Importance of Attitude



William James, the Harvard trained physician, noticed most of the people who came to consult him about medical-physical problems really had a psychological-attitudinal problem-something deep down inside of them that caused a physical manifestation.

So, James went into psychiatry, and in his book History of Psychology he wrote: “The greatest discovery in our generation is that human beings by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change all the outer aspects of their lives.”

The American Academy of Psychosomatic medicine once suggested that 92% of ALL physical illness is psychologically induced. Isn’t that something? So, it seems to me, that having the proper attitude is very important to your overall health and well-being.

St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians that we are to “have in us the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

Our Lord Jesus has an attitude of self-giving. In His life on earth, Jesus knew Who He was, but never flaunted it. He humbly used Who He was for the benefit of others—giving Himself totally for the life of the world.

We are to follow His example. And we follow His example because we know that it leads to the fullness of life.

Psychologists, teachers, coaches, motivation speakers, and authors all attest to the value of having a positive attitude.

Positive attitude helps to cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it will bring constructive changes into your life, and makes you happier, more pleasant, and even more successful. With a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, you become optimistic and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing and strengthening.

You could develop a positive attitude by: choosing to be happy, choosing to stay optimistic, and finding reasons to smile more often: Read inspiring stories of people, associate with positive people, learn to speak only positive words, meditate on the Gospel, believe in the victory of Jesus over sin and death, have confidence that in Christ you have the strength to do all things (see Philippians 4:13).

Yes, your attitude is very important. Take on the attitude of Jesus Christ, and live positively.

Fr. Dave

How Do You See God?

Talents ParableA drunk guy is walking down the street. He see
s this nun dressed in her very traditional long habit and veil. The man runs up to her and knocks her over, then says, “You don’t feel so tough now, do you, Batman!?”

The point is: how you see someone will largely determine how you deal with that someone.

Jesus’ parable about the talents teaches us something very important: the way we see God is how we approach Him.

A “talent” refers to a large sum of money. In Jesus’ parable the master gives one servant five talents, two talents to another, and one talent to the third. The first two went off right away and made double for their master, while the third servant buried the talent, and simply gave the money back to the master.

The third servant’s action (or lack of action) was the result of how he viewed his master. He saw his master as a “harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed.” He was afraid.

His master wasn’t happy with him, and because he did not use his talent, it was taken away. And, the third servant was punished for not using it.

Let’s look at the differences between the two servants who served their master correctly and the one who did not:

The first two were determined to make a profit; the third was determined to not take a loss. The first two were willing to work hard and take risks; the third took no risks.

The first two received the gift; the third refused the gift.

The first two wanted to advance the master’s domain; the third had no interest in what mattered to the master.

The first two viewed the money as an opportunity; the third guy saw it as a problem.

The first two allowed the master’s gift to change their lives; the third refused to let the gift touch his life.

The first two saw a blessing; the third guy saw a burden.

And, in the final analysis, the first two knew the master; the third servant had no clue.

How do you see God? Is He a harsh judge? Is He a task-master? Well, that’s going to affect the way you approach Him. Jesus reveals His Father to us as our Father—a loving Father who wants only the best for His children.

The Lord has given each of us “talents” as well. We are to develop them and use them for the glory of God our Father. We will gladly do so if we see God rightly.

Fr. Dave

Shhh! God’s Talking to Me

Child and Shhh!There is a story of a king who visits a spiritual master. The busy king, had the responsibilities of running the kingdom and the well-being of all his subjects, still he desired to be united with God. The king asks the spiritual master to give him the secret of being united with God in a simple, practical way. The spiritual master said: “I will give you the secret in one word.” The king impatiently said: “Give me that word!’ The spiritual master said: “Silence.” The king asked: “And how could I get silence?” The spiritual master said: “Contemplation”. The king asked: “What is contemplation?” The spiritual master said: “Silence.”

All the great spiritual mystics and saints throughout the ages agree upon one thing, that is: any way to God HAS TO BE a way through SILENCE. If you want to come into COMMUNION with God you MUST pass through silence.

When Elijah went up the mountain and sought God he thought God would be in the strong and rock crushing wind, or in the mighty earthquake, or in the ferocious fire. The Lord did come to Elijah in neither of those ways. The Lord God spoke to Elijah in a tiny whispering sound.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus went off by himself on a regular basis to be alone in prayer. That’s when He could communicate one-on-one with His Father.

Contemplative prayer is a prayer of silence. Silence means “going beyond words and thoughts.” Contemplative prayer, then, is “going beyond words and thoughts” to experiencing the presence of God. It is “sitting with God.” And, in “sitting” words are unnecessary. Still, in “sitting”, you may hear God speak to your heart.

Picture an elderly couple, who are married over fifty years, sitting contently in silence on the front porch of their home. No words are exchanged, but much communication is going on. Basking in each other’s presence speaks volumes! We are to have such a loving relationship with our God.

Indeed, our Catholic Catechism says this: “Prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father.” CCC #2565

St. Therese of Lisieux said this: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look toward heaven.”

In our prayer life, I’m sure all of us have said a multitude of words to God – almost as if we have to inform the Almighty how to run the world, or at least our lives. Yet, when you think of it, who has more profound things to say in our communication with God? Us to God? Or, God to us?

If you want to hear God’s voice enter into silence.

Fr. Dave

Rest in the Lord!

I’ve been there. You have, too.Jesus embracing child

You have too much on your plate – and feel overwhelmed.
I have felt the same.

You face impossible problems – and feel hopeless.
I’ve experienced the same.

You’ve experienced setbacks, disappointments, discouragements
– and are exhausted. Me, too.

You have been weary and heavy-laden, and so have I.

The question is: what do we do about it?

Some say: “That’s just how life is. After all, our society is a rat race.” Well, if we are all in a rat race, then just when you thought you were getting ahead, along may come faster rats. There is no rest. But remember this, whoever finally wins the rat race is still a rat!

Jesus wants more for us. He tells us: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

If all we needed was physical rest we can always take a nap. If we needed emotional rest, we can take a vacation. But how can we obtain relief regarding the deepest issues of life at the deepest level of our hearts?

Jesus said “Come to me.” Our Lord regularly invited people to come to Him to meet their needs. He still invites you and me. But we really have to come to Him – and on HIS terms.

Jesus says: “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Being yoked to Jesus tells us three things:

Connection “Be with Me.” Yokes are made for two, not one. We were not meant to go through life living apart from God. His yoke fits well and is lighter than the one we’ve been pulling by ourselves. Be connected to Jesus! Live by His commands.
Direction “Follow Me.” The idea of a yoke pictures the forward motion of two connected together. You cannot be yoked to Jesus and go your own way anymore. We follow Him and His direction for our life. Follow Jesus! Live by His commands.
Cooperation “Work with Me.” To be yoked together means that we cooperate with His work. We are to cooperate in His work of building His Kingdom. To do this we must live by His values so as to spread His values. We are to live by His commands.

The kind of rest Jesus gives is the rest that we really need, and it only comes as the result of obeying His commands. The rest we need comes with obedience to Jesus.

Our Lord invites us to rest in Him. It will be good for those who do.

Fr. Dave

The Body and Blood of Christ

Let’s take a quiz: Which one of the following statements is true?Body and Blood of Christ

1. The consecrated bread and wine at Mass symbolizes the spirit and teachings of Jesus.

2. The consecrated bread and wine at Mass is the real presence of Jesus only during Mass.

3. The consecrated bread and wine at Mass is the real Body and Blood of Jesus if you believe it is so.

4. The consecrated bread and wine at Mass is the real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and we can adore and worship the consecrated host and wine as our God.

Before you answer, here are a couple of hints:
1. The Catholic Church has always taken the words of Jesus literally when He said “Take and eat; this is my body… All of you must drink from (the cup) for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, to be poured out in behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt 26:26-28) And, when Jesus said: “I am the Bread of Life … unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (Jn 6:48-53).

2. Our Catholic Catechism states: C 1374 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist is “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.”

The correct answer to the above quiz is, of course, #4.

From the earliest days of the Church the Holy Eucharist was believed to be the real Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the moment of consecration during Mass the bread and wine miraculously transform into the Body and Blood of our Savior. And the elements will never be just bread and wine again. That’s why extra care is taken to cleanse the paten and chalice after communion. That’s why we place the remaining consecrated hosts securely in the tabernacle. That’s why we can come before the Lord hidden within the tabernacle and really be in the presence of Jesus our Lord and God. That’s why we can adore our Lord in the Eucharist during Eucharistic Adoration.

According to Jesus, receiving Him in the Eucharist is not an option. Our Lord tells us clearly: “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” Jesus is telling us: without Holy Communion we will starve and die spiritually.

The feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) was established in 1264 by Pope Urban IV to emphasize the importance of what we are called to do every week, that is, to celebrate Holy Mass, professing our belief in the Holy Eucharist, and to receive our Lord in Holy Communion. The Pope asked St. Thomas Aquinas to write hymns for the feast. Aquinas wrote the Tantum Ergo and O Salutaris – hymns we still sing at Eucharistic Adoration.

Jesus promised his disciples that he would be present to them until the end of time. Our Lord is faithful to His promise by His real presence in the Holy Eucharist.