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When You Feel It’s Not Enough

The past several weeks, I have been quiet.  We recently moved into what would be our “forever” place.  More like: “we pray that the kids will grow up to adulthood here” place.  We have been thankful, regardless of all the bumps we’ve come across, so good or bad days, we are thankful. However, lately, I’ve felt that I’m not doing enough.  Let me backtrack–since the Supreme Court ruling, there has been a sadness through the Catholic community.  As if the battle is lost, and there is nothing we can do. Odd, I don’t have that feeling.  I have the feeling that now is the time for us to live our faith.  So many evils in the world has happened because we have become lethargic, and apathetic about our faith.    I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth. (Rev 3:15-16) A long time ago, I had wished to spend my life in prayer.  I hoped to be a nun but found out that was not my calling.  Now with my motherhood vocation and being my children’s teacher, somehow I feel like it’s not enough.  A part of me wants to go out and do more, be a part of more, but it took time to realize that’s because I am not appreciating what I have been given. Not everyone can be a  Saint Thomas Aquinas or Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  We all have different gifts to share with the world.  How can I want...

The Truth About Keeping Quiet When You Need To Speak Up

How many times have you been in a situation when you were just too slow to act?  After the even occurred, do you then go through your mind what you should have said and what you should have done? What about staying quiet when you should have spoken up?     Changing atmosphere   There is little doubt in my mind that things are changing.  Throughout the news we can see the attacks intensify against those who believe in the Gospels. Archbishop Cordileone is at the front and center controversy in his diocese because he is asking that people who work in Catholic Schools actually adhere to Catholic Teaching.  There have wealthy dissident Catholics that have started a petition to Pope Francis to have him removed.  All because he believes in orthodox Catholic teaching, he is pro-life, and pro-family values.   A family business in Indiana, Memories Pizza, is now closed because they said they would not cater to a homosexual wedding.  They didn’t say they wouldn’t serve homosexuals, but they clearly stated that they would not take part in a homosexual wedding.  Individuals such as Ryan T. Anderson, are shunned into moral exile just for voicing his beliefs which are contrary to mainstream America. The Truth About Keeping Quiet When You Need To Speak Up Click To Tweet   Standing On The Truth   There are serious repercussions for speaking out for the truth.  To stand on your faith–your rock, and watch those with stones try to knock you down.  It’s could be downright scary, but we were not called by our Baptism to go with the flow.  Persecution of Christians around the...
How to Persevere

How to Persevere

  Do you remember the parable of the man who had a guest that came at midnight but he didn’t have any bread or drink to give him. So he went to another friend’s door and asked for loaves of bread for his traveling friend. The friend who woke up was irritated and turned him away, but the man was not discouraged (Luke 11:5). Our prayers are like that. Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).  He was very persistent.  He knew how to persevere, especially when things didn’t look so great. This reminds me of Saint Monica.  She was a mother, and a wife, and she had such faith in God that He moved mountains for her.   She prayed for her husband without stopping   Monica was not in the happiest of marriages. Her husband was a non-believer.  He had been unfaithful and unfortunately, she was usually the victim of his rage. When Augustine was gravely ill, she wanted to have him baptized, and her husband had agreed. However, when Augustine showed signs of getting better he quickly removed his consent. Yet, even though she married a non-believer, she prayed for 30 years for the conversion of her husband. 30 years! Her prayers were answered, and before he died,  he converted. Take away: 30 years is a long time to wait for anything. These days, we want things now. If we need an answer, we Google it. Need a medical answer, we find and contact our doctor at our next visit, or make a visit...

5 Lessons To Learn From Mary about Faith and Love

Mother’s Day is around the corner, so many of us are looking for ways to honor our mothers here on earth.  While we are looking to do that, many of us will be honored and remembered for the sacrifices that we make as well.  While it’s great to be recognized for all the things that we have done, I find that I am always looking to improve myself.     Our Blessed Virgin, Mary, has always been and will always be the best example that us mothers can look up to.  She had endured so many things that we can unite ourselves with.  Regardless if we are the beginning of our motherhood journey or entering grandparent state, we can all learn something from her.   Trust in God   The minute she said “yes” she conceived our Lord and Savior.  She pondered these things in heart, but also fully know that she could be ostracized by society by being a single mother.  Single mothers today, society is not very easy or sympathetic  towards them.   Mary had complete faith in God.  She said “yes” and knew that God would take care of her, and he did!  Joseph was told to not be afraid to take Mary for his wife, and they were married.   Many times, we think very far ahead of ourselves.  We think that something is going to be too hard for us, so we avoid it.  Let us pray to have complete abandon in God.  He will provide for us, He will never leave us.  He is by our side through the bad times, and He holds us in His embrace....

Focusing on The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

These days, we are very concerned about the homeless, the poor, and the hungry and thirsty–as we should be. Many of us are caught up in the Corporal Works of Mercy—but how often do we remember that the soul needs healing and mercy too? What are the Spiritual Works of Mercy? And, what can you do to carry out these Works of Mercy? Focusing on the 7 Spiritual Works of #Mercy. Click To Tweet 1) Admonish the sinner Correcting someone who we see is in danger of committing (or who have committed) a grave offense against God. We are to do this out of charity to our neighbor and never in a way that is demeaning or would cause them to turn away from the Church.  We we correct someone, we should always remember the dignity of the person, and correct them in private (Matthew 18:5). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin. This is reckoned to be so only when the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal.     (source) Living This Out Today: Know someone who is about to do something that is against what God taught us?  Simply telling them what could happen if they continue their actions.  Always reminding them that to steer...
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