The STrong Bond of faiTh
We have many times heard the saying that “blood is thicker than water.” These words of wisdom tell us that there is nothing that could rival natural family affinity in binding persons. It is to the family that we go back to so that we may find our life’s bearing amidst life’s ups and downs. Our family is always our haven, our refuge, our reference point.
Going through life, though, we learn that not all family members and close blood relatives are reliable allies. Many times we have also heard how siblings go against each other in scandalous court cases. Serious political differences and ambitions brought bloodbath to persons who are supposedly of the same ancestry and lineage. In contrast, we hear how non-related couples who just met in Marriage Encounter weekends refer to one another as “Tito,” “Tita,” “Brother” or “Sister.” We witness how Christians who meet in renewal groups, such as the charismatic movement, greet each other with sincere embraces of fraternal love and concern. Members of these Christian groups claim that their relationship with one another have made them even closer to each other compared to their not-so-casual relationships with their blood relations.
Indeed, our spiritual ties of faith in Jesus do not only make us come close to God in prayer. Necessarily, true faith builds up our friendships into deeper ties conditioned not by any financial or material considerations. Faith makes us more open to sincerely share our experiences, our trials and triumphs. Faith makes us more generous to give and receive, even beyond the guarantees of material resources. Faith makes it more possible for us to forgive and to ask forgiveness in the face of human frailties. Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP from Kyregma
History records that in the first part of the 15th century, a young French peasant girl, Joan of Arc, was called to save her country from its enemies. There was something about her that endeared her to her followers and caused them to have a respect -- almost a reverence, an awe -- for what she was attempting to do. Her sacred sword, her consecrated banner and her belief in her mission helped her to sweep away the armies that were before her.
It has been said, and rightly so, that courage is transferable and that if a leader has a sense of mission and purpose and an absolute conviction in what can be accomplished, people gather around and follow this leader. This conviction was demonstrated by the courage displayed by Joan of Arc. She sent a thrill of enthusiasm through the French army and gave them the courage and confidence that a king, a statesman and a president could not produce.
However, she, like all other leaders, had her share of cynics and skeptics. On one occasion, she said to one of her generals, "I will lead the men over the wall."
The general said, "Not a man will follow you."
At that point, Joan of Arc did what leaders with a mission and a conviction always do. She replied, "I won't be looking back to see whether they're following me."
Yes, commitment and courage were on display, and those are two qualities that will win many battles and enable you to accomplish worthwhile objectives. Think along those lines, develop those qualities, and you'll succeed!!!
The second "tude" is "attitude." Psychologists have maintained for generations that attitudes are more important than facts. An attitude with the facts, however, is going to be tremendously rewarding and productive. It's also a fact that attitude is the determining factor in the major accomplishments of life, and fortunately, attitude is something you can control.
The next "tude" is "magnitude." We need to magnify the important things and reduce the magnitude of things that appear to be insurmountable problems. "Don't make a mountain out of a molehill" is a wise observation all of us would do well to observe.
The next "tude" is latitude, which is another way of expressing the fact that we have the freedom to do virtually anything within the bounds of human decency and law in this land of ours. We have the latitude to be all that we can be and accomplish some incredible objectives. Regardless of our ancestors and the circumstances of our youths, we have the latitude to move from where we are to where we want to be.
The next "tude" is "multitude." We face a multitude of challenges and opportunities every day. It's a fact that you can hold a dime close enough to your eye to blot out the sun. If we concentrate on the multitude of challenges we face, we will blot out the opportunities of life. It is equally true that if we concentrate on the opportunities of life, we will blot out the challenges to the degree that we can overcome those challenges.
With a good set of "tudes," you can accomplish some incredible objectives in life, so concentrate on the "tudes"....