We are all born with distinct personality traits and certain tendencies that affect our reactions and choices in life. Whatever temperament you have, it’s important to remember that it’s the one God gave you and the one He knows and expects you to get to Heaven with...
How many times have you chased after something you thought would make you happy? How many alluring scents of “roses” have seduced you and, in the end, turned out to be thorns of disappointment and sorrow?
If I added up all the time I spend worrying about my physical appearance and my physical health, I bet it would be a lot more than all the time and importance I put into cultivating virtues in my soul...
Instead of letting your mind wander, think about stupid things, or worry about things that you can’t change, set your mind on Christ, Mary, the angels, the saints…. Until your entire day can turn into a continual dialogue with Heaven.
Don’t conform to the mentality of this world. Maybe you don’t know what God wants, but you should be ready and willing for whatever it may be! If you let yourself be led by Him, He will lead you where He wants.
Do I try to save other people’s honor? Do I act in such a way that helps others avoid sin... by not bringing up certain topics of conversation, by not encouraging others to complain, by how I dress, by my gestures…?
God dressed all of creation with His glory when He created the universe. He dressed my soul with the infinite beauty of His grace when I was baptized. Do I keep this beauty safe? Do I adorn my soul and make it grow in beauty, or do I destroy its beauty with my vices, sins, bad habits, laziness, selfishness?