Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This teaching is hard

Today's first reading is one that I struggle with-

Reading 11 JN 3:7-10

Children, let no one deceive you. 
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous. 
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. 
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. 
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God's seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. 
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.

How are we sinful, fallen creatures to live up to this standard? Called to sinlessness, called to righteousness. The surrounding verses make this no easier to bear. 
So, knowing that I will at some point fall into sin, I still have to act. I still have to live in righteousness in THIS moment.
Not for fear, but for love. Choose the loving thing now, this time, breath by breath.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Lost Art of Listening

This is really just a germ of an idea that has been rattling around in my brain for a week now.

In this faceless, instant communication society, with the use of Facebook, Twitter, and the like we are so quick to 'speak' our minds but we are losing the ability to LISTEN to what others are saying.

So many people have 'unfriended' others over the election, over their religion, over their beliefs, whatever. Have you ever thought about why you became friends in the first place? When's the last time you actually TALKED to them, and really LISTENED?

We need to re-cultivate our listening skills. Each one of us.

Ask questions and LISTEN to the answers. Take a moment of silence to THINK about what was said, and not just reply immediately.

This is an idea that I want to flesh out for a class that I teach, and so as I'm doing that I will post more here, and have some links that I want to look at in more depth later.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LOA Week Three

Kit: Hallow's Eve Collab by Berna's Playground, Christine Art, Jen Maddocks Design, and The Urban Fairy Available here-

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Layout Artist Competition- Week 2

Kit: Faithbooking Joy by Jenn Maddocks Designs
Template: Artisan Favorite Templates 13 #6 by Jen Maddocks Designs available here-
Font: Tiaga

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wow, it's been a year?!?!

Oh my gosh, am I embarrassed! The last thing I posted here was from the Layout Artist competition LAST YEAR!!! Oh well, I'll endeavor to do better going forward and keep folks updated on what I'm working on, musing about and such.

For now though, here's my Week 1 entry in this year's Layout Artist competition at theStudio~
Kit: Beautiful (May 2015 Mega Kit) by the Studio designers including- ADB Designs, Terry Maruca, Let Me Scrapbook, 
Snickerdoodle Designs, Laitha Designs, Vero-The French Touch, Patty B Scraps, The Urban Fairy, 
LouCee Creations, Jilberts Bits of Bytes, Designs By Brigit, and Zesty Designs 
Font: Lucinda Handwriting Italic

And here it is in my normal 8.5x11~

This kit is available here~ Beautiful

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Layout Artist Week 3- At the Farm

For this week, we got to play with the September 2015 Mega Kit- Fall Colors!

Kit: Fall Colors Sept. 2015 Mega Kit by the designers at theStudio available here
Font: Freestyle Script

And in the 8.5x11 format I use to print-

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Layout Artist Week 2- Shutterbug

This week we had a fabulous Collab to showcase!

Kit: All About Me Collab by Jilbert's Bits of Bytes, Nibbles Skribbles, and WendyP Designs available here 

Font: Pristina

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Layout Artist Week 1- Just Play!

I'm participating in the annual Layout Artist contest over at theStudio

Here's my week one entry! :)

and in my usual LTR format-

Template- LOA Week 1 White Space Template by Heartstrings Scrap Art available here
Kit- Adam Plays Outside by Nibbles Skribbles available here 
Fonts: Papyrus and Nueva Std

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Moved by Ignorance

Something Father Dan said during the homily today really struck a cord with me. Today's reading from Mark chapter 6 verses 30-34-

The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught. 
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” 
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat. 
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. 
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. 
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Often  times in the Gospels Jesus is moved by pity, compassion, or the faith of the people around him. In many of those cases he performs miracles of healing. When you think about it, the time and energy for Jesus to heal some one is generally seen as something that happens instantaneously and with minimal effort of Jesus' part. 

But in today's Gospel, Jesus and the disciples were tired, hungry, and just needed to rest in quiet a bit. But when he saw the crowds he was moved with pity for them. Not because they were in need of physical healing, but because they were lost. He was moved by their ignorance and desire to learn, to be shepherded. This is not some instant fix, but something that required Jesus to spend his time and energy (of which he was running low, remember? He hadn't eaten, and was physically tired BEFORE getting into the boat!). But this was important, he saw the people's need to learn, to be led, and he took the time to meet their need. 

Father Dan this morning quoted St. Jose Maria Escriva on this- "Jesus is moved by hunger and sorrow, but what moves him most is ignorance."  

Lord, help me to recognize my ignorance and lead me to You and Your understanding. Thank you for being willing to spend time with me, to teach me an lead me to greater understanding.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Praying with Scripture

I heard a great episode of The Inner Life on Relevant Radio today, all about various ways to incorporate scripture into our prayer life. It struck me as something I wanted to remember and go back to, so I'm posting the podcast link here-

The Inner Life - Jun 22, 2015 

I think my favorite show on Relevant Radio is The Inner Life. If you want to check it out, here's a link to the show page, and to the audio archives

If you download the Relevant Radio app, you can get podcast version of the shows there too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Round Robin week 4- Musical Love

Kit: Sounds of Spring Collab by Wendy P Designs and Designs by Brigit
Available here
Font: Sanvito Pro

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My Dad in Plaid

When I saw the plaid paper in this kit I immediately thought of my Dad. Looking back, for about as long as I can remember, Dad has always had at least one plaid shirt. It was great fun going through photos to find ones of him in plaid over the years!

Kit: Spring into Time Collab by Wendy P Designs and Lara's Digiworld
available here
Font: Plantagenet Cherokee

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Some pretties for April

It's been a crazy month at work, but I do have some pretties to share with you!

Made with April Showers Collab by Wendy P Designs and
Jilbert's Bits of Bytes

Made with April Showers Collab by Wendy P Designs and
Jilbert's Bits of Bytes

Made with Market Fresh by Jilbert's Bits of Bytes as part of the Coordinated Collection 
at theStudio

Made with the April Mega Kit- He is Risen by the designers at

All of these kits are available at the BRAND NEW store for theStudio here. Go check them out, and please be patient. Like anything new in this digital age, they are working through a few bugs!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cherished Bits Freebie!

Alright gang, here goes!

I have created by first freebie! :)

It's a Quick Page using Jilbert's Bits of Bytes new kit- Cherished Bits. This beautiful kit has the right touch of vintage and elegance and I love the colors she chose for it!

You can get Cherished bits over at theStudio here. You really need to go check it out! :)

Here's the QP-

You can download it here

Thanks for checking it out, and I'd love to see what you do with it!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cherished Bits

Here's a page I made with Jilbert's Bits of Bytes newest kit- Cherished Bits. It's my Aunt Wanda and Uncle Hank, on their wedding day and at a nephew's wedding last year.

 I made it in 12x12 as part of Jill's Creative Team and then redid it as an 8.5x11 for my scrapbook. I love kits that make it easy to work both ways!

You can get Cherished Bits over at theStudio here. Go check it out, it's gorgeous!