Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Catholic...

The turbulent have to be corrected,
 the faint-hearted cheered up,
 the weak supported;
 the Gospel's opponents need to be refuted,
 its insidious enemies guarded against;
 the unlearned need to be taught,
 the indolent stirred up,
 the argumentative checked;
 the proud must be put in their place,
 the desperate set on their feet,
 those engaged in quarrels reconciled;
 the needy have to be helped,
 the oppressed to be liberated,
 the good to be encouraged,
 the bad to be tolerated;
all must be loved.

 This was how St. Augustine, described his daily life.
 I love this list because at the beginning of the day this is what I should concentrate on; not all the aggravations I experience, not nursing the hurts, rushing to do this or that.  But to be a helper to others along the path of our faith life.  I should be yelling out blessings instead of curses!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Feast of St. Monica Mother of Augustine

   Today, August 27th, is the Feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine who was kind of a big time person in the Catholic church!  Okay, he was a doctor, as in philosophy and theology not the medical kind!
  His feast is celebrated tomorrow, August 28th.
  St. Monica was a typically devoted mom. She was married to a pagan, but she herself was Christian, Catholic specifically and she made it her mission, as many of us moms do, to get her husband and children to heaven!
  This would require quite a feat of prayer, fasting and 'stormin' the heavens' as my own mother says.
   Yet, Monica never gave up and before she died she would get to witness not only her son become Catholic, but her husband too!
  Yet, unlike all the nice stories we read as kids, or the movies, it was not a quick conversion story or happy one. 
  Monica was married to a man several years older than she, he was a pagan and his mother lived with them. Neither of them were very easy to get along with, he had a raging temper and his own mother not pleasant.  But Monica began praying and begging God for a change of heart which occurred with both her husband and mother-in-law and they both became Catholic.  Monica had another son and a daughter and they both joined religious societies. But then there was Augustine, the son who ran off seeking worldly wisdom and pleasures, had an illegitimate son, and really did not want to change his wild ways.  But Monica, being a really good mom and a worrier, kept praying. In fact it was said that she bugged the heck out of her local bishop to pray for her son.  After 17 years Augustine did indeed return and eventually became a Bishop and Doctor of the Catholic Church. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Podcast! That Lady From Church!

Introducing a podcast about keeping things Catholics!  Short, fun and sometimes funny insights in living the faith as a young adult or young parent!  Give it a try! Come on, it's free, it won't hurt I promise!

That Lady From Church Episode 1

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bitterness Backfires on the One Who's Bitter: Why I Will Never Read Comments on the Internet Again

  Bitterness abounds. We can't seem to escape it. Bitterness is having a heyday on the internet these days. You can't write anything, post anything without someone making a snide comment or being negative. I don't care if you think it's your "right to free speech"!  Stop being so bitter!
  In "52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life", Bob Welch, states: "Bitterness, no matter what it's form, is self-induced misery. When we vent our frustrations at others it only increases our own frustration.  When we fail to forgive, in other words, free others to be human, we enslave ourselves.    When we obsess over having what others have (or say or write) we become all the poorer for doing so."
  In other words, "If you can't say anything nice, shut up!"

  I know I'm being a little strong here, but I'm tired of reading articles by well meaning people and then see really crass, bitter comments at the end.  Who died and left you as the editor of all things written?  If you didn't agree what the author wrote why did you read it? Why should I care what YOU think about the article?  Go write your own article.
  Let's get back to being nice here, people!  We are young, we are fun and WE ARE CATHOLIC!  And we can rise up above all the bitterness and hate and set a good example!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's the Soul That Sings!

   It has always been mankind's history to sing when working or playing, laughing or crying, sorrowing and being joyful. Singing lets out the soul's yearning for the God of love.  We know that despite all the sadness of the present world, God is waiting for us, watching over us. Despite bad things, sad things, troubling times, we know that in the end, we will live in eternal happiness. And when we are happy and joyful the soul bubbles forth in joyful song.
  People who were enslaved, people who were enduring hard times, starving, watching their children starve, people who have been persecuted also knew that this life was not the end.  The true spirit of Christianity is sharing this joy of our eternal life, the joy of a life of eternal happiness. That's why we are commanded to spread the "Good News."
    When describing to pagans those who belonged to the new Christian movement, a second century martyr by the name of Justin, said, "We always give thanks!"
  Give thanks by singing with your soul for your soul speaks directly to our Creator, whether in sorrow or joy.