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Hiya Again!

COME AWAKE! COME AWAKE! COME AND RISE UP FROM THE GRAVE!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_NrB2iBqh8

Well, I am baaaack!!!! kind of. I guess it seems that I’ve kind of fallen the face of the earth… or at least off blog world. I’ve been super busy during the past few months with pro-life activism- barely a moment to breathe, and so my poor blog has suffered the effects, neglected and abandoned as it is. But I do love it and it feels so good to be posting again! And I have Meggy from Magic, Ink, and, Dreams to thank for that! She tagged me for Famous Women of the Week! 🙂

And, in explanation of the opening lines of this post…. I spent my weekend- guess where! AT STEUBIE!!!!! Had an absolutely beautiful and incredible three days at the Steubenville Conference, perhaps some of you dear readers may have gone also. The experience is phenomenal. Since I came home Sunday night, I’ve been so full of joy and happiness the past few days, and Jesus is so powerful and loving and close!! Yep, He’s pretty awesome and amazing, for lack of sufficient words!!!

Okay, I’m going to do my tag thingy now! yay! I’ll post it in a while today! 🙂

+JMJ+

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July 4, 2012 · 4:38 pm

Letters4Life Canada

The Canadian version of the letter campaign: http://www.letters4life.ca/

Let’s write 100,000 prolife letters to end abortion!

In Canada, 100,000 children die every year because of abortion.

100,000 letters could change that.

Do you want to make a difference?

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1 Million ProLife Letters!

Some teens in the States have organized a campaign, called the 2012 Pro-Life Letter Writing Campaign, whose goal is to write 1 million letters to the President opposing abortion. This is the last week of their campaign, so if you could help them out, that would be great!

1st step: Write a letter and address it to:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
step 2: send your letter and take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3N57QY5

you can find a form letter and more information on the site: http://theteenagelifeclub.blogspot.ca/#!/

Be a voice for the voiceless.

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Sunlight and Shadows

We all seek happiness and meaning in our lives.

We all have dreams, passion, lives…lives that were meant for living.

But too many times, we fall.

Too many times we linger in cold, dark shadows, even when the warm golden rays are but a step away. All we have to do is step into the light. But we lack the courage to show ourselves as we are, with all our faults and blemishes and imperfections. But why are we afraid? Open your eyes, reaching out His hand towards you, a bearded young man arrayed in a brilliant robe of white steps into the darkness, dispelling the night.

Take His hand. Let Him draw you into the light. With Him, you will find morning. With Him, you will discover meaning in your life. He will lead you, protect you.

Just take His hand.

Hold on. And remember always, you have two hands for a reason- one is to hold on to Him and the other is to reach out to the rejected, the unwanted, the unloved.

You will never again be alone in the darkness.

He has made you a child of His light!

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Merry Christmas!!

How could I be so negligent as not to have wished my readers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!

Or should I say, a merry Fourth Day of Christmas!!!

May Baby Jesus bless you all and shower His many graces upon you this Christmas season!

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Proud to be an (aspiring!) Catholic writer!

 “When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist.” -Flannery O’Connor

I just finished reading the short story “Greenleaf” by Flannery O’Connor for an English assignment.

My initial reaction? “eewwwww, what a grotesque, unpleasant story….”

I wasn’t looking forward to the essay I was supposed to write on the symbolism contained within the story. What symbolism could there be? All I could see in the story were some unsympathetic characters who never got along with each other, a main character determined to get a stray bull off her property, and a weird, somewhat disturbing, ending with the bull goring her.

So I did a little research, and was surprised upon discovering the beautiful symbolism and touching lesssons that the story was bursting with. The first thing I read when I googled it was that the bull represented Christ!

Whoah!! Wait a minute!! What???

Turns out, that “Greenleaf” is really a story of redemption and grace. An obstinate woman who absolutely refuses to have a bull enter her property, is also closed up and reluctant to let Jesus into her heart. In the end, the bull charges toward her, piercing her heart with one horn, the other curving around her side, so that they are united so closely that Mrs. May can no longer control the force that is far more powerful than she. The bull’s strength surpasses her own, just as God’s power surpasses that of anyone else’s, and she is conquered in the end,  thus coming to a realization of her own insignificance.

To get the full impact of the story, read it for yourself. Read it, then re-read it slowly and thoughtfully. Be open to the rich symbolism and indirect allusions to something more to this life than what meets the surface. By reading Greenleaf you are bound to have an enriching, thought-provoking experience.

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The New Roman Missal

As of last Sunday, the new changes in the liturgy have been implemented in the Catholic Mass.

First. let me share a video that explains these changes very simply and accurately.

Now, I think these changes are great. I strongly believe that they will help us to have a greater sense of respect and a deeper appreciation for the Mass. I also believe that it will create a greater sense of unity with the rest of the Catholic Church, by using the same translation of words in every language. It will also connect us to the past, to all the great saints and heroes of the Catholic faith, because we are praying the Mass in the same words as they. Such changes as “Behold the Lamb of God” certainly leaves a richer, more profound effect uon us than “This is the Lamb of God.” When I hear that, it brings to mind the kingliness of Jesus as well as Pontius Pilate’s announcement “Behold the man”, thus serving as a reminder of Jesus’ passion and sacrifice for mankind.

The one thing I don’t like about a change that has been implemented on Sunday, is our local diocese’s announcement that after the reception of Holy Communion, the faithful are to stand rather than kneel. I don’t know much about this change, why it was brought about, and such, but I do know that kneeling is the humblest position we can have while Jesus is present in our hearts. When I stand, I become distracted, I start looking around, I forget about Jesus, for isn’t standing something we do all the time? However, when I am kneeling I know that this is a time that is to be given to God alone, I show Him my littleness and dependance upon Him.

So, I have not yet decided whether I will stand or whether I will continue kneeling; I’d much rather do the latter however. But I am glad about the other changes. I look forward to a greater appreciation and a deeper understanding of the Mass.

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