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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....
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...
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