Jesus By GPS

The Christmas story includes the tale of wise men who took cues from the stars and went seeking for the Christchild. Here is a short animation made by some friends of mine that tells the Christmas story with a cute and modern twist.

Forgiveness

During the Christmas holidays, many of us spend extra time with friends and family. Sometimes we get offended. How do we respond? This is a timely post by Renee Pomarico, a Catholic missionary living in Mexico. Renee has BA in Education and Development from Anahuac University, as well as a Licentiate in Religious Sciences from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. She works with young women who are discerning a vocation to religious life. No matter the particular circumstance, we all face situations where we need to forgive. A spouse backs out of a commitment, a son or daughter lacks respect, a friend stabs us in the back, a brother shames the family, a coworker offends us, or a parent isn’t there when we need them. Forgiveness is more than words like, “I’m sorry,” “I apologize,” and “Will you forgive me?” Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart. Immaculée Ilibagiza suffered torment and three months trapped in bathroom with nine other women during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Immaculée shared that she could not pray the part of the Lord’s prayer that reads “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who trespass against us,” because she could not really do it in her heart. Yet, she knew deep down that God wanted her to forgive. Immaculée’s prayer became one of asking God for the grace of forgiveness and when He changed her heart, she was able to forgive from within. Words are meaningless if resentment remains. Mother Teresa said, “If we admit that we are sinners and we need forgiveness, then it will be very easy for us to forgive others. But if we don’t admit this, it will be very hard for us to say, ‘I forgive you’ no matter who comes to us. Jesus...

Self-Esteem

by Daniel Jernejcic Daniel was a student in one of interpersonal communication classes. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition that makes it challenging for him to concentrate, remember, socialize and communicate. Daniel is very bright. But because of his disorder, he often feels like a failure. His final project was this presentation on self-esteem. Here’s to all the Daniels of the world and all of us who struggle with a healthy personal perspective. Self-esteem refers to a person’s belief in themselves. High self-esteem is the ideal frame of mind a person needs to be happy. Having good self-esteem gives you more energy and makes you more productive in all matters, not just involving work, but in all facets of life. Good self-esteem allows you to do things you thought were impossible. There are many ways to raise your self-esteem. Taking pride in your personal appearance is one way. For instance, you can work out at home or at a gym. Another way is to take part in an activity or activities you know you’re good at. Poor self-esteem can lead to many problems, such as depression, inactivity, or even suicidal thoughts. Self-destructive thoughts are the killer of good self-esteem, and the first step to counteracting them is to be conscious of when they are happening. The first manifestations often come in the form of tearing yourself down—thoughts like, “you’re worthless,” or “you’re simply not good enough.” Comedian Christopher Titus once referred to that voice as, “your inner idiot.” It’s a voice that contradicts every good thought you think of yourself. When you find yourself thinking something good about yourself, pay attention for signs of follow-up thoughts that negatively contradict it. It’s important to quickly counter self-destructive thoughts. One way is to immediately counter it...