Sunday, April 28, 2013

What is a Mother?

Peter Pan' lost boys asked this of Wendy in the famous Disney version of Peter Pan. But it is not a bad question to consider. In my pursuit to become a better wife and mother, I am going to refer to the Church and her beautiful teachings on motherhood and feminity. If it is okay with you, I will use this blog for a while to read and reflect on these writings, hopefully with your comments too.

The letter I am going to read and comment on a letter to women throughout the world written by Pope John Paul II. Take a peek at it and then I will post soon on the beginning! Good reading!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stability

Today I had the honor of sitting awhile to converse with a simple wise priest. I was having a struggle discerning something and sought his perspective. In our discussion he mentioned some helpful points I thought I would share with moms.

He said that the mother is the source of stability in the home. That this is the priority of our vocation and we are given this role by God. It is a gift and one that is very serious for family life. Motherhood is being downgraded and even nearly eliminated from the social vocabulary,  but it is a vocation that cannot be described in words because it holds a dimension that is beyond words.

I left that discussion with a clear focus on what I am all about. I am Mom. And my children rely on me to live that vocation for their sakes in the present and in their futures.

The priest also said one more point that I think we would all benefit from. He said this: when at Mass and listening to the homily, the words spoken are meant for you at this moment in your life particularly and specifically in living out your first vocation more fully. The homily message is not pointing to do this or that in the future. It is speaking to enlighten you in how to live your vocation today, right now in the present.

Too many voices, rather all the voices, in our society point moms away from surrendering their lives to the complete service of their families. I ask for your prayers and I will say a prayer for you that we each persevere in living our vocations as Mother and be the stability God intends us to be for our families.

Lastly, father said: Our Blessed Mother is the stability of the whole Church family. This is worthy of meditation.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gratitude above all else

"...near the place they had eaten the bread when The Lord gave thanks..." found in John 6:22-29

"When The Lord gave thanks." Giving thanks ushers in life. Christ gave thanks first before the feeding of the 5000, he gave thanks before giving the disciples His body and blood at the last supper.
Thanks must come first if we are to receive the graces and life of Christ.

I recall a time in my life when I had been in constant misery. I was like a broken record, the same sadness daily. Then I read something, and it occurred to me that I had not been thanking God for anything, just complaining and begging. So I forced myself to my knees and started to thank him for the littlest pitiful things just because I couldn't think of anything. Soon, I was thanking him for my life with its difficulties. I began to change from deep inside...life began again.

One miraculous thanks we should give is that we are invited and able to receive the very bread of life in the Holy Eucharist. To have a body and soul that can receive eternity in the form of the Son of God is amazing! So next time Life itself is presented to you to receive Him...thank Him for the ability to receive and (in the thoughts of St. John of the Cross,) 'to receive Him with all your being!'

"When I started counting my blessings,
My whole life turned around."
Willie Nelson 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Alleluia! Smile! (Reposted due to error on page)


Christians can never be sad, for they have met Christ, who gave his life for them."
-Benedict XVI 

Life. I have come to know from my depths that the life Christ gives us is a substance in itself that is not found nor created anywhere nor by anyone else in this world.
No. The Life Jesus gives is Real, is Substantial, is Full, is clearly not of ourself. He is the Gift and Source of Life for all who follow Him.
I thank God today for Christ's Passion and Death and  for His Resurrection. Because of this Free Gift to us all, He freed me from the agony of my earthly sufferings; 
and with hope I look forward to His Life freeing me for eternity from all sin and death.
May He give us each the Grace to Know Him, Live for and with Him, and never forget His kindness all our days so w may Serve Him in each other.
We are one Body in Christ!
Alleluia!

Grasping for Something to Cling To

"Though he was in the form of God,  Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather, he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate."    Philippians 2:6-7

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. It was moved this year because of Holy Week. This Bible verse struck me this morning and made me want to share. Why? We all at times seem like we are reaching out to God, but end up feeling empty. So we start grasping at all kinds of "spiritual activities and deeds" thinking we are working in union with God. We will include him in certain days of the week, or pencil him in for this activity or that, but do we totally give our whole self up? I never took this verse in this manner before, but it hit a perfect cord today. He wants ALL, no exceptions.

I will try to explain: God does not want us to "fit" him into our lives by picking and choosing various activities that are religious. This becomes fulfilling a mere duty and usually empty action. No, he wants us to empty ourselves and take the form of slaves. Like the Blessed Mother did, and like Jesus did in giving up his whole self to become human. So, if you desire God, if you want him in your life....give up to him your whole life without any stipulations. Stop grasping for him here and there, this is not union, rather give up yourself and serve him whole and entire.

To Jesus through Mary, Amen!
You pray for me, I pray for you, that we live holy lives by emptying ourselves for God.