Are you aware how many people, after divorce, are unsuccessfully looking for another lover. They generally look for a partner with whom they want to spend the rest of their days, but unfortunately, in many cases it turns out to be very difficult to find such a person. These people often think they are perfect, and that their previous relationship ended because the other spouse was at fault. But the truth is generally the other way round. Why am I writing this? Because I believe that in reality change must start with yourself! None of us are perfect, but it is worth striving to improve a current situation or relationship. Bear in mind that God loves each and every one of us, regardless of our faults and the sins that we committed. He only asks us to convert, pray to the Holy Trinity and go to church so as to live our faith. Although people are not always able to forgive, God always does, and you should remember this. All you have to do is just change and ask for forgiveness. Start by going to confession, free yourself from everything that is burdening you and start from scratch with a clean slate.
We are living in difficult times, and the situation is getting worse and our children will suffer severely. It is time to embark on a process where we seek to change for the better, and teach young people to love God properly. Can’t you see that things are getting worse on Earth? Frequent earthquakes, massive hurricanes, floods, financial crises, and a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
Pause for a moment and think calmly how much time you have devoted to your children recently. Also, look back on how it used to be when you were little yourself – how much were your parents focused on you? You will probably say that times have changed a lot. In the 21st century, we have had so many technological advancements and improvements, and we have progressed a great deal. Our lives should be better, more efficient and easier. But the truth is that we are consistently focusing on what is not so important, and always chasing something. Most of the time we are not even well aware what our goals are. Is it really so important to have the best car, a bigger and more luxurious house so as to be better than our neighbor, always wear fashionable clothes and own the best phone? Not really right? By focusing on these things we are ending up distancing ourselves from our children and families, as well as from God. You need to realice that when you chase such material things you are only focusing on things that will not last forever, as our mortal life will ultimately come to an end someday. After all, Jesus, that is, his Son, gave His life for us so that we might be forgiven all our sins. That’s when people got the chance to start all over again.
Now you will probably say that more than 2,000 years have passed since then? This is true, but unfortunately I think that despite the passage of such a long period, nothing has changed for the better, and on the contrary, it is getting worse and worse. We are developing, but unfortunately these modern technologies are taking up most of our time. Could you try to avoid spending too much time in front of the TV or browsing online? You might ask what for? The answer is that if you reduce the amount of time you spend on devices and gadgets you will be able to gain, at least a few minutes eveyr day, to focus on more important things in life. Wouldn’t it be better if you spent some time sitting quietly in a room or in the terrace and read a few pages of a very interesting book. I will leave the list of valuable readings to the end of this post. Besides, you could use this free time to think seriously about what really matters, and most importantly what you are working for. Remember that when this earthly life reaches its end, God will hold us accountable not for the accumulated savings and properties, but for our evidence of faith. After all, we will not be able to take any of such material things with us. As long as your children are close to God, He will definitely help them, even when they find themselves in a more difficult situation, so possessions are definitely not the most important thing.
Do you think that by sending your child to a Catholic school it will bring them closer to God? Certainly yes it can help, but if a young person returns home and does not practice his or her faith, the education received at school will serve very little. It is very important to make sure that you go to mass regularly. A trip to church a few times a year when it happens to be a holiday is not enough. If faith is not nurtured, it will sadly diminish very quickly. Did you ever think about how many hours there are in one week? The answer is 168 hours. Do you think it will be such a big challenge to devote at least 1 hour to God, to go to Sunday mass? I hardly think so, and I invite you to think of it this way the next time you do not feel like going to church.
I invite you to stop for a moment, and allow yourself to think how much time you really waste each day on a completely pointless search for irrelevant things online. How much do you waste writing meaningless comments or sharing photos on the web just to show off? Couldn’t you try to save some of that time so as to devote it to better and more important things? Remember, that as Catholics, we have a duty to preach the word of God and speak of God, Jesus, and Mary. Do you want to do something truly good and worthwhile? Then devote time to teach your child to say prayers, and encourage them to do so every night. Encourage them to speak with God and to share whatever is bothering them with Jesus. From an early age, a child should feel that God is close to him, always, and all the time. He needs to feel His presence and His willingness to help him out in difficult times.
Do you still remember Janusz, whom I mentioned earlier? When I watched the interviews with the priest he recommended, I also met him, and he encouarged me to read the Bible. It was something completely new for me, because I honestly never read it. All I knew was that it was some old religious book about a very ancient history. However, thanks to Janusz, I started to read it every day. I made it a point to read calmly and attentively a few pages daily. Would you like to try it too? On our website you will find the Bible in several different languages. I strongly encourage you to buy at least one copy, as the Bible should be present in every Catholic home. It’s best to keep it exposed and in a clearly visible place because it should not just lie on a shelf – it needs to be opened ideally on a daily basis as it holds so much within it!
But let’s get back to my story – I will not hide that initially the adventure with reading the Bible was rather difficult for me. The language in which the Old Testament was written is not so normal in the 21st century. It’s a bit hard to read at times, but this should definitely not discouarge you. You should try to devote every spare moment you can find to reading the Bible. Try to stop more and more often and refer to the Bible, and gradually you will start to free yourself from the unimportant activities that previously took up so much of your time every day. However, I want to state that I didn’t do this alone. My whole family read the Bible and that’s how it all started with us. During this period, not much else happened – we just watched, from time to time, more interviews with the priest. Eventually October 2020 arrived. You will probably think now that it took us an awful long time to read the Bible, from April to October. However, remember that we only spent a few minutes every day reading, and there is a lot to read. In addition, reading the Old Testament is more demanding than reading the New Testament.
But does it really matter how long it takes you to read the Bible? Even if a year passes by this is not a race. Just read at your own pace, slowly and attentively, so as to learn and become one with God. The most important thing in all of this is that when you reach outa for the Bible, you took this first, very important step towards a change for the better. After we finished reading the Bible, it was time to buy some sreligious books. We chose the titles written by people who experienced Mary’s apparitions. We also read about Father Dolindo and the people who heard the voice of Jesus, and to whom He told what to write to spread his words around the world. We read several amazing stories that will surely leave an impact on you as well. Are you afraid you are running out of time? Believe me, it is enough to give up one inconspicuous, but insignificant activity to suddenly gain several minutes to read a really good book. If you don’t know where to start, I will be presenting you with a list of interesting titles at the end – these are the books that definitely touched us the most.
I have not mentioned yet that in the so-called in the meantime, our son received his First Holy Communion. Unfortunately, all this coincided with the period of the pandemic, and thus with serious limitations in the functioning of the society. With God’s help, we managed to organize everything, but unfortunately, due to restrictions, the ceremony took place without the participation of our closest family. For us, however, the most important thing was that the son accepted Jesus into his heart. In fact, it was a turning point in our lives. From that moment on, we started going to Mass together every Sunday.