This weekend was one of the best of my life, as we celebrated a blessing of our marriage and the baptism of our babies. My journey through faith has been a long one, and it isn’t over yet. All I can say is the Holy Spirit had begun to speak to me in ways I could no longer ignore, and my instincts to return to #Catholic life were gently encouraged by many trusted friends and family members; Women I admire and relate to in both practical and spiritual ways.
Thank you to everyone who has worked through this with me, in big ways and small. Thank you to @stephshawjohnson for our endless conversations about using faith as a tool for good. Thank you @bkgru and @genevievelorraine for sharing both resources and encouragement and loving me from afar. Thank you @kristinasteginksimes for our brief but game-changing conversation about the possibility of being Catholic but also having a heart for social justices and varied political views. Thank you @mylittleclan for your constant and steady influence, for showing me the strength and energy that bursts through a Mother’s heart, for being a living blessing to my entire family. But thank you most to my husband, @kedricfrancis. Thank you for journeying with me through this foreign land, with your open heart and fierce dedication to me and our babies. In prayer, I once asked God to show me how much He loves me….and He showed me you.
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“A few years ago, when Isabel was a toddler, I got a call from a woman at our parish. She was looking for help with a brochure for her garden club and since I wrote a column in the newspaper maybe I could help? I didn’t even remotely have time for this (I said to myself) but couldn’t bring myself to tell her no. I tried to convince Paul to tell me I was too busy but he said “just see what she needs?” So one afternoon Isabel and I drove to her house downtown and she showed me what she needed done (it was doable). That turned into multiple visits to her house (design, layout, dropping off the programs) and I began to treasure our visits. I learned all about Mrs Lewis, how she had been widowed with seven young children and how every single one of her kids went on to be successful. This little old lady who sat in the front row at the early Mass became someone I loved to greet each Sunday. I know God put it on my heart to be open to help her all those years ago. It didn’t fit into MY plan for all the important things I needed to do — but my goodness it has blessed me and my Isabel, who Mrs Lewis loves so much. My advice? Be open to what God is asking of you, the opportunities He presents. Don’t get so fixated on what you have to do that you don’t leave a little room for beautiful encounters that only God can arrange. ❤️ Mrs Lewis and her daughter came to Isabel’s First Communion Sunday and we were so honored.”
Via @rachelbalducci 🙏🕊🇻🇦
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He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” Matthew 8:23-27
Just like Jesus’s disciples, we are sometimes vulnerable to our human weakness. During life’s storms, we might find ourselves faltering and failing. We become afraid and we rely on earthly solutions instead of spiritual answers to fix our problems.
The miracle of Jesus calming the storm at sea reminds us to grow faith in God. As long as we believe in the power of God and his unwavering love for us, we can weather any storm and overcome upheavals that come our way.
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How do we make society Christ-centered?
Joshua 24:15 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua made a statement to Israel after Moses was gone. He also made a statement about his family that for his household they “will serve the LORD.” When a family determines to serve the Lord, the Lord is determined to be a part of that family. Families are stronger when the Lord is being considered before making decisions. This includes what movies to watch, what’s on TV, the Internet, in magazines, and whatever other media infiltrates the home. When the Lord is honored things will go well with that family. Like Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, “And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” When that third cord is God, then families are stronger and can withstand many of the storms of life.
Via @catholicfamilyland 🕊🇻🇦
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“I’m Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the Roe vs. Wade decision that brought ‘legal’ child killing to America. I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion. It was all a lie. Since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave. Please, don’t follow in my mistakes.
Back in 1973, I was a very confused twenty-one year old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy. At the time I fought to obtain a legal abortion, but truth be told, I have three daughters and never had an abortion.
I think it’s safe to say that the entire abortion industry is based on a lie…. I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name. You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death. Today as a born again Christian and faithful Catholic, I am working to reverse Roe and I am urgently asking for your help right now.” —Norma McCorvey (September 22, 1947 – February 18, 2017) #CatholicConnect #Prolife#God#Lord#marchforlifedc#womensmarchdc#1lifela#feminist#loveyourbaby#adoption#mybodymychoice#dtla#grandpark#wakeup#abortion#killsbabies#missrepresentation#contraception#janeroe#roevwade#abortionlaws#unplannedpregnancy#helpme#prolifefeminist#gethelp#babiesareagiftfromgod#Maryprayforus#catholic#
Go to Mass EVERY SUNDAY. Strive to meet more than the minimum requirements.
If a man loves his wife he would try and be with her as often as possible and vice versa, not just twice a month. If we say we love God but don’t try to be with Him at least 2 hours out of 168 a week is that really love?
Out of 720 hours a month let’s try and be with God at least 8 hours a month and start getting involved in your local parish activities. The catholic church needs you! Wishing everyone a very blessed 2018!! Praying for all of you!🙏💒🕊🇻🇦
“On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.” —Catechism 2185
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O God, Who instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, Grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
We can look for God’s wisdom in several ways:
• By humbly listening to His Spirit in prayer,
• By studying scripture and our Church’s teachings and,
• By receiving His guidance in the sacraments of the Eucharist (at Mass) and of Penance (in Confession) to serve others and show them His love.
We see here from the two versions of this prayer to the Holy Spirit how being truly wise means relishing what God thinks is right, including “patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness [and] self-control,” as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians (Gal 5:5).
The implication of this is quite beautiful: If you’re living in this world focused on Eternal Life with God in the next, and are sincerely seeking to do His will, in good times and bad, you will be blessed with the consolation of His great comforter: the Holy Spirit. May this prayer help bring you His support!
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As Advent begins, reflect upon how ready you are for Jesus’ coming. Are you preparing for it with the same fervor that you prepare for Christmas through shopping, cooking, decorating, etc? Are you looking forward to that day when He will return? Are you preparing for the spiritual celebration of His birth? Are you awake and attentive to the numerous ways that God speaks to you on a daily basis?
If you find that you are not as prepared for His return in glory as you’d like to be, make this Advent a time when you get your heart ready. Commit to prayer, spiritual exercises, reflection and attentiveness to His gentle and glorious voice.
“Lord, as Advent begins, help me to put my eyes on You. Help me to open my ears to Your voice. And help me to open my heart to Your glorious presence. May I be attentive to You in every way You desire to come to me. Jesus, I trust in You.”
Via @fr_nathaniel_haslam_ 🕊🇻🇦
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“If you set out to meet God, He will come to meet you.”
– Saint John Vianney
“If you have God at the center of all your action, then you will reach your goal.”
– Blessed Pier Frassati