[quote=“Monica]4316, post:5, topic:157530”]
Thank you so much for your prayers
PJM, I really try to do this, but sometimes my family members see me reading spiritual books etc when they walk into my room, in any case they see the books lying around on my desk… and I can’t hide when I’m going to church (which is not even very often). I think maybe it would help though if for a while I kept a *really *low profile lol… I also try to live out my faith in my actions, share through my actions, etc, but what my family really has a problem with is not so much my sins as me not wanting to be really “worldly”, ie concerned with money or success…they think it’s really important to want these things, to be really goal oriented, but my goals are just different I guess… I used to be very worldly, and then I decided to give that up, but my family sees that as me giving up on “real life”… this does hurt a lot …my faith is very real to me… maybe what I could try is just being really busy when I’m at home…working on things, going places, etc, and perhaps this will help. I’m usually very busy during the year, when I’m at school, and over the summer I was hoping to spend more time with God but I guess that won’t work so easily, lol. I definitley have lots of summer plans (regarding a job etc), but it’s taking time for them to work out.
Prayer is a wonderful and very necessary part of out life and spiritual formation. It is also an amazing “thing” in that every thing we do can [and I think should] be offered up to god, so just hanging, working, playing, what ever; if we makea specific effort each morning to offer this day in its entireity to God, is a wouderful pray, so long as we are not seriously sinning.
Be sure to thank God everynight before you go to sleep for being with you throughout the day, and ask for forgivness and help where you may have, even in a small way, failed God.
Lack of charity for example.
Try to live each day in the presence of God, knowing that HE IS walking with you.
Allow piety to come to you, and don’t stop living your life and you think you should. But go slow, live is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself. For example read only 30 minutesa day. God will guide you. In everything moderation, charity, and faithfullness.
Enjoy you’re vacation, and be modest in dress and behavior.
Love and prayers,
I don’t want it to sound like it’s just their fault. I’m sure that I’ve done a lot wrong, and the present situation could have been avoided. This is something for which I’m really sorry… but at the same time, I feel like what would make my family happy is seeing me focused on success, money, career, etc, - and I don’t know how to do this without compromising my faith… don’t get me wrong, I think it’s important to think about the future and work hard, but just for another reason…not just to earn a comfortable living and have lots of money, but to serve God in all that you do…
None of these goals are in and of themselves bad or evil. St. Paul even say’s that a person who does not work, should not be fed.
Here are lifes proper priorities. 1. God, 2. you and you’re needs 3. you’re spouce [if and when approiate] 4. family 5. Career. Each and every element is good and necessary.
Do not be afraid to pursue the career you think God is calling you to. It too is an expetiation of our God. Pray for guidance, and do what is right.
well today I was told that if I don’t “change”, I should move out. I don’t know what to do! I can’t just stop praying and I can’t throw out these books by the Saints that have helped me so much, I can’t throw away my rosary or the things in my prayer corner… and sure I can move out, but I don’t have anywhere to go, cause I’m having trouble finding a job. I’d so much rather there just be peace at home.
“Not MY will, BUT hty will be done.”
My great Irish grandpa used to say we are less likely to find trouble if we don’t look for it.
Box your stuff up. Pray the rosary on you’re fingures. Get to Mass when you are able,
and read you’re spiritual books outside of the house. Do you have a friend that can assist you. Let you read and pray in her room?
Don’t get thrown out, pray for work, move out when you can. There is obviously more here than we know. Are you’re parent’s JW’s or some such sect? If so, what you are doing in their view is condeming yourself to hell. Your NOT, but you will not be able to convince them of this fact, so do not even try until you are out of the house on your own.
That does not mean you have to participate in what they believe, but don’t challange them, and don’t threaten them, which I fear is what they are reacting to.
You’re realtionship with Christ is PERSOANL, KEEP IT THAT WAY.
Love and prayers,
anyway… I’m rambling…
thanks for your advice