29 June 2009

A New Romance

There are days when I do battle with a deadly spiritual heart disease. It comes in two forms, both rather sneaky in how they creep up on me and worm their way into my heart. They are cynicism and indifference. It’s not so much that I choose them; it’s that I make no effort to refuse them.


Clearly, many of us are suffering this malady. This is the disease that zaps our energy and steals our excitement. It leaves us weary and lazy and full of handy excuses. It eats away at devotion and leaves our souls empty. Christendom in America is deeply infected with this life-sapping sickness. It is why so many Christians have been enticed and beguiled by power and popularity and persuaded to compromise. Without passion, without zeal, without fervor, we are lifeless and faith is so easily cast aside.


St. Augustine prescribes the cure: We need a new romance. "To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek Him the greatest adventure, to find Him the greatest human achievement." What the cynical and indifferent heart needs is a healthy dose of romance.



We have every reason to be enthralled in romance! The greatest gesture of love known to the universe was made toward each of us by the Author of True Love. We are not simply liked and enjoyed; we are passionately, deeply, obsessively loved!


How does it go again?


“God so understood the world…”

“God so cared for the world…”

“God so respected the world…”
“God so accepted the world…”

“God so disdained the world…”

“God so rejected the world…”


No…
God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son...

Continue Reading...

Blessings,

True Heart award image is here!

True Heart Award Update: Thank you to all of you who answered my plea for help with the image!
Conversations with a Cupcake
came through for us and here is the
beautiful award she created! Take, and share, and enjoy! Thank you, Cupcake!









28 June 2009

This is Me

I've had a couple requests for a picture... some of you are starting to wonder if I really am a heart-shaped piece of chocolate.

I don't put photos of my family up on this blog, for a couple of reasons, but I'll show you my mug. Just this once. So satisfy your curiosity while you can, folks...





This is me!


Chocolate Blessings,

Awards -- Not the one you think!

Okay, time for me to get with the program. I've been graciously given the Honest Scrap award by three different people, and it's time I revealed the Honest Scrap! Ten honest little tidbits about yours truly... I'll try to keep it interesting!


1. I'm the youngest of four and until I was almost in my teens, I thought I was adopted. I'd never seen any infant pictures of myself, only photos where I was about 2 years old. I never told my parents this. Now, you have to realize that my older sister and I practically looked like twins, but somehow that never clicked in my stupid brain. When I finally 'fessed up to my mother, she nearly had a heart attack. She got out the baby books and showed me that all these years, the pics I thought were of my sister, were actually me. Yeah... I'm brilliant, too.


2. I used to hate salads. Refused to eat them. I told my mother, "I'm not a rabbit." Something happened, thank God, when I hit my twenties, and suddenly, I began to love salads and fresh veggies. Phew!


3. I was an awkward, geeky, unpopular kid, and I still feel that way inside most days. Now I'm just doing it in a grown-up body. Sigh...


4. I would love to be a great photographer. I'm fascinated by the stories told in truly great pictures.


5. If I had to choose between being deaf or blind, I'd choose being blind. I couldn't handle never being able to hear music. I love music...


6. I do not understand people who don't like chocolate. It must be a genetic-level defect.


7. I am very grossed out by bad smells, and I have a super-nose. I smell everything. Bad smells can put me in a very foul mood quickly.


8. I'm also grossed out by sweat. Don't like sweaty people. Ick. Take a shower already.


9. In the first months of our marriage, I once called my husband at work and made him rush home right that second to find and kill the sun spider in our living room. Scariest looking thing I'd ever seen! I was completely freaked out. Bless his heart -- he did, and didn't even get upset with me for it. Not my finest moment. I've since mellowed considerably, though I still hate bugs. HATE. BUGS.


10. I have eaten an entire box of Girl Scout Thin Mints in one sitting.



Okay, there's more information than you ever wanted! Now, I'm supposed to pass on the Honest Scrap award to some other more deserving folks, but guess what? I'm not gonna. Nope. I think y'all already have it, and it's time for something new.

So by the authority vested in me by, ME, I hereby declare the beginning of a brand-new award.

"Those who receive this award are of the sweetest nature. They are kind, friendly, funny, loving, eager to share their love for Jesus with others, and brave in their efforts to reflect Him to this darkened world. They are the kind of folks you're blessed to know, even if it's only in the bloggy-sphere."

To them I bestow the True Heart award!
Accompanied by this fabulous picture of a scrumptious chocolate heart so you'll always know from whence it came! Now here's where I need help. Somebody more tech-savvy than I am please take this image and put the award title words ON IT for me. (Cupcake, this is right up your alley.) It'll make it easier to share and pass around. Thanks!


The first recipients of the True Heart award are:

Theresa at CarmeliteMom

Sarah at More Than Enough

Sandy at God Speaks Today

Cathy at A Bit of the Blarney

Anne at Imprisoned in My Bones

Jillian at HomeschoolMum4Christ

Kate at Momopoly

Sarah at Ora Et Labora

Squelly at The Dreamer's Day

Jennie at Jenerbug

Brooke at Conversations with a Cupcake

Regan at A Place for Everything


My fondest blessings to all of you. I so enjoy visiting your blogs, reading your wit and wisdom, and gleaning all I can from your fantastic pages. Please do share this new award with more wonderful folks -- it would warm my chocolate heart!

Chocolate blessings,



Praise!

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"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Psalm 103:11-12


Time for Praises again! It's been a productive week around here and very busy. Slow blogging week for me, though. Sorry about that! I hope everyone's having a great summer so far.

1. Praise God for His mercy and His attention to detail. Nothing escapes His notice. He never forgets us.

2. Praise God for the beauty of this world and giving me eyes to see it.

3. Praise God for the joy of being His child!

4. Praise God for my husband, who this week made the most fabulous pulled-pork meat I've ever tasted! I can't eat enough of this stuff! But I still don't get why they have to call it a pork butt.

5. Praise God for the batch of chocolate chip cookies I made yesterday...sorry, I just can't be humble about it. I make the best darn cookies I've ever had. Nope, I'm sure yours are delicious, but mine RULE. (wink)


6. Praise God for having a home to retreat to, and be comfortable in, and be safe in. And cool in now that it's hotter than blazes outside!

7. One more today... I have to thank God for chocolate! Always chocolate! Forever chocolate! Forget Love... I'd rather fall in CHOCOLATE! (LOL!)


Blessed Sunday to y'all! Stay in His capable hands this week, and share your Praises! Leave me a comment so I can come read your Praises!

Blessings,

22 June 2009

Sign Up to Pray!



Here's our chance to put our prayers into action for the sake of LIFE.

Click on THIS LINK.

Sign up to pray for a specific, Pro-Abortion, Catholic politician each day for the next week, and then another week, and then another...

This is a fabulous campaign.

Let's add the weight of our prayers, and plead for the soul of our nation, and the lives of the unborn. These folks are not outside the reach of God. They CAN be converted through prayer.

And though he's not Catholic, I'm including President Obama in this prayer effort as well.




If for some reason the link above doesn't work, go to: onenationundergod.org and you'll see on their home page where to click to sign up for this prayer campaign.

Blessings,

21 June 2009

Praise!

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"As a Father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." Psalm 103:13


Happy Father's Day Praises to all of you!

1. Praise God for...Himself. The Everlasting Father.

2. Praise God for all the men who live up to their responsibilities and take care of their families.

3. Praise God for my own loving father, and my husband, who is a loving father to our children.

4. Praise God for a totally awesome day with my family yesterday. A little grocery shopping, lots of fun at the pool, followed by ice cream, followed by nap time, followed by Wii games, and laziness together.

5. Praise God for baby girl kisses. Mmmmm! The sweetest sugar...

6. Praise God for air conditioning on hot days! OH, Thank You, Lord!

7. Praise God that chocolate comes in so many forms: brownies, cookies, cake, ice cream... and that today I will have multiple forms and not allow myself to feel guilty about it.


Your turn! Link up and share your Praises! 'Tis a glorious week to give Praise to our Heavenly Father for all His blessings. I hope you have an outstanding week ahead, and may the peace of the Lord be with you.

Blessings,

19 June 2009

Father

"But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20


That just might be my favorite verse in all of Scripture. It reveals the heart of God to me in a way that brings me to my knees in gratitude and awe. It gives me courage to return to my Father, time after time, without fear of rejection. It cuts right to my soul with the wonder of God’s abiding love.


See him. The prodigal’s father is not indifferent to his son’s absence. He hasn’t written him off in anger or disapproval. No, the image that comes to my mind is one of a sad and tearful parent, praying and pleading for the safe return of a beloved child. A father pacing the floor, staying up all night wondering and worrying, willing to give anything, to do anything, to have his child back in his arms.


“But while he was still a long way off…” Do you know what that means? The Father was actively looking for this wayward son, constantly searching as far down the road as he could see, hoping desperately to catch a glimpse of him. He wanted nothing more than to see him coming down the road, returning home. He was so anxious to have him back; he spent every moment out looking…


And when he caught sight of him, he could not wait for his son to reach the front door – he had to run out to meet him! Nothing else mattered except finally having his lost son back in his embrace. He’s not playing dumb – He knows quite well the many sins the son has committed, but his heart is full of compassion and love for him. The son is hungry and beaten down and ashamed, and expecting a sound lashing. He expects to be disowned. He knows he has sinned and does not deserve his father’s forgiveness. He comes home with his head bowed down and braces for the worst.


He receives the unimaginable. His father is so giddy with joy and relief he can barely get the words out fast enough. “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:22-24


“But, Father, wait… how can you say this when you know what I’ve done to you? I don’t deserve to be called your son…”



Child, don’t you know how I’ve longed for you since you’ve been gone? Don’t you realize how my heart has broken? Do you not know the sadness I have endured? How is it you do not understand how much I love you? There is nothing I wouldn’t give – indeed, there is nothing I have not already given. You are my child, now and forever, and my heart’s passion is for you. Whatever you have done is forgiven. Come home. Live with me again. I cannot bear to lose you.”


This is the Father’s heart for each one of us. This is His heart for each child who has gone astray, who has rejected Him, who has refused His love. He sits – on the front porch if you will – waiting, watching, and longing… longing to see the prodigal from far off, walking down the road toward home. That first step on our part sends Him running! Running out to meet us with arms outstretched, tears of joy streaming down His face. “You’re home! You’re alive! I’ve missed you so!”



This is His heart for each of us every time we fail. For every misstep, every selfish choice, every act of willful disobedience, He wants to run to us with compassion and embrace us again in His love. Our humble confession, “Father, I have sinned against you,” causes Him to rejoice and celebrate! In my mind’s eye I see Him pick me right up off my feet and swing me around in His arms, laughing out loud and squeezing me tight – just the way a Daddy does with a young child He loves.



It’s an image that makes me want to run to Him over and over and over, and causes me such merciful grief when I know I have fallen. It strengthens my resolve to turn away from sin and follow Him faithfully, for how can I not be overcome with gratitude? How can I possibly refuse to return such amazing love? I must do all I can to love and serve Him, though I know I will fail, and when I do, I’ll get up and start walking toward home. I know Who’s there, eager to scoop me up.


How great is His love for us, and how broken is His heart when we wander off and reject Him. Yet we must never forget that He waits for us, and searches for us, and sees us while we are still a long way off. He runs to us filled with compassion, eager to forgive and be reunited. Be not afraid to make that walk home… it is a short road for the Father rushes out to meet you, and all of heaven rejoices! (Luke 15:7)



To all the loving fathers, especially my own, who show us our Heavenly Father’s love in the flesh, thank you. Happy Father’s Day to you and to all the faithful priests and bishops who show us the Father’s love through their lives poured out for us. Bless you and Thank you!



18 June 2009

That We May Be One

Tonight I listened to a fabulous talk given by one of the most amazing Christians I've ever known, Deacon Keith Fournier. I still can't believe God saw fit to even cross my path with his and allow me to meet him. The blessing is all mine, I assure you.

But tonight... we were discussing ecumenism, and the call each and every Christian has to pray for unity among the body of Christ on earth. We should all be about the business of authentic ecumenism. We have much to learn from each other, and Catholics need to be engaging in conversations with Christians from other communities, listening to them, working with them every chance we get, and sharing all that we have in common.

Yes, it is important that we never water-down our own faith, our doctrines, or compromise the things we hold dear as Catholics. But as the good Deacon is constantly reminding us, our belief that the fullness of Christian truth is revealed and contained in the Catholic church should never make us haughty... it should make us humble. We have been given an unspeakable treasure.

"To whom much is given, much more will be required." Luke 12:48

My mind is swirling with the possibilities of what one, holy, apostolic, UNITED church might be like! How beautiful, how diverse, how rich, how multi-dimensional it will be. And it WILL be...Jesus' prayer will be answered. (John 17:20-23) The day will come when the Christian body on earth will be ONE. We must pray for it, and work for it, and be part of it.



Oh, for the day when our sad divisions will cease, and we will worship Christ together as one.

I truly cherish my Christian friends from other communities, and what I learn from them is invaluable. They enrich my walk with Jesus, and they inspire me. I truly hope that they are blessed by my life as well.

I have learned from them an infectious love and hunger for Scripture. I've been reminded by them that I must nurture my personal relationship with Jesus, and invite the Holy Spirit's guidance in my life. I have been amazed by their commitment to the Great Commission, to go and make disciples of all nations. I see in them the fruits of a passionate love for Jesus. A sold-out, no-holds-barred love for Jesus.

I hope when they look at me they see the same. My Jesus, I love You and only You!

I hope my life breaks down some of the barriers between us, and gently sweeps away some of the misconceptions. And I hope I can invite them to share the rich traditions that add such depth and beauty to my faith, like ~ a holy devotion to our Blessed Mother, and the communion of saints who have gone before us ~ the feast days that help teach us many important truths of our Christian faith ~ the many beautiful prayers we have ~ the sacraments through which God's grace flows into our lives ~ and most of all, the Body and Blood that feeds us.

When the blessed day comes, and the body of Christ is united, when we are ONE, I think the resulting Church will be something I've never even imagined before. When all the unique gifts and attributes are put together and woven into one tapestry, well, can you even dream of how glorious it will be?!?

Oh Lord, hasten the day when we will be as one again... soon!

Blessings,

17 June 2009

Pro-lifers Threatened

From Jill Stanek's blog today comes a very disturbing story. Since Tiller's murder, both she and Fr. Frank Pavone, among others, have been receiving credible death threats and are under armed protection whenever they leave their homes. Both have received numerous threats to kill them at church.

I suppose we should at least be thankful that the authorities are taking the threats seriously and providing them with protection.

And I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. Violence breeds more violence. This is only the natural fruit of the abortion tree.

I never heard Jill, or Fr. Frank, or any other Pro-Life leader applaud the murder of George Tiller. All of them were quick to condemn it and to say in clear language that murder is wrong, and the Pro-Life movement does not condone murder. Period. This was the action of a single individual who is clearly mentally ill.

Yet now the hatred being spewed upon Jill and Fr. Frank is vicious, and their lives are in real danger because they courageously defend the unborn.

What a proud day in America...people are threatened with death
for daring to try to defend a child.


I fear the days are quickly approaching when our faith may once again cost us our lives. Are we ready?

Please remember to pray for Jill and Fr. Frank. We must implore St. Michael's protection for them.

16 June 2009

Hot Air

I just saw this on Fr. Farfaglia's site, and I had to share it. It was just too good to pass up.



A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."


The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude. "She rolled her eyes and said,


"You must be a Republican." "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."


The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat.."


"I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"


"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

14 June 2009

I Got Tagged...

My fellow Jennie tagged me, so here goes...


The tag says you're supposed to list 8 things for each, but I'm not sure I can do 8 things, so I may just list three or so.


3 Things I Am Looking Forward To:


Winter! I loathe summer. The heat makes me very cranky. And I really hate all the bugs.


10th wedding anniversary in August. Hard to believe 10 years have gone by already.


My time in Michigan next month visiting my parents and my sister!



3 Things I Did Yesterday ...


Watched daughter #2 dance in her first recital. It was quite adorable, and she did a wonderful job.


Stayed up way too late watching frivolous television...


Had Popeye's chicken for the first time. There won't be a second time.


3 Things I Wish I Could Do...


SING! Oh, you just don't know how much I wish I could sing...in my dreams I am the female version of Josh Groban.


Ride horses. Own horses.


Play the piano. Really well.


3 Shows I Watch... Don't Judge Me....


House

Grey's Anatomy

Army Wives (big surprise there)


8 Favorite Fruits... NOT From Cans....


Apples, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, oranges, bananas, cantaloupe, watermelon


6 Places I Would Like To Travel...


Italy

Victoria, B.C.

Maine

Austria

Ireland

Alaska


7 Places I Have Lived...


Michigan

California

Arizona

Texas

Kansas

Kentucky

Oregon


4 People I Have Tagged.....


Carmelitemom

Imprisoned in my bones

Musings of a Catholic Mom

More than Enough


Ladies, I have no idea whether you've already been tagged for this, and if you have, pardon me!


Okay, you're it!

Praise!

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"For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him." John 6:56


A blessed feast of Corpus Christi to all of you!

I'm sure many of us are of one mind and heart this weekend, and we all give God praise and thanksgiving for His precious Body and Blood.

1. Praise God for leaving us a way to touch Him, taste Him, feel Him, and hold Him in our hands. It is amazing... our God longs to be so close to us, He gives Himself to us in such an approachable, tangible way.

2. Praise God for the blessing of being called His daughter, for knowing Him the way I do, for longing to know Him more.

3. Praise God for my sweet, loving and devoted husband. (And some time alone with him!)

4. Praise God for my crazy, adorable, energetic, and silly kiddos!

5. Praise God for rainy days and thunderstorms. I love the feel of rainy days.

6. Praise God for peach wine.... Mmmmm! I have a bottle in the fridge with my name all over it!

7. Praise God for the delight of dark chocolate melting in my mouth, and how wonderfully it pairs with the wine!


Blessed day to you all! Praise God for who He is, for all He does, and for how He loves us!

12 June 2009

Beware the New "Compassion"


I sense a growing weariness among Christians in the fierce cultural battles currently being waged, such as abortion and gay “marriage.” Does it seem like life would be so much easier if we stopped making a big deal about things and just let people do what they wanted? Live and let live, right? Isn’t that the compassionate attitude?


The accusation goes like this: if you dare to call something wrong or immoral, or if you insist that some things are inherently good and others are inherently evil and therefore should not be allowed, then you are being exclusive and insensitive, judgmental and without compassion. If you have the temerity to actually call something a sin, well, that’s the new capital offense.


With regard to the most serious moral and social issues of our day, those with an anti-Christian agenda are trying to redefine compassion -- they equate compassion with tolerance and acceptance, and it just ain’t so.


Beware the new “compassion.”


The new “compassion” says that we must include and accept everyone, regardless of their opinions or lifestyles or beliefs or choices. We should simply agree to disagree, and stop being so critical. After all, doesn’t Jesus welcome everyone with open arms?


It sounds good. It sounds kind and sympathetic. It sounds loving, even. It sounds pretty convincing. But I’m not convinced...


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07 June 2009

Babies

I think I have the Baby lust...


I have had so many moments lately of feeling sad that I could be done having babies... I might not have any more...and not knowing whether I should be done or not.

Now don't gasp and yell at me about "being done." Yes, I'm open to life and whatever God wants to give us, and no, I'm not contracepting. That said, it's complicated, and another baby would involve a conscious decision on our parts and some preparation, so in that respect there's no room for the element of surprise.

I've got some health issues, and medication issues, and pregnancy complication issues, and that makes it a little, well, complicated. You have no idea how much I wish I would get some handwriting on the wall: "Jen, it's DAD. I have another one for you." Or, "Jen, it's DAD. Stay on your meds... no more babies."

But it doesn't work that way. Which means we wonder, and we pray, and we get all misty-eyed thinking that we might not have any more tiny fingers to count.

My youngest, my baby, just looks so... BIG. She's so TALL now and she doesn't look like a baby anymore. And I'm sad. What will I do without a little baby to snuggle?

I miss the smell of a newborn's head. I miss the feeling of a soft, warm, tiny baby curled up in my arm asleep.

I'm starting to feel kinda old.

Things like this just aren't easy to figure out. All we can do is pray for wisdom and walk by faith. And count my three blessings sleeping upstairs, and dream of the one we never got to meet.

Children are, indeed, an inheritance from the Lord. I don't want to miss out on anyone He's got planned... Lord, have Your way, and give us understanding.

Gonna give my girls another kiss on their sleepy heads.

Blessings,

Praise!

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"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth." Psalm 57:5


As I write this, the sky is covered over in grey and black clouds, the ground is soaked from the rain we've gotten... and I love it. I love days like this. I find them peaceful and calming. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny again... bummer.

1. Praise God for the end of the school year, the beginning of summer, and three giggly girls who are already complaining that they're bored!

2. Praise God for the rain and the clouds.

3. Praise God for the squirrels sitting on my patio table eating from a bowl of nuts my three giggly girls put out. We sit at our table and watch the squirrels while we eat dinner...

4. Praise God for my wonderful husband who has been in the kitchen all day baking bread for tonight's homemade beef stew... he's awesome.

5. Praise God for a lazy day with nowhere to go, no errands to run, no traffic to endure. Just my family, flopped on the couch watching a Best Beef Burger Challenge and coloring pictures.

6. Praise God for the roof over my head, the food on my table, the clean clothes on my back, and the people I love right beside me.

7. Praise God for the wine I'll have with dinner, and for the chocolate brownies I'm going to make for dessert. Mmmmmm...


A simple list for me this week... how about you? Thanks for sharing your Praises with me. May they all be a sweet sound in our Father's ear.

Have a blessed week ahead everyone!

05 June 2009

The Winner!

Sorry for the late announcement... been a very crazy, unexpected kind of day!


Put all your names in a bucket, and my dear hubby drew one out.

And the winner is...









Angoraknitter!! Congratulations! Your signed copy will be on its way soon!

I encourage all of you to stop by David's website and order a copy for yourselves. This is good news that all informed Catholics should have. We need to understand what is really happening in our Church, and this book tells a story you might never hear anywhere else.

Thanks for all the wonderful, positive comments y'all left.

Come back on Sunday for Praise!

Blessings,

03 June 2009

More Thoughts Today...



Another day goes by, and more silence from our Commander-in-Chief.




I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Private William Long, murdered in Arkansas by a Muslim jihadist. I pray the God of all comfort, and our Blessed Mother will surround you and bring you peace. I'm very sorry our President doesn't have the decency to publicly condemn, or even publicly acknowledge your son's murder. You all deserve better. As do the families of those wounded by this lunatic.


Obama insists that America is not a Christian nation, and now he says the U.S. is one of the "largest Muslim countries in the world." Will we remain passively silent while our nation turns its back on the Living God in whom we have our freedom and our very lives? Christians in America are growing timid in the face of cultural resistance, and if we do not gather our courage and speak out, we will soon be silenced altogether.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." That is not our opinion, it is a statement of fact from the mouth of God.

I have never before been so urged to pray for my country. We who know the power of prayer, if we love our country at all, we must beg the Lord's mercy on the USA. Our sin as a nation grows bolder and deeper, and our willingness to defend the truth of Christ seems to grow weaker. It grieves my heart. It makes me feel sick at the thought of what my children are inheriting.

Our weapons of defense are the same as they've always been: our prayers. The Rosary, our chaplets, our novenas, Adoration, and the Mass. Please, dear friends, pray for our country and our leaders. Pray for their conversion and commitment to LIFE. Pray that people's hearts will be humbled and changed.

Then our Father who loves us will hear and save us...

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14




Blessings,

02 June 2009

Today's thoughts

First, I actually do pray that George Tiller has found God's mercy. It would only be a further tragedy if he is lost forever. Honestly, I found the man utterly revolting, yet the bottom line is he was still a soul that Christ died for and dearly loved. And I truly do hope that his soul finds peace, and his family receives comfort. I have yet to read or hear a single Pro-Life person say any different. No one is celebrating his demise, despite what the pro-abortion media says.

We who are Pro-Life cannot retreat or grow quiet in the face of his death. The nonsense and garbage being slung our way is only going to get worse for a while, and we have to continue to call abortion what it really is: the premeditated murder of an innocent human being. It's cruel and depraved, and it is evil. Now is not the time to grow timid in our defense of LIFE. Be strong and take courage, and pray.


Second, why isn't anyone in the MSM pointing out the odd silence from the White House regarding the murder of an American soldier at a recruiting station? Where's the outrage from our President that one of our troops was killed at home by a real extremist? Is it because he's Muslim? Political correctness, anyone? What a lousy Commander in Chief. It's beyond insulting.


Now on a lighter note, don't forget to enter the giveaway for The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism. I'm drawing the winner's name on Friday! Leave me a comment on the giveaway post to enter!

And finally, vote for me in the Catholic New Media awards! Button's over there on the left. Stiff competition, people. STIFF. I'd be hard-pressed to choose a winner myself...so many great blogs!

I leave you with Psalm 37: 7-9

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret -- it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land."

Blessings,

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