Meet & Greet,from the blogger

thought it might be a good time to introduce ourselves to each other.

So here goes nothing on this end:

  • female
  • almost a sr citizen,grandmother of 2,one Navy guy and one step son
  • BAPTIZED Catholic
  • married
  • pro life
  • one fantastic brother

I have meniere’s which can be very miserable(we won’t go there). It is life changing but not life threatening.

I am a baptized Catholic.Always Catholic? We had a word back when for people who didn’t practice their faith. LAPSED. Did i leave the Church for a non Catholic denomination? No.Try hedonism. I thought “fun” was the way to go.It’s called seeking pleasure for a reason. It can’t be satisfied. There is no end to the seeking. All you can do is seek.

How could this happen? I was baptized Catholic. Attended Catholic school. Had great parents and they were devout Catholics. I attribute it first to the sin of Pride. I am convinced all sin begins there. Immaturity didn’t help. There were a number of reasons-or to be more honest faults of my own- but it all began with pride. Unfortunately when you are this self centered and your life goal is to have fun there is not a lot of room in your life for the people God has entrusted to you. It’s not that you don’t care at all but they become little corners for the frame of your life.It’s ALL about you.That’s exactly where i was.So when someone defends moral relativism by saying it hurts no one they don’t fool me. Behavior has consequences.

Now the question is; what to attribute the return to the Catholic Church to? God’s grace and mercy.That answer is not difficult at all.I came back before the scandals broke and people might ask, didn’t the scandals shake you faith? Not at all. Priests sin.The Bishops sin.Even the Pope sins. We pray at Mass with the priest,”Look not on our sins,but on the faith of your Church…” Now that I’m back i make a point of knowing what the Church teaches.I am trying to deepen my prayer life. It’s not the same as that first aha moment and sometimes I don’t feel very close to God. It’s a good thing it’s not based on feelings.It’s based on TRUST. He’s God. I’m not.God is always very close.As close as we’ll let Him be. I didn’t get a set of wings and a halo. Sometimes there are difficulties piled upon difficulties and I want to run from these crosses. We want to follow Christ but we can be reluctant to pick up the cross and follow Him.It is my greatest weakness.Remember i was the person who believed it was all about fun. I also have to keep an eye peeled for pride and self centeredness. I could easily fall into the trap of thinking i am finally where i am supposed to be and start patting myself on the back.

I just hope to remain grateful.

Now if you’re a lapsed Catholic please come home. Feel free to talk about it.Your story doesn’t have to be mine.There are reasons from a-z that people leave the Church.It’s home. Jesus is here. He waits. If you’re a non Catholic THINKING about coming into the Church but there are still obstacles we can talk about them. If you’re even thinking of leaving the Church please get in touch. I would be glad to spend some time listening to your concerns-but hold off for now. If you want to know why I’m Catholic and will remain Catholic just ask. It’s going to take some time. I run into anti Catholics who will often use the scandals to attack the Church.Please if you’re one of these I am not going to get into a battle on the matter. I can present the facts. I won’t run from them but i don’t like the feeling i get from some that it’s not really concern for the victims at all. It’s more about taking down the Church. I know this.Jesus died to redeem the WHOLE world.
Now feel free to introduce yourself. 🙂

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Today, I am breathing….

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Abba IsaiasToday is Monday…in so many senses of the word!  First of all, our boiler, which provides us our heat, sprung a leak all over the garage last night.  So my husband, being judicious, shut off all the hot water to the house.  All the hot water.  This morning, the plumber told us he was on his way…that was at least two hours ago.  In the meantime, it rained all night long, and is still raining.  It is pretty dark outside.  They are laying all new electrical lines through our area and actually putting in sidewalks and streetlights (we live out of town).  This morning they “accidentally” cut our power.  Yay.  No hot water, no heat in the house, no sunshine, and now, no electricity.  On top of that, I had been trying to contact my retirement board from my former governmental employer – need I say more? Customer service is…

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The Pope’s Friend Mary | CatholicVote.org

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The Pope’s Friend Mary

My wife just consecrated herself to Mary today (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book) , and I’m preparing to do the same (on Sept. 8, along with Benedictine College).

A good part of the inspiration for doing so is Pope Francis, a man of deep Marian piety. Let me count the ways he is a friend of Mary …