Sunday, March 9, 2014
Our Prayer today-
Here are some links we'll talk about in Bible Study Today-
Peter's home (Jesus' HQ) in Capernum
The Interlinear Greek New Testament
My thoughts and commentary to follow, after we meet today. I look forward to your thoughts, comments, and insights (even if you're not part of our Bible Study!)!
We covered so much ground today and still only got half way through chapter 1!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
This year it is my goal to take a photo each week of just something in my life. I'm using Instagram for this so that I can easily put them into a template for my Project 12 pages. I may not post them individually here...goodness knows I'm woefully behind on posting my 2013 scrap pages! But I will try to post the finished monthly pages, and you are welcome to follow me over at Instagram!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Catholic Online has a Saint name generator. I tried twice and had fun reading about them both but thought I would take St . Angela as my patron saint for 2014.
The generator was created by Jennifer Fulwiler and her blog is at www.conversiondiary.com.
St . Angela Merici, pray for us!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
How about a quiz!
You are Uhura
|You are a good communicator with a
pleasant soft-spoken voice.
Also a talented singer.
Monday, September 2, 2013
My first thought in such cases is that in order to have any kind of rational discourse, you must be able to get the other person to agree as to WHAT Church authority they will consider the proper teaching authority of the Church. It must be something beyond "the nuns who taught me sex ed in Catholic school 30 years ago" or "everybody knows that". Ideally, if you can get them to agree that the Catechism of the Catholic Church contains the 'rules' which govern Catholic life, you're golden. That may take a discussion or several, but it really does have to be the starting point to get beyond the "he said, she said" sort of arguments. If they are of the 'my opinion of what your Church teaches is just as valid as your opinion' mindset, and will not agree that there can be a definitive source of teaching, then there's no way to have a rational conversation on the subject and further discussion will only devolve into argument.
For the specific challenge of the Catholic Church teaching that sex is sinful I counter, no, the Church teaches that sex is SACRED and therefore not something to be taken lightly or entered into frivolously.
From the CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church):
III. THE LOVE OF HUSBAND AND WIFE
2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.
2361 "Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death."
Tobias got out of bed and said to Sarah, "Sister, get up, and let us pray and implore our Lord that he grant us mercy and safety." So she got up, and they began to pray and implore that they might be kept safe. Tobias began by saying, "Blessed are you, O God of our fathers. . . . You made Adam, and for him you made his wife Eve as a helper and support. From the two of them the race of mankind has sprung. You said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make a helper for him like himself.' I now am taking this kinswoman of mine, not because of lust, but with sincerity. Grant that she and I may find mercy and that we may grow old together." And they both said, "Amen, Amen." Then they went to sleep for the night.
2362 "The acts in marriage by which the intimate and chaste union of the spouses takes place are noble and honorable; the truly human performance of these acts fosters the self-giving they signify and enriches the spouses in joy and gratitude." Sexuality is a source of joy and pleasure:
The Creator himself . . . established that in the [generative] function, spouses should experience pleasure and enjoyment of body and spirit. Therefore, the spouses do nothing evil in seeking this pleasure and enjoyment. They accept what the Creator has intended for them. At the same time, spouses should know how to keep themselves within the limits of just moderation.
2363 The spouses' union achieves the twofold end of marriage: the good of the spouses themselves and the transmission of life. These two meanings or values of marriage cannot be separated without altering the couple's spiritual life and compromising the goods of marriage and the future of the family.
The conjugal love of man and woman thus stands under the twofold obligation of fidelity and fecundity.
How cool is that?! The Church teaches that sex within marriage was created for both the pleasure of the spouses and the transmission of life. Clearly not teaching that sex is sinful.
You would be correct in saying that the Church limits the beautiful and sacred act of sex to those within bonds of holy matrimony. If you have issues with that limitation, we can discuss that another time, but it is the clear teaching of the Church that sex is a GOOD thing, not a sinful act.
A couple of good resources for some one who wants to know more about the Catholic views on sex are:
The Theology of the Body website- a great place to start!
The Theology of the Body Institute website
Good News about Sex and Marriage by Christopher West
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
"Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."
I wonder if we know how John's disciples prayed. Not that it's important for our faith or our salvation, but it would be interesting to know.
Just the stray thought that popped into my head as I read the reading before Mass this morning.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Life tends to get in the way sometimes, and I'm way behind on my scrapping. I did FINALLY get the pages for March finished up, but rather than deluge you with them, I've got them up on both Photobucket and Pinterest.
Here's the slideshow on Photobucket:
and here's the Pinterest board
The order of the pages is a little wonky on both sites, but you get the general idea! Credits for the pages are listed in the Photobucket versions, and in the metadata for each page (right click on the picture, select Properties, go to the Details tab and you'll see the credits).
I hope to get April through June scrapped sooner rather than later, but we'll see how that goes!
I'd love to know what you think, do you prefer this way of showing the pages, or would you rather have a long post with each scrap page showing individually?
Thanks for following me! :)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
So You're Feeling Too Fat to be Photographed
Really good reminders there, especially this one-
And if you’re thinking that high school friend on Facebook will say to herself (“wow she has gained weight”) then . . . newsflash you DID. You gained weight. Shed a tear. Read a book. Drink a Sweet Tea. Watch Oprah. Whatever it takes. Accept this reality . . . YOU GAINED WEIGHT. The truth is you’ve gained a lot of other things too (a career, a family, some kids, a house, a love for travel, the ability to coordinate your separetes . . . ) and that girl from high school is going to spend a lot more time hating on those things then she ever will on your double chin.
So you’re feeling too fat to be photographed? . . . Ok. But you’re the only one who notices. The rest of us are too caught up in loving you.
Go read the whole thing, it's worth your time. Now I have to figure out how to get out from BEHIND the camera so much! :)
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Here's one I took of Aaryk and his dad when he was in town last month, and I got to use Jilbert's beautiful kit, Southwestern Venture for it!
Fonts: Lithos Pro and Nueva Std
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Tonight I wanted to try and make a 2 page layout using a single 17x11 page. I had the pictures Mom took of Dad with the Keurig we got him for his 80th birthday and came up with this-
I know this is nothing new to many digital scrappers, but it was a first for me today and I thought I would share! I can see myself working in this format quite a bit!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Every once in a while God needs to hit me upside the head with the clue by four. Today it was in the second reading from 1 Corinthians 13:5b-
Love does not brood over injury
Let's say it again so I don't forget...
LOVE DOES NOT BROOD OVER INJURY
Aaryk says I could just stop at 'Love does not brood', and he's probably right!
This is a hard lesson to remember, but an important one. Not only for my marriage, but in all my relationships. I need to learn to let go of the hurt and move on. Whether a friend or loved one is the source, and whether or not it affects the relationship in any meaningful way, I need to learn to let it go and pray. Just pray. That's the only way I will still be able to love, really love.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
First up, the Progressive Scrap over at theStudio-
Day 1- Aimee Harrison Design Studio, Nibbles Skribbles, Laitha's Designs, and Snickerdoodle Designs
Day 2- Sweet Made Inc, and Laitha's Designs
Day 3- Aimee Harrison Designs and Snickerdoodle Designs
Day 4- Booland Designs and Laitha's Designs
Day 5- Created by Jill
Day 6- Nibbles Skribbles and Piggyscraps
Day 7- Julie C Designs and Sweetmade Inc
Fonts- Kirsten ITC, Geodesic, and Constantia
The rest are ones that just called to me in one way or another, either a color or pattern on the photo, or just wanting to try my hand at working with older pictures from slides. Either way, here they are~
Font: Scrap Rhapsody
Font: Scrap Rhapsody
Fonts: Nueva Std and Postino