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First Holy Communion

My oldest celebrated her First Holy Communion on Sunday.  Many of our family and friends joined us at the special Mass for our Parish children celebrating the Sacrament.  As I spoke and prayed with her the night before First Communion,  it touched my heart to realize that she understands the importance and significance of receiving Holy Communion and truly believes that she actually receives Christ in the Eucharist.  Children are so open to faith.  They believe where so many adults question. Last week, as we said our daily prayers while waiting in the carpool line at school, I listened to her ask God for help in preparing her to receive Him in First Communion.  For her, it wasn't about the dress, veil or outward appearance. She actively focused on the true meaning of the Sacrament.  She found her joy in the excitement of receiving the body and blood of Christ for the first time.  Indeed, after receiving her First Communion, her face radiated with joy.  Everyone could see that i

You Can't Eat Off My Floors

Last month a friend's Facebook status read: If I had a blog or website about being a working mom, I'd call it, "You can't eat off my floors." I laughed really hard, because it’s completely true and it captured one of those areas where I often feel inadequate. My mother kept a cross-stitch sampler on the wall in my childhood home that read, “Dull women have immaculate houses.” So I can't really credit her with raising us to be a "traditional housewife” or any other specific female stereotype. Still, I must have learned from somewhere that “as a Mom,” I’m supposed to keep a clean house and provide my family with healthy meals. Whatever. I need a maid. Heck, I need a housewife or a Mom. Doesn’t everyone have a floor, especially in the kitchen, that makes you just cringe? How does it get so dirty? I’m never home! That goes double for the carpet. If I’m only home for a few hours every evening, why do I have to vacuum it more than once a month? The other adu

Thank You...

I’ve been waiting to write this for a long time. In our 5th grade CCE class this year we talked about how God is a mystery and that He reveals Himself to us through creation, people, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I have often marveled at Creation, never having any doubt that the intricacy of life and myriad of breathtaking moments could only come from our Creator. I firmly believe in Jesus Christ, his birth, teachings, persecution, death and Resurrection. And for the last year I have witnessed his mystery & revelation through ordinary, every day people. In their actions, in their prayers, and in their healing. Over the last three years, I have witnessed three miraculous healings. The first one took me by surprise. I’d received prayer requests before in the past and while I’d say a prayer for that person or family, I didn’t really PRAY WITH FAITH, that is pray with the knowledge and belief that God would answer us. Then came Lily, a tiny micro-preemie born at an unbelievably early 2

Nature's Greatest Gift

CatholicVote spent the day celebrating Earth Day by celebrating Nature's Greatest Gift.   The goal of their latest ad campaign, “...is to use Earth Day to get Americans to think more deeply about what it means to truly respect the Earth and creation. Prevailing environmental attitudes too often view humans as the enemy of nature. We believe the human person is God’s greatest creation, and the Earth’s greatest resource. Building up a culture of life is the single most important way to build a culture that respects the environment,” said Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org Education Fund. As my daughter told me today, "We Love all of God's Creations."   So this Earth Day, we celebrate not only the Earth, but all of God's creations.

Remembering San Jacinto

Monday I mentioned that April has this odd week of unfortunate events . I love that the “week” ends today - April 21. It used to be a day remembered and celebrated by all Texas schoolchildren as the Battle of San Jacinto . After the massacres at the Alamo and Goliad , the Texas Army, led by General Sam Houston, began a retreat east across Texas that would be known as the Runaway Scrape . While Houston came into the Harris County area on a northern route, bringing them to Spring Creek (where Lisa & grew up), Santa Anna led his Army on the southern route – crossing the Brazos River at Richmond and burning the town, Harrisburg. Houston made a fateful decision to turn south, crossing White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou, camping his Army in a small wooded area where the Bayou meets the San Jacinto River. Santa Anna and his 1200 troops lay less than a mile away on the other side of a slight rise. April 21, at 3:30 p.m., Houston ordered the attack, surprising the Mexicans during their

Choosing to Remember Love

Am I the only person who has wondered why some dates seem to be magnets for unpleasant events? About three years ago, my husband commented that there seem to be an awful lot of events or anniversaries taking place in the days before our wedding anniversary. Off the top of my head... President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater on April 14, 1865 and died the next morning. The unsinkable ship, Titanic, struck an iceberg and sank in the evening/morning hours of April 14/15, 1912. Three years ago on April 16, thirty-three people were killed in a shooting at Virginia Tech . Saturday, April 17 marked the 63rd anniversary of the Texas City Disaster - the worst industrial disaster in U.S. history. Yesterday, residents in San Francisco gathered at Lotta’s Fountain to commemorate the 1906 Earthquake . Today we observe the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing . My husband, raised in Oklahoma City, counts among his friends those who were first responders. They were willing to sha

Representing People, not Party

The 2008 election and subsequent policy changes have awoken the silent majority in ways no one could have predicted. Last year the rise of independent grassroot Tea Parties across the country brought people together – Democrats, Republicans, Independents – in a united front against the unprecedented overreaching intrusion of the federal government. Conservatives, disgusted with the moderate-left shift taking place within the Republican party, have been grumbling about forming a third party. However, most realize this would only split our vote and dilute our true needs. Texas State Senator Dan Patrick has had enough of the talk and wants to see action shoring up the Republican party and strengthening the GOP commitment to their founding Conservative Principles. Patrick, owner of a Houston-based radio station KSEV (KVCE in Dallas), was elected to Texas Senate District 7 in 2006 with an overwhelming 69% majority and consistently practices the Conservative values he preaches . For the p

Planned Parenthood's Lies about Medical Information to Encourage Abortion

One might expect a person or organization that claims to be pro-choice, would also support an informed choice .  Live Action reveals yet again that Planned Parenthood is Pro-Abortion and not Pro-Choice.  For the second time in 4 months, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is exposed on video lying and providing inaccurate medical information to a pregnant woman, encouraging her to have an abortion .   Let's  not forget that in 2008, they were exposed violating child rape reporting laws , in how they dealt with a 14 year old who presented herself for an abortion. Rather than supporting women and young girls at a vulnerable and difficult time, Planned Parenthood twists and manipulates the trust placed in them in order to further their profits.  Women seeking their service deserve the truth , about their body, their baby, their health and their options.  We must continue to call for laws requiring full and accurate medical information before an abortion and we must prosecute those wh

Are you Smarter than the Average Citizen?

The nonprofit, nonpartisan educational Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) released shocking findings on their 4th Annual National Civic Literacy report. This year's study reveals that college students lack knowledge on basic essential elements of American history, government and economics, but are being influenced more by leftward political indoctrination on the most polarizing social issues. Dr. Richard Blake, co-chair of ISI's National Civic Literacy Board argues , "... if colleges were adequately teaching their students about America’s history and its institutions, and the same leftward political influences were discovered, then it could be logically concluded that as citizens learned more about their country, this academic enlightenment leads naturally to liberal political enlightenment. But this peculiar combination of collegiate civic ignorance on the one hand, and collegiate liberalism on the other, suggests a wholly different story, one featuring ac

Does Your Vote Matter?

Today is Election Day in Texas for the Primary Run-Offs and just in case you've ever questioned whether or not your vote actually matters - check out this recent result in the March 2010 Texas primary. In Congressional District 146 the incumbent, Al Edwards, lost by 11 votes .  And when you say, its' only the primary... the winner of this Democrat primary faces no Republican opponent in November.  So, in this district the primary, decided by 11 votes , was the election.  Have you voted recently?  Your vote does matter !

Tax Day and Tea Parties

A year ago at this time, Shelly and I were blogging about the first big Tea Parties scheduled for tax day, April 15th. Reading back through our posts, remembering the reasons we stood with thousands of others in our local suburbs for an evening, I find myself filled with trepidation. In the Spring of 2009, we thought federal spending was out of control; that the takeover of power by the federal government was huge; and that our elected officials didn't "get it" and were ignoring us. What a difference a year makes. Here we are in the Spring of 2010 and in spite of millions of Americans waking up and becoming energized, our reality is much worse than we imagined last year. The Obama Administration has increased non-defense discretionary spending by 84 percent in less than two years ; Unemployment is continuing to rise, currently sitting at 9.7%; More people than ever are losing their homes through foreclosure; Congress and the Administration pushed through a massive n

Love Life

Our friend Matthew Warner over at Fallible Blogma has put together a touching one minute video to " help people better connect the political issue of abortion to the reality of abortion ."  I think he did an excellent job.

God Spoke To Me On Easter Morning

Last week I posted on Facebook that I was trying to decide when to attend Mass. Our church offered a Sunrise Mass at 7 a.m. followed by their regular 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. I don’t know whether it’s common in all faiths for people to show up at church only twice a year on Christmas and Easter. I’ve joked that I would rather attend Mass every Sunday than face the overwhelming crowds of people on Easter or Christmas. Don’t misunderstand, I don’t wish they’d stay away!! I welcome them and pray that God speaks to their hearts and plants in them a desire to return to the church regularly in their own time. I just don’t do well in big crowds and the soothing calmness of Mass that speaks to my heart gets a little claustrophobic during the holidays. To understand the following story, I need to tell you about my husband. Raised in the Methodist Church, he has always been supportive of my Catholic faith. Before we married, I told him that raising our children in the Catholic church wa

The Passion of Christ

When the movie The Passion , arrived in movie theaters six years ago, I did not go to see it. Everyone talked about how actually watching the scourging and crucifixion of Christ changed their life. And I was afraid to embrace it. My husband purchased the DVD. He watches it alone once a year, during Holy Week. Last year I watched it with him for the first time. While the suffering of Christ was very real and hard to turn away from, I was stunned to discover that I witnessed the Passion through Mary’s eyes and Mary’s suffering. I identified with her as a mother. Even though I have no sons, I felt her pain – a mother’s pain – watching her child suffer so terribly. I openly wept for her . The pain of knowing our Lord came to us to fulfill this prophecy, to fulfill this purpose, to open the gates of heaven for us and reconcile us with God through sacrifice for OUR sins to the Father, was not as intense as the pain I felt for Mary. As a young girl, she put her faith and trust in God,

"Whatever You Did Not Do for the Least of These"

On yesterday's anniversary of Terri Shiavo's death, I read about a new study that offers promise for patients who diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state .  T he New England Journal of Medicine reports that when testing brain-injured patients with a functional MRI, they found 4 of the 23 tested responded to commands and exhibited brain activity in the same areas as healthy control subjects.  One of the four patients was even able to correctly answer questions with his brain activity, even though he could produce no communication with his body.  This study opens the door for medical professionals and family members to reevaluate how persistent vegetative state patients are diagnosed, treated and valued as human beings .  In 2004, Pope John Paul II argued that health care providers are morally bound to provide food and water to all people living in a persistent vegetative state, directly advocating for Terri Shiavo, who was on no life support other than nourishment.