Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future

Christians often read the Bible and then look around at the world and think the end times are near. I don’t want to say whether that’s true or not, but I do want to say that either way it’s important to have hope for the future. Here’s why.

The answer: This is very similar to why we should have trust. We should have hope for the future because no matter what happens we must have faith that we’re heading in the right direction. Of course, if you know your life isn’t going the right way because it’s your own fault, then still, indeed, by having hope for the future you can muster the courage needed from inside to mark your wrongs and start heading in the right way. Without hope for the future, it’s very hard to set and accomplish long-term goals.

Even if we only have 15 years left on Earth, for example, we should continue to live everyday as if we expect the Earth to rotate around the sun for millions of more years.

This is my message for you today. Enjoy your time here while we can and have hope!

Shine Like a Freshly Washed and Detailed Car

Shine Like a Freshly Washed and Detailed Car

Clean a car once, and it’ll be clean for a while. Keep a car clean and it will always shine.

Today I want to relay something I learned after having a long and interesting discussion with a fellow brother in Christ. This discussion is something I wish I had had when I was younger. It might be the very thing you need to hear today to maintain your faith and keep your chin up during these hard times.

Even if we knew for certain that the world was going to end tomorrow, we should still be strong and clean of sins and vices today. I was talking with one of the best car wash experts in Canada who is a fellow Christian and he helped me make a lovely metaphor for understanding why it’s important to shine brightly in the world and how to do it. Now let me relay what I heard to you, put it in the best words I can.

What I Learned About Shining Brightly from Auto Detailing Halifax

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To clean an old car and make it look new again isn’t easy. A quick car wash every once in a while, on the other hand, is very easy. That’s why a quick car wash isn’t sufficient. Just like how a man must be baptized to be clean of his sins, a car must be detailed professionally by a car wash expert. This is a great metaphor for understating the the saintly virtue of shining brightly. When we rebuilt our blog in January, we told you to stay tuned for posts about car cleaning. Now, we’re hear in a why I didn’t even expect, and we’re excited to be because understanding what we’re saying here today is a key many people might need to become the shining light in this dark world that they’re meant to be.

To begin helping you understand, let us make 5 easy comparisons between car cleaning and shining brightly for the Lord.

  1. An old car freshly washed is like an old sinner freshly baptized.
  2. A car that just had professional engine detailing runs better, just like a man who just went to church behaves better.
  3. A car that has just been detailed shines brighter in the world, just like how a man with faith in Christ shines brighter in the face of tribulation.
  4. An automobile that has just had interior auto detailing service is nicer to be in, just like how a man who has just spent time reading the Bible is nicer to be around.
  5. When we want to be cleaned and shine brightly, we must ask the Lord for guidance and help. And when we want our vehicle to be cleaned sufficiently, we must ask a local professional auto detailing company for service.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that this makes such a good metaphor. Christ’s flock often work humble jobs. When talking to a fellow brother who cleans cars for a living, I had this revelation. I listened to him as he described how he used a steam cleaner for interior car detailing and I thought of how monks use a censor for the inside of a tabernacle. When he talked about headlight restoration I thought of Moses shining brightly on the top of the mountain. Most minds don’t work this way, thinking in terms of metaphors and symbolism, but the Bible is full of it. The hundreds of short stories embedded in the Bible are all full of symbols and metaphors to help us better understand how to live a virtuous life in the eyes of the Lord.

Just like how Saint Francis was able to look at wild animals and learn lessons about life in general, for some reason I was able to look at the car wash industry and see metaphors for shining brightly and what that means for a human on Earth. Indeed, just like how a saint makes men shine brighter throughout the world with his sermons, a company like Auto Detailing Halifax makes cars shine brighter throughout the world with its services. So then what should we do if we want to shine more brightly with the saintly virtues? If we look at it in the terms I’ve been describing here and use the car wash metaphor to understand shining brightly, we can look at what a car cleaner does to a car to make it shine and compare it to what we have to do to make ourselves shine brighter.

There’s a lot more to discuss in this vein, but I’ll leave it here for now. Think about this for a little while, and stay tuned for my next post will expound even further.

God bless.

Just Trust

Just Trust

I’ve been getting a lot of questions like “how will I get through this?” and “why is this happening to me?” and my answer is always the same. Before I get to that answer, let me talk about what trust really means to a Catholic.

Trust isn’t a financial term or a something you put faith in. Trust is when you don’t need faith because you just know. When I put trust into something, knowing all will work out for the betterment of the best thing possible, I simply know all will be fine because I know God knows what’s best even if I can’t understand it.

Now, to answer those questions above, it’s always the same. Just trust in God. Everything that might seem bad often becomes the best thing that ever happened to you in hindsight. So, just remember, when you’re uncertain what’s going to happen next, uncertain whether everything will be okay, just put trust in God, stay calm and I promise you all will be fine.

My answer will never change.

Remembering Larry | Kingston ON’s Most Compassionate Appliance Technician

Remembering Larry | Kingston ON’s Most Compassionate Appliance  Technician

Our dear friend Larry hasn’t been with us for several years now. He passed away in December of 2017, after several decades of serving the community of Kingston Ontario with appliance repair services. I’ve found myself thinking about him more often as time goes by, mainly because he taught me so much of what I know about fixing appliances. More importantly, he taught me a saintly virtue which I will get to in a moment here. Before I plan a trip to visit his tombstone with some dear friends who also knew him, I wanted to make this memorial post in his honor.

Larry was a good man and I know he’s in Heaven now. But, I miss him. More than ever I wish he was still here, because I feel there is still some things he could teach me at this point in my life. I always looked up to Larry. Not only was his skill as an appliance repairman out of this world, but his character and personality was a great example of what a good Catholic should be. Today, in remembering this great man, I want to cover one of the saintly virtues he had that I still struggle with. Whenever I think of this virtue, I think of Larry.

What was Larry’s best virtue? The answer: compassion.

I like to think of myself as virtuous, but remembering Larry always reminds me there’s always more room for compassion in the world. With all the political divides and religious opinions that fracture the world apart, I find it hard to feel compassion towards certain people sometimes. I won’t say who, but there’s certain groups of people I strongly disagree with when it comes to politics and they drive me crazy sometimes. When I get too worked up, remembering Larry always helps.

Larry’s compassion was unbelievably sound. He cared for everyone no matter if they were liberal or conservative. He loved all people, the way Saint Francis did. He was a true example of a holy man, and in my mind he is a saint. I remember when the appliance repair company he worked for went out of business, and he had to find work elsewhere. The company’s owners screwed him out of a pension and most people would’ve exploded from rage but not Larry. He stayed cool and knew it was part of God’s plan. Not only that, he showed his old boss compassion and continued to be kind to him whenever he got the chance. That blew me away to see.

Then, much later in life, Larry began work with a newer company at www.appliancerepairkingston.com soon before cancer crept up on him. Even while working with a team of youngsters and dealing with cancer, Larry kept a warm heart and showed the world compassion. I’ll never forget the peace in his eyes when I visited him on his deathbed. He was only working for this new company for a few months before the doctors said he didn’t have much time left. I spent his last day sitting by his side, as did most of his friends and family.

Larry was dearly loved and still is. In fact, I think it’s not wrong to say he’s even more loved now than he was when he was alive, because there’s something about looking back in time that allows you to be grateful for all the little things you took for granted.

So RIP, Larry. You’re legacy lives on in all our hearts!

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God bless!

On Staying Calm

On Staying Calm

Today’s blog post is all about why staying calm is important and what you can do to stay calm. Certainly, we believe calmness is a saintly virtue. What do we mean by “saintly virtue”? We mean that calmness is a virtue that the medieval saints would hold dear. It’s a virtue many sinners lack and one that can bless your life.

In today’s frustrations of day to day life, staying calm can keep one ready for the unexpected in unexpected ways. For instance, if you were calm during a terrorist attack, you have an advantage over the terrorists and can reason your way to safety without panicking. Panic in emotionally stressed situations is like an instinct, put can be overpowered with awareness.

How can you stay calm? Of course, praying to God and to god through Christ or Saint Francis is one cure that we recommend, but there’s another one you might not expect from us. Meditation is part of many Eastern traditions, but I’ve been experimenting with it for years now and find that it works in a Western Christian context quite well. The Bible describes prayer as if it were a form of meditation and so I find it helpful to think of it that way. If you’re not calm, try praying in a way that calms you via by meditating. There are many good guides online on how to meditate successfully and that’s one thing to try.

I hope it works for you. Remember, as God’s children it is important for us to remain calm at all times for the sake of those who can’t. And I know you have the power to do so!

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