Since Tim isn’t here I can interupt his blog to let you all know that his blog – that’d be this one – was nomiated at Catholic Blog Awards for the Best Apologetics Blog.  There are tons of incredible blogs also nominated in this category and many other categories as well, so go check them out but then you know what you gotta do….VOTE!  🙂

 I’m going back to my packing and cleaning and all of that while Tim is enjoying himself playing in the snow!  LOL



Ch- Ch- Changes

Today could be my last post for awhile. It may not be, but it could be.

A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, just as I was about to accept a job from another company, an old friend of the family called and offered me a job as well. The jobs were different, but similar. Same type of work, different product and different location.

This friend of the family, and his family, live in Nora Springs, Iowa. I have lived in the south all my life. I can count on one hand the times I’ve seen it snow. And the only 2 things I knew about Iowa was, it was up north, and it was where Radar O’Riely was from.

This week, I go up there to get a feel for the area and for the things I’ll be doing. I’ll be coming back the following week-end, to load the truck and the family to start our new northern adventure!

For thoes who may not know, we live in Montgomery, Alabama. To Nora Springs, it’s about a 15 hour drive.

This opportunity, this blessing, was much prayed for and much prayed about. Years of prayer, lessons learned, closer relationship with God, and each other as family. Our financial, social and educational opportunities are all about to change. And all I (we) can do, is give God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all glory, honor and praise.

I will finish the 1 John Study I started. Somehow. I will also update Looking for Home, as often as I can.

Thank you for your prayers of safety, traveling to and from, for all” last minute” things to go smoothly. For my father, as he follows us up there, to help us take stuff and unload and transition. For my mom, who will be separated from 3 of her 5 grand-children. For my wife’s parents, who finally after 20 or so years, were finally able to sell their place in Texas and move to Alabama, to be closer to their children and grand-children. And thanks to all for the gifts, well wishes and lunch and dinners we were treated to these last weeks. We truly have great friends!

St. Bede, we love you and will miss all of you.

The Disciplines Of Disciples

I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one. Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.    1 John 2: 12-17

John is most likely describing the  whole community with the ” children, fathers and young men” references. The fathers being the priests or church leaders, the children being the flock and the young men are those being trained to replace the “fathers” someday. He is exhorting them to continue in what they have received, for this is how they “conquer the evil one.” (v. 12-14)

Loving this world or the things of this world are contrary to the love of the Father, therefore they cannot co-exist. In other words, we need to prioritize, putting God first in our lives, then family and then community matters. We are not to be driven by the things that want to take hold of us. But driven by our love for God.

“The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life” is a more literal translation of verse 16. First, note how “personal” these are. The lust of the flesh is an immoderate desire for physical (or self) gratification, everything  from the sexual, to gluttony. The “whatever feels good, do it” mentality. The lust of the eyes is the act of covetousness itself, and this leads us into the spiritual acts of sin. As the” eye is the lamp of the body” (Matt.6:22), so is our heart desensitized to the things we allow to enter them. Thirdly, the pride of life, is the arrogance with which we live our lives, willfully independent from God and from others.

This is why spiritual discipline is so critical. Without it, it is like being placed behind enemy lines with no clear objective. And John, in his letter, is trying to give us this clear objective. Through forgiveness, knowledge, strength, remaining in God’s word, these are the ways we conquer the evil one. These are continual acts on our part in seeking God’s will for each of our lives.

So this week, let us resolve to spiritually discipline ourselves. Through repentance for forgiveness, for knowledge through the Holy Spirit, strength through prayer, and reading and studying God’s word daily. Go to a week day Mass. Let God know He means more to you than anything else.

In doing all these things, we will have conquered the evil one….this week.