This week's readings seem to be about one thing: love.
In the gospel reading, we hear Jesus tell His disciples:
It sounds so simple, "love one another as I love you".
For probably as long as I can remember, I have been struggling with my short-temper. I like to say that I'm not that analytical, in that I don't spend a lot of time pondering and analyzing each word someone has said, what they meant or didn't mean, how I should interpret it, etc. This also means that I don't think a whole lot before I say things myself....which often times means that my short-temper gets the words out before I've even had time to think enough to stop it. It is something I pray about and struggle with everyday, especially with small children who tend to fight against control (which I tend to impose too much of) and who have their own God-given personalities and ideas that can sometimes run counter to mine. Life doesn't fit into the perfect little box that I seem to be inclined to fit it into.
Needless to say, I want to live each moment of each day selflessly loving my children, my husband, my family and friends, my acquaintances, and strangers. I know that to do this will take prayer and practice.
Recently I heard Matthew Kelly speak, and he said that the saints didn't lead lives of complete holiness. The saints lived many holy moments. So from this, his idea for becoming holier was to aim to build moments of holiness. First for 1 minute of holiness, then when you've got that, go for 2 minutes, 3 minutes, etc.
So that's what I'm going to try to do. Live moments of holiness in which I am loving all others as Jesus loves me.
Pray for me!
Here is this week's Catholic Family Meeting slideshow: