After a little sabbatical, I am inspired to put my fingers back on the keyboard to share from my heart. A couple of things have poked me to get back into blog world- a truth or dare type question in a group recently asking if I could do anything and not fail, what would it …
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The Impossible Made Possible
all things are possible… with God
Yesterday was a good day, but it was also bittersweet. We celebrated the life of a man I had only known for about 3 years. But, in those 3 years, he was a huge part of mine and my husband’s life, and he will continue to be for the rest of our days here on this earth.
You see, he was the man at our Celebrate Recovery who was the ‘self-appointed’ greeter to the most broken and lost newcomer. He was the encourager who cared deeply and knew how to genuinely ask how you were doing and to intently listen to your answer. He was that man to my husband from the moment when he approached those doors the first time.
My husband was my ex-husband at that time, and he was turning to Celebrate Recovery because he was very lost, broken, and desperate. “Bud” welcomed him from the first…
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“What could we have done differently?”
I have the same feelings of frustration, fear and even guilt as I have watched my children floundering outside of our faith.
The journey is similar- the lack of thorough education and immersion in our beliefs is all of our faults.
I pray that with the increased availability of online resources (Catholic websites, blogs, EWTN and many catholic radio stations) returning to our beloved Catholic home will happen for our loved ones!
I used to attend a mothers’ group at my former Parish. The mothers’ group met once weekly for a faith study and fellowship. Partway through the year, a seminarian was sent to our Parish to help and learn. While working at our parish, he was ordained deacon and eventually priest. We all felt a sense of motherly pride.
Deacon Matthew used to come and chat with us during mothers’ group. One day we got chatting about my oldest son. Once very involved in the parish’s youth group and reading ministry, he had made a sudden about-face and announced that he did not believe in God. Deacon Matthew listened and asked thoughtfully: “What could we have done differently?” To keep him in the fold, to prevent him from turning away from God and leaving the church.
At the time, caught off guard while bouncing one twin in the sling and the…
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Rear View Recovery
Rear View Recovery.
Thank God it’s Lent
My favorite season is underway. I have decided just this week that my favorite season is Lent and... my favorite holy day is Ash Wednesday. We can talk about my favorite holiday another time. Ash Wednesday? Lent? Really? Really. I heard the readings that day, especially the gospel: Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care …
Speed Bumps Along the 12 Steps
Speed Bumps Along the 12 Steps.
Insomnia Led Me to A Catholic version of a 12 Step Program
Insomnia is a gift sometimes. Last night, thanks to my bout of insomnia I caught a middle of the night talk show discussion on EWTN abut a 12 step program. I was so excited to learn that the Catholic church had an organized approach to helping the hurting, the lost, and the habit consumed …
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12 Steps to a Marriage Recovery Update
12 Steps to a Marriage Recovery Update.
I Didn’t Run Away This Time
lesson learned? it is a work in progress!! amen, I Didn't Run Away This Time.
7 purposes for marriage
Look! Here is a great list of reasons we should support, encourage, and honor marriage as God intended.... well done Steve Cornell 7 purposes for marriage.