Are we who we are because of our heredity or because of our environment? It’s one of the oldest debated concepts in psychology.
On the one side are those who believe our behavior, personality, and characteristics are determined by nature … the genes we inherit.
On the other side are those who believe in the nurture theory … environmental variables like how we were raised, childhood experiences, social relationships, and culture have the greatest impact on how we turn out.
Most psychologists today agree that both nature and nurture combine to play a role in determining who we are as adults.
For example, a boy who carries a tall gene but is malnourished is less likely to grow to the height potential of his genes due to environmental influences.
Jesus lived among us and despite His human nature and his environment, He lived a sinless life. He teaches us how to avoid sin and to love one another so we may earn eternal salvation.
Regardless of whether our personality, temperament, and behavior are inherited or learned, we have the ability to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
We just have to be willing … and to turn to God for help.
Advent is a time for us to look inside our hearts to see what changes we need to make. To prepare for the coming of our Lord.
This week’s Genuflect resources look at ways to transform our hearts to be more like Jesus. So regardless of our genes and our environment, we’ll be ready for His coming.
We pray for tweaking—and then we wonder why God doesn’t answer our prayers. The reason is simple: God is not in the business of tweaking. He’s in the business of transformation. Most of us have never come before God and prayed for transformation. Here’s how.
Here are three short and simple exercises that will help you turn your attention to God, with the hope that one percent of your life will turn into two per cent and then three per cent and so on. Your life will never be the same (in a good way).
Maybe your prayer life has become a long winded monologue. Maybe you want something so badly your heart aches just thinking about it. Or maybe you have no idea what you want, and find yourself stuck in the same place, unsure of which direction to go. Give this a try to transform your heart.
Discernment is a decision-making process that honors the place of God’s will in our lives. It is an interior search that seeks to align our own will with the will of God in order to learn what God is calling us to. Every choice we make, no matter how small, is an opportunity to align ourselves with God’s will. Here are some tried-and-true pointers that can help you discern God’s will.
If you’re struggling with the ugliness of sin in your own life–whether that’s yelling at your kids, holding a grudge, being stingy with others, or drowning your sorrows in the ice cream tub–there is hope in Jesus. Here are 7 scriptures to encourage transformation in your life.
Isaiah’s description of how the lion will lay down with lamb signifies that Jesus brings a peace that is capable of transforming life and history, and that’s why he is called the Prince of Peace; he comes to offer us peace, Francis explained. Here’s how to become a peacemaker.
If you’ve ever tried to start a new habit, you know it isn’t always easy. But with a little effort and the right plan, it’s possible to develop good habits. Here are five specific steps you can take today to successfully implement your new habit.
Borrowing an idea from Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, here are 7 habits of highly effective Catholics.
Often we will be tempted to remain in a state of slothfulness. We don’t feel like doing anything, especially anything spiritual in nature. We would much rather “do nothing” and as a result, neglect our duties at home, work or in our vocation. It’s an easy state to be in, but with God’s grace, we are able to return to our duties and reap the fruit of our labors. Try these spiritual remedies.
A PDF guide for Advent with tips and steps for returning to Mass as well as Confession.
This coming weekend beings two big liturgical celebrations – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 8, and the Second Sunday of Advent on Sunday, December 9. Most of the time, when holy days of obligation fall the day before a Sunday, the obligation is waived. That’s true this year for Catholics is many parts of the world – but not for those in the United States. Here’s how to celebrate both.
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