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Our First Internation Rosary Night

Our First Internation Rosary Night

One of the things that I enjoyed last year was attending the International Rosary night at our parish.   On this night, children (and adults) from our parish were able to see just how universal our Church really is. Our Priest and staff did a great job setting up the Church for this awesome event. The moment that you walked in, you understood the reverence that was buzzing in the atmosphere.   A Reverent Event   This event was solemn.  A heaviness weighed in the air, as we prepared our hearts to recite the Rosary as a group. For me, there is something special about praying the Rosary in a group. It seems more beautiful to be surrounded with people who love this devotion. The night started off with a song and a prayer to the Holy Spirit. Every decade began with a scripture reading and then the Rosary was recited in English and Spanish. When we came to the last decade I was in complete awe. People who were part of my parish for years, lined up at the microphone and began to participate in the Rosary in their native language. One by one they lined up and we heard people pray in: Polish, Italian, German, Latin, Spanish, Igbo  (spoken in Nigeria) and Nahuatl (which is an Aztec language). All those beautiful languages were spoken by members of our parish that we see and pray with all the time but never asked (or wondered) what language they spoke. This was the best part of my night.   Praying Together Even When Feeling Alone   Most of the time while praying, its easy to feel like you’re...
Winter 2018 Knitting Projects

Winter 2018 Knitting Projects

Life’s been funny–sorta. In the meantime,  I’ve been keeping myself busy with much needed reading and of course my new favorite hobby after a day of homeschooling and working at home. I mentioned in my previous post that I started a new hobby and that I started doing it because my grandmother passed away almost a year ago.  Since her passing, I’ve been taking up knitting and crocheting, almost as in remembrance of her.  What started off as a just a thing to try, is really turning into something that I really enjoy! This year, I made a promise to myself that I was going to try knitting projects that I have never done before. This was my list of knitting projects that I posted to my knitting / crochet instagram account.  These are all things that I had never attempted before, but I loved the challenge.  Funny though, my first knitting project was a pair of leg warmers for my baby son. <img> Lately, I’ve created two knit cowls (because one is not enough) and I had extra blanket yarn that I wanted to use up.  This was the first one that worked on, since I had enough blanket yarn left for it. Mr. C. gladly took this one off my hands and started using it right away since it’s so easy to just put on, and not have the extra bulk of scarves that could fall over the floor.  He really liked this one because it can be pulled all the way up (near the eyes) and still not feel very bulky when he wears it.  I thought...
What is sin? Part 1

What is sin? Part 1

Hey, and welcome back. As promised, let’s just get into the heart of the matter of sin. Just so that you know, the references that I’ll be using is the Bible (of course), the Catechism of the Catholic Church, plain ol’ common sense, and a lot of tea. So let’s begin. What is sin? Let’s go with a direct quote from the Catechism (CCC) paragraph 1849 1849. Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is a failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain good. It wounds the nature of man, and injures human solidarity. Okay, that’s a lot to go with. In our hearts, God has written on them the guidelines that we should obey in order to be happy. Some people view these guidelines as a rules of “no.” If you really think about how they were designed, they are like the guard rails on a highway. Or the dotted lines on the road. We stay in our lane, we go the correct direction and we’re happy to go on our way. Once we started to ignore the rules of the road, or–heaven forbid–purposely drive our car recklessly, we not increase the chances to hurt ourselves, but we will end up hurting our passengers or other drivers on the road. This is what sin does. It’s like driving knowing your about to do something you shouldn’t (like back up on the highway because you missed your exit) just because you didn’t feel like going around. When you do things like that, you’re only thinking of yourself...
Break Every Chain Introduction

Break Every Chain Introduction

For a long time, my kids love the song break every chain. It’s a Christian song, that talks about breaking the chains of the things that holds us. What is more importantly is that it discusses the breaking of chains that enslave us. When I think of chains, the first thing that comes to mind is slavery, bondage–the lack of freedom. Last week I said I was going to discuss what sin is, and sin is those chains. Today, people would argue that religion enslaves the minds and prevents you for making decisions for yourself. I’m constantly reminded how us “sheeple” are being led to the gallows and we don’t know it. Well, first we have to find out what is freedom, and that’s the ability to have control over one self. You see, to be free is not to be a slave to one’s desires. It come up with the argument, I couldn’t help it–really says that I’m not in control. Something is controlling me and I don’t have free will to not do what my mind is compelling me to do. To go even further, why is it when we do something we know is wrong, but we couldn’t help it, we feel of shame, or disgust after we did it. There is nothing empowering about doing something that doesn’t seem natural or right. Deep down, each and every one of us has it written in our hearts what is right or wrong: Are we free enough to listen? Realizing that this is a huge topic, it may take ,ore than one post to discuss all it....
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