Sunday, August 7, 2016
Ephesians, Chapter 6, Verse 5-7
5 Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, 6 not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7 willingly serving the Lord and not human beings, 8 knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
“Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ” I often reflected on this verse while working constructing the South Pole Station especially on those days that were close to 80 below zero! Therefore increase in faith, hope, and love.
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Lk 12:32)
Amoris Lætitia Love in Marriage Love is not rude (99-100)
To love is also to be gentle and thoughtful, and this is conveyed by the next word, aschemonéi. It indicates that love is not rude or impolite; it is not harsh. Its actions, words and gestures are pleasing and not abrasive or rigid. Love abhors making others suffer. Courtesy “is a school of sensitivity and disinterestedness” which requires a person “to develop his or her mind and feelings, learning how to listen, to speak and, at certain times, to keep quiet”. It is not something that a Christian may accept or reject. As an essential requirement of love, “every human being is bound to live agreeably with those around him”. Every day, “entering into the life of another, even when that person already has a part to play in our life, demands the sensitivity and restraint which can renew trust and respect. Indeed, the deeper love is, the more it calls for respect for the other’s freedom and the ability to wait until the other opens the door to his or her heart”. To be open to a genuine encounter with others, “a kind look” is essential. This is incompatible with a negative attitude that readily points out other people’s shortcomings while overlooking one’s own. A kind look helps us to see beyond our own limitations, to be patient and to cooperate with others, despite our differences. Loving kindness builds bonds, cultivates relationships, creates new networks of integration and knits a firm social fabric. In this way, it grows ever stronger, for without a sense of belonging we cannot sustain a commitment to others; we end up seeking our convenience alone and life in common becomes impossible. Antisocial persons think that others exist only for the satisfaction of their own needs. Consequently, there is no room for the gentleness of love and its expression. Those who love are capable of speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation, and encouragement. These were the words that Jesus himself spoke: “Take heart, my son!” (Mt 9:2); “Great is your faith!” (Mt 15:28); “Arise!” (Mk 5:41); “Go in peace” (Lk 7:50); “Be not afraid” (Mt 14:27). These are not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn...we must learn to imitate Jesus’ own gentleness in our way of speaking to one another.
National Sister Day
National Sister Day is an unofficial holiday that is celebrated annually on August 7. It was celebrated for the first time on August 7, 2011.
National Sister Day Facts & Quotes
- Studies form Brigham Young University show that sisters give siblings better mental health.
- According to the Journal of Politics, boys with sisters are more likely to become republican. Young men who were raised with sisters are more typically more likely to express social conservative views on attitudes about gender roles.
- Men with sisters are more likely to have involved interactions and be liked significantly more by their female acquaintances than those who did not have a sister. In short, brother benefit from having sisters by having a higher likelihood of getting a date.
There is nobody in this world that knows me better than my sister.– Tia Mowry, American actress and model.
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.– Margaret Mead, American Cultural Anthropologist.
Tomorrow will be my sister Linda’s Birthday I hope her day is special; please pray for her intentions.
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