Through the ages, the culture of wearing necklaces among other accessories was a common practice as seen in Genesis 24:30 where Rebekah, Jacob’s wife, wears jewelry. A variety of jewelry crafted from gold, silver and natural stones not only delivers you beauty but also offers you spiritual completeness.
Gold, for instance, is regarded as an ornament, money, and a symbol of social status. It also has spiritual properties.
The lustrous metal can bring harmony and gladness to you when adorned to your body. Gold has strong protective features and is used in the creation of amulets and talismans. If you were to place gold on your ring finger, you could potentially attract a divine consciousness.
The divine energy which is stimulated by gold keeps off all forms of dark energy from you.
Silver mainly gets associated with recovery of one’s protection, luck, and mental peace. Silver can protect you from evil and cure you of a variety of disorders. The affordable and durable steel jewelry has the capability of offering you the protection against extreme pessimism and physical attacks.
Natural stones, on the other hand, are overwhelmingly sacred and powerful. Natural stones can strengthen energy patterns which coincide with your will and plans to help you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Gemstones, for instance, which have been in use for over seven thousand years, can enhance your focus and energy, especially in situations of extreme stress or high pressure.
Jewelry has the capability of offering high spiritual aid. No wonder that the book of Proverbs 25:12 gives valuable advice on it for a keen listener.
“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.”
In the Gospel according to Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus said,
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax-gatherers do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.
Is there a new way to love our enemies?
Praying for your enemy opens you up to the work of the Holy Spirit in your heart.
Loving your enemy does not mean:
it means you forgive them, with the knowledge that God is both merciful and just.
Loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you is liberating. You can find yourself in pitched battles with the people who hate you, always seeking the upper hand, always noting who’s up and who’s down, and always analyzing every slight. Praying for them can make you feel even better and change your attitude towards them.
So what Jesus is telling us is hard, but it’s not impossible. And it’s necessary, too, because ultimately he is inviting us not only to forgiveness and charity but to something else: freedom and happiness
The Bible tells us that we are in a conflict and Satan is doing everything he can to make you fail. In 1 Thessalonians 5:6, we learn that we should not sleep as others do, “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober”.
But how can you prepare for anything?
The very act of becoming Christians put us in unfamiliar territories. Christ has called his followers to stop seeking earthly riches as in Matthew 6:19,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal”.
He also tells us not to worry about the future as in Luke 12:22
“Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear”.
We should also live sacrificially to seek the good of others as in Matthew 22:39
“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself”.
All these run contrary to what the world demands of us as Christians. Christianity offers ways to prepare ourselves, and they include:
If you wish to know what God wants, you have to begin by asking in prayer. He will lead and guide you to a place of peace and safety. Our prayer requests should be to learn the will of God.
We have to listen to the voice of God so that we can know and do God’s will.
Saint Paul teaches us to watch and be ready. We should watch with joy and gladness.
The kinds of things we need to store are those things that feed our light within.
Even though God does not expect us to be perfect, we should make sure that each day we are a little better than the previous day.
We all know wonderful real-world examples of motherhood, but when we seek inspiration and a figure to model ourselves upon, there is none better than the divine mother herself. A woman worthy of emulation, we can find inspiration in her virtue, and in her unconditional love towards not only her son but humanity as a whole.
You see, when Mary agreed to bear God’s son, she also made a commitment to become our mother too, for we are each united with Jesus in the Mystical Body. Though taken up to Heaven millennia ago, it is in her manifold intercessions that we continue to receive the gift of eternal salvation. To us, she is an advocate, comforter, and benefactress in one single feminine form.
Through the study of her actions and defining traits, every woman can thus gift their children with an upbringing worthy of God: one where we exemplify acceptance, courage, endurance, faith, hope, joy, obedience, patience, strength, and trust.
More, we can learn a lesson in faith, and in teaching this to our children. Mary was asked to endure much – unwed motherhood, the disappointment of her betrothed, the torture and death or her son – and yet she came through all of these with her strength, courage, and faith in God still intact.
With Mary as a model of motherhood, we can thus endure every trial and tribulation that the role of parent thrusts upon us, the joys and the sorrows alike. For when we look to Mary for inspiration, we see that the way that a mother should love: devotedly, devoutly, and with an eternal and unwavering dedication to our faith.
“Wonder not that until now you have had such little fruit from your labours. You have spent them on a barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth he began by sending down the fertilizing dew of the Angelic Salutation. Preach my Rosary composed of one hundred and fifty Aves, and you will obtain an abundant harvest.”Later in the 15th century, a Dominican priest had a plan to reestablish the use of the Rosary. The priest was Blessed Alanus de Rupe, a theologian, and a learned preacher. His addition to the Rosary was the “15 Promises” of Mother Mary to any Christian who uses the Rosary as a prayer instrument.
Paul VI called the Rosary a compendium of the Gospel. Padre Pio called the Rosary beads a weapon of extraordinary power against Satan.
The Rosary is a powerful and spiritual tool for prayer. While today it is popular to pray, many people have overlooked the Rosary. We see more and more people indicating they pray more and often. The reasons are for mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Many people, including some Catholics, may overlook the rosary as a prayer tool. It is simple, but its gentle repetition of its prayers makes it an excellent tool to moving in deeper prayer. It gives us an opportunity to be able to open ourselves to God’s word and refine our interior being by turning our minds to the life of Christ.
Praying the Rosary can teach us because we can learn about ourselves in relation to our God. We can achieve this by being able to focus on the lives of both Christ and Mary, during prayer on the mysteries. For example, Mary herself was a great model for the daily practice of prayer. By receiving the word of God through Gabriel and pondering over the word in her heart, it allowed her to take the events surrounding her externally and praying for them. This also is the essence of prayer, having God’s word and praying over it.
Saint Padre Pio says that “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces are given by God pass through the Blessed Mother” while Saint Josemaria Escriva says that, “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results”.
Perhaps the greatest use of the rosary as a powerful tool was demonstrated by Pope Pius XI when he said, “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin […] If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors”.
“(2) Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and brought them to the top of a very high mountain where they were alone. He was transformed in front of them, (3) and his clothes were amazingly bright, brighter than if they had been bleached white. (4) Elijah and Moses appeared and were talking with Jesus. (5) Peter reacted to all of this by saying to Jesus, “Rabbi, it’s good that we’re here. Let’s make three shrines—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (6) He said this because he didn’t know how to respond, for the three of them were terrified. (7) Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice spoke from the cloud, “This is my Son, whom I dearly love. Listen to him!” (8) Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus”