Monday, October 5, 2015

Are you worth waiting for?

Are you having sex before marriage, or living w/ someone whom you are not married to? If you are, without realizing it, you are demeaning yourself and the other person. How? Because you are telling the other person by your actions that they are NOT WORTH WAITING FOR and therefore you are placing them in a disposable relationship… and, at the same time, you are saying the same thing about yourself. 
• We don’t realize who we really are in God’s eyes, nor do we realize who the other person is when we live this kind of way.  Let me give you an example… God BREATHED His spirit and the breathe of life and formed you in the womb of your mother and called you by name… He also did this with the other person. He called you both into life, He called you each by name and your little heart started beating with life… He formed your little hands and feet and formed you into the man and woman you are becoming. But He also formed us with an eternal soul with a plan in mind, just as He did with Adam and Eve… “I will create a helpmate like unto himself... and the two shall become one flesh.”
• For those who are not married yet but who are called to this vocation, did you know that there is someone out there right now, in the world, whom He created, just as He created you, and that person is out there and you are meant to spend the rest of your life with that person and to have a life with them, to create another life by having children with them, and have a family with them? It may be a person you are not in a relationship with yet and you have never met them or maybe it is the person you are with now…. How will you ever know who it is? Well, you will never know unless you actually WAIT to find out and save yourself for that person. 
Once you meet that person who is “your other half”…. You will want to wait for them and you will want to make the ultimate sacrifice to be with them and to lay down the rest of your life for that person. They are worth it, and more than that, so are you! You are worth a lot more than you give yourself credit for.
Don’t treat yourself as if you are disposable nor do this to anyone else! You are not just flesh, contrary to what the world tells you… The world says you don’t need to be married, you don’t have to wait… but this is because the world denies what is unseen…it denies that you are more than flesh and just a blob of tissue… You have an eternal soul! And so does everyone else… and, again, you are telling the other person they are not worth more and worth waiting for if you are with them before marriage! 
Don’t bring someone whom you say you love into a disposable relationship… bring them into a covenant and do not be with them sexually until AFTER both of you are sealed by the Blood of the Lamb and blessed by your Heavenly Father. Have you received God the Father’s blessing yet to be WITH His son or daughter? Than you do not have permission to go into His Temple and defile it. That is His resting place, that is His inner room. We forget that we belong to Him and that we are His Temple… Take away the flesh and what is left of you? That is why you wait and why you are worth waiting for.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

How I knew without a doubt that I have a Guardian Angel at my side...

OK, here is the story of how I came to really KNOW without a doubt I have a guardian angel....
This happened in my early childhood when our family was living in Frankfort, KY (we moved from there to Houston, Texas in 1984). My friend from school invited me to join him and his family on their float for the Thanksgiving Day parade. I was all too happy to join him. 
Anyway, we hopped into the back flatbed trailer hooked up to his dad's pick-up truck. After we had finished throwing out all of our candy to all of the kids along the parade route we came to a gravel road. I remember looking at my friend and telling him how much fun I had. He replied, "Me too!" and gave me a big pat on the back which made me lose my balance and I quickly fell off the trailer and found myself underneath it lying flat on the gravel road. I quickly tried to pull myself out but I was not moving at all.... I was only moving the gravel with my small arms... kind of like what happens when you make a snow angel.... only this wasnt helping me at all.
What was really scary was that the rear wheels of the flatbed trailer were aimed directly at where my head was.... and the trailer was moving a little quicker than I had expected. I pushed even harder in order to try and get out but nothing happened. I then saw that the tires were now only a few inches away from my head so I cried out..."God, save me!" 
I immediately felt two firm hands grab my ankles which pulled me quickly out and safely from underneath the trailer. Once I was clear, I quickly jumped back on the trailer next to my friend and turned around to thank the person who grabbed me. There was NO ONE there... and there was no place for anyone to hide, as we were in an open clearing of a large field of grass. I looked all over my body and I was also amazed that I did not have even one single scrape or scratch. I did not have the courage to tell my friend or anyone else what happened to me that afternoon.... but I had no doubts to who it was that saved my life that day and I continue to thank him, my friend at my side.
~ Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT

Why you really need to listen to your Guardian Angel...

This is why you need to pay attention to the voice of your Guardian Angel as Our Lord says: 
[20] Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared.[21] Take notice of him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and my name is in him. [22] But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I speak, I will be an enemy to thy enemies, and will afflict them that afflict thee. (Exodus 23:20-22) 
Now many will say, well that is just fine and dandy but what do you really mean because I don't ever hear my angel's voice? My advice to you is that you better start listening then, but we also need to know HOW to listen. Angels do not necessarily communicate like you and I speak (although they sometimes can do this if they really need to get our attention), but usually they communicate (because they are pure spirit) by way of thought. You may have this thought that you know it is not you speaking to yourself and you have this thought... "You need to go over to this place and help that person." You can ignore it but I would NEVER advise doing this as given the Scripture from above and you need to heed your angel's voice. Watch what will happen the next time you heed that thought... WOW! That is how the angels communicate with us. 
Now my Guardian Angel knows me VERY WELL and knows how stubborn I am so he has to repeat himself over and over again most of the time when I ignore him. Take for instance when I was in the novitiate in New Mexico and I was hiking through the desert up a tall mesa and I was about to jump over about an 8 foot cliff. I started to back up a distance in order to get a good running start when all of sudden I get this thought that I knew wasn't from me... "GO AROUND!" Now, by this time, I have gotten to know my angel's voice so I replied... "No, I am going to jump!" The thought comes again: "GO AROUND!" This time, I am thinking he perhaps sees something I don't so I just go back and look at the cliff to see if there is anything below like rocks... but no... its just sand and looks like a soft landing. So... stubborn me... I starting to back up again to get another running start before my jump. This time my angel turns up the heat and replies repeatedly: "GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! and won't stop... So I give up and tell him... "Ok... I get it! I will go around! But you are making me miss out on some awesome fun so I am going to stop listening to you just for getting me upset." Anyway... I finally go around the hill and to my surprise... there was a shelf or underhang below where I was going to jump from and it was deep cavern... in fact, it was a huge snake pit! And lined up in a row underneath the hanging rock from where I was going to jump were about 5-6 huge rattlesnakes and if I had jumped I would have landed right in front of all of them and been immediately bitten because they were already curled up! I just couldn't have seen them because they were lying underneath the cliff rock I was standing upon before. So, I quickly responded back to my angel: "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!...." All the way back home from my hike. 
You see... my angel knows me that well and I am glad he is always at my side... even in my stubbornness.
Again... you need to LISTEN and watch how they will guide and protect you. Don't listen... and... well.... good luck!!!! You are going to need it! ~Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT