Today marks the halfway point between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It’s a good time to evaluate how we’re doing with our Lenten practices of increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
But perhaps the most important question: Am I — in my Lenten observances, in my day-to-day life — working to build up the Kingdom of God, or am I making choices, regardless how small, that distract and distance me from the throne of grace?
Click here for my reflection on today’s Gospel for CatholicMom.com.
In the silent stillness before dawn, I slowly opened my eyes, reluctant to survey the aftermath of the previous night’s activities. There were empty junk food wrappers strewn about the small room, as well as myriad red cups offering up their remaining contents to the already-stained carpet. The sickly sweet smells of alcohol, incense, and smoke clung to my hoodie and jeans and clouded my memory. As I slowly sat up, I noticed about ten or eleven other teens—male and female—still sleeping in whichever spot they found themselves when they eventually passed out.
As I finally came to, my thoughts came clearly and rapidly: What am I doing here? Is this all there is to life? Is this what my future holds? Who have I become?
Read the rest here.
Photo used with permission by Blessed is She.
Okay. You got me.
There might be a slight bait and switch going on with today’s post title. While it is highly probable that somehow, somewhere on the interwebz there is raw footage of me actually beatboxing or rapping or otherwise making a fool of myself for the Gospel, I’m not unearthing said footage today (cue my mother breathing a sigh of relief).
Rather, I’m over at Blessed is She, rapping about today’s Gospel passage, which is, quite literally, an oldie but a goody about the contradictions of Christian life. I share a bit about the methodology I use to dive into Scripture, as well as acknowledge how crazy it often seems to live as Christ-bearers in today’s post-Christian society:
“When we live the paradoxical, counter-cultural realities of Christianity, however, we are promised fruit that remains. In Him—and not in the world—we are ultimately satisfied. In Him, we rejoice and leap for joy. The Kingdom of God is ours through Jesus. Let’s continue to feed on the Word as we journey this road with Him.”
Read the rest here, y’all, and let me know what you do to keep yourself immersed in and open to His Living Word.
God bless y’all,
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You’ve heard about Blessed is She, right? If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know it’s a ministry near and dear to my heart and has brought thousands of women closer to Our Lord through Sacred Scripture. Well, my friends – something super exciting is now available for you and your friends through this amazing apostolate: the very first Blessed is She study guide!
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Emily Wilson on Faith
Yours truly on Hope
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God bless you!
Today, I’m over at Blessed as She talking about Jesus’ healing power. Here’s a sneak peek:
In Jesus’ time, thousands sought healing in the midst of their pain and affliction. They sought Him. And, over and over again, Jesus welcomed them, touched and healed them; He loved them without condition and showered them with mercy.
Read more here!
God bless y’all.