Once upon one time, not too long ago, there was a girl named To. She lived in a castle, because To was actually a princess. Well, not really, because when she was one-year-old, a bumblebee scooped her out of her cradle where her mother, a peasant woman, had put her down to nap. The Bumblebee brought her to the castle and threw her through the throne room window, which immediately smashed. The King and Queen were so delighted because the stained-glass window through which the Bumblebee threw the girl made such a pretty picture as the colored fragments of glass mixed and fell to the ground. And maybe also because the King and Queen had no children but liked them. So they raised the child as their own and named her “To”, because, as they said, “The Bumblebee brought her TO us.” The original mother, the peasant woman, never realized that her child was missing because when she went outside to get some water from the well, the Bumblebee came and pushed her down the well. She was never seen or heard of again. So the Bumblebee, now that the house was empty (the father accidentally chopped his own head off when he was trying to get wood) took the house for his very own. And he still lives there.
This past weekend my family celebrated the crowning in matrimony of my brother Nicholas and his beautiful bride Alexis. Please keep them close in prayer as they begin this new journey together.
All right, folks, I am super excited to share with you my new WordPress site! Please bear with me as I learn how to navigate through the site. I look forward to talking with you in the days to come. Thank you for visiting, and be sure to follow for more posts coming soon!
Check out my latest article here: http://www.ignitumtoday.com/2017/04/25/dear-future-husband/
God Bless you!
I realize it has been a looooooong time since I’ve written a post, but my life has twirled in leaps and bounds over the past few months. God has done some crazily awesome things recently, and right now I’m sitting in His wake trying to continue what He began.
Life seems to have gotten away from me as I sort through it (life, I mean!), and it will probably be a few more weeks until I can post regularly again.
I have been working on moving to a WordPress site, so that I can do all of my online writing at one place. (Oh, did I mention I have been publishing some articles on Ignitum Today? You can check out my latest here: Dear Future Husband ) When I finally have my new site ready for readers, you will be among the first to know!
Dad says it so well over at Bethune Catholic:
Bethune Catholic: Aquinas College, Nashville, TN
Why say more?
Here is an article by Joseph Pearce over at the Imaginative Conservative: What’s Love Got To Do With It . It is very well-worth the read.
“For St. Paul, love is the greatest of all the virtues. For Christ, the two great commandments are to love God and to love our neighbor. On the deepest theological level, God is love. God and Love are One. It is ironic, therefore, that Jesus Christ and John Lennon are in apparent agreement. Love is all we need.”
Today please keep my brother’s fiancée in your prayers as she undergoes a very serious operation and medical analysis.
Every evening during our family prayer time, one or more of my younger siblings prays, “Dear Jesus, please help us make good choices.” This is an echo of what my parents say to them before a potential brawl- “Remember- make good choices!” At first, it seemed to me to be a simple, cute discipline reserved for young children. But recently I’ve been thinking more about it.
No choice remains in isolation. Everything we do will either actively lead us to God or away from Him. And every choice ultimately turns into a decision.
For example: if Clement has a choice between eating salad or ice cream for Monday’s supper and he chooses ice cream, fine. On Tuesday he makes the same choice. He does so again on Wednesday. Then on and on over the next weeks and months he eats a steady diet of ice cream. On that first day, he did not make a decision to eat ice cream for the rest of his life, but choices ultimately turn into decisions. Clement made a decision to neglect his health, pamper his passion, and eat ice cream.
Take the case of St. Maria Goretti. She chose not to yield to man’s impurity and indecent proposals, but rather to imitate Christ. Her decision was to love God and obtain sanctity.
Maybe this is obvious to all of my readers. But I am sitting here contemplating something I’ve never really thought about before. Our every thought, word, and deed is an active choice (and ultimate decision) between God and Death. When it comes to our salvation, there really isn’t any neutrality. If you aren’t for God, you’re against Him. And our actions will give truth to our words.