Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation-

Yesterday, Our Beloved Pope gave this speech on World Communication Day. We are very blessed to have such a holy and wise Father!
May God protect him always!

On this "World Communications Day 2012, I would like to share with you some reflections concerning an aspect of the human process of communication which, despite its importance, is often overlooked and which, at the present time, it would seem especially necessary to recall. It concerns the relationship between silence and word: two aspects of communication which need to be kept in balance, to alternate and to be integrated with one another if authentic dialogue and deep closeness between people are to be achieved".

"Silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist. In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth. ... By remaining silent we allow the other person to speak, to express him or herself; and we avoid being tied simply to our own words and ideas without them being adequately tested. In this way, space is created for mutual listening, and deeper human relationships become possible. ... When messages and information are plentiful, silence becomes essential if we are to distinguish what is important from what is insignificant or secondary. Deeper reflection helps us ... to make evaluations, to analyse messages; this makes it possible to share thoughtful and relevant opinions, giving rise to an authentic body of shared knowledge. For this to happen, it is necessary to develop an appropriate environment, a kind of 'eco-system' that maintains a just equilibrium between silence, words, images and sounds.

"The process of communication nowadays is largely fuelled by questions in search of answers. Search engines and social networks have become the starting point of communication for many people who are seeking advice, ideas, information and answers. ... Indeed, people today are frequently bombarded with answers to questions they have never asked and to needs of which they were unaware. If we are to recognise and focus upon the truly important questions, then silence is a precious commodity that enables us to exercise proper discernment in the face of the surcharge of stimuli and data that we receive".

"Ultimately, this constant flow of questions demonstrates the restlessness of human beings, ceaselessly searching for truths, of greater or lesser import, that can offer meaning and hope to their lives. Men and women cannot rest content with a superficial and unquestioning exchange of sceptical opinions and experiences of life - all of us are in search of truth".

"Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of God. In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated, as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives. It is hardly surprising that different religious traditions consider solitude and silence as privileged states which help people to rediscover themselves and that Truth which gives meaning to all things. The God of biblical revelation speaks also without words: 'As the Cross of Christ demonstrates, God also speaks by His silence".

"If God speaks to us even in silence, we in turn discover in silence the possibility of speaking with God and about God. ... In speaking of God's grandeur, our language will always prove inadequate and must make space for silent contemplation. Out of such contemplation springs forth, with all its inner power, the urgent sense of mission, the compelling obligation 'to communicate that which we have seen and heard' so that all may be in communion with God".

"In silent contemplation, then, the eternal Word, through Whom the world was created, becomes ever more powerfully present and we become aware of the plan of salvation that God is accomplishing throughout our history by word and deed. ... This plan of salvation culminates in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the mediator and the fullness of all revelation. He has made known to us the true face of God the Father and by His Cross and Resurrection has brought us from the slavery of sin and death to the freedom of the children of God. The fundamental question of the meaning of human existence finds in the mystery of Christ an answer capable of bringing peace to the restless human heart. The Church's mission springs from this mystery; and it is this mystery which impels Christians to become heralds of hope and salvation, witnesses of that love which promotes human dignity and builds justice and peace.

"Word and silence: learning to communicate is learning to listen and contemplate as well as speak. This is especially important for those engaged in the task of evangelisation: both silence and word are essential elements, integral to the Church's work of communication for the sake of a renewed proclamation of Christ in today's world".

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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Blues -- Fighting for them

Here is a great article called Stay-at-Home-Mom Blues . We all had them or have them here or there. The weather today here can give anyone the blues. The way of our country can give us the blues... But as we watch the March and see all of those young faces taking a stand for LIFE. Its easy to see the brighter side, the brighter future because we have these pro-life children, the ones at home or at the March.

May God Have mercy on Us and the whole world.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Art of theTable -- is it Lost?

We have been hooked on Downtown Abby . We saw the 1st season on Netflix just to catch up to this season, since we didn't know about it. There is so much to say about is show and some much to learn. Here is a great article in our local paper.

But besides all of that, what we have really enjoy is watching the services of the maids, the footman, and Mr. Carson, the Butler. I notice how they take so much pride in the little things of the house and dinner and the dinner table . There was a time where people really did take pride in the little things of a home.

A few months ago, my husband had pick up a book for me called, The Art of the Table. Which my oldest is reading now and very enjoyable and full of knowledge and interesting facts!

But why did this knowledge disappeared? My mother came from money in Cuba, and they did to some degree have this type of life style. She tells of the dinners and her housekeeper did show her the "how to dos" of tables, beds, etc.. But than it stop with her.

I guess a new country, a new culture in the USA, working moms, etc.. threw all that away? And life had to be simple and fast and on the go.

Since God and my husband have given me the opportunity to stay home and having daughters has given me the opportunity to learn the art of the table and to pass that along to my daughters.

This year, we added Little Women Hospitality Problem to our Little Flowers and its a wonderful program for girls and their mothers. This program teaches the virtue of hospitality through classic literature, spiritual insights, the Catholic faith, and hands-on experience. If you have daughters (it says 10 and up but we started at 8 1/2 yrs and up) this is a great catholic programs and even us mothers learn a lot! Our favorite lesson was during Advent and it was the how to set a full table and clear a table.

I was trying to find old pictures of different times we had set the table such as Little Flower Teas, Birthday and Holidays. I found this one from last Easter.

Can you share your pictures of your Art?

God Bless you all!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Almost

Yes, that is correct. We are expecting baby number 7 and please keep us in your prayers so that we have a healthy baby at the end of August. I am about almost 7 weeks and feel very sick. I never got sick with the others but this one, I feel sick all the time. I sure hope it will go away sooner than later!!

Any one have any advices about this morning sickness (or all day sickness, really) ?

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Birthday, St. Philomena

UPDATE: We have winner; 4 is Crazy. God Bless You All!

Today is St. Philomena's birthday!
If you have not read her story, you have to waste no more time and check her out! Her story is amazing and the most amazing part is all the great works she has done from Heaven. She is the only saint to become a saint without knowing much about her life but due to her miracles she has done from Heaven!

Here are a few great sites to visit. We were honor to have met the Msgr. Braschi who runs the Sanctuary of Saint Philomena in Italy and what a holy man, who had great joy in seeing the children and laughing with them!

The Universal Living Rosary Association: If you have not sign up for this, what are you waiting for! You are given a decade that you have to say everyday for the rest of life and the benefits are unbelievable! Check out the connect between the two!

Close to our home there is a beautiful church called St.Philomena where they have a 1st class relic of St. Philomena. We will be heading there tonight for a Extraordinary Form Rite Mass.

So in her honor, I am giving a way a copy of a great book about her, Saint Philomena the Wonder Worker . Just leave a comment.

Have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years

Greetings, I pray that you had a very beautiful Christmas and joyful New Years. We headed down to Florida for a 18 days vacation. It took us 2 days to drive down and 2 days to drive up! Craziness is all that I can say!

We were blessed to spend time with family that we haven't seen for along time and enjoyed a warm Christmas. Here a few of the pictures. I haven't post lately but I am going to start again and so you few readers aren't so bored with my once a month or so post!
Thank you for bearing with me.

Stay tune for a wonderful announcement!