and develops in those who love the spirit of the world. Even Christ Himself declared this world to be the enemy of truth “Spiritum veritatis quem mundus non potest accipere; the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive.”(John 1417)

    These two kingdoms, the Church and the world, make war on each other until death, are in continual opposition and do not get along. They are opposed to one another like death and life.

    “Whosoever therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God,” declares St. James( 44).

    Our Lord says, “Do not believe that I came to bring peace on earth, I did not come to bring peace, but the sword; I came to separate, to divide …


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    « Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 10:59:44 AM »
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  • www.joyfulcatholic.com has a book "All For Jesus" of the Precious Blood Mission.  Written by Fr. Faber 1854.  Perfect for everyone.  It says that Jesus has interests just as we do and what he desires.  When we pray, pray for those in purgatory/agony.  Christ appeared to St. Camillus in 1644. When we pray for those in purgatory, they pray for us being very generous for we help them in their agony and to heaven.  Boy!  The Communion of Saints is so powerful and of course the Precious Blood is number 1.  But I find that praying in this way and this book is a charm!  It was so popular at the time, they couldn't keep up the demand and I can read/see why!  The devil certainly wants us to feel lousy and such.  Also, depending on your age, we all need a boost to feel better and not depressed so much.  Men take on B complex shots about once a month and they do feel better to function to serve God.


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    « Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 11:23:46 AM »
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  • Try not to focus on what upsets you or depresses.. Think about good things that make for treasure in Heaven, such as how your bearing your daily duties is storing this up..

    This is happiness. Thinking of all the good and joys you will gain because of living virtuously here below. And how beautiful virtuous deeds are done in Christ.

    .. Also. fish or flax oil pills are good for mood boosts.
    Sincerely,

    Shin

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    « Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 11:38:13 AM »
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  • Periodically, I take a look at the Maxims of St Philip Neri. I was looking earlier today and I liked the one for 22nd May (two days' time):

    "If we find nothing in the world to please us, we ought to be pleased by this very not finding anything to please us."

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    « Reply #7 on: May 20, 2014, 11:44:08 AM »
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  • Quote from: Truth is Eternal

    Most everything around me is in the process of spiraling towards ruin. I have always been told to see the good of God in everything, and, while I believe that's true, everything just continues into moral, social, political and economic chaos which makes it that much more difficult to see good in the majority of people. The less good I see in people, the more wonderful and magnificent our great God appears to me.

    I am just having trouble finding my place in all of this. I hate my job. I am also told to be happy I have a job. I see some of the logic in it but it still doesn't change the fact I hate my job and the place appears to be falling apart.

    Is it wrong to in a way, to beg God for the chastisement to come in full force?



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    ... Also, fish or flax oil pills are good for mood boosts.



    I.e., when you're tempted to beg God to send the Chastisement soon because everything's so unbearable, then your answer is fish oil & flax oil for mood boosts.


    Only on CathInfo, folks.  

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    « Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 11:50:50 AM »
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    Periodically, I take a look at the Maxims of St Philip Neri. I was looking earlier today and I liked the one for 22nd May (two days' time):

    "If we find nothing in the world to please us, we ought to be pleased by this very not finding of anything to please us."


    Well, the Anti Definition League will never say clare is an anti-Semite, so you can find that in the world to please you.   :smirk:

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    « Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 12:18:18 PM »
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  • Quote from: Neil Obstat
    Quote from: clare
    Periodically, I take a look at the Maxims of St Philip Neri. I was looking earlier today and I liked the one for 22nd May (two days' time):

    "If we find nothing in the world to please us, we ought to be pleased by this very not finding of anything to please us."

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    I see you added the word "of". I agree, the maxim sounds better with it.

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    « Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 02:29:38 PM »
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  • One of the graces we receive from being Traditional Catholics is that we see things of this world more clearly than others--we see them in the light of Christ's teachings and when we look at the world we find little that is in accord with those teachings which are our rule of life.  This is certainly depressing.  Add to that a job you don't like and other ways of temporal sufferings and it can get pretty bad.  We need to find ways to handle this or else we become tempted to despair.  

    The books addressing this problem advise two things:  For the soul, meditate on Christ's Passion, especially His agony in the garden.  It is there that you will find a kindred soul who understands everything you feel.  Almost everyone let Him down except His Mother, St. Mary Magdalene, and St. John.  "I looked for one to comfort me and I found none" (Scripture).  He even felt abandoned by God the Father, yet His dying words were "Into Your hands I commend My spirit."  If you can spend time before the Blessed Sacrament, it is very helpful when you feel like this.  He's usually alone there, Body and Soul.  Tell Him all.  Unburden yourself, place your cares into His hands.  It helps.

    Also pray to Our Lady and ask for help.  She will help ward off temptations to despair.  When dark thoughts start coming, start saying Hail Mary's.  It really helps.  Even if you feel totally rotten and like you can't say one decent prayer, say them.  God accepts what is in our will.  

    For your life, do whatever is in your power to change the situations you don't like.  Staying in a job you hate takes its toll on your mental and physical health.  BTDT.  Pray for guidance and help in finding something else.  If you can't find anything, bow your head to God's Will knowing that He will sustain you and trust in Him that He has a very good reason -- your sanctification -- for the circumstances in your life.  Nothing goes unplanned by Him but we are free to ask for changes if we feel we need them but we must also be willing to accept things as they are if our petition is denied because, being our Creator, He knows what is best for us and we must trust Him.

    Thinking of heaven is good as long as it doesn't depress you further -- I say "depress" because perhaps you want to be there now and you can't be.  God still has plans for you here.  In this case, you must bow your head to His Will and believe in His love for you.

    This is a very hard time in which to live.  But it is a very good time if you consider that you can offer all your suffering for your sins or those of others.  And surely you are gaining merit for heaven, much more so than if you lived in easier times.  

    Try to find something that brings you joy -- a hobby perhaps, or some other interest like learning a foreign language -- anything that you can really delve into that will take your mind off things.  It's not a waste of time if it restores peace to your soul and lightens the load a little.  If you find something that you can do that will also benefit others, more the better.  One sure way to forget your troubles (at least temporarily) is to think of others.  Maybe there's some way you could volunteer or even find a job with a charitable organization that would make you feel like you're helping to change this world for the better.  

    As for praying for the chastisement to come, well, if you consider how offended God is these days and how the chastisement would put an end to that, it seems like a good idea.  OTOH, if you want to pray for it to come because you're tired of living like this and want it to come to an end, that's not so good.  Quite understandable, but not so good according to what I've read.  In effect, you're saying "I don't want to carry my cross any longer."  I think many of us know that feeling.  But thoughts and feelings like these lead to despair and THAT is what the devil is after.  We just simply cannot give up hope in God, hope that He will help us no matter how bad things get, hope that at the end of these times there indeed will be happiness for us beyond anything that we can comprehend, and faith in Him that He does know what He is doing and if He chooses to chastise us more than He is doing now, we must leave it up to Him to decide when that will be.  We do what Our Lady asked at Fatima and bow our head in submission to God's Will for the world and for us in particular--and we hold onto our faith and hope because that's what Catholics do.  We have a God Who loves and cares about us and will take care of us.  When all seems dark and everything seems useless, it is precisely THEN that we need to make more acts of faith and hope in Him.  It glorifies Him for us to do so and such acts keeps the devil at bay.  

    I once read in a book, don't recall the name, that having faith and hope is like a bird that sings before the dawn arrives.  Even though the sky is still dark and the world is quiet, it sings because it knows the dawn will come.    

    I hope some of this helps.  I've been through it and know others who have also.  Spiritual reading often helps at times like this, but sometimes the Lord just wants you to sweat it out until He lightens the burden.  Just keep making acts of faith and trust and you can't go wrong.  God will reward you and remember that the worst thing we can do is to despair.  That is the same as saying that God is not powerful enough to help you/this world.  He doesn't offer Himself in the Mass every day for nothing.  


     

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