Sharings

St. Cecilia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Cecilia

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
– Psalm 150

This particular Psalm has always been one of my favorites. Psalm 150 calls us to praise the Lord with songs and music. Ever since my childhood, I’ve always loved music, so much so that I started music lessons very early and seriously considered it a career at one point. Singing and playing the violin was more than just a pastime or a hobby; it was something that truly gave me joy. Mass, church programs and the community gave me many opportunities to use my talents to glorify God and serve His people. Continue reading

Faith at Work

Praising in Action – Purity

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8

What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Continue reading

Faith at Work

Praising in Action – Submission

The Panaghia or All Holy icon venerated especially in Russia is the icon that best expresses all of this. The Mother of God is standing in an upright position with her arms raised in an attitude of total submission and acceptance.

The Lord with her is depicted as a princely child, visible in the centre of her bosom. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Praising in Action – Humility

Humility

  • Her soul makes nothing apparent other than the truth of God – Mary’s purpose was to magnify God, to make Him known and His doing evident. (Examine our own souls and see what/ who it is that we magnify)
  • To magnify another is to make them more visibly present, to let others see him/her more clearly and at the same time to move out of the way and not cast a shadow over them. We often find ourselves “testifying for God” when in fact we are speaking about what we have done or achieved.

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