When Catholics Don’t Act Like Christians

I once had a protestant friend tell me, “You’re the first Catholic I’ve known that actually lives a Christian lifestyle.”

I was really taken aback.

It’s heartbreaking to me to think that so many Catholics profess the faith but aren’t living it out.

We’re all called to be witnesses to Christ.
We’re called to be in the world but not of it.

And that can be really really really difficult.

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We Need a Little Joy Right Now

When this whole covid thing went down, I was one of those (perhaps slightly obnoxious) “living my best life” people.

I enjoyed having my husband home, slowing down, extra time for prayer, doing fun at-home projects with the kids.

Being without the Mass was hard (real hard) but we had Adoration in churches nearby!

But now, with things opening up again but *still* not being back to normal – I’m starting to feel worn down.

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Teaching Your Kids about the Latin Mass.

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I’ve fallen in love with the Latin Mass.

The first time I went was about a year and a half ago. I had heard about this “Latin Mass” thing for years, but never had the opportunity to go.

I thought it would be cool to see what it was all about.

It was more than cool.

It was incredibly moving. It grabbed hold of my heart and won’t let go.

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The Line We Draw In Our Hearts

While the kids watched a movie, my husband and I both took the opportunity to relax in our own preferred ways – he with a few episodes of his favorite show, me in a nice hot bath.

As I soaked in the tub, I heard the movie end and the kids begin to get rowdy.

I waited for a minute or two, hoping my husband would corral them and start the bedtime routine, but he didn’t.

So I got angry.

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How Can We Receive the Grace to Love Each Other?

Do you see what these months without the Eucharist have done to us?

The Eucharist is our strength, the center of our lives. It is the source and summit of our Faith.

The Eucharist is self-sacrificing love. It is Jesus, entirely given: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, out of love for us.

When he saw sin, what did he do? Did he attack, vilify, cut down?

No, he stretched out his hands and healed, forgave. He stretched out his arms and suffered and died. He humbly allowed himself to be beaten, mocked, and tortured by the very ones who hurt him, the ones he loved with an infinite, self-sacrificing love.

He gave of himself.

And thus he won their hearts.

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Raising Future Saints (Who Also Sit Still at Mass)

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Parenting pre-schoolers is one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my life.

I admire mothers who enjoy every moment of parenting their preschool aged children. Who see the beauty of the way they think, the way they play, the way they seek independence.

For me, it’s an incomprehensible challenge.

Especially when it’s time to bring them to Mass.

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A Grandparent’s Role in Passing on the Faith

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We called him Pappas.

He was my dad’s dad. A father of 13 children and 30-something grandchildren.

He used to walk every day.

It was a heavy-footed, sometimes labored, stomp. Head down, determined, dedicated. Round and round his indoor pool when the weather was bad, or around the lake when the sun was shining.

And in his hands, he held his “beads.”

His Rosary beads.

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