Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Face for the Name

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Doesn't it annoy you when you read a blog but have no idea who the blogger is?  I don't know about you, but I like to know what the blogger is like.  This has inspired me to tell you all a little more about myself.  


No, my birth name isn't Teresia.  Since this is a public blog, I prefer to not put that sort of info out there, thus I chose to use my confirmation name (in Latin, of course 😊).  

Anyhow, onward!  

I'm a Phlegmatic-Melancholic INFP who God dropped into a family of 3 other kids (5 others came after me).  I'm also home-school graduate who loves Catholicism, the open country, homesteading, history, rainy days, peppermint tea, singing, and all things old-fashioned.  

I dislike disco music, chocolate covered blueberries, hot and bright summer days, small talk, and the smell of wet dog.  

Just like any other classic INFP, I enjoy writing.  Not novels, poetry, or anything like that, but instead, writing what I'm thinking or rambling about what I love.  Writing words seem to explain what I'm thinking better then my mouth.  

Currently I work with the elderly and am looking into other things I can put my paddle into.  Backpacking and homesteading are two things I'm hoping to start someday.  

Well, I'd best sign off for now.  If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment box.  I love to read your thoughts.  

In the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia

Do Good

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"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:27-31)



How many times have we heard this but never truly tried to translate the words to actions?  We all wish to be saintly heroes, so why don't we take such a quote seriously?

In my life as a daughter-still-at-home and sibling, why am I not taking this especially to heart?  Anyone who is part of a family, especially one on the larger side, understands instantly how easy it is to be not holy.  Just trying to stay not annoyed at one person or another is sometimes as hard as resisted chocolate when you haven't eaten in ten hours.  How in the world can we be a hero when we struggle with such simple things? 
 
That's when "Being extraordinary by being ordinary," comes in. 
 
Heroes aren't always wearing amour, they don't always have crowns, and they aren't always known to the world.  Heroes aren't always the most educated, the most intelligent, or the most talented.  
 
Sometimes, a hero is just a simple soul who manages to turn the difficulty of family life into a clear path to sainthood.  Sometimes, a hero is a soul just like you, struggling to be good and getting up when something brings you down.  
 
 
 
If you truly want to be a hero of Heaven, this verse is for you.  Think of it as an instruction manual to sainthood.
 
Please pray for all those who are especially having a hard time to be holy.  
 
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
 
Teresia
 
 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Discerning Your Vocation // Two Links

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One blog that I have been reading and have found quite helpful and inspiring is My Domestic Monastery (mydomesticmonastery.com).  

Here is a link to one of my favorite articles by Mrs. Chronister: 

http://www.mydomesticmonastery.com/2013/11/a-hidden-vocation.html

On a further note, please check out Mary Donellen's Living Virtuously free download prints over at Benedic Domine Nos.   I have a feeling I'll be printing all of them quite a few of them in the near future. 😊

https://marydonellan.wordpress.com/living-virtuously-download-free-prints/
Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thoughts On // A Quote and Marriage

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“It is in the contemplation of the Crucified Christ that all vocations find their inspiration” 
 -Pope John Paul II



Contemplating the Crucified Christ.  What words can express the sheer beauty of such a meditation.  

Imagine the Precious Blood pouring down His Face, the crown of thorns digging into the Skull, the unimaginable pain from the nails pounded into His Hands and Feet.  All of this for every single one of His children whom He loves.  Every single soul.

This extreme sacrifice astounds me.  

When I look at the Cross, I see Love Itself.  I also realize more and more what love is all about.  Love isn't words or emotions.  Love is pain, sacrifice, and death of self.  

Too many girls in this modern world look forward to entering the holy sacrament of marriage without this clear understanding of what it means.  They, some unknowingly, picture a happy, joyful life, when in reality, they're not realizing what marriage is all about.  



Look at the Cross.  That's what marriage is.  It's all there: the sacrifice, the pain, the death of self, and also, the joy that is always present at the Cross, whether it be your own or the great Cross of Christ.

Let us all contemplate the Crucified Christ, that we may come to a greater understanding of Love, our personal cross, and the holy sacrament of marriage.  Thus ends my humble thoughts on this Friday evening.  

Please pray for all those discerning the holy sacrament of marriage.

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Is Holiness Complicated? Not Really

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"Do all that you do with love."

How freeing is this quote (from one of my special patron saints, of course!).

When we read about all the heroic things some saints did, it's easy to think that holiness is something extremely complicated.  I tend to differ.  Holiness is simple.  All you have to do is truly love God and everything else will fall in its place.



Having a true love for God will transform your soul....literally.  We all know that God IS Love.  The more we truly love (God, our family, the people around us), the more like God we become because He IS the Love that we're talking about.

So yes!  Holiness is not complicated at all but, in fact, quite simple.

However, I would like to clarify the language I'm using.  The "true love" that I'm referring to isn't emotional love, but sacrificial love.  True love equals sacrifice.  The perfect example of this is God.  He loved you so much He became the Ultimate Sacrifice on the cross.



Holiness is simple.  Love God, Who Is Love Itself, and show your love for God by doing what He did: sacrifice.  You can turn pretty find a a sacrifice in any situation.  Keep your eyes out for any opportunity to become more like Him Who loves you.

Please pray for those who do not believe in God and His Love.

In The Heart of Jesus,

Teresia

To clarify:  I am not suggesting that to be holy you only have to love God and that you're free to sin as much as you like.  My point is that if you truly love God, you will follow His commands and have that great desire to do all things with the goal in mind: to gain Heaven.  You would realize that sinning hurts the Very One whom you love.  

Truly, if you loved God, your greatest fear would be to offend Him through sin.      

Friday, November 10, 2017

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When a friend first told me about Bloglovin, I thought it was such a good idea but never actually took the time to look into it.  However, when sister #4 told me that she was using it, I most certainly hopped on the band wagon.  You all should check it out! 

In The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vocation Discernment Tip #1

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I am by no means a professional on this topic.  I only have my personal experiences in the broad subject of vocational discernment.   



In my 18 years of life, I've gone from thinking I was called to the cloister, then to marriage, then to the cloister, then to marriage, and then to....(keep it going for 17 years or so), until finally, in my 18th year of life outside the womb, I've seemed to find a resting point.  This resting point, the vocation of marriage, seems to be, at this point in my life, to be the one God is leading me to.

Anyhow, my humble advice today for all those young people out there discerning their vocations is this:

In your discerning, never forget God and your goal.

Sounds rather silly to be suggesting that people tend to forget God in their discernment, but it's true.  So often, young people (I'm raising my hand) tend to focus on themselves.  What do I want to do?  How do I feel about this?  

While yes, we do have to consider our unique personalities, strengths and weaknesses, we can't forget to pray to God, asking Him, "What do You want me to do?"  You never know, His plan might be completely and utterly different then what you might have first thought.

I learned this lesson the hard way.  I spent years asking myself what I wanted to do and completely forgetting to ask God what He wanted me to do.  You know what?  After I realized that, my discernment completely changed.  Suddenly, I was seeing things in a totally different light. 

Please pray for all those discerning their vocation. 

  In The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Praying For Sinners

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What if I told you I'm one of those souls who suffers from scruples?  What if I told you that for nearly two years now I've struggled to pray the rosary, or that sometimes the only way for me to resist temptation is to dig my finger nails into my hands and wrists?  Sometimes, pain is the only way to control my mind.  



We all need to pray for sinners.  I know, possibly more then some, how very, very much this is needed.  In my life, I've been to some dark places, and I want people to understand and realize just how desperate some souls are for prayers.

Just last Sunday, I remember one moment when the past, as so often happens, flooded my mind, and I was desperate to throw it aside....but I couldn't seem to find that way out.  I thought, "Is there no-one in this world whose prayers I can rely on?  Is there anyone praying for souls that are in ruts like mine?"  

In that moment I realized the importance of praying for sinners.  In that instance I understood.  As hard is my cross is, I embrace it whole-heartily!  God is brought my to such understanding through all this darkness.  At that moment, I offered up a humble prayer for all those souls in desperate need of prayer at that moment in time, and with that, my mind was cleared.  



Just like everyone else, I must pick up my cross with love, and follow Jesus.  God has given me the chance to suffer and to offer up this suffering for my sins and the sins of the whole world.  How can a soul not rejoice in this?  May the words Gloria In Excelsis Deo ever be in my soul!  Indeed, His Justice is just a beautiful as His Mercy.  

Please pray for sinners, especially those in desperate need and those close to death. 

In The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia       
   

A Quote

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God's Love is many things: Divine, Exceeding, and Undying.  Even for the most hardened of sinners, His Love overflows.

Oh Divine Love!  Oh Love Excelling!  Teach us to Love Thee more.

In The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia



An Inspiration

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“Sadness is the gaze directed inwards, while happiness is the gaze directed toward God. Conversion is nothing more than lifting your gaze from low to high.
Just a simple movement of the eyes.”

How beautiful!  I just found this quote over at the blog Ut Cum Electis Videamus.

How true.  Lately, I've been struggling with a lot of things, but mainly with attaining holiness.  So often I am looking inwards, seeing all the wounds and the blood, wondering how I could ever be a saint.  How wrong it is to think in that way.  All we must do is to direct our gaze to God.....only then will all be right.  



I must trust Him.

What a simple sentence, yet how difficult and painful it is for me.  I believe I know the problem in my soul at this stage in life.  I am afraid.  I am afraid to lift my gaze from my own, pitiful works and look at God.  I am afraid of what He will transform my soul into.     

How silly and selfish I am!  Indeed, I am very little......and yet I know God's Mercy will flood my soul and give me the grace and the strength to somehow right this wrong of mine.  How wonderful is His Divine Love.  Even the words, "Divine Love" brings hope to my soul.  

Now you can see why I've started this blog.  Sometimes I need to open up and write.....and God seems to use these humble, little words to assure my troubled, worried soul that He will take care of me.  Even if these words don't make sense, they are balm to my soul and hopefully help to all those souls who feel they are alone in their struggles.

Pray for those in spiritual and physical need.  

Oh Mother of Perpetual Help, ora pro nobis! 

In The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Teresia 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

An Introduction

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As my profile says, I'm a Catholic young lady in search of holiness.  I'm planning on using this small space to record my thoughts on life (aka: pretty much everything).  I'm sure you'll get a little spirituality, a few funny stories, a dab of my life experiences, and a large helping of the uninteresting ramblings of my soul.

I'm hoping to help others by being honest when writing about this journey to holiness that I'm on.  Struggles, failings, and trials.....I've got it all.  Sometimes it just helps to know you're not in the boat alone. 😊        

May God bless all those who find this little blog.  

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 

Teresia