Happy Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! What a beautiful day! Mike used to bless my growing belly with Holy Water we brought back from our honeymoon in Lourdes every night before bed when I was pregnant with Peter. I’ve been asking her intercession since I was a young girl! And today Peter is crowning Her with the cake topper we used on our fleur-de-lis wedding cake we had made in Her honor on our wedding day! Happy Feast! 💙🙏🏼📿⚜️
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Everything that is done
out of Love acquires
greatness and beauty.
Saint Josemaria Escriva
Recently during a homily reflecting on the Wedding Feast at Cana something stuck out to me in a significant way. “Jesus takes the ordinary water of everyday life - our prayers, our works, our sufferings, our joys - and turns that ordinary water into something extraordinary just as He changed water into wine at the wedding feast.” That has been my prayer recently, to give Jesus everything out of love through Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Just as the steward of the feast who did not know where the water now turned into wine came from, I may not see the extraordinary in every instance. The instances when I am doing my chores, grocery shopping, cooking, or tending to the needs of those around me. Although I may not see the extraordinary I can trust that everything I do for the love of God actually becomes extraordinary!
One instance of God turning the ordinary into extraordinary is the Sacrament of Marriage. Jesus raised ordinary marriage into a Sacrament, something truly extraordinary!
You see the Trinity is a mystery. Even though God has revealed parts of Himself to us, especially through Jesus, He is still hidden as if behind a veil on this side of Heaven. The more we become like Jesus, the Second person of the Trinity, the more we become a mystery to others as well. Saints are great examples of this. They were (and still are) a mystery to those around them. As we strive to become more like Christ we can start to understand the mystery of these saints and their radical love. So too in a faithful Catholic marriage there is a mystery of love between the spouses who love one another until death do they part. Each day I am more and more entranced by this mystery of love within my own Sacramental Marriage. What might seem ordinary to others is extraordinary to me. I never knew I could love my husband as I do now. I never knew a man like Adam could love me as much as he does. I am so grateful for the Sacrament of Marriage, for Adam my husband and Valentine, as well as our love become flesh dwelling among us as our two children! Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️
She knelt in the garden of her house, crying. A nineteen year old girl—scared and confused. She was pregnant and didn’t know what to do, and she had to make a decision soon. Can you imagine being pregnant at 19 years old? I can’t even begin to imagine the fear that she must have felt at the time. They were just kids, they weren’t married. She was so young, she had so much life ahead of her, she was still in college! Everyone seemed to have an opinion about what to do with the life of the baby. Even her doctor in Colombia, where abortions are illegal, suggested that she terminate her pregnancy. She felt the weight of the world on her shoulders, she never thought she’d be the one faced with such a decision. Her family was Catholic, although not very practicing yet, but she knew in times of need you should pray. So there she was in the garden, kneeling in front a statue of the blessed Mary sobbing. She said “Mother Mary, you too were a young mother and you of all people, understand what I’m going through. Please help me, show me a sign if you would like me to have this baby.” She asked Mary to make a coral rose, her favorite color, grow in her garden. Later that week, she went back out to the garden to pray again and saw a fully bloomed coral rose, and she understood. God wanted her to keep the baby. I am that baby.
Mother Mary saved me and gave me the opportunity to live, and I am eternally grateful. I am eternally grateful not only to the Lord who breathed life into me but to my mother who thought of me even when she didn’t know me, couldn’t see me, or feel me. Thanks to the brave “yes” my mother gave to life I am here. And I just can’t help but wonder, how many of us aren’t here? Please, stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Value the dignity of every human person. DEFEND LIFE. // Repost from @westcoastcatholic .
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805 hours ago
We have now to speak of the fourth gate of Hell, which is impurity [sexual sins], and it is by this gate that the greater number of the damned enter. Some will say that it is a trifling sin. Is it a trifling sin? It is a mortal sin. St. Antoninus writes that such is the nauseousness of this sin that the devils themselves cannot endure it. Moreover, the Doctors of the Church say that certain demons, who have been superior to the rest, remembering their ancient dignity, disdain tempting to so loathsome a sin. Consider then how disgusting he must be to God, who, like a dog, is ever returning to his vomit, or wallowing like a pig in the stinking mire of this accursed vice (2 Pet 2.22). The impure say, moreover, "God has compassion on us who are subject to this vice, because He knows that we are flesh." What do you say? God has compassion on this vice? But you must know that the most horrible chastisements with which God has ever visited the earth have been drawn down by this vice. St. Jerome says that this is the only sin of which we read that it caused God to repent of having made man, for all flesh had become corrupted (Gen 6.6-12). And so it is, St. Jerome says, that there is no sin which God punishes so rigorously, even upon earth, as this. He once sent fire from Heaven upon five cities, and consumed all their inhabitants for this sin (Sodom and Gomorrah,
Gen 18-19). Principally on account of this sin did God destroy mankind, with the exception of eight persons, by the flood. (St. Alphonsus Liguori)
1315 hours ago
A quote from Elisabeth Bourgois.
“Have you ever asked a small child why he loved his mother? He will answer you with his eyes wide open with surprise, as if anyone could doubt that he loved his mother: “Because she’s my mom!”
Who could explain the unique and personal intimacy a child has with his own mother? Christ himself spoke very little of His mother, except at Cana and in a short injunction from the Cross, when He offered her to all mankind by the intermediary of Saint John.
To speak about Mary’s motherhood is to speak of Mary’s love, and then to attempt to penetrate the mystery of perfect Love, the infinite gift and the YES that led to the incarnation of God and our redemption.
How can we put it into words?
Instead, I’d like to simply invite everyone to stop and gaze at Mary, meditate on her; contemplate this beautiful and harmonious woman… and let oneself be mesmerized by this vision, transfigured by her love.
To speak about Mary’s motherhood is simply to wish one could set each human being upon her lap, so that she might embrace him with all her affection, welcome him in all her tenderness, and protect him with all her might.”
This is something I was reminded of this week. In anything you do if you are overwhelmed with the process its much harder to stick with it. Take nutrition for example. So many get overwhelmed with where to start. Often people cut out all of the things they should not have before they are ready and then go back to eating it all. The same is true with exercise. I have found that with nutrition if you keep it simple and focus on changing one thing at a time you have more success. Sure its a long process but in the end its worth it. Its about making a lifestyle change and this takes time. I find this quote to be true about my health and fitness business as well. It can be overwhelming at 1st to figure out a good routine. Some can jump in and get everything done. For me it took time. I needed time to add in one part at a time. I am now to the point where I have a great routine for getting my work done. It just took some extra time to figure out a system that worked for me. .
Look upon the rainbow, and praise him who made it, exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.
It encircles the heaven with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out. ~Sir 43:11-12 RSV
4338 hours ago
Do you want proof that your vitamins work? It’s all in the nails!
Okay, maybe not ALL in the nails, but after a month of taking my Lifelong Vitality supplements twice a day, every day, my energy level is up (even with a newborn, toddler, and kindergartener), my skin is more vibrant, and my nails are incredible! I can’t remember the last time they were this long, much less this strong. Normally, they’d be layering and breaking like crazy long before they got to this point, but not now!
If you need more evidence for why doTERRA’s supplements are truly the best (my OB agrees, by the way), hit me up in the DMs and I’ll send some your way!
3839 hours ago
Pizza, ice cream, clean sweaters, soft blankets, good books, and Christ’s mercy. What are you #grateful for today??
I needed zoodles with clams and lemon #realbad , but clams were not on sale and sardines were and a certain someone who shall remain nameless is a tiny bit over budget on groceries🙄. Sardines are a little like anchovies, so zoodles puttanesca? #notamistake
Today I tried to catch up on my art commissions. I worked and worked until my brain just needed a break. A break from being precise. A break from looking back and forth between my work and the photo I was working from. A break from worrying about correct proportions and perspective. Mostly, though, I needed a break from beating myself up. This is something I struggle with constantly. I feel like I can never be "good enough" at anything. But I've really been needing to get past that, because I have recently come to realize that, by focusing on all the ways I fall short, what I'm really doing is focusing far too much on myself, and not enough on what God and what he is wanting to do through me.
After a couple of hours of broken work (kids, laundry, dishes, meals) I put my commissions away. I pulled out a giant, blank paper pad I had never used before. I decided I needed to just paint whatever was on my heart. For me. No looking at a model, no stressing over mistakes. No CORRECTING mistakes. Just paint. So I did.
I wanted to paint a representation of Christian motherhood. What does sanctity look like in my vocation? Well, a Christian mother brings forth new life--light into a dark world. She cares for that life, holds it close. She pours herself out for her children so that they may, too, learn to pour themselves out. She leads them to the heart of God. At the same time, she stretches her hand out into the darkness in service to others. She is a saint in the world, and she leads her children and others by her example. She DOESN'T continually nitpick at her imperfections, or hide for fear of their being seen--she goes forth bodly, knowing God will use her and her gifts despite them. .
The painting I did tonight is not a technical success. But it, and the process of creating it, is what I needed tonight. It was supposed to just be for me, but I decided to share it. Because I'm kind of tired of being a prisoner to my imperfections.
“I wish I would have started sooner.” I hear it and I’ve said it.
I NEVER pictured myself working out at home. I NEVER thought I’d gain an AH-MAZING community of women from all over the world. I NEVER dreamt I’d feel better and more confident after four kiddos than pre-kiddos.
BUT it happened!
Girl... I’m not sure what’s stopping you from starting but just know you truly are one decision away from a totally different life. Reach out & LET’S GOOOO! 😘
Zero waste tip - ready for this one? A throwback to one room school houses... that’s right, chalk board slates! These were super cheap at a craft store, but they actually had a sticker that said, “Not a toy. Craft use only!” So far, the craft police haven’t shown up at my door, so I think we are in the clear. Seriously, this can save a ton of paper during school time. And we don’t write in our workbooks so they can be passed down to others. :)
11310 hours ago
Too long ~for TOO freaking long I have been comfortable only being me in certain situations~w/certain [email protected] the RIGHT time.!Has it been terrible?? No~it's just been what it was. In fact I don't even know I was aware of it... Until recently when it FINALLY hit me ~I experience the MOST INCREDIBLE JOY & ENERGY when I delve into those things that fire me up- helping & teaching others, dancing around wherever, singing at the top of my lungs, being a GOOD person, genuine, doing something just a little extra just b/c, learning new things, encouraging & BELIEVING in others- it is quite simply WHO I AM... And yet- I almost didn't know that ~I have continued to tell & see myself for YEARS as the girl who was fat, had acne, didn't watch the "cool" tv shows, didn't date anyone, was naive & too Pollyannaish. I am not sure why~but I do know this ~I want to be FILLED w/JOY! I want to be around others who are EXCITED about life & BELIEVE they too can make a change. I want to be able to feel silly, leave video messages for my friends that have a bunch of silly energy & freeze on THE WORST screenshot of my weird face! Bottom line... I don't want to be afraid to share some of the most amazing things happening in my life for fear of being "too much." I share b/c w/in the last 3 years I have changed! Or really- I have finally FOUND myself... but it is time to unleash the real me on this world b/c God has given me this gift of passion for helping others & it is time to honor Him by no longer hiding it!
I want to help YOU become your best version of you! I want to help YOU find what makes you COME ALIVE so you can live YOUR best life!
Does it take work? YES
Does it take commitment? YES
Does it take sacrifice? YES
Does it take money? YES
Does it take time? YES
Do you think you are worth it?? I KNOW I DO!
You know the saying- "Be the change you want to be in this world?" Well today I am asking you ~ Are YOU ready to be the change in YOUR world?
If so- let me know.... I can & I would LOVE to help!
Prep week starts on Monday for my next virtual fit club- I have 8 slots left- ONLY if u are REALLY ready to commit- come & join us! It is going to be AMAZING! Link in bio💗
I'm not a writer, blogger or author. I don't have a side hustle or business. I'm just a wife and mom trying to make it through. And doing everything I can to get my family to heaven.
I started this page just for fun. I love cooking and baking and when I would look up recipes online, I would be overwhelmed by the sheer volume! So I decided to share the recipes I tried and review them. I never thought I would have any followers. I was just doing it for myself.
But I slowly began to uncover this amazing community of Catholic women! Moms who have their own businesses sharing the beautiful products they create or design. Writers sharing insights on motherhood, life and faith. Such amazing products and resources to help empower us as Catholic women and to live our faith to it's fullest. I'm so inspired by all of them that I hope to one day contribute to the community that has done so much for me!
But for now thank you for following me on my journey of motherhood and faith!
Here are few of my favorite accounts! Go give them a follow and be inspired like me.
So now for my #Fridayintroduction I'm Patrica. Wife. Mom of 2 boys. Just trying to survive a Midwestern winter! And in the spirit of #showusyourvalentine , this is a photo of me and my forever Valentine!