Maureen Wittman has a great post on what to do with your money in light of the Notre Dame fiasco.
I Did Not Know This March 26, 2009
I don’t really know what to say about this other than WOW and how sad and maybe another WOW and why haven’t I heard about this anywhere else. Thanks to http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2009/03/christian-newswire.html for letting us know.
See this well written piece by Jennifer at Conversion Diary. She also has links there to three other articles she has written on confession. Being a convert to Catholism myself I can say that there is not much better than going to confession when you realize that even the smallest things are damaging to your soul and then to hear those words of forgiveness. Every time I feel like I float out of the confessional room knowing that all is well with my soul. http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/03/lies-and-confession-case-of-stolen.html
Thank You Father D’Arcy March 24, 2009
Please see this post http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2009/03/bishop-darcy-on-notre-dame.html to read what Bishop D’Arcy said about why he will not be attending graduation at Notre Dame this year. Bravo and thank you. I pray that many more priests and alumni will join you in this manner. We have to stand together on this front; because we will stand before our Lord at some point.
and this may be it. I was reading various blogs and clicking from site to site as things caught my eye. I ended up at Tammy Recipes where she had written this:
But “making your home a haven” isn’t really about having the cleanest house, the nicest decor, or even an empty laundry hamper (although the empty hamper sure is nice!).
A home that feels like a haven to your family is a home where you (as the homemaker) have a peaceful servant’s heart and patience. It’s a home where getting everything crossed off the list isn’t nearly as important as simply having a joyful, creative, relationship-filled day (versus simply a “chore-filled” day).
I’m not saying we can’t build relationships while we work. In fact, working with our children and spouse is a great way to build up our relationships with them! But the focus needs to be on the people, not the chores.
So, the “Making Your Home a Haven” challenge isn’t all about cleaning, working, or to-do lists. It’s about having a spirit-filled heart and loving our families enough that we strive to make ourselves and our homes a welcoming, joyful, and peaceful haven to them!
That concept really appealed to me so I think I’m going to pursue it.
A Great Read March 13, 2009
Way to Go Father February 2, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Kansas Legislature’s regular chaplain wasn’t available on January 22nd, so Father Brian Schieber of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish filled in. Here is what he prayed according to the Journal of the Kansas House of Representatives:
Gracious Father you created us in your own image and likeness and said of each and everyone of us that we are very, very good.
On this 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade we remember the over 53,000,000 beautiful, innocent unborn children who have been legally exterminated in our land.
Forgive us Lord for the times that we have not raised our voices in defense of those who have no voice.
Lord may this injustice move us to action. May we no longer stand by idle. Give us the virtue of fortitude to enact just laws that will respect the unalienable rights that you our Creator have endowed, the first of these being the right to life.
By your grace, guide us to transform this culture of death into a culture of life and a civilization of love. May we here in the heartland of America have hearts on fire for life and liberty and love. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Several legislators objected in press accounts. Speaking to AP, “Prayers ought to be more ecumenical,” said Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat. “It’s supposed to be a prayer that all 125 people will feel comfortable praying.”
Discomfort can be a sign of conscience. Thanks for your witness Father Schieber.
And thanks to Dust of the Time for posting on this. For some reason I didn’t see it in The Star.
Ann Kroeker got this from a devotional at this site: http://www.rbc.org/devotionals/my-utmost-for-his-highest/01/23/devotion.aspx?year=2009
So many good things tempt us to turn away from beholding God and being changed into His likeness. What can we do?
The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else including work, clothes, and food be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God.
Chambers advises that we let work, clothes and food be set aside if it threatens our focus on God. The list could go on to include writing, TV, Twitter, shopping, reading, clubs, blogging, kids’ activities…it’s so easy to let busyness of all kinds obscure my concentration on God.
If some activity threatens my focus on the Lord, I need to seriously evaluate its place in my life. I need to keep myself open to Him. If something disrupts that, I need to examine the trouble-spot.
Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord . . . .”
Did you catch that warning? Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. I have seen it happen in my life–busyness distracts me from the Lord, and I must guard against it.
I’m going too fast if my relationship with the Lord is off-kilter and deteriorating.
As I am trying to get my life straightened out, I acknowledge that my time spent with God is minimal at best right now. The above entry from Ann Kroeker.wordpress.com really, really speaks to me and I thank her for posting it and for the Lord calling her to do so.
This is What I Believe About Our Bodies January 26, 2009
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Once we decide something is wrong, (being overweight, for exam-ple), then doing that thing is sinful. Some may say, ‘Well, the Bible doesn’t say obesity is a sin.’ The Bible does tell us that anything we do that makes us less than God created us to be is a sin. To be pure in heart means to try to do everything we know we ought to do. We ought to regard our own bodies with respect. We ought to be an example for others to follow. We ought to do all we can to be all we can. When we stay true to what we know in our hearts is right, then we will be assured of a place with God in His kingdom.
Today’s thought: I will do all I can to be all I am meant to be!