Growing in Love in All Life Decisions: Let’s Act for a Better World.

“Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” -Joel 2:12-13 // “Eppure anche ora, dice il Signore, ritorna da me con tutto il tuo cuore, con il digiuno, il pianto e il cordoglio, strappa i tuoi cuori, non le tue vesti, e torna al Signore, tuo Dio. Per grazia e misericordia è lui, lento all’ira, ricco di gentilezza, che si accontenta di punire “. -Joel 2: 12-13

*Note: due to my new language learning goals, I will slowly be starting to write posts in English/Italian or Spanish/Italian…please don’t mind the many grammar mistakes that Google translate will bring us as I move from 1 word onward in the Italian language.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I look forward to explain some items that I learned to share with all of us life learners who happen to come upon this blog and find themselves learning about stress and where to avoid temptations:

Weight Loss through Faith and Prayer _ Weight Reduction with Catholic Resources

Notably, there are a few elements of interest:

  • “You can live within normal and healthy weight limits if only you love God’s mercy more than you desire to punish yourself. Right now you use food to numb your emotional distress, and you fear that without using food and excess body fat as psychological defenses your life will be nothing but empty pain.”
  • “Therefore, to overcome the habit of constantly reaching for something to deaden pain, endeavor to teach yourself to act in new ways through love. Recognize the urge to use food as a way to numb emotional pain, and hten return food to its proper place in your life: not as a psychological defense but as a holy gift of nutrition. This takes considerable conscious effort– still, it is all possible through graceful trust in God’s help and protection.

Moreover, the Catholic Church offers a centuries-old form of relaxation and emotional support: prayer.

The Devil (very much present: a greatest trick is to make humans believe that the devil does not exist and act negatively in our lives. It is often said that our amazing Lord has a perfect plan for our lives, but we must acknowledge with reverence that the devil is more powerful than us, and he has a plan that he absolutely intends for us to falsely rationalize and implement in our lives that will lead to our ruin). We must acknowledge that the devil exists in our imperfect lives if we are to face issues in our lives with an understanding of his power and a greater understanding of the greatest power that God maintains in all things.


There are three basic steps to changing unwanted behavior:
1. To know how ugly the behavior is and how destructive it is to yourself and to others.

2. To know the damage caused by the behavior.

3. To know the benefits of new and different behavior.


The fear of unwanted behavior’s consequences is not a sufficient motivation.

The hope of positive changes IS a sufficient motivation. This requires frequent daily meditation, speaking of positive changes in life with others and naming the struggles that you strive to overcome, seeking advice, and seeking Reconciliation (and spiritual direction from the priest during that time in the confessional) as often as necessary.

The great article advises us to use a method of meditation twice a day (or as needed, if more temptation exists):

  1. Enter a state of relaxation: a quiet setting and a restful posture.
  2. Create a negative mood state as you visualize harmful and disgusting effects of the unwanted behavior. (Body swelled and fat, muscles weakened, bones carrying too much excess weight, shortness of breath, cholesterol coating arteries and heart). After this has entered your mind fully, pray a ‘Hail Mary’.
  3. Contemplate how miserable and hopeless your life will be if this behavior doesn’t change. Think of yourself having trouble breathing, barely enduring physical work, think of your children suffering these consequences as a result of your implicit example of habits. Pray another ‘Hail Mary’.
  4. Consider the realities of Purgatory’s necessary cleansing for your poor choices here during life on earth: every unneccessary mouthful of food you have ever taken will be purged from you.
  5. Create a positive mood state to visualize beneficial effects of new, healthy behavior. You may want to make a point of calling out and rejecting any devil’s distractions of automatically thinking that your small action changes could ‘never build into your ideal health state’. These miracles are God’s territory and not always within our capacity to understand, but we must lead in faith by each small ‘insignificant’ action.
  6. Reinforce the positive mood state by seeing yourself as confident, healthy in appearance and interior functioning, relaxed and able to concentrate, free of frustration and tension, and as a positive influence on others. Enjoy a peaceful state of mind and deep sense of hope and love for others. Pray a ‘Hail Mary’.
    1. Memorize and repeat the following Truths to move great steps forward in the Lord’s plan:
      “Lord, when grounded in prayer, I work calmly and confidently. Give me the grace to not let my self-confidence be bothered by small mistakes. In You, I can overcome all obstacles with total confidence.
    2. “In You, Lord, there are no “good” days or “bad” days, there is only love.”
  7. Finally, pray this wildly powerful prayer for the strength of God to be felt in this moment of temptation:

Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Through the grace of your purity, may this unclean habit cease. From habit and slavery, pray for my release: Hail Mary…

From anger, fear, and anxiety, pray for my release: Hail Mary…

For health and calm and peace, pray for me: Hail Mary…

For emotional sensitivity, pray for me: Hail Mary…

To be filled with all the fullness of divinity, pray for me: Hail Mary…

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that, by Christ redeemed, we choose to live in purity. Amen.

I will be praying this for my own protection (please keep me in your prayers), for friends J, C, P, C, D, A, B, C, E, M, R, L, I, M, L, E, B, H, D, M, T, T, K, D, A, T, M, M, A, J, J, J, H, L, K, J, E, B, P, A, C, P, D, M, K, J, F, L, B, T, A, M, M, F, L, A, L, A, R, C, M, T, A, M, C, L, L, K, L, E, A, S, K, M, L, L, M, K, B, S, G, E, B, F, C, A, A, C, L, L, L, S, A, A, A, K, J, M, K, J, V, J, J, C, M, K, S, C, K, M, M, T, R, J, E, S, L, J, A, F, J, B, G, J, J, E, M, A, H, C, E, C, and J who need the grace to view this area of their life realistically and as God intends (challenges fully included) and respond in God’s strength and positive action, and for the ever-increasing acts of holiness of our world…may I lead, God willing! Amen.

To be Free to Experience its Greatest Joys, the Heart Must Become Pure

Are you planning on being a parent one day? Are you already a parent (pregnant or with small children) and looking to allow your children to live in the freedom that God allows? Then we can’t ignore a current crisis in every corner of society.

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Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of another by seeing what it would take to overcome a great struggle. Let’s work extra to allow EACH human to have enough knowledge to choose the freedom of a clean heart.

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I want to bring up a trending topic in the Catholic young adult world: purity. It seems to have no place in anyone’s life, but yet there are strong examples of purity both in single life and marriage, because both are called to live purely within each season of life or vocation (St. Gianna Molla, St. Maria Goretti, numerous sisters and nuns of religious vocations including St. Teresa of Avila, St. Faustina, St. Mother Teresa, etc.). I have been around very impure environments, such as a large U.S. public campus university, and I have had to leave because I was seeking what I could not find: a peace of heart. Now, after 5 years of learning how to successfully find this in my life (through many trials and many experiences full of more trust in God and learning), I have to admit one thing: habits created to guard a pure environment (internally and externally) can be inspired by God and kept as a strong, never-ending desire; it will always be a desire to be renewed daily and we must pray to maintain great conviction in this loving desire. In other words, you will always have to choose concerning personal purity (there is no ‘neutral space’, for to not explicitly act toward the highest good is to do less than you are called to do). You must renew the correct choice to desire God’s gift of purity in heart, mind, and soul all the time because it will be in danger more often than you’d like due to the low societal expectations of virtue today (or at least this has been my experience when I must live away from strong nets of life-giving, refreshing, awakening Christian communities tucked within the problematic U.S. society as a whole). However, there is no greater joy than living by how God gives this Catholic Church (meant for every single one of us, even including non-Catholics) to teach the world by maintaining a pure heart (mind, body, and by the soul, which must be often restored to life by Jesus through His mercy in Reconciliation, as the lovely Audrey Assad explained in the following video).

I am not asking you to read this JUST for the sake of your own knowledge, but instead for something much bigger than the individual. I seek society change and help amongst neighbors and friends. I am asking you to know the problem that we must overcome as a society. I am asking you to realize that there are brothers and sisters among us who may need to learn from you but may not be willing to pick up this book. It’s not exactly a coffee table book, but it’s well worth reading for anyone who is involved with a family dynamic…so, everyone. Everyone knows someone who could benefit from this book, and I don’t even mean that it must address the specific problem areas that are mentioned most regularly. Just insert the grave concern of choice, and this book still functionally addresses it: dwelling on the negative actions of others/being just too intimate with partner/overeating and feeling too full are exactly the material that gives the Devil his space to thrive.

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“Pleasure is one dimensional…on the plane of physical. The clean of heart are able to live intensely on all planes—with a full awareness of all the world, of the music, of the flowers, of the children, friends, and above all the supernatural. Those of unclean heart become increasingly blind to these other dimensions of love and beauty…” (Scott, 2006, p. 24).

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“By removing the distortions of lust, a clean heart will help you to make peace with and appreciate your sexuality. You will ultimately begin to see it as a friend rather than an enemy, as a blessing, not a curse. Pray for the grace to appreciate the virtue of chastity, to want to be chaste according to your state in life, and to desire to do God’s will in this matter. Thank God for your sexuality and realize it is a blessing that God gives us to be used only in marriage. Ask Him daily to help you want to only use it according to His will” (Scott, 2006, p. 25).

Side note for any readers not familiar with Audrey Assad’s bold, brilliant artistic talent:

Let’s close in a prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas:
O holy, innocent Master, thou leader of the most pure of soul, I now begin to understand what gained for thee the title, ‘Angel of the Schools.’ The eye of an angel must indeed be able to contemplate that which constitutes an angel’s blessedness. Well didst thou understand that saying of the Holy Spirit: ‘Wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sin.’ Thou hast told me that the heart that gives itself up to sensuality, must be weak, bad, and subject to low instincts. I believe thee, and I will follow thy counsels. Never will I have aught to do with what might endanger the lovely, the precious purity of my soul. When the tempter suddenly appears, may I like thee in the hour of thy fiery and memorable victory, seize the flaming brand of holy love with which to put my enemy to flight. I solemnly promise thee, my holy Leader, to flee from every shadow of danger, to be watchful in the choice of my books, my friends, my conversations, my recreations, yes, even in my food and drink as far as in me lies.
But do thou, O heavenly Protector, obtain for me the divine assistance in those encounters from which so few come forth victorious. I will conquer, I must conquer! Protect me from whatever could wound purity in the least degree and keep me in the love of this beautiful virtue till the end, that I may belong to those who in heaven thank thee for thy guard over them and contribute to thy glory, O thou triumphant Leader and renowned Hero of virginity! Amen.”

 

 

Dios Me Ha Creado Para Amar Primero y Soñar Inspiridoramente

“La clave de la perfección es el amor. Quien vive de amor, vive en Dios, pues Dios es amor, como dice el Apóstol.”

“Limpia tu corazón de toda pasión terrenal. ¡ Humíllate en el polvo y reza ! Así encontrarás con certeza a Dios, que te dará serenidad y paz en esta vida y eterna beatitud en la otra. ”

 

Las cosas cuales me gustan ver son ideas de esperanza, honrando lo que podría venir algún dia en el futuro.

Todas las frases vienen de St. Padre Pio, todas las imágenes vienen de Pinterest. Ahora sigamos…

“Dulce es el yugo de Jesús, liviano su peso, por lo tanto, no demos lugar al enemigo para insinuarse en nuestro corazón y robarnos la paz.”

 

Siempre con algunas metas personales que ya empiezan esta semana, no? Claro que si!

 

A Little Budgeting: Arriving Home

Now presenting my first little space that I have decorated to call ‘home’:

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After the initial disappointment of what a UW Madison dorm room leaves room for in terms of decorating to one’s taste (severely lacking), and then the collective disinterest in investing in rental decoration with shared living commitments for all years afterward, let’s just say it has been about 7 years of waiting for the day when I’d be allowed to decorate my own space…even including nails in the wall…the whole deal (except…still no paint. I guess even this apartment has its limits, hehe).

I now present to you the art of affordable home creation: making a space cozy when it wasn’t really built with such a purpose. Here’s the ‘before’:

A $1500 budget allows for a lot to be done to this place (though new appliance/cabinet upgrades were a fun surprise via landlord’s recent renovations in my unit):

Plus a few additions from home (great majority of items not pictured):

Finally, here is a blessing for each new home:

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Just in case you ever wondered what a dream Peruvian home for traveling doctors to use on mission work (with space for their families, if they’d like to travel along) would look like, I’ve got you covered:

La Sagrada Familia: Obra Para Dios por Gaudí

Debido a la convención de derecho INTA y un interés familiar, yo y mis papis fuimos para vacaciones (con trabajo incluido) para que podriamos terminar nuestro año viviendo juntos en buena onda…porque hay mar cuadras de nuestro primer hotel, y porque hay algo bastante particular a Barcelona que nos asombraba cada vez que la vimos en nuestro barrio de la visita:

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La Sagrada Familia

Una obra por el famoso ‘Arquitecto de Dios’ Antoni Gaudí, quien esta en el proceso de empezar su beatificación.

Podría contarles muchas explicaciones de las detalles de cada pedacito de la iglesia, pero sería mejor para ustedes para que vean algo de lo que vimos (ponte click cualquiera foto para que aumenta el tamaño):

Hay una bonita lectura que explica solo un poquito de este famoso arquitecto:

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Todo el mundo lo sabe: cuando a Gaudí le preguntaban, con impaciencia, cuándo se terminaría el Templo de la Sagrada Familia, él respondía, sin impacientarse: «Mi amo no tiene prisa…», además de eludir cualquier cronometraje, también expresaba, con esta respuesta, en qué perspectiva situaba su obra.

Han sido muchos, no obstante, a quienes la Sagrada Familia ha puesto nerviosos. Y no sólo a causa de la lentitud de su edificación, sino, muy a menudo, por cuestión de gustos o criterios estéticos, siempre respetables y discutibles a la vez. A veces también ha influido el hecho de que se trate de una edificación religiosa, ahora que dar señales de vida cristiana es considerado, en ciertos ambientes, políticamente incorrecto.

Últimamente a algunos les ha hecho perder los estribos la iniciativa de introducir el proceso de canonización de Antoni Gaudí. Quienes han tenido la idea están convencidos de que el hombre que proyectó la Sagrada Familia como una versión en piedra de la tradición cristiana y católica, fue además de un artista eximio, un hombre de fe, por encima del nivel ordinario. Es decir, un cristiano que puede ser ejemplo de cristianos, un santo. Y han hecho, pacíficamente, los primeros pasos de un largo camino que puede llevar al reconocimiento por la Iglesia de la santidad de Gaudí.

Quienes han introducido la causa de Gaudí tienen razones muy sólidas para hacerlo y ejercen un derecho reconocido en el interior de la Iglesia. Los organismos competentes de la Santa Sede han acogido su propuesta positivamente. Pero a partir de ahora, comienza un análisis concienzudo y más bien lento de los pros y los contras. También aquí, como en la obra de la Sagrada Familia, no hay prisa.

Ahora bien, yo he tenido ocasión de percibir que el encanto del templo lleva al encanto de la fe. Por eso no me cuesta demasiado mantener la esperanza de que sus piedras hayan sido realmente tocadas por mano de santo. (Joan Carrera Planas. Obispo auxiliar de Barcelona. Catalunya Cristiana. 30 Marzo 2000)

Aparte la magnifica y única Sagrada Familia, hubo tiempo para caminar cerca del mar, pasear por toooodos lados de la ciudad, tomar un café o sangría dondequiera, visitar la catedral de Barcelona y la tomba de Santa Eulalia, y también ver la famosa Casa Batlló:

 

La Paciencia

Estoy acercando la mitad de una novena bastante bonita y mientras yo sigo aquí en el aeropuerto Charles de Gaulle (mi vida no se siente que es MI vida en algunos momentos así como estos), ya compré mis 8 macarones entonces 6 postales de Notre Dame (asistí su Misa allá ayer en full francaís…la Misa verdaderamente es universal aunque la homilía no entendí), ya tengo una lista de personas bastante importantes quienes han aceptado un gran puesto en la vida: adoptar a unaabuelita en una necesidad particular de cada una…y aceptar ser adoptada como niet@ por esa abuelita…porque todos tenemos la necesidad para oración y una buena comunidad por Cristo.

Mientras termino mi rosario y esta entrada, empezaremos embarcar el vuelo hasta Frankfurt (después, como Dios quiera, hasta Minneapolis), quisiera compartir mis fotos del viaje con esta chiquita comunidad de personas quienes tendrán que ver este sitio de web cuando quieran saber de algunas dones que he experimentado…todo es por Dios porque lo más que entiendo de la vida, lo más que entiendo que cualquier bien poder no es mía, sino que lo que Dios puede darnos.

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Justo una semana después de nuestra visita a París, en mi lugar favoritísimo de la ciudad hubo un gran acto de violencia en contra de tres policía de Francia en frente de la bella Catedral de Notre Dame…justo donde Fiona, Anna, y yo acabaron estar para la Misa en un domingo parisino lleno de Dios y alegría. Para todas las situaciones graves en Francia especialmente en estos años recién, hay que rezar juntos y frecuentemente:

Oración por las víctimas del ataque terrorista en París

Dios todopoderoso y eterno,

de infinita misericordia y bondad,

con el corazón apesadumbrado, acudimos a Ti.

Escucha nuestra oración,

ten misericordia de nosotros,

atiende las súplicas de quienes te invocan

en esta hora de tribulación y de prueba.

Te pedimos, Dios de la vida, por las víctimas mortales

del ataque terrorista en París.

Son hijos tuyos; son hermanos nuestros.

Nunca debían haber muerto en estas circunstancias.

Padre nuestro, acógelos en tu seno.

Atiende nuestra oración, Dios de la salud,

por los heridos de esta masacre.

Sana sus heridas, fortalece sus corazones,

llénalos de tu gracia y de tu paz.

Visita, Dios consolador,

a los familiares de las víctimas.

Son también inocentes.

Reviste con tu manto de misericordia y de amor

las llagas de su corazón y de su alma ateridos.

Santa María, Madre de Dios y Madre nuestra,

Salud de los enfermos, Consoladora de los afligidos,

Reina de la Paz y de la familias.

Ruega por nosotros.

Amén

Lecciones de la vulnerabilidad

Hay una parte de mi que tiene miedo para lo que vendrá en mi vida.

Rezo: Dios, me hiciste con muchos deseos buenos lo más que Te conozco, pero por lo que veo, a veces de lo que deseo falta mi entendimiento, y que hay demasiado emoción hasta que me siento muy incomoda.

Yo sé que por su humanidad, Jesús me entiende en cada momento, pero nadie me dijo que en mi vida tendría que sentirme culpable para lo que “no es para mi” aunque igual hay amor. Lo mas impresionante es cuando me doy cuenta que Jesús sabía que eso sería su situación tantas veces, hasta que ni siquiera quisiera contar, y lo aceptaba la vida para morir en la parte de nosotros igualmente, y con puro amor.

¿Que era su mensaje cada día para CADA UNO de nosotros? Así era y así es:

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No lloré en el  día que mi perro se murió, porque yo entiendo que él no estuvo creado para vivir con tanto dolor por su edad y enfermedades; pero seres humanos no son animales; tenemos la libertad y una consciencia de razonamiento. Por eso, tenemos que ofrecer cada sufrimiento para traernos más cerca al amor de Dios.

Entonces, en mi caso, porque yo soy una humana (grandes novedades para ustedes hoy, así es, jajaja), claro que en mi parte también he sido creada para sentir cualquier dolor que Dios me permite (desafortunadamente muy sensible hasta ahora), y creo que no haya que ver una película corta para la mayoría de lo que me va a traer dolor en el corazón (pero quizás hay que ver mas películas cortas de lo que doliera el corazón de Jesús por lo que Su amor nos ayuda reconocer).

Nunca hay que ver una meta en la vida que busca “para lo que es más fácil para todos”, porque hay una mejor (siempre más exigente y hermosa) opción: entregarse al amor de Jesús. Uno decide que no puede negar lo que Dios te quiere entregar al prójimo en el mundo.

Quizás la historia entre tú y tu prójimo el algo pesada, o de muy lejos en el pasado (o ambos), quizás hay una certeza de todo que tú quieres pero que nunca te se prometerá.

Hay sufrimiento en estas realidades, pero hay Alguien a quien podemos ofrecer a todos de nuestros sufrimientos. Es posible que lo que me vino tras años, tras algo de dolor y algunas alegrías, es justo lo que me prepara para lo que hay que venir.

Para ser cristian@ es una gran decisión. Puedo llorar más para lo que ya pasó, o puedo rezar para la paz y realizar que aquí estoy, vivo, con 193843289+ bendiciones diariamente. Creo que justo cuando sufro por algo, también me hace ver otras partes de la vida donde me necesitan más, adonde yo puedo seguir adelante con la paz de Dios para todo del pasado, el presente, y el futuro. Es por eso que rezamos, y es por eso que recordamos lo tanto que somos amados:

Isaías 53:

Mas él herido fue por nuestras rebeliones, molido por nuestros pecados; el castigo de nuestra paz fue sobre él, y por su llaga fuimos nosotros curados.

Salmo de David, cuando estaba en el desierto de Judá:

Dios, tú mi Dios, yo te busco, sed de ti tiene mi alma

En pos de ti languidece mi carne, cual tierra seca, agotada, sin agua.

Como cuando en el santuario te veía, al contemplar tu poder y tu gloria, pues tu amor es mejor que la vida

Mis labios te glorificaban, así quiero en mi vida bendecirte, levantar mis manos en tu nombre

Como de grasa y médula se empapará mi alma, y alabará mi boca con labios jubilosos.

Cuando pienso en ti sobre mi lecho, en ti medito en mis vigilias

Porque tú eres mi socorro, y yo exulto a la sombra de tus alas

Mi alma se aprieta contra ti, tu diestra me sostiene

Mas los que tratan de perder mi alma, ¡caigan en las honduras de la tierra!

¡Sean pasados al filo de la espada, sirvan de presa a los chacales!

Y el rey en Dios se gozará, el que jura por él se gloriará, cuando sea cerrada la boca de los mentirosos.”

Brokenness, Pain, and How Lent Brings Understanding

I could write a huge long post today, but I’d rather think about the situations presented such as these:

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Click here to hear what I wish I could read aloud to each of my friends every single day. There’s truth in this message.

Click on the colored text for a podcast that changes SO MUCH: This is one of my favorite audio clips of my entire life.

Mental health is a serious obligation in our lives to know Christ better. We must take care of our bodies (minds included) if we are to reach what Christ wants for our lives, despite each of these challenges He permits. That’s why I wrote up this post and put that link….not because I really have the time to be doing this as I really, really should be studying…(I’ll get there), but because I really, really care about who I know checks this blog. I love you people, and I want you to feel in your heart what I feel in mine. If you don’t trust Christ with your heart…then trust him for knowing what amazing things he’s done (and will continue, God willing) in my life!

So…listen to the link. It’s insane how a life changes after 20 minutes of another person’s perspective on Truth.

On a related note, what is your Lenten resolution? Is it bringing your mind closer to Christ?

I’ve chosen to write a small story of my life, and it’s opening up things that I wanted very much to keep closed, and it hurts so much, but it’s vulnerability that Brene Brown reminds us is important, too. We can’t live authentically if we can’t reach a peace about who were are, who we aren’t, and who we’d like to be. It’s a daily process, and it’s filled with hope even when there’s pain. There’s progress in vulnerability. There’s pain too. It’s all worth it, though.

So…Lent is just halfway over…what’s your Lenten resolution?

Love to all of my readers; my prayers are with the intentions of a sweet niece in heaven, her parents and family, my amazing friend who made the right (most difficult) decision but it broke two good hearts and a relationship, someone who broke my heart again but I’m proud of him for doing what’s absolutely the right choice in life- it’s what I want for him- but I struggle to let go of it all, I pray for people who treat me so well but I’m unable to be close with them because of the pain I do have in that part of my life for years now, I pray for those who I feel jealousy toward, I pray for those who want things in life that I take for granted, I pray for my fellow community members drowning in insignificant first-world problems (myself included on a lot of days), I pray for those in my community drowning in huge, God-necessary problems, I pray for Peru during a time of natural disaster in Northern Peru, I pray for so many kids who do not have parents to care for them in their life, and I pray for 37 grandmothers who look for people to love and care for, but life has left them with very little…yet their hearts remain so open and loving. I want to have a heart as they do…as Jesus perfectly does…ready to love and not fearful of what that may mean.

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Famous in Film: A Catholic Mother

 

Grace Kelly: a classy Catholic woman known for her acting career and giving it all up to start a family career as a supportive wife and mother in Morocco after marrying into a royal family. A fashion icon for obvious reasons:

Later on, she dedicated her life to be a mother to three kids:

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Life in this world is fleeting. At 52 years old, a bad car accident ended her life and left her husband and three children without a wife and mother with whom to share the joys and challenges of life. However, she maintained her Catholic faith throughout her life and hoped to improve the world.

If I could help the cause of a film on a true role model in Christian values for our day, I’d have to consider an amazing wife and mother:

Chiara Corbella Petrillo is famous for her conviction to her faith. While she may not (currently) be as famous as Grace Kelly, she stands for the same Catholic faith in caring for her family:

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**If you were wondering where the most important part of this post would be, it is the link that follows this sentence (in Spanish): // La parte más importante de toda la entrada es lo que abrirá por seguir esta enlace (el texto es en español):

https://moralyluces.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/asi-vivo-tras-la-muerte-de-mis-dos-hijos-y-mi-mujer/

When called to live in the excellence that each of us is called to manage only by God’s grace, she rose to the challenge. Click here for her story, (as told by her website), and here are a few snapshots of her life:

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