I want more fish

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As I type, I can still taste the smoked flavour of the salmon topped, fried egg on gluten free toast which I made for a delicious breakfast this morning.  Ok so I may have added avocado, salt, pepper and sour cream.  I’m feeling hot, tired, and energy depleted.  As much as I love Carman’s deluxe gluten free muesli with Aussie honey, I wasn’t satisfied. I simply wanted more. 

In a world full of materialism, we constantly ask ourselves do we have enough?

Do we want the latest clothes, even though our wardrobes are abundantly full?

Do we desire an updated kitchen every few years?

Are we seeking for more, all which is better and bigger?

Are we competing with what others have?

Will we ever be satisfied?

Is our vision blurred of what we want rather than what we need?

Are our wants holding us back from living with our needs and being ok with that?

For most, our needs are met. For others this is not the case.  I believe, it is a myth that the world is over populated.  It’s seems to me, it’s possibly a problem that there is uneven distribution in our world.  Their is corruption and there is greed. It’s obviously more complicated than that and we do have a serious problem with poverty.  We also have a serious problem with spiritual poverty.  

Could we become minimalists in our own right? I’ve seen the documentary and it was good. I feel however they were missing something. Who is to say what each needs? Some people need more books than others for instance.  A single man will simply not need as much to live by in comparison to a family of five.  A family of five in one country will have different needs than one in another.  Now there’s nothing essentially wrong with updating your material objects per say, but I believe in a balance.  We live in a world with people obsessed and addicted to buying.  We have an unhealthy attachment to our things. We are slaves to consumerism.  We are constantly acquiring more and more items  which we do not need.  Does this mean we give away everything? Maybe not, but wouldn’t we have more freedom, if we were able to walk away from our material possessions because we are not attached to them? Does that mean we don’t respect what we own, of course not.   We can become minimalists, and we will still yearn for more because we are yearning for something else.  Their is a void and it needs to be filled. 

When are your happiest memories? It’s been said children who have more are unhappier than those who have less, wouldn’t this apply to adults as well? 

Apart from food, shelter and clothing,  we each have a another need in common which is food for our soul.  God’s love. Now for me as a Catholic, this I why I frequent the sacraments.  The human desire for God which we can ignore or try to  fill up by purchases is supernatural, a void which only God alone can fill.   His love is a love which will satisfy our souls, if we let it: ‘Come Holy Spirit’. He gave us His only son, He denied Himself so that we have a chance to live forever and be happy with Him in heaven, not here. Let us not be confused that we must live a life of sorrow.  How can we imitate and permeate this love in our own lives? By focusing on loving others rather than objects. 

We are all searching or hungry for more.  It is a natural desire, one which we were all born with, because God wants us to yearn for Him.   We don’t have to be rich or famous, have a better house then the neighbours, nor a poorer one for that matter.  We do need to continually look at our selves and die to our wants because they bind us here and one day we will physically die and we can not store these treasures in heaven.   If we’ve spent our time acquiring earthly goods, have we spent it wisely?

 We can sometimes feel that even we do not have enough to give.  Give yourself and all you have because it counts. Do not believe the lies told to us by the devil that we do not have enough or we ourselves are not enough.  As we journey through Lent, we look at the miracles performed by Our Lord to teach us something. We remember  the story where Jesus fed the five thousand from all of what the little boy had to offer. He did this because He knew it didn’t matter how much the little boy had, it only mattered that he was willing to give everything he had and that God would make it enough, more than enough.  
We trust in the God who wants us and made all the fish in the ocean in the very beginning, to make something out of nothing,  how hard could it be for someone like that?

Dear angel, please help me find a car park

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‘Then the devil left him and behold, angels came forth and ministered to him’  Mathew 4:11

During Lent, we meditate on the life of Christ.  We recognise our sins, and our need for purification.  There is also room for joy.  We must be reminded by the stories of Our Lord during this time, that God will not leave our side.  He will send his angels to be our companions on this journey. 

Devotion of our guardian angels has been in existence since the first Christians.  They have an angelic mission in all human life.  Traditionally, they are described as powerful friends, placed by God, alongside each and every one of us.  To accompany us.  We are invited to make friends with them, and get them to help us.  Whether we are baptised, or not, we have our own angel.  They give us courage like in the days of St. Peter when they freed him from prison.  They were there to guard Moses in Exodus 23:20.  They have always delivered   messages from their God.  Their mission is to help men in the face all temptations and dangers. To help us in choosing good rather than evil.   If it is good for ourselves and others, they can also give us material help.  Maybe you have experienced their help? Maybe you’ve been privileged to see one?  Though they have been known to help with warnings about danger, we should never hesitate to ask them for their co-operation in the most menial tasks like finding a car park.  A bargain at the store or the perfect gift for a special someone. We must treat them like we would a good friend.  It is such a pity when we forget or ignore their company.   From the moment of conception, to our death, our angel will not leave our side.   Unlike God, our angels can not read our thoughts, therefore we must talk to them regularly.  We must tell them how we feel, what it is which is on our mind. 

Last prison of Sts Peter & Paul, Roma

We can pray to our enemies angels to help us get along better.  For our friendships to be ones which behold better communication skills than before. For the protection of our loved ones. 

Ask them to take up to the Lord, our good will and that the spiritual waters of Lent will run deep within our souls.  Let us ask Our Lady who was spoken to by the Archangel Gabriel, to teach us to get to know our angels better particularly this Lent.  

O angel of God,

My guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day be at my side,

To light and guard to rule and guide, Amen.

Roma