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Fall: Post Sandy

{This post was originally published in November 8, 2013.  Republished with editing. October 2012, a superstorm Sandy hit NYC along with other areas in the North East.  My mother’s home, like so many homes flooded and property damage was huge.  In my mother’s area alone, there were a few deaths.  What transpired later was a neighborhood that did not know how to respond to this type of disaster, and countless people who were lost through the cracks.  As I read the news on any given day, my hearts and prayers goes out to those are victims of floods, fires, and other natural disasters.}  This week for #mylifesphotos is Around town: Take Photos of places around where you live. Even though a year has past since Hurricane Sandy, it can still be felt by areas that were affected by the storm. Yes, people homes were messed up and flooded, like my family’s home, but did you know that the plants are really doing their best to make a come back? All across my mother’s area, there have been vines, and trees that struggled to bloom during the Spring, and produce leaves.  So many trees and Evergreens were affected by the storm, that some just died right around Spring. Others managed to hold on to dear life and did their best to bloom, and grow, holding on to what ever leaves that they could make. For those that did manage to hold on, it was a beautiful attempt by nature to show us that life does go on.  It is possible to rebuild and remake yourself when something tragic has happened.  That’s the beauty of God’s glory...

Wading Through Doubt

  In the past year, one phrase has been on my lips, “Lord, Give me strength.”  The problems has been adding up.  Fear, doubt, worry, anxieties all have been something that has plagued my mind.  When I think I’m free of that, then comes a restlessness of my soul that I never anticipated before. From the outside, my lot is not that bad at all.  I am able to homeschool, which has it’s own challenges, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I am able to stay home with my children.  As well as show success to my family other than it being monetary.   Doubt   No. The problem lies within the mind.  While I’m not in a bad situation, rather loving one, my enemy at the moment has been my mind.  Doubt has crept in my mind which has affected my ability to write my words on paper.  Express myself completely and honestly.  Doubt had me questioning my decisions that I have made in the past that led me to my current role.  Doubt, overall has been the shovel that has unsettled my mind. Because of this overwhelming doubt, I have been filled with anxiety.  Questions regarding decisions that I am making in life, even when not conventional, has me spiraling into that dark sea of the abyss whose main goal is to swallow me up whole.   Giving Up Freedom & Being Obedient   After all of this, I realize that I have to give up the one thing that I am holding onto with an iron fist–the idea of being in control.  Afraid that once when I...

Friday Fast Is Not Only During Lent

  Lent is one of my favorite times of the year.  Yes, it’s a time to purge ourselves and get closer to Christ, renounce our sins, and most of all, await Easter Sunday after experiencing Good Friday.  There is nothing more positive that shows a great beginning to a troubling journey.  But did you know that the absence of meat on Friday’s is not only during Lent? But I’ll be honest about something, I’m still learning the rich and deep aspects of our Faith everyday.  Also, while learning some traditions that may have been lost or forgotten, I am stumbling on them and find that they enrich my week, months, and years. One of the traditions that I have come across not too long ago was the fasting from meat on Fridays.  One would think that this was common knowledge, but no where was this discussed or even talked about.  Far as I knew, we had to fast on Fridays during Lent only. Well according to Code of Canon Law: CHAPTER II. Days of Penance Can.  1249 The divine law binds all the Christian faithful to do penance each in his or her own way. In order for all to be united among themselves by some common observance of penance, however, penitential days are prescribed on which the Christian faithful devote themselves in a special way to prayer, perform works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their own obligations more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence, according to the norm of the following canons.   Can.  1250 The penitential days and times in the...

Calumny and Why We Should Not Engage In It

  One of the most overlooked wrongs in this time is the sin of calumny.  This is also known as backbiting, talking behind someone’s back, gossiping, and telling stories (even if they are true) to ruin the reputation of their neighbor.  I think this has to be one of the most easiest sin to commit, and yet one of the hardest sins to break.  A person can be free of all other vices, but still manage to suffer from this one.  So, let’s get into what this is, and how it can be damaging. All of this is an offense the 8th Commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” What is Calumny? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Detractor and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one’s neighbor.  Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to honor of his name and reputation and to respect.  Thus detraction and calumny offends against the virtues of justice and charity. (2479). Meaning, that anything that we say about another person reputation, even if it is the truth, will be harming their honor and good name.  We destroy that person’s reputation by sharing information about that person that the other party was not made aware of. How does this behavior causes us to lose respect for our neighbor? Rash judgment — When we draw conclusions about a person’s motives and assume them as true, without all the information necessary to draw that conclusion. Detractions — without a valid reason, disclose another person’s fault and failings to another person who did not...

Who Is Building Your Home?

We have such big plans, year after year, and day after day, that it sometimes we don’t realize when God is calling us to something greater. There are times when we are Paul and have to be knocked down from our horse. Many times we need a huge wake-up call to get us focus on the right thing.

8 Inspirational Quotes For Peace of Mind

8 Inspirational Quotes For Peace of Mind

  Have you ever felt like you lost your sense of peace? I mean, it’s normal to feel out of it, but sometimes it just seems like that lack of peace doesn’t seem to stop. One thing after another doesn’t seem to go your way, and you feel like it’s only going to get worse. Maybe you received bad news, or perhaps you are anxious about something. Either way, your sense of peace is now gone, and now you’re just scrambling to get things back in order. I know what what that feels like. I also know that is not the way we are supposed to live (and this is coming from a “worrier.) It doesn’t matter if you are concerned about a health issue for yourself or your loved one, or that job that you really wanted. What I understand that when we lose our peace of mind, God can’t work in us at that moment. Over time, I have collected some quotes, and reminders that helps me put things back in the correct perspective. Being part of the Church Militant, we know that there is a lot of things that we cannot do on our own, so it’s always to good to call in reinforcements. Yes, we’re going to worry about things, even be anxious about them— but if we ask our Father for guidance, and then be patient to listen for the answers, we will see that there is nothing we have to worry about.   8 Inspirational Quotes for Peace of Mind   1. The devil does his utmost to banish peace from one’s heart...
Sunday Refections: Easter

Sunday Refections: Easter

How quickly can the clouds of grief and sadness muddy our thoughts and feelings. We tend to only focus on the here and now, but tend to forget everything of the past. It is not until the dust settles that we can remember the things that didn’t come to mind at first. The smiles that the person put on our lips, and the lessons they taught us in life.

There Is No Easter Without Good Friday

Notice how in our lives there is are constant ups and downs? This Holy week, begins with Palm Sunday. From our reading in Mass, we were able to participate how the people cheered Jesus coming into the city, and at the same time, others were calling for his death.

Sunday Reflection: Look and Be Amazed

Sunday Reflection: Look and Be Amazed

You see many of your friends are moving on with their lives, going on to “bigger and better” things, you made the decision to stick with the stay with the family route. On so many days you feel like you’re not growing, you’re not doing anything with your life, it really turns into a, “poor me” party fast! But not so fast! You too are growing, you too are moving on with your life, just in a different direction.

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