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There Are No Shortcuts

There Are No Shortcuts

  The other day, I was searching, for a solution.  I was on website after website on how to clean the oven.  Yes, my brand new oven that had baked on grease stains from me failing to clean it up sooner.  I searched for days, honestly looking for the perfect easy solution.  I was even determined to pay for an oven cleaner, if that will return my oven back to new condition. Finally, I accepted the truth.  I had everything I need, and instead of just wasting my time on the internet looking for a solution, I should have spent that time cleaning the oven. There are no shortcuts when real work has to begin   In my search, I was looking for a shortcut.  I was looking for a way for me to clean the oven without me having to “work.”  I was hoping, that I can find that perfect cleaner that will not only clean the oven, but do it quickly–like 5 minutes right after I spray it. In the end, I used a cleaner that I had. I had to let it soak, then “work” at removing the grease.  My oven is almost like new again. In our spiritual lives, we always hope that there will be an easy solution to grow in holiness.  A simple prayer ever morning should do it–we think.  Maybe it’s a quick skip of breakfast on Sunday morning and we feel like we are climbing that mountain called holiness. Let’s be honest, we spend more time trying to figure out how not to “work” on something, meanwhile wanting the results as if...
Lenten Reflections After 1 Week

Lenten Reflections After 1 Week

  I don’t have the free time like I did in the past to blog. That’s okay though. I understand that I’m in a different season, and whatever season is going to be thrown at me I’ll just enjoy for now.  As of now, this post is about a week late than I would like. This year for Lent, I decided to give up something seemingly simple. I stopped adding honey (or any sweetener) to my tea.  For my family that knows me, I am I huge tea drinking fan.    Earl Grey in the morning, Jasmine green tea in the afternoons, Chamomile tea in the evening right before bed. Every time I drink something, it’s most likely tea. So, a huge sacrifice for me is to stop adding sweeteners my teas. That way, when I drink my tea, I am fully aware of the sacrifice that I’m making.  One would ask why not give up tea for Lent, and the answer is simple: it’s supposed to be my sacrifice, not make everyone around me unhappy. So, no honey in my tea for Lent it is.    Every day of the year is a sacrifice   Another reason for this seemingly simple sacrifice, is that I feel every day of the year is a day for mortification, and penance.  Not just six weeks.   In the past, I have not given up anything, but tried to create new habits that would help me grow in holiness.  I vowed to pray the rosary daily, now I’ve done it for years.  Another year, I vowed to pray the Liturgy of the Hours,...
Photography Baby Steps – Sunday

Photography Baby Steps – Sunday

  Baby steps, baby steps, I keep telling myself that I’ll get back into photography when I have time…   But it wasn’t until lately that I realize that all I have is time.  I may not do everything that I want to do with my time, but that has to change.  I have to (of course) take of my family, but I also need to take care of myself.  Last year, I wrote about how the body is a temple, and now I’m getting back into the things that calmed my mind. While I love to read, and that will always be my first passion, I have also decided to take up photography.  While I started when my middle baby was young, I slowly slid off my chart of seemingly impossible projects, to snapping pictures of us on the go. What I failed to notice that everyday there is an opportunity to just be and enjoy the life that God has given me.  I have to admit that I am not as thankful all the time.  Children screaming, fighting, and me praying for bedtime, but I really need to take a look around and appreciate what I have. So, while I won’t make promises that I’ll do it often, I will take account and enjoy the everyday that is around me.  I don’t live in a house, nor do I have expensive equipment, but I know I don’t need all of that.  What I need is to look at my life with my children, and just be thankful. My everyday is boring for some, but to me (and us) it...
How To Read The Bible In One Year Review

How To Read The Bible In One Year Review

  It’s been a while since I posted anything here.  Life has been busy with a newborn, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. One plan that I made for the New Year, is to read the Bible cover to cover.  Actually, I had already started this goal, but like everything when life gets hectic, we promise to do it later, then never comes.  But this year, I wanted things to be different.  I wanted to really start and get through a reading plan, that wasn’t overwhelming.   While I am familiar to all the stories in the Bible, as I read and hear it often, I have never actually made it a goal to read the Bible from front to end.  Reading it from front to end, is much different than following along with the readings for the Mass daily (although I attempted that as well). Of course, I would pick a time when I have a newborn, but I see it as the perfect time.  This is the time that I need all the grace that I can get.  Homeschooling my oldest, potty training my middle, and being sleep deprived is the most perfect time 😂.    There are so many reading plans out there, that one could be bogged down with just making a decision to start.  I ended up going with  How To Read The Bible Everyday by Carmen Rojas. I’m loving book this so far because: It breaks down the reading on how you can manage it Read on one year, two year, or three year plan. Has extra readings for Lent and Advent. Breaks everything...

He Came As A Child

  This Advent, we prepared for so many things. We were getting ready for Christmas, and the huge celebration. We were looking forward to meeting with our families, and reconnecting with people whom we have been distanced from.  Most important of all, we all prepared for the return of our Saviour.  During this time of year, there always seems like there is breeze of finality in the air, and when January 1st comes around, we should have said all the things that mattered, and did all the things that truly meant something to us. I don’t get like this at the end of December. I feel like that in the Fall, the school season, but that’s for another post. What this Advent has meant for me, especially this year, was children. Breaking apart the Advent story, we know how important the Savior to come was to all people. For hundreds of years after the prophet Ezekiel. Awaiting for Jesus to come, everyone was waiting for him to come with a big fainfair. Then There Was The Annunciation   The Son of God could have come in any form he wanted. He could have come as a adult. He could have come with an army of angels, but he came in a way to sanctify our human existence. He allowed himself to be conceived. To grow from a tiny egg into a baby.   This has a huge impact on us!   There were no debates discussing when did Jesus’ life as the Son of God begin. Not at 6 weeks, not at the moment of birth, we knew that...
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