[quote="Melanae, post:1, topic:316137"]
Everyone I truly desperately need your prayers and your guidance. I have recently become an RCIA Student, after being introduced to the Catholic Faith at my High school. It hurts even more because now whenever I fail Him because of this mortal sin, I don't feel guilty afterwards, I honestly feel dead. . . :(
I'm also afraid that God doesn't love me anymore, that He won't listen to my prayers. It's gotten to the point where I don't pray much anymore, because I'm afraid that He won't care to listen. How could He ever want to listen to my prayers, my sorrowful thoughts, when there are many others doing much better than I am?
Please help. I'm in desperate need for guidance.
The Catechism, that you should read and study tells you that God calls you....it also tells you that your response is on behalf of God, in other words He helps you....We all fail.
Read in the Catechism about virtue.....you know you can perform habits good and bad...it is just a matter of deciding which you want to perfect...
Take things a little at a time and use what God gave you...He gave you a mind to think, feel, imagine....and with those you can act....
Your day may include some or all of the following....Pray regularly...pray thankfully...now do some of this..
When you wake....imagine the next hour that will take place in your life...is because God gave you life and as you imagine...imagine that you are, not will, that you are being obedient to His will and you are arriving after that hour....having established an hour of habit of virtue...
Now do this progressively until you can imagine on awakening.....you are virtuous at noon....and when noon arrives be grateful and thankful and say a little prayer...then imagine that you are virtuous until evening, etc...until bedtime......
At bedtime, imagine all the wonder and glorious things that are done for you, your life, your family, your friends....and imagine that you are waking filled with the love of God and virtuous, since you are practicing vritue......imagine as you go to sleep that you will dream of virtue....
When you awake the next day, keep repeating, repeating...
If you fail...
Remmember when you first started roller skating....we all fell a little bit...just keep trying to practice good habits...to shed bad habits...Ok...
And then get hold of the Audio Catechism, USA for Adults and listen to it daily, until you have gone through it over a dozen times...that may help...
1803 "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."62
A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.63
I. THE HUMAN VIRTUES
1804 Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.
The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.
The cardinal virtues
1805 Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called "cardinal"; all the others are grouped around them. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. "If anyone loves righteousness, [Wisdom's] labors are virtues; for she teaches temperance and prudence, justice, and courage."64 These virtues are praised under other names in many passages of Scripture.
1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; "the prudent man looks where he is going."
1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor.
1808 Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.
1809 Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.
To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one's heart, with all one's soul and with all one's efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance).
1810 Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace. With God's help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them.
1811 It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ's gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.
If you are making any strides forward let me know and I will offer some more suggestions...Ok..:thumbsup: