Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

  Today we celebrate a great Saint, who changed the faith in Ireland.  Sadly, I have a love / hate relationship with this day. Love We are able to celebrate the memory of man who is credited with converting a whole nation. Through his quick thinking, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, he took something that was familiar to the people and explained the Holy Trinity. We see the love that he had for people, especially how he loved them enough to teach to them, and have them turn away from sin. Hate Secularism took the Feast Day, and turned it into something almost unrecognizable. All the worst stereotypes of the Irish are displayed (the fighting Irish, drinking untill completely wasted–then drinking some more, leprechauns and pot of golds) The Catholic origins seemed to be completely removed from the man whom we are celebrating, but that’s not a surprise. Every year, I  want to make sure my children know the real reason behind this Feast Day, and what’s the point.  I want them to know that it’s not just a day to wear green, but who is the Saint for whom the day is named after. Here are some simple fact about Saint Patrick that you may find interesting.  Share with your friends if you want, but above all, try not to forget why this day is on the calendar and why it’s one of the most celebrated days during Lent. How do you celebrate this Feast day with your family?...

Sunday Reflections: Worrying Too Much

It’s been a while since I did a Sunday post.  Mostly because there has always been a lot of things on my mind (and plate), I’m going to try and write down my thoughts each week. This Sunday reflection, I’ve been reading the book of Matthew.  I think I’m going to be on this book for a while, because it gives me a lot to think about.  Lately, though, I have been worried.  Not just lightly worried, but really worried.  It seems these days I’m worried about a lot of things. Now, I know that God will provide, and nothing is too big for Him.  Sometimes, I end up getting caught up in the day to day, that I worry more than I should.  How much of my years is added by me worrying?    Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? Mt. 6:27   Simple answer to that is no.  We cannot add one year to our life worrying about the the things that we think is to come.  The truth is, they may not even come true.  What makes worrying so destructive, is that sometimes it can take over your life. You end up spending so much time worrying about the future that you forget to live in the present.  You almost become consumed with your thoughts, and everything else is neglected. A healthy amount of worry is a necessary part of life, but when our worry consumes us, then we can see the ravaging affects that worry has on our health. What I have realized over the years, because I am...

5 Things I’m Thankful For in 2015

      This year was going to end relatively quiet until the end of the year. October, my heath issues started, and in December, literally one week before Christmas, a family crisis had happen. So far things are looking positive for the family crisis, and only time will tell about my health issues. However, regardless of how we planned this year, and how it ended, I’m sure that it was completely different than what any of us had in mind. Yet I’m thankful. I know, how can you be thankful when it feels like your world is crumbling around you? Being thankful is the hardest and yet easiest things I can be at the moment. Hard because: yes, I do feel like my world is crumbling around me, and yet it’s the easiest thing to do because we easily forget it. So, this year I’m thankful for: 1. Family. When one family goes through a crisis, you can always depend on family to rally around you and give you support. When you feel like the issue that you’re facing is too large for you, its family that gives you the extra emotional support to help you get through the dark times. For my family, I’m very thankful. 2. Faith. Nothing is possible without faith. Nothing is impossible for God. When you don’t know how something is going to get done, all you have to do is ask God, “How do you plan on doing this? I know this is way bigger than me.” Without faith, we would be wondering how to get through our daily lives. When we...

Where Is Your Heart?

The Sisters and Brothers that I have met in my life, have this joy and peace around them that you wish you can just put in a bottle. They may not have everything they want but they have everything they need. That is what makes them happy. They found what their heart is searching for (God) and their heart is resting on Him.

What Does Mercy Look Like?

Have you ever wondered why the theme we hear about lately is inclusive? Safe place? No hate zone? I’ve been seeing this for a while now, as I’m sure you have too. What we see now is a system that is now working to make things safe for a few, but leave the majority vulnerable.

It’s More Than Words

Pope Francis has endeared many of us, and confused the rest of us. I fall into both camps! I love how personable he is, however I understand that I don’t understand a lot of things about him. To me, that’s okay. I wasn’t meant to understand completely every person, and I’m sure many of his writings will make more sense to me as I pray about it, and as time passes.

Does Organ Donation Conflict With Your Beliefs?

Planned parenthood and their grisly involvement of selling body parts has raised up an important discussion about organ donation. Should we be an organ donor? No doubt many of us do not want to think about a loved one who has been seriously injured and have to face that decision. Some of us have easily consented by signing the back of our driver’s license.  But do we know what organ donation truly is before we jump on the bandwagon?   The Church’s position The Church sees organ donation as a love of neighbor act. To share what we have with one another is honestly a noble thing to do, however there are a few cases where this noble act is considered not noble and should be avoided. The donation of an organ that hinders the door or to function correctly–less than before.  For example, we need two eyes to function, and by donating one eye we would not function correctly as wer were intended.  Donation cannot cause death to the donor. We need our heart in order to live.  While it may be noble to give someone our heart, doing so would indeed cause our own death. Which brings me to the second point. What is brain death?  If the person’s heart is still beating, then their body is still causing blood to circulate blood to the rest of its body. This is the best time doctors say to donate organs as the person has already died but this is not really the case.  Organ transplants are in conformity with the moral law if the physical and psychological dangers and risks to...

Our Ignorance Convicts Us

So many stories have circled around the web this week,  It’s impossible to talk about them all, but these stories truly should get our attention.  One question that I kept asking was can we justify these actions by staying ignorant.  How much rope do we give “ignorance” before it hangs us?  We are called to always seek the truth, we always want to know to truth before we make an informed decision.  How much of that can we make while we refuse to open our eyes? Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their hearts. (Ephesians 4:18)     1.  Planned Parenthood Exposed.  The biggest and ongoing news has been about Planned Parenthood and what really goes on in these clinics.  There has been an outcry on both sides of the fence–one side says that it violates the woman’s rights, the other says that it needed to be exposed.  Personally, I’m happy that it is all coming out in the open.  There are so many examples that I can think about throughout history that doesn’t justify being in the dark.  I’ll just share one: After WWII was over there was the  liberation of concentration camps.  Across Germany, civilians were told to view what was actually going on in these camps.  I would suspect that many had an idea what it looked liked–but their imagination could never really come to grip with the reality of it.  Town after town, people were brought in to help bury the remains of those who died at the camps. In...