Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Mt 13:18-23 Seeds That Grows

Mt 13:18-23  Seeds That Grows
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Jesus said to his disciples:  “Hear the parable of the sower…The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
We all look for excitement while we all appreciate what’s common.  What’s common is what is very stable.  For example, in order for a seed to grow it must fall on rich soil; take root; and persevere in times of trial. 
The Lord knows human nature as well as he knows plants.  Without stability; without roots; without Christ, we have little to no chance of surviving like humans and living like saints. 
Yesterday, I saw a very disturbing video of a nine-year old boy in a daycare center that viciously punched and kicked other children while they were waiting for a parent or guardian to pick them up.  He attacked children as little as nine-months old!  He knew what he was doing.  He actually waited for the day care assistant to turn her back before he ruthlessly attacked the children.  At one moment, he positioned a little girl, turned his head to make sure the assistant wasn’t looking, and kicked the little girl in the back.  When the assistant turned to see what had happened, he cleverly went over to the baby and picked her up, giving the appearance that he was consoling her.
Let me guess:  He has “mental health” issues, right?  He needs to be medicated.  Health officials should have informed the daycare center that he was capable of doing great harm to others.  They should be held liable for not predicting this type of behavior.  Or maybe the answer (or solution) is that he was born evil.  Some people get more of original sin than others.  Original sin affects the genetics of a person, right?  WRONG!
What’s wrong with our kids today?  What’s changed, other than time?  Have their bodies evolved?  Do they no longer need two arms but three?  Do they see from their ears and hear from their eyes?  Are they no longer born with an umbilical cord, like the first humans?  Kids do not evolve, they grow.  There is a difference.
What’s changed is the following:  they no longer have any type of roots; that is, they have little to no stability; little to no responsibility; little to no morality.  Man has not evolved with time, but marriage and family have, and they have left everyone behind, especially their children, our future.
Far too many of us will do whatever it takes to be happy, even at the expense of those who depend on us.  We will do whatever makes us happy but not whatever it takes for our children to be happy.  Sometimes the two coincide.  Many times they don’t.   
Evolution can be a great thing.  It can also be a lousy thing.  Supposedly we have become stronger over time, but so have viruses and bacteria.  Whatever gains we made with our minds, we’ve definitely lost with our hearts.  We have evolved into thinking that a child born out of wedlock is worse than a child being born.  Kids that know this think about this and grow up with this.  They value their comfort level much more than their sense of honor, duty and responsibility.
Human nature has not changed with time.  We still need to eat.  We still need to sleep.  We still need to be taught order, discipline, stability, responsibility and morality.  We still need someone to take care of us when we are vulnerable and someone to love us always.  If we take a beautiful tree that has been firmly planted in the ground and uproot it to move it, watch out:  chances are it will die. 
That’s what’s happening to our kids.  They don’t have a family that will love them so they find a family in a gang, prison or cult.  They have no one to spend hours with so they text, tweet, chat, and Facebook.  They don’t have a sibling as a friend so they find a sibling in a friend.  They don’t have a mother or a father to love them so they find a boyfriend or a girlfriend that will.  They don’t have someone that will teach them, discipline them, help them, tough-love them and be honest with them, so they find a mother or a father in a coach, teacher, social worker, priest or neighbor. 
But what eventually ends up happening is that they find out just how inhumane they really are.   They are not human.  They are like an artificial plant; no leaves, no roots, no soil.  And we are content with it, as long as we can get by with it.
Although the world around us may evolve over time, plants still need what they have always needed since the dawn of time. 
Although marriage and family may evolve in name and over time, children still need what they have always needed since the dawn of man. 
The lack of it will be ever more noticeable (and shocking) over time.

10 comments:

  1. Very disturbing video father...Very sad...

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  2. Very disturbing video father... Very sad...

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  4. Yes, this is a very disturbing video. I always vowed if I ever became a mother I'd stay at home with my son/daughter and never send them off to a day care. I was bullied in a "Christian" day care as a child. Terrible experience and something I've never wish another child go through.

    Speaking of "the seed sown on rich soil".... I have a beautiful tree in my backyard slowing dying from a drought-related condition (leaf scorch). The leaves are all burned and yellow. The poor tree's bark is peeling away. It's a pitiful sight. Anyone who knows me understands my love for nature and plants. It pains me to see anything dying. I will be cutting down the tree next week. (I call it my Bradford Pear's "funeral service" as I watch the tree guys chop it all up & mulch it...) Interesting the degradation of this tree, especially in the past 3 weeks, seems to coincide with all of the horrific events happening in the news. I've been on edge and anxious. I've been angry with America, with the Stock Market, with ignorant stupid people, and with life in general. I don't know if a seed will ever flourish on rich soil. Seems like the seed of modern-day life only grows in rocky soil or competes with the weeds and thorns. With my tree dying, my prayer life has been declining. It's time to fertilize my soul and get my roots growing again. Pray the rosary. Read my "Magnificat." Make a trip to the Blessed Sacrament. Get out of myself and hand my worries to God...And continuously pray for a strengthening of the family and parenting roles.

    Blessings,

    -Jennifer

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    1. I will prays for those children in that video~ :(

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  6. Katie GiangiulioJuly 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    P.S Sorry for my repeated comment. Didn't realize it went through the first time.

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  7. Hmm....I posted a comment last night and it never appeared. I guess it was deleted. ??? Oh well....what I wrote wasn't all that great.

    I do find this video very disturbing. If I ever become a mother, I pray I will never need to put my child in daycare. I know most families have no choice. I endured bullying at a "Christian" daycare as a kid. Awful experience and something I don't want other children to go through. Seeing this video brings back bad memories.

    Blessings,

    -Jennifer

    P.S, We missed you at tonight's 5pm St. Monica Mass. I guess there was a schedule change. I hope everything is ok with you. :)

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  8. No! Saturday or Sunday Meditation ?? :( I miss reading your meditation.

    It is my daily routine to read your blog LOL!

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  9. Father Alfonse, I am just trying to better understand your words.. Do you think that all of today's youth will be corrupted by the troubles of the world? You mentioned that even a tree with good roots will die when uprooted. I would think it is hard to make it past teenage years nowadays without experiencing cruelty and corruption. I would hope there are kids and teens who can maintain their roots or create good roots amidst all the bad weighing down on them.

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