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The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit January 24, 2010

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The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit.


The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer – Catholic Spiritual Direction

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The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer

by Father John Bartunek, LC

No one who is learning or desires to learn to pray more deeply and meditate more effectively on the person and work of Christ should go without this book. It offers a basic but at the same time sufficiently comprehensive overview of how to meditate in the Christian tradition (no New Age or Hindu/Buddhist influences here.)

Beyond the solid instruction on meditation method, Father John provides us with meditations through the four Gospels and group study questions at the end of each of the 303 meditation units.

via The Better Part – A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer – Catholic Spiritual Direction.


Time for God – Book Recommendation – Catholic Spiritual Direction January 23, 2010

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Another to add to the collection:  Time for God by Father Jacques Philippe

Someone once said that true genius is not in understanding complexity but in the ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms that anyone can understand. Father Jacques Philippe accomplishes in a very short easy read what most require volumes to explore and explain about the spiritual life, and specifically the life of prayer.

via Time for God – Book Recommendation – Catholic Spiritual Direction.


Okay, Last Year I Chose JOY January 22, 2010

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I mean as my word, that and Joyfully, as in how I sign off in a note or e-mail.  One day, I decided I liked it.  I had a church friend who signed off Joyfully in an e-mail.  I liked it and started doing that myself.  Over several months, I realized that I was choosing JOY as a way to feel, a way to act, and as something to achieve.  

Now, I find that one word resolutions, etc are really becoming the thing.  When I find any other information about Joy, I will add it here.  For now, see what one blogger wrote about her Joy.

Faith & Family Live! : Rejoice Always.

I spoke with a friend about this topic – she knew my word was JOY. She came across an article about the idea of choosing a word. The article she read said that a way to use your word further was to find Bible verses that deal with your word. I am sure this would have occurred to me at some point, but I’m so glad she mentioned it!


A Great Mary and Martha Article January 15, 2010

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If Mary and Martha Were Homeschool Moms 

by Jolene Engle

Think about it for a moment. Now according to the Word of God, there was no mention of husbands or children, so I think it is safe to assume that Mary and Martha were not married and did not have any kids. So let’s pretend for a moment each was married and they had children they homeschooled.  
What do you think that would look like? We know from Scripture that Martha was busy doing and she was so demanding that she even demanded Jesus to do something! That’s pretty brazen. “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Luke 10:40
We know that Mary was not busy “doing.” When Jesus showed up at her house, she did not rush around picking things up to make the home look presentable. She did the exact opposite. She sat down! She sat at the feet of Jesus so she could learn from Him and be filled by Him. “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.” Luke 10:39 Doesn’t that sound so refreshing for a moment–to just be still and sit? “But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
How would Martha look as a homeschool mom? Think about how she went about her day. Busy, always doing. Demanding of others. Yikes! That sounds familiar.

Picture Mary as a homeschool mom. Peaceful and calm, patient, loving, refreshed and wise with Godly understanding. She chose “that good part.” Those words were spoken by Jesus, the King of Kings, about Mary. That is the kind of mother I wish to be. Yet that is not always how I respond to my children.  

My first thought is to rush through our learning “to do” list so I can check it off and move on to more important things. I ask myself what are those “more important things” other than teaching my children the Word of God and disciplining them. (Yes, I know I have other responsibilities, but I am not referring to those times.) I have realized that I have become like Martha as I teach my children, when in my heart I want to be like Mary, peaceful and calm. I want to slow down and choose “that good part” for my children. I want to pour things of eternity into their hearts, and I want them to be filled with Jesus. I don’t want to become anxious, thinking that I have not done enough for them; that’s probably how Martha would have responded. “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” Luke 10:41  

I really loved the part I highlighted in green.  Something to reflect on. 


Check This Out – Gorgeous July 7, 2009

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While perusing blogland several months ago, I came across this site, A Catholic Mother in Minnesota and while there today, I noticed her header for the first time (perhaps because I always read it in a reader format or perhaps because God wants to go to adoration) whatever the reason,  just look at this monstrance! and a great site as well. .

A Catholic Mom in Minnesota


Manifest Destiny May 20, 2009

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I found this article on Bargaineering.  It is a blog devoted to finances, etc but I thought this particular article was relevant in so many ways to life in general.  I have said that I am looking for balance in my life.  The article talks about goals and how we all have many but since we really can’t effectively multi task for very long and still do things very well we are like jugglers who juggle all these various goals but our one true goal (or as the author likens it) our Manifest Destiny only gets touched once every few seconds.  How can we, therefore, expect to do well by it (the one main goal) and as a consequence ourselves, our essence, our soul?  Again, balance.  Contentment.  Serenity. 

My one main goal, purpose, destiny.  To get myself and as many others as I can to heaven to spend eternity with our Holy Father.  Everything else follows that (relationships, health, household, vacations, hobbies and so on).


From Making Home May 16, 2009

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  • QUICKLY DEAL WITH THE SIN YOU SEE IN YOUR LIFE – Jay Adams offers sage wisdom about not harboring sin in your heart. Sadly, I have seen the effects of what happens when I as a believer allow sin to creep in and claim and control portions of my life… particularly in my thoughts.
  • Reading Psalm 51 is always one of the first places I go when I need to confess sin– ESPECIALLY when I don’t feel like it, when I’d rather just maintain the status-quo. “Have mercy”… “wash me thoroughly”… “against You have I sinned”… “purge me”… “blot out”… “create”, “renew”, “restore”, “uphold”, “deliver”. I love Psalm 51’s honesty about sin and its target of renewal and restoration… as the living and active Word of God, when I read it and use it as a prayer to the LORD, it somehow works in me to bring about a right attitude even when I start out with a rebellious, self-focused desire to stay the same.
  • PRESCRIPTION FOR CONTENTMENT: “*Never allow yourself to complain about anything – not even the weather. *Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else. *Never compare your lot with another’s. *Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise. *Never dwell on tomorrow – remember that [tomorrow] is God’s, not ours.” Good advice. And it’s now up on my fridge, cause I need to read it again and again. 🙂
  • See post hereThis was a great post for me to read.  I am always seeking balance in my life and reading about contentment is a good piece to add to my teeter totter.


    A Helpful Meditation on Weight Loss April 26, 2009

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    April 26

    1 Thessalonians 5:18
    In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


    It’s easy to be thankful when we have everything we want or need. It’s when we’re forced to do without that thankfulness be-comes difficult. Giving thanks for the opportunity to do without our daily bread is sometimes very, very hard. Yet, God is sure to help us when we need help the most. When we feel weak or hungry or unhappy, He will stand beside us and give us comfort. We’re blessed to have God to rely on. Be thankful for the love and care of our Lord. In all things praise Him. When we learn to be thankful in our need, we are all the more thankful in our abundance.

    Today’s thought: If it is my heart’s desire to be thin, God will help me!


    Divine Mercy April 19, 2009

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    . Between 1930 and 1938 Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. On Good Friday, 1937, Jesus requested that St. Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday. Jesus also asked that a picture be painted according to the vision of Himself as the fountain of mercy. He gave her a chaplet to be recited and said that it was appropriate to pray the chaplet at three o’clock each afternoon (the Hour of Great Mercy).
    Saint Faustina is of interest to me because my husband’s family is from Poland.  His grandmother was a nun in the early 1900’s and his grandfather was a priest.  We only learned of this a few years ago when DS, the younger interviewed GMA for a history of origin project.  She had not known for very long, only the younger daughter was told apparently.  She, aunt Mary, became a nun as a young woman.  They fled to the USA just before the beginning of WWI he before her as she was pregnant with their second child.  I can’t imagine how terrifying it must have been. 
    I plan to expand on this entry.