Love Wins

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard that the Supreme Court legalized gay “marriage” yesterday. Social media was filled with people celebrating the ruling, using the hashtag #lovewins.

I, like many Christians, believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman and that the legalization of same sex “marriage” is a grave error. However, we Christians should engage and respond to people who disagree with us with respect and, yes, love, in the way St. Paul describes it in the first letter to the Corinthians:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”

This passage is often read at weddings, but, married or not, we are all called to love every.single.person. in this way, the way Christ, the Bridegroom, loves His Bride, the Church. For a person as uncharitable and hard hearted as I am, that’s an extremely tall order. It’s so much easier for me to give a sharp response, to defend myself with ugly words, to hurt the other person as much as they’ve hurt me. In other words, doing the exact opposite of what Christ taught.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, …Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Let’s face it: we aren’t going to win souls for Christ with ugly words. Yes, we absolutely should correct those who are in error; it’s one of the works of mercy! And yes, we are allowed to defend ourselves when attacked. But nothing is accomplished when we heap anger upon anger, vengeance upon persecution. When that happens, the Enemy, the real enemy, has won.

Friends, we are blessed to have the true version of #lovewins: Christ on the Cross. Instead of giving in and letting forth anger, let’s challenge each other to show Christ’s sacrificial love to all our brothers and sisters, to show them that Love does indeed win.

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“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. …I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

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Seven Quick Takes: Flowers in the Bathroom Are A Thing, Right?

1. Hello, all! I hope you had a lovely week. 🙂 Today I went to a library book sale. Yes, my TBR list is frighteningly long, especially when you include the books I’ve checked out from the library, but who can resist 50c paperbacks? Not me, that’s for sure. I never go in with a list; instead, I pick through aaaaaaall the shelves, grab a huge stack of what looks interesting, sort through that stack, realize I’m not a millionaire, weed out some books, and repeat until I have a smallish stack of books I can’t bear to part with. Yes, I usually go to these things alone….why do you ask? 😛

2. What I’m reading:
-“Story of a Soul” is on hold until I burn through some of these new books.
-I started “The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor” and it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite books. She has me laughing out loud every few pages, and I am underlining paragraphs with abandon.

3. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Francis Cardinal George, who died today. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

4. Do any of you watch “The Blacklist”? My mom and I watch it every single week without fail. I may die of suspense before the new episode next week!

5. The carnations were getting a little ragged, so I moved them by the bathroom sink. This week’s flowers: red Gerber daisies!

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6. Speaking of flowers by the bathroom sink: This morning, the shower would NOT turn on. I called the maintenance man, and apparently the knob was stripped on the inside. Easy fix! But as he was going in the bathroom , he said, “Wow, ma’am, I’ve never known anyone who puts fresh flowers by the bathroom sink.”
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……….Really? This is a thing, right? Right?

7. Friday fun: Fr. Roderick made Buzzfeed! I saw the trailer this morning and, yeah, that’s how I felt too. 🙂
Here’s the original video:

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Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

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“I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day, the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. …Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet.”

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“The greater the sinner, the greater his right to God’s mercy.” Saint Faustina

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“Do not be afraid to ask God’s forgiveness! He never tires if forgiving us, like a Father who loves us. God is pure Mercy.” Pope Francis

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“The flames of mercy are burning me. I desire to pour them out upon human souls. Oh, what pain they cause me when the do not want to accept them!” -Jesus to Saint Faustina

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Jesus, I trust in you! Jesús, en ti confío!

7 Quick Takes: Resurrection

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1. Hello, all! Happy Easter!!!!!! How was everyone’s Lent and Easter? My Lent was uneventful; I gave up all social media, and after the first few days, I actually started to enjoy it! It was nice to be away from the torrent of information and to be out of the loop for a while. I’m still getting used to being able to check Facebook/Twitter/Instagram. I did think about this blog a lot, and whether I should delete it or keep going. Writing does not come naturally to me. However, I don’t think I should let go of this little corner of the internet just yet.
Easter was glorious! I stayed in SA for the first time ever and got to experience the entire Triduum at my parish. It. Was. Amazing.

2. What I’m reading these days:
*”Story of a Soul” St. Therese of Lisieux – Is there really ever a bad time to re-read this? NOPE. 🙂
* “Thug Kitchen” – I flipped through this on a recent trip to Barnes & Noble. It’s basically a vegan cookbook, except with things I would actually want to eat. I was mildly interested, but not enough to cough up $30, so imagine my delight when I saw it at the library yesterday! I’m always looking for new recipes for meatless Fridays that don’t involve tuna or quiche. F-bombs abound, but the recipes look appetizing and I’m excited to start cooking my way through this.

3. This past week, I bought some hot pink carnations on a whim and I seriously underestimated how much of a mood booster they would be. I love looking up at my bookshelf and seeing that pop of color, so I’m definitely going to make this a Thing. Don’t they look sweet?

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4. “With Scars and All” – The Jesuit Post
“They say he’s coming back, but I can see the marks they left. He will never be the same.”
Read it and weep. I did.

5. Here is a gratuitous picture of my parish all decked out for Easter. You’re welcome. 🙂

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6. I’ve been trying to eat healthier lately (see Take #2), so I bought a cauliflower. This is how my brain works. Naturally,I have no idea what to do with it. I suppose I could just roast it in the oven, but with what spices?

7. Friday funny:
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2015!!!

Well, here we are again…a new year! Thank you, Lord!!! Also, happy Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! 🙂

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(via Catholic Memes)

I’m not really a New Year’s resolutions type of girl, but maybe I need to be. At least a little. 🙂 So here’s what I came up with:

1. Self care. NOT in the sense of pampering or spoiling myself, although there’s nothing wrong with that once in a while! Sadly, I need to focus on the basics of what’s good for me, so that I can better help others. Things like making time for prayer. Getting enough sleep. Making sure I don’t just eat junk 24/7. Drinking enough water. Making sure I get out and socialize every so often. If I don’t make sure to do these things for myself, no one else will, and I’ll be even more burned out. Mostly, I just want to get out of the survival mode that I’ve been in for the past…few years. 😛

2. Cultivate silence. As Mother Teresa said: The fruit of silence is prayer. This is sort of an expansion of the “making time for prayer” bit in my first resolution. I have a LOT of physical and spiritual noise in my life. Of course, the phone is the number one distraction. Internet, y u so entertaining?!? But if I’m really being honest, it’s not only the internet. It’s also the books…sigh. I read 104 books last year; that’s two books a week! I felt so awesome, but also tired!!!! And then on bus rides and walks, I usually have the iPod going, and I just kind of zone out. It’s extremely hard to hear God over all that noise, so my goal is to zone out less and be more in touch with real life.

3. Cultivate joy. Like I said, I want to get out of survival mode! I want to volunteer. I want to make art, and NOT a project from Pinterest! I want to decorate my apartment, go to museums, catch at least one concert, learn a new skill. I feel like I’m always rushing to the next thing; I rarely slow down and enjoy life like I should. 2014 was a blur, and I don’t want 2015 to be the same way.

I think three resolutions are more than enough for a new year, yes? Do you make resolutions? I’d love to read about them!

Until next time, lovelies!

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Happy First Sunday of Advent!

Well, hello, my pretties! Happy liturgical new year! This is my favorite time of year. I just love the air of expectation and preparation, both in the Church and out in the world. It’s so exciting!

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Some people can go the whole month without decorating their houses or listening to a single note of Christmas music. I am not one of those people! I’ve definitely tried to do it; for the past couple of years, I’ve only listened to Advent music and saved the Christmas music and decorations for the last week of Advent. But it was honestly kind of a bummer. I just love listening to music while making cards and wrapping presents, and having the cheery decor to greet me when I get home from a long day at work. So this year I said, “Enough!” I am determined to enjoy this season to the fullest, and for me, that means baking and eating cookies, watching Christmas movies, listening to ALL the Christmas music, and decorating every square inch of my apartment that is not covered with furniture. Without apology or guilt.
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To be sure, I’ll still keep a spirit of prayerful expectation; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy myself in a non-sinful way. Jansenism, be gone!

Here’s to a blessed, prayerful, JOYFUL Advent!

My View, vol. 1: All the Birthday Cake

It’s been so long since I posted, but I had an interesting week, for once. 🙂

What I am reading: “Life of St. Teresa of Avila.” I wanted to finish it by her feast day on the 15th, but that didn’t happen. I’m also rereading “The Stand” by Stephen King. I started reading Stephen King in 5th grade (yes, I was that kid) I think my mom was kind of worried for a while, but those books are the first ones I remember staying up late to finish because I just had to know how they ended. Magic, really. It’s been about 10 years since I read this particular book and so far, it’s living up to my memories of how awesome it is/was.

What I am eating: Cake. All the birthday cake.

This week in history: I celebrated my 25th birthday on Sunday! I even got to spend the day with my family in my hometown, thanks to the kindness of a friend.

Prayers: For my little sister. For a friend’s job situation. For my job situation!

Next week I am going to: Crochet a pillow. Work on my knitting skills. Finish all my half-read books. Plan out some blog posts!

Linky love:
“There are reasons why ravens are creepy when they don’t even speak English. They’ve reached their famed position out of unusual intelligence and a grim diet. Ravens are attracted to a carcass for food, and are known to investigate gunshots during hunting seasons….”
Once Upon A Midnight Dreary: A Collection of Facts About Poe’s “The Raven” (via BookRiot)

I want to make these butterscotch pudding cookies, because butterscotch. (via Jam Hands)

This virtual Carmelite choir video has already made the rounds of the internet, but Teresa of Avila is my favorite saint, her feast day was last week, and I do what I want. 🙂

Quotable:
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But really.

Have a lovely week!