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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Follow the bible, Not false Prophets By Cesar Reyes Torres

God does not call on you to be poor in wealth and to purposefully make your self struggle. Nor does he grant wishes like a genie and call upon you to accumulate vast wealth and riches. He does not provide a life in which he guarantees you will never come across a storm of massive strength. He only guarantees that faith in him will lead you through the storm. He calls upon you to follow him and to not make material items the center of your life as if you worship them. 

23And Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24"Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." -Mathew 19:23-24

Looking at his disciples he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."-Luke 6:20

21Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.-1 Sam 12:21

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. -1 Peter 1:6-9

Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control- 1 Corinthians 1:7


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lecciones de mi abuelo (descansa en paz abuelito) By Cesar Reyes Torres

No es fácil en estos días para realizar tantas tareas diarias de la vida. En los días de mi abuelo, la vida parecía más simple comparado de lo que parece ser como hoy en día. Mi abuelo tenía un pequeño pedazo de tierra que trabajaba. Él plantó y cultivó maíz. Se casó joven, y creció 5 hijos y 2 hijas. Él vivió en la misma casa durante toda su vida, y murió allí. Es difunto de este mundo, pero nunca olvidado en mi memoria y en el corazón. ¿Qué es lo que creo que ha contribuido al mundo? Bueno, eso depende de lo que entendamos ser contribuir. El nació y se crió en México. Creció con el valor que el trabajo duro y el cuidar de su familia era la manera que cada hombre debería vivir su vida. Sé muy poco acerca de mi abuelo Gregorio Reyes. No sé su color favorito o si tenía uno. No sé su canción favorita, o su película favorita. No sé cómo conoció a mi abuela Carmen Reyes. No sé si su relación era tan complicada como las que veo todos los días. Yo no sé si ellos salieron juntos durante un año, antes de que llegaran a cazarse. I no sé si alguien le hizo una fiesta de cumpleaños sorpresa en algún momento de su vida. No sé lo que era un sábado normal para el o un viernes normal. No creo que la palabra Selfi era un concepto para él. No sé si estaban locamente enamorados el y mi abuelita o si eran dos almas perdidas que encontraron consuelo el uno en el otro. Pero lo que sí sé de mi abuelito es que yo lo aprecio y lo llevo conmigo. No tengo historias muy detalladas y recuerdos aventurados que contar de mi abuelo. Sólo he tengo recuerdos de el que parecen aveces ser recuerdos y aveces sueños. Mi mejor recuerdo de él es cuando le conecte una videograbadora para él para ver una película de Mario Almada. Me acuerdo de la sonrisa inocente en su rostro mientras el observaba con admiración y interés como le conectaba un sencillo reproductor de vídeo.
    Pienso en mi abuelo en el respeto a la vida que estoy tratando de construir, y todas las preocupaciones que se asocian con esa vida. En este país se nos enseña a ir tras nuestros sueños, se nos enseña a creer que si trabajamos duro lo suficiente podemos tener éxito. Se nos enseña acerca de
la religión y cómo funciona, pero nunca se nos explica sobre la belleza de nuestra fe, y muchas veces
 se convierte en otra institución en nuestras vidas con restricciones  y reglamentos que debemos seguir y nunca se les permite cuestionar por miedo de ser castigado. Crecemos con historias acerca de la justicia, mientras toda la injusticia nos rodea en el mundo. Somos entretenidos con comedias románticas que pintan los cuentos de hadas y mariposas sobre el amor, y finales ha esas historias que no son posibles en la vida real. Bodas gigantes que casi llevan a la gente a la bancarrota, y solo  para pintar la ilusión del amor de cuento de hadas y la felicidad. Celebramos cumpleaños que parecen ser caricaturas y ferias. Viajes sencillos en cualquier lugar estos días requieren verificación  por el internet y que te tomes un selfi. Que si lo pones en Snapchat, o Instagram, y luego Facebook o luego Twitter  . Nos venden la idea de que la escuela es la clave para el éxito. Tal vez no las respuestas que buscamos en la vida, pero sin duda la clave para encontrar más respuestas. Así que primero debe obtener a través de la escuela secundaria y sobrevivir a eso patio de la prisión que la escuela secundaria estadounidense se ha convertido. A continuación encuentra una manera de llegar a la
universidad y pagar por ella. Para que puedas obtener a través de eso  tu diploma, y que se supone
 que es la llave para abrirte las puertas, y cuando tu no puedas encontrar suficientes puertas que habrán con esta llave, debes de ir para tu maestría y obtener otro diploma,o por decir otra llave para abrirte más puertas. Y si todavía no has tenido todas las puertas que buscas, entonces debes de ir a obtener un doctorado que se supone que va ha abrir todas las puertas. Mientras realizas y pagas por todo esto, esperamos que estés financieramente disciplinado y hagas establecido buen crédito. Así que si usted conoció la pareja perfecta, y vivió a través de su comedia romántica de una relación con un cuento de hadas y mariposas que termina con el final perfecto, se puede proceder a pagar por la boda de cuento de hadas, y después de todo eso ojalá  se tomó unos snapchats y selfies, Facebook y Instagrams. O y se me olvidó de mencionar que había que mantener a Dios en su vida, ya que si hiciste todo esto y se te olvidó mantenerte cercas de Dios, luego vas directo al infierno, y esencialmente todo lo que luchaste por fue para nada.
    Nuestras vidas son lo que hacemos de ellas. Tu puedes optar por hacer cualquier cosa que sea el  
centro de tu vida. Tu puedes optar por hacer cualquier cosa que sea tu propósito. Tu puedes optar por hacer cualquier cosa que sea lo que tu prosperas para hacer cada dia, ese viaje que no puedes esperar a seguir por el encanto que te trae a tu vida, lo que da sentido a tu día, lo que llena tu corazón, lo que llena tu alma. La ciencia no puede probar que tienes un alma, pero en el fondo creo que todos sabemos que tenemos una. Creo que todos los seres humanos pueden admitir a sí mismos que tienen un alma. Yo creo que los ateos incluso creen que tienen un alma, aunque no lo admitan en público creo que saben que es verdad dentro de ellos mismos, incluso si niegan la existencia de un Dios.
    Ninguno de nosotros fue puesto en este mundo simplemente para pagar las cuentas y morir. Nuestro propósito no es simplemente sentarse en el culo y desear que sucedan cosas buenas para nosotros. Dios no nos evoluciono solo para tirarnos al día de hoy, con la esperanza que pudieramos sentarnos y ser entretenidos, y tener entretenimiento como el constante en nuestras vidas y el centro de nuestras vidas. Si al final de tu vida, todo lo que tienes son momentos llenos que te enseñan en constante busca de entretenimiento, seria una vida  que estarías orgulloso de mirar hacia atrás?
    La lección que tomé de mi abuelo es que el punto de la vida es vivir una vida que puedas estar orgulloso. Que debes encontrar un motivo para vivir y dedicarte todos los días hacia el crecimiento y el éxito de eso que amas tanto. Y a lo que sea que le dedicas tu tiempo, asegúrate que si al final de tu vida todo lo que tienes son los recuerdos de haber dedicado tu vida ha eso que amaste tanto y dedicando tanto de tu tiempo, entonces todo valió la pena.
    Como ya he dicho que no conocía mi abuelito muy mucho como me hubiera gustado. Les puedo decir que hacia el final de su vida el tubo momentos en los que todavía quería sembrar su maíz y aveces  se escapaba a los campos para sembrar su maíz y monté su burro aunque el doctor se lo quizo prohibir. Cuando el dio su último suspiro, fue rodeado por su familia, y estaba rodeado de oraciones que se rezaban por las personas que lo amaban.
    De lo que sí sé, mi abuelo hizo el trabajo duro y su familia el centro de su vida. Él era humilde en espíritu y en la vida y no le presto mucha atención a las posesiones materiales de lujo o metas que le ganaban alabanza gloriosa de la gente en su alrededor. Si al final de tu vida esas son las cosas que puedes ser recordada por, y esas son las cosas que te llevas contigo. Entonces yo honestamente puedo decir que mi abuelito vivió una vida increíble. Estoy orgulloso del hombre que era y la vida que le tocó vivir.

Mantenlo tu vida simple, la vida es demasiada corta para el lío complicado que la hacemos  aveces


Lessons from my Grandfather (RIP Abuelito) By Cesar Reyes Torres

It's not easy these days to multitask life. In the days of my grandfather, life seemed more self explanatory than what it appears to be like today. My grandfather had a small piece of land he worked. He planted and grew corn. He married young, and raised 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in the same house all his life, and he died there. Gone from the earth but never forgotten in my memory and heart. What is it that I think he contributed to the world? Well that depends on what you mean by contribute. He was born and raised in Mexico. He grew up with the value that hard work and providing for your family was the way every man should live his life. I know very little about my grandfather Gregorio Reyes. I don't know his favourite color or if he had one. I don't know his favourite song, or his favourite movie. I don't know how he met my grandmother Carmen Reyes. I don't know if their relationship was as complicated as the ones I see everyday. I don't know if they dated for a year, before they got engaged.i don't know if anyone threw him a surprise birthday party at some point in his life. I don't know what a normal Saturday looked like, or Friday. I don't think the the word selfie was a concept for him. I don't know if they were madly in love or if they were two lost souls that found comfort in each other. But what I do know I cherish and carry with me. I don't have elaborate stories and memories to tell from my grandfather. I only have faded memories from him that teeter on being memories and dreams. My fondest memory from him is when I set up and connected a VCR for him to watch  a Mario Almada movie. The innocent smile on his face as it lit up, when he watched in awe and amazement as I connected a simple VCR. 

I think about my grandfather in respect to the life I'm trying to build today, and all the worries that are associated with that life that I am trying to build. In this country we are taught to go after our dreams, we are taught to believe that if we work hard enough we can succeed. We are taught about religion and how it works, but are never quite explained the beauty of it, and many times it becomes another institution in our lives with rules and regulations that we must follow and are never allowed to question in fear of punishment. We grow up with stories about justice, all the while watching injustice all around us. We are raised around romantic comedies that paint fairy tales about love, and endings that are not possible by anybodies standards. Elaborate weddings that nearly drive people to bankruptcy to paint the illusion of fairytale love and happiness, and birthdays with themes. Simple trips anywhere these days require check ins , and selfies. To decide to Snapchat this, then Instagram it, the Facebook it, or tweet it. We are sold the belief that school holds the key. Maybe not the answers that your seeking in life, but surely the key to finding more answers. So first you must get through high school and survive that prison yard that American high school has become. Then you find a way to get to college and pay for that. So you get through that, and you get your bachelors degree, and that's supposed to be the key to open doors, and when you can't find enough doors for that key to open, you must go for your masters degree and get a key to open more doors. And if you still haven't had all the doors your looking for opened, then you go for a PHD and that's supposed to open all the doors. While you accomplished and paid for all this, hopefully you were financially disciplined and you build up good credit. So that if you met the perfect mate, and you lived through your romantic comedy of a relationship with a fairy tale ending you can then proceed to pay for the elaborate fairy tale wedding, and after its all said and done you hopefully took a few snapchats, Facebook selfies, and Instagrams. Forgot to mention that you had to keep God in your life, because if you did all this and forgot about God, then you go straight to hell so it was all essentially for nothing. 
     Our lives are what we make of them. You can choose to make anything the focus of your life. You can choose to make anything your purpose. You can choose to make anything that thing that you thrive for, that journey you just can't wait to go on, that which gives meaning to your day, that which fills your heart, that which fills your soul. Science can't prove that you have a soul, but deep down inside I believe that we all know that we have one. I believe all humans can admit to themselves that they have a soul. I believe that even atheists believe we have a soul, even if they don't admit it in public I believe they know this to be true within themselves even if they deny the existence of a God. 
     None of us were put here to simply pay bills and die. Our purpose is not to simply sit on our asses and wish good things happen for us and to us. God did not evolve us and push us into the present day just so we could sit and be entertained, and have entertainment be the constant in our lives and the center in our lives. If at the end of your life, all you have are moments filled with you looking for entertainment, is that something you would be proud of looking back?
     The lesson that I took from my grandfather is that the point of life is to live a life you can be proud of. That you should find something to live for and dedicate yourself everyday towards to growth and success of it. And whatever it is that you find you should just make sure that if at the end of your life all you have are memories of that which you loved every day dedicating your time to, then it was all worth it. 
     Like I said I did not know my grandfather very much as I would have liked. I can tell you that towards the end of his life their were moments when he still wanted to plant his corn and at times he successfully went out to the fields and farmed his corn and rode his donkey. When he gave his last breaths, he was surrounded by family, and he was surrounded by prayers that were prayed by people who loved him.
     From what I do know, my grandfather made hard work and his family the center of his life. He was humble in spirit and in life and did not fancy flashy material possessions or goals. If at the end of your life those are the things you can be remembered for, and those are the things that you takes with you. Then I can honestly tell you that my grandfather lived an amazing life. I am proud of the man that he was and the life that he lived. 

Keep it simple, life is too short for the complicated mess we create sometimes

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Giving up something for Lent. By Cesar Reyes Torres

Last year in 2014 I decided to give up meat for lent. I ate only fish as we are aloud per our catholic faith. It was not an easy task but considering the sacrifice that Christ made for me, and everything he was tempted with and that he turned down, I took on the challenge of not eating meat for 40 days and 40 nights. The first couple of weeks that I did this, it was challenging . It was challenging not because I wanted to eat meat so badly, but because it was everywhere. All of a sudden BBQs started presenting themselves in front of me. Out of nowhere I remember this guy coming into my office and offering myself and my coworkers lemon pepper marinated beef jerky. Fortunately I was able to just say no and go about my day and eat my Tuna Sandwhich. But on about the 23rd day I was out and about at the house of one of my church friends. Me, her and a couple of other church friends were gathered at her house for a morning meeting. I remember how happy I was to just be around them and joke around with them. We all sat down at the breakfast table and our gracious host served us breakfast and we ate homemade ham and cheese croissants with coffee. About an hour later after we were all about to leave for the rest of the day, I realized that I had just messed up my entire offering for lent by eating that ham and cheese croissant. At this point I could have gone 1 of 2 ways. I could have just said oh well that's that and gone out and eaten a cheeseburger or I could  have just admitted my failure and kept going with my offering for lent. I chose to keep going. What I learned with this offering was what lent was partially about. That giving up something for lent is a tiny fraction of a much bigger and deeper concept. I learned that being Catholic is awesome. That our faith is a stronger one when you take the time to appreciate its history which is founded in the bible and based on biblical teachings. I learned that sin itself is something that is real and it's something that is everywhere. It disguises itself and knows when and how to catch you off guard. It won't just come at you in the most obviouse places. It will come at you when you think you are safe. It will present itself in ways that you won't even realise are a sin.  And when you get hit by it, you can choose to say oh well and keep sinning or you can repent and learn from your mistakes and try hard to not commit them again.  After that day, I finished lent and for the rest of the 40 days I finished my commitment. Lent is a part of a larger concept. A concept that I think I understand much better now. When you apply the concept that sin is everywhere, to your entire life, then you can understand that your gonna fall sometimes. It's gonna knock you down. It doesn't mean the rest of your life is worthless. It doesn't mean that you just throw in the towl. It doesn't mean that you should just listen to the instigators that will encourage you to continue to stay down since you have already fallen. Christ gives us the opportunity to repent and move forward.  I'm not a theologian , and I'm sure that their is wiser people out there who are better versed on the meaning of lent. But faith has always been a relationship between your self and God. And I truely believe that this is a lesson that God wanted me to learn. He saw fit when and how I was gonna learn it. Im giving up meat for this years lent . 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Still Alice (film critique) By Cesar Reyes Torres

My biggest fear in life is to be nothing but a burden to people and to not be able to contribute anything to anyone's life or my life in general. The movie "Still Alice", shows us in very detailed form what Alzheimer's does to someone. Julianne Moores performance is tear dropping, and she depicts perfectly what it's like to see your self deteriorate and have everything beautiful in your life fade away and you being powerless to stop it. Your memories disappear, and you end up in such a vulnerable state that you will end up in a position where whether or not people take the time to care for you and keep you in mind, will depend on what kind of life you lived and the amount of love you shared. Alzheimer's sucks, it really just sucks , and if you wanted to describe a disease that rips away your most cherished memories, and your dignity, and makes you feel like a burden, then Alzheimer's is that disease. The movie is not long, and Julianne Moores performance is the only memorable one. I reccomend this movie, because to be honest it's scary, it's very scary. I would not wish that disease on my worst enemy. In most troublesome times in life, many people ask and pray to God for help. But imagine a disease that made you forget who God and Jesus were, and that made you look at a bible and make you wonder what it was. That's scary