Catholic Wisdom

October 27, 2011

Count Your Blessings

Filed under: New Stuff — Renovo @ 8:06 am

Matthew 6:19-21
“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: …But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: …For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.”

“God Bless America”
“God Bless you”
“Bless us O Lord”

Blessings are invoked all of the time. Those of good-will (and sometimes others) will ask God to bestow blessings upon them or their families or their friends. It is very safe to say that good health, peace and prosperity, long life, emotional well-being, comfort, and love are the typical blessings that are sought after. You can say that this is human nature and very typical to want a portion or all of the “Hollywood” lifestyle but you cannot say that it is very Catholic. If you look at these requests with Catholic-lenses you will notice that they are not particularly conducive to Heaven and are really rather short-sighted and selfish, seeking rewards while here on Earth, instead of where rewards should be sought after.

Blessings are all of the the gifts from God and God gives His Gifts very generously. Everyday each of us may receive many hundreds without even realizing them. As a loving Father, God gives to us what we truly need and not necessarily what we request. Without exception we receive by His Providence that which tends to our Salvation, which is our greatest good thing that we could hope for. Unfortunately too often we hope for less.

At times God does give us pleasant gifts. But the blessings that we really need are our trials and crosses, and because of His Love these are the ones that God gives us the most. As the Little Flower recognized, many times a day opportunities are placed before us that allow us to merit Heaven. Difficulties, adversities and humilities help keep us from wandering astray; as we would certainly do without them. The gifts that we tend to ask for would make us comfortable, successful and popular; but the proud and prosperous are not blessed. By the Grace of God we are protected from these “successes” that would drag us to Hell. So we should thank God and Bless Him for His Love and Protection, recognizing the many blessings that He does send us. One only need look to His Son and to His Saints to see that He sends the most crosses to those He loves the most. And many times it is the abandoned reprobate that have the “good fortunes” that we so often seek here on Earth.

Strive for Heaven and for less time in Purgatory and be thankful when you receive the blessings from God that enable both of these.

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