#MyMassTakeaway: John the Baptist

Today’s the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist.

Find the Mass Readings here: Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist, June 24, 2018

My takeaway:

 

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What is this? Oh it’s just my day old mascara + sob stains during mass that I used my shirt to wipe my snot nose and sobbing eyes with. . Have you ever had a moment in life where you’re enlightened that “wow.. THIS, this is the moment I was being pushed and guided to”. . For a month we’ve had rough (first world problem) issues. Husband gone playing war somewhere, all 4 kids,, electric circuits in our falling apart rental broken, tantrums and viciousness from the 2 year old, deciding that, although I try to be super woman… I am NOT and I need to run away. . My MIL for MONTHS has been saying that I needed to come to their beach house this week. B is gone, it’s my favorite place, I would have help. But i did the “oh no, I couldn’t, I can handle it up here”… newsflash. That was GOD sending me a Simon to help carry my cross and I’m all “no thanks I’ll just stumble and suffer with no help bc I’m an idiot.” . But maybe ALL this struggle, issues, road bumps were ALL because God wanted me sitting, alone, in that pew at Holy Redeemer Church in Kitty Hawk NC on Sunday June 24th at 10am to hear those exact words, songs and prayers. . I can’t WAIT to blog about everything God spoke to me. The feelings the amazing ness of his grace, forgiveness, love, guidance. I… can’t… wait! . Anyways, now I’m gonna go walk in that house and love on those little blessings God gave me to turn into disciples. . . Here’s the song that made me just… lose it 😭😭😭 . You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live. Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest. If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown. If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you through it all. #mymasstakeaway

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The responsorial psalm today read, “I praise You, for I am wonderfully made.” Our society has a habit of telling women and girls how they should dress, think, act. Too often, our inner voices are comprised not just of what we heard our mothers say to themselves, but also dictated by what those around us say – about us, and to us. . . I dislike my black church shoes – they have a habit of eating my feet. But, I wear them as my dressier flats on days I don’t wear heels. My daughter, on the other hand, loves her self-designated “princess shoes” dearly, and wears them all the time. It dawned on me, looking down on the shoes recently, that part of her love of her shoes must be because they look like mine in shape. As I gazed down at the image of similar shoes, I felt deeply within my heart, “See yourself, as her mama, the way she sees you. Beautiful. Loved. Needed.” . . Today’s responsorial psalm pointed out to me again – my daughter is taking her cues on what it means to be a woman from what she sees and hears from me. Not daunting, right? So, instead of putting myself down and pointing out my flaws and failures, it is extremely important for her to hear me praise my successes and embrace my beauty. It is important she hears me embrace the beauty of the wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend… woman, that I am. . . Because she is fearfully and wonderfully made. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . And you, dear reader, are fearfully and wonderfully made. . . #catholicsonline #catholicsofinstagram #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely #beauty #beautyinthemess #bctgp #catholicmom #catholicwoman #femcatholic #everydayediths w/ @everydayediths #wonderfullymade #momlife #wearetheirfirstteachers #parentsasteachers

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