BY MARY SAYAD  

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    CAPTIVATING
    July 2011

    Captivating is one of those words that conjures up all sorts of charming, intriguing or curious beckoning.  What captivates your thoughts and aspirations?  What rocks your boat?

    Perhaps it’s an individual perception.  That being said, how do you perceive your personal Catholicism?  Does your attitude scarcely demonstrate interest in your faith and follows the norms of our worldly society?  Or are you an avid lover of your faith and openly express a zeal and love of Jesus’ teachings?   How can the word “captivating” be linked to religion?

    For generations, cultures all over the world believed in a Creator who is wiser and greater than humanity.  From the beginning of time, people were captivated by a supremacy that was beyond their intellect.  They had an innate need to worship and believe in a supernatural being and, consequently, they practiced spiritual guidance and worship in accordance to their understanding and culture.

    In this age of secularism, is it possible to have and to maintain a positive slant on religion?

    As a Catholic and a Christian, are you willing to reach out to those in your lives who are tepid and disinterested in all things related to spirituality?  It’s a compelling objective to enlighten an individual who is spiritually weak and lives in darkness,.  Our Lord never abandons us for his captivating love is everlasting.  John 3- 21 “But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.”

    How do you set the spiritual bar higher for yourself and your loved ones? First, you need to openly express your love of the truth.  The truth is that the Gospel is the life giving message.  Christ loved us so deeply that the blood he shed through his passion freed us from enslavement to sin. But, and most importantly, you must be willing to believe and follow his Word.  Jesus I trust in you!

    John 1:12 “But those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name.”

    Your unceasing prayers will strengthen your faith and hope, and, despite various trials, you will be enabled to obtain peace and joy in your heart.  This is a peace and joy that has at its roots, a surrender of your hearts, minds and spirits especially during the adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Be open to the Holy Spirit and generously share this loving captivation with your family and friends.

    Please continue to pray for world peace, the safety of our military, all those suffering and the banning of abortion throughout the world.  Thank you.

    Your companion in prayer,

    Mary Sayad