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Tonight I’m giving a talk at a women’s group in town about the vocation of motherhood. One of the things I’m touching on are the false ideas of perfection we create in our mind for what it means to be a good wife/mom. Christ calls us to perfection, but anyone ever feel like they don’t have it all together? 🙋🏻♀️ Anyone ever feel like a hot mess? 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️ It’s ok! Your worth, beauty, and perfection don’t reside in how clean your house is, how well you can juggle the things you’re carrying from your car to the front door of your home (I drop things all. the. time.), or whether or not you and your kids eat fast food or organic. Christ calls us to perfection in love: deep love for Him and love for your family and those around you. How well do you love? Increasing in love is how you’ll move towards a more perfect version of yourself! . . . What about you? (Whether you’re a mom or not!) What’s a “hot mess” moment you’ve had that made you question yourself? I’ve had plenty! Yesterday I dropped a WHOLE platter of food on the ground outside because I didn’t want to take two trips to the car! 🤦🏻♀️ #winning . . . #catholic #catholicwoman #motherhood #catholicmom #faith #dignity #prayer #love #godislove #lifewiththree #bissisterhood #catholicsisters #catholicsistas
Some people can’t really relate to St. Therese of Lisieux because of her childlike piety and sensitive but simple nature. It doesn’t seem like it, but she’s actually one of the most hardcore saints precisely because of how she saw things and how she was determined to live. “Do small things with great love.” This sounds simple, but is honestly incredibly difficult. It’s easier to love in big ways because they’re more often the things that are noticed and appreciated. It’s much harder to love while doing the countless “small things” we have on our plate on a daily basis—the things that are often unnoticed and or under-appreciated. Loving big while doing the dishes, the laundry and cleaning to toilet; loving big when you’re tired and your kid or spouse needs you, when you’re coworker is driving you crazy, or when you have a deadline to meet and you have to take care of other things and people first. It’s hard to submit our wills in small ways. It’s in those ways where we are called to get over ourselves and meet others in love and treat our menial but necessary tasks as ways to glorify God. It’s tough-but in them there are countless opportunities for love. Don’t get down on yourself when you fail to love in this way, but notice it, and remember that doing small things with great love is the path to sainthood! St. Therese, pray for us! . . . #catholic #christian #catholicfaith #catholicism #bissisterhood #jesus #prayer #catholicliving #catholicsisters #projectblessed #peaceinchrist #christianliving #jesuslovesyou #catholicism #catholicblogger #blogger #heartofchrist #holyspirit #sttherese #stthereseoflisieux #sainthood #dosmallthingswithgreatlove
Here’s to all the mamas having a hard day. I didn’t have a hard day today, but I’ll tell you what...motherhood in general is pretty hard. Not hard in the sense that I would trade it for anything in the world (I wouldn’t)...but all the little things that go into a day...whew!!! It’s a lot! On any given day there’s so much to balance and take care of, and then on the other days you have do all that AND take all three kids to shop with you. Sometimes that’s the only way to actually try on clothes that will fit you, and who likes returning clothes bought online anyhow?? (But, hello, body-after-baby is always changing and clothes fit weird and you have to return a lot of stuff!) You endure the fluorescent lights while you give your kids snacks at your feet, the random accidents while you’re out (like smooshed fingers in a stroller), and not to mention all the looks from strangers (either empathetic, or pitiful-both are awkward and will make you sweat). You have to open the door with your butt because the double stroller is huge, and you have to stop for potty breaks every five seconds. But whatever! You embrace it, tell your kids you’re taking them to see the fountain (whole reason why we’re going, but “Oh wait, let mommy pop into all the shops while we’re here real quick!”), get them ice cream for sticking it out, and take a huge sigh when it’s all done, because woman...you are one boss B. You’re that when you’re having a good day, and you’re that when you’re having a hard day. I mean it! You can handle so much and you do it all in jorts you hate because you’ve been avoiding all it takes to buy new clothes. But whatever you’re wearing, however your clothes fit, and whether or not today is a good day or bad one for you, know that you’re not alone in this, you’re awesome, and even though some look at you like you lost the “coolness” you once had, know deep down that you’re the same badass chick you always were and then some!!! Is this a pep talk I’m giving to myself in a mirror? You betcha!! 😆 But I’m also looking at you, mama!! You’re awesome and you got this!!😘 . . . #motherhood #lifewiththree #catholicmom #catholicsistas #bissisterhood
Some days she can’t quite figure out that whole sleep thing, but I forgive her because she sure is cute!!😍😆💗
Faith and works. Both are so incredibly important, especially right now in the state of the Church and our world. We should pray to be fortified in our perseverance and resolve for both. Determination to grow spiritually, fervent prayer, charity for others, and hard work for truth and justice is so important. That’s what the second reading from James 2:14-18 reminds us of today. We need faith and works so that we can boldly proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, and so that we can be a witness to Him by our actions and lives. We may face persecution, suffering, and ridicule, but as the gospel today says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” (Mark 8:35) . . . #catholic #christian #catholicfaith #catholicism #bissisterhood #jesus #prayer #catholicliving #catholicsisters #projectblessed #peaceinchrist #christianliving #jesuslovesyou #catholicism #catholicblogger #blogger #heartofchrist #holyspirit
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