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Through His Son, God has freely given us an abundance of graces. Christ, the Word made flesh. In Christ we receive the light of faith in the Gospel of salvation, and we are given an open invitation to the reception of God’s love and knowledge of the Truth. When we trust in the Lord, follow His Way, and live in His love, we will receive the fullness that our hearts desire and the spiritual gifts He longs to give us. Our Lord, always generous in his love and mercy, grants us grace upon grace so that we may live, for all eternity, in His loving goodness. Open your hearts to Him and He will transform your life. . . . #catholic #christian #catholicfaith #catholicism #bissisterhood #jesus #prayer #catholicliving #catholicsisters #projectblessed #peaceinchrist #christianliving #jesuslovesyou #catholicism #catholicblogger #blogger #heartofchrist #holyspirit #catholicconnect #philotheafound #hope #virtue
Today is a great day! Not only is it the Feast day of my fav, St.JPII, but it’s also my little sidekick’s half birthday!!! I love that they share this day and it takes me back to when she was in my belly and we were able to have her blessed by a relic of his! Aaaand, even though her name is after St. Emilia, it’s also his mother’s name 😌. Our little Millie, is sweet as a peach. She’s seriously always smiling, easy going, and just a little sweet heart. I am SO blessed to be her mama! 6 months flew by easy peasy (praise God) with lots of hugs, smiles, and joy. What a blessing she is to our world. Happy birthday to our little mama and Happy Feast day to St. John Paul the Great!
The ins and outs of practicing NFP can be so difficult. Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry at it all (like when its 3 in the morning and you get back into bed after nursing but realize you reeeaaallly need the bathroom, and contemplate whether or not holding it until your allotted testing window time is open ((two hours later))or if you should just bite the bullet and go all the way downstairs where your test sticks are, pee in a cup, saran wrap the cup, hope you don’t forget to test later, and go back to sleep. #marquette #ugh). This is something that I loathe about NFP, but also kind of love. (Say whaaat?!) I love it because it means we have a say in how we manage fertility. This is the lesson the Church teaches us that the world fails see: GOD ALLOWS US TO CO-CREATE WITH HIM. He allows us to make choices, sacrifices, and have a hand in prayerfully discerning the size of our families. We get to choose to do the hard stuff (like abstaining and monitoring fertility signs) at times when we’ve prayerfully discerned to postpone or halt pregnancy, but we also are called to do this with open hearts to His will, without sterilizing our love or closing ourselves off completely to life. Sometimes this means things look different than we planned, but isn’t this how it goes for everyone? We’re all faced with surprises and disappointments in life, but under the lens of God’s will, all becomes a conduit of grace and joy...even the difficulties and sufferings we experience along the way! What I’ve learned from it all (and continue to learn) is that we can do hard things in order to safeguard the dignity of our sexuality and call to be open to life. Opening up your heart to God’s plan while you work on yours brings such great fruit in life! (Hello beautiful children whom I love with all my ❤️!) It’s a sure way of coming to understand and respect the true dignity, beauty, and truth of the vocation of marriage and motherhood. God is good!
Don’t get so comfortable in life that you forget that Jesus is there, always present and ever faithful. Don’t let yourself fail to see Him or fail to look for Him in times of ease or comfort. Always remember in the day-to-day movement of life that He is there, guiding and shepherding us in the choices we make and the things that we do. He is always calling us towards Himself so that we may know Him and share in His goodness, and by knowing Him we may come to know ourselves, where we come from and where we are going. He longs for you and waits for you to respond to His love. Don’t let the comfort of your life get in the way of entering into a deep and intimate communion with Him. It’s far better than any comfort of the world. It’s what you were created for. . . . Beautiful art by @jesus.drawings . . . #catholic #christian #catholicfaith #catholicism #bissisterhood #jesus #prayer #catholicliving #catholicsisters #projectblessed #peaceinchrist #christianliving #jesuslovesyou #catholicism #catholicblogger #blogger #heartofchrist #holyspirit #catholicconnect #philotheafound #hope #virtue
I’m okay knowing motherhood sometimes means losing your jacket to a four year old (who doesn’t believe you when you tell him it’s cold out and leaves his at home), and lending your oversized beanie to a baby (who needs it far more than you do). I may be sitting cold on a bench in the park, but my heart is so darn warm. ♥️🍂
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