My favorite blog entries are lists - for a girl with severe Attention issues, I like things that at least appear to be quicker reads -so I'll begin 2014 with one that recounts the year that was Top 13 of 2013 - particularly for Reconciled To You (RTY) ministries:
Who do you say that I am? What a fantastic question - not just to the disciples of Jesus' day but for us today, and not just about Jesus, but the Holy Spirit and God the Father as well. Who do you say they are? What forms your thoughts, beliefs and opinions around the Holy Trinity?
Fr. Scott Hurd offers some possible sources that we draw from when forming these image (from Ch. 16, When Faith Feels Fragile):
He goes on to say, "God invites us to grow in our understanding of who he is."
The moment I read this last statement I was drawn to the Scriptures - how in God's word there is no guessing who He is instead -- as much as our human brains can understand the things of God -- it is laid out before us just waiting for us to delve and discover. It was this very thought that was the premise behind my own book, Three Persons, One God: Growing in Relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. For many years I feared and avoided God based on misinformation and misconceptions. I was, as St. Jerome states, ignorant of scripture and therefore ignorant of Christ - and God and the Holy Spirit (disclaimer on the St. Jerome quote...this was a complete a paraphrase and reworking for my own point making!) Regardless of how it is said the sentiment is true, without experiencing God in His own words, we are truly missing out on encountering or growing deeper in relationship with Him. My faith sharing book, helps people search the scriptures, traditions and Catechism of the Catholic Church, and reconcile our idea of who God is with a more accurate reflection of who He is - or at least a more in-depth image.
Other ways of strengthening this image, which will likewise strengthen our faith:
Fr. Hurd additionally recommends:
Faith dressed as Doc McStuffins.
The idea of #SmallSuccess - at least how I see it... is to take an honest look at the last week and find the Graces and Blessings, that can be so easy to overlook with our sometimes critical eye.
Here are mine:
1. Finally celebrated Halloween with Faith - after 4 years of having her in our family - she wasn't sick, it wasn't raining (much), and it wasn't freezing!! We had the added blessing of joining Halloween forces with sister, my cousin and her adorable daughter - who also happens to be my precious goddaughter. There was Guacamole and a few Corona's in the mix - along with a diet cheating Butterfingers (3 of them actually BUT bitesized!!)
2. I had the incredible honor of appearing on This is the Day on Catholic TV - my first TV appearance. Lessons learned: IF you surrender it all to God, and then your first words are WORD SALAD, HE in his Mercy will break your microphone, and allow you to restart!! Also, just because you are NOT THE ONE talking does NOT mean the camera is not on you - and that is NOT THE time to lick your teeth to unstick your gums - occurring because you are so nervous there is just NO SALIVA to be had. Perhaps what I needed was that Light Corona from the night before .... or another glass of water!!
3. The Shower of Roses mystery has been solved -- now it may seem odd that I was actually getting freaked out by the abundance of Roses in my life. IT is not exactly a BAD THING especially when you are a person who associates these always with Our Blessed Mother and St. Therese. However, the plethora of them was a bit discerning ... almost wondered at times if I was being stalked by St. Therese... again NOT A BAD problem to have. It was just a mystery - and I suppose part of my anxious nature wondered if there was some BIG MESSAGE I was missing. The Beautiful answer came with a phone call I had this week with a dear old sweet friend - who told me..."I pray an almost constant novena to St. Therese for you, your family and your ministry". WOW!! That was all I could respond... Wow!! #Blessed