Tuesday, August 19, 2014

So.....

So it's been a while since I've posted.  Within the last year or so... we have relocated to a different state for a job transfer....one daughter graduated from college and has started her second year as a teacher.  Another daughter has graduated from high school and she's starting her second year of college.  My husband and I have finished renovating our cottage and we've started to rent it out to vacationers.  We have spruced up our new (older) house and it's starting to feel like home.
Finding a new parish for us was different this time.  In the past we pretty much went to the nearest church for mass.  This time we shopped.  Shopping for a parish was not the norm years ago and I don't know if it is now.  Usually...one would belong to the parish that was closest to their home.  This time we knew what we were looking for in a parish.  When we attended our first mass there...we knew we were home.  The first row was occupied by 5 nuns in full habit.  There were at least 6 alter boys with white gloves on (in fact, girl alter servers are not allowed), incense and chanting.  Holy Eucharist is received on the tongue and kneeling down all part of a traditional mass.    A few of those past alter servers are now in the seminary and recently one of those young men just passed a way.  A few weeks ago... one young parishioner took her vows as a sister.  Our priest is a convert and he's young and on fire!  We have perpetual adoration for two days a week.  We are blessed to have found a Church that doesn't practice watered down Catholicism.  We are blessed.





Thursday, May 1, 2014

St. Joseph The Worker

"Do not lose hope; St. Joseph also experienced moments of difficulty, but he never lost faith and was able to overcome them, in the certainty that God never abandons us." 
~Pope Francis
 

 
 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

St. Ephrem Of Syria

"What a wonder is Mary! The Lord entered her, and became a Servant; the Word entered her, and became silent within her; Thunder entered her, and His voice was still; the Shepherd of all entered her, and He became a Lamb in her, and came forth bleating."
–St. Ephrem of Syria
 
 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Simon of Cyrene


 
Simon of Cyrene was forced to help Christ carry the cross on that long dusty road to the top of the mountain.  Simon reluctantly came into the faith but ended up finding it sweet.  His two sons Rufus and Alexander became bishops of the early church. 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mercy

 
You made all of the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother's womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  It is amazing to think about it.  Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it.  You were there while I was being formed to utters seclusion.  You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. 
Psalms 139:13-15
 
A difficult pregnancy can seem impossible at the time.  Isn't life the most profound gift you can  give someone? 
 A woman's remorse may happen later on in her life.  God's love, mercy and forgiveness is always there.  My Catholic faith teaches me this.  I'm thankful that the Catholic Church defends life.   
 The only way to save babies is by saving mothers.  When a mother feels the mercy of God then can she be merciful to her unborn child.
After all....aren't the unborn...temples of the Holy Spirit too?



 
 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's Not Over

There were many a Christmas when I was sad that the holiday was over after the presents were opened.  This year we put up our tree two days before Christmas.  I'm at a place now where I enjoy celebrating the birth of Christ and celebrate the twelve days of Christmas.  It's a time when most  trees are being packed up or thrown out to the curb, and Christmas lights and music have ceased.  The rest of the world is finished with Christmas.   The hustle, bustle and noise is over.   For me... these 12 days of Christmas are quieter and less busy.  This enable's me to reflect deeper.  It's most special.