I Believe

I believe that most people are good

I believe that most people are kind

I believe that most people care

I believe that mainstream media has an agenda

I believe that mainstream media works towards keeping us divided

I believe that mainstream media wants to keep everyone scared

I believe that social media molds individuals into puppets

I believe that social media also strives for division

I believe that social media is not so social anymore

I believe in God and look to him for strength

I believe that most people believe in a higher power

I believe that most people live by the “golden rule.”

I believe that people will wake up one day and realize that we need to become more dependent on each other, instead of depending on politicians who care about power and money instead of the people they serve.

I believe that we can come together and mend the brokenness of this country, only if we don’t listen to the haters, dividers, and non-believers.

I believe that we can make the United States of America great again, but not through any political party or any politicians, but through our own hard work, determination, and God’s grace.

God help us.

Until next time, Buen Camino.

Puppets Among Us

Have you ever been to a marionette show? A puppet show? Well count yourself blessed because if you are on some form of social media, chances are, you see one everyday.

It’s not your typical puppet show. No, this one stars people you don’t know, and some that you do, like family and friends. Sometimes, you might even be the star.

It’s a show about a fallen nation. Once upon a time, it was a great nation, a nation that others wanted to be like. We were once a powerful nation, with strong morals, strong standards, and a strong military. Now we virtually have no morals, we’ve lowered our standards, and we want to do away with drill sergeants in basic training because of the stress they induce. Are we the new Rome and is our empire about to fall?

You know what we are now? The laughing stock of the world. Most of you all are so busy fighting with each other that you can’t even see what is happening right in front of you. Men who identify as women are now able to use bathrooms with your daughters and vice versa. Abortion wasn’t good enough in some states. Now those states have the right to kill the unborn up to the day of birth. It’s not ok to take a knee before a game to pray, but you can if it’s protesting against the police. And there’s so much more.

But you can’t see it. You’re too busy, arguing on Facebook, sharing memes to get your point across instead of your own words. It’s two humongous armies of keyboard warriors launching salvos of insults after insults at each other.

If you ever took a step back and looked at what’s going on, you’d see what I see…puppets doing their masters bidding. Fighting hard to keep this nation divided. That’s what they want, and that is what you do for them.

The only question is, who is your master? Is it social media? Is it mainstream media? Is it the Republican or Democratic Party? If you’re playing their game, you are a puppet. Don’t fool yourself and think that you’re not. I think Dave Mustaine said it best, “We dance like Marionettes Swaying to the symphony of destruction.”

The choice was yours all along, and it still is. Keep dancing their dance, or cut the string.

Until next time, “Buen Camino”.

What a Wonderful World…NOT!

4:00am and I’m scrolling through Facebook like I sometimes do when I wake up too early. Occasionally I will stop to read people’s comments to various posts and I’m reminded how hateful many people are with each other.

It’s not good enough to just disagree anymore. Now it’s all about who can comeback with the most vile retort. Even when one truly feels that they are correct and have this conviction deep within, a simple “I disagree” is not good enough and they proceed to belittle the other individual because of their view on a topic.

All hope is not lost however. If you are that type of individual in the aforementioned paragraph, you too can change, but only if you realize and accept the fact that you want to change. I was that type of person for quite some time. Oh how I lived for the argument and an opportunity to put someone down for their thoughts, and for what? I didn’t like the person I was and realized that I needed change.

But you’re not a tiger.

You’ve heard the cliche “a tiger can’t change its stripes”, but you are not a tiger, you are a human being with the capabilities of changing yourself. Sometimes change is hard but anything worth having comes with a little hardship.

How do you change? There are many ways but here are a few suggestions.

1. Steer away from posts or stories on social media that bring out anger.

2. Willpower is not your friend. Habit is the key. Do or say something kind for someone each day, everyday until it becomes a habit.

3. Remind yourself daily that you want to change and become a better, more positive person.

In a world that seems to be full of lies, deceit, and negativity, you can make that change and make a difference. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Until next time, God bless s as and Buen Camino!

Noise

When was the last time you lived? Sounds crazy because you are alive right now if you are reading this right? But what I’m talking about is living your life, when was the last time?

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We have so much noise in this world, the noise that keeps us away from experiencing and living our lives to the fullest potential that God created us to live it. Most of the noise is not audible noise at all but just distractions that keep us from living our lives and from listening to God. Our phones, computers, tablets, etc… God forbid we don’t see what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the other social media platforms. What about the noise inside our heads? We are a people of worry, doubt, skepticism, just to name a few. We go about our day planning the next step, the next project, the next hour, minute and second.

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Instead of picking up our phones to check social media, instead of worrying about what’s in store for today, we should be picking up our bibles and reflecting on what it is God wants to tell us. “The human heart plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.” Proverbs 16:9

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Allow God to direct your steps, he knows exactly where he needs you. Trust in his will to be done instead of yours. Yes, go through your day but know and trust in God that he is in control. Also, take time to put social media aside and look and listen to what’s going on around you. What are you seeing? What are you hearing? Is it a mountain full of trees where you hear the wind blowing through the branches or is it the sound of the city waking up and coming to life?

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When you get a chance today, set aside all distractions and spend some time looking at your surroundings. Take some time to listen to all the sounds that are around you. And, take some time to just sit there with God, don’t say anything, just sit there and be with him.

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Enjoy the journey and may God continue to bless you and all that you do for his kingdom.

Modern Day Sadducees and Pharisees


Before I get started, I want to give a disclaimer. The contents below are strictly my opinion on what I see as the Catholic world today in regards to social media and its role in the Church. With that being said, let’s proceed.
Social media sites have provided a platform for the new age of Sadducees & Pharisees in the Catholic Church and yet, nobody seems to recognize it. There are just as many supposed “Catholic” sites and pages as there are Protestant churches! The sad part of it all is that each one claims to be preaching Roman Catholicism yet, most of them disagree with each others view or version of it. There are many problems out there with all these people and sites claiming to be leading people to Jesus. Here are the main ones that I see.
The “Lay” problem.

Any Joe Blow can create a site or page and label it “Catholic.” I ought to know because I’ve had a few myself. As a matter of fact, since Vatican II, the laity have been encouraged to go out and participate more in their faith. The Church defines “laity” as: Laity—“all the faithful except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. That is, the faithful, who by Baptism are incorporated into Christ and integrated into the People of God, are made sharers in their particular way in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly office of Christ, and have their own part to play in the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the World.” The laypeople are encouraged to go out and spread the Gospel yet few are mature enough in their Catholic faith to be able to do so. “There is so much need today for mature Catholic personalities, conscious of their baptismal identity, of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world!” – Pope St. John Paul II, May 30, 1998 Message for the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities. Most “mature Catholics” that I have met or have seen their works are converts to the faith. That is not a bad thing but a great thing as it should encourage those who are “cradle Catholics” or reverts, to grasp for a better understanding of the Catholic faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a good start. Probably the best way to learn more about Jesus is to pick up the bible and read about his life but don’t just “read” the bible, let it speak to your heart. Pray before you start to read and pray after. 
The “Ordained” problem.

Just as any Joe Blow layperson can create a site or page and call it Catholic, so can our ordained leaders of the Church. I’ve seen a whole slew of ordained clergy who have such different interpretations of the Catholic faith that it’s enough to make your head spin. Many tend to share their personal beliefs, some which go against Church teachings and the Magesterium or, that don’t do a good job in sharing or living the Gospel in a charitable manner. They have the tools to teach from (bible, CCC, religious formation, etc…) but they tend to shoot from the hip. Is it any wonder why most Protestants tend to see the Catholic Church as a bunch of hypocrites who don’t know their faith. How are we expected to know our faith when we are dependent on our leaders? Just as there are great examples of laypeople in the Church, there are just as many great examples of ordained clergy as well.
What now?

Everybody thinks that they know how to run the Church and what Jesus wants but, do they really know? When we depend on man to lead us to Christ, man will always fail us, for we are humans. God however, will never fail us. Let us all start listening to what it is Christ is calling us to do and stop focusing on becoming the next Scott Hahn or Bishop Barron. We can choose to do His will and go out and live and profess the Gospel or we can continue to do our will and continue to mislead others and misrepresent our beautiful Catholic Faith. 
Note: Since writing this piece I have decided to eliminate anything Catholic related on Facebook which is the social media site that is use most. I have done so to eliminate the noise and focus more on my own personal relationship with Christ instead of reading about “how” I should be doing it. I hope to someday bring back some of the sites that will be beneficial in my walk with Christ but for now, I will depend on the Holy Spirit to guide me. God bless and safe journeys.