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By Vincent Johnson

2/7/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Take time to sttop and smell the roases.

Do you keep looking back at the moment in your life that you regret? Do you keep looking forward trying to build up your retirement? Maybe you just need to live in the now, and seek God in the present; forgetting all the rest!

Don't get stuck in past being unable to forgive yourself or others.

Don't get stuck in past being unable to forgive yourself or others.

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By Vincent Johnson

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/7/2014 (2 years ago)

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Keywords: Patience, Love, God, memories, life, future, past, forgive, forgiveness,


MOORESVILLE, N.C. - As a society, we either spend too much time looking back in our lives, or looking too far into the future. Either way, we end up not living in the present and not making sure we are on good footing. Don't get me wrong, it's good to look back as a part of evaluating and learning what went wrong to ensure we don't repeat mistakes, as well as to celebrate what went right. It's also not a bad idea to plan for the future. Where we tend to err is when we put too much emphasis on either one, or both. We get stuck in past being unable to forgive ourselves or others; or look so far in the future we forget where we really are.

When we avoid living in the present, our lives pass by so many important things. The moments we miss are the ones we regret not living later in life. It's also in those moments in which those we love end up missing out as well. The term 'living in the present' can mean many things, but to me it means to be aware and conscience of the now; what is going on inside and outside of one's comfort zone. To see how life is interacting with those around you, and how God is interfacing with his creation - through his creation! The phrase 'Stop and smell the roses' comes to mind immediately. God speaks to us in so many ways and through so many people, if we lose that awareness and consciousness - we lose God because we pass right by Him.

a beautiful reminder of our savior that you can carry with you always --

I think this is important to bring to bear in each of our lives because we live in such a rushed world. We can't wait until tomorrow, till we grow up, till we get that dream job, till we retire. We need to start living moment to moment, looking for that precious gift that is hiding in that "tick of the clock". Let's all strive not to rifle past that lingering moment that could teach us a lifetime of "knowing", give us our fill of feeling, and touch our hearts with eternal consolation. Let us seek God in those moments in time and not rush to a life of disappointment at each milestone. It's the little things that sustain us.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...




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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
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That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



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