Womb to Tomb // Dignity of Adulthood

It’s a question that’s on a lot of people’s minds, even if they don’t realize it. The debate for immigration reform is a divisive issue, especially when concerning refugees.

Soul Saturday // Assure Pregnancy Counseling Center

In 1989, a small group of Christian women realized that, when faced with an unintended pregnancy, most women turned to only one place: the local abortion clinic.

Womb to Tomb // Dignity of Childhood

Have you ever been busy, moving through your day, accomplishing tasks with little notice for the details of what is going on around you? Sights? Sounds? Smells?

Womb to Tomb // Dignity of Childhood

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let thechildren come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it.Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them. Mark 10:13-16

Rachel was a cute, entertaining, and precocious two year old. For good reasons, everyone loved her. But one Sunday at my parents’ church, when she decided to investigate the aisle and walk to the front as the sermon was preached, an audible gasp rose from the congregants. The pastor paused and stopped my mother from reaching out to pull Rachel back into the pew. “Let her be,” directed Pastor Turner. “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’ He wants them to feel comfortable in his house and to know that he is approachable.”

From that time, I attempted to sit near the front of the church with my children so their curiosity about what was happening in the sanctuary could be satisfied without leaving the pew or standing on it. One of the countless things I like about the Catholic Church is that children are welcome at Mass. Yes, some churches have cry rooms for those whose vocal announcements could be distracting for everyone. But windows in cry rooms open to the sanctuary, and the children have not been ‘sent away.’

When I look at this passage from the Gospel of Mark, first I notice that the kingdom of God is given. We are called to receive what is offered. Do we want the gift? Of course we do! Jesus wants that for us, as well, which is why he told us how. 

Observe carefully the little children around you – at home or church or in parks. When they interact with others, do they only seek people to serve them? Or, do they find joy in making others happy? Is their general outlook on life negative or positive? Do they hold grudges? Or are they quickly forgiving? Do they need grandiose amusements or do simple pleasures please them? Are they pressed under the burden of fear or worry? Or do they contentedly live in the moment?

I think Jesus meant for us to learn lessons from little children when he said, ‘for to such as these belong the kingdom of God. Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’

To Jesus, through Mary-Cheryl Ann Wills

Image by Adrianna Tucker

Image by Adrianna Tucker

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Soul Saturday // Archangels

Image by ADVTRphoto.com

Image by ADVTRphoto.com

The past few weeks we have been learning more about the Archangels trio! I am mostly familiar with St. Michael and St. Gabriel. My affection for St. Gabriel stems from the Annunciation of course. My affection for St. Michael is because of all the protection I receive, along with my guardian angel!

Just this past week my guardian angel stopped me from getting in an accident with a biker who popped up out of nowhere on my street! I even remember once in college I was driving down a narrow street and a car was coming very fast and I was not a practicing catholic at the time but I narrowly avoided a head-on collision at a high speed. I know I was protected (as well as the other car) by my guardian angel and St. Michael. I am also deathly afraid of flying and over the years especially when I was a teen I had to fly a lot. You know those times when you say your prayers out of habit and those times of fear when you REALLY say your prayers? Well when the plane would go flying down the runway I would REALLY mean my St. Michael prayer! I repeated it countless times and every time I landed safely! I believe he definitely defends me against the serious battles and as for some of the daily battles I fail at, I know that’s where I need to keep growing my strength in God to succeed more often because it’s a partnership!

In Joy Valley Petoskey, Michigan there is a place called the Marian Center and it is the only place in the world to have an Archangel grotto! It is AMAZING! The size of the statues are absolutely huge and magnificent to behold! Below I will post pictures from the shrine for you to view! I thought it would be fitting to share after learning about them :) I just love how St. Michael looks so strong and not to be messed with it! I feel like he looks at the devil when the devil is trying hard to get us and says “do you see my sword here? don’t even try” Ha take that devil !

Have a blessed soul saturday sisters and if you get the chance - visit the shrine! It has many other statues as well (actually the most statues I’ve ever seen in one place!!) Here is their website with more information: http://mariancenter.org/  TO Jesus through Mary-Ally Hynes

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