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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