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Preparing our Hearts during Lent

In the blink of an eye, we are already one week through our Lenten journey.   After seven days, we can reflect on our purpose and commitment during this 40-day retreat.   Even though Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation for Catholics, it is a day that draws so many of us to Mass every year.   The solemnity of the Mass reflects on the faces of the community and prepares each of us to humble ourselves before God this Lent.   We receive our ashes as a visible reminder that we are human with a propensity to sin, but lovingly God created us in His image. It is never to late for us to turn away from sin and reconcile ourselves with God.   Lent is our opportunity to focus intensely on God’s love, to focus on our relationship with Him and to dedicate or rededicate our lives to His only son.   And, at the end of our 40-day retreat, we are given the best reward, New Life in Jesus Christ on Easter. Knowing our reward, how do we best observe Lent, to prepare

Glory awaits us at the end of a difficult journey

A few short weeks after returning to work from my long maternity leave, I changed jobs. The new job comes with a long commute, so in the interest of establishing a positive habit to help me cope with this new stress, I committed myself to praying the rosary daily. The church actually designates certain days of the week to meditate on one of the four mysteries of the rosary during prayer: the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday and Friday; the Joyful Mysteries on Monday and Saturday; and the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday. The Glorious Mysteries fall on Wednesday, allowing you to focus on the Resurrection of Jesus, the Ascension into Heaven, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of Mary into Heaven and the Coronation of Mary. This past Wednesday I turned on my Rosary Army podcast to pray the Glorious Mysteries when it occured to me that this is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. It felt wrong to be focused on the Resurrection instead on the Passion of Christ. But if you

Carrying the Gospel with you

The daily Mass readings arrive in my email inbox via Flocknote every morning. Some days the readings really stand out to me in the morning, but I find it difficult to remember them during the busy day that follows. Today will not be one of those days. Read today's Gospel from Mark 8:34-9:1 Jesus called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. What gain, then, is it for a man to win the whole world and ruin his life? And indeed what can a man offer in exchange for his life? For if anyone in this adulterous and sinful generation is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’ And he said to them, ‘I tell you solemnly, there are some standing

Inspiration from "The Little Flower"

Listening to many friends talk of their devotion to The Little Flower and their love of her “little ways” over the years led me to pick up a copy of the writings and biography of St. Therese of Lisieux to discover the beauty for myself. Upon reading “ The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of the Little Flower (Tan Classics) ,” I was unprepared for the depth of faith and devotion shared by The Little Flower .  Written in a loving, personal tone, her writings begin by explaining her complete devotion to Jesus and Our Lady from a very young age and reflect her experiences, thoughts and feelings throughout her life and years of illness until her death at age 24. Not knowing what to expect picking up the book, I was immediately struck by the humbleness of her writing; that someone of such great faith would be so humble.  Her personal thoughts reveal a real, flawed woman who worked diligently through her little ways to bring herself closer to God.  St. Therese longed to sacrifice

MagnifiKid! - Supporting Kids Living the Faith

MagnifiKid! - weekly spiritual guide & missal As parents of young children, we struggle weekly to keep our children attentive to the Mass in a reverent, age appropriate manner.   Late last year I discovered MagnifiKid! , a weekly spiritual guide and missal for elementary age kids from the Magnificat family.   Containing the Sunday readings and prayers of the Mass, this 16-page full color booklet engages my 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter during Mass.   With easy to follow color-coded speaking parts reflected in the missal, they follow along intently, always surprised to find the booklet containing almost word for word the contents of our Mass.   I absolutely love that my children are focused more attentively at Mass by following the missal.   Reading the words, rather than mumbling along, and having explanations, highlights and definitions at their fingertips gives them a greater depth of understanding as they participate more fully in the life of the C

2 Timothy 1:7 & Pinterest

One of the lovely things I found over on Pinterest  over the weekend.  As you may have guessed, 2 Timothy 1:7 was the inspiration for the name of our blog.  Isn't it just perfect for us! 2 Timothy 1:7 Look!  A second 2 Timothy 1:7 that is just wonderfully lovely. So we decided to create on of our own. Don't you love images with Bible Verses to share on Pinterest?  We created a Pinterest board for beautifully illustrated bible verses that we love.  Will you come follow us? Follow Of Sound Mind & Spirit's board Bible Verse on Pinterest.