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So here are ten tips from Pope John XXIII about how to live a better life, day to day:1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.2. Only for today, I will take the…Continue
Lately, I noticed that the majority of the products we buy are tested on innocent animals: rabbits, rats and some other. I contacted the mall in my city and suggested to them to implement a store that sells CRUELTY-FREE Products.An internet search…Continue
Does your parish have Adoration? Is it well attended? It seems to me that unless the pastor supports it, the devotion will not do well. My parish tried it about fifteen years ago. We had it every Friday from 9-5. It was like pulling teeth to…Continue
The United Nations, in 2012, set aside the 21st day of the 3rd month to recognize and celebrate all who identify with Trisomy 21, better known as Downs Syndrome.
Having a granddaughter who is identified with Downs has made our family not only more special than it already is, but more aware. Many people, when Teagen was born, said those identified with Downs identify closer to God's angels than with God's people on Earth. They do not harbor ill feelings towards anyone, unlike most. They do not feel jealousy, unlike most. They do not see evil in the world, unlike most.
Their guiding principle is one of fairness, gentleness, love, laughter, and peace. Would not the world be better off with more who identify with Downs than without? I…Continue
Breathe in deeply.
Over the last six weeks, what with pneumonia, then bronchitis, and menstrual flow for 22 days (and counting) I’ve been struggling. Being as small as I am (58 pounds) with a twisted torso from scoliosis and weakened respiratory muscles – oh, and that wh*** spinal-muscular-atrophy-never-walked-can’t-move-my-arms-anymore thing – everything is just harder. I thank God for the improvements, truly, deeply, and pray that no more difficulties may come – all the while knowing that there are so many people out there who have it so much worse.
And I’ve been thinking… Through the choking on mucus, pain and bleeding, shortness of breath… Don’t I believe in God’s will? I have prayed that only God’s Positive, Perfect, Holy, Ordained…Continue
I really cannot caption what the last few years have been like.
I worked in three jobs in two different fields in the past three years and left all of them. I went back to school, and am nearly finished, about to enter a now-uncertain industry.
My younger daughter had a major health crisis, which led to my pulling her out of traditional brick/mortar school and enrolling her in an online homeschool (working very well for her). That led to me quitting my job and staying home with her to manage her homeschooling, which had the ripple effect of other life changes. (Who becomes a stay-at-home mom to a middle-schooler and a high school senior? No one. It's depressing and unheard of. Unless your middler schooler has special needs and then it's even more isolating.)
My older daughter is a graduating high school senior and is preparing for college and trying to job-hunt in a job market designed for older people working 60 hour weeks.
I'm in my mid-40s and life…Continue
“Commit your life to the Lord, and He will help you” is a favorite refrain of mine, one of His many promises to us. For many though the question is not so much ‘will I commit’, but ‘how can I commit’?
It is difficult in today’s world to commit one’s life to the Lord. Most have family obligations, work obligations, health issues, children/grandchildren issues. And lest we forget any of these obligations, technology bombards our ears and eyes with beeps, blinks, chimes and even shouts out, as is the case with our new home’s fire alarm, “Evacuate, evacuate, alert alert, evacuate!”.
We are actually being Techno-scolded constantly by inanimate objects demanding our attention. And, the noise is deafening!
How many of us become so busy we forget food placed in the microwave and only remember when the DONE beep continues on and on and on? Or the refrigerator’s chimes when the doors are open too long. This is very irritating when you…Continue