Joy Battista

"Joy Battista" stands for the Joy of John the Baptist at the presence of Christ.

"And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy." Luke 1:43-44

This blog is dedicated to all who seek the Joy of Christ's presence in their own lives.
This blog is also dedicated to the unborn, for John the Baptist was an unborn when he leapt for joy at the presence of Jesus who was also unborn at the time.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Schedule God In and Love Lavishly

In every age, times have been serious. But it seems our time is one of the most serious where the devil has been unleashed on all of humanity in a thorough way through wars and abortions, immorality, false religions, family divisions, political problems and on and on. I heard at Mass this morning that we can keep the devil out of our hearts by loving lavishly. Loving lavishly was a recurring theme all week at St. Teresa’s Church at the daily children’s Masses.

Personally I can think of lots of ways to love lavishly right in my home. The ways would include: being there wholeheartedly for my husband and children, working hard to make my home a comfort for all who enter by cleanliness, a welcoming attitude and a smiling face. I can extend a hand to a neighbor or listen to a friend. I can be there for extended family and give alms to the poor. I can also do every little and big job with excellence for God (Excellence in all you do, happens to be a central tenent of the “You Can Become a Saint Study“ I‘m in). This list can go on and on too.

One of my favorite ways to love lavishly, above and beyond what I’ve already mentioned, is to simply love God through prayer and talking to him and acknowledging Him throughout my days. This to me is the BEST way to lavishly love God. If I can do this well then all the other items I do in my home, family, community and for the world will be all the more effective and true.

I’ve learned in my “You Can Become a Saint” Study that I should actually schedule God into my days. Writing it down makes it become more concrete and easier to implement. So far I have failed at writing anything down. But I have done a pretty good job of implementing a bit of a schedule. Two new items for me are to attend daily Mass every morning and get down on my knees and pray a rosary every afternoon.

I’ve always tried to get to daily mass but it has been hit and miss. I now have a renewed reason to consistently attend Mass and say an entire rosary daily. I have a couple of BIG special intentions on my plate. I’ve decided that since I haven’t done what I’m suppose to do by writing a schedule down for God, He has decided to give me some serious reasons to make sure I start a regular schedule of loving him lavishly. Some day I will share my reasons, but for now I can share that God is 150% obviously involved in my renewed purpose for going to Him and Mary on a scheduled basis!

How about you? How do you love lavishly? Has God inspired you to schedule Him into your days?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes! I hated the idea of writing a schedule, then s-l-o-w-l-y it started to sink in that a schedule is exactly what I needed. Otherwise devotions become an "if I feel like it" sort of movement of the moment.