Ten Ways To Please God

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Ten Ways To Please God
1. When you get up in the morning, say, “Good morning!” to him

2. When you are doing some menial task during the day, say a silent “Our Father” to him
(the Our Father is at the bottom of this page)

3. When doing a small task for someone else, such as picking up their clothes off the floor, say to him, “This is for You Lord”

4. Tell someone who is down, and doesn’t feel like they have a friend in the world, that Jesus loves them, The Creator of the Universe.

5. Hold up a plump piece of fruit, or a flower, and say to someone, “Isn’t God amazing to have able to think this up?

6. When you are talking with a person who clearly is filled with evil, say silently to yourself, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I cast out of this body before me all evil spirits. Do not bother this body, or any of it’s family again. In the name of Jesus Christ, be gone now.

7. Honor the Mother of Jesus, Mother Mary, by daily saying hello to her, and thanking her for watching over us.

8. When He performs a miracle in your life, or does something amazing out of the blue, recognize Him for that, and say, “I know that was YOU! Thank you for loving me.”

9. Thank Jesus daily for saving all the souls from Hell by dying in our place.

10. When someone asks you for something, give them twice as much as what they asked for, and tell God that was for him, for your love for him.

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Some people say, “How do I speak with God when he doesn’t speak back. What is praying? How do you pray? How can I have a personal relationship with God?
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They are thinking too hard on the subject, and God is EASY.
He does speak back, LOUD AND CLEAR for those who WANT TO RECOGNISE his voice, it is in nature all around us, and whispered into our heart. He will do all of the work, and show you how to do yours, if only you are subjective, and believe, and trust that he is indeed there.
Praying is only saying what is on your mind, and for those that can’t think up anything proper, prayers are written down for them to read. That is a good start. Actually, a great start. You need only to think in your head, to pray.
Jesus already HAS a personal relationship with you, now it is your turn. The best thing to remember is that he knows your whole life already, and is standing at the end of it, on the other side, waiting for you. Don’t let the moment of your death be the first time you meet him.
If you ask Mother Mary, she will prepare you to meet him, in a very special and unique way. She is indeed our advocate.

“Our Father”

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

“The Hail Mary”

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

The Oh My Jesus!

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, thank you for saving us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy!

Only the Good Die Young

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Only the Good Die Young

The path to the light is narrow
And at the same time engulfed in an enormous sea of darkness
The path to the light is a pin whole
In a galaxy of blackened space

When one gets sick, and faces death
they turn to the light
that tiny pinhole
and beg to be accepted
and it is only then that their souls are ready.

And so he takes them to preserve them.

He must grasp the moment when the chance for redemption is possible
for to leave us here
in a galaxy of darkness
is dangerous to a soul
and one might be lost forever

The children who get cancer and die
they are being given a gift
of not having to endure
the harshness of life
of not being tempted to sin over and over
in their adult life.
God knows all
He knows the paths one will take
and if at any moment
you are ready to go
He saves you from the wickedness here.

Some people get sick in their adult lives
and then they are in remission
having been saved by the doctors.

But then the cancer come back
because it really was time to go
because you are ready.
It is a gift
Don’t fight it
Consider yourself blessed

We cry bitterly for those who have gone before us
Because our soul is left alone here
to endure.
Consider them blessed
to get into Heaven early
Consider them blessed
to have taken a detour that avoids all sin.

They have also avoided all punishment for sin
because they don’t have any left
after suffering so.

While suffering
a human almost always gives themselves to God
If only to ease the pain
and he makes their bed while they lie in it.

The exception are those who have been devout
who have lived a long life
who love only the Lord
and who pray unceasingly.
Little is the chance that they will fall or turn away.
And those souls—-
Those souls- he keeps here.
They generally live a long, long time.
That is to preserve goodness in the world.
If it weren’t for those people
We would have been destroyed a long time ago.
And so they live on
Great, and alive
The good die young, indeed
But the great live on.

There are those who’s illnesses have dragged out
and tortured them
and all others around them.
We say they have bad luck
Or they have not been blessed.

In reality, they have just not come to Lord
and if you help them to do so,
they can escape this place in haste
and enter the pin hole of eternal life.

Jesus will never let you die without you being ready
for he does not want to lose even one soul.

This is the answer to why bad things happen to good people.
It is all to bring them to God, and that is it.
There is no more.

Loving the Lord is the quickest way to Heaven,
And so, only the good die young.

The Truth

Just when I thought I had dug to the bottom of the never ending pit……..
Just when I thought I had reached the last of my terrible sins………
Just when I thought I was on my way to salvation………
……………WHAM!
Nothing could compare to what I found
In the bottom of the pit.

Nothing will be able to wipe away the tears of regret
Nothing will take this……
THIS!
This, that I cannot bare!
This, that chains my arms behind my back
and raises my feet to kick my face.

I was on my way up
…up….up….UP to Heaven….
On my way…and then WHAM!
How can I forgive myself NOW?!?
How can I be forgiven by someone else,
when I can’t forgive myself?

I am moved in this moment
As I stare at what I have done
And I look at the grief that I have caused….
I am moved to see the truth.

I look at the mutilation to My Lord’s backside
I look at the bleeding and tearing at his front
I stare at the large gouge in his side
I tenderly run my spiritual finger over the scars at his forehead
and then I bow down
and kiss the holes in His feet.
….and He whispers….
“Even though you abused them….I never left them.
Even though they don’t know me, I never will leave them.
I will deal with you later-
For now, I am busy cleaning up your mess.”
Blessed be Jesus Christ Forever!
He takes away the sins of the world.
He is there for you
When you are your own worst enemy.
He will never leave you.
Though His enemy, you may be,
He will then just have to work harder.

Blessed be the people who have made it easy for him.

As I sit today, and fear for my soul
I think about all of the other people in this world
Eight billion or so
and half of them don’t know The Savior.
How large will the army be that doesn’t serve Him?
Still though, He is stronger, and triumphant He WILL BE,
starting with me.

Maybe facing the past, facing what I have done,
and whom I have hurt
is part of the process of saving ones soul,
and therefor, ultimately, I rejoice in the truth.
Peace be with me
and you.

The Ten Commandments B#R$O%K&E*N!

The Ten Commandments Broken

Every single Sunday, we shop. There is always something we need, or want. Back when the Blue Laws were in affect, we obeyed the third commandment, Keep Holy the Sabbath. Now that we don’t, we have just brushed one of the ten commandments aside, like it never existed. Imagine a world where if no one shopped on Sundays, the stores would be forced to close on that day. We would then have forced them into obeying.

The second thing that we do daily is break the second commandment, though shall not take the Lord’s name in vein. What that means is that if you are not praying, then don’t say the word God. Unless you are having a spiritual conversation pertaining to God, then don’t speak his name, unless praising him. All of the popular terms, “Oh My God, God Damn it, and so forth are all breaking the second commandment.

I was preparing to go to confession the other day, and thought my sins we not so many, until I came across this article while trying to find out times for confession. I was amazed to find that I had broken nearly ALL of the ten commandment. After reading the following, I was able to make a good, solid confession.

Examination of Conscience

A Detailed Catholic Examination of Conscience

A good Catholic Catholic examination of conscience can be a great help in making a new start in the life of faith.
We use an examination of conscience to help call to mind our sins and failings during a period of quiet reflection before approaching the priest in Confession.
It’s important for a good Catholic examination of conscience to be thorough. This will help you learn about things that you may not be aware of. It’s also a chance to develop your conscience. This is a critical aid for the beginning Catholic.
To make an examination:
• Set aside some quiet time for reflection.
• Start by praying to the Holy Spirit, asking for help in making a good examination to prepare for Confession.
• Read through the items on this list and honestly reflect on your behavior for each item.
• If necessary, take this list or some brief notes (keep them private!) to Confession to help you remember things.
A Catholic examination of conscience traditionally follows the outline of the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Catholic Church.
The Ten Commandments

First Commandment
I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.
Have I…
• Disobeyed the commandments of God or the Church?
• Refused to accept what God has revealed as true, or what the Catholic Church proposes for belief?
• Denied the existence of God?
• Nourished and protected my faith?
• Rejected everything opposed to a sound faith?
• Deliberately misled others about doctrine or the faith?
• Rejected the Catholic faith, joined another Christian denomination, or joined or practiced another religion?
• Joined a group forbidden to Catholics (Masons, communists, etc.)?
• Despaired about my salvation or the forgiveness of my sins?
• Presumed on God’s mercy? (Committing a sin in expectation of forgiveness, or asking for forgiveness without conversion and practicing virtue.)
• Loved someone or something more than God (money, power, sex, ambition, etc.)?
• Let someone or something influence my choices more than God?
• Engaged in superstitious practices? (Incl. horoscopes, fortune tellers, etc.)
• Been involved in the occult? (Seances, ouija board, worship of Satan, etc.)
• Formally left the Catholic Church?
• Hidden a serious sin or told a lie in confession?
Second Commandment
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have I…
• Used the name of God in cursing or blasphemy?
• Failed to keep vows or promises that I have made to God?
• Spoken about the Faith, the Church, the saints, or sacred things with irreverence, hatred or defiance?
• Watched television or movies, or listened to music that treated God, the Church, the saints, or sacred things irreverently?
• Used vulgar, suggestive or obscene speech?
• Belittled others in my speech?
• Behaved disrespectfully in Church?
• Misused places or things set apart for the worship of God?
• Committed perjury? (Breaking an oath or lying under oath.)
• Blamed God for my failings?
Third Commandment
Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
Have I…
• Set time aside each day for personal prayer to God?
• Missed Mass on Sunday or Holy Days (through own fault w/o sufficient reason)?
• Committed a sacrilege against the Blessed Sacrament?
• Received a sacrament while in the state of mortal sin?
• Habitually come late to and/or leave early from Mass without a good reason?
• Shop, labor, or do business unnecessarily on Sunday or other Holy Days of Obligation?
• Not attend to taking my children to Mass?
• Knowingly eat meat on a forbidden day (or not fasting on a fast day)?
• Eat or drink within one hour of receiving Communion (other than medical need)?
Fourth Commandment
Honor your father and your mother.
Have I…
• (If still under my parents’ care) Obeyed all that my parents reasonably asked of me?
• Neglected the needs of my parents in their old age or in their time of need?
• (If still in school) Obeyed the reasonable demands of my teachers?
• Neglected to give my children proper food, clothing, shelter, education, discipline and care (even after Confirmation)?
• Provided for the religious education and formation of my children for as long as they are under my care?
• Ensured that my children still under my care regularly frequent the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion?
• Educated my children in a way that corresponds to my religious convictions?
• Provided my children with a positive, prudent and personalized education in the Catholic teaching on human sexuality?
• Been to my children a good example of how to live the Catholic Faith?
• Prayed with and for my children?
• Lived in humble obedience to those who legitimately exercise authority over me?
• Have I broken the law?
• Have I supported or voted for a politician whose positions are opposed to the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church?
Fifth Commandment You shall not kill.
Have I…
• Unjustly and intentionally killed a human being?
• Been involved in an abortion, directly or indirectly (through advice, etc.)?
• Seriously considered or attempted suicide?
• Supported, promoted or encouraged the practice of assisted suicide or mercy killing?
• Deliberately desired to kill an innocent human being?
• Unjustly inflicted bodily harm an another person?
• Unjustly threatened another person with bodily harm?
• Verbally or emotionally abused another person?
• Hated another person, or wished him evil?
• Been prejudiced, or unjustly discriminated against others because of their race, color, nationality, sex or religion?
• Joined a hate group?
• Purposely provoked another by teasing or nagging?
• Recklessly endangered my life or health, or that of another, by my actions?
• Driven recklessly or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs?
• Abused alcohol or other drugs?
• Sold or given drugs to others to use for non-therapeutic purposes?
• Used tobacco immoderately?
• Over-eaten?
• Encouraged others to sin by giving scandal?
• Helped another to commit a mortal sin (through advice, driving them somewhere, etc.?
• Caused serious injury or death by criminal neglect?
• Indulged in serious anger?
• Refused to control my temper?
• Been mean to, quarreled with, or willfully hurt someone?
• Been unforgiving to others, when mercy or pardon was requested?
• Sought revenge or hoped something bad would happen to someone?
• Delighted to see someone else get hurt or suffer?
• Treated animals cruelly, causing them to suffer or die needlessly?
Sixth & Ninth Commandments
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
Have I…
• Practiced the virtue of chastity?
• Given in to lust? (The desire for sexual pleasure unrelated to spousal love in marriage.)
• Used an artificial means of birth control?
• Refused to be open to conception, without just cause? (Catechism, 2368)
• Participated in immoral techniques for in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination?
• Sterilized my sex organs for contraceptive purposes?
• Deprived my spouse of the marital right, without just cause?
• Claimed my own marital right without concern for my spouse?
• Deliberately caused male climax outside of normal sexual intercourse? (Catechism, 2366)
• Willfully entertained impure thoughts?
• Purchased, viewed, or made use of pornography?
• Watched movies and television that involve sex and nudity?
• Listened to music or jokes that are harmful to purity?
• Committed adultery? (Sexual relations with someone who is married, or with someone other than my spouse.)
• Committed incest? (Sexual relations with a relative or in-law.)
• Committed fornication? (Sexual relations with someone of the opposite sex when neither of us is married.)
• Engaged in homosexual activity? (Sexual activity with someone of the same sex.)
• Committed rape?
• Masturbated? (Deliberate stimulation of one’s own sexual organs for sexual pleasure.)
• Engaged in sexual foreplay (petting) reserved for marriage?
• Preyed upon children or youth for my sexual pleasure?
• Engaged in unnatural sexual activities?
• Engaged in prostitution, or paid for the services of a prostitute?
• Seduced someone, or allowed myself to be seduced?
• Made uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances toward another?
• Purposely dressed immodestly?
Seventh & Tenth Commandments
You shall not steal.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Have I…
• Stolen? (Take something that doesn’t belong to me against the reasonable will of the owner.)
• Envied others on account of their possessions?
• Tried to live in a spirit of Gospel poverty and simplicity?
• Given generously to others in need?
• Considered that God has provided me with money so that I might use it to benefit others, as well as for my own legitimate needs?
• Freed myself from a consumer mentality?
• Practiced the works of mercy?
• Deliberately defaced, destroyed or lost another’s property?
• Cheated on a test, taxes, sports, games, or in business?
• Squandered money in compulsive gambling?
• Make a false claim to an insurance company?
• Paid my employees a living wage, or failed to give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?
• Failed to honor my part of a contract?
• Failed to make good on a debt?
• Overcharge someone, especially to take advantage of another’s hardship or ignorance?
• Misused natural resources?
Eighth Commandment
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I…
• Lied?
• Knowingly and willfully deceived another?
• Perjured myself under oath?
• Gossiped?
• Committed detraction? (Destroying a person’s reputation by telling others about his faults for no good reason.)
• Committed slander or calumny? (Telling lies about another person in order to destroy his reputation.)
• Committed libel? (Writing lies about another person in order to destroy his reputation.)
• Been guilty of rash judgment? (Assuming the worst of another person based on circumstantial evidence.)
• Failed to make reparation for a lie I told, or for harm done to a person’s reputation?
• Failed to speak out in defense of the Catholic Faith, the Church, or of another person?
• Betrayed another’s confidence through speech?

The Precepts of the Church

First Precept of the Church
You shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
• (see examination under the Third Commandment)
Second Precept of the Church
You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
Have I…
• Made a good Confession of my mortal sins least once a year?
• Purposely omitted telling my mortal sins in my last Confession?
• Performed the penance I was given?
• Made reparation for any harm I have done to others?
Third Precept of the Church
You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.
Have I…
• Fulfilled my Easter duty to receive Holy Communion at least once between the First Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday?
• Received Holy Communion while in the state of mortal sin?
• Fasted an hour before receiving Holy Communion?
• Received Holy Communion more than twice in one day?
Fourth Precept of the Church
You shall keep holy the Holy days of Obligation.
• (see examination under the Third Commandment)
Fifth Precept of the Church
You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.
Have I…
• Done penance every Friday, if not abstaining from meat, then some other form of penance?
• Abstained from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent (if I am 14 years of age or older)?
• Fasted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (if I am between the ages of 18 and 59)?
• Spent time in prayer, doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and practicing self-denial?
Sixth Precept of the Church
You shall contribute to the support of the Church.
Have I…
• Contributed a just amount of my time, talents and money to support my parish and the work of the Church?
Seventh Precept of the Church
You shall observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.
Have I…
• Been living in a valid and licit marriage according to the laws of the Catholic Church?
• Abandoned my spouse and family by separation or divorce?
• Kept company with someone whom I cannot marry in the Catholic Church?
• Given scandal by living with a member of the opposite sex without the benefit of a marriage blessed by the Catholic Church?
• Entered into marriage with more than one person at the same time?
This detailed Catholic examination of conscience should help you reflect on how you are responding to the demands made by the love of God.