Thursday, January 31, 2013

Love Conquers All....

Check out this new SOLT Sisters Vocations video! May the love of Jesus touch all of us on a deep and transformative level. Think that maybe Jesus is calling YOU to be His bride? See our website:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Song of Solomon

A dear friend of mine sent me this song today and it touched me deeply so I thought I would share it with all of you.

I think the words utter some of the deepest desires of our heart, even if we'd rather not admit it. We long for Jesus to come and "find" us- that He would come running to hold us, save us and heal us.

The beautiful thing is that He does just that. I love Him!

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Challenge of Surrender...

Today we celebrate the amazing feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. As many of you know, Paul was raised as a devout Jew and in his zeal for his own faith, persecuted those following Christ. You can read his personal account here.

File:The Conversion of Saint Paul-Caravaggio (c. 1600-1).jpgIf anyone would have asked Paul (then Saul) whether he would be having a conversion anytime soon and then die for the faith he was previously killing people for believing in, I doubt he would have seen anything like that coming. His whole life and destiny changed in an instant. On the way to persecute more Christians, he becomes one. Fascinating.

It makes we wonder if the apostles were already praying for him by name, as they followed the example of Jesus to pray for those who were persecuting them. Maybe in their hearts they never thought it would happen and then, lo, one day Jesus Himself converts one of their biggest persecutors. We can never count out the grace of God, even when all seems dark. The light always overcomes the darkness. Paul surrendered and the world has never been the same since.

I have been thinking a lot about surrender these last few years. I wonder why surrendering to God is so hard for us. We often hear people say, "Just surrender to God, He will take care of you." The Psalms are replete with the cry to entrust ourselves to God. In the Divine Office, one of the antiphons reads, "Surrender to God and He will do everything for you."

So why do we often find it so difficult to surrender? I was pondering the connotation that the word surrender has. Most often it is used in relation to an enemy or an opposing force-- for example, "The thief surrendered to the police" or "The troops surrendered to the invading army." The idea of surrender puts us in a very vulnerable or perhaps unfortunate position. After battling it out, one side surrenders to the more powerful force and is put at the mercy of the victor.This can be a scary situation, indeed.

Perhaps we can ask ourselves if we see God as the enemy, the one who is battling with us, imposing His will on us. Maybe we fear that if we "surrender" we will be put at the mercy of a cruel taskmaster. But these are ways of man, not God. These fears come from original sin and our own sin, not from God.

When we entrust ourselves to God, when we surrender, we place ourselves in a position to receive mercy. We put ourselves at the mercy of Mercy Himself. Mercy means, "tender compassion." We become vulnerable and open to the One who washes the feet of His disciples who will be betray Him. We behold the One who most vulnerably and openly hangs naked on the Cross so we can be forgiven. His words to His Father to "forgive them, for they know not what they do" weren't platitudes on correct behavior but the cry of the One who loves and longs and thirsts for you and for me. He loves us. Oh, how He loves us.

As we journey toward Lent, let us allow Jesus, the Beloved One, to come closer to us. Let us allow Him to whisper to our heart of His deepest desires for us. May we hear Him there, knocking upon the door of our heart and then waiting for our response. If we open the door even a little bit, we will be amazed at the beauty He pours in.

The March For Life

In honor of the March for Life today, I wanted to post this song- Once in Royal David's City. I know it's traditionally a Christmas song but it's so beautiful (especially this arrangement) and speaks to the greatness found in the little Child.

Every child is a gift from God and a deep delight to His heart. Although we as adults, in our brokenness, blindness and sin, often miss this truth, it still shines forth and it will shine forth for all eternity.

May the 55 million innocent children that we as Americans have legally put to death since 1973 "gather round Him bright like stars with glory bound."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Another Colleen Nixon Song....

Here is another older song by Colleen (see post below) about being loved for who we are, not what we look like or what we can "do" for others. We long for this kind of total, freeing love.

Good stuff :)

Colleen Nixon Is Amazing....

I absolutely love the music of Colleen Nixon. Her voice is amazing and her lyrics are deep and powerful. A beautiful Catholic mother of two young children, she sings sacred as well as jazzy blues as well.

This song is one she wrote when she found out that she and her husband were pregnant with their second child while they were busy traveling the country doing music shows. They weren't sure how it would work out but God took care of them and they recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy.

When we trust God, things always work out.

Her album, Lake Ella's Sky, is amazing and is played very often in my car!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage

Join in nine days of prayer, pilgrimage and penance.
Check out this VERY important novena from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops calling us to pray and do penance in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade.

Read more here. Let's do this, folks. We must put our faith into practice and through the grace of God, make a difference in this dark world.

Also, check out the Bishop's call to prayer here. It highlights what we really need to pray for and also calls us to go back to fasting and abstinence on all Fridays. People of goodwill! Let's unite in the grace, peace and willingness to love and serve God and His people.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Blessing of Seven...

Check out this incredibly beautiful post below by my dear and holy friend who is expecting her seventh child. Long live openness to life! May she, her husband and family be richly blessed...

Read her other posts here

“She has a runny nose,” I confessed as I was heading out the door of the church nursery.
“Is it clear?” The supervisor asked glancing at me from the corner of her eye.
“Mostly,” I admitted. 
“If it has any color at all, she can’t stay,” she plainly stated.
I was speechless. I picked baby girl up and motioned for Luke to join us and the three of us walked quietly out the door.
I spent most of Mass in the crowded cry room trying to appease baby girl. It was not what I had in mind.
I needed Mass today. I needed time to be quiet and still, to rejuvenate and worship. It’s not what I got. And why was I stuck in the cry room? Because I did the right thing, I could have easily not mentioned it. They probably never would have noticed. Every other child had a snotty nose. It’s January for crying out loud.
 It’s hard in those moments not to notice those things. I know I am supposed to look straight ahead like a horse with blinders but everything in me wants to glance to the left and the right. This type of distraction is dangerous. It takes your eye off the prize.
A few months ago after Father Foley gave a powerful homily at Mass about the power in saying yes to life in a country plagued by a culture of death. I found myself thinking “We can do this again. We can have another baby.”
Although it was not our intention that fateful night, I have no doubt that it was God’s.
Nine weeks later I am a mess. Green with morning sickness overwhelmed by emotion and grieved by my overwhelming shortcomings as a mom to the six children I already have, I find myself looking at every other family, taking notice of the difference in lifestyle of those who have less. They can keep up with their house work, eat out, sleep in now and then and find time for themselves.
You chose this, I can hear others say. And I have to admit to myself, they are right. I chose this. While I did not check the box next to hurl your dinner or scream at your kids in a hormonal rage or lay prostrate of the closet floor in despair that nothing fits.  I did check the box next to; I come here freely and without reservation to give myself, I will honor this man and I will accept children lovingly from God  and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church. I will love in sickness and health and for richer and poorer until death do us part.
 So here we are, scared and broken trying desperately to live out our vows.  
In those grave moments when every other choice seems easier and more attractive we question ourselves. Are we really doing the right thing?
 Then like manna from heaven come the compelling words of Gregory Nazianzen, a fourth century saint, right into my living room.
Give a portion to seven that is, to this life, and even to eight (our baby we lost!!), the life that will receive us after this one; give little to him from whom you have so much; give even the whole to him who has bestowed all. You will never surpass God’s generosity even if you hand over your entire substance and yourself in the bargain. Indeed, to receive in the truest sense is to give of oneself to God. No matter how much you offer, what remains is always more; and you will be giving nothing that is your own because all things come from God.
 Yes, all things come from God! This beautiful life growing inside of me is pure gift. An undeserved gift to a distracted girl, who knows deep within her being, that as much as she would love to dine out or sleep in, or bask in a few moments of silence, nothing can subtract from the eternity of seven.

I Will Wait...

Love this song by Mumford & Sons.

I don't know if they wrote it to be about God but that's what I think when I hear it.

At times, the best thing we can do when waiting for God when all seems dark is to kneel down and wait for Him. We ask Him to forgive us, heal our hearts, eyes and flesh. We bow low to the ground and in due time God will raise us up. He will raise our hands and paint us "gold". This is awesome.

Jesus, we will wait for you.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Wish This Moment Would Never End...

Carlsbad Flower Fields Ranunculus Buttercup FlowerPerhaps all of us have had brief moments of time when everything seems so perfect and wonderful and we say to ourselves, "I wish this moment would never end." For a short time, everything else fades way. There are no arguments or war. There is no violence, strife or heartbreak. All seems right with the world and those moments captivate us and make our hearts long for eternal peace, love and joy.

I really feel like these moments are small glimpses into Heaven, where perfect love and fulfillment of desire and joy will never end. Everything will be right in Heaven. There is no disorder or tyranny. No hunger or oppression. Everything will be revealed and we will live with our Beloved forever.

Today I had one of those moments. The sun was out and the morning was kissed with warmth and freshness. The birds were flying in the sky and the trees were gently swaying while the puffy clouds floated by in the heavens. It was so peaceful and perfect and it made my heart long for eternity. In spite of all the trouble in the world and the struggles in my own heart, all seemed perfect.

Jesus, I thank you for these simple forshadowings of your deep love for us. Thank you for these moments that set our hearts soaring and allow us to dream and breathe and rest. May all of us turn to you ever more deeply every day of our lives. May we accept your grace and come home to you in the love that never ends...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Christopher West's New Book

Here is the video promo for a new book titled Fill These Hearts from Christopher West. It looks to be AWESOME!

read more about it here--

The Beauty of St. Joseph....

Check out this beautiful painting by young artist Jason Jenicke.
The picture at left is his vision of St. Joseph and Jesus. Love it!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Scary Cupcake...

Why do I find this cupcake so weird??? Cupcake Stalker!

A Father's Love For His Daughter
Sr. Marie Protectrice de la Foi (Mary, Protector of the Faith) enters Novitiate in the community of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matera. Her dad gives her a loving and endearing embrace.

Show Me...

This song by Audrey Assad is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. God bless her for writing such an amazing piece of music.