MULLY (AMAZING) MOVIE - 3 DAY SPECIAL EVENT!!
MULLY is an incredibly well-done documentary. I feel so blessed to be able to pre-sceen and share it with you. Like all exceptional media, MULLY brings all the feels. When the movie ended, I found myself sobbing (in a good way) overwhelmed by the goodness and generosity in people despite the tremendous poverty of this world.
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Sharing Worry Antidotes at Catholicmom.com
Worry changes nothing, including the inevitable of a fixed life expectancy. Trust me on this one: I’ve tested it out one too many times! As if Jesus’ words were not clear enough for us to see the frivolousness of a life of fretting, Padre Pio advised, “Pray, hope, do not worry.
Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” As someone who struggles daily with anxiety, I find comfort and strength in the many beautiful traditions and devotions of the Catholic faith. When I worry, I tend to be paralyzed by my thoughts. My worries, fears, and concerns can spin round and round on the hamster wheel of my thoughts for hours and days!
These are just 5 of the many Catholic devotions that break anxiety’s spell!
Faithy's 5 Minutes of Fame
Intended for kids 4-8 (although Faithy is 11 and LOVES it) the Mass Box delivers right to your home all the craft materials, instructions, videos, and a magazine (hence Faithy's 5 minutes of fame) to help kids prepare for the Mass!
Kevin and I were blessed to kick off 2017 with an unexpected financial gift to help us snowball our debts. This generous surprise allowed us to eliminate 8 charge cards. As I wrote out each check and MORE IMPORTANTLY closed each credit card account; I was struck by the amazing way God works in our lives. This compulsion to avoid spending cash and hoarding credit cards has been a part of my life since I turned 18 (in 1986) and could apply for my first card. Recently I was watching a show on the 1980s and how the general mentality of the day was 'spend it now because tomorrow is probably NOT going to come for long'. "The Day After" movie was indicative of the general mindset - that World War III was imminent and with it would be complete nuclear annihilation. If you ever underestimated the power of media just take a peek back at the 1980s and believe!
Our family's road out of debt and into financial freedom has been remarkable - long - but truly a blessing. If you recall, it began at the beginning of 2016 with another gift, the Navigating Your Finances God's Way from my Breadbox Media friends Jon and Evelyn Bean and published through their ministry, Compass Catholic. As I went through the program I documented our progress through a Money Monday: God, Your Money and You blog series. We are still about a year (maybe two) from being credit card debt free but it is WAY CLOSER than we were just two years ago when I wasn't even sure how I would put Thanksgiving Dinner on the table!
A Seeking Heart Interview with Jon & Evelyn Bean
Miraculous March Moment
In January 2017, for the first time, I traveled with my parish to participate in the March for Life in Washington, DC. My general anxiety, made only more severe by my near death experience at the 2013 World Youth Day, has kept me from attending in the past. Sometimes, I am convinced, the Lord allows a veil over our eyes to keep us from really contemplating what will actual happen to move us where He wishes us to be! Pretty sure that is how I ended up at the March for Life this year! Overall the trip was amazing - as an mom, especially an adoptive mom - my heart has a special place for the protection of the unborn. Though this March is for more than just the babies in the womb, but to raise awareness of the respect for life of all from conception to natural death.
Miraculous Moment from my experience at the March for Life
The crowds were crazy (which is good unless you have crowd anxiety) I had many moments of near hyperventilation panic. One such moment included this AMAZING God moment I have to share. At one point we were STUCK in a crowd, not moving and tightly packed. I prayed for God to calm me and let me know HE was near. Important to this story: God has used butterflies OFTEN to help me see his presence. As I prayed for peace - the man behind me says, "OH wow, that looks like a butterfly wing" ... just hearing that 'key' word, my heart overflowed with love and my panic subsided. God is SO near - we just need to ask for him to reveal that to us. He promises not to abandon us! He is truly a faithful and PROMISE keeping kind of Father
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Guest Blog for Diocesan Publications' Lenten Series
Comparing Reconciliation and Chronic Illness
There are remarkable similarities between the eczema on my hands and the sin on my soul. Both need healing. For my hands there are remedies such as medicines and creams; for the soul there is the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I saw other connections:
Spiritual Inspiration from Ben Walther Music
Ben Walther's song, "A Light to the Nations" inspired me to consider an important question: What LIGHT do I have to bring forth? On rare occasions it is a torch; but more often it is a matchstick.
In order to go forth, as Ben's song encourages, to be a sign of God's love and hope to others ... first I have to allow myself to be a recipient of these great gifts...
The older I get the more I have come to realize how I want to be seen in this world, and who I really am, are vastly different. .... CLICK HERE FOR MORE OF THE SERIES
#ICYMI - March CWBN BLOG HOP on Confession
A Few Sample Thoughts ...
I also find that when I’m left alone to confess my sins direct to God, I tend to do so only when my conscience pricks me. In the Sacrament, though, God calls out to me constantly to reconcile and offers his mercy—which makes me want to go to him regardless. ~ Sarah, Come To The Word
Confession is also the orphan stepchild of sacraments. It is usually included now as part of preparation for First Eucharist and gets short shrift. Yet, I think if you asked my students which sacrament had the biggest impact on them, hands down, it would be Confession. ~ Anne, Y'all Need Jesus Blog
I saw Confession as one of those things we had to do. I did it – occasionally – with a grin and bear it attitude that was far more bear it than grin it. I treated confession like I treated a lot of my faith. I did the minimum I could do to call myself Catholic. I figured I did more than most – which was true – so I’d look better than most – which was true and false. ~ Strahlen, Single Mom Smiling
This is just the tip of the AMAZING THOUGHTS on CONFESSION... Click HERE for more
The March CWBN Blog Hop is FANTASTIC!
That time I was SWORE at by a angry TEEN! #ConfirmationRetret
One place you'll never find #empty - Jesus always present
A Kiss from the #King:
When I start to fret about my health, the Lord sends me a blue butterfly to bring me comfort. These a #gift from a dear friend - and used to bring me comfort!
In 2007, my daughter's parents had to make the agonizing decision to #abandon her in a hospital parking lot. We pray that the Lord has placed peace in their hearts, equal to the joy in ours!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE: #LENTENWALK RECAPS
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