Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cultural Mess

Some words to ponder from Matthew Kelly (Our Lives Change When Our Habits Change)

*just documenting for my own recollection :)

We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers.
We spend more but have less.
We buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families,
more conveniences but less time.
We have more degrees but less common sense,
more knowledge and less judgement.
More experts but more problems.
More medicine but less wellness.
We drink too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry too quickly.
Stay up too late, get up too tired.
Read too seldom, watch tv too much and pray too little.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
Learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life but not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbors.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul.
Write more but learn less
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We have higher incomes but lower morals.
More food but less appeasement.
More acquaintances but fewer friends
These are the times of world peace but domestic warfare
More leisure and less fun.
More kinds of food and less nutrition
These are the days of 2 incomes but more divorce.
Busier houses but broken homes.
These are the days  of quick trips, throw away bodies, one night stands and quick pills that do everything to quiet, cheer, to kill....

Truth in those word, yet I still cling to much HOPE!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

7 Quicks (V2)

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Top 7 resources that helped my cradle catholic self (that knew very little about my faith ) come full circle!!

1.)  Lighthouse Catholic Media:
I randomly (hmmm, holy spirit much?) came across a Lighthouse CD that was in my dads office. The cd was just enough for me to dig deeper into more titles and speakers that were available.  I signed up for the cd of the month and purchased quite a few more titles. Today I count these as some of the greatest learning tools available. (As well as sanity savers of the plenty of hours in the kitchen and laundry room)!

2.)  Books!
Ummm, you should see my amazon wish list!  I am too cheap frugal to  buy books but whenever I come across a book I want to read I put it on my amazon "wish list" and then either save up my swagbucks, use or inter library loan to get them to devour read. It's funny because I would of never considered myself a "reader" before.  I guess I just never found a subject matter that held my attention.  I am certainly a "reader" now Maybe not quite a bibliophile like Brandon Vogt, but a definite, interested reader!

3.) Relevant Radio
Even though I don't usually get to listen at the times I would like to, Relevant Radio has played a  great part in increasing my knowledge of the faith.  I love to listen to it in the car in the many trips back and forth to drop off/pick up the kids at school or on my ipad as I'm working around the house.  Hey, they even just created an app for the andorid and I phones. 

4.) Blogs:
I kid that blogs are to our generations what soap operas were to my moms generation. Except in my case, faith filled, encouraging, inspiring and REAL.  I have loved reading the blogs and learning so many things through all the wise and wonderful women and men!  I celebrate, laugh, cry, learn and become addicted to you all.  What a community of bloggers!

5.) Facebook
I was one of the people who never wanted to get on facebook.  I knew that it would be a thief of joy for me and a tool to compare how cool and prosperous everyone else's life was!  How wrong I was. I absolutely love facebook.  Instead of the negative, I get to see and read so many things that I would not of known about.  Things like funny memes, relevant blog posts, cool you tube clips and I get to see what all the Catholic leaders that I admire are up to. So thanks to all my "friends" that have an open facebook page! (When I say friends, I mean the people who don't know I exist and whom I continue to stalk follow)

6.) Faithful
As an adult, I have realized that many, many of those I know, associate with, went to school with are just like me.  Disengaged in matters of faith and have been through a myriad of Catholic "tiers"; fallen-away, cultural, dissenting and finally, faithful. I have met some faithful in my recent encounters in real life and in blog-land.  I have tried to amend my ways to count myself as among them.  Truly, so holy and humble folks.  What great people we have to look up to.

7.)  Devotion
This is certainly not the least of importance, but honestly, it did come last for me. My heart was transformed and then my ways.  Isn't that the way it works?  I can not imagine my life with out the comforting, peaceful fruit of prayer.  My prayer life has shaped over the past few years into something that I know is as essential as air.  Things like daily rosary, weekly adoration, monthly confession, Saturday chaplet, Sunday mass and Eucharist or any of the combination or none depending on the day.  Strength and answers lie in these! 

So, So thankful for these resources(and many more).  What St. Augustine said was as true for me as others:
"our heart is restless until it rests in you" 

Always remember to visit Jen for all the great takes!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Life's motto saved me today!

"None of us can do anything great on our own, but we can all do a small thing with great love."
-Mother Theresa

The day was filled with the very mundane.  I was not up for it. I was up for staying put. I could of rationalized and made a whole litany of excuses to do just that. But then, that phrase that I have deemed my whole life's motto, saved me.  I literally thought it in my head and it helped me push in to high gear.  (except in this case it wasn't "a" small thing, it was 8,000 small things) We all know the world would not of noticed if I ignored my responsibilities, but my family would of.  So I did all the mundane tasks that lay ahead for me for the day. I even did it with a cheerful heart certainly not because of me, but because I really can do small things with great love.  I just need a reminder every now and again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mass Journal: Week 1

A few weeks ago when I went to the Dynamic Catholic event, Matthew Kelly encouraged us to "take notes" at mass.  He is so sure this is a spiritual game changer that a mass journal was included in the price of the ticket.  This week was the first week I went to mass armed with my journal. 

I was unsure if I was going to be writing anything or not. I prayed and listened and guess what?  The holy spirit whispered.  You know how I knew it was what I was supposed to write down?  Cause I didn't like it! I wanted something more concrete.  An answer to some worries.  I got something I needed more.  Darn, maybe there will be something to this mass journal thing!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mother tip (1)!

When you notice a missing sippy cup....go and FIND it.  Why? Because it is most likely under the couch, under a seat in the car, under a bed, behind a bookcase, or in the basement somewhere.  Let me share, you will eventually find it, but it sure won't look pretty nor will it smell pretty.  Yuk! No need to post a picture now, is there?

Your welcome for the most helpful tips!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It HAS to Happen.

What is IT?  Well, I'm going to jump on the whole foods eating thing.  I'm not really trying the whole30, but kind of.  Make sense? 

I got so sick in the month of January.  3 illnesses right in a row.  I started feeling anxiety and some serious blues.  I didn't feel good.  I felt tired and irritable and cranky.  I was very stressed.  I have to do something and this is what I am trying.  Paleo eating.  Meat and veggies some fruit, nuts and seeds.  It is hard and I do ok, but I am not totally rocking it like I should.  I'm pushing forward though because it has to happen.  I have to feel better. So I am reading a lot.  This time it is on whole foods diet.  I have mostly taken grains and dairy out of my diet, but will probably put them back in after 30 days.  I'm working on trying to get healthy.  I'm working.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Parenting Woes

Lets not rehash how hard of a time I am having with disciplining a very hard temperament.  Lets not get in to all the reasons I did not think this would be my issue in parenting because I've invested so much time and energy into "learning" all the tricks and advice any expert has ready to offer. Nah, lets skip over all that and talk about a bit of encouragement from today from:

Saint John Bosco

He insisted that hard to handle kids (he was a teacher among the hardest to teach) learned from encouragement.  That motherhood teaching is a joyous self-sacrifice and it is inevitably part of our profession.  Yes, it is.  Let me attest to that!

We will sacrifice in many areas...they include unrelenting high standards. Huh, I need to let things go?  He advised to listen carefully, be unhurried and very attentive. Huh, I need to focus on my primary job? This is hard for me. Do I need to hear this. Yes. My kiddo needs an incredible amount of attention.

He agreed that we as mothers (teachers) would need to expend a great deal of energy. It is necessary, (even when we are tired).  BUT there is a reason for all of our sacrifice. Tell me...tell me.

 It is the very reason we birthed these little people in the first place.  The salvation of these little souls.  So yes...our work comes with great sacrifice AND possibility for miracles.

St. John Bosco, Pray for us!