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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...
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....

Focusing on The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

These days, we are very concerned about the homeless, the poor, and the hungry and thirsty–as we should be. Many of us are caught up in the Corporal Works of Mercy—but how often do we remember that the soul needs healing and mercy too? What are the Spiritual Works of Mercy? And, what can you do to carry out these Works of Mercy? Focusing on the 7 Spiritual Works of #Mercy. Click To Tweet 1) Admonish the sinner Correcting someone who we see is in danger of committing (or who have committed) a grave offense against God. We are to do this out of charity to our neighbor and never in a way that is demeaning or would cause them to turn away from the Church.  We we correct someone, we should always remember the dignity of the person, and correct them in private (Matthew 18:5). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin. This is reckoned to be so only when the delinquency to be corrected or prevented is a grievous one; there is no good reason to believe that the sinner will adequately provide for himself; there is a well-founded expectation that the admonition will be heeded; there is no one else just as well fitted for this work of Christian charity and likely to undertake it; there is no special trouble or disadvantage accruing to the reformer as a result of his zeal.     (source) Living This Out Today: Know someone who is about to do something that is against what God taught us?  Simply telling them what could happen if they continue their actions.  Always reminding them that to steer...

The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning

I love walking in the afternoons around my neighborhood and seeing the children come out of school with their book bags and so excited to tell their parents of their day.  The first look of excitement to share practically everything is a beautiful sight.  Even though we home school, I encourage my daughter to share with her father the best part of her day.  Her experiments, and even read something new that she would love to share with him. Of course this is the early years of school, and soon the school children will be tempted to do things, against the books like some of us were (and are) most likely tempted.     How It Begins   One day, these school children will be told by their friends that they managed to get a high score on their test because they cheated.  They kept answers nearby, or hid them to get along.  When [some of ] these school children become adults, they will find ways to cheat the system.  They will not only learn how to cheat the system, but learn how to redefine the system and make it work for them. The funny thing about this, is that it comes from one source, a single word that can sums all this up.  Scandal. Funny right?  How a single word, (that happens to be the hit show on ABC Thursday) can rear its head in our lives, but let’s think about this for a moment.   The Challenge of Protecting Dignity from the Beginning Click To Tweet What Is Scandal?   Scandal is attitude or behavior that causes someone to do something that...

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...

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.

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