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Lenten Season Begins

Lenten Season Begins

  In a few days from writing this post we will be in the Lenten season.  This year is very interesting though, since it also falls on Valentine’s Day.  Like usual, I’m trying to think of something I want to focus on during the season of Lent.  Previously, I’ve given up social media, and sugar, but like last year, I want to do something more meaningful. Last year, my Grandmother passed away on the first day of Lent, and while I was taking care of my newborn, I wasn’t able to attend the funeral.  It was at home, while mourning, that I truly noticed how short the fabric of life was.  On one hand, I was mourning the loss of life of my maternal grandmother, the last grand parent that I had living.  On the other hand, I was nurturing this huge potential for a future: my son, whose life just began.  Then there was me: between the two, at the midpoint of my life, knowing that one day, my time will come as well. More Than Giving Something Up Last Lent, I decided to real some very “heavy material.”  The Four Last Things–Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell as well as Preparation for Death.  This year, I’m thinking about revisiting the books. It’s not that I think of death often, I think It’s because I don’t think of it often enough. Sometimes, we get caught up in our day-to-day lives that the idea is always lingering in the background but we never really turn to it, unless we’re forced to.  We are forced to face our mortality idea when loved one or family friend passes...
Like Everyone Else

Like Everyone Else

Last Sunday was the first day of Advent.  Advent is a time for waiting, and preparation for Chirst who is to come again. As we prepare our home for Him, I cannot help but think about the world, and how everyone else will be celebrating this season.  Even though we do it differently, I wonder about the pull that my kids could quickly get sucked into and the desire to be like everyone else. That of course had me thinking about our Salvation history — the Bible.  In the Old Testament, after the Israelites were saved, and God had established them his people.  The Israelites had that same pull to be like everyone else.  They wanted a king like everyone else, and even though they were warned about it, they still desired to fit in.  Time and time again, God was obviously right, and the people wrong, but that didn’t stop them from desiring the same thing. Advent Season or Christmas Season I teach my children that we are happily in the season of Advent. It’s not Christmas season for us yet.  However, the culture around us is in full swing of the Christmas Seasons.  Songs about white Christmas, and Happy Holidays are blaring in all the stores (most likely to entice people to spend more).  Commercials are all about Christmas gifts and how great of a person you’ll be if you buy ___ (fill in the blank with anything). As long as snow is falling in the background, and smiles as people open gifts, and happy to get what they finally wanted its a Merry Christmas indeed!  What used...

New or Traditional Rosary

  Recently, I’ve come across a talk that talked about the Rosary. Now, I love praying my Rosary, and I do wish I could be more consistent and not miss any days, but overall, I make a sincere effort. When praying the Rosary, I always thought that we’re 4 mysteries. Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious. But some things seemed “off” to me. Like, during the season of Advent, we focus on the Joyful mysteries. Lent, it’s all about the Sorrowful Mysteries. Finally, Easter (and original time) it’s the Glorious Mysteries. Where and when do we focus on the Luminous? When I was taught to Pray the Rosary Thinking back on this, I always took it for granted. When I learned to pray the Rosary, every book (because I learn by reading), talked about the four mysteries.  This is the order of the Rosary, according to the “New Way” Joyful – Monday Sorrowful – Tuesday Glorious – Wednesday Luminous – Thursday Sorrowful – Friday Joyful – Saturday Glorious – Sunday All the books that I’ve read never addressed this issue that I’ve had.  They never discussed why it seemed to be so disordered after Wednesday.  I honestly just thought that there were Theological reasons why things were done the way that they were.  Since Saturday is for the tradition of devotion of the Blessed Mother, maybe that’s why the Joyful Mysteries were on Saturday.  Thursday, like Holy Thursday was the establishment of the Eucharist, so maybe that’s why the Luminous mysteries were on a Thursday.  However I liked to rationalize it, it didn’t answer my underlying question: Why was the rest of...

5 Reasons Why I Love My Catholic Faith

  This blog hop, we are to takalk about why We love our faith. Well it’s the One True Faith! There I’m done. Okay, I’ll go into more detail.  Its hard to narrow down my love for my Catholic faith, but here I will give you 5 reasons why I love Catholicism. 1. The Eucharist   This has to be the top one on my list! People who are not Catholic would ask if we have a personal relationship with Jesus. I’m always flabbergasted by this because it is such an off question. Yes! Not only do we have a personal relationship with him, we have something better. We have intimacy with him! When we partake of Holy Communion, we receive Jesus–Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. He is in us and we are in him. He runs through our veins. He is in our bodies, with him fueling our thoughts, words and actions. So, yes, we not only have a relationship–He abides in us, and us in Him. You can’t get closer to Him than that. If there is anything that keeps me grounded in Catholicism is that. 2. The Sacrament of Confession   I’ve talked about confession before. It is the best place to go in order to receive forgiveness and absolution for our sins. We all want to become Saints! So I need help avoiding the things that leads me into sin. Jesus told us to be perfect, just as our Father in heaven is perfect. Well, I can’t do that beating myself up over something silly that I did instead of brushing myself off. Confession is...

Resting My Heart In God

This post is part of the Catholic Women Bloggers Network Blog Hop, hosted by Reconciled To You.  To read more stories from other bloggers about this topic, click here.   If a single word could describe me, it would be worrier.  I’ve had that title since forever.  It’s what I did. Sometimes, it didn’t matter what was bothering me, it could the kids’ weight or hight.  Their health, food, or even finances.  There was nothing that was off-limits to my worrying. There is only so much mental anguish that a person can go through before something happens.  I didn’t know how close I was to breaking,  but I knew when I finally crossed it.   Finally Something Broke   I could remember the events so clearly.  The night before I wasn’t feeling very well.   I mentioned it to my husband and then dismissed it.  I figured that I just need to sleep, and that would be that.  I pushed myself that night, and I pushed too hard. The following morning would be the beginning of many weeks where I had doctor visits, MRIs, ER visits, just to find out what happened.  To this very day, I am without a diagnosis of what was wrong, but I’m being monitored.   Life is a Tightrope   I live with the knowledge that what happened, could either be a one time event, or it could be the beginning of something that will affect how I will live my life.  naturally, I worried.  How can one prepare for something like this?  I have small children, how will I be able to take care of them?  After all...
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...
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