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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....

Remembering The Little Way

We all have a  favorite Saint.  Some we connect with more with than another, and there are Saints that just touches our hearts.  While I have a favorite Saint, I’ve noticed that my daughter has gravitated towards to Saint Terese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.” Now I have to admit that I know of her story but I have not read deep into it.  However, my daughter’s interest in her, and Father Robert’s Barron mention of her in his Catholicism series has me really interested.    While I’m sort of behind on my spiritual reading, I have yet to read her story, The Story of a Soul her story touches me and I can really see why my little girl adores her.    Sacrifice to Self   Saint Terese life teaches us so much. She loved God with all her heart and really wanted to become a saint. But she knew she couldn’t do it in a huge way. Finding inspiration through scripture she received her answer.  Remain little.  It was not through huge leaps and bounds that was going to carry her to heaven, it was remaining little. Everyday she performed little sacrifices that was between he and God. She didn’t complain.  Sacrifice of self.  One of the biggest sacrifices she made that went unnoticed was her agreeing to stay a  novice. That means that she would always have to ask permission to do anything. Her sisters were in the same order as her, so the other nuns feared that the Martin family would take over.  Offering up suffering.   Even though she had dry spells through prayer and suffered greatly do to her...
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