"Once upon a time, I wrote about not praying the Rosary as I should - or, even as I advocate. With the thoughts swirling of scents, of today's feast day, and faith, I am brought back to a desire to pray the Rosary. I want to shower Mary, the Mother of Jesus, with all the roses I am able. As she shines brightly for so many, ultimately she points those of us who believe in Christ back to her Son..." Thoughts on my faith life, spurred by scents and today's Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
"However, in the midst of thoughts on the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, our chaplain remarked on something which has stuck with me. He stated, 'Almsgiving is, simply...'" Today's piece is a review of a previously published piece - simply because the chaplain's homily forced me to go back and contemplate the greatest theological virtue. How will you focus on almsgiving in light of this information, during Lent 2018?
What does Mary's Ardent Charity mean for us centuries later? Well, I'm glad you asked! Charity isn't quite what society defines it as - instead, it is loving God above all things, and loving our neighbor above all things, all for the love of God. Explore more in this post on what it means to live "with Charity," as part of the Marian Virtue Series!
"However, my job as a mother is to love unconditionally, and support my children in their endeavors - not physically, but emotionally and spiritually. My job is to pray for them, even if I am struggling to like their attitudes or their actions. My job is to be the mother they need. She taught me motherhood isn't about me. Instead, it is about the little ones in my life - no matter how big they get." Thoughts on Mary for this, her Feast of the Queenship of Mary.
Do you know the Apostles’ Creed? Do you routinely recite it? Have you ever stopped to consider the words – especially the part about the “resurrection of the body, and life everlasting”? Mary provides us with the shining example of that belief, put to fruition, through the dogma of her Assumption into Heaven upon her earthly death. Read more for a full explanation of why I think all Christians should believe this tenet of the Catholic Faith!