Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lent 2020: Days 10 & 11


"STATIONS"

"God does not want you to fail." from Come Walk: A Teen Guide to Stations of the Cross


"REFLECTION"


Thought for the Day:

What keeps me from the Truth? A desire for comfort? For money? For beauty? Do I let pride, anxiety, or a desire for control keep me from God?

And... Remembering that sacrifice, though painful, is a GIFT - a gift to God certainly for our efforts, but also a gift to us as it allows us to draw nearer to God.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Lent 2020: Day 9


"BOOK"

"Every time she did what Jesus wanted her to do instead of what she wanted, she could imagine her sacrifice was like a flower for Jesus." 

I read this to Miss Z's second grade class today. Parents are able to come in to read to the class all month and bring their favorite book. Obviously I could not pick just one favorite book so Miss Z and I decided to pick our favorite book dealing with preparing for First Holy Communion since her class will receive this Easter for the first time. I think the book went over really well. It is written simply, to the point, and was the perfect length for their age. The illustrations mesh beautifully with the words. And though it is a story of a girl who lived a hundred years ago, it is a story that resonates with people of today. All of us can make "little" sacrifices for those we encounter and offer them up to Jesus. What a sweet reminder. You can find the book here, but I encourage you to seek out smaller Catholic printshops if you can afford it.

Thought for the Day:

The Little Black Book gave a kicker today. How do we know if we are following God's plan? How do we know if our sins are covered by justification? Reflect and look closely on the following: time, money, and thoughts.
What am I doing with my time
What am I supporting with my money or what am I buying? 
What am I thinking of throughout the day? What consumes my thoughts?
Take a moment and reflect. You may be surprised at what you discover like I was. It definitely gave me more to work on. Isn't that life's journey of faith though?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lent 2020: Days 6, 7, and 8


"CROSS"


"BIBLE"


"EMBRACE"

"My soul will rest in your embrace." - Hillsong United

Thought for the Day:

Am I truly willing to be the person God wants me to be? That was the item to ponder in the Little Black Book this morning. Often I say "I want to be..." but fall back on habitual sins, which leads me to dig deeper and think, am I really trying to change into who God wants me to be or am I just giving lip service at the point I'm at now? Dig deeper...

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Lent 2020: Day 5


"GLORIOUS"

"Faith is like a bright ray of sun light. It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God." - St. Francis de Sale

Thought for the Day:

I was thinking how appropriate it is that Lent starts as winter wanes and hints of spring show itself. Yes, it may still be cold. Snow may still fall. Yet, the hope of spring awaits. The hope of faith sustains.

(How weird to live in the southern hemisphere for Lent - approaching winter. I wonder what my thoughts would have been if that was my norm?)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Lent 2020: Day 4


* FOLLOW *

"No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Thought for the Day:

Am I doing what God is calling me to do? What is God calling me to? I took a break from homeschooling this year. It was a difficult, but much needed break I believe. My focus for this year was spiritual and physical renewal. The year started rough, but slowly turned that around and it is what I need. How long to stay in this moment? What is next?