Calling out to you

Where are you God? I find myself asking Him that in times of difficulties. Our family has been going through a rough patch since June. It’s crazy how one day can impact your world so immensely.

So again, I ask where are you God? He answers me in subtle ways. In the small breezes I feel when I’m outside talking to Him. In the hugs my babies give me on my rough days.  In the random joyous moments I’ll experience out of nowhere and the love and devotion from my husband. I hear Him calling me to come back to prayer. Come back to Him.

I have been lost without my God. You can go to church and be in the presence of His holiness but if you are not there consciously, then are you truly there? Prayer to me is the lifeline to God. Yet when life happens, and things are either going amazingly well in life or you’re in the depths of depression you seem to lose yourself or your faith. Seemingly that’s the one thing God asks us to have. Faith.

I don’t know you guys; it seems that I have lost myself in life lately. Treading slowly back to Him. I know He is there waiting. I just need to grab ahold of the line and hold on for dear life, because if not I’m afraid I will lose myself even more.

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

Faith

Been a while since I’ve written, and I do have to say that it’s honestly a form of therapy for me. Life is happening, good and bad. I find we are in a tough situation financially and health wise lately. Nothing so serious as some may battle so I definitely try not to complain as much.

It’s hard watching your children be sick. I think we’ve been battling a stomach bug more this year than ever before. So Pedialyte, Pedialyte popsicles, water, crackers, baked potatoes, caldos (Mexican soup), and manzanilla (chamomile) teas are life for us at the moment. So, if you’re reading this please send up a prayer of healing for our family.

We all go through struggles in life and it always seems hard to stay steadfast in our faith. It may even be harder when you’re feeling attacked through all aspects of your life such as; financials, health, love, family, anything really. You can try and try so hard to dig yourself up out of the sand but it just keeps piling back on. Don’t stop though. Keep going. So cliché right?

Do it anyhow. I have been getting down lately because it just seems never ending that something is always happening. My husband lost his job, we ran out of our savings, but we have 2 months of not having to worry about rent at the moment. Always and upside, right?  So, I want to try something my sister sent me earlier this year. May God bless her always.

I’m going to be praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to bring our problems to Jesus so that He may grant us the grace to continue on. There are many miracles associated with praying for help to God and praying for the intercession through the blessed Mother Mary and the saints.

So continue on. Fight the battle everyday and try not to dwell too much on the negatives that are going on. The devil loves when your attention is on him and not on God. Focus on Him so that the grace of God may be upon you.

Misconceptions

Being Catholic. To me that just means a life with Christ. A more fulfilled life because it’s about much more than jumping and dancing in church. Mass is everything to me. Its the peace the worshipping through the Eucharist. It’s life. The prayers, fasting during lent, the rosary. Ugh there’s too much to share. Anyhow, I wanted to clear up some common misconceptions about our faith.Now there are so many but I stuck with 3 for now.

  • We worship Mother Mary, saints, and idols.
  • Our church is anti-women.
  • Eucharist is simply symbolic .

 

Being Catholic is something beautiful and spiritual. I love love love the church. The artistry of the church is everything, especially cathedrals.

# 1 We worship Mother Mary, saints, and idols.

We absolutely worship only one God and no other. Worship for a catholic I feel needs to be explained in order to fully understand. I once read an article by Father Erik Pohlmeir and he explained it perfectly.

“The experience of worship in many churches consist of gathering to sing, pray and preach. If someone has the idea that such activities constitute worship, then our actions do seem like worship.

In honor of Mary, Catholics commonly sing, pray, and preach. So, we can say we do not worship Mary and then engage in practices that most definitely seem like worship of Mary. It is easy to see why some would be confused.

The Catholic idea of worship, however, is something entirely different. When we gather on Sundays we do sing, pray, and preach. Those actions are not worship by themselves, but rather serve to engage us more fully in worship. For Catholics, worship takes on the ancient and biblical understanding of offering sacrifice. The Mass is worship because the Mass is the sacrifice of the cross offered to the Father.”

We do not offer any sacrifice up to Mother Mary nor to saints. We give them the honor deserved.

We venerate Mother Mary, which is another word for having high regard or respect. She is the birth mother of Jesus, how can we not have such respect? As for the statues and pictures around the churches. That is similar to you having pictures around your home, in your phone, on your social media. You aren’t worshiping those photos but simply keeping them for memories. We have our statues and such to remember the saints who have came and lived a life of holiness. Saints are there to inspire us to live a life as holy as we can.

 

#2 Our church is anti-women.

Salvation of this world relied upon one specific woman. Mother Mary. God chose a woman to help save us. In the bible there are many many stories on women doing wonderous things. Aside from Mother Mary another example would be Judith. What a woman. She was a widow who saved the Israelites from surrendering to the Assyrians by sneaking into the enemy camp and decapitating the general, Holofernes. Go girl!

Then there’s this… “From the Vatican, 29 June 1995, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

JOHN PAUL II

Thank you, every woman, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight which is so much a part of your womanhood you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.”

 

#3 Eucharist

On Holy Thursday Jesus changed wine and bread into his blood and body, He then proceeded to tell His apostles to do this in commemoration of Him. Literally meant what he was saying, not figuratively.

John 6:52, “The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”
John 6:54, “. . . unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of man, ye shall not have life in you.”

John 6:56, “For my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed.”

I think it’s also important to note that you must be in a state of grace to receive communion.

In conclusion I am only trying to share a little knowledge and hopefully inspire someone to look deeper into understanding how our church works. As well as all the amazing benefits of being catholic that can only help us to build a better relationship with our Heavenly Father.