The Examination

God richly blessed us with a joyful Christmas this year and I am sincerely grateful to have been given the opportunity throughout the holidays to spend quality time during the celebration of Jesus’ birth with our three children and their children and our relatives. I could not have asked for more.

While many struggle with the onset of the holidays each year, the days immediately following December 25th are the lugubrious ones for me. Now that the birth of Jesus has passed there are 365 plus days to await its return. I miss it already. Too soon impatience, inconsideration, and apathy replace the sprinkle of kindness and goodwill that blankets mankind with the arrival of Christmas.

Typically, I don’t make resolutions at the beginning of the year as I find that they are soon abandoned anyway but I usually do spend time reflecting on my conduct over the past year: was I kind enough, tolerant enough, accepting enough, encouraging enough, understanding enough. In precarious situations that I would rather not have been faced with did I act as God would have wanted? Was I consistently mindful that He is always with me, always aware of my thoughts, words, and actions? Did I set a good example of what Catholicism embraces? Through my words and actions would a stranger have known that I am a child of God?

While I cannot control my thoughts I can control my words and actions, did I do that throughout the year? And, if I failed in any area did I confess it as soon as reasonably possible and ask God’s forgiveness through confession?

Willfully with each passing day I strive to improve. By year’s end I hope that I have made some measure of progress toward being the creation originally I was formed to be in the Hands of God. Ever mindful that I can only achieve that lofty goal through the assistance of God, the Father, His Son and Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, I implore the intercession of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all of God’s angels and saints. Each entity is vital to my quest.

After all, God is perfect and it is no less than perfection that He requires of His adopted sons and daughters – us. I take His call seriously. I want to get as close to reaching the criterion He has set as is humanly possible, and I am ever aware that I cannot do it alone.

How Blessed we are to get another opportunity to improve. Another day, another year, ready or not here comes two thousand and twelve. Perhaps with collective prayer in the coming year every person alive will be encouraged to remember that when we place the triune God first in our lives and are open to His perfect design all things that happen are for our good.

I pray that we remember daily to don the full armor that will assist us in this battle on earth and lead us to eternity with God.

 

 

 

“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”      Ephesians 6:12-17

 

 

{Thank you for spending some time with me. May God Bless you always.}

2 thoughts on “The Examination

  1. A wonderful post. Thank you. I really enjoyed your account of an examination of conscience and of how we are called to be perfect. I am so far from that! I pray that I can have the strength to always do what is good and right.

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