Being a saint does not mean perfection or being sinless. The saints acknowledged by the Church were very ‘human’ when it came to personal faults. So yes, you can be a saint and I am going to help you as we begin 2019.
Whether you serve in some manner across the many tasks in our ministry, donate funds to make it possible, work on our staff, are a member of the Board, are part of the Engine Room Prayer Team that underpins theministry in prayer, are one of the many advisors to the ministry or lead and attend one of our Sites, we all have two things in common as part of this ministry;
- We are all in each other’s ‘company’ as we do all of the many different things together that make up the ministry which seeks to proclaim to people who are disconnected from God and the church.
- And as I have written God calls each of us to be a saint.
We might say that, “The Catholic Guy Ministry” is ‘THE COMPANY OF SAINTS.’
So how do we as saints grow in our individual sainthood or another way to say this is, how do we be all that God asks us to be in 2019 as individuals and as members of this ministry that affects so many people’s lives around the world?
Now I know that there are some of you saying right now, “but you don’t know me Bruce. I am caught in ways of acting and thinking that I struggle to change.” If this is your thought, you are well on the way to sainthood, if you will just depend on God. Let me explain.
What makes us “us” is that we as human beings are the sum total of our habits. Those are habits that we are aware of and the many habits that are subconscious or that we do without thought. Some habits are the result of deliberate decisions and others are the result of ways of thinking and acting that we fell into. Some habits are very positive and move us toward the person God called us to be and achieving and being in life what we should be, and other habits move us away from who God calls us to be. We call these ‘bad habits.’
New Year’s Resolutions are our attempt to change our negative or bad habits and/or adopt behaviors that will cause us to be all God has created us be. We all know however that within hours or a few days of making New Year’s Resolutions most people forget they ever tried to change and what the resolution was. This is because change is so difficult, and we allow ourselves to give up. Our subconscious habits can dominate our lives and keep us trapped by actions and thoughts that we do not want to be part of our life.
Interestingly, it is only when we stop, take time and deliberately reflect on our lives that we can see those subconscious habits that stop us from being the person that God wants us to be. How do we change these bad habits? I mean really change them and not just wish they would change? Some examples of ‘bad habits’ that are hard to change;
• Eating when we don’t need to.
• Not being aware of the needs of our spouses.
• Being self-centered which is demanding from others and not giving.
• Negative talk.
• Watching too much television or time on the internet.
• Being judgmental of others.
• Biting our nails.
• Not studying like we should.
• Overspending and not living inside our budget.
• Saying “um” and ‘ah.’
• Lacking confidence.
The list goes on and on of what we call ‘bad habits.’ These rob us from being the people God has called us to be.
So how do we change these ‘bad habits?’
To help you become the person God is calling you to be and to help us be an internationally effective ministry of proclamation of the Gospel, I want to introduce you to;