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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 …

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 th…

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

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 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.



Holines…

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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

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 perso…

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 understoo…

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 atthe 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 wil…

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