Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Some Thoughts...

A Couple Thoughts....

1. Mercy Monday, one day late! 
I know that I have been struggling with keeping up my "Lenten regime" at times. Furthermore, I always have random obstacles and spiritual battles in life. And everyone goes through battles and struggles. Should we be afraid when we are going through intense battles? Should we worry about the outcome? 
From the Diary: 

"Then I saw the Blessed Virgin, unspeakably beautiful. She came down from the altar to my kneeler, held me close, and said to me, I am Mother to you all, thanks to the unfathomable mercy of God. Most pleasing to Me is that soul which faithfully carries out the will of God. She gave me to understand that I had faithfully fulfilled the will of God and had thus found favor in His eyes. Be courageous. Do not fear apparent obstacles, but fix your gaze upon the Passion of My Son, and in this way you will be victorious."
(Notebook 1, Section 449) 

Random picture from Fr. Z's blog! : ) 
Sunday, in the Extraordinary Form, was "Passion Sunday." At home, we covered our crucifix and large picture of Jesus with purple cloth, just as the statues and crucifixes at Mass are now covered. (Dr. Taylor Marshall, a blogger whom I follow, has an excellent-and short-explanation here)

During this Passiontide, let us focus our eyes on the Christ, our Passionate, Sacrificial Savior, so that we may truly die to ourselves! 

2. An incredible honor, opportunity, and blessing!
Last Friday evening, as I sat down to study for a test, I was blessed to receive an e-mail from "The Chastity Project," telling me that they had uploaded a blog post of mine to their blog! A week or so earlier, the man in charge of the blogging had told me that they would publish my post, but finally seeing it on the website and FB page was so exciting! I have been praying for all those whom the blog post has reached; I have been moved to tears of joy by some of the comments on it from people whom I don't know, as they reveal how God has worked in their lives through the post. It has been such a beautiful experience, and I am so grateful that God would allow me to be His instrument in that way! I continue to pray for all those whom will be reached through this post and other blogs/pages on The Chastity Project, and I am sure that God will continue to work wonders! 

3. Relaxation is a wonderful thing!!
The last couple weeks were crazy with papers and a test, and both the weekend and this week have been wonderful, with time to relax and play games! Every time Jacob and I play chess or board games together, I am reminded that we have an incredible gift in our leisure time. Time to relax with loved ones is a gift, which we must not take for granted!