Homily from 1/1/2017

Today, my family and I went to the local Catholic Church in Lahaina for mass. It’s a beautiful little church that we always go to when we are here. With the beginning of the new year, the homily was centered around the theme of reflection and how we can practice and reflect on our faith more this year. I hope you all consider implementing these ways into your faith life and happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤

Here are the six ways: 

1. Take time to pray

2. Find meaning in what’s happening around you

3. Seek advice from others

4. We can’t fully understand God’s plan for us

5. Recognize Mary’s role in the Bible 

6. Mary, mercy and forgiveness

All of these ways to increase your faith reflection are wonderful, because they will bring you closer to the faith and are easy to do. 

Take time to pray

Prayer should be incorporated into your everyday life. Prayers don’t have to be long and complex, they can be short and simple; such as asking for help with something or asking for God to look out for a loved one. 

Find meaning in what’s happening around you

This goes along with something that I say often on my blog: everything happens for a reason. Find the reason (meaning) in every situation you encounter in life, because there is a purpose for it.

Seek advice from others

If you’re already doing this, that’s great! It’s sometimes hard to ask for advice or help if you’re afraid of your pride being hurt or of being embarrassed. We have family and friends in our lives for a reason; it’s to gain their outside perspective on situations when we’re blinded or unsure.

We can’t fully understand God’s plan for us

I say this often on my blog too; that God has a plan for each of us and that we have to trust in it, even when it’s difficult. 

Recognize Mary’s role in the Bible more

Mary is an important figure in the Bible as a mother. She gives birth to Jesus our Saviour, and encourages him. He is the most blessed thing she has. Mary is important to acknowledge because we should all want to lead lives that resemble Mary’s.

Mary, mercy, and forgiveness

We should try to be more merciful and forgiving this year. Forgiveness is sometimes hard to grant, but with the beginning of a new year, it’s good to start off fresh. 

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