Familyland TV Online

English: TV set NEFRYT

English: TV set NEFRYT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of looking online for good Catholic programing, internet TV primarily. I’ve found several. There is, of course, EWTN. And then there’s Salt & Light, CatholicTV, NETNY, and Telecare. These are all very much worth a Google. One of the best I’ve found, and please note that you have to register to use it but the registration is free and only takes two or three minutes, is Familyland TV Online. They have really good Catholic programing, to much to go into here, and its there when YOU want to watch it. For example they have Bishop Sheen’s “Life is Worth Living” TV series. They change the episodes on a regular basis, but until its changed the current one is available 24/7. All of the other programing, whether weekly or daily, works the same. Is that not a great concept? Good TV, sound Catholic TV, wholesome entertainment, movies, music and more when YOU’RE ready for it, when YOU’RE schedule permits.

Familyland TV Online.

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“Count your blessngs.”

Lent

Lent (Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC)

Every year, just before Lent, I go to a priest and ask him to give me something to do or not do, a penance, for Lent. My thought is that I’ll either be to hard or to soft on myself when it comes to a penance so I’m not the one who should decide. I normally try to go to a priest who doesn’t know me so that he won’t be in some way biased and that bias effect his decission. Whatever he says is what I go with. This year I decided, the threat of bias aside, to ask my parish priest. His idea was, for me, a bit novel. He told me to write down a blessing everyday and then to consider WHY it was a blessing. I’ve made all sorts of lists over the years, things I’m thankful for, “gratitude” lists, but its odd that I never thought to stop and consider the “Why?”

 

Tonight I’ve chosen friends as a blessing. That’s straightforward enough. But then comes the “Why?” I came up with several reasons, all obvious, all good. Then the not so obvious came into focus. I thought, “Friends are a blessing because they see the good in me.” I figure a real friend dwells more on my good points than on my bad. But then came another “Why?” Why does a friend look at my positives more than the negatives? This attitude of theirs has nothing to do with me, it has to do with them. You see, it’s not because of the good in me that they see the good in me. That’s not it at all. They see good in me because of the good in them. Which is just one more reason to be thankful for the blessing that is a friend.

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Faithful body building … Thursday, February 14

English: Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2003

“No pain? No gain.” Arnold Schwarzenegger knows how to build up his muscle. Do we? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished.” Luke 1:45. How much can God do in our lives if we don’t believe He can or will do a thing? We shorten God’s hand, we limit Him, by our lack of faith and willingness. Mary believed and Elizabeth knew it. 2,000 years down the road we still experience the results. How can God pay us a visit if we don’t believe He’ll show up? Please read Matthew 13:58 and Hebrews 11:6. It’s not that He can’t, because He can. It’s just that we won’t let Him because we don’t or won’t believe. And then, often as not, we bemoan the fact that He didn’t fill-in-the-blank when we needed Him to. So what is it that fixes this, that cures this situation? Obviously if it’s a lack of faith that cause the problem then the answer is more and deeper faith. Which makes the real question or problem not the lack of faith so much as how to strengthen and increase our faith. But how do we do that? How do we become more faith-filled? And the answer is simple. By listening. “Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17. How does this work? Well, in various ways, but one of the easiest ways to understand this and put it into practice is to listen to the Word and then act on it. Acting on it takes a certain kind of faith itself and it also exercises what little faith we may have thus strengthening it. Doing this, acting on the Word we listen to, the one read to us each Sunday at Mass and even daily if we can make weekday Mass, also provides us with positive experience which in turn strengthens our faith. And so it goes. You use a muscle, your faith, and it gets bigger. When its bigger and stronger you can use it even more which makes it even bigger and stronger. And, again, so it goes. After awhile you won’t recognize yourself in the mirror. You look in the mirror and a spiritual Arnold Schwarzenegger gazes back at you. At which point you remember that the muscles aren’t your own doing. They wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the Word you listened to. It’s the Word first and our working with it second, that’s the proper sequence. We’re the bodybuilder but with out a faithful Trainer all our efforts would be for nothing. So today lets hit the gym. In this world there’s always plenty of chances to exercise our faith. We just need to always remember to listen to our Trainer.

Today … St. Valentine. A martyr and more. This saint went through a lot and his life story, to long to go into here, is worth reading. Why do you think he went through so much? Because he enjoyed pain and persecution? Because he didn’t care? No, no one enjoys pain and persecution and I doubt that there was ever a saint that didn’t care. No, Valentine went through what he went through because he believed. He believed because he had heard and when he heard he listened. He had faith. He had something else as a result of hearing, believing, and faith. Because all of these are worthless without the prime ingredient. As we exercise spiritually we need to do it for one reason, the same reason St. Valentine and every other saint did. No exercise program is complete without this one element. No amount of faith is of any use without this one key ingredient.

Key ingredient/most important element … “And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13. God is love. Without love (“charity” as its translated here) there is nothing else.

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