It’s been a long time…

HELLO… hello… hello… Is anyone OUT THERE… out there… out there…LOL

Well, It’s been months since I posted and I apologize for that (to anyone who cares..lol).  I was really busy at work for a time and I also finally started RCIA class!!! YES!!

I can say, without a doubt, RCIA class has been very informative and helpful.  It seems like everyone in my class has made a connection with each other and we’ve also argued with each other too, believe it or not.  But we know that we are in this together.

Throughout this journey, my faith in God has strengthened.  I’ve even asked Mary’s help in prayer a number of times – not to mention all of the rosaries I’ve prayed (thanks to my two favorite apps – Holy Rosary and Pocket Rosary.)    I absolutely love it!

Unfortunately, my weightloss journey is another thing…sigh

 

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Very Brief Update!

I’m still working a lot of hours on my job which is the reason for the infrequent posts.

Diet Update:
I screwed up.  Because I’m working so many hours, junk food has been my staple – especially chocolate cake or muffins.  Bad me!  I actually gained a pound (making my weightloss 3 pounds instead of 4).  I haven’t completely gone back to my old eating habits, it’s just a slack a bit.  I’m also very tired from the hours at work and my son being sick.  (a serious lack of sleep).  I am trying to get back on track now.

I realize that I eat junk when I get stressed and I’ve been very stressed lately.  It’s the old “comfort food” problem.  I’m wondering if food should be that much comfort…
Conversion update:  I was contacted by a Deacon at church who is in charge of the RCIA program, so I should be starting the process this month with a few inquiry sessions.  I am so excited and nervous.

Thank you, Lord, for my job and my life.  Amen.

Mary Mary…quite contrary….

…to what I have been taught (see what I did there..)

The way that some Catholics treat Mary was one of the hardest things that I have had to deal with as far as my conversion to Catholicism goes. When I told my immediate family about my conversion, they were supportive, but the one thing that was requested of me was no Mary or Pope worship! (I did explain to them the Catholic understanding of these topics. There request came from what they saw on TV whenever the Pope visited a country (kissing the ring and bowing) or a Mary apparition was found.)

The Catholic position of Mary being the “Mother of God” as well as the mother of the church is not where my problem lied.  Mary is indeed the mother of Jesus and the bible says we are to call her “blessed”.  Not a problem at all!

My issue is with what’s called as veneration to her.  Or even worse, consecration to Mary.  Veneration….consecration…devotion…those are some very scary words to a protestant.  It appears to take the focus off of Christ and on to Mary.  Not to mention, there are images that don’t look to cool to non-catholics (and orthodox), such as:

The most important thing to any Christian is to be focused on Jesus Christ, our Saviour.  Anything that takes the focus off of Him and on to something else is blasphemy, right?  St. Louis de Montfort is the most well-known saint to many Mary consecrators.  de Montfort, in his writings called “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” says “ “All that belongs to God by nature belongs to Mary by grace”, say the saints, and, according to them, just as Jesus and Mary have the same will and the same power, they have also the same subjects, servants and slaves.” He also writes Moreover, if, as I have said, the Blessed Virgin is the Queen and Sovereign of heaven and earth, does she not then have as many subjects and slaves as there are creatures? “All things, including Mary herself, are subject to the power of God. All things, God included, are subject to the Virgin’s power”, so we are told by St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine and St. Bonaventure. Really? Wow!  I do think some people, past and present, take things to far – bordering (if not crossing over) to marian worship.

You’re probably asking “is she gonna come to a point of all of this?”  The answer is “no.” LOL!!

However, let me say this: I have prayed the rosary several times.  At first, it was a little weird and uncomfortable. But every time after that, it was peaceful and serene.  The rosary is a fabulous way to meditate on the life of Christ.  And yes, it IS a meditation of the life on Christ, not on the the life of Mary.  I do love praying the rosary (did I just say that out loud?) and I truly believe it does draw you closer to God in your prayer life. (But be sure to be silent and listen for God to speak to you.)  I don’t do it as often as I believe that I should, admittedly.  I also feel drawn to her in a way – I want to know as much about her as possible.

Now, from what I understand, it is not a requirement that Catholics pray the rosary or venerate Mary (or any other saint).  However, I do believe that we should live our lives as Mary did: with unshakeable belief and worship to her son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Submission

It’s hard to submit…to authority or to your husband (as the bible teaches) …anybody!

One thing that I have learned is that to be Catholic, you have to submit to the Magesterium – the teaching authority of the Church.

Now how in the heck do I do that? I am completely throwing away (in a sense) a lot of my protestant upbringing. It’s very difficult to believe that what you have been taught all of your life about your salvation is in error.

I still don’t know how to do that…

2000 years of history is wrong and what I have been taught is right…how am I supposed to reverse that?

I believe that the Holy Spirit is working that out in me.