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It's Good To Be Back!

It's Good To Be Back!

Last July, about a month into this new job, I became pregnant with my first child, and my husband and I welcomed our sweet son in April. We named our son Benedict after Saint Benedict of Nursia, one of our favorite saints. He has been a very important and significant saint in our marriage and relationships, but especially in work. I mean his motto is "ora et labora" ("pray and work"). However, if I’m being honest, sometimes it’s more like having to work at prayer. It isn’t always natural or easy.
Consecration of Russia

Consecration of Russia

I just returned from School Mass where our pastor prayed the full Consecration of Russia prayer.  I wasn't prepared for it.  It was beautiful, sad...
Don't Let Spiritual Reading Disturb Your Interior Peace!

Don't Let Spiritual Reading Disturb Your Interior Peace!

How is your Lenten journey so far?

This Lent I am reading "This Tremendous Lover" and thumbing through other spiritual readings. I hope that upon reading the wisdom and advice I found that it may prove fruitful and helpful to you this in Lent and beyond.

Need Help Deciding What To Do For Lent?

Need Help Deciding What To Do For Lent?

Over the past few weeks, my inbox and news feeds have slowly filled up with a collection of Lent articles and videos.  This probably won't be your first time taking Lent seriously, and if you are like me, there might be an inclination to stick with what's comfortable.  That's what I was planning on doing until I came across a few of these recommendations.  I haven't landed on one yet, but there's still time to decide.  I hope you find something fruitful in these recommendations.
The Duty of the Present Moment

The Duty of the Present Moment

Everyday we are presented with opportunities to practice self-denial and resignation to God's will. If we can't handle a mild irritation, how will we be ready when God calls us to make a truly great sacrifice?  The ordinary day filled with ordinary and seemingly mundane tasks is our training; it's where real saints are made.

Perseverance and Renewal

Perseverance and Renewal

This begs the question: Would I recognize Jesus? 

I think it's safe to say that most of the time the answer is no, and the main reason is found in Fr. Sebastien's words above.  "Grace...is a reality that conditions our humanity to attain the purposes God has for us."  There is a great lesson here if we have eyes to see it.  

Healing for Mind and Soul

Healing for Mind and Soul

Do I still struggle with anxiety?  Yes.  That's why I refer to it as a cross, but there's a difference between battling anxiety and letting it run your life.  That's what was happening in the past.  I've done the work, I'm continuing to do it today, and it has blessed every aspect of my life...
The Cross will carry YOU

The Cross will carry YOU

On my worst days I can fall victim to being anxious about my anxiety where I'm convinced that this cross is a barrier to God's will being realized in my life.

If instead we surrender that struggle to God, offering up our efforts in battle for the conversion of sinners and resigning the outcome to God, I think we'll find peace there. 

Public Enemy #1 - Part 2

I wrote an article on Monday called Public Enemy #1 about my encounter in adoration.  In that email I challenged you to think about the #1 habitual sin in your life, and I offered some suggestions that have proven to be helpful for me personally in the past.  There was a second insight from adoration that day that I had planned to share today, but something happened this week that I just had to tell you about.

Public Enemy #1

When we look at our own plans and prayerfully discern God's plans for us, it's important to account for the obstacles.

What is the #1 sin in your life that's getting in the way of living the life God has planned for you?  

Let's explore 3 steps to battling sin head on.

2021 - A Year in Review

2021 - A Year in Review

Happy New Year from all of us here at The Catholic Woodworker. 2021 was an unforgettable year. It was a hard year. Many of us hoped that a new year...

Can you relate to my Advent experience?

This Advent, I want to work on being less fragmented, more present.  I can't be fully present to my wife, to our children, or to GOD in prayer if ...
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