February 24, 2014
This Lent, go to confession. Go. Run. Don't walk. Go. Go!
Encounter Jesus in all His eternal mercy and allow Him to love you and forgive you of all your life's mistakes, big or small. Embrace the grace of the sacrament, endure your Good Friday with Him, so that on Easter morning you, too, may rejoice -- He is risen! Alleluia!
February 10, 2014
Electricity wasn't the problem -- we had daylight all day, and candles, flashlights, and lanterns all night.
Heat wasn't the problem -- we had two woodstoves within four fireplaces and cords of seasoned wood stacked up.
Modern technological connectivity wasn't the problem -- we had chargers for all our devices that could be re-charged in our vehicles.
Food preservation wasn't the problem -- we had a small generator to periodically give our refrigerator/freezer a shot in the arm for continued freshness.
Water wasn't the problem -- we had fresh snow blanketing the ground, water bottles stored in the garage, and a lake on the other side of the woods.
Running water was the problem. Cool, clear, fresh, continuously flowing, running water.
In the Bible, Jesus speaks to the woman at the well and refers to Himself as the "living water":
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:10-15)
No matter how many other things we are juggling in life, and no matter how well we think we are juggling them, eventually we will face a need for cool, clear, fresh, continuously flowing, running water. Running water not only will cleanse whatever is dirty, but it will cleanse it continuously and repeatedly, as well as carry away all the dirt and grime.
Isn't Jesus just like this?
Isn't His Sacrament of Reconciliation (which Bishop Victor B. Galeone refers to as, "the Sacrament of Peace") just like this?
If you haven't been to Confession in a while, start thinking about it now. Lent is coming next month (Ash Wednesday is March 4th), and it's the perfect time to renew our purification in Christ. It's the perfect time to clean out the dirt, to "scrape off and fluff up" as my friend Alice likes to say. Through the priest, Jesus Christ makes Himself available to YOU during the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to absolve you of your sins and, as he advised St. Mary Magdalene, to set your feet on a path toward Him to go and do this sin no more (cf. John 8:11).
We're never going to be perfect. We're never going to be utterly, sparklingly, heavenly clean. At least not here on Earth. But in those few moments of Confession, the Lord will absolve you of your sins, wipe your earthly slate clean, and provide you with the graces you need to move forward in your life, beyond the weight and filth of whatever dirt your soul might be carting around.
So go. Go. Go to Confession! Go!!! I mean it.
February 1, 2014
Now, I'm delighted to share with you the talents of an entrepreneurial, homeschooled, young woman who has launched her business, "Morning Glory Veils." You can visit her shop at this location on Etsy:
From "Paisley Chic" to "European Peasant" to "Steeple Chapel Veil," there's something for everyone to choose from for a woman's personal reverence in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please prayerfully consider veiling and, when you do, know that this is an honest, reputable source from which to obtain your own personal beautiful veil!
Thank you for supporting homeschoolers, our faith, and our country's proud tradition of the entrepreneurial spirit of "Made in the U.S.A."!