A wise woman named Corrie ten Boom once said: “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God, you’ll be at rest.” As the German Blitzkrieg spread through the Netherlands, her room held a secret closet that could conceal up to six Jews. Her actions have been estimated to have saved over 800 lives. I bet that she told the men, women, and children she harbored something similar to “this too shall pass”. Later, when she would be imprisoned by the Gestapo, I’m sure she told herself the same thing. Though the terrors of the Holocaust are far beyond that which most of us can relate to, we all face times of great turmoil in our lives. Continue reading
Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek
A Holy Pilgrimage, Part 1
Today I am journeying to Washington D.C. for the 2015 March for Life. This morning we had a Eucharistic procession through our town to the Cathedral, where Bishop Gaydos generously said mass for us. Now we are on the bus, passing the time with prayer and anticipation of the joy to come.
I would like to share my journal entry from today with you; it is written to God through the intercession of Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek:
January 20, 2015
Dear Blessed Anton,
We’re off! Today in his homily Bishop Gaydos told us: “Stand up for life. Stand up for justice. I am proud of you all. God bless you!” What fuel for this pilgrimage!
He talked about how the media has in the past and will continue to keep silent about this holy pilgrimage. To them, we are not here. This saddens me beyond belief, but does not dampen my spirit. I will stand my ground and march for what I believe in until someone takes notice. We are not fighting a losing battle.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 205 abortion restrictions were enacted by the United States from 2011 to 2013, in comparison to only 189 enacted from 2001 to 2010!
This journey will not be in vain. I am so excited to see what it will bring, though I know it may be difficult. Please turn my suffering into salvation.
New Year, New Saint
New Year, New You: ten common New Year’s resolutions and five things you can do to make sure you keep them!
Everywhere we look at the beginning of a new year tells us how we can make ourselves, our lives, or our careers better and more successful. Exercise more, eat healthier, be kinder, make more money, find yourself, be the person you’ve always wanted to be. As Catholics we are called to always be looking at ways that we can improve ourselves, mold ourselves into the people God has always intended us to be. We must never be satisfied with the temptations and apathy of human nature. Continue reading