As I wrote in Eve’s Apple, I was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin in a Roman Catholic family. We went to church weekly and frequented the sacraments. My mother even brought us to a local farm wives’ Bible study every week where we learned about God’s word. Though I had the tools to be confident in God’s love for me, I allowed peer pressure of what others thought of me define who I was instead of his love for me. Being a shy, awkward, skinny and undeveloped teenager, I struggled with what the world saw as beautiful instead of what God said was beautiful. I started to believe the devil’s lie whispered to me that I couldn’t be popular or loved by God.
After I left for college I started to fill the void of wanting to be fully loved with other things. I packed my schedule with activities, boyfriends and even premarital sex. I stopped going to Mass every Sunday and slowly challenged the healthy guidance and moral boundaries taught to me through the Church and my parents. I did not believe Jesus was real in Holy Communion. Because I didn’t really believe God could deeply love me, I had a problem believing he would have a real active relationship with me. Perhaps this is like my feeling I could never belong to the in-group at school so I surely couldn’t be in God’s loved group either.
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Tagged a use, divorce, Eve's apple, forgiveness, grace love, Joy, Marie Therese Kceif
General audience: engagement is a path of preparation
Vatican City, 27 May 2015 (VIS) – Engagement, the time devoted to laying the groundwork for a project of love taken on in full freedom and awareness, was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during today's Wednesday general audience.
“Betrothal is, in other words, the time in which two people are called to work on love, a shared and profound task” as “the alliance of love between a man and a woman, an alliance for life, cannot be improvised, and is not made in a day; it is a path on which one learns and refines. … It is, I dare say, an artisanal alliance. To make two lives one is almost a miracle of freedom and of the heart, entrusted to faith. We must perhaps work more on this point, as our 'sentimental coordinates' have become a little confused. Those who wish to attain everything immediately, also give up on everything straight away at the first hurdle (or at the first opportunity). … Engagement channels the will to preserve something together, something that should never be bought or sold, betrayed or abandoned, however tempting the alternatives may be."
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Tagged chastity, Engagement, faith, grace, love, marriage, papal audience, patience, spiritual gifts
Connie Rossini has a dynamic spiritual growth plan for her children and perhaps yours. A Spiritual Growth Plan for Your Choleric Child is the first book in a series to support parents unfamiliar with the four temperaments as well as those well versed in the differences between their choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic and melancholic children. As in academics, we don’t strive to push them so hard that they grow to hate it. We teach them the basics at their level. Hippocrates noted four patterns of behavior. Cholerics react quickly and hang onto their impressions. Sanguines also react quickly, but their feelings fade. Phlegmatics react mildly with fading impressions. Melancholics react slowly, but hang onto their impressions.
Connie begins with the first temperament, choleric, that of her first child. She writes that the choleric is the temperament most likely to make a noticeable difference in the world. He may become famous or infamous – a saint or a tyrant. She encourages the parents of choleric children with:
God placed an awesome responsibility in your hands when he gave you this child. It is your job to help him overcome the tendencies that could make him a tyrant and strengthen the tendencies that could make him a saint. But don’t worry! God never gives a responsibility without giving the grace and aid to complete it. Even when you make mistakes, God will be there to make good come out of them.
Read more of Connie's wisdom about choleric spirituality at CatholicMom.com
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Tagged Catholic Writers, Connie Rossini, education, grace, spiritual growth, temperatments
Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 140:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1; Corinthians 12:3b-13; Pentecost Sequence; John 20:19-23
Catholics call this great feast the Birthday of our Church. Why? The early community was basically in hiding from Jewish and Roman authorities. At the Ascension Jesus told them to go back into the city to wait and pray for the coming of his Holy Spirit. He told them about the work of the Holy Spirit at the Last Supper. They were sad that Jesus left them. Jesus was the one doing all the wonderful healings and teachings. They were about to get the surprise of their lives after the resurrection
Posted in Catholic, Community, Evangelism, Fr. Bob Hilz, Holy Spirit, Joy, Prayer, Renewal, Scriptures
Tagged celebrate, confirmation, gifts of holy spirit, good news, grace, mass, Pentecost, pentecostals
Before Pentecost the disciples were fearful orphans subject to their whims of the moment. Sad and grieving without Jesus, they lacked self-direction and self-motivating guidance. He was their protector who promised to stay with them always.
Then the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit breathed into them a divine life of spiritual maturity. After Pentecost they put away childish things, thought with understanding, spoke with discernment, acted with zeal and certainty. They changed the world!
Posted in Evangelism, Holy Spirit, Joy, Nancy Ward, Prayer, Sacraments, Scriptures
Tagged celebrate, faith, God, grace, Holy Spirit, mass, Pentecost
Vatican City, 20 May 2015 (VIS) – The education of children as the natural vocation of the family was the theme of Pope Francis' catechesis during this Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square.
The Holy Father, first citing the words of St. Paul to the Colossians: “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged,” emphasized the duty of parents to accompany their children step by step, without demanding the impossible, so as not to overwhelm them. He then went on to speak of the difficulties faced by mothers and fathers who often only have the opportunity to see their children in the evening when they return home tired after work – “those who are lucky enough to have work,” he added – and also referred to the even more critical situation faced by separated parents, inviting them to ensure that the conflicts between the couple do not have an impact on the children.