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The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Out of sight, Out of mind!

At all of the hotels I've ever stayed at while away from home I could almost always find a Bible in the nightstand draw. It must be "politically incorrect" to have it displayed on the top of the nightstand, so normally it is tucked away in the nightstand in your hotel room. Do you anticipate on finding a Bible at your hotel or do you always travel with your own copy?

Living a Christian life is no walk in the park, but we are expected to follow the ways of Jesus. The reward is definitely well worth the pain and suffering. It is very easy in today's world to take our eyes off Christ. Distractions are everywhere with the busy lives that we live. The devil uses every opportunity to cloud our minds with fear and worries, that, as a Christian we begin to easily recognize good from evil. However, because we are born with the tendency to sin, we give in to it. We in the Catholic Church call this concupiscence. Romans 7:19-20, For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if [I] do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. St. Thomas Aquinas said: "if I had a choice between good and evil I would always choose good, even if it's "apparent" good."

The recent passing of my grandmother, had me pondering on the great grand children, some of whom are old enough to remember her memories, but still not old enough to carry those memories through the rest of their lives. As long as she is spoken about often and images are around for them to see, they should be able to hold on to some of the memories they shared with her. How easily we forget when we are young as the mind and body are still developing to maturity.

Just like the bibles in hotels that are hidden from plain view sight, we tend to have our own bibles placed at various locations throughout the home that can be found accumulating dust or buried under other books for that matter. In order to develop a good prayer life with consistency a special area within your home should be designated as your sanctuary for your family prayer time. It is very easy to become distracted that you overlook time to pray. It only takes one time for the devil to make you feel comfortable with the way things are going that eventually it becomes the norm.

We try to keep memories alive of our loved ones who have gone on before us by placing photographs of them around our home. So too should we keep our eyes on Jesus by placing our Bibles in visible sight in order that we are reminded of the importance of His Word. There are other ways in which Catholics keep their eyes on Jesus and its through His mother Mary. Catholics get such a bad rap when the name "Mary" is mentioned. Aren't we all called to honor our mother and father? Symbols of the Virgin Mary, crucifixes, the rosary, candles and images of saints are all tools used in order to fix our eyes on Jesus.

The world today is plagued with distractions as satan uses his tactics to distract us. Every family member's bedroom should have at least one Bible near the bed, but displayed in a way where it does not become overcrowded with other items that it becomes "out of sight, out of mind." Just as a young child would depend on stories and images of their grandparents, to keep the memory alive, so also are we as Christians required to always stay the course or fall to the wayside. Some have fallen so far that they have not been able to find their way back.

Having a photo of a past Pope in my home states that I respect him for his office and service to Christ Jesus and the Church, and for allowing me to see Jesus through his eyes. We should all be striving to be Christ like, in that when someone sees us they should be able to identify Christ within you.

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