My prayer has been for a very long time now, “Lord, what do you want me to do with all of this passion and zeal you have so graciously bestowed on me for your Holy, Catholic Church?” About 3 weeks ago, while praying our nightly family rosary and meditating on the Joyful Mysteries, all of a sudden the idea came to me, “blog.” I wasn’t even thinking about that at the time and so I must conclude that it was Our Lord giving me an answer to my prayer while I was honoring his Mother through the prayer She gave to us. Who am I to say no to our Lord and His Blessed Mother? And so I am dedicating this blog to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
I have learned so much about our Holy Catholic Faith in the years since I started studying and reading oh so long ago. But especially in the seven years we have been homeschooling. As I have taught my girls’ their faith, so I have learned along with them and have fallen more deeply in love with Jesus and the Church He founded on Peter. If I can reach just one person by my words then it will be all worthwhile. Maybe I can be the one to convert one soul to Christ, help one Protestant to come to full Communion with the Catholic Church, bring back one person who has voluntarily left the Holy Catholic Church out of ignorance, neglect of study or just plain stubbornness, or get one person excited about the Catholic Faith who still says they are a Catholic, but never or hardly ever goes to Mass. Or what about all the Catholics who do go to Mass each week but do not realize that they are indeed at the Heavenly Liturgy. I hope that I can reach just one person. I may never know who that person is but God will. I am not doing this for me.
I am a wife, a homeschooling mom of four beautiful daughters who God has seen fit to give to me for a time to raise up for Him, a daughter, a sister, a daughter-in-law, a friend. I do not have a lot of time on my hands. I barely have time to keep up with cleaning my house. But as Mary tells us in John 2:5 “Do whatever he tells you.” I must obey because I believe that night as I was praying to our Lord through His Mother, He was answering my prayer of, “What shall I do, Lord, with all you have given to me?” You see, Jesus says to us in Luke 12:48, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” I am humbled that God would ask me to share my thoughts, my love of Him and His Church with those I love, and those I don’t even know. I am just listening to my Lord and following His will in my life which is something we are all called to do. My years of Bible, Catechism, and Catholic theology study must be for more than myself, my husband, and my children. For Jesus tells us “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matthew 10:27. I will close with a favorite prayer of mine from St. Teresa of Avila, it seems very fitting for this first entry.
You have no body on earth but ours, no hands but ours, no feet but ours. Ours are the eyes through which your compassion must look out on the world. Ours are the feet by which you may still go about doing good. Ours are the hands with which you bless people now. Bless our minds and bodies, that we may be a blessing to others. Amen
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for me.