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Comfort In God’s Presence

My husband told me, as we are waiting on news for our family: “Things will get harder before they will get easier.” Of course when he mentioned this, I said, how much harder can they be?  It is already hard enough already.  We are already in the face of different ideologies that could be potentially dangerous if not kept in check.  But I naively thought that there was no way it can get worse before we truly know the outcome of the news. My husband’s words, was a warning for us.  I’m not sure if he even knew the words that he said, but I stood up straighter, and taller.  An impending battle was about to take place, and it will happen in my home.  I’m not talking about fighting, I’m talking about spiritual warfare. My husband said those words 2 weeks ago, and the battle has waged on.  In the past two weeks, we have been in Spiritual Warfare.  In the meantime, we grow weary, and tired, but we are ever vigilant.  Not only have errors pretending to be truth have emerged, my parenting has come under attack. I take comfort in the Lord.  I take comfort in His Grace.  That what’s been going on is not only a test of my Spiritual life, but if I will indeed stand up for truth–out of love.  Not only out of love for our Lord, but out of love for my fellow brothers and sisters through Christ. Our Lord has groomed me for the past two years.  My faith has deepened, and I have gained deeper understanding.  In these years,  I have...

Sanctify The Day: Liturgy of The Hours

It’s been a  while since I mentioned a spiritual book to read, but today I’m going to share with you two!   Almost a year ago, while I was reading, a phrase came across the page that I was not aware of.  The author mentioned a prayer of the Church– The Liturgy of the Hours.  I had no idea what it was, or how to pray it but I was deeply intrigued.  After a few clicks of my fingers to Google, I found Divine Office.org and I haven’t looked back since. (This is not so much for those who are already praying the Liturgy of the Hours, but to talk to those who may not know anything about it, or who wants to know more.  Also, my personal reasons for praying it.)   What is it?   Liturgy of the Hours is the official prayer of the Church.  This prayer is to sanctify the day and remind us our greater goal.  I think it’s a great way to reflect on the morning, and see what it is that I can do, to make sure that the rest of the day passes away mindfully. As a stay at home mom, there are plenty of times to “lose my cool,” since I also home school, it can by trying at times.  What I love about breaking up my afternoon by praying (especially while the kids are present) because they see that my strength is not by “me” alone.  I know I need help and God’s grace to get through the day.   Children learn to pray by watching their parents. Click To Tweet If there was anything that...

Repenting Like Pharaoh?

I’ve been on an Exodus kick these past few days at home. I think there is so much to learn from all the Books of the Bible, but I must admit that Exodus has to be my favorite book.    There are several passages that catches my eyes, but now this one struck me: Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron and said to them, “I have sinned this time! The LORD is the just one, and I and my people are the ones at fault. (‭Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭27‬ NABRE)   Pharaoh has seen what God can do so far and seeing his people suffering and for a moment he’s humbled.  When things are not going our way, are we like this?  Are we humbled and brought to our knees in bad times?  It is easier to admit when we’ve done wrong when it’s obvious that something went wrong. But what happens when things improve?   But Pharaoh, seeing that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, sinned again and became obstinate, both he and his servants. (‭Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭30, 34‬ NABRE)   Like us, when things pick up we forget everything that we did wrong. We forget about our sins and live life on the high road.  Pharaoh reminds me about being repentant. I ask myself, when I am humbled, and acknowledge that I did something wrong, is that coming from the heart, or is it a knee jerk reaction. Like saying: I’m sorry could be.  When I say that I am sorry for my sins, do I feel it? It’s it something that I have deep sorrow over? Do I...

Testing the limits of Patience

How many of use use excuses to not do the things that we are supposed to do? How many of us use the excuse of what we don’t have as a reason why we can’t do anything? If you are like me, then the answer is: too often.

Over A Cliff

Scandal fans know that Olivia Pope’s team will follow her in any direction that she would lead.  If they object to it, they raise their concerns, but like good friends, they fall in line because they believe in her vision.  In light of Christianity, are you willing to go over a cliff?   Being a disciple of Christ, we were never meant to just “fall in line” with what’s going on in the world.  Our actions must always profess truth and speak of truth.  If we turn for one moment away from this then: If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 1 John1:6 Truth is easy to follow if everyone, and including laws uphold it.  It’s easy to step in line and follow the laws.  We have a moral duty to be honorable to just civil laws. (Notice the emphasis on just) But what happens when laws that are passed are contrary to truth.  Are we then, as disciples of Christ, expected to go against our faith to “go with the flow?”  The honest answer to that is no.  Look at some of the hottest issues of our time: Gay marriage and abortion (still a hot topic after 40 years).     Walking The Line   Going back to the quote at the top.  If we say we walk with Christ: we go to Church (or service) we worship him, we sing praises, and honor Him, how could it be okay to turn our backs on truth because it’s politically correct?   Last week, we...

The Importance of Reading Spiritual Books

The first thing I was going to do was dive right into my spiritual reading list. But it dawned on me that I have to backtrack for just a moment and discuss the importance of spiritual reading.      Did you ever have that good friend that you can always go to for advice? Or when you weren’t even in need of advice, they share their life’s story and journey with you? They tell you what they went through, how they did it, and who helped them along the way. Spiritual reading is like that. You see, when we pray, we talk to God. But when we read, we hear Him talk back to us. Spiritual reading is important for building up a good conscience. To listen to the words of God and to meditate on them. What is even great about spiritual reading is that we have an abundance of writers from Saints to Popes, to theologians to read that will help us on our path the holiness. After all, that is why we read spiritual books — build ourselves up, and to help us on our path to holiness. So now that we have the why sorted out let’s get straight to the how.   How To Read Spiritually   Pick the spiritual book. The most common book is the Bible, but there are many books out there that will help you on your spiritual journey. You don’t have to be a theologian or a philosopher to read these books, spiritual books are found at any (intellectual) level that works for you.  One of the best ways I like...

Truth, Freedom, and Relativism

  In New York City, we have veins of subway lines and bus routes that helps you get to where you’re going. While riding on the train or bus, you’re not thinking about the complex system, you are focused on where you have to get and if you’re running late. But, given the chance to freely choose a destination with no time constraints or obligations, your mind begins to see the complete picture of the subway system. Life is very much like this. While you’re in the grind, you are really not as aware of your situation. Yes, you know your alive, but in a way, you are sleeping. Completely unaware of what’s brewing under the surface.   Truth & Freedom   I find that it’s interesting I come to this point after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, since what he (and others)  stood for and died for changed America forever. Our founding fathers declared in the Declaration of Independence, that: ” we hold these truths to be self evident.” Strong words: truth to be self evident. Looking at the founding principles of what freedom is, it is built upon truth. An absolute truth. Truth was: all men were created equal. #Freedom was built on an absolute #truth Click To Tweet Not one was created higher than the other, we are all born babies–helpless. Now we have a growing culture where freedom is separated from truth. That there is no strong foundation where truth will set us free.  Instead, we are living in a world where we openly say, “to each his own.” This is known as relativism.   Why is relativism not such a great thing?...

Remembering Those Before Us

I have so many favorite prayers that I like to pray, or thanks to iTunes, sing to.  One of my favorite ones is the Litany of Saints?  What is so great about the Litany of Saints.  Well, it’s calling on all the Saints to pray for us. Have you met someone who is going through some problems in life (or maybe you are that person).  What is the first thing that we usually say to them, “I’ll pray for you.”  Well, this is like that.   One of my favorite prayers is the Litany of the Saints.  Usually, we recite this prayer during All Saints Day (November 1) and Easter Vigil when new converts enter the Church.     Litany of Saints   The very first time I heard the prayer of the Litany of Saints, it was the night of my conversion back in high school on  Easter Vigil when I too entered and became part of the Catholic family. I can remember that Church I went to had all the lights out and the complete Church was lit only by candle light.  There we (seven of us) knelt, as the congregation called the names of each saint, and ask that they pray for us. Saint Michael, Raphael, Gabriel… names of the saints called one by one; and in my mind I would imagine them taking up post in the Church with us–praying for us.  As we neared to the end of the list, I could honesty feel that there were more than just the congregation in the church with us.  I felt as if each Saint was present with us, as we remembered...

Making Sacrifices as One

Things in my home is starting to get back to normal.  I have been quiet for the past two weeks because my household has been sick.  It seems like one after another, we’re coming down with something (a cold) and we’re out of commission.  Homeschool had to pause for a week, but I thank God everyday that we’re a head and not behind. I am also very thankful that the children are feeling well enough to continue Monday. My household coming down with a cold that required multiple doctor visits (and ended with one with an ear infection), reminded me so much of a Bible passage of 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ….” Our little family is one body.  The husband who is the head of the household, the wife is the neck, and the children make up the other various parts of the system.  If one is sick or not able to do its part, then the body suffers.  The head cannot say that it’s of no concern to the pains of the  hands or the foot.  The foot cannot say that issues with the head does  not affect the foot. As one body–one family body–we are all connected.  My family fell ill last week, and firsthand it affected each one of us, starting with the baby and ending with myself.  But I’ve noticed that when one is down we’re all down.  We adjust meals to suit the sick one.  We change our schedules so that...

Year End Reflection 2014

First of all, I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas!  Not only do I hope you got everything you needed, but I hope you were able to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season with your family and loved ones. As 2014 comes in to a close, I have plenty of time to think and reflect about where I am headed, what my plans were for this year, and how well did I meet them. In the beginning of this year, I had some very bold plans, not just for online, but for offline as well.  I hoped to have more exposure, and do far more things online as well as off.  What I didn’t expect was the direction that being “bold” was going to take me.  Instead of boldly going where no one has gone before (I had to borrow that from Star Trek), I found myself Boldly going in a direction that I have not foreseen, yet I would never change the direction of my course. I want to say that I wanted to draw more into the world.  That I wanted to do far more things, and partake on may different experiences, but instead I found myself retreating and stepping back.  Not retreating because of being overwhelmed, but retreating to regain my sense of purpose.  It didn’t take that long for me to feel like this.   I’ve mentioned this before in a earlier blog post, that you read enough blogs, and enough opinions that after a while you find yourself losing yourself.  You find that your message becomes the same as everyone else’s.  You start marching to the...
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