“Do not be discouraged. Be Not Afraid!”

John 15 18 19

 

Sometimes I just cannot hide the frustration I feel when it comes to the world view on things like; abortion, euthanasia, gender neutral bathroom and locker room faculties, and other hot button issues. Our culture is so misguided and I often wonder, why can’t they wake up and see how incredibly wrong they are?

The thing is, these people passionately feel that they are right and that I, and people who agree with me, are wrong — but I wonder, if I was still part of that world, would I think they way they do? There is a good chance that, at some degree, the answer would be yes.

When faced with my thoughts on these issues, compared to popular culture, I realize how much I have changed – and that many of my views have changed as well. It is also difficult to keep quiet about my views – and that is a very good thing! None of us should keep quiet. We need to shout the Lord’s truth from the roofs tops, in a charitable and loving way.

So, as much as I know in the very depths of my soul, how wrong and confused the mainstream culture is, I can also see quite clearly how everything in the world has fostered a rich environment for these types of ideas and opinions.

When I was away from the church, living a life contrary to God’s plan, and wrapped tightly up in the culture, I was unaware that I was being brainwashed by what I was seeing and hearing. This was not just happening by watching the news, but also my regular television shows, commercials, song lyrics, etc. As I began to step back from that, it has become so clear and I see things in a way that I never did before.

Have you found this to be true for you?

The verse above perfectly explains what is happening. The more I disengage from the things that our culture holds dear and focus my attention toward Jesus and seek to discern the Lord’s purpose for my life — I belong less to the world and more to Him.

When I live my life in an effort to serve others and focus less on myself, I become happier. The more I learn about the Lord, nurture that relationship, live my vocation and seek Him in all things – the more JOY and fullness I feel.

So, let us all strive for holiness. Let us keep evangelizing. Let us live holy and the seek the Lord with all our heart, soul, and might. Let us be rebels and not go with what society tells us how — we should be, do, want, have, and think.

People are being lead by false prophets and fake ideas. They are willing to indulge people’s fantasies instead of facing the real problems of this world. They are jumping on and off whatever the most popular bandwagons is at the time.

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Brothers and sisters, we must remain steadfast and not get discouraged by everything we hear and see. As St. John Paul II said — Be not afraid. We must be the voice of reason bringing the truth in this very confused and misguided world. In any way and every way we can — starting of course, with our own families.

God bless!

Catholic Bible Journaling

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I have not always been very good about reading the bible. I’m actually not an avid reader in general, which has always made reading the bible seem like an impossible task. In the past, I would always crack open the bible to the first page and begin reading in Genesis 1:1 and by Genesis 5, where is starts listing the descendants from Adam to Noah, I was pretty much done.

Even though Catholics get a bad rap for not reading and studying the bible, I knew from my Catholic upbringing that during every Mass scripture is read during the Liturgy of the Word.

In fact, each Sunday we read from the Old Testament, New Testament and the Psalms (and during daily Mass there are 2 readings). So I was getting a good dose of scripture, right? Well, not so much. Yes, reading scripture during Mass is important, necessary, wonderful, and all of those things — but I was still missing a lot!

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I realized that I not only wanted to read, but to memorize and meditate on the Word as well. I just wasn’t sure exactly how to do that, so I hit up Pinterest for inspiration.

Through my search, I discovered bible journaling. Everything I found revolved around using Protestant bibles. In these journaling bibles I found some amazing, creative, and beautiful faith-filled examples — but I wanted a Catholic journaling bible. So I went searching. When I had trouble locating one I emailed the Catholic Company and asked at my local Catholic book store but there were none to be found.

Why did I want a Catholic bible? Well, for those who don’t know, Catholic bibles contain the original 73 books of the bible, and during the reformation certain books were removed that conflicted with their teachings. To learn more about this I recommend:

Also, with some Protestant bibles, certain liberties are taken with the wording which I feel sometimes hampers gaining a true understanding of what the scripture is saying — but that is a post for another day.

The point is, I wanted a Catholic journaling bible and there are none to be found, though I have it on good authority that there is talk of one being in the works. However, it will mostly likely be a few years before one is approved and for sale.

In the meantime, I do have a bible that I love and I write in often but I do it around the edges where room allows. I also hightlight, and make notes in it which helps me understand and meditate on what I am reading.

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The thing I do most often though, is pick a scripture for the day and I create, meditate and pray in a beautiful journal that I got (see photo at the beginning of the post). Some people who journal – use stamps, stickers, tape, and a variety of other things to create some beautiful and meaningful pages.  I have just been using markers, colored pencils, and highlighters – but I’m looking to expand my journaling horizons.

To see a fantastic post on bible journaling in a Catholic study bible, head over to a post at Catholic Icing – Bible Journaling For Catholics- FINALLY An Affordable Catholic Bible Option!!!

I’ll be posting more on this topic soon because it is something I do regularly, and I’ll be leading our MOMs group in a bible journaling discussion and tutorial next week!

 

Want to be part of a group of warm, welcoming, creative women and learn more about Catholic bible journaling? Join the Catholic Women’s Bible Journaling group on FB and take a moment to introduce yourself!

Let’s Try This Again!

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

I know, I know. I started this blog. I got it (mostly) up and running; even wrote a few blog posts and then *POOF* — I was absent!

A terrible way to start a blog, I know. The thing is, I do write a lot of blog posts every month, but those are for my clients. I am just not very good about writing them when it is a personal project of mine.

However, I  have to remember that this blog isn’t just a personal project, I feel it is something that God has been leading me to do for a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnng (get the drift) time.

Since today is June 1st, it seems like a good time to challenge myself to write a post every day for 30 days. We’ll see if that will help jump start my blog writing and make it something I do regularly. I think I have heard that if you do something for 28 days in a row that it will become a habit – so let’s see if that works.

I can’t promise that every post will be entertaining and filled with wonderful knowledge and inspiration, but I can promise — well, I probably shouldn’t promise anything. We’ll just see how the Holy Spirit guides me and see how well I listen and follow direction.

Some posts might be short, some might be long, some may be silly and others serious. I do know that I will need to let go of my insecurities and instead be confident in what I am doing. Some may love it, some may hate it, and others might be like “meh” but you know what, I’ll own it!

 

“But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the word fully, that all might hear it.” 2 Timothy 4:17