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The Grief of Today

The Grief of Today

I was watching two segments of the news the other day. What I watched was a raw human emotion—grief.  The first was a father who lost his son in Seattle and how no one talked to him about it. The second was an 8-year-old girl who lost her life in Atlanta. Both were children. Both were someone’s child. Both sets of parents felt as if no one cared. But you couldn’t watch them and no feel their pain.  The Office Reading we read was about Absalom—David’s son who turned against his father. People who took an oath to protect his son were the same people who ended killing him.  Again and again, David made inquiries about the fate of his son. When he is finally told—in a kingdom that perceived Absalom death as a victory; to David, his son’s death crushed him, even to the point of saying that he wished her would have died instead. He wept because Absalom was his son. That was the same boy David played with when Absalom was little. He consoled his son with a skinned knee, taught him how to fight. That was his flesh and blood.  People are tired and annoyed. What’s going on today is a reminder that these are kids. Adult bodies—yes, but the mind of kids. It’s sad because no matter whIch was you slice it, they are lost. And yet—they are someone’s child. On both sides that are doing harm—it’s being done to someone’s child. At some point, at the beginning of their lives they were held by someone who loved them.  Which now brings me to...
Happy Easter…Easter Worshipers?

Happy Easter…Easter Worshipers?

  First, I wish everyone a Happy Easter.  He is Risen!  He is truly Risen!  Let us all rejoice and be glad.  Easter has always been a time to celebrate with the entire Church worldwide, and there are times when Easter (Holy Week and Easter Week) was to commit horrible crimes against Christians. Before I continue with this post, please offer a Hail Mary, and Glory Be to all those who lost their lives just going to Church and celebrating.  While they are martyrs for the Church–there are plenty that still need our prayers. Middle of the Night News I have a horrible habit that I need to break.  When I wake up in the middle of the night, and cannot go back to sleep, I check Catholic Twitter to see who I can pray for, and to check some of the news.  Again, this is a horrible habit, but this is how I found out about the Sri Lanka attacks. I think what surprised me the most about the attacks, was the reports about the attacks.   From what we know, Churches and hotels were the target.  Specifically, two Catholic Churches were attacked during the organized attack–so one would come to the conclusion that they were at Mass for the Easter Mass. Where did Easter Worshipers come from? Looking at the news reports, I kept seeing Easter Worshipers. I’m not going to lie, the first thing that came to mind was Easter Island.   I just kept thinking about people bowing own and worshiping these heads from Easter Island.  Why would the media use “Easter Worshipers” when they could have...
5 Catholic Apps to Help Every Day

5 Catholic Apps to Help Every Day

  I am a huge user of apps ( like who isn’t) and I just love having apps on my phone that helps with my spiritual journey. What I have learned over the years is to never give myself an excuse why I couldn’t do anything. Here is a list of my top 5 Catholic Apps that I use everyday.   1. Liturgy of the Hours   Since having another baby, it is lucky that I am able to do my Invitatory and Morning prayers and the time that I always say it. I don’t know about you, but when I wake up, these are the first things that I say. It just starts my day off on the right foot. This is the biggest app that has an impression on me. I know I don’t have an opportunity to open my Prayer Book, so I load up this App, right when I wake up, and pray along with it. What I love about this app, is that all the prayers are downloaded in advance so that when it’s time to use it, you can go straight in for that day. It is a costly app, I bought it when it was $15 but to me that seems like pennies because I have been using it everyday since I purchased it. It was an investment to make, so I used the web version: https://divineoffice.org/liturgy-of-the-hours/how-to-pray-the-liturgy-of-the-hours/ This is how I was first introduced to the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), and it was because of diving into this, I made the leap and bought the prayer books (I started with...

Cutting Our Feet From Under Us

This post was originally published on November 14, 2011   This weekend, I watched the documentary: End Of Poverty? and there were several things that stood out. • In Bolivia, water was privatized to the point that collecting rainfall was considered illegal (thank goodness the people revolted and ran that company out of the country). • Most countries in the southern hemisphere are not economically independent–heavily saddled with debt that they will never be able to pay back. • People die in hospitals while waiting for family to scrape money together for their care. These victims are not even treated until they show the hospitals the money. • Violence usually increases when there is a gap between rich and poor. Which brings me to today’s post. I’ve sensed a change of climate in the States over the past decade. We all heard the news reports of the wealth gap, and how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Hence the reason for the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the country. But what it really feels like is that there are no more rocks to bleed elsewhere. So now, the knives are turned on ourselves. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. ~Mahatma Gandhi • More Americans are sinking into poverty each year. • Millions are out of work. • The highest types of jobs that are opening are in the service sector or part-time (which does not equal the pay that most Americans lost). It just seems like a precedent has been or is being set...

It’s More Than Words

Pope Francis has endeared many of us, and confused the rest of us. I fall into both camps! I love how personable he is, however I understand that I don’t understand a lot of things about him. To me, that’s okay. I wasn’t meant to understand completely every person, and I’m sure many of his writings will make more sense to me as I pray about it, and as time passes.

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...
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