Originally posted on Everyday Ediths: Our society seems to have a contradictory obsession with women. Either it is lambasting women for not being pretty or feminine enough, or it is telling women to regain their sense of self-worth and esteem and do whatever they desire. On one hand, there is a push to empower women,…
"Not every woman experiences happy birth stories. And, thankfully, my birth stories don’t have a tragic ending. However, if I were not on top of my knowledge and game regarding my own health history, I could have experienced a more harrowing labor, delivery, and postpartum scare."
In today's piece, I share some of the birth story of our latest addition. And, I hope it enlightens others to the postpartum difficulties some women face - not related to depression or anxiety, but rather, another pregnancy-related physiological condition!
"When he saw me at the end of the first day of classes this year, he burst into tears and threw himself into my arms. I felt like the worst mother in the world, thrusting him into school too early… too soon."
My son's rough first day of school segued into a year in review of such a positive experience for not just himself, but for his mama, too! Read further on the power of positive formative teachers...
"Yet, we aren't called to be perfect in our vocation. We are called to have dedication and perseverance in our vocation. We are called to recognize when we could do something better, and then put it into practice."
It's "that time" in which I start to look forward to our next duty location, and how I can change things up. The last two weeks has crystalized an important lesson for me...
"As I slowly began to acknowledge His will be done, I also began realizing it is through His desires that He will help me.
If I am willing to accept His will, and if I am willing to allow Him to equip me. If I am willing to be open to His guidance."
We all struggle at times with a "why" when it comes to God's will. In today's piece, I encourage us all to reframe those moments, based on my current struggle, to seek a "how" to best live His will for our lives.
How can we each allow Him to lead us Home?
"Then, we will be sent home.
And, I encourage all of my readers to take time, beginning Good Friday, to truly enter the tomb with Christ...
Imagine the darkness.
Imagine the cold which would settle over the concrete slab."
This week is Holy Week. Let us take the time to grieve with the disciples, centuries later, and also form a plan - to be more faithful disciples in the days ahead, than perhaps we have previously been...
"This particular song has resonated deeply within my soul. It isn't necessarily the words, but perhaps more the meaning behind the song."
In today's piece, I explore how one secular song - has brought about some deep thoughts regarding being a wife and mother. And, I pose some questions we could all take a moment to ponder, regardless of being married or being parents.
Are we all committed to enhancing our vocation - whatever it may be - to its fullest?
"Lent is usually a typical time in which Catholics assess adding to their prayer life, or giving something up (fasting), or doing some act of love to another (almsgiving). Perhaps somebody out there is considering veiling as a devotion - but, are too worried about standing out, or their kids not being old enough to leave the veil alone, or just still deeply praying about this particular devotion. It is for that woman that I wrote and updated my reasons for veiling. I wanted to give another perspective of this still-misunderstood devotion."
I've realized how remiss I have been in updating followers on the devotion of veiling - and, how it helps me participate more fully during Mass.
Do you have a special devotion? I'd love to hear about it!
"However, in the midst of thoughts on the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, our chaplain remarked on something which has stuck with me.
He stated, 'Almsgiving is, simply...'"
Today's piece is a review of a previously published piece - simply because the chaplain's homily forced me to go back and contemplate the greatest theological virtue.
How will you focus on almsgiving in light of this information, during Lent 2018?
Originally posted on Everyday Ediths: This month, Everyday Ediths has been focusing on the theme of love. When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus responded in Mark 12:29-31, “Jesus answered, “The first is ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your…
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