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    Amazing Possibilities - Beast Advent Ever

    Occupy Your Beliefs

    This year’s BEST ADVENT EVER content is drawn from Matthew Kelly’s new book: Rediscover the Saints.

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    If you ask people to describe the saints, there's many different things they would say, but one of the things they would say is they were men and women of great faith. What does that mean? It means, well, they believed. They had great belief, they had strong belief, they had firm belief, but that was only sort of one piece. That's only one side of the coin.

    The other side of the coin is that they lived in their beliefs, that they walked in their beliefs, they occupied their beliefs. They they allowed their beliefs to direct the words, their actions, their thoughts, the moments of their day, the direction of their lives, everything.

    When I reflect on my own life, you know, and I think about, you know, the moments when I was not that happy or the moments when I was restless or the moments where I did things that I regret, it was always because I stepped away from my beliefs. You know, my life got out of alignment with my beliefs, with my values, with my character, with my God, with the-best-version-of-myself.

    And when our lives get out of alignment, things start to go wrong, you know? And when our lives go out of alignment, God talks to us in a lot of ways, you know? He gives us a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions, that say, “Red flag!”--you know, a flashing red light. Your life is out of alignment, you know, or you just stepped out of alignment with your values, or you just stepped out of alignment with what you believed to be good and true.

    And one of the things that makes the lives of the saints so powerful is that they have these beliefs, they have these values, and they're constantly trying to live in alignment with those beliefs and values.

    So as we make this journey, it's probably a really good time for us to sit down and think to ourselves, “Ok, what are my beliefs? What are my values? In what ways is my life aligned with those beliefs and values, and in what ways is my life not aligned with those beliefs and values?” Or maybe what parts of my life are not aligned with those beliefs and values?

    Because the saints, the power, you know--we say they were great teachers, and they were great teachers. Some of them are great teachers because they were great preachers. Some of them were great teachers because they were great writers. Some of them were great teachers because they had this great touch with people, the ability just to be with people. But all of them were great teachers because the fruit of their life, the strength of their life, the action of their life supported what they believed, what they valued, what they held to be true.

    You and I--we’re invited to live an authentic life, to live an integrated life, to live life in alignment with our beliefs, with our values, with the best-version-of-ourselves, with God.∫

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    Si le pides a la gente que describa a los santos, dirían muchas cosas distintas, pero una de ellas sería que eran hombres y mujeres de gran fe. ¿Qué significa esto? Bien, significa que creían. Tenían una gran creencia, una fuerte creencia, una firme creencia, pero eso es solo una faceta. Eso es solo una cara de la moneda.

    La otra cara de la moneda es que vivían sus creencias, caminaban en sus creencias, habitaban en sus creencias. Permitían que sus creencias dirigieran sus palabras, sus acciones, sus pensamientos, los momentos de su día, la dirección de sus vidas, todo.

    Cuando reflexiono sobre mi vida, sabes, y pienso en los momentos en que no era muy feliz o experimentaba desasosiego o en los momentos en que hice cosas de las cuales me arrepiento, fue siempre porque me aparté de mis creencias. Sabes, mi vida se desalineó de mis creencias, de mis valores, de mi carácter, de mi Dios, de la mejor versión de mí mismo.

    Y cuando nuestras vidas se desalinean, las cosas comienzan a ir mal, ¿sabes? Y cuando nuestras vidas se desalinean, Dios nos habla de muchas maneras, ¿sabes? Nos otorga muchos sentimientos, muchas emociones que dicen: «¡Alerta!», ya sabes, una luz roja intermitente. Tu vida está desalineada, sabes, o simplemente te has desalineado con respecto a tus valores, o con lo que creías que era bueno y verdadero.

    Y una de las cosas que hacen las vidas de los santos tan poderosas, es que ellos tienen estas creencias y valores, y constantemente están tratando de vivir de acuerdo con esas creencias y valores.

    Así mientras emprendemos este viaje, es probablemente un buen momento para sentarnos y reflexionar: «Ok, ¿cuáles son mis creencias? ¿cuáles son mis valores? ¿De qué maneras está mi vida alineada con esas creencias y valores, de qué maneras mi vida está desalineada con esas creencias y valores?» O quizás, «¿qué partes de mi vida no están alineadas con esas creencias y valores?».

    Porque los santos, su poder, sabes, decimos que eran grandes maestros y eran grandes maestros-. Algunos de ellos fueron grandes maestros porque eran grandes oradores. Algunos de ellos fueron grandes maestros porque fueron grandes escritores. Algunos de ellos fueron grandes maestros porque tenían ese gran don de gentes. Pero todos ellos fueron grandes maestros por el fruto de sus vidas, la fuerza de sus vidas, la acción de sus vidas apoyada en aquello en lo que creían, en lo que valoraban, en lo que consideraban verdadero.

    Tú y yo estamos invitados a vivir una vida auténtica, una vida integrada, a vivir una vida alineada con nuestras creencias, con nuestros valores, con la mejor de nosotros mismos, con Dios.