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Blogging // Break

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Hello, dear readers!  I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging from February 1st till February 8th.   
I'm going to think, rest, and think some more :) 
St. Therese, pray for us!
May God bless you all, dear friends.  I thank God for each and every one of you......even those I'm not aware of.  You all will be in my prayers.
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Emma

P.S.

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Check out the left side-bar of Gloria In Excelsis Deo!  You'll find a new page added called "modest apparel links."  If you don't see it, either make your browser window bigger or click on the 3 horizontal lines directly to the left of the title of this blog.  Both ways should make the sidebar appear.  
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Emma

Modesty // Thoughts On Why/What

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Inspired by Catherine Hawthorn, I thought I'd take the time today and talk a little concerning on my thoughts concerning modesty, my personal take-away, my style, and what my thinking is behind modesty in general.
I would first like explain my views on modesty standards.  There are a million and two lists out there, and countless people to fit inside each category.  There are 3 main groups: those who believe pants are perfectly modest (the largest out of all groups), those who believe women should only wear skirts (this category wins the trophy for having the most civil wars), and the prairie people (few in number but quite noticeable).  Also worthy to mention are the transition-ers who desire to be modest but are still in the midst of research and are sympathetic towards both pant-world and skirt-world.
Where do I land?  I tend towards the prairie people but technically speaking I'm usually in the skirts-only crowd.  I'm hoping to make the full transition over to t…

Thoughts // YouTube Video

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I use to hold in my hands, our Blessed, Holy Lord Jesus.  I use to hold in my hands, the Sacred Body of Christ.  I use to hold in my hands, Love Itself, the Divine Heart, the Crucified Jesus.  
How many times did I let Him fall to the floor, to be trampled upon?  How many times did I leave Him somewhere, with no-one to protect and adore Him?  
It was how I was taught.....to receive the Holy Eucharist in my hands.  Looking back, my heart and soul aches to think about how many times I may have mistreated small Pieces of Holy Jesus.  
Holy Jesus, completely Present in the Sacred Host.  
I know I am not worthy......I bow my head in humble adoration at the Holy Elevation at Mass, I bow my head in humble adoration when He, Holy Jesus, is exposed to on the altar.  And I use to receive Him, my Holy God, in my hands? 
Readers, I came across this short video (it's only a few minutes long) a few weeks ago, and I want to share it with you all.  Please take the time to watch it. 
May …

Finding Joy // In Exhaustion

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Copyright: Gloria In Excelsis Deo.   Taken back when I actually had hair *sniff* :)
Today, in this moment, I am thinking of joy.  More specifically, joy in suffering.  How to realize such a joy, how to attain such a joy, how to keep such a joy, that sort of thing.
Right now, I'm also recovering from people.  
Any introvert knows what I'm talking about 😉.  I'm one of those who is such an introvert, it's not even funny.  People just drain me, and I dislike to say it, but friends drain me too, even though I love them all and thank God for them.  I'm a living paradox :)
Right now, I just don't feel joyful.  At all.  Mentally drained, would be a better way to describe it.  What brought on this very un-joyful state?  
I went and saw my life-long friend act in a play......and I basically spent the entire play laughing the head off.  It was hilarious.....so hilarious.  They did a wonderful job!  And then I came home and I've been mentally drained ever since.…

Calling All Prayer Warriors!

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Copyright: Gloria In Excelsis Deo.  Please do not copy.
Prayer warriors, there is a need: 
"On this morning of the feast of St. Timothy, I wanted to humbly ask that you would offer prayers, out of your charity, for the healing of a friend’s baby, who is currently in a coma. As Our Lady of Lourdes is my special patroness, I am asking for her aid, and praying the prayer below in an hourly novena. Please feel free to share this post with others, or to reblog it. May God reward you for your intercession!" 
Mary Donellen's  original post is here.  Let us all join together in fervent prayer for the healing of her friend's baby!  As she suggested, please share this with as many people as you can, reblog it, email it, ect.   
Here is the novena to Our Lady of Lourdes that Mary has in her post that she is saying hourly.  If possible, please join her!
Prayer warriors, let us storm Heaven! 
Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mer…

Spiritual Warfare // a battle

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The harsh voice cutting through the air.  Tired and weary, my mind starts its bitter revenge, in a split second, prepared to battle the disturbance.
The words are there, ready to be spoken, bitter emotion matches the beat of my heart.  Ready to light the flame, I reach for the match.
Stop.
Overcome evil with good.  
Still the harsh voice continues its song, the responding anger within me dances in my veins.
Resist, resist. 
Overcome evil with good.
Resist, resist.
My eyes close.  I can conquer my emotion.  
I will.  I can.
Anger for anger?  No. The sin of the offender would be nothing compared to the sin of the defender.  Offense isn't realized.  Defense is on purpose. 
Overcome evil with good.
I can conquer my emotion.
I will.  I can.  
I have.
Gloria In Excelsis Deo.

My (personal) Modesty Story

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There is so many ways I could write this, I hope the end result isn't confusing!  I just wanted to share with you all my personal modesty story.  These are my beliefs and opinions: take them how you wish.

My modesty story didn't begin until about 3 or 4 years ago (edit: one of my sisters informed me that the correct number of years is 5).  We had just started going to Latin Mass and being around a good solid group of strong Catholics.  It was the girls in this group that led me to consider wearing skirts full-time and to eventually read Colleen Hammond's Dressing With Dignity.

No kidding, that book changed my life.  I can not recommend it enough to any Catholic lady.  I guarantee that your view on modesty and your own wardrobe will drastically change.  So make the investment and get it!

I won't get into any of the details of why I decided to enter skirt-world here because Colleen Hammond explains it perfectly in her book.......and I'd probably jumble it up i…

This Moment in Time // #2

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What I'm listening to:Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens.  (this is the only one of his songs that I listen to, so I couldn't say if his other songs are decent or not)

What I'm doing:  Just finished making pumpkin granola and am looking forward to doing laundry.  I love to do it by hand if I have time.  It's therapy and a workout all in one :)
What I was looking at:  The snowflakes falling down all sparkly because the sun is shining!  
What I'm thinking about:  how wonderful life is.  Yesterday, I was feeling rather "dumpy" because I couldn't think of anything I wanted to do.  I've studied the lists of degree's offered by different technical colleges around here and there's nothing I'm remotely interested in.  I knew I wanted to do something, but for some reason, I couldn't even think of anything I wanted to do as a hobby, much less a job.  Sort of depressing, right?  
I shouldn't have been worrying, because our…

Thoughts on a Wednesday

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There are so many different things I could write about right now.  Words that could describe my life right now?  Wondering, overwhelmed, and happy.
Wondering.  Because I'm trying to figure out what I should be doing right now.  My current job has me burnt out and I'm ready to grow my skills and knowledge about different things.  I know that I love to take-care of others, I love the outdoors, and I love things that aren't mundane.  Things I'm considering?  Nanny, milker (at a local dairy farm), or college student.
Overwhelmed.  Because for the longest time, I did not want to face reality.  I didn't want to face the fact that I have to leave my comfort zone for the working world.  I didn't want to face the fact that I'm growing up and therefore have more responsibility.  I didn't want to face the fact that I have to grow and change.....I can't stay a girl forever.  I'm a woman now.  I've spent this last year trying to move forwards while …

Ask Me Anything // Answers!

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From Catherine Hawthorn:
What do you typically bake for Christmas?   Many different things!  The main staples are butter pecan fudge, sugar cookie cutouts, molasses cookies, and Mexican wedding cookies.  
What is your favorite liturgical season? The Christmas and Easter seasons are tied.
What are your favorite hobbies?  At the moment I don't really have a a hobby.  I do love to read about minimalism and anything off-grid or old-fashioned.  I'm also considering taking up the accordion (I've played the piano for a handful of years).  If camping is a hobby, add that to the list!  
What is your favorite spiritual reading book?  Divine Intimacy for sure.  I can't say enough good things about it.  
When did you start going to the Traditional Latin Mass?   2014.  We decided to get confirmed at the TLM said by our English Mass priests (in full communion with Holy Mother Church, just to clarify).  We decided to start attending before the confirmation so we knew what was going…

This Moment in Time // #1

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Don't we all wish, as we go through life, we could capture and somehow keep in our minds all of the little moments that make us happy?  I'm going to make the effort and do it....in a sense.  Readers, welcome to the new post series This Moment in Time.  
I'll post this new series at random...whenever there's a moment that I want to capture and record.... merely writing down what I'm doing, what I'm thinking about.....just something that I don't want to forget.
Here's the first moment in time that I want record.
What I'm doing:I just got home from work and am just finishing up baking these muffins.  Delicious!
What I'm listening to: the Road to Avonlea soundtrack, thanks to Spotify.  I love that tv series and highly recommend it, especially to any Anne of Green Gables fans.
What I'm (or was) thinking about:  How purely beautiful the Eucharist is.  Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, truly Present in the Small Host.  Body, Blood, Soul, and Divi…

Contact me!

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Good afternoon!  I hope your day is going well!
I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I'm a stickler for not writing unless I'm inspired.  I like to keep it....organic (for lack of a better word) and in typical "Emma" style.   
Anyhow, I'm really going off topic. 
Readers, friends, random people: you can contact me privately now!  On the top left of Gloria In Excelsis Deo, right under my profile, you'll see a "contact me" button.  By clicking it, you'll be taken to a separate page were you'll see an email address I made just for this purpose.  
Want to comment but don't want others to see it?  Email me!  Want to ask me random question....just because?  Email me!  Want to just say hi?  Email me!  I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you, all, for taking the time to read Gloria In Excelsis Deo.  You inspire me to keep writing and I pray for all of you.
Before I go, I want to put a link here to a new blog I just found …