Lent Day 29 – Shift Your Perspective

by Bishop Robert Barron


There is a shift in consciousness that is essential to religion. It is the shift—conversion if you will—from a world-centered perspective to a God-centered perspective. It involves a letting-go of passing things in this world and resolutely clinging to God alone.

That means even letting go of relationships—even the best and most intense. Mind you, I don’t mean this in the literal sense, but, if I can put it this way, in the attitudinal sense, “as if” they were not all defining.

St. Paul tells us that we are not to make the things of this world all important. We are not to be sad or happy but we are to understand that worldly happiness or unhappiness ultimately doesn’t matter.

St. Paul was so overwhelmed by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead that everything in this world was relativized. God’s love and purpose and existence—made eminently clear in the Resurrection—caused this world to fade into relative insignificance.

This is the apatheia urged by the Greek fathers and the indifferencia of Ignatius of Loyola: “Whether I have a long life or a short life; whether I am healthy or ill; whether I am wealthy or impoverished—it doesn’t matter, as long as I am serving the Lord.”

Instead of seeing money, success, fame, power, and pleasure as ultimate goods, see them as nothing compared to the grace of God. Instead of living as though worldly success were ultimate, live as though the things of this world don’t matter at all. In a word, change your mind, and see things from the perspective of God.

   

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  • Sheelagh Hanly

    More reflections would be excellent. I find the Lenten reflections very helpful and meaningful and they give me a wonderful inspiration every time.

  • Anton D

    This kind of makes me laugh at myself at times. I should not take myself too seriously.

    • Anton D

      I have to really consider and act on this :
      ‘That means even letting go of relationships—even the best and most intense. Mind you, I don’t mean this in the literal sense, but, if I can put it this way, in the attitudinal sense, “as if” they were not all defining.’

      • Barbara Ann Baugh

        Anton maybe you can help me out here. I had a little problem with “attitudinal sense” how would you define it?

        • Anton D

          I think what Fr. Barron means is having an attitude of not taking people’s worldly opinions too seriously. Not letting them be all defining but also not physically(literally) distancing our dear ones from our lives.

          In Bishop Barron’s words:
          ‘It is the shift—conversion if you will—from a world-centered perspective to a God-centered perspective. It involves a letting-go of passing things in this world and resolutely clinging to God alone.’

          (Attitudinal = A manner of thinking, feeling, or behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition)

          This is all I can explain, hope it helps.
          God Bless You.

          • Barbara Ann Baugh

            Thank you Anton, That sort of cleared the reflection.

  • ber

    Detachment is always a difficult thing to practice bishop Barron I found in my own life I was called also to detachment in. relationships not that they were bad but to follow the lord it wasn’t till years later I seen why I often think living in convents or monastery you can become more detached as living in your own home you always see something nice for the house ect its surprising how you can fuss over this ornament or that price of furniture then there is of course detachment to sin even more difficult one we are all called to practice and yes detachment from life itself it covers a wide range of things people and places how do we know we trying to beat it when we give it away God bless your work

  • Mary Hilchey

    Detachment in Alcoholic Anonympus means to let go with love. God is Love. what more do we need?

  • Fran

    Reminiscent of Jesus’s words from the Book of Matthew: “He said to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

  • james mariani

    Instead of seeing money, success, fame, power, and pleasure as ultimate goods, see them as nothing compared to the grace of God. Instead of living as though worldly success were ultimate, live as though the things of this world don’t matter at all. In a word, change your mind, and see things from the perspective of God. THESE ATTACHMENTS SEEMS LIKE SUCH A “MALE” CONDITION….rarely do I notice the “FEMININE” temptation of RELATIONSHIPS & SAFETY as our Bishop Robert has so aptly dared to highlight today.

    • ber

      I’m sorry I don’t agree with its seems like a male condition wemon are just as open to the temptation as men

      • james mariani

        how kind of you to notice, thank you, and we can simply agree to disagree. But higher than that, is your willingness and risk to point out your thoughts. Dialogue is what leads me to becoming detached to “being right”

        • ber

          James your a gentleman your reflection is good bless you

        • Barbara Ann Baugh

          James your arguments might have been a little valid in the 19th century. But the Woman’s Movement of the last century has placed the those temptations boldly before women. Those of us who grew up in the 40’s 50’s and 60’s were told by the media to seek money and power and in this way become equal to men. I myself often gave into the temptation to desire equality to men.

      • Gary

        I agree. Who did Satan tempt?

        • ber

          Yes Gary the devil did not tempt the man it was the women he had to go through to get to him so the woman must have being the easier target unless iv got it wrong thanks

  • Nancy Rynders

    What an awesome reflection. It sits well with me, perhaps as I get older, I am truly feeling that “apatheia” or “indifferencia”…..I realize every day the things that matter. Accolades at work, an unforgettable wedding for my daughter, an outfit that others compliment – all of these things will pass. My love for the Father and hope in eternal happiness with Him is all present.

  • Elizabeth

    The love of people, nature and things are not the problem. The problem is when we make them gods. When we see with the eyes of God, we place people, nature and things in the proper perspective. For example, we have a reverence for what nature produces for us to have food and drink – necessary for life. It is the hoarding of food and drink instead of sharing these gifts from God. The Europeans who came over here – my grandfather and his next door neighbor, tended their gardens with love and care. They gave back to the earth and shared the wealth of the products with other immigrants in their neighborhood that did not have the luxury of a piece of farm land.

    • concerned citizen

      Elizabeth, I agree. The problem is when we make them gods. The problem is when we make them the ends by themselves. And not the means to achieve greater glory to God and improve the lives or make a difference in the lives of others. As long as we make riches, fame, power only as means to a higher good, we become closer to God.

  • Joseph T. Garcia

    .. ” it doesn’t matter as long as I am serving the Lord “…

  • Dude_Abides

    Apatheia Geek derived the root word for apathy. Indifferencia Latin based to be indifferent. So to be apathetic and indifferent to the distractions of this world. I will throw in another word COURAGE. How often I start my morning prayer with thanks and gratitude for what I have. I then make a petition to give me the strength and courage to turn away from the quibbles of the world. The momentary fleeting things that will present themselves this day. Become a detached warrior
    The American mythologist Joseph Campbell (sorry, I think he was an atheist, but I still read all his books when I was in college) had a saying “Follow you BLISS”. Which basically meant find what you love to do and then follow it with all your passion. You will not lead a life unfulfilled was his premise. How many of us do/did not follow this or were told/programmed to take a easier, more worldly bounteous path? Being a gifted youthful artist but being told by your parents (let me say well intentioned parents) to scrap becoming an artist because it doesn’t pay. Being prodded into engineering school. Or instead of pursuing your love of music/piano to study the law or to become a doctor. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry D. Thoreau

    “Have the COURAGE to follow you BLISS. Make GOD your BLISS.”
    Peace to you this day.

    • Anton D

      “Have the COURAGE to follow you BLISS. Make GOD your BLISS.”

    • Elizabeth

      the guidance and information needed to make a life’s work is not always available to “true” artists. We have musicians today that are not artistic but know the secular ropes of making a living. True artists need to know where to go for information when needed. There were a group not far from where I lived that sang the song “Where Are You Little Star.” they had talent at that time. The sad part no one gave them these teenagers guidance or wisdom to make a living out of their talent.

      • Dude_Abides

        Amen to that Elizabeth. A helpful encouraging word at the right moment can go a long ways to directing a person to the path less traveled. Your comment reminds me of a conversation I had with my dearly departed only son back when he was attending college. God had blessed him with the ability to move people with the written word and he was majoring in English Composition ultimately to become a writer. And it was I think during his second year at college that he called me late one night. I could sense from him that he was a bit down, slightly depressed. It was during our chat that he blurted out “you know I’ll probably just be a starving writer driving a taxi in some city”. At that moment, as I guess with all parents, my heart sank a bit because I knew my child was floundering.
        So I took courage and told him to continue to follow the path of the gift that God bestowed unto you with all of your heart, passion and soul. He will not deny you a life of fulfillment no matter what occupation you choose. After our talk I hung up the phone and said a prayer for him.

        • ber

          Dude I’m sorry you lost your son must have being very hard but thank you for shearing something so precious

          • Dude_Abides

            Thank you Bernie. Appreciate your heartfelt condolences.

          • ber

            Your in good company dude our lady has been there too I’m sure she is with you too godbless you

    • Alicia

      Thank you for your reflections, beautiful , I have worked in the corporate world for the past 18 years and it was never my passion but I could not see a way out…I was recently laid off and although I had to deal with the initial shock and loss…God has lifted my worries and fears little by little and I’m excited and hopeful for the future….God holds us, guides us through the storms.

      • Dude_Abides

        You are welcome Alicia and thank you for your thoughtful words, Amen. Having been laid off myself in the past I have taken that opportunity (after the layoff) to reassess and adjust my priorities in life. It seems as if you are doing the same. Placing God at the front position of your life is the key. God bless you moving forward.

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      Is not following your bliss not following your worldly passions

      • Dude_Abides

        Hi Barbara! Well the answer could be if it is not God centered. However, if it is God centered, as read in the second sentence, and directed to serve Our Lord while here on earth then your bliss (defined here as your spiritual joy and happiness) becomes your gift to the Father and the world.

    • Brian Sellers

      I take the same message from Matthew 25:14-30.

  • Maripat

    See things from God’s perspective. I wish I could keep that thought for more than just as a passing glance. It is a powerful statement. I lose myself in the daily/weekly of my life’s wants and forget to see what God sees.

    • Dude_Abides

      Amen on that Maripat.

  • Jackie

    I have always been perplexed by the Ignatius rule of indifference. I have read some of Pedro Arrupe’s SJ writings and still I hesitate. To me indifference can lead to nothingness. One has to be careful as not to take the word too literally. Anthony DeMello SJ on his teachings uses the word detachment, which can also lead you in the wrong direction. I understand that we all have to have balance in our lives but these words Indifference and detachment can be misleading on your spiritual journey. I don’t believe Jesus acted in this manner. When he needed to rest and contemplate, he simply went away for awhile, he didn’t turn his back. Maybe Bishop Barron can give us a better understanding.

    • Elizabeth

      I listened to Anthony DeMello’s tapes and didn’t get the definition of detachment as you state, Jackie. I would have to google and see if his material is on UTube.

      • Jackie

        Elizabeth, I can’t pin point it to a specific book or talk, but DeMello toward the end of his life spoke many times about detachment and how one must detach himself/herself. I realize that at times one has to move forward and let bygones be bygones etc but I think DeMello used it very widely. It’s not a bad thing but one can’t detach themselves from life in order to live more peacefully. I’m not trying to preach or anything just joining the conversation. Further in the comments Anton posted one of Bishop Barron’s talks on Bob Dylan and detachment, I think that was a good explanation Bob Dylan’s words: “When you ain’t got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose”. Bishop Barron’s words: “Stripped away from the things of the world, from your ego, giving you freedom to listen to the promptings of God.”. If you have not been down this road you cannot begin to imagine what it is like and if you are not careful this can lead you to isolation and that is second to none to detachment. As I see it one must pick up their mat and walk because no one can do this for you. All of us eventually will be faced with not getting what we want in life, not having the relationship(s) that we have dreamed about prestige,education, power, good health, money etc. But when one has had some of these things and one loses them, a person can fall pretty flat on their backs. That is why I turn to God during those times because like Peter said: “Lord, where would I go, you have the gift of eternal life.” This eternal life is now in the present not some unforeseen event in the future.

        • Gary

          How right you are Jackie. It is not things or money that you need to detach yourself from. It is the LOVE of things or money that will bring you down. King David, Solomon, and many of the old testament kings were very wealthy. They lived great Spiritual lives until they disobeyed God and began worshiping idols. Jesus wants us to have an attitude that he comes first in our lives, and he wants to be the center of our lives. He is truly interested in placing himself in the middle of our heart, but he won’t force himself in. He wants to be invited in, with a commitment that you will allow him to live his life in you. Remember he took your place on the cross and my place. “Greater love has no man then he would give up his life for his friend.” He did that for you and for me.

          • Jackie

            Gary, yes for sure, Jesus doesn’t push himself on anyone. Acceptance of his love is always a challenge. We are creatures of habit and we oftentimes get in the way with all our preconceived ideas of life etc. We have to push aside many of the things of this world because they don’t parallel with the kingdom of God. Our conscience is very aware and yet we oftentimes neglect the stirrings of the Spirit, thinking that we know best.

      • Barbara Ann Baugh

        Thank you Elizabeth

    • Mary

      Jackie, I think detachment here means don’t make our attachments be greater than our pusuit or love of God. You can still be attached to many interests and people without making them your whole life.

      • Jackie

        Yes, I understand and one will find this truth when one loses a loved one. This is when one realizes the attachment was too great. I always believed that I had put God first and yet why so much grief and one has to somehow move through the grief, you can’t detach yourself from it, you have to walk through it. Not an easy thing.

        • Mary

          Jesus was the opposite of detachment from caring about all people. He was detached from material things not people.

          • Jackie

            Mary, yes, Jesus was definitely centered in his relationship with God. He came to deliver us from giving in to the temptations that surround us every day. Not that the things of the world are bad but like you mentioned we need a healthy form of detachment. There is more to life than the pleasures of the appetite and this leads us to inner freedom.

    • chuck

      I think it is the spirit that was given to us that abides in us. To be rightfully ordered. To have God in the center continuously.An attitude of being in the world not of the world. This allows us ( the Body of Christ) to get beyond the human condition.Metanoi not paranoi.spiritual indifference allows us to also discern wisely. It frees us up.difficult conversation.you need the gifts of the Holy Spirit understanding, wisdom, and courage to get the fruit of peace.

      • Jackie

        True, in order to let the Word come into the conversation one needs a certain detachment from all the goings on around them. Certainly comes into play during this presidential election.

    • Barbara Ann Baugh

      Indifference in my life led me to anoxia.

  • Anton D

    • Murieta Marsha

      Anton- Bob D. Was in my era- never cared for his songs, but you have stirred me to revisit his music. Fr. B’s U- Tube was most enlightening. Thank you!

    • Dude_Abides

      Thanks for sharing this Anton. Robert Allen Zimmerman an American classic!
      I grew up loving all of Dylan’s music, lyrics mainly as his voice was a bit squeaky for me. But as a white kid living in the west his song “Hurricane” about the framing of Ruben “Hurricane’ Carter for murder moved my soul to fight for the injustices in our world.

      • Dude_Abides

        from wikipedia his comments from a 1985 interview:
        The thing about rock’n’roll is that for me anyway it wasn’t enough… There were great catch-phrases and driving pulse rhythms… but the songs weren’t serious or didn’t reflect life in a realistic way. I knew that when I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing. The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings.

    • ber

      Thanks Anton bishop Barron does it again

  • Dayna Ellis

    To be less worldly is to focus on God through our prayer and service to others. How many brothers and sisters do we pass on the road homeless and dejected, but we refuse to help them. God would want us to give that person something whether it is food or money. Catholic charities are begging for you to help the starving folks in neighboring poor countries. Do we aid them? $35, a month, and you can feed a poor child at “Food for the Poor.” How many of us spend double this amount on a night out at a local restaurant. We will never leave our worldly attitudes until we begin to reach out and help others.

    • Gary

      Concentrate on Jesus. Conversion leads to good deeds. Jesus said “The poor will always be with you.” Be led by the Spirit, and you will recognize the worldly desires for what they are, and allow Jesus to live his life through you. You cannot work your way to heaven. It is Faith through God’s Grace that gets you there, which in turn leads to good works.

    • Chante Lind

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I was giving to many different charities, but then I started to get bombarded by phone calls and mail. I was getting multiple phone calls per day and so much mail requesting donations, I got frustrated and angry. I couldn’t keep up and I got to the point, I would dread going through the mail and I hated answering the phone. The charities sell your info to other charities and they sell your info….. So I have not been giving over the last few months. I want to help others, as I have been truly blessed. Any suggestions? How do you donate and how do you choose which organizations you choose to donate to. I donate to my parish, but I am trying to figure out how to manage the rest. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks and God Bless

      • Dayna Ellis

        Chante, I have experienced the bombardment of requests, also. I like to check an organizations budget (easily done on the internet) before giving. Paying a CEO millions is not my idea of a good charity. That’s why I prefer Catholic charities. My favorite is a local St. Vincent DePaul Society group, and internationally, “Food for the Poor” or “Cross International”. Both of these Catholic charities have sent representative priests to our church to explain their charities. Food for the Poor allows you to “adopt” a child to feed. Food for a month costs $35. I know it isn’t a huge amount, but every donation is helping someone. If you can only provide $5 a month then you are helping someone in need. As for the mail coming in, since I feel good about sponsoring a child, I don’t mind pitching the requests in the garbage. It is ultimately your choice.

        • Chante Lind

          I agree!! I sponsor a child as well, but there are so many causes I like to contribute to, but for every cause, there are at least 20 different charities. I have started researching some to weed out the less reputable ones. I am now looking into ways to donate online and getting removed from mailing lists altogether. I feel bad, I know they all need donations, but I am getting around 10-15 charity requests per day and as time goes on, it just keeps increasing. Do you you just pick your few charities and regularly donate? I was thinking about doing that and then the local opportunities that come up. Thank you

  • Murieta Marsha

    Taking the day as it presents itself and trusting God to reveal Himself in it is enough detachment for me. People and the circumstances God allows to cross my path I try to bless and work out for the best. In Concerning situations I pray Proverbs 3:5-6 and Phil 4:6-7. Both these put all things in perspective and I affirm that all things will work together for good. Otherwise, in this declining culture of eliminating God at every turn, one could be in a constance state of panic. As w/ Mother Teresa – it is in the small deeds and one to one that it seems the Lord works. And, of course, there’s prayer!

    • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

      Where do they eliminate God every turn? If God is really present then they’re the ones that are turning away from Him. I say it again God is really present and they’re the ones denying him with their superficial lack of light. Being gentle and loving is our job to share the light of the Holy Spirit. This is so they get it.

      • Murieta Marsha

        Thank you for your comment-I am referring to just the way our society as a whole is moving toward secularism and “we” , as a populace, are allowing it. The media blows so much out of proportion, the schools do not appear to be building much of an American foundation – as it was founded, that is. So much hoopla is on the glitz and phoney Hollywood status, TV is getting raunchier. But your good point is, each makes a choice on his/her own to turn to or away from God. Therein lies the redeeming factor- I am praying for an uplifting influence in these areas.

  • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

    To me detachment not means not to be superficial and have depth in the spiritual life! What is superficial that means to get not get the big picture . The balance it with prayer and dealing with every day. Ask God what the big Picture is. That’s where prayer comes in.

  • concerned citizen

    My true welfare lies not in possessing or enjoying many things on earth, but rather in using what I have, wisely and sinlessly, with the intention of pleasing God. Riches, honor, praise, admiration, power and superiority over others or whatever else may attract me on earth, all of these things must one day pass away.

    Why be too interested in what I am sure to lose? Unless I use them as God desires, I will use them the wrong way, and they will draw me away from Him. The more I come to know God, the more will I desire to lessen my attachments on earth. I will try to be more aware of Him throughout the day. My real needs are few. True, human nature objects to being deprive of what it likes. Still, I ought to get rid of whatever does not really improve my life.

    • ber

      Dear concerned wise as always I got my book today preparing for death I’m so pleased its so easy to read and something I have being looking fore truly inspired thank you

      • concerned citizen

        Good for you ber! Best book to read during Lent.

        • ber

          Iv only read a few pages you can’t argue what it says everyone should read it once thanks again

  • Penelope

    When I first began training in spiritual direction, I knew in my heart that I would need divine intervention. I found this chaplet of prayers by Saint Ignatius, I made mine with a piece of cord and some beads, and asked my priest to bless it. That was seven years ago, and along the way I have made and given the same chaplet to friends as well. I use the Novena version rather than the decima version.

    The prayers of Saint Ignatius are BOLD AND DARING PRAYERS to pray, because God always answers prayer. I have seen in my life and in the lives of others, that the more we pray for detachment, the more the Lord leads us to service in His hurting world. It is such a blessing to see how the Lord leads others into service – it humbles me to see their love and compassion for others, and their desire to help others to grow in their love for God.

    In a few weeks from now, one of our parishes will be hosting The New Evangelization Summit, Inspiring Catholics, a live event happening in Ottawa, which will be live-streamed to parishes across Canada.

    Who will go? I believe that Bishop Barron’s reflection today answers this for me. Choosing to have the Lord in our life, what a life to live! Thank you Lord Jesus!
    http://www.viarosa.com/VR/StIgnatius/Loyola.html

  • Barbara Ann Baugh

    I was raised to neither laugh nor cry I believe that crippled me psychologically. I did not pursue the things of the world. But also I did not pursue the things. Indeed I refused to feel joy in God’s works that were in the world. I believe I shall spend much time in purgatory learning how to take joy in God

    • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

      Find joy now. :) Choose to smile. Isn’t that joy? Half empty and half full. I choose the half full and I don’t nag my hub. I stay positive. That is a choice like choosing to love is a choice.

      • Barbara Ann Baugh

        But the reflection says we should be neither happy or sad, but we should be God centered.

        • Elizabeth

          Barbara Ann Baugh We are not to be sad or happy but we are to understand that worldly happiness or unhappiness ultimately doesn’t matter. In my estimation, it is the worldly things that bring worldly happiness the topic. Joy of the Gospel is the joy we express when we know we are doing the will of God. When we persevere in his graces, such as what you have just gone through. There was joy in receiving the anointing of the sick, there was joy in knowing people were praying for you. Thankfulness is also joy for what you can do. This is how I interpret the sentence in Bishop Barron’s reflection today.

          • Barbara Ann Baugh

            My interpretation was for example: we should not put sour cream and chives on a baked potato to make it enjoyable. The baked potato is worldly but necessary to life adding the sour cream makes it enjoyable therefore if we eat the potato with sour cream we have made it a worldly pleasure.

          • Elizabeth

            At the wedding feast of Cana didn’t Mary let Jesus know there was no wine, and the best wine is the one he produced through God in heaven.

          • Barbara Ann Baugh

            Yes Elizabeth that is what confuses me about this reflection. Jesus told some of his best parables at dinners,

          • Elizabeth

            The historical background might help. In the time of Jesus the jobs people had were basically fishing, farming, Dependence on the weather was important. So when there was food on the table, that meant there was an abundance and healthy period. So to rejoice was to be thankful to God. Again, the perspective of God giving them these gifts,

        • http://findmeinflorida.wordpresscom Tampa Lady

          Happiness or the choice for joy is a choice and an acknowledgment of God’s presence.

  • Gary

    I can only speak of my own personal conversion and commitment to Jesus Christ. On December 12, 1973 I gave my heart to Jesus Christ, and asked him to take control of my life. I struggled for about 5 years about this decision. It was not until I realized that I was lost and going to hell, that I considered making the decision. The reality of being lost made me miserable. I did not know what to do. I was asked to attend a meeting where a speaker gave his personal testimony, and I accepted the invitation. After the talk I went to him to thank him for the inspiration, but before I could get all the words out, he hit me with a question. “ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?” I kind of took a step back to think about this. I said to him that I always thought that I was but not like him. He then asked me if I knew I was a sinner, and that God loves me, and would I like to invite Christ into my heart. I said Yes, and Jesus came in and changed my life. From that moment on I have been crazy in love with him. I went from not going to church, to going just about every day, I read the Bible every chance I got, I shared my new found love of Christ with everyone I came in contact with. I guess I was a real pain in the butt. At first everyone thought this was great and expected this to be temporary, but it was not, and when I persisted their attitude toward me changed. Relationships were broken and mended. I will go into more details about this later. I became a revolutionary for Christ. That fire has not died out 43 years later.

    • ber

      Gary that is a wonderful testimony once you taste the honey nothing else will do praise god

      • Gary

        Thanks. I thank God every day for saving a wretch like me. The Lord has used my testimony as a instrument of his love for many years. He deserves all the praise.

        • ber

          Bless you please rem me in your prayers to the lord

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Amen to this! We need to find relationships that help us to grow closer to the Lord. From a Brad Paisley song, it says to find a woman who will be praying right beside you. Marriage is recognition of God’s plans for a man and woman, wherr thr love of the Holy Spirit flows between them.

    Also, this shift in perspective is why the world hates us. Their concerns are not all our concerns. Their joys are not all our joys. We concern ourselves to do the Lord’s will, and we take joy in following Him, even to the point of death om a cross.

  • anonymous

    i Love this !!

  • Deng

    Wonderful and love this reflection. It is through HIM that we were, and we are, and we will be AMEN

  • Gordon

    many of us do not ask for power or money, only the ability to see our children safe, educated and faithful.

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    I know the Holy Trinity love’s each one of us, and their are some Soul’s that have gotten off track and have turn their back on God. We can only pray for them and intercede for them in Prayer even those who do harm to others. That can be a tall order, but if you give that Human Will back to Jesus you can pray with Jesus to try and bring Souls back to Him. Send Jesus his own Divine Love for all Souls especially those who do not understand the Catholic Church and do not know how to Pray. We Pray for those who are suffering and we intercede for that Soul we Pray that the Father’s Will be always done on Earth has in Heaven. Peace and Blessing to all.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Hi Kaye,

      Amen!
      Let us remember God exists outside of time and all events to God is now. No prayer is wasted.
      If you think it is too late to pray………don’t! Pray anyway.

      Peace and prayers,

      Michael

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    i just read on facebook that the total number of new Catholic grew last year more than the population grew. Hey vatacin numbers just out.

  • rtclovesmac

    This seems so simple, yet I fail to remember it’s Wisdom.

    Not all of us go through Paul’s conversion process, so how can we hope to be as to be so focused, so committed.

    Today’s post is seems tied to today,s post in Divine Mercy in a way only God can bring.

    st. Faustina is concern that her move from one convent to another and complained to Jesus that she was losing all her help.

    Yet Jesus said “Do not fear. I am with you always.”

    In releasing her fear, she found grace.

    Lord let me not fear but trust in you always.

  • Vilma

    Wow wow wow! This I must share! Thanks again Bishop Barron for sharing your gift with us! http://www.shepherdoffaith.com

  • rtclovesmac

    What a wonderful link to share.

    AMEN

  • Mary Jane Madeline

    Thank you Bishop Barron. When I think of seeing through the perspective of God, God’s Will be done seems to resonate with me.And nothing helps me more than having regular prayer time to spend with Him. Prayer time keep the worldly distractions at bay, as well as a better attitude toward material gifts- the difference between the needs and the wants.

  • Brian Sellers

    “see things from the perspective of God.”
    One day, though not in this life, we will. But consider for a moment what that means.
    “For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

    When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.

    At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.”

  • Linda Dokey

    Father GOD BLESS me to do your will in all that I do and say that it may be for the good of YOUR KINGDOM. Amen