Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Lent Lesson

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The sun shining.....the brown grass now visible as the snow is melting.  Singing to Glorious by One Voice Children's Choir.  

Thinking about sin and how to fight the depression that often comes after a fall (scruples, people!).  Realizing that there is light at the end of the tunnel.......after sinning, get up, make things right, and move forward.  

The past isn't the present.

I'm a hyper-sensitive INFP.  I like writing about whatever inspiration I'm feeling at the moment.  I've also realized that it helps me to write out my thoughts here.......so you just might see a few posts this Lent :)  Right now, it just so happens to be a time when I'm trying to figure out some stuff in my life.......I'd like to write and document it all.  

You also might have noticed that my name changed :)  Right now I'm testing out a 2nd blog called Mud, Laundry, and Sunshine were I might attempt to use a little for more off-grid stuff.  I haven't yet decided if I'll actually use it or not.  Anyhow, I thought I'd use to pen-name for that blog.......and I figured I'd try it here to, at least for a time.  You all can call me anything 😊

Praying for you all! 

Emma AKA Elnora

This is What happens......

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........when TLM-ers don't get a nap before the Easter Vigil.

(I know I said I wouldn't post during Lent, but I was going through pictures today and I had to share!)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Thoughts // Lent

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My thoughts are rather jumbled right now (but then again, when are they not?).  Mainly, I'm focused on fixing things in my life.  What a wonderful time for Lent to come.  Penance, prayer, sacrifice.....fixing things.

Here are a few of the things I want to focus on fixing this Lent:

1)  Computer time
2)  Chores
3)  Daily upkeep 
4)  Journaling
5)  Spiritual life
6)  Stepping out of comfort area

Computer time.  During this Lent, I won't be blogging or emailing (save choir/necessary things).  I know this is rather drastic, but drastic measures must be taken with drastic problems.  Instead, I'll be focusing more on writing letters.....a rather bygone pastime of mine.   
 
Chores.  I need to replace my computer time with busy activity and chores is a good solution.  I'm hoping to do a bit more cooking.
 
Daily upkeep.  Time to keep my room clean.  
 
Journaling.  My pen has sat around too long.
 
Spiritual life.  Daily rosary, morning and evening prayer, reading Divine Intimacy, and offering sacrifices are a few things I'd like to focus on in the area of spirituality.  I want to be a saint.  I think I really need to take that statement seriously now.  
 
Stepping out of comfort zone.  I'm going to really consider college this Lent as well as various activities I could get into.  I'd also like to expand my (very basic) knitting and sewing skills.  
 
 You all will be in my prayers this Lent.  I hope this upcoming liturgical season will be one of blessing and grace!  Signing off till Easter Sunday!

Humbly in Jesus,

Emma

Eternal Rest

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 Our Lady of Czestochowa, Queen of Poland, pray for him!

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let 
perpetual light shine upon him and may 
he rest in peace. Amen
The gentleman passed away at about 1:15pm.  Let us continue our prayers.
Humbly in Jesus,
Emma

Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Plea

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Please pray for the soul of a faithful Catholic who is nearing his last breath.  This gentleman was instrumental in bringing the Traditional Latin Mass to our diocese.  Because of his work, my life has totally changed.    

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

I beg you all for prayers for this gentleman.  Pray that he will be given the grace of a holy death and that Our Blessed Mother may guide him up to the Holy Throne of God.  Pray for his soul!  Pass this on to all you know.
 
I humbly thank you all from the depths of my soul.  God bless you.
 
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
 
Emma   

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Working As A Catholic Lady

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St. John of Matha, pray for us!

Happy feast of St. John of Matha!  I hope you all have a blessed day :)  I had a wonderful blog-vacation......I got some things done that needed to be done, as well as thought about things that needed thinking about.

Anyhow, today I'd like to ramble about something that is ever-present in my life at this moment: working as a Catholic lady.  


I've seen it both ways.  There are those graduated ladies who don't work, but instead, cultivate a beautiful life in the home.  Then there are those ladies who enter the working world, looking forward to the day when the home calls, yet still attempting to educate themselves on all things concerning the Domestic Church.

I am a Catholic lady in the working world.  I'm not proud of this position by any means, yet, this is were God is calling me at this moment.  I know this because I have no-choice but to be were I am.  I must work with what I have.
To all those Catholic ladies out there who are blessed to cultivate a beautiful home life and dedicate their whole lives to the Domestic Church, this post isn't for you.  I'd like to address all of those ladies who are part of the working force, by choice or by no-fault of their own.

First off, I do not believe women's place is in the working world.  However, for those who are attempting to sail such waters, it's not all dismal.

While we are not blessed to dedicate our single, young lives to the Domestic Church, we can learn and grow in this place God has put us in. 


The first lesson we can learn is self-sacrifice.  If you're like me and don't appreciate the working world hardly at all, this is especially for you.  One of the main aspects of the vocation of marriage is sacrifice of self for the good of your spouse.  We can practice this by tolerating, with humility, being away from what we love.


The second lesson we can learn is the virtue of obedience.  If we must work, perhaps because of a financial situation, family, or otherwise, well....then we must work.  Obedience is a beautiful virtue that will lead you to many other virtues.  God has called you to the challenge of keeping and spreading the Faith in the workplace.  Let us humbly obey.


Patience is another thing we can practice.  I know many ladies who aren't looking for a career, merely a steady job that will take them into their next stage of life.  Sometimes, though, it's hard to wait.  Be patient and know that God has a plan for you, and this is part of it.  This is merely a small stretch of the highway.  Be patient!

I must go.  The skies have been dumping snow down on us every couple of days, so there is plentiful whiteness outside to play in :)  I can hear the shouts of my younger siblings as they sled down our new favorite hill.  I think I'll go and join them 😊

Later on, my favorite soup (chicken rice), pumpkin pie, chocolate chip cookies, and a couple episodes of Victorian Slum House and The Alaskan Bush People will finish off this blessed birthday of mine :)  Please pray that this 19th year of my life will bring me closer to Heaven.

St. John of Matha, pray for us!

St. Therese, pray for us!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma