— 1 — This Week’s Post: Is……Emotional Chastity! Visualize your freedom in Christ!
— 2 — This Week’s Other Post: The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check out who inspires me and who I nominated for the Award. Also, please help me congratulate Amanda on the publication of her book, Worthy!
— 3 — She Knows: Did you see this article by Rebecca Frech? It was a note of encouragement to her teen daughter about chastity. She provided an excellent perspective on the importance of parents being open to life and how marital chastity is the best witness and support for our children in their goal of living chastely. Kudos Rebecca!
— 4 — Prison Mass: I loved this!
— 5 — Spotlight on: This week’s spotlight is on Rachel Allen! She works for a retreat ministry called the REAP Team, where it is her full-time job to talk about sex, love, dating, and chastity. Check out this post and follow her on Twitter. Thank you, Rachel for your important ministry!
— 6 — Childless on Mother’s Day: This article by MaryBeth Bonacci mirrored how I felt at Mass on Mother’s Day. I know the priests have the best intentions. Motherhood today is under attack so our sweet Knights of Columbus men wanted to honor us Moms with a carnation. We stood and were applauded by the rest of the congregation. It felt uncomfortable to me. Here we are with the greatest blessing possible (a child) and we were being applauded. I guess I just want to turn the honor over to our Creator. Maybe as an alternative, they can give carnations to all the females in honor of the feminine genius? Anyone else feel this way?
— 7 — The Peace of God: Saint Padre Pio de Pietrelcina (1887-1968), Capuchin wrote:
“God’s Spirit is a spirit of peace; even after our most serious failings he makes us feel a sorrow that is peaceful, humble and confident, precisely because of his mercy. The spirit of evil, on the other hand, agitates, irritates and makes us feel a sort of anger at ourselves when we have failed. Yet it is very much to ourselves we should be practicing charity in the first place. So, when you are bothered by certain thoughts, the agitation never comes from God but from the devil, since God, being a spirit of peace, brings you serenity.”
God love and bless you!
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