Monday, September 3, 2018

September 2018


Just a quick note - 

I'm taking a break from blogging this month of September (if you couldn't tell 😏).  I was going to tell ya'll before September started.......because that would have just made sense.  However, life got in the way and (among other things), I let it drop.

My reason?  I really want to pull away from technology this month and develop good habits.  It's a well known fact I'm rather a tech-addict (*sigh*) and I've gotten to the point were I just need to make the break and start a change.  This isn't how I want to live my life and it's about time I learn some self-control.

This September, my goal is to accomplish and over-come a few of my faults.

1)  break away from technology

2) be more healthy (no processed sugar)

3)  focus on the people in my life

4)  pursue my hobbies

I pray I may come out of September with good habits and free from the old ones.........refreshed and even more ready and willing to serve Jesus in my daily life.   

 Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Be Illuminated by Truth


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This past Sunday, as I was kneeling and trying to pray, my mind kept wandering.  Looking around at those around me (not something I recommend), I noted those who seemed deep in oblivious to anything except God Himself Present in the Holy Tabernacle.  I felt envious........then I started to think about it all more, specifically in regards to personalities.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about maturity, acting a person's age, and how that should reflect on my personality in real life.  Kneeling there in church, I had a thought:  knowing and loving God alone will (or should) change who you are.

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I suddenly realized that it doesn't matter what I'm "like."  If I truly love Jesus as much as I am able, my life and personality will reflect and be illuminated by that.

Self-abandonment in Christ means leaving yourself behind.......all pride, selfishness, and vanity, claiming only to be a child of God, a slave of Love Itself in Whom all lasting happiness is found.

Why focus on ourselves?  Move your gaze instead towards the Holy Throne of God!  What glory and awesomeness can be found when meditating on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity.  What joy fills your heart when you realize just how much Jesus Christ loves you.

Yes!  The knowledge of the TRUTH will reflect in your life and personality and be illuminated by it!

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Ah, how infinitely good our Beloved Jesus is!  His Gentleness towards souls would touch even the most hardened of hearts, the joy He brings to souls is unimaginable in amount (you just have to let Him!), and truly, the blessed purification that He Himself brings to our souls when we receive Him Body and Soul in the Holy is seemingly endless.

Surrender all to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Conglomeration of Thoughts


How do I want to live?  What choices do I want to make?  These are questions I've often asked myself.

I feel strongly that even the smallest, simplest decisions you make as a person in your day-to-day life strongly affect the big picture of things and make you who you are.

Who do I aspire to be?  Emma, a faithful, loving, compassionate, humble woman.  A woman who will die for her Faith, who holds ever fast to the Truth, and whose eye's are forever focused on Heaven.  Yes, that is who I want to be.   

Can I just say, MY HAIR........uh.......long time no see.
copyright Gloria In Excelsis Deo know?  There are so many things I *wish* for or to be.  It seems like I'm always looking for something.  I'm never really grateful and satisfied with what I have or with were I am.  In one way, that's good: a person should always feel the need to attain a better spiritual life and closeness to God, ect.  However, when applied to the material world, the "always looking for something" thing doesn't spell "peacefulness."

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One of the things I remember most from the many Sursum Corda talks was the definition of peace, that being "Peace is the tranquility of order."  

When I first heard that, I had one of those, "Ah ha, so THAT'S it!" moments.  I guess one could say "it spoke to my heart."  It just made complete sense to me.  It sort of felt like Christmas day but better.  You know what I mean :)

Anyways, those are just a few of my scatterbrained thoughts this Sunday evening.  I had wanted to write my thoughts on today's awesome readings, but I seemed not to have gotten around to that.  Maybe tomorrow?  We'll see.  

God bless you all.  I pray that Our Blessed Mother will wrap her mantle around each one of you and guide you to her Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  

Viva Christo Rey!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

a MUST READ from Church Militant


when your halo goes flying


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It happens.  Your chugging away with your spiritual life, making splendid progress, and you feel closer to Jesus then ever before........and then you hit it.  

Uh oh, there goes your halo.  

Stuck in a rut, you loose all of the good habits and feeling of progress only to attain a sense of utter failure.  God never felt so far away.  You just can't seem to get yourself out of the mess you're in.  

You do realize that it is in these times we can truly make leaps and bounds closer to God?  And yes, you can get out of spiritual ruts and the like.  

Keep running after holiness.......just don't depend or base your spiritual life upon those times of emotional joy.
Sure, God blesses us with joy (!) here and there......moments of time when joy and happiness abound.....but more often then not, we're tested for our love for God by tough times.

You know what I mean: when it's an uphill struggle just to be good.......when you're grumpy and tired and all you want is for everyone to leave you alone.  Those are the times when we can show God just how deep our love for Him is, how much we'll actually work to be closer to Him, and whether we like it or not, those things all show when we go through unpleasant times.

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Next time you're struggling with attaining holiness and it seems the only solution to a situation is to loose your temper and your patience and/or yell a little at whatever or whomever your frustrated with.........remember what you want: to be a saint.

Our faith is always great when life is going smoothly and God's blessing's are ones that lift us up (not all blessings aren't pieces of cake!).  Is our faith just as strong when we are struggling spiritually, mentally, or physically?

I think most people would answer no to that question.  I know I would.

The beauty of it all is, by the grace of God, you can change, I can change, and everyone else in this world can change.

Next time you feel the need to vent at someone, stop yourself and merely give the situation to Our Blessed Mother so that she can bring it to the Throne of God.  God's grace will get you through and make your faith stronger in the end.

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There's that one song that use to be popular a ways back that went, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  I think there's a little bit of truth to that, even when you apply it to the spiritual side of things.

Love God.  Subsequently turn from sin.

Remember, attaining Heaven is a battle worth fighting.  Imagine!  Being with God for all eternity!  That thought alone could get a soul through hard moments!

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Don't be afraid to force yourself to be joyful even when you're not feeling the part 😊.  Forget the world and all of your troubles and just smile.  You got this!  😇😎

God bless you all.  Pray for me, as I struggle for holiness and I will do the same for you all.