Friday, April 29, 2016

Small Success Thursday - A Plethora of Successes

Happy Friday Evening ladies...

So yesterday, I told Sherry @ Catholicmom.com that my post would be up after my cookie class last night, but instead, I drove through Panda Express to bring dinner home... and then I got to hold a baby that is a few weeks old, and ya'll, it was worth not doing what I said I'd do. I got to share my cookies with them, and I got to hold their baby... and watch my son be so sweet with the other neighbor's daughter. She's two and she took him by the hand and made him walk here and there. I loved it. HA He's got a great heart.

Head on over to Small Success Thursday @Catholicmom.com and check out all the other posts.... and PARTICIPATE! It's fun. We all need to count our blessings and successes. Truly, some weeks it is just keeping everyone alive (ok, that's a big thing)... when you have a new baby, it may be that you brushed your teeth regularly, you know? But we mamas need to stick together and talk up our little successes. You just never know who is reading about them.



Sunday - Last Day of Religious Ed for the year. It is no small success that we made it through a year. I survived and taught them well. It was hard, as most are 3rd Grade but had not made their sacraments yet. Some not Baptized and only two had made their First Holy Communion. I really tried to balance the curriculum (that is a daily curriculum) and fit it all in on a Sunday morning, ya know? I just hope and pray they had good experiences. We had an ice cream party. It was a great send off. And you know what, I feel good about how I ran the class and about reaching these children. God was really working through me. Such a blessings.

Let God work it out... As we walk out of class, my son catches up and says, "Teacher told us all our Priests are leaving St. Patrick!" Of course, I say, that can't be true. But during Mass, the Monsignor announced it was, in fact, TRUE!  I was miffed, because Aspergers children's minds work differently than ours. Plus, it's not appropriate for a teacher to tell children that. The Monsignor did such a better job of explaining it all and telling us he was at peace. After Mass, Christopher explained that he actually asked Monsignor about it while they were in the Sacristy before Mass. lol The HUGE success here is that God did work it out and my child was ok with it. I didn't have to field a kajillion more questions.

I don't know if I have told you this, but we want to sell our home. Yes yes, I know I've told you, I'm about to exude sarcasm... SO anyway - Christopher and I were mowing the lawn, when we cam across this huge crack (check the pic)!  Sigh.  My first thought was, "how could my husband have missed this?" But, he's been having the 12 year old mow the back yard.... and since said young boy really doesn't notice much that isn't computer generated (as in, if this was a Minecraft Home, he'd have noticed right away).

The Small Success was that I didn't panic or fly into random rantings about my husband always being gone when this kind of thing happens. I'm kidding, the small success was that after I calmed down, I prayed about it, knowing we can't afford some major breakage of our home. Someone recommended a guy and I checked his BBB Status, A+, and I left him a message and sent a pic. At the same time, I contacted our HOA Rep. I would have contacted the builder, but we were built by Fox & Jacobs, who was bought by Centex, who was bought by Pulte (FUN!). By the next morning, I'd gotten calls from both the Foundation guy and our Builder's Warranty Dept. And guess what - This is normal for our are, and is cosmetic. We have to find a Mason and it will be less than $500 to fix. HALLELUJAH!   Note: Must learn to turn to God first. If He can't fix it (um, yes, He can and will), then I can panic. LOL

I went to my third cookie decorating class last evening. That was fun. Want to see them? Ok, I am a slow learner, but this is so fun. Don't you want to come over and make some with me? These are a Mother's Day Theme. You know I thought it would upset me, because I didn't know my biological mother well and she passed away last Fall. But I was fine. God was with me. Can you tell it's supposed to be a flower arrangement? How fun is that?

I have arthritic hands and they are not steady, so you will see tons of imperfections if you look close enough. Like everything else in life, we must accept ourselves - strengths and weaknesses. You know? God loves us regardless if the cookies aren't perfect. It's just that simple.

And by the way, they SURE taste good. Ask me how long they lasted when I got home? lol


Christopher made pork chops for dinner the other night. Don't they look good? He was very excited I let him help. Wow, that made me feel awful. Of course he can help. Sigh. Doesn't he know I wear a tiara and eat bon bons and wait for folks to WAIT on me? lol  But I thought I'd share a picture of the pork chops.

Seriously, he was choosing spices, and put the spices in some flour, whipped the egg and dipped them. The whole nine!  I snapped the green beans and made the squash. YUM!!!

And then afterwards I took him for a Sonic Blast. If you don't have Sonic by you, it's like a Dairy Queen Blizzard, and if you don't have a Dairy Queen. Think super thick shake. LOL


If you made it through all that, thanks for hanging in!
You're precious to me, dear readers.

Hugs & blessings,
Em

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tidbits -- No Such Thing as A Liberal Catholic

Dear Readers,

After a somewhat long day, I finally am getting to editing and hopefully publishing my blog post.  We are expecting crazy weather here. I sure hope it's good where you are.
There is no such thing as a Liberal Catholic. That's just a Catholic not living their faith according to Cannon/God's Law.~ Anonymous
There is no such thing as a Progressive or Liberal Catholic. You can not pick and choose which rules to follow. We are all sinners, but it's the making an effort to live by God's laws... that's what makes us worthy. God knows we will never EVER do everything right. But he knows our heart. And if your heart says His Church is wrong.... please search your soul and seek counsel.

You are saying - what in the world brought all this on?  Well, it's been coming for a while. I'm sick and tired of people justifying their actions by saying, "oh, well, I don't agree with that part of the Catholic Church". Maybe they are a same-sex couple and want to be married in the Church. While we do not hate homosexuals, we will not marry them because we believe it is wrong, as a faith body. Saying you dislike something is not hating a person. It's the old, "love the sinner, hate the sin" adage. No, you can not pick and choose what to follow in our Faith. We are sinners and we are forgiven, but that is not an excuse to do anything you want. That doesn't work. There are plenty of scriptures that talk about God holding those who know Him responsible for their actions in a way He doesn't hold others responsible. Meaning - if you know God and you choose to sin against him, you're far more wrong than a person who doesn't know God's laws and breaks one. See the difference?   

It also brings me back to this:



A few years ago, I was in Lane Bryant getting fitted for a bra and a big man was in the store. I was informed that if he wanted to try something on they had to let him. I left and never went back.  Surely a truly transgendered or gay man would not be interested in me, and I get that. But I'm not changing behind a curtain while a flurry of big, flamboyant me are in the changing rooms next to me. Something about that is wrong to me. PERIOD!

This past week, Target stated: 
In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. 
So for me, Target is now off my list. Besides the fact that if you have a male body parts, you are male... and if you have female body parts, you are female... plus, there is a chromosome thing. Sigh. But that's the science of it. I'm not telling you anything you don't know.

For me, while I do find the LGBT folks fairly troubling, and I don't think Our Lord is happy with their choices, it is not the transgender or gender fluid people I am worried about. It's the perverts (like the ones that have recently been arrested) that are going to prey on children because they now have the legal right to say, "I identify as a male or female" and be in the bathroom, locker room etc. of the opposite sex. It's not safe. We are going to have to become vigilantes in order to keep our children safe. It's crazy.

Just to prove my point... In Florida, A guy walks in, dressed like a man, with razor stubble and gets permission to go into the women's bathroom. He's not transgender. He's just testing the waters.  VIDEO HERE.  

Further, has anyone thought about Girls Schools or Boys Schools or any other tradition of that sort.... do we have to let the opposite sex into everything? I sure hope not. That is troubling on so many levels.

But what is even more troubling are the Catholics, like THIS POST that call out Catholics for speaking out against Target and the Pedophiles because we have had Priests who were Pedophiles. That logic is idiotic at best. But then she calls for Charity (I hate when people are being rude and they call for others to be charitable.... please look the word up). The first thing she says is that anyone who lets their children go to the bathroom alone are idiots. Yep, super charitable.  

Anywhoooo....  I prefer Matt Walsh's Post on it, "Regardless of the Law, I Can't Allow A Man To Enter A Bathroom With My Wife Or Daughter".  But that is not my point.

What I find sad are the people who try to pull out the "judge not" scriptures. Please note, in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6, Jesus does tell the story about plucking out the speck in your brother's eye, when you have a log in yours. But in the Study notes, it is explained in this way, "it is foolish to correct others for slight faults when we ourselves are best with greater ones. It is the size difference between the speck and a log that makes such practice look ridiculous".   Fantastic information. Because God calls us to lovingly admonish our Brethren that are walking in Mortal Sin. It doesn't mean we don't love them... quite the opposite, it means we DO love them.  Love is not saying, "everything you do is perfect in God's eyes". Love is saying, "did you know that God has taught us this way, and you are doing the opposite. I'd love to talk to you about it." Do you see the difference?

In Chapter 8, Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower:  
The Parable of the SowerWhen a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”The Purpose of the ParablesThen his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets[b] of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak[c] in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’The Parable of the Sower Explained11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. 14 As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
I liken the situation going on now to the Parable of the Sower. If people don't understand and live the Word of God, and truly love and live our Faith, the seed of Faith inside them is not on fertile soil, but more in the thorns or on rocks. Everyone has free choice and the ability to change, but the free choice of others does not have to be accepted and liked by the body of the faithful. 

We are called to be light in a dark world. In this way, we must speak up. If we are not allowed to tell the truth because someone might find it offensive, that light won't shine brightly. And this means we have to speak up for the rules of our faith, whether people like it or not.

Let me make this clear, I am not a proponent of HATE. Our Faith calls us to love, above all else. We must be loving and merciful. I will not call people names. I will not shout someone down. However, I am allowed to state my concerns about a situation. 

And I think if folks don't like it or decide myself or anyone else is hateful because we are concerned.... then they should look inside themselves, and certainly they should look up the world Charity.

As Christians we are not called to conform to the world. We clearly must stand against any attacks on our Faith. 

As for me and my house, we serve the Lord!

Join me in praying for our Country. For people who have mental illness; people who live their lives in ways God did not plan. For our Priest and Clergy... and for our Church.

Blessings All,
Em


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Small Success Thursday.... It's About Time...



Yep, it's a Thursday.
What have I done this week?

Marque left early Monday to head to San Antonio for a Homeland Security Conference. He got to play golf, go to dinner with friends, and last night attended an awards banquet at our beloved Alamo.... and me, I schooled the child. Well, not Monday so much... because he was worse this week than last (bronchitis and sinus infection) and then we got more meds...

Yesterday, I woke up and had an epiphany... First of all, some time in the middle of the night, my child snuck into Marque's side of the bed. So, when I moved, in the middle of the night, it slightly freaked me out (in my unconscious sleepy state) to find a head in my bed. LOL During my time with the Lord, it came to me - this child is taking advantage of me, and I'm letting him.

So, I woke him up, and after his morning routine, I said, "we need to talk"... and broke it down for him.  Something like this...

You will sleep in your own bed.
You will put more effort into school and come to school ON TIME (or be back at public school by next year - YES I SAID IT!).
And then I told him, this is my fault. I've let you do this.

In my defense...

Being alone with him so much, I just am sick of arguing.  If your child has Aspergers, you know the arguing....

Any given conversation goes like this. You innocently say, "Beautiful weather we are having today." And your child says, "well actually the weatherman said we have a 50% chance of rain, but I don't really think it will reach us because the atmospheric...."  And you perpetually look like this:


.... because you just want to be right one time.  You just want a simple response... not a dissertation. You want to say, "what a beautiful blue sky" without hearing, "actually the color is ___".  You live in a world where there is a mini cruise director all day long and you say things like "don't micromanage me" "stop telling me what to do"... AND when the child sees you roll your eyes or if you let out air, in exasperation, then you get quizzed about what is wrong... it's just CONSTANT!

Sigh. And so - in my defense, I have no good defense. This is the child I am meant to raise. I have once again let the smart, naturally manipulative (not all his fault, it's genetic) child - walk all over me. Sigh.  And he is not a bad child. We are just learning this together. You know?

I lost the reigns, but I have taken them back God has instructed me and shown me how to take them back.  It is MY responsibility to raise this child. No matter what is going on in my life... whether I struggle with anxiety and depression... whatever it is, I must put it said and raise this child to be a man of God.

I haven't been sleeping. And yesterday about 12:30pm, my body gave out. I was dizzy... I felt so extremely anxious... I slept till about 3pm, on and off. And my child, this blessing on earth that I begged God for at 40...

He did three Math Lessons, two Science Lessons and a few English Lessons while taking my temperature and asking me if I was ok a few dozen times....  TADA!!! He's a good boy. He really is - And this is a HUGE success - not mine, but Our Lords!  On a bad day with my child, the Lord always shows me I need to calm down and see the good. I need to trust HIM!

It's about time I am a confident parent... knowing God is leading me. I hope and pray this post has made you smile and helped you in some way.

Oh... and to be clear, I am happy that my husband has a job. I just wish he was home more. My favorite is when he complains about the travel and I remind him that he goes to the bathroom without interruption. HAHA

Happy Small Success Thursday All!
Go check out all the posts at CatholicMom.com for Small Success Thursday!  Such great and uplifting posts.

Hugs & Blessings,
Em

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Small Success Thursday... Lessons Of Spring Colds and Garage Sales

Happy Thursday Ladies.

Before I start my Small Success blog post, I wanted to share something with you. I have a problem with my ego/pride. There, I said it. Every time I THINK I have it under control, something comes up and I realize I don't.

Two things happened today. 1) there used to be a person I considered Framily. One day, she simply walked away from our relationship. No word. No nothing. In the end, I realized I was no use to her any more. She did the same to others... I took consolation in the fact that it wasn't just me. BUT - she is everywhere now on the Catholic Blog scene and it is hard for me to be happy with her success... because I feel though this person is truly talented, that she is fake and harmful and ...  2) I saw this quote this morning "If we try to see everyone and everything through God’s eyes with humility, we will begin to accept an attitude of humility in our hearts and we will begin to be humble.
-from Sacred Silence " in an email from Franciscan Media.  

Sigh. Isn't that the way? I really don't know this person in real life. And so, I am honestly shocked at how angry I still am at her, and why I can't be happy for her. I don't know if she's changed. I don't know if she's gotten her act together.  And anyway, who am I to judge.  I hate when this sort of things happen, don't you. The humanity of yourself jumps out and smacks you across the face... and says, "hey lady, how about YOU get over yourself!" Sigh.

I need to work on forgiveness and ego... and let it go. I have a personality that holds onto hurts. And it can be exhausting - for me. How stupid is that? lol  Anyway -- I thought I'd share it because someone else might want to hear it.  You are not alone sisters. Pray for me, as I pray for you.  And pray for the above person too... pray she has changed and is worth all the attention she is getting and that she is not still self-promoting at the expense of others. Thanks sweet friends.

Here are several Bible Verses:
  • Philippians 2:3 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
  • James 3:14-15 - But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
  • Psalm 37:1-3 - Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
  • James 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
  • Proverbs 14:30 - A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.


Small Success Thursday at Catholicmom.com is one of my favorite days of the week.  I can not believe it's been three weeks since I've posted in it. What's wrong with me!

Actually, Holy Week was really a blur - in a good way. Probably the biggest success comes in Holy Week - Tuesday, we went to the Chrism Mass. Wednesday we went to Confession, Mass & Adoration. YES! SUCCESS! Thursday, Christopher served at Mass for the first time and it was awesome! Friday was the most spectacular service I think I've ever seen. As a convert, since I had never seen it at our old Parish, this was the first time I'd ever seen an entire congregation venerate the cross. WOAH! So powerful. I was crying. It was beautiful.  Marque got home late Friday of Holy Week, and since Christopher served Easter Morning, we did not go to the Vigil Mass. 

Confession...The big success last week was Wednesday...  - We made it early and we went to confession, then we stayed for Mass and Adoration. Here was my status that day... "You know that time when you hadn't been to confession in two+ years AND you'd never been to adoration... AND it happened on the same day, but you didn't plan it?"

Garage Sale...The biggest success this week was that we have gone room to room and are ridding our home of things we don't need. If you knew how hard it was for my husband to toss things, you would know how HUGE of a success this is.  We are having a neighborhood garage sale, and we have six tables full of stuff... We have furniture and things as well, but Marque wants to wait to sell our home before we start getting rid of furniture. LOL  AND he took of the day and is helping me. GO US!

A Family That Cooks Together...One other thing, we tried a new fish this past Friday. called Opah. AND Christopher and I made Teriyaki Sauce from scratch... Here is the Recipe for Teriyaki Opah and here is a picture with spinach salad:


AND we made a great desert for Saturday (had friends for dinner). It's called No Bake Chocolate Eclair - and it's PERFECT for for children to help with. My friend Cathie shared it with me. It was a little sweet, but everyone went back for seconds. Children LOVED it. Do you see the graham cracker and instant pudding goodness? SO fun.



Pray for my son. It's a small miracle I got this done because he's been sick all week. Oh it's NOT the flu. It's sinus/bronchitis infections. I'm exhausted. But I can't complain. He is growing out of so many things... and doesn't get sick even 1/4 of what he used to. We are so blessed.

My biggest success today is that this post that I started early this morning, is done... and it's only 10:18pm. LOL 

And now, me and my antibiotics are going to bed. Oh I didn't tell ya'll he shared with me. Why yes, I'm so successful as a mom, he shares well with me. LOL

Please head on over to Small Success Thursday and read the success of it all!

Good night sweet friends.
Many Blessings,

Em

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Catholic Bible Journaling... Join Us In This Art for the Lord

Happy Wednesday.
I hope and pray your morning is going well.  I thought I'd share with you my love for Bible Journaling.

Ladies,

This post has been sitting in my cue for months. I have been hesitant to post about Bible Journaling because unlike our Protestant counterparts, we don't have an official Catholic Bible made for journaling. There used to be a NoteTakers Bible, but it is currently quite expensive. So we are having to make due.

Come on Catholic Publishers.... get us a Bible we can use that has all our Books in it.

I actually use this:


It's a material covered journal, the pages are lined. I joined a group of women and started Scripture Writing. Like this:



First of all, my handwriting is NOT great anymore. Second of all, I need help in the drawing department. But mostly - this is so much fun. It's just me, my Bible, the Lord and my coloring in the mornings. I don't do it every morning and, in fact, haven't done it in a month. Sigh... But that's besides the point. HA

Anyway - So, to get a little info on how to Bible Journal, my friend Katie (blue hate below) said, let's go take a class. She, Brandi (middle) and I (the tired old lady on the left), went to LifeWay Christian Stores (in January). Here we are after one of the segments of the class.


At the class, I learned about peel and stick stencils, like these from Folk Art. I also have some from Martha Stewart and such in my stash now (but it's not my fault, I had to have them):


The good news is, as a paper crafter (see Em's Craft Closet ), I have tons of markers, paints, pens, etc. Here's my color caddy:


It looks like a lot, but I know folks who have much more. LOL

Anyway... these are my Catholic Bibles.  Well not the Sacred Reading one. That is a great book, but I'm not sure why I didn't move it out of the picture. One I will keep in my bedroom. One I will keep by where I sit on the couch, and one will be the Bible (that I will make pictures in with wild abandon... my Journaling Bible.


And this is about the extent of what I have actually written in them. Mostly highlighting verses I've been using for Scripture Writing.


I know. Watch out. LOL The word WISDOM is all I've done yet.... on accounta I have this weird thing about making pictures in my Bible. I have been more comfortable with my journal. I will probably try new things there... and implement them in the Bible soon. Yes soon. <3

Here are my favorite Bible Journaling Tools:

COLORING:
  • Wink of Stella -  (add glitter and color) I like the clear.
  • International Arrival Gel Crayon - (they have sparkle, neon)
  • Faber Castell Gel Crayons
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Tim Holtz Distress Pens and Ink Pads (for daubing)
  • I use a black Memento or StampinUp! Black Archival Ink when I stamp images to color. Plus they do not run when they get wet.

WRITING:
  • Pigma Micron Bible Study Kit (fine tip pens)
  • ACCU-Gel Highlighters Study Kit
  • PaperMate Felt Tip Pens
  • Foray Porous Point Pens 
  • StampinUP! Markers
  • PaperMate Markers
  • Micron Very Fine Tip Markers

STAMPS:

MISC.
  • Adhesive Stencils by Martha Stewart
  • Adhesive Stencils by Folk Art
  • Adhesive Stencils by Momenta
  • Gesso Surface Prep Medium

So anyway, I started a group called Catholic Women's Bible Journaling in December. Come check it out. In the meantime, many Catholic women have been doodling and messing around with it for a long time, I guess. But recently, Lacy of Catholic Icing, and Monica of Arma Dei did blog posts about it. And now, our little group has quadrupled in size and we are stoked (do people still say that?).   

Here are the links to some of my favorite Catholic Bloggers & Their Bible Journal Posts:

Lacy @Catholic Icing


Monica @Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families


Jenny @TheLittlestWay has a section on Bible Journaling

Also - go to YouTube and you will find a plethora of journaling tutorials.

I have encouraged a Publisher I love to print a Catholic Bible for Journaling. Please pray this happens. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Ladies, I hope your day is blessed.
Hugs to you.
Emily

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Poverty of the Truth.... A Little Tribute to Mother Angelica


May I begin by telling you the truth? I have not written this week. To be honest, every time I sat down, I was interrupted. By a phone call. By a task that had to be done. By life. I am the most unorganized person who lived their life ORGANIZED and it's driving me bonkers. <3 Sigh.

Anywhooooo....

One of the most remarkable and sad moments this past week, was Easter Sunday, when the world learned that our Blessed and so deeply loved Mother Angelica was in heaven with Our Lord.  My heart was crushed and elated at the same time.

I have watched Mother Angelica for years. When I thought I was Catholic. When I realized I wasn't. When I came fully into the church. She was my GO TO.  I fancy myself as being like her. I'm matter of fact. I'm fairly black and white (in terms of right/wrong) and I'm sassy. But I'm also loving and quiet and funny and so many other things. I envisioned myself as a friend of hers, kindred spirits. And here's the thing....

We all did that. Didn't we? Though a lot of us hadn't met her, we all knew and loved her. We all felt like she was family. We sent notes and things and we watched her. We laughed and we called our friends about this quip or that. She was as related to us as we are to God. And you know what - we are all RIGHT to have felt this way. It's who she was. It's what she wanted.

In the end, I know, that I can only aspire to be like her. And I do. Surely she is in heaven, enjoying all of the accolades people have given her over this past week.... thinking to herself - "stop talking about me and get to work saving souls, silly people." LOL

One of my favorite quotes from her is the above, "It's your Obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth MUST be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today!" Can't you just hear her saying it and pausing for emphasis? Oh me. She's so wonderful. And isn't that the truth.

I can not, for the life of me, figure out when we stopped telling the truth and WHY! I have been so unpopular for speaking the truth, about family, about neighborhood children, about myself. People just sincerely dislike the truth. But without truth, honesty, integrity - what on earth do we have?

Let me start with the definition of honesty: Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

Now compare that definition to yourself, your friends, your family, what you see in the news, our country, our politicians, etc. The comparison process literally hurts my heart. It is enough to make me want to crawl into a hole and never come out. But I can't afford to do that. 

We could all list what we are doing for Mother Church and for God... we are moms, Religious Ed teachers, comforters, friends, wives, sisters... the list goes on... and we are busy. But there is much more work to be done. When we are tired.... we must push through it.... whatever the IT is we have been through or are going through... there is much more to us. We can not let life stop us from doing God's work.  While it is true, "we are weak and He is strong," we must strengthen our resolve; we must strengthen our Faith and stay in the word. We must pray more. 


Perhaps the best part of being Christian, and living in Modern Times is that people like Mother Angelica will really never go away for us. We have them - in our hearts and minds, on YouTube and EWTN! We are blessed.

Thank you Mother, for your wit and your truth, and your teaching. I love you and miss you and I am so thankful for you!!! Here are a couple of my favorites!






I leave you with this, an Excerpt from Two Wills, HIS & Mine. I would love to find the whole book (I think it's a book). Here is a quote from the link:
"The secret then in finding God's Will is to see Him in the present moment and react to that Presence in as loving a way as we can. It takes a little effort to see God in everything, but Jesus did just that and His complete obedience won our salvation." ~ Mother Angelica
Let us all be truth and Light!

Happy Sunday!
Hugs & Blessings,
Em