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  • “What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.” (From an ancient homily in Holy Saturday)
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“On Holy Saturday, we wait in peaceful silence with the Blessed Mother, who expectantly awaited her Son’s resurrection...Mary, pray that we may trust as you did in the power of your Son to defeat death!” -Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble —
#catholic #holysaturday #mementomori #livemementomori #bislent #bissisterhood #ladycalypsothecat
  • “What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled.” (From an ancient homily in Holy Saturday)

    “On Holy Saturday, we wait in peaceful silence with the Blessed Mother, who expectantly awaited her Son’s resurrection...Mary, pray that we may trust as you did in the power of your Son to defeat death!” -Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble —
    #catholic #holysaturday #mementomori #livemementomori #bislent #bissisterhood #ladycalypsothecat

  •  17  1  20 April, 2019
  • // John 19:28
“I thirst.”
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For the ones who fear being forgotten or left behind, 
this right here is assurance that 
Christ does not forget. 
As Jesus hung on the Cross, 
He had YOU on His mind, 
in His eyes, and 
on His heart. 
His thirst is for you and your love. 
It’s all He has ever wanted. 
His tragic death was for you, 
so if nothing else, 
rest tonight knowing that 
Christ laid down His life 
because of His burning passion 
for your heart and soul. 
You are wanted, 
you are necessary, 
you are remembered, and 
you are so incredibly loved, my dear.
  • // John 19:28
    “I thirst.”
    .
    For the ones who fear being forgotten or left behind,
    this right here is assurance that
    Christ does not forget.
    As Jesus hung on the Cross,
    He had YOU on His mind,
    in His eyes, and
    on His heart.
    His thirst is for you and your love.
    It’s all He has ever wanted.
    His tragic death was for you,
    so if nothing else,
    rest tonight knowing that
    Christ laid down His life
    because of His burning passion
    for your heart and soul.
    You are wanted,
    you are necessary,
    you are remembered, and
    you are so incredibly loved, my dear.

  •  44  2  20 April, 2019
  • Good Friday always leaves me at a loss for words. At the heart of us, at the heart of my faith, at the heart of it all is Love.⁣
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From my favorite reflection on the stations (I’ll link it in my stories): “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’⁣
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“It is Love that has brought Jesus to Calvary. And once on the Cross, all his gestures and all his words are of love, a love both calm and strong.⁣
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“We must bring into our life, to make them our own, the life and death of Christ. We must die through mortification and penance, so that Christ may live in us through Love. And then follow in the footsteps of Christ, with a zeal to co-redeem all mankind. ⁣
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“We must give our life for others. That is the only way to live the life of Jesus Christ and to become one and the same thing with Him.” -𝘚𝘵. 𝘑𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢 𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘢, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴
  • Good Friday always leaves me at a loss for words. At the heart of us, at the heart of my faith, at the heart of it all is Love.⁣

    From my favorite reflection on the stations (I’ll link it in my stories): “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’⁣

    “It is Love that has brought Jesus to Calvary. And once on the Cross, all his gestures and all his words are of love, a love both calm and strong.⁣

    “We must bring into our life, to make them our own, the life and death of Christ. We must die through mortification and penance, so that Christ may live in us through Love. And then follow in the footsteps of Christ, with a zeal to co-redeem all mankind. ⁣

    “We must give our life for others. That is the only way to live the life of Jesus Christ and to become one and the same thing with Him.” -𝘚𝘵. 𝘑𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘢 𝘌𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘢, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴

  •  245  14  20 April, 2019
  • It is finished.
  • It is finished.

  •  298  9  19 April, 2019
  • Posting this poem I wrote back in college—again—because I will never tire of meditating on Christ’s point of view from the cross. A blessed Good Friday, friends.
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Crux.
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It looks different from up here
the soldiers smaller,
their menacing scowls
too far away to see
.. or maybe it's just the blood and sweat  that fills my eyes, blurring my vision
..
The deafening noise
is not as loud up here
—shouting, screaming,
crying, mocking—
.. but maybe it's just the screaming  pain in my body drowning it all out
..
The sun—baking my torn flesh
As the flies buzz around
my open wounds—feels
hotter from up here
.. Or maybe it's just because  Their cold hearts are further away
..
The world looks harder from up here
Filled with sin, Caesars, and high priests
Who only love themselves
Who have no need for me
.. Or maybe they are more in need of me now  Than ever before
..
My heart feels different from up here
Hurting to the point of death
..
Loving
more than life itself
.. But maybe... maybe if I can touch even one, single, life—
..
It will all be worth it.
—Megan (McQuaig) Hjelmstad
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Originally published in Dappled Things Literary Magazine, Sts. Peter and Paul edition, 2006.
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#positivelyimperfect #goodfriday #savior #everydaysacred #catholic #thecatholicwoman #bislent #catholicwomen #catholiclife #triduum #passionofchrist #bissisterhood #projectblessed #blessedmother #marymagdalen #belovedlife #womensaints #shedelights #darlingweekend
  • Posting this poem I wrote back in college—again—because I will never tire of meditating on Christ’s point of view from the cross. A blessed Good Friday, friends.
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    Crux.
    .
    It looks different from up here
    the soldiers smaller,
    their menacing scowls
    too far away to see
    .. or maybe it's just the blood and sweat that fills my eyes, blurring my vision
    ..
    The deafening noise
    is not as loud up here
    —shouting, screaming,
    crying, mocking—
    .. but maybe it's just the screaming pain in my body drowning it all out
    ..
    The sun—baking my torn flesh
    As the flies buzz around
    my open wounds—feels
    hotter from up here
    .. Or maybe it's just because Their cold hearts are further away
    ..
    The world looks harder from up here
    Filled with sin, Caesars, and high priests
    Who only love themselves
    Who have no need for me
    .. Or maybe they are more in need of me now Than ever before
    ..
    My heart feels different from up here
    Hurting to the point of death
    ..
    Loving
    more than life itself
    .. But maybe... maybe if I can touch even one, single, life—
    ..
    It will all be worth it.
    —Megan (McQuaig) Hjelmstad
    ..
    Originally published in Dappled Things Literary Magazine, Sts. Peter and Paul edition, 2006.
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    #positivelyimperfect #goodfriday #savior #everydaysacred #catholic #thecatholicwoman #bislent #catholicwomen #catholiclife #triduum #passionofchrist #bissisterhood #projectblessed #blessedmother #marymagdalen #belovedlife #womensaints #shedelights #darlingweekend

  •  246  7  19 April, 2019
  • The garden of Gethsemane.⁣
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This night reminds me of the humanity of Jesus. His fear. His anguish. His sorrow. His weakness. His isolation. His wrestling. His heartbreak. His lament.⁣
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“Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” | Mark 14:36⁣
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He endured the fullness of suffering first. He wrestled with the weight of darkness. He felt the heartbreak of betrayal. He knew the disappointment of isolation.⁣
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But the Father is right there with him. He could be bold and real and raw and process and cry out the very real feelings of his Sacred human heart because he knew his Father. He modeled intimacy and trust and dependence. I love love the image @mphelser illustrates of how “The Father got on his hands and knees and wept with his Son - ‘I wish there was another way.’” Because he loved so fiercely, he knew there was no other way.⁣
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I just want to stay awake with Jesus. To keep watch and unite the tiniest drop of my suffering with his. To console his aching heart. To feel permission to be messy and emotional. To surrender agony over to the Father. To just let the complete emptying and whole being prayer cultivate an unshakable trust. Trust that is rooted in hope beyond the harsh seasons of this world.⁣
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📷: taken for @blessedisshe__ #BISlent
  • The garden of Gethsemane.⁣

    This night reminds me of the humanity of Jesus. His fear. His anguish. His sorrow. His weakness. His isolation. His wrestling. His heartbreak. His lament.⁣

    “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will.” | Mark 14:36⁣

    He endured the fullness of suffering first. He wrestled with the weight of darkness. He felt the heartbreak of betrayal. He knew the disappointment of isolation.⁣

    But the Father is right there with him. He could be bold and real and raw and process and cry out the very real feelings of his Sacred human heart because he knew his Father. He modeled intimacy and trust and dependence. I love love the image @mphelser illustrates of how “The Father got on his hands and knees and wept with his Son - ‘I wish there was another way.’” Because he loved so fiercely, he knew there was no other way.⁣

    I just want to stay awake with Jesus. To keep watch and unite the tiniest drop of my suffering with his. To console his aching heart. To feel permission to be messy and emotional. To surrender agony over to the Father. To just let the complete emptying and whole being prayer cultivate an unshakable trust. Trust that is rooted in hope beyond the harsh seasons of this world.⁣

    📷: taken for @blessedisshe__ #BISlent

  •  231  2  19 April, 2019
  • We weren’t brave enough to do Holy Thursday Mass, but I think we started a new tradition today. “He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.” -John 13:4-5
  • We weren’t brave enough to do Holy Thursday Mass, but I think we started a new tradition today. “He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.” -John 13:4-5

  •  101  6  19 April, 2019
  • // John 13:8a
“Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’”
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Those exact words might not escape my lips, but my refusal to allow Jesus to care for me silently screams them. I run from His gentle touch and warm embrace in my moments of insecurity, shame, and fear. He reaches out, ready to wash my feet on a daily basis, yet I refuse the opportunity time after time when I try to fill the gaps in my heart with anything other than Him.
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Jesus, help me this week especially, to stop — to draw near to you and to the love and mercy that you desire to shower me with. Amen.
  • // John 13:8a
    “Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’”
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    Those exact words might not escape my lips, but my refusal to allow Jesus to care for me silently screams them. I run from His gentle touch and warm embrace in my moments of insecurity, shame, and fear. He reaches out, ready to wash my feet on a daily basis, yet I refuse the opportunity time after time when I try to fill the gaps in my heart with anything other than Him.
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    Jesus, help me this week especially, to stop — to draw near to you and to the love and mercy that you desire to shower me with. Amen.

  •  46  4  18 April, 2019
  • // ISAIAH 49
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Being reminded of the purpose and intentionality with which our Father breathed life into us makes my heart dance a bit.
  • // ISAIAH 49

    Being reminded of the purpose and intentionality with which our Father breathed life into us makes my heart dance a bit.

  •  70  1  17 April, 2019
  • Friends. I feel so lucky to able to share this!
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Background [pun intended]:
I spent last week in (relative) agony & sleeplessness after my back/neck protested my (mostly) gentle family ski day. I spent four days straight hopping back and forth from my physical trainer to my (wonderful Catholic) chiropractor, but couldn’t find even the slightest relief, & a weekend of Army reserve duty was looming ahead. So Friday I went back to my chiro to ask for a note delineating my injury and fitness limitations... aka “poor human cannot move.” Not only did he draw up the note, he said...
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>>>>> “I had a St. Gemma relic in the office yesterday because it was her feast day. Do you want to borrow it? You can come back and get it Monday.” Um WUT. First of all... are you kidding me? and of course YES PLEASE!!! 😱😭
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SO. I get to hang with this girl, model of suffering, patron of back pain, for all of Holy Week and Easter!! .
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Also asking her intercession for all of your intentions!  Feel free to share below or list as a private intention, I will bring them each to prayer with her relic. 💛 .
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As for me, I saw a specialist today who took xrays, ordered an MRI, and confirmed that it’s probably a herniated disc/trapped nerve at the rare T1 juncture (which would explain the significant loss of feeling and function in my right arm 😬💪🏼) If you want you can join me in asking her miraculous intercession for complete healing of my back/neck/discs/spine, and anything unseen in my heart and soul and body that might warrant more immediate healing.
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St. Gemma Galgani, mystic, stigmatist, and model of virtue, pray for us! .
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Her other patronages include: .
• Students
• Pharmacists
• Paratroopers and Parachutists (also me!)
• Loss of parents
• Those suffering back injury or back pain (me!)
• Those suffering with headaches/migraines
• Those struggling with temptations to impurity
• Those seeking purity of heart (me again!)
  • Friends. I feel so lucky to able to share this!
    .
    Background [pun intended]:
    I spent last week in (relative) agony & sleeplessness after my back/neck protested my (mostly) gentle family ski day. I spent four days straight hopping back and forth from my physical trainer to my (wonderful Catholic) chiropractor, but couldn’t find even the slightest relief, & a weekend of Army reserve duty was looming ahead. So Friday I went back to my chiro to ask for a note delineating my injury and fitness limitations... aka “poor human cannot move.” Not only did he draw up the note, he said...
    .
    >>>>> “I had a St. Gemma relic in the office yesterday because it was her feast day. Do you want to borrow it? You can come back and get it Monday.” Um WUT. First of all... are you kidding me? and of course YES PLEASE!!! 😱😭
    .
    SO. I get to hang with this girl, model of suffering, patron of back pain, for all of Holy Week and Easter!! .
    .
    Also asking her intercession for all of your intentions! Feel free to share below or list as a private intention, I will bring them each to prayer with her relic. 💛 .
    .
    .
    As for me, I saw a specialist today who took xrays, ordered an MRI, and confirmed that it’s probably a herniated disc/trapped nerve at the rare T1 juncture (which would explain the significant loss of feeling and function in my right arm 😬💪🏼) If you want you can join me in asking her miraculous intercession for complete healing of my back/neck/discs/spine, and anything unseen in my heart and soul and body that might warrant more immediate healing.
    .

    St. Gemma Galgani, mystic, stigmatist, and model of virtue, pray for us! .
    .
    .
    Her other patronages include: .
    • Students
    • Pharmacists
    • Paratroopers and Parachutists (also me!)
    • Loss of parents
    • Those suffering back injury or back pain (me!)
    • Those suffering with headaches/migraines
    • Those struggling with temptations to impurity
    • Those seeking purity of heart (me again!)

  •  461  135  16 April, 2019
  • I took this yesterday - a regular weeknight with soccer practice, homework, me scrambling to make dinner, kids running around, and a mess expertly cropped out of view.⁣⁣
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When @beaheartdesign first shared her new line of paper goods, the “Alleluia Collection,” I couldn’t contain my excitement. 😍🎉These are so perfect for Easter, sacraments, or any old day. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 “𝘙𝘦𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘦 𝘎𝘭𝘢𝘥 ” 𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 - aah!⁣!⁣
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I got a cake from Aldi, made a tiny version of her free printable banner, and arranged grocery store blooms with Blessed swords, err, palms. Everyone here thought we were having a party. 😄⁣⁣
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Thank you, @ericatighecampbell for these GORGEOUS Easter paper goods and letting us rejoice in the ordinary. 💕 #alleluiacollection #catholic #lent #easter #beaheartpartygoods #BISlent #BISsisterhood #catholiccreatives #rejoiceandbeglad #holyweek
  • I took this yesterday - a regular weeknight with soccer practice, homework, me scrambling to make dinner, kids running around, and a mess expertly cropped out of view.⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    When @beaheartdesign first shared her new line of paper goods, the “Alleluia Collection,” I couldn’t contain my excitement. 😍🎉These are so perfect for Easter, sacraments, or any old day. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 “𝘙𝘦𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘦 𝘎𝘭𝘢𝘥 ” 𝘯𝘢𝘱𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦 - aah!⁣!⁣
    ⁣⁣
    I got a cake from Aldi, made a tiny version of her free printable banner, and arranged grocery store blooms with Blessed swords, err, palms. Everyone here thought we were having a party. 😄⁣⁣
    ⁣⁣
    Thank you, @ericatighecampbell for these GORGEOUS Easter paper goods and letting us rejoice in the ordinary. 💕 #alleluiacollection #catholic #lent #easter #beaheartpartygoods #BISlent #BISsisterhood #catholiccreatives #rejoiceandbeglad #holyweek

  •  190  5  16 April, 2019
  • During Holy Week, Catholics traditionally cover our sacred images in purple cloth: our imaginations are left to face an alternate reality where there is Nothing. Not the intangible, unutterable Mystery that is indeed "No Thing" but a true Nothing—an existence with no truth, beauty, or goodness. An existence without mercy and love or a dynamic Energy that ties each of us together and works tirelessly on our behalf. We are forced to look into such an abyss when we look at that purple cloth shrouding everything we know to be True. We glimpse an existence in which there is no Gospel, no Good News; we look within the recesses of our own doubt and waning, if only for a split second before turning away.
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Notre Dame burned on the first day of Holy Week this year. One of the most treasured symbols of spirituality on this earth—mother and keeper of the Catholic imagination—caught fire while a crowd of onlookers kept a holy vigil. Some of the most sacred relics and artwork known to humankind were shrouded by cloths of smoke. “Imagine”, she beckoned us. “Imagine if the Nothingness was true. Imagine if Love were not coming for you—relentlessly, tenaciously, determined as a mother lion, every single day coming for you.” Such terror in the very prospect; and chills ran through our bones, saints and sinners alike.
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Sometimes it takes a demand of imagining the alternative to make us realize what we really do believe. Sometimes it is only a swan dive into our own doubt that has the power to make us sure. Cloak the world in purple, for she is all sacred art, prophesying to us wordlessly that the longings of our hearts can be trusted. It is Holy Week.
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(Full blog post on the blog, but this is the meat of it 😉)
  • During Holy Week, Catholics traditionally cover our sacred images in purple cloth: our imaginations are left to face an alternate reality where there is Nothing. Not the intangible, unutterable Mystery that is indeed "No Thing" but a true Nothing—an existence with no truth, beauty, or goodness. An existence without mercy and love or a dynamic Energy that ties each of us together and works tirelessly on our behalf. We are forced to look into such an abyss when we look at that purple cloth shrouding everything we know to be True. We glimpse an existence in which there is no Gospel, no Good News; we look within the recesses of our own doubt and waning, if only for a split second before turning away.

    Notre Dame burned on the first day of Holy Week this year. One of the most treasured symbols of spirituality on this earth—mother and keeper of the Catholic imagination—caught fire while a crowd of onlookers kept a holy vigil. Some of the most sacred relics and artwork known to humankind were shrouded by cloths of smoke. “Imagine”, she beckoned us. “Imagine if the Nothingness was true. Imagine if Love were not coming for you—relentlessly, tenaciously, determined as a mother lion, every single day coming for you.” Such terror in the very prospect; and chills ran through our bones, saints and sinners alike.

    Sometimes it takes a demand of imagining the alternative to make us realize what we really do believe. Sometimes it is only a swan dive into our own doubt that has the power to make us sure. Cloak the world in purple, for she is all sacred art, prophesying to us wordlessly that the longings of our hearts can be trusted. It is Holy Week.

    (Full blog post on the blog, but this is the meat of it 😉)

  •  305  40  16 April, 2019
  • Virgin Mary, at the heart of the Cité 
We pray to you for this capital city. 
You Intact, preserve the purity of its faith!
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Virgin Mary, from the banks of the Seine, 
We pray to you for the country of France. 
O Mother, teach it to hope!
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Virgin Mary, in this great Christian site, 
We pray to you for all the earth’s people. 
You, full of grace, may they be one in Love.
-John Paul II’s prayer to Norte Dame de Paris
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#catholic #notredame #notredamedeparis #bissisterhood #bislent
  • Virgin Mary, at the heart of the Cité
    We pray to you for this capital city.
    You Intact, preserve the purity of its faith!

    Virgin Mary, from the banks of the Seine,
    We pray to you for the country of France.
    O Mother, teach it to hope!

    Virgin Mary, in this great Christian site,
    We pray to you for all the earth’s people.
    You, full of grace, may they be one in Love.
    -John Paul II’s prayer to Norte Dame de Paris
    ...
    #catholic #notredame #notredamedeparis #bissisterhood #bislent

  •  16  0  15 April, 2019
  • As I dug into the mountain of clothes needing to be hung, I looked up and saw a reminder in the form of a tee. A quick reminder to transform my heart, turn the grumbling into a smile. 𝘋𝘰 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. Gulp. Even the laundry??!? 𝘌𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘺. ♡ The decluttering, the diaper changes, even just trying to stay in a good mood, these small tasks transform our hearts and change the world around us. What small tasks can you take on today?
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“great love” shirt by @brickhouseinthecity, my little one also has a matching “small thing” shirt 🥰😵
#whbs1910house #40bagsin40days #organizing #decluttering #BISlent #bissisterhood #catholic #lent #holyweek #40bagsin40days2019
  • As I dug into the mountain of clothes needing to be hung, I looked up and saw a reminder in the form of a tee. A quick reminder to transform my heart, turn the grumbling into a smile. 𝘋𝘰 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. Gulp. Even the laundry??!? 𝘌𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘺. ♡ The decluttering, the diaper changes, even just trying to stay in a good mood, these small tasks transform our hearts and change the world around us. What small tasks can you take on today?


    “great love” shirt by @brickhouseinthecity, my little one also has a matching “small thing” shirt 🥰😵
    #whbs1910house #40bagsin40days #organizing #decluttering #BISlent #bissisterhood #catholic #lent #holyweek #40bagsin40days2019

  •  245  21  15 April, 2019
  • just resting in this one today
// psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
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The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life's refuge;
of whom should I be afraid?
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When evildoers come at me
to devour my flesh,
My foes and my enemies
themselves stumble and fall.
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Though an army encamp against me,
my heart will not fear;
Though war be waged upon me,
even then will I trust.
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I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
  • just resting in this one today
    // psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14

    The LORD is my light and my salvation;
    whom should I fear?
    The LORD is my life's refuge;
    of whom should I be afraid?

    When evildoers come at me
    to devour my flesh,
    My foes and my enemies
    themselves stumble and fall.

    Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart will not fear;
    Though war be waged upon me,
    even then will I trust.

    I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
    in the land of the living.
    Wait for the LORD with courage;
    be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.

  •  50  1  15 April, 2019
  • i had the gift of being asked to draw veronica’s veil for our life teen stations of the cross. i hadn’t drawn in years. but when i was asked tears were brought to my eyes as veronica is my patron saint and i’ve never (but always wanted to) drawn Jesus. happy Holy Week everyone. i pray for healing, hope, and joy as the resurrection approaches. peace be with you.❤️
  • i had the gift of being asked to draw veronica’s veil for our life teen stations of the cross. i hadn’t drawn in years. but when i was asked tears were brought to my eyes as veronica is my patron saint and i’ve never (but always wanted to) drawn Jesus. happy Holy Week everyone. i pray for healing, hope, and joy as the resurrection approaches. peace be with you.❤️

  •  150  18  15 April, 2019
  • Lately I’ve been developing a real devotion to Mary. For the longest time I felt uncomfortable praying to her because praying to anyone that wasn’t directly the Lord just didn’t sit well with me. Once I did start praying to Mary for intercession I felt awkward and uncomfortable, like I couldn’t find the right words. But for this Lenten season I chose to do a daily rosary and it has really opened my heart to Mary in a brand new way. With each Hail Mary I find that she feels more and more like a Mom to me. Which is exactly what Jesus wanted, for His mother to be ours. “He said to His mother, Women, behold your son! Then He said to the disciple, Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
  • Lately I’ve been developing a real devotion to Mary. For the longest time I felt uncomfortable praying to her because praying to anyone that wasn’t directly the Lord just didn’t sit well with me. Once I did start praying to Mary for intercession I felt awkward and uncomfortable, like I couldn’t find the right words. But for this Lenten season I chose to do a daily rosary and it has really opened my heart to Mary in a brand new way. With each Hail Mary I find that she feels more and more like a Mom to me. Which is exactly what Jesus wanted, for His mother to be ours. “He said to His mother, Women, behold your son! Then He said to the disciple, Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”

  •  76  3  15 April, 2019
  • I’d love your feedback! After the virtual Lent retreat, I’d like to record some rosaries and some extra episodes/blog posts that explain the different mysteries of the Rosary to help us go deeper! What options are you interested in listening to? 
1️⃣ Full rosaries (4 longer episodes) 
2️⃣ Decades (20 shorter episodes) 
3️⃣ Scriptural rosaries (there is a verse of Scripture for each mystery in between each Hail Mary) 🌹 
4️⃣ All of the above?!
Also, I have about 100 more questions for you. 😅 What prayers do you include? Fatima? St. Michael? Hail Holy Queen? How do you start and end your rosaries? Are those first three Hail Marys for the intentions of the Pope or for the increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and love? Or something else?! Do you include fruits of the mysteries? So. Many. Questions. 😂 How do you pray a rosary? 🌹 Tell me your thoughts! I also made some polls in my stories if that’s easier for you!
  • I’d love your feedback! After the virtual Lent retreat, I’d like to record some rosaries and some extra episodes/blog posts that explain the different mysteries of the Rosary to help us go deeper! What options are you interested in listening to?
    1️⃣ Full rosaries (4 longer episodes)
    2️⃣ Decades (20 shorter episodes)
    3️⃣ Scriptural rosaries (there is a verse of Scripture for each mystery in between each Hail Mary) 🌹
    4️⃣ All of the above?!
    Also, I have about 100 more questions for you. 😅 What prayers do you include? Fatima? St. Michael? Hail Holy Queen? How do you start and end your rosaries? Are those first three Hail Marys for the intentions of the Pope or for the increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and love? Or something else?! Do you include fruits of the mysteries? So. Many. Questions. 😂 How do you pray a rosary? 🌹 Tell me your thoughts! I also made some polls in my stories if that’s easier for you!

  •  54  16  13 April, 2019
  • I N R I — “Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ ...The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘the King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “what I have written, I have written.” —John 19:19-22. .

I’ve always seen this passage with those in power arguing over semantics as a sort of wry, dark irony; even as Jesus hung dying in apparent defeat, His indignant killers suffered some small humiliation in not completely getting their way.
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But yesterday as I read this passage, my understanding was flipped on its head: Even in apparent defeat, Christ’s identity could neither be altered nor hidden. Even as he hung in agony—rendered nearly unrecognizable by the grisly torture of His passion—the truth of His identity remained, clearly displayed for all the world to see [whether or not, in fact, they chose to believe].
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And so it is with us, we who are made in God’s image. No suffering or circumstance, however life-altering, can erase or alter our true identity. Even when we feel we’re an unrecognizable form of our former selves, altered irreversibly by the trials of life, His title - “Daughter of God,” “Son of God,” is written on our soul with the ink of truth so indelible it outlasts even death, and claims eternity as its footstool.

His identity gives life to ours. And the only possible obstacle is whether or not we ourselves will choose to believe it, and accept this soul-saving Truth.
. »» Lord, break open our hearts to embrace the truth of our most authentic and beautiful identity: Yours.
  • I N R I — “Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; it read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ ...The chief priests of the Jews then said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘the King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “what I have written, I have written.” —John 19:19-22. .

    I’ve always seen this passage with those in power arguing over semantics as a sort of wry, dark irony; even as Jesus hung dying in apparent defeat, His indignant killers suffered some small humiliation in not completely getting their way.
    .
    But yesterday as I read this passage, my understanding was flipped on its head: Even in apparent defeat, Christ’s identity could neither be altered nor hidden. Even as he hung in agony—rendered nearly unrecognizable by the grisly torture of His passion—the truth of His identity remained, clearly displayed for all the world to see [whether or not, in fact, they chose to believe].
    .
    And so it is with us, we who are made in God’s image. No suffering or circumstance, however life-altering, can erase or alter our true identity. Even when we feel we’re an unrecognizable form of our former selves, altered irreversibly by the trials of life, His title - “Daughter of God,” “Son of God,” is written on our soul with the ink of truth so indelible it outlasts even death, and claims eternity as its footstool.

    His identity gives life to ours. And the only possible obstacle is whether or not we ourselves will choose to believe it, and accept this soul-saving Truth.
    . »» Lord, break open our hearts to embrace the truth of our most authentic and beautiful identity: Yours.

  •  244  20  12 April, 2019
  • As temperatures reached 70 degrees on Monday, I felt my doubting and hardened heart finally beginning to thaw. I was certain that God was not only at work in nature, He also was at work underneath the frozen, silent, and barren landscape of my soul.
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Then, a crazy April snowstorm hit, causing power outages and school closings, and my hope deflated.
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"I just can't take much more of this, Lord. How much longer? Will there ever be relief?"
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Why was a spring snowstorm affecting me on such a deep soul-level? I realized that the weather had become a metaphor for my interior life. Just as the warming up to spring gave me hope, the return of snow and cold stole it back. And while I longed for warmth and sunshine, the real relief I lamented was promise, assurance, and hope.
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Do you need some relief, too? And where do we find it?
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We find our promise, assurance, and hope in the "bruised and brilliant" heart of Jesus. He is our relief!
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Through His silent suffering, His passion and death, His total surrender to the Father, we find a Savior who "gets it." He understands pain, sorrow, and suffering. He carried His cross and went through it all—for you and for me.
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So who better than to help us on our journey? Who better to remind us that there is life and love, promise and assurance, hope and joy beyond the confines of winter, spring, and this imperfect world?
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And we don't have to wait for Heaven; the Kingdom of God is at hand ... right here, right now.
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“The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
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So, my friends, no matter how long the winters of our soul last ... whatever dryness, emptiness, or hopelessness we may feel ... however long and weary the journey has been, Jesus will not abandon us. Instead, He will walk with us, cry with us, and comfort us. Today, let us surrender once more to the King of our Hearts, let us put our hope in His Kingdom that is already here on earth.
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#lent #bislent #bissisterhood #totheend #surrender #hopeinthelord
  • As temperatures reached 70 degrees on Monday, I felt my doubting and hardened heart finally beginning to thaw. I was certain that God was not only at work in nature, He also was at work underneath the frozen, silent, and barren landscape of my soul.
    .
    Then, a crazy April snowstorm hit, causing power outages and school closings, and my hope deflated.
    .
    "I just can't take much more of this, Lord. How much longer? Will there ever be relief?"
    .
    Why was a spring snowstorm affecting me on such a deep soul-level? I realized that the weather had become a metaphor for my interior life. Just as the warming up to spring gave me hope, the return of snow and cold stole it back. And while I longed for warmth and sunshine, the real relief I lamented was promise, assurance, and hope.
    .
    Do you need some relief, too? And where do we find it?
    .
    We find our promise, assurance, and hope in the "bruised and brilliant" heart of Jesus. He is our relief!
    .
    Through His silent suffering, His passion and death, His total surrender to the Father, we find a Savior who "gets it." He understands pain, sorrow, and suffering. He carried His cross and went through it all—for you and for me.
    .
    So who better than to help us on our journey? Who better to remind us that there is life and love, promise and assurance, hope and joy beyond the confines of winter, spring, and this imperfect world?
    .
    And we don't have to wait for Heaven; the Kingdom of God is at hand ... right here, right now.
    .
    “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.” (Luke 17:20-21)
    .
    So, my friends, no matter how long the winters of our soul last ... whatever dryness, emptiness, or hopelessness we may feel ... however long and weary the journey has been, Jesus will not abandon us. Instead, He will walk with us, cry with us, and comfort us. Today, let us surrender once more to the King of our Hearts, let us put our hope in His Kingdom that is already here on earth.
    .
    #lent #bislent #bissisterhood #totheend #surrender #hopeinthelord

  •  26  1  12 April, 2019
  • These are the statues we have used to set up a memorial to our three children in our backyard. We can see them from our doorwall window and it nice to look out and see the statues there when we are sitting at the dining table together. Kind of like our children are with us. #bissisterhood #bislent #livingoutthevows https://l2llnmw.blogspot.com/2019/04/two-anniversaries.html?m=1
  • These are the statues we have used to set up a memorial to our three children in our backyard. We can see them from our doorwall window and it nice to look out and see the statues there when we are sitting at the dining table together. Kind of like our children are with us. #bissisterhood #bislent #livingoutthevows https://l2llnmw.blogspot.com/2019/04/two-anniversaries.html?m=1

  •  21  0  12 April, 2019
  • Pics from my silent retreat at @pacem.in.terris! I wrote all about it and have even more pictures on the blog! Link in bio. Have you ever been on a silent retreat? If you haven’t, do you think you’d survive?
  • Pics from my silent retreat at @pacem.in.terris! I wrote all about it and have even more pictures on the blog! Link in bio. Have you ever been on a silent retreat? If you haven’t, do you think you’d survive?

  •  44  14  11 April, 2019
  • Stop and look up. Breathe. Where you are is good. Where you are is enough. 🌳
  • Stop and look up. Breathe. Where you are is good. Where you are is enough. 🌳

  •  163  8  10 April, 2019
  • DANIEL 3
The Mass readings from today included a piece of this chapter, but I say just go read the entire thing from start to finish. .
TRUST
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I can’t even begin to express how deeply this word has been pressed into my heart over the past several weeks of Lent — between the sacraments, my incredible community, and silent nudges from Jesus and Mary, that dang word has been ALL OVER the place.
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I have been asked so clearly and directly, “Will you trust me?” and it has made me take a step back to honestly and humbly approach a question that I often am afraid to even think about.
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Reading this piece from Daniel today was yet another nudge — Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego trusted God so wholeheartedly that even if He allowed them to be thrown into a fiery furnace, still, they would praise Him. These three men enter the fire, and nothing but praise after praise is sung from their mouths.
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I can’t say that I’ve been the greatest at responding to God’s call to trust, but bit by bit He is showing me what that could and should look like in my own life. He’s gently teaching me that I don’t need to run when He allows the flames, but to know and trust in His promises as He walks through the fire with me.
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For anyone out there like me, being asked, “Will you trust me?” and looking for courage in giving an answer, here’s the encouragement that was shared with me...
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“YOU CAN TRUST HIM.”
  • DANIEL 3
    The Mass readings from today included a piece of this chapter, but I say just go read the entire thing from start to finish. .
    TRUST
    .
    I can’t even begin to express how deeply this word has been pressed into my heart over the past several weeks of Lent — between the sacraments, my incredible community, and silent nudges from Jesus and Mary, that dang word has been ALL OVER the place.
    .
    I have been asked so clearly and directly, “Will you trust me?” and it has made me take a step back to honestly and humbly approach a question that I often am afraid to even think about.
    .
    Reading this piece from Daniel today was yet another nudge — Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego trusted God so wholeheartedly that even if He allowed them to be thrown into a fiery furnace, still, they would praise Him. These three men enter the fire, and nothing but praise after praise is sung from their mouths.
    .
    I can’t say that I’ve been the greatest at responding to God’s call to trust, but bit by bit He is showing me what that could and should look like in my own life. He’s gently teaching me that I don’t need to run when He allows the flames, but to know and trust in His promises as He walks through the fire with me.
    .
    For anyone out there like me, being asked, “Will you trust me?” and looking for courage in giving an answer, here’s the encouragement that was shared with me...
    .
    “YOU CAN TRUST HIM.”

  •  69  8  10 April, 2019
  • Mary's Little Cross was the name for Sweet Alyssum in a traditional Mary Garden.  This flower comes in many colors but I chose purple to represent the Lenten season, which is quickly coming to a close!
  • Mary's Little Cross was the name for Sweet Alyssum in a traditional Mary Garden. This flower comes in many colors but I chose purple to represent the Lenten season, which is quickly coming to a close!

  •  80  2  10 April, 2019
  • God is faithful, his character does not change. We will always have more questions than answers.  God just continues to show us what he is capable of helping us over come. “Courage, daughter. Your faith has saved you.” Matthew 9:22 #fromabove #godisgoodallthetime #projectblessed  #bislent
  • God is faithful, his character does not change. We will always have more questions than answers. God just continues to show us what he is capable of helping us over come. “Courage, daughter. Your faith has saved you.” Matthew 9:22 #fromabove #godisgoodallthetime #projectblessed #bislent

  •  11  0  9 April, 2019
  • Let’s stop comparing our stories to everyone else’s.

Let's be present to OUR lives and our aches and where we're trying to get them answered that isn't Jesus.

Let's lean into right where God has placed us today.

Inspiration via @abidingtogetherpodcast
  • Let’s stop comparing our stories to everyone else’s.

    Let's be present to OUR lives and our aches and where we're trying to get them answered that isn't Jesus.

    Let's lean into right where God has placed us today.

    Inspiration via @abidingtogetherpodcast

  •  39  3  8 April, 2019
  • “Mercy begins with a movement of the heart, a movement of compassion for someone who suffers. Then, this compassion tends to overflow into a movement of the arms, a movement that reaches out to help alleviate the suffering of the other.”
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Our elevator to holiness, per St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is exactly this — Jesus’ mercy, namely, His heart and His arms.
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Thoughts for today: Will I enter in?
  • “Mercy begins with a movement of the heart, a movement of compassion for someone who suffers. Then, this compassion tends to overflow into a movement of the arms, a movement that reaches out to help alleviate the suffering of the other.”
    .
    Our elevator to holiness, per St. Thérèse of Lisieux, is exactly this — Jesus’ mercy, namely, His heart and His arms.
    .
    Thoughts for today: Will I enter in?

  •  41  2  7 April, 2019
  • Sacrificial love is the second person of the Trinity humbling Himself to become a man, speaking truth, standing in our place, and accepting the fall of humanity on His shoulders.⠀
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// @jennaguizar in #BISLent⠀
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Hey sister, how is your Lent going? Share below and encourage the gal before you👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽⠀
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#BISsisterhood #projectblessed⠀
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photo by @julielai
  • Sacrificial love is the second person of the Trinity humbling Himself to become a man, speaking truth, standing in our place, and accepting the fall of humanity on His shoulders.⠀

    // @jennaguizar in #BISLent

    Hey sister, how is your Lent going? Share below and encourage the gal before you👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽⠀

    #BISsisterhood #projectblessed

    photo by @julielai

  •  1,468  25  7 April, 2019
  • A reminder on the healing power of forgiveness from the diary of Saint Faustina: “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God.  As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” (390, page 175).
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As we renew our lives during the season of #Lent let us focus on the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives! 📸 @litcatholicmemes #churchpoplent #catholicmeme #divinemercy #catholiclent #ewtn #bislent #catholicmeme
  • A reminder on the healing power of forgiveness from the diary of Saint Faustina: “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” (390, page 175).
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    As we renew our lives during the season of #Lent let us focus on the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives! 📸 @litcatholicmemes #churchpoplent #catholicmeme #divinemercy #catholiclent #ewtn #bislent #catholicmeme

  •  2,339  16  15 hours ago
  • Posting this goofy, imperfect photo is exactly what my heart needs today. ♥️ It’s tiring trying to curate photos and captions that “perfectly” explain me, or my life, or my artwork. Plus I’m always anxious that I will somehow offend someone or say the wrong thing or misrepresent a part of our Faith. ⠀
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Today, I’m letting that stinkin’ social media anxiety go. This is a photo of my husband and I on a date night, trying to capture a rad photo with little luck. 😊 We’re not perfect. Our marriage is not perfect. Our prayer lives are not perfect. I’m willing to bet you’re not perfect either. Welcome to the imperfect club, sister. ❤️ *hug*
  • Posting this goofy, imperfect photo is exactly what my heart needs today. ♥️ It’s tiring trying to curate photos and captions that “perfectly” explain me, or my life, or my artwork. Plus I’m always anxious that I will somehow offend someone or say the wrong thing or misrepresent a part of our Faith. ⠀

    Today, I’m letting that stinkin’ social media anxiety go. This is a photo of my husband and I on a date night, trying to capture a rad photo with little luck. 😊 We’re not perfect. Our marriage is not perfect. Our prayer lives are not perfect. I’m willing to bet you’re not perfect either. Welcome to the imperfect club, sister. ❤️ *hug*

  •  168  5  17 hours ago
  • “There is no better wood for feeding the fire of God’s love than the wood of the cross.” — St. Ignatius of Loyola .
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I was inspired by @sportsleaderusa before Lent started to create a Stations of the Cross workout, which I’ve been sharing in my live stories each Friday {you can check it out still for the next 24 hours}
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And it has been a really beautiful devotion in many ways. Getting up at 5 am on Friday, when my baby often was nursing through most of the night, is a challenge. Uniting an exercise with a prayer, and actually praying out loud through it, is hard. Staying consistent with this devotion while we traveled the past two weeks presented some difficulties, but I managed to keep it up. .

All these little challenges or crosses are so minuscule compared to the cross of Christ, and what he did for us. And in praying through each station every Friday for the past 5 weeks, I’ve noticed just how much I can keep sacrificing and offering up as my own little crosses throughout my day 🙏🏼
  • “There is no better wood for feeding the fire of God’s love than the wood of the cross.” — St. Ignatius of Loyola .
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    .
    .
    I was inspired by @sportsleaderusa before Lent started to create a Stations of the Cross workout, which I’ve been sharing in my live stories each Friday {you can check it out still for the next 24 hours}
    .

    And it has been a really beautiful devotion in many ways. Getting up at 5 am on Friday, when my baby often was nursing through most of the night, is a challenge. Uniting an exercise with a prayer, and actually praying out loud through it, is hard. Staying consistent with this devotion while we traveled the past two weeks presented some difficulties, but I managed to keep it up. .

    All these little challenges or crosses are so minuscule compared to the cross of Christ, and what he did for us. And in praying through each station every Friday for the past 5 weeks, I’ve noticed just how much I can keep sacrificing and offering up as my own little crosses throughout my day 🙏🏼

  •  79  11  5 April, 2019
  • {NEW on the pod/blog!}
We’re talking about Scripture! Actually, this time, the talk is by yours truly. 🤘🏻Catholics are known for not knowing the Bible, so hopefully I gave you a couple nuggets to help you dive into the Word. After my talk, you’ll hear a testimony on Scripture by @gabriellecoombs! As always, links at my bio! And in case you missed it, I did a whole DITL (day in the life) yesterday and those can be found in my story highlights!
  • {NEW on the pod/blog!}
    We’re talking about Scripture! Actually, this time, the talk is by yours truly. 🤘🏻Catholics are known for not knowing the Bible, so hopefully I gave you a couple nuggets to help you dive into the Word. After my talk, you’ll hear a testimony on Scripture by @gabriellecoombs! As always, links at my bio! And in case you missed it, I did a whole DITL (day in the life) yesterday and those can be found in my story highlights!

  •  26  2  4 April, 2019
  • So my blog post yesterday ended up being a review of the book Unplanned and the new movie based on it. Some extra thoughts that I wasn't able to include in my post -

1) Though the film is produced by pro-life people, it is not biased towards those who are pro-life. In fact, the first time that you encounter a group of pro-life people in the film, they are shown screaming ugly things at the women going into the clinic to have an abortion. One is even dressed as the Grim Reaper. This is straight from Abby's book and I think helps to show how you can have people on both sides who address the issue of abortion with the wrong attitude or approach.

2) The film does an absolutely beautiful job of portraying the relationship between Abby and her husband. It is a true love story where even though they are at odds on this important issue, and the film does show them fighting about it, at the end of the day they love each other and stick by each other. It was also refreshing, as a female, to see a male character protrayed as a real man. 
3) The book goes more into the frienships she made with her coworkers at Planned Parenthood and how when she left those friends ended up betraying her and even testifying against her in court. While you see how she relates to her coworkers in the movie, there is a lot there that is left out, and I'm sure there were reasons why that was. 
4) All in all, I would give both the book and the movie the hightest rating I could and recommend both to everyone.

https://l2llnmw.blogspot.com/2019/04/unplanned-review.html

#Unplanned #bissisterhood #bislent
  • So my blog post yesterday ended up being a review of the book Unplanned and the new movie based on it. Some extra thoughts that I wasn't able to include in my post -

    1) Though the film is produced by pro-life people, it is not biased towards those who are pro-life. In fact, the first time that you encounter a group of pro-life people in the film, they are shown screaming ugly things at the women going into the clinic to have an abortion. One is even dressed as the Grim Reaper. This is straight from Abby's book and I think helps to show how you can have people on both sides who address the issue of abortion with the wrong attitude or approach.

    2) The film does an absolutely beautiful job of portraying the relationship between Abby and her husband. It is a true love story where even though they are at odds on this important issue, and the film does show them fighting about it, at the end of the day they love each other and stick by each other. It was also refreshing, as a female, to see a male character protrayed as a real man.
    3) The book goes more into the frienships she made with her coworkers at Planned Parenthood and how when she left those friends ended up betraying her and even testifying against her in court. While you see how she relates to her coworkers in the movie, there is a lot there that is left out, and I'm sure there were reasons why that was.
    4) All in all, I would give both the book and the movie the hightest rating I could and recommend both to everyone.

    https://l2llnmw.blogspot.com/2019/04/unplanned-review.html

    #Unplanned #bissisterhood #bislent

  •  6  0  3 April, 2019

Top #bislent Posts

  • How did Mass go for you today?  We did pretty good and only had tears once (where he ended up rubbing off all his ashes on me!). All in all, I'd call it a win! 🙌

What was your Mass takeaway?  I LOVE Psalm 51: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me."💜 The word CLEAN always sticks out to me when I hear this Psalm.  Clean, white, blank, clear, pure, washed.  Exactly what my heart, mind, and soul need this Lent.🕇 What stood out to you at Mass today?

Happy Ash Wednesday!🕇💕
  • How did Mass go for you today?  We did pretty good and only had tears once (where he ended up rubbing off all his ashes on me!). All in all, I'd call it a win! 🙌

    What was your Mass takeaway?  I LOVE Psalm 51: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me."💜 The word CLEAN always sticks out to me when I hear this Psalm.  Clean, white, blank, clear, pure, washed.  Exactly what my heart, mind, and soul need this Lent.🕇 What stood out to you at Mass today?

    Happy Ash Wednesday!🕇💕

  •  201  34  6 March, 2019
  • Lent comes early this year! (Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day!) the whole Lenten series (including those stations of the cross cards I was making last week + an amazing rose gold foil print) is on sale now over at @blessedisshe__! @thismessygrace wrote a beautiful devotional called She Who Believed, which follows the women of the Bible. And @sarahbabbs wrote the Way of the Cross from Mary’s view. Everything always sells out so get them while you can! #bislent #bissisterhood
  • Lent comes early this year! (Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day!) the whole Lenten series (including those stations of the cross cards I was making last week + an amazing rose gold foil print) is on sale now over at @blessedisshe__! @thismessygrace wrote a beautiful devotional called She Who Believed, which follows the women of the Bible. And @sarahbabbs wrote the Way of the Cross from Mary’s view. Everything always sells out so get them while you can! #bislent #bissisterhood

  •  675  5  12 January, 2018
  • My little Mass buddy.👩‍👧Vinnie is usually with me to help wrangle the toddler, but mama survived! Phew. ⠀
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Anyway, if you’re headed to Mass, would you please offer it for a mama (we’ll call her “Mama J”) who is scheduled for an abortion this weekend? Mass is the greatest form of prayer, so if we all join together, God will work miracles. No matter what decision is made, I know God will use the outcome for good, even if it’s difficult to understand.❤️⠀
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Thank you! You guys are the best.
  • My little Mass buddy.👩‍👧Vinnie is usually with me to help wrangle the toddler, but mama survived! Phew. ⠀

    Anyway, if you’re headed to Mass, would you please offer it for a mama (we’ll call her “Mama J”) who is scheduled for an abortion this weekend? Mass is the greatest form of prayer, so if we all join together, God will work miracles. No matter what decision is made, I know God will use the outcome for good, even if it’s difficult to understand.❤️⠀

    Thank you! You guys are the best.

  •  1,391  30  6 March, 2019
  • A reminder on the healing power of forgiveness from the diary of Saint Faustina: “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God.  As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” (390, page 175).
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As we renew our lives during the season of #Lent let us focus on the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives! 📸 @litcatholicmemes #churchpoplent #catholicmeme #divinemercy #catholiclent #ewtn #bislent #catholicmeme
  • A reminder on the healing power of forgiveness from the diary of Saint Faustina: “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” (390, page 175).
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    As we renew our lives during the season of #Lent let us focus on the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness in our lives! 📸 @litcatholicmemes #churchpoplent #catholicmeme #divinemercy #catholiclent #ewtn #bislent #catholicmeme

  •  2,339  16  15 hours ago
  • The new @blessedisshe__ Lenten journals are herrreee!
“To The End..” (John 13:1) written by @jennaguizar @thebethdavis and @whole_parenting.
The whole book is diving into different attributes of Jesus and how He exemplified sacrificial love with His whole being.
I added the “ordinary holiness” to the front because during Lent, I really want to focus on how I can become the Saint God created me to be by the ordinary moments I encounter every single day.
Jesus invites you to step into this holiness by His own life.
Check out my stories to swipe up and get your journal today!
#oodsofdoods #BISLent
  • The new @blessedisshe__ Lenten journals are herrreee!
    “To The End..” (John 13:1) written by @jennaguizar @thebethdavis and @whole_parenting.
    The whole book is diving into different attributes of Jesus and how He exemplified sacrificial love with His whole being.
    I added the “ordinary holiness” to the front because during Lent, I really want to focus on how I can become the Saint God created me to be by the ordinary moments I encounter every single day.
    Jesus invites you to step into this holiness by His own life.
    Check out my stories to swipe up and get your journal today!
    #oodsofdoods #BISLent

  •  845  20  30 January, 2019
  • I would like to humbly offer that many of us do Lent wrong. (Raises hand over here.) We expect that tomorrow we will be different people. We will give up chocolate or coffee, sugar or social media, wine or whining, and it will go well! We will become peaceful and patient, spiritual and saintly, able to achieve best intentions with sheer willpower. Maybe a few minor bumps along the way, but mostly we will become the people that we always meant to be. 
Starting tomorrow. 
What if we tried the opposite? What if we expected to fall - and fall HARD - but we built failure into our expectations? What if we saw Lent as less of a marathon and more of a couch-to-5K? What if we gave it to God rather than trying to triumph in self-control?
This year, I'm trying to flip the Lent I always have. The Lent you might recognize from your own life? The one that bursts with a bang of best intentions tomorrow & fizzles to a frustrated slump by the end of week 2. (Ok, fine. Week 1.) The “I failed at Lent. Again.” Lent. 
This year I’m starting slow instead. Tomorrow I'm going to be the same me. I'm just going to try to do a little bit - fasting, praying, giving alms. The next day, a smidge more. Next week maybe I'll have made a little progress. Maybe not. This hard season is about humility, after all. But I’ll try to keep going. Keep growing. 
Lent is a long preparation for Easter. It's not an overnight sensation, an instant transformation, or a self-improvement project. It's holy time to remember ourselves back into the life and love of God. It’s a journey to the end, all the way to the end. 
We don't have to do it right. (Although we can give up tired versions of trying to do it wrong.) All the ways we'll be changed by Lent’s end will be ways we can't even imagine now.
But God is here, and we're trying to show up, and good things always happen with that combo. 
Couch-to-5K.
Ash Wednesday to Easter. 
Slow and steady, not all at once. 
Give yourself the gift of a Lent that grows. See what graces God is waiting to overflow.
  • I would like to humbly offer that many of us do Lent wrong. (Raises hand over here.) We expect that tomorrow we will be different people. We will give up chocolate or coffee, sugar or social media, wine or whining, and it will go well! We will become peaceful and patient, spiritual and saintly, able to achieve best intentions with sheer willpower. Maybe a few minor bumps along the way, but mostly we will become the people that we always meant to be.
    Starting tomorrow.
    What if we tried the opposite? What if we expected to fall - and fall HARD - but we built failure into our expectations? What if we saw Lent as less of a marathon and more of a couch-to-5K? What if we gave it to God rather than trying to triumph in self-control?
    This year, I'm trying to flip the Lent I always have. The Lent you might recognize from your own life? The one that bursts with a bang of best intentions tomorrow & fizzles to a frustrated slump by the end of week 2. (Ok, fine. Week 1.) The “I failed at Lent. Again.” Lent.
    This year I’m starting slow instead. Tomorrow I'm going to be the same me. I'm just going to try to do a little bit - fasting, praying, giving alms. The next day, a smidge more. Next week maybe I'll have made a little progress. Maybe not. This hard season is about humility, after all. But I’ll try to keep going. Keep growing.
    Lent is a long preparation for Easter. It's not an overnight sensation, an instant transformation, or a self-improvement project. It's holy time to remember ourselves back into the life and love of God. It’s a journey to the end, all the way to the end.
    We don't have to do it right. (Although we can give up tired versions of trying to do it wrong.) All the ways we'll be changed by Lent’s end will be ways we can't even imagine now.
    But God is here, and we're trying to show up, and good things always happen with that combo.
    Couch-to-5K.
    Ash Wednesday to Easter.
    Slow and steady, not all at once.
    Give yourself the gift of a Lent that grows. See what graces God is waiting to overflow.

  •  569  25  10 hours ago
  • G I V E A W A Y ! 🎉

We're joining forces with the lovely @blessedisshe__ ❤️ One lucky winner will receive a copy of the @blessedisshe__ #BISLent Devotional, “She Who Believed” and the Lady Saint Tee by @brickhouseinthecity !! Here’s how to enter —>>>
1. Follow @brickhouseinthecity and @blessedisshe__ 
2. Like this photo 
3. Tag up to 10 friends in separate comments. You'll get one entry per tag.
4. And get an additional 10 bonus entries if you repost this image and tag us! Don't forget to use the #blessedissheinthecity hashtag!

Giveaway runs until Thursday at 9pm EST! 
This is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise affiliated with Instagram Inc and shall adhere to all Instagram's terms of use. Open to US residents 18 and older.

If your account is private and you repost the image, it must be made public during the giveaway and 48 hours afterward.  Congratulations @heyitsflo You're our winner! Check your messages!
  • G I V E A W A Y ! 🎉

    We're joining forces with the lovely @blessedisshe__ ❤️ One lucky winner will receive a copy of the @blessedisshe__ #BISLent Devotional, “She Who Believed” and the Lady Saint Tee by @brickhouseinthecity !! Here’s how to enter —>>>
    1. Follow @brickhouseinthecity and @blessedisshe__
    2. Like this photo
    3. Tag up to 10 friends in separate comments. You'll get one entry per tag.
    4. And get an additional 10 bonus entries if you repost this image and tag us! Don't forget to use the #blessedissheinthecity hashtag!

    Giveaway runs until Thursday at 9pm EST!
    This is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise affiliated with Instagram Inc and shall adhere to all Instagram's terms of use. Open to US residents 18 and older.

    If your account is private and you repost the image, it must be made public during the giveaway and 48 hours afterward. Congratulations @heyitsflo You're our winner! Check your messages!

  •  1,724  3,429  23 January, 2018
  • “Whenever anything displeasing or disagreeable happens to you, think of Christ crucified and be silent.” - St John of the Cross

Ouch. My quote for Lent sent to me by one of you lovely followers. Lent should hurt and we shouldn’t be afraid to hurt for Jesus. He is the perspective we need and the one we should fully embrace every moment.

#acatholicconvo
  • “Whenever anything displeasing or disagreeable happens to you, think of Christ crucified and be silent.” - St John of the Cross

    Ouch. My quote for Lent sent to me by one of you lovely followers. Lent should hurt and we shouldn’t be afraid to hurt for Jesus. He is the perspective we need and the one we should fully embrace every moment.

    #acatholicconvo

  •  1,133  12  4 March, 2019