No more.

No more.

Today is the fifth anniversary of my consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I don’t feel like celebrating. Honestly, today I wish I could just run and hide myself in Mary’s mantle, never to be seen or heard from again. Because I am horrified. Devastated. Grief-stricken. And angry. So, so angry.

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And yet. My Mama Mary is a fighter. She is gentle and loving, but she isn’t taking this wretched evil sitting down. Now way, no how. She shows me that she is crushing the enemy with her bare foot. She shows me she is interceding for her broken children, pleading for us all to return to her Divine Son in Spirit and in Truth. She is showing me that God wins.

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So, today, I’m choosing to be my Mama’s girl. I will choose to be brave. I will not run. I will not hide. I will not leave. I will not give up. I will not allow the sorrow and the anger and the fear to drown out my voice, trample my faith, or usurp my free will. I will stay. And I will fight.

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Today, I join millions of my brothers and sisters on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass — the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, the Church Triumphant — offering what little I have as a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise to a God Who is GOOD. Who still sits on His throne. Who is loving and merciful and just. And Who will not. be. mocked.

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I will pick up my rosary. I will offer my little sacrifices of praise and lamentation and fasting. I will ask for answers. I will demand change. And I will pray. Yes, I will pray. Because I am my Mother’s daughter. And the gates of Hell shall not prevail.

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+ Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen. +

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Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Inspiring things for now + later {Link-up with #5Faves}

Linking up today for the first time EVAH with #5Faves, hosted by sweet Jenna!

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And awaaaay we gooo! From left to right:

1) Three words come to mind when I look at the crazy-awesome logos created for my under-construction site and this here blog by my amazingly talented new friend Erica at Be A Heart: Beautiful. Incredible. Mine. It’s enough to make a girl cry from joy.  Shhh … don’t tell anyone!

2) My pal Fr. J. recently traveled for a vacation + pilgrimage to Hawaii. Man. Some dudes have all the luck. Well, between the two of us, DH and I are celebrating some special stuff in 2016. So … I am hoping … and praying … and wishing … we can return to the place of our honeymoon next year. It is nice to reminisce …. and ponder the possibilities. #DreamBig

3) There are so many reasons I’m inspired by the #BISsisterhood right now – the daily devotions, the instagram photo challenges, the blog link-up – it truly is alllll good. If you’re in need of an authentic female Catholic community online, I invite you to check it out.

4) It takes courage, sometimes, just to live life – laundry, tantrums, misunderstandings, lack of motivation, soup on the floor and poop in the pants, having tough conversations, illness, feeling unappreciated/unloved/unseen, going to Adoration when I’m tempted to just go to sleep, staying off Facebook and skipping the chocolate. St. Teresa’s words inspire me to have courage for all the things (big and small) that come my way.

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Annnnnd ….

5) Who wouldn’t be inspired by these happy smiling faces? A fun moment where everyone was contently slurping their smoothie at the mall last weekend. #BirthdayBonanza

Until next time.

heather

 

 

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