— 1 — This Week’s Post: Dear Cindy ~ My Friend Says Her Friend Likes Me. What to do when:
“He texts you and emails you and pays you nice compliments. But, he has not initiated anything beyond a flirty friendship.”
— 2 — Your Parents: Last week I wrote a little note in my 7QTs about Parents and how they have a hard time handling their children’s extended singleness. Let me just say, if you are experiencing this with your parents, you are not alone! I received a lot of feedback from readers thanking me for recognizing this cross which is thrust upon them and difficult to carry without a whole range of unproductive emotions gushing forth.
—3 — Christmas: Our Christmas and New Year’s was spent with wonderful friends and family. The Seminarians were home from University and served during Mass which brought an extra special reverence to the Mass. Last Sunday, I was privileged to sit next to Sister Mary Rock of Constancy at Mass. Yes, there is something about the habit that reminds us of God and encourages us all on to holiness! Our parish is rich with vocations, praise God!
— 4 — Spotlight On: This week’s spotlight is on Britt from Proverbial Girlfriend. Her book, The Ten Commandments for Kissing Gloria Jean was released! As a person who is gluten-free, I totally love that Britt’s main character has Celiac. Okay, there is more to it than that but it makes me even more excited to read it. I am waiting for the hard copy so that I can flood our church’s lending library with copies. But you can order the digital version now! Check out the book at her sight here. Let’s support each other in getting Catholic fiction in the hands of our youth! Congratulations Britt!
— 5 — The Choices We Face: Have you seen this awesome show on EWTN? I watched The Lordship of Jesus Christ last night and felt so encouraged and inspired. Check out this awesome show hosted by Ralph Martin and Peter Herbeck from Renewel Ministries. Here is a list of past shows that you can also watch!
— 6 — First Friday Adoration: I signed up for First Friday Adoration of our Lord from 10:00 – 11:00 this morning. Since it snowed last night, it may be family adoration for us. Gregg may need to drive me! I will be praying for all of you on my Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer list. If you have a need for prayer, please send me a note!
— 7 — Rock of Faith, Love and Truth: Here is something beautiful from Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Lumen fidei (Light of Faith):
“…The light of love proper to faith can illumine the questions of our own time about truth. Truth nowadays is often reduced to the subjective authenticity of the individual, valid only for the life of the individual. A common truth intimidates us, for we identify it with the intransigent demands of totalitarian systems. But if truth is a truth of love, if it is a truth disclosed in personal encounter with the Other and with others, then it can be set free from its enclosure in individuals and become part of the common good. As a truth of love, it is not one that can be imposed by force; it is not a truth that stifles the individual. Since it is born of love, it can penetrate to the heart, to the personal core of each man and woman. Clearly, then, faith is not intransigent, but grows in respectful coexistence with others. One who believes may not be presumptuous; on the contrary, truth leads to humility, since believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth which embraces and possesses us. Far from making us inflexible, the security of faith sets us on a journey; it enables witness and dialogue with all.”
God love and bless you!
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