Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
This batch is all Catholic ones, I'll have a link drop of Crafty and Scrapping ones later on.
Ok, here we go! :)
Pillars of Catholicism this is a 13 part 'crash course' on Catholicism from the John Paul the Great Catholic University.
Word Among Us is the web home of the Word Among Us devotional. Lots of great Catholic articles to read even if you don't subscribe.
Word on Fire is the website of Fr. Barron, who brought us the book and then the DVD study series Catholicism. Great resource!
Catholic Home Study Service One of my favorite study sites. FREE books with study questions to answer on a variety of Catholic topics.
What Catholic and/or Bible Study resources do YOU use online?
I made this page from Jilbert's Georgia Peach kit and love how the colors all flow together so nicely!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
My friend was having trouble because she did not feel that she was given time to adequately present her point of view to the group, and mostly because she views corporate worship as contradictory to saying "I'm going to enjoy this no matter what the people around me think of it".
We discussed it ad nauseum in another forum, but I am still troubled by the idea that we must all conform to the same tastes in worship in order to be...what...community?
Corporate worship, that one hour a week where we gather as Church is a time to focus on the Creator, to WORSHIP Him. It's not a time to be focusing on the music, the homily, or the kid fussing two rows up unless these things bring us closer to God. If, on the other hand, they DO bring us closer to God as a form of worship, then they are very good. But you will NEVER get a group of more than 10 people together (and 10 is a stretch) who all worship the same way.
Unlike our protestant brothers who split off and form new churches because the pastor doesn't wear a tie, or over the music leader being a woman (two splits in my parent's church in the last decade), we have something that holds us together as Catholics~ the Eucharist. THAT is why we gather for corporate worship, and for no other reason. To receive Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity at Mass. Everything else is just to bring us to the Table.
Whether or not it was St. Augustine who originally said- In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, charity it's a good reminder that the essentials are what make us Catholic, and that even in corporate worship we have the liberty to worship God as best we can even if it is differently done from the person sitting next to you.
Now, having said all this, what my dear friend was describing, a corporate worship where we are all of one mind in how we worship the King of Kings is something that I long for. But I know that we will only sing with one voice on the other side of Glory. The Angels and Saints are doing it right now, and one day I will join them in that glad song.
But for today, I will gladly stand next to you and worship with you, praising God with all my heart even if we do it differently.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Happy Birthday Nana, we miss you...
Font: CK Bella
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Font: Marketing Script
Friday, May 16, 2014
Kit: Destination Anywhere Collab by The Urban Fairy and Manu Scraps
Fonts: Calvin and Hobbes and Poplar Std
Copyright 2014 by Kyrie Drake
Friday, May 9, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
It used to be that most all protestant churches, even 'low church' denominations called their worship space a sanctuary. More and more though I'm seeing them renamed as 'worship centers'. This bothers me as it seems to me that we lose some of the holiness of gathering as 'church' this way. It's a mindset. Sure, whenever two or more are gathered in His name He is there and all, but Church is more than gathering together.
Even before I was Catholic, I always felt there was something special about the sanctuaries of traditional style churches. The pews, the weathered songbooks, the podium, the choir loft, the baptismal area, and the communion table all gave the feel that this place was special, set apart specifically for the worship of God. That's the very definition of holy or sacred.
Today's 'worship center' has none of that. It could be any room with chairs and a stage. While, again, we can certainly worship God in ANY place and should be doing so in all times and all aspects of our lives I think we really lose something by getting rid of the 'sacredness' of our churches.
The thought that concreted this in my mind this morning was that when we do this we risk church being about what WE do for God, and less about honoring what God has done for us.
Just my thought for today!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The other day I started to pray the St. Michael prayer but in my mind I said, 'St. Michael the Archangel protect us from battle'.
But that's not how it goes, is it?
St. Michael the Archangel, DEFEND us in battle.
That is what we cry out in prayer. For the battle is here and now and all around us. God never promised us release from the battlefield, only that we could call upon His aid and that of His holy angels in our times of deepest need.
I do battle tonight, with my weakness, my anger, my desolation.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend me in battle,
Be my protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him I humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
By the power of God
Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
Who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of my soul. Amen
All you Angels and Saints, pray for me!