SHE PONDERED THESE THINGS IN HER HEART

“OPEN TO LIFE”  by Elizabeth Hansen

One dreary morning, I was dragging my kids across a parking lot, already late.  The three-year-old hated all her clothes, and her younger brother was imitating her whining flawlessly.  Worn down from the ordeal of leaving the house, I looked at them trudging behind me with the stricken thought that, somehow, this all had to do with being “OPEN TO LIFE”.

Honestly, I’d started regarding the phrase as somewhat cliché/, or, depending on its timing, an irrelevant question for me and my husband. But there in the drizzle, I realized that “OPEN TO LIFE’ is more than a monthly question of possible conception. It’s not just about, “Should we have another baby?”

It’s about being open, in the most trustful sense, to a God who fills even these moments of exhaustion and tedium with his promise of abundant life.  It means literally FACING LIFE WITH AN OPEN POSTURE, saying to its Author, “SPEAK, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING”.

What are you teaching me about myself as I wait impatiently for my kids? What are you showing me in this mess of picked at dinners and dirty chairs? Who is begging for my touch?

It’s easy to shut down against intrusions, be it a child at the bathroom door, or grace ready at the heart. I’d like to say that morning drastically changed for the better. It didn’t. I was still tired, my kids were still whiny, and the weather was still terrible. BUT I WAS MORE OPEN. AND THAT WAS ENOUGH.

Elizabeth Hansen lives in Connecticut with her husband and three young children.

FIRST ENDURE MANY SUFFERINGS

YOU ARE THE HEIRS OF A GREAT TESTIMONY, A PRECIOUSE WITNESS TO CHRIST. He is the Light of the World; he is the light of our lives! The martyrs of Korea…handed over their bodies to their persecutors; to us they have handed on a perennial witness that the light of Christ’s truth dispels all darkness, and the love of Christ is gloriously triumphant.  With the certainty of his victory over death, and our participation in it, we can face the challenge of Christian discipleship today, IN OUR OWN CERCUMSTANCES AND TIME..

Keep close to one another, draw ever closer to God, and with your bishops and priests spend these years in building a holier, more missionary and humble Church, a Church which loves and worships God by seeking to serve the poor, the lonely, the infirm, and the marginalized.

In your Christian lives, you will find many occasions that will tempt you…TO PUSH AWAY FROM THE STRANGER, the needy, the poor, and the broken-hearted. It is these people especially who repeat the cry of the woman of the Gosper:  “LORD, HELP ME!’  This…plea is the cry of everyone who searches for love, acceptance, and friendship with Christ.  It is the cry of so many people in our anonymous cities, the cry of so many of your own contemporaries, and the cry of all those martyrs who even today suffer persecution and death for the name of Jesus: “LORD, HELP ME.!”  Let us respond, not like those who push away people who make demands on us, as if serving the needy gets in the way of our being close to the Lord. No! We are to be like Christ, who responds to every plea for his help with love, mercy, and compassion.

A responsibility which the Lord gives you…IS TO BE VIGILANT, NOT TO ALLOW THE PRESSURES, THE TEMPTATIONS, AND THE SINS OF OURSELVES OR OTHERS TO DULL OUR SENSITIVITY TO THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS, TO THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL.

By Pope Frances

( He refers to these Korean martyrs: The Korean Martyrs were the victims of religious persecution against Catholic Christians during the 19th century in Korea. At least 8,000 adherents to the faith were killed during this period, 103 of whom were canonized en masse in May 1984. Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions were declared “Venerable” on February 7, 2014, and on Au…(From the Wickepedia)  now it is going on in the Middle East, more Christians have been martyred in the last two years than in all the years since the Romans started killing them 2015 yrs ago.)

THE CASE FOR GOOD TASTE IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS by Meghan Cox Gurdon.

On the suggestion of another blogger I am posting this again. This is still happening. My friend showed me a book she bought off a school book sales list, it was definitely an adult book. Not for Jr. High or less. Watch what your kids are buying at school. Just because it’s on the list, doesn’t mean it is acceptable for young people or your children.

Mrs.American Patriot

Gurdon is a Children’s Book Reviewer, for the Wall Street Journal.  This article is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College, March 12, 2013  In part she wrote:

“On June 4, 2011, the number one trending topic on Twitter was the Anthony Weiner scandal.  I happen to remember that, because the number two topic on Twitter that day-almost as frenzied, thought a lot less humorous-had to do with an outrageous, intolerable attack on Young Adult literature…by me. Entitled “Darkness Too Visible,” my article discussed the increasingly dark current that runs through books classified as YA, for Young Adult-books aimed at readers between 12 and 18 years of age-a subset that has, in the four decades since Young Adult became a distinct category in fiction, become increasingly lurid, grotesque, profane, sexual, and ugly. “

“Books show us the world, and in that sense, too many books for adolescents act like funhouse…

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