Blessed are the Merciful…

October 22, 2016

:Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy. ” (Matthew 5:7)

This is the year that we have had a year for the celebration of mercy, as it was lead from Pope Francis.

We are coming to the close of the Year of Mercy, and so what have we learned ? What have we put into practice ? How has this year caused us to reflect on how we practice mercy, and what have we done to use this practice to enhance our spiritual lives or the lives of our brothers and sisters ?

In the book of James, we find James giving some instructions about how we are to treat each other.

In this chapter, we find James giving us specifically the example of how it is that we treat the poor. how it is that if we spend time looking at the rich who are brought into the church, and invited to sit in places of prominence, but the poor we tell them to stand in the back, or in some other out of the way place. We are given examples of how we offend the dignity of the human person, and the other children of God by our actions, even unto the very house of God.

“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. the corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God ” ( CCC # 2447 )

The church teaches us these characteristics of what mercy is, Jesus throughout the scripture shows us examples of how this mercy is to be carried out. How have we internalized these works ?

In our daily lives, do we try to teach (Instruct) others in areas where we are knowledgeable ? Do we console those who are feeling down, or separated or in pain ? Are we forgiving of others ? Can we manage to have patience, and bear with others who wrong us unjustly ?

In many churches throughout the world, parishes have created a “Door of Mercy” through which everyone passes through, and there was a big “to do” made about the door and a liturgical blessing and celebration etc. What difference has it made for us ? Do we pass by the door, making a mental note of the fact that, “this is the door of mercy” and then thoughts drift off to the next thing. Maybe you pass by the door and it no longer makes you take pause to mark its existence at all because its been there all year… It is no longer “new” to us so we just accept that its there. Possibly, this is what has happened to our practice of mercy as well.

“In its various forms – material deprivation, unjust oppression, physical and psychological illness and death – human misery is the obvious sign of the inherited condition of frailty and need for salvation in which man finds himself as a consequence of original sin” ( CCC # 2448 )

In the world today we have these effects. These effects which we carry out in our daily lives, as a matter of course. These effects, these acts of both commission and omission, where we see the poverty, we see the injustice, we see the oppression of our brothers and sisters, and possibly, just like that Door of Mercy, that we pass by, we have seen it, we know its there, but we have become so accustomed to it that we no longer take note of it. .

The Church tells us that these human conditions have their origin in original sin, but we has human beings have perpetuated this condition as a matter of free will. This is why we are given then the Physical and Corporal Works of Mercy, in order to counter the effects of these evils in the world.

Saint James reminds us :

“So speak and so act as people who will be judged by the law of freedom.

For the judgment is merciless to one who has not shown mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.”

(James 2:12-13)

In our practice of mercy, it is most important to remember that we too are poor, and in great need of the Fathers mercy, as we have all sinned, and therefore, we need forgiveness, and mercy of the Father, and from our brothers and sisters. Knowing this to be true, we should be foremost in these acts, to soften our hearts, to love, as we have been loved.

May God give you the gift of His peace……. and mercy


October 15, 2016

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness


This is also translated as Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake – (Matthew 5:10)


Maybe this brings to mind a comedy skit done years ago by Bill Cosby about Noah and the Ark, God is giving instructions to Noah about how it is that he is to build the Ark. God says.. :”You will build the Ark 300 cubits by 50 cubits.” and Noah says “Riiiiiiiiiiight……………. What’s a cubit ?”


So I say to yourself, suffering for righteousness , or thirsting for righteousness, must be all about justice. Well yes, and no..


Merriam -Webster Dictionary tells us that righteousness is this : ” morally good : following religious or moral laws ” (


With this definition, we shift the focus from something that is happening TO YOU, and moving that to something YOU CHOOSE. This is an important difference lets step back a little further. In the realm of your spiritual life, you possibly we baptized as an infant. That was something that happened to you. Your parents chose for your and brought you into the body of Christ. Later, you learned about God, about a life of faith, about the things that God desires for you, and with you.


At some point in your life, probably at Confirmation, or possibly earlier or later, you came to the decision for yourself. God offers the gift of salvation, and at some point you choose to either accept that gift, or not.


The Lord came into the world, and He could have chosen a rich family, an easy life, live an easy life to an old age and pass peacefully. Instead, He CHOSE to make unpopular decisions, He chose to suffer, He chose to die. He made a CHOICE in the manner of His life, in accordance with His Fathers holy will.


In our lives some choices may seem convoluted, and unclear. It is only when we view these choices through the lens of faith that the choices become clear.


In the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II shares “In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus demands from his disciples a righteousness which surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, also with regard to respect for life: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ?You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment’. But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment” (Mt 5:21-22).”


As you can see, scripture tells us yes, we need to stand up, and make the choices that fall in line with our faith, and when that persecution arrives, when we suffer for the choices that we have made, it is also incumbent upon us to make sure that we do not hate those who are persecuting us.


It is a hard thing to do, it is the very human side of our existence It is the reaction of the flesh, where we must instead CHOOSE to love, and to make the choice in line with our faith. In the making of those choices, it is a grace from God.


If you have made a choice to follow Christ, and others make a different choice. Do not hate them. If they leave your side, do not hate them. If they persecute you, or hate you, or what ever the reaction is. love them anyway. The brother, the stranger, the foreigner, the sinner, all of them we are commanded to love.


All the commandments, all the teachings, all the things that Jesus tried to teach us hinged on those two things. Love God, ,and love your brothers and sisters as yourself. In your efforts to do these two things, you will begin the life long journey to righteousness


May God give you the gift of His peace !

Blessed are the Meek…

October 9, 2016

” Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the land ” ( Matthew 5: 5)

Great ! Who are they, and why do they get to inherit the land ? More over, why did Jesus include this part of the scriptures ? Why was it important ?

First, we have to remember, that the Beatitudes, were part of a sermon Jesus preached, particularly aimed at the disciples. The audience, in any manner, in public speaking is important.

OK , you say.. but the disciples were already people of good heart, and faithful…. and your right.
Lets backtrack a bit to the first question. Who are the meek ?

Meekness is the fine art of attempting to master ones own head and heart. I say attempting because this is a life long journey. To sift through ones heart. To work at being able to be “less” in ones own estimation. To be able to allow Jesus to be more in our lives. In order to allow Jesus to be more, we have to be willing to be less in our own hearts and minds.

In order to be less, we have to work at allowing Jesus to be in the forefront of our relationships with other people. Jesus needs to be what it is that others see when they look, and interact with you. For them to see Jesus in us, we need to be willing to be accepting, and welcoming, when our human mind might be less so. We need to be able to calm the storm that rages in our hearts and in our minds, in order to see more clearly the view of the other person. We need to be able to hold love in our hearts, while the storms of life rage around us. We need to be humble in our own estimation and lift up our brothers and sisters around us.

The road to meekness is like an old country dirt road, full of pot holes, that are the result of being pummeled by the rains of the storms of life, and oppression of the vehicles of life that have run over its length. Of course, you can use the road. Of course it will get you to the destination. You will however, have to pay attention to what your doing. You will need to check your navigation from time to time to make sure that you don’t slide off the road while avoiding those pot holes.

Jesus included this particular lesson on meekness and humility, and used this language, because
it is something that the disciples would have know well. In the book of Genesis, while Abram and Lot were discussing which one would claim land for their possessions and tents for their cattle to graze etc. Abram in meekness went to Lot and said, that the land was big enough for them both, and said to Lot, that he could choose the land he wanted first. Lot chose the Jordan plains and Abram chose took the area of Canaan that was left. Abram built an altar and praised God. and God said to Abram, Look all around where you are toward the north, and the south, toward the east and west. All the land within sight I will give to you and your descendants forever. I will make your descendants like the dust on the ground when men succeed in counting the specks of dust on the ground then they will be able to count your descendants”. ( Gen13: 11:17 ) In the Psalms it also says ” A little longer, the wicked will be no more, search his place well, he will not be there; but the humble shall have the land for their own to enjoy untroubled peace” ( Psalm 37:10) .

One of the paradoxes in our earthly life is that while we go through the challenges in this life, time just seems to crawl. At the same time however, time moves quickly. It passes and once we become adults, and start to make our way in this world, time just flys by and before you know it the time left to you is short.

Meekness is an important virtue for us to work on as disciples of Christ, for a few reasons. We need to first work on the splinter in our own eye, that is our pride, our luke warmness, our temperments.
At the same time it is important because the first testimony that we give to others about our lives of faith, others receive by observing how it is that we live our lives.

Saint Francis said ” Preach at all times, and when necessary use words ” .

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Blessed are They Who Mourn…

October 1, 2016

Blessed are They Who Mourn…

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted “ ( Matthew 5:4 )

It is easy to consider this part of the Beatitudes to be fairly self explanatory. However, mourning is never an easy thing, or necessarily clear. Sure, there has been laid out for us all those “Stages of Grief” to try and gauge where someone else is, or even where we are, in our mourning processes. It does not really view this process in relation to ones faith. In fact, with this type of mourning, the only place where God is brought into the “clinical” understanding is at the stage of Bargaining.

All of that version of mourning, deals with the loss of a loved one, and more recently, a pet. Mourning has a great deal of other facets. We also mourn the loss of relationships, jobs, pretty much everything that has to do in connections of any type with other people.

What is vastly more important, is our relationship with God. We as humans suffer from our own human weaknesses, and frailties.

We are blessed with free will. This means we can choose to do what we like, whenever we like. However, there are, of course, consequences to our actions. God has given us rules to live our lives by, and when we sin, whether in a big or smaller way, it damages our relationship with God.

At times, there might be a time when you hear a parable, or a scripture passage, or homily, or sermon, or just reading some spiritual work, where it becomes clear to you, that at different points in your life, or in your day, that you failed.

Welcome to the club ! Congratulations you are human ! However, this does not mean we get to throw up our hands, and just say “ This is all just part of life, I didn’t do anything worse than other people have done.. So I’m fine !” Your not fine ! You still have to go through the process of understanding what you did, and what caused you to do that thing, whatever that was, and to have a contrite heart, being sorry for the sins where you failed, confess those sins, and then make amends where you can, and work to work on fixing those human failings that caused the issues to begin with.

In other words you need to go through a mourning process, where you actually mourn the results of the sin, the loss of the relationship with the people involved, the damage done, to your own soul, and to the relationship with God. You have to deal with the consequences.

The good news is that Jesus tells us, if we go through this process, we too will be comforted. We will be comforted and He has provided for this not only through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but also through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, font of wisdom, that enlightens our hearts to holy reason and fans the flame that lights the fire of our souls…

Blessed indeed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted, and indeed they will grow in faith !

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit…

September 24, 2016

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ( Matthew 5:3 )

Great ! Who are the poor in spirit ? What does it mean ? How do you know if this is something that you have gotten a handle on or not ? Why is it important enough that Jesus listed this as the very first of the Beatitudes ?

These are good questions. Who is poor in spirit ? Franciscans hold as part of their treasured chrism, the idea of spiritual poverty. At the same time, neither has there been such a divisive point in nearly all of Christendom, as the idea of poverty, what it is, and how it is exercised.

For the majority who do not belong to religious orders, and who live our lives out “in the world”, there are 2 types of poverty.

First, what spiritual poverty is NOT. Spiritual poverty is not, an experience of material poverty borne of a lack of the basics of life. It is not the poverty of unemployment, or under employment where the struggles for day to day existence is a reality. It is not borne of slavery or a lack of control over ones livelihood or destiny. It is not the result of oppression or disaster.

It is also, not a point in our lives where we have been subject to this type of poverty, but have surrendered to the idea that there is no other reality for us, and so we just accept the fact as the status quo, and attempt to find some meaning there.

Instead, spiritual poverty comes through detachment from the material things of this world.

This is where you maybe thinking… “Thats all fine and good but I still have to live, and we can’t all live in a cave “.

Spiritual poverty, does not require that we are devoid of all material possessions. Instead, Spiritual poverty is an interior process. It deals with how it is that we regard the material things in the world, both in what we own, or use, or have possession of, or control over.

Most people have possessions. Great or small, it does not matter what that thing is.
What is important is how you regard that possession. You may legally own that thing.
but, what does it take to own that thing. Does it make you take time, efforts, money, or value of some sort, away from your relationship with God.

One day Saint Francis and one of the brothers, were walking along the roads of Assisi, and the brother said ” Brother Francis, I really want a book… I have thought about it , and I would really, like to have a book !”. Francis replied … ” OK, let’s say you get a book. If you have a book, then you need a shelf… you will need a wall to hold the shelf, a house to hold the wall, a door, and a lock to secure the house, and possibly people to guard the house and to make it comfortable… Do you really need a book ? ”

The Franciscan view of material possessions, is basically that we are guardians, of the possessions we are given. Our material possessions are a trust, that we hold which are not really possessions but blessings we are guardians of, blessings held for the benefit of others. Blessings we are given for a time, and to be passed on for the benefit of our brothers and sisters.

Well, thats great, except what happens when your married, or the other people in your life, in your family etc, are not in the same place that you are, or don’t really have the same view of poverty that you do ? Good question !

For this we look to another great Franciscan Saint, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.

Saint Elizabeth was a Princess. She lived in a castle, had servants, and by outward appearances could have had anything her heart desired. These were the trappings of
a life in court. St. Elizabeth however, spent her time working tirelessly to care for the poor, and the needy in their country. She would go out at night, disguised as a regular common citizen, and take food and bread out into the streets from the kitchens in the castle.

Maybe your married, and have children. Your family did not choose poverty, so how do you work out the balance of how things should work. They have needs, wants, desires. You have to find balance in the difference, of how you deal with possessions, and at the same time, have peace in your home.

Spiritual poverty can also be a matter of relationship. In your marriage, or in your family relationships, in relations with all our brothers and sisters, your poverty may come in the form of accepting that your view, might be different from others. You may find that you will need to sacrifice your need to communicate, for the sake of leaving the relationship in tact.

Is the discussion, or the winning of the debate you are engaged in more important than leaving the bridge between you standing, and allowing a place where after the discussion is done, that it allows for your relationship to continue ? In poverty, you may need to accept that they do not agree with you, and you have to find language that allows your relationship to continue without being damaged beyond repair.

Spritual poverty, is, like many other parts of our life, a life-long process and possibly we never really get to the end of that journey until we are in Heaven. This is why is it that we Franciscans call it ” The journey and the dream”.

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Canticle Reflections… is nearly here !

September 21, 2016

Here is the new book trailer for Canticle Reflections, which should be out by the end of the October !!

All Is Not As It Seems…

September 10, 2016

All is not as it seems..

A few months ago, I noticed a change in the neighborhood.  There was a house, that at one time was being used for one man, who lived there, but also ran a plumbing business out of it.  THe house was sparsely furnished, and the plumber who lived there seemed to be quiet, and only on an odd occasion would have friends over and have a get together with his friends or possibly they were employees.. but they did not seem like employees.

Anyway, one day while I was on my walk to work, I noticed a “For Sale” sign in the front yard.  I never saw anyone going there to tour the house, and not much later the sign came down.   Approximately a month later, all of a sudden the house we filled with about 4 or 5 older gentlemen, and the only vehicle that was there was a white unmarked van.    Walking past the house a couple of times a day, The people who lived there would say hello as I passed.

During those moments where I passed, I began to wonder who they were and why they were there all the time.

One Friday afternoon, while I was on my way home they invited me over to share a beer with them.  I explained that I did not want a beer, however, I would come over and sit down and visit with them for a while.  They instead offered some water, which I greatfully accepted.

Some of them, because of the Tau Cross I wear, asked me if I was “one of those church people who wanted to convert them,,,,”.  We have a number of different religious groups who frequent the neighborhood knocking on doors and asking to share their faith with us.
We also have them not only in English, but also in Spanish by well meaning folks who only speak a single language.

I proceeded to explain to them that I am still working on fixing the things that need fixing within myself, rather than trying to fix others, but if I could help someone else on their journey, then I would happy to share.

Once we got past that hurdle, they were all very warm and inviting, and would greet me as I passed on my way to or from work.  If I was not in a hurry, I would stop and talk for a bit and see what was going on.

Soon I finally learned what was going on with the people who lived there and how it came to be their home.  It seems that these men, were all homeless veterans, and one city employee, who owned the house, had provided the house to these men, so they could transition back into what ever their normal life was, prior to their homelessness.

In talking with these men, I learned a little about their journeys.  One of them, used to get up early in the morning, and would greet me every morning, and in his way attempt to give me encouragement for the days journey.  On the way home he was always there waiting to welcome me back home.  A few times, he waited for me to pass the house, and joined me in my walk to the bus stop.  In those walks, I learned that he was going to visit his family from whom he was estranged.  He was taking food, and going to do work at the house and help out the family.  He said it was not much, but it was everything he could do in showing his love for them.

One day the man was not there any more. He was gone for a couple of days and there was no one outside to greet me on my walk.  A few days ago one of them was sitting outside as I passed on my journey home, and I asked him what happened to the other gentleman, as I had not seen him for a while.  He explained that the man had returned home to his family and they had moved north together to begin rebuilding their lives again.
The point is that in the beginning of this journey, the very human view, might have been to be afraid of these people because they could have been any type of criminal, or addict.   It would be easy to judge from outward appearances that these would be people who were not desirable to have living in your neighborhood.

Investing ones time and effort in reaching out by inviting conversation, by hospitality,
by being open to anothers story, we can break down the walls of assumption, or appearances, and learn the true heart of the other.

Love, is the lesson.  Love of neighbor. Love of “the other” in our lives. These are the things that bring about the opportunities to share Christ with others.  Not by force, not by abuse, and not by the use of methods that are more akin to winning a battle or war.  Sharing Christ is done first, through acts of love that we share.
May God give you the gift of His peace !

Asceticism and Self-Control … Get a hold of yourself man !

September 2, 2016

I find it interesting that when most people talk about the fruits of the Holy Spirit, when they get to listing through them, this always gets the label of “Self-Control”.

That is correct, it is how it is listed, but what does that really mean ?

In a world that seems to celebrate extremes in nearly every sense of the word, how is the idea of self-control even apply ? How does one make that work ?

I like to consider self-control, more in terms of self-mastery. Let me explain.

One never truly attains self-mastery. It is instead, like life an experiential process.

Consider this… In our earthly, physical lives, we spend a vast amount of time trying to gain control of our physical bodies. We were potty trained. It was experiential.

We experienced loss. Loss or separation from our parent, or sibling. Possibly we learned that we could not eat foods that made us sick. We had to learn to walk.

We all had to learn as children going through the “terrible two’s” to control our temperament. It also was an experiential process.

In much the same way, our faith life is also very experiential. There is the faith lessons we learn from our parents, and from our ministers, friends or other family members. We take those lessons, and ply those against the world that we understand, or at least have experience with.

How many times have we gone to Mass, and heard the same stories, the same scriptures over and over again, but somehow, it becomes new to us, a facet of the story rings out and touches us because of the experiences we are having in our lives right this moment.

We learn, we experience, we re-learn, and we (hopefully) develop a small bit of self-control.

Asceticism, deals with the giving up of temporal pleasures, but this is only half the story. The other half is the reigning in of ones will, and of ones mind.

Self-control is a bit like Lent. In the beginning of our spiritual lives, a young person may see Lent strictly in the light of the idea that they need to discipline their physical bodies by giving up things. Its strictly an idea of abstinence, or giving up something because “its the rule… Its what we do”.

Later on however, as we grow in faith, we come to the understanding that it’s not just about the thing you’re giving up, it is also a spiritual exercise. Moving from just giving things up, to sharing the love of Christ with our brothers and sisters, and giving those gifts back to God in praise and thanksgiving.

When we take that time, to really dig deep, and clear out the closets and cobwebs in our spiritual lives, and form our own will, our own thoughts and desires, to conform with the will of God, THEN we gain steps on the journey of self-control.

As part of Saint Francis’ Peace prayer goes.. “It is in dying (to self) that we are born to eternal life ”

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Modesty….. More Than What You Think

August 27, 2016

There was a young man stands in the midst of a crowd of people, takes a gun from his pocket and proceeds to point it straight up into the air and fires it. He does not hit anyone, near him, and says nothing, and does nothing else.

This caused some problems, as you might imagine.

Lets examine the issue a bit more closely. The story above does not really tell us too much about anything other than their factual occurrences. First, lets examine some possibilities about what occurred with those who were standing around. First, the people who were in the crowd.

What was going through the minds of those people who were standing around the young man who fired the gun ? We do not know for sure, but we can imagine. They heard a loud noise, and initially they might have been frightened, scared, shocked, or maybe disoriented. A few moments later for those who were closest, possibly the those feelings and emotions might have evolved into different feelings..

If they were really close and knew where the noise came from, if might have caused people to try and neutralize what they might perceive as the physical threat. Depending on where they were in the world, they might construe as celebration, or possibly think nothing at all about it.

Then we come to the question of the person who made the decision to fire the gun. There is really only 1 question that lingers. WHY ? Why did they do that ? What brought them to that decision ? What were they wanting to accomplish ? Did they accomplish the result they desired ? In the end, was it good for them ? OK, possibly more than one question !

So we have an entire process. We question the impetus, thought or inspiration for the action, followed by the act itself, and then the resultant of the action.

I know, at this point your probably asking yourself what does this have to do with Modesty ? Be patient, anyone who knows me, knows there is always a story to tell and its a process.

Let’s take a look at Modesty and what is really is, and how we address it.

Modesty is not just about your clothing choices. Modesty consists of humility, poverty, relationships, respect, and dignity.

Modesty as with all things has its root planted firmly in God. It is our relationship with God that brings us to the understanding that life is sacred at each point, and at every age, from conception to natural death. If you truly understand that the life of every person is sacred, and a gift from God, then we can also understand everything we do from the time of our birth, until the time of our death, is directly connected to our

relationship with God.

This relationship consists of a spiritual poverty. The we give up attachments, and allurements of this world in favor of a life based in faith. We save certain parts of our selves only for God, to live, and to love as Jesus taught. This modesty is counter cultural in today’s society.

Modesty is humility in the giving up of desires, whether they are fashion, or lifestyle or pleasures of other sorts. It is accepting that we give those things up because they are not pleasing to God, and are detrimental to our relationship with Him, and our own spiritual growth.

Modesty is also about our relationship, with other people.

I read an article from a theologian who said that modesty had absolutely nothing to do with others. ( Here is where the story comes in.) Like the man in the story, his actions had a direct and effective reaction, or response, to those around him. At the same time it also had an effect on him personally.

As Christians, our first and best testament, our best witness, comes from the example of how we live our lives. A person who not only dresses modestly, and has a respect for life, that includes their own bodies, and desires spiritual growth for themselves and others, will have a life that is testament to the beauty of a life lived for God.

May God give you the gift of His peace !


August 19, 2016


Normally we consider faithfulness something that belongs to our spouses, or a particular person… and it is , but it is also a great deal more.

Faithfulness is all about relationships and ideas. It has to do with faith, loyalty, trust, standards, assurances and truth.

Faithfulness in our relationships should have their beginnings and entire journey, as with all things, seated firmly with God. For God is the hallmark of faithfulness. He is the standard of faithfulness. Our relationships with our spouses, our family, our friends, in fact all of our relationships have a certain bond of faithfulness in how we carry out that relationship.

In marriage, family and friendship, our relationship of faithfulness is born forth from the love we carry in our hearts for the other. It is the an abiding, and enduring relationship that withstands the tests of hardships, time, distance, injury, or dryness.
The marriage relationship in particular, carries with it a faithfulness that reaches beyond those of friendship and other relationships because of the nature of the relationship, Marriage is the bonding of hearts, souls, and flesh into one. That bonding is accomplished through God, so there is a three fold relationship of this faithfulness, between the Husband, the wife, and God.

Faithfulness also is present in our relationships in our public life. We are faithful in our relationships in business. To be honest about our relationship with others, in whatever our relationship is, with our company, with our customers, with co-workers.
Our faithfulness in our business relationships means that we are worthy of trust and that faithfulness, again, springs forth from our relationship with God.

Faithfulness is not just about loyalties. It more about a living truth, and an abiding covenant relationship with God and with others. Holding yourself to a standard. That standard can be a number of things. It is a standard of living a good and moral life.
It is trying to be a good and faithful, Christian. For those who are part of an order, or who have taken Holy Orders, it is about living the rule that we profess.

Faithfulness is about being genuine. You hold yourself in a place where you try to be true to your faith, to promises made, to the relationships you have entered into. It is about making difficult decisions that are held to the measure of those ideals. At times it may be not only holding ourselves to those standards, but reminding others of those standards.

It is not always easy by human standards to be faithful, but with the grace of God and assistance of the Holy Spirit, We ascend the heights of faithfulness. Faithfulness is the reason why it is that the martyrs were able to give their lives in testament to the faith. It is the reason why when we in our human-ness fail, that we can pick ourselves up and move onward.

Finally faithfulness does not mean we will not fail. It also does not mean that there will not be trials and hardships, pain or sorrows. It means that we will however have the tools we need to overcome those issues. It means that we will be given the grace to know that what we do in our efforts to be faithful to those relationships will bear fruit in our lives.

Faithfulness is a gift, a grace, it can be the source of trials,yes, but those trials are also a grace, and a blessing. It is through those challenges we face that God works with us, and we are able to grow in our faith. It also gives us the opportunity to share, and to minister to others who may also be struggling.

Though all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, We will walk in the name of the LORD, our God, forever and ever” (Micah 4:5

May God give you the gift of His peace !