Monday, January 2, 2017
Yesterday was the feast of the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Many who are not Catholic do not understand the beautiful role Mary played and continues to play in our salvation. That is sad because they are missing out on the relationship with Mary. I was there once, during my protestant years but now I look at things differently.
When coming into Christ we come into a kingdom. He is a king, so He has a kingdom. In 1 Kings chapter 2 King Solomon sat his mother next to him on his throne, so of course Jesus would do the same with His mother, as it was typical that kings would have their mothers as the queen.
Also, in Ephesians 1:5 the Bible tells us we are adopted into a family. A family. Who adopts a child and doesn't let them know the rest of the family? Who gets adopted into a family and doesn't have a relationship with all members of the family? Of course, we get to know that family and Christ does the same for us. We are adopted into His family and Mary is the most important saint in that family.
Here in Hebrews it tells us who we are meeting when coming to Christ: Hebrews 12:22-24 - But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of angels, And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel. DRB.
Isn't that awesome! This is the communion of the saints. Our relationship with Christ isn't a me and Jesus all by ourselves but we have a huge family. Again, Hebrews 12: therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head.
The last thing I want to mention is that in the traditional calendar of the Catholic church, we celebrate the circumcision of Our Lord.
These two feasts fit perfectly together. As Christ was circumcised it shows an obedience to the law. Christ Himself obeyed the law and so does His Mother. Because of her fiat, her obedience to God and His will she became the Mother of God. She cared for Jesus and ensured that as a baby He was circumcised on the eighth day according to the Jewish law at that time. Mary followed the law that was given by God. She was faithful. Christ continued to obey the laws in His life. We are to follow their example and follow the laws given to us in the New Testament and we know and learn of these laws in the Catholic church. We work to be obedient to the three pillars of our Church: the Bible, Tradition, Magisterium. Mary was obedient and so is Blessed among women and is the Mother of God.
Let us strive to know our Catholic faith but when we fail and sin, and we all sin, we are blessed to have such a great sacrament, in this wonderful Church, a place of forgiveness; the sacrament of Penance.May I suggest reading and studying from the Baltimore Catechism. It is straight and to the point and easy to understand in learning the faith.
Ask Jesus to lead you to His Mother Mary. She will in turn lead you ever so closer to Christ. It is a most beautiful relationship. To Jesus through Mary.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Leave your trees up. Leave your decorations up, all until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Perhaps even consider leaving your manger scene up until February 2, Candlemas, the feast of the presentation in the temple.
Enjoy the season and grow in your love of the Lord.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
I have not posted in over 2 years. I felt it was time to return and continue, even though I am not sure if anyone has read or will read this. I hope they do.
The reason I have chosen to return is because of a conversation I had recently with a young, single woman. She felt she was not a feminist and probably wasn't but it was plain that the feminist movement had influenced her, just as it did me and has all of us.
So, I decided to start blogging again as a Titus 2 woman. Not that I am a great Titus 2 woman, because I am not. Not because I have a lot of experience with raising large families or cooking or baking or even home organization but because I wish there had been a Titus 2 woman in my life when I was young. Someone who would have encouraged me to in godly family life and homemaking.
Here is the Titus 2 Bible verse, Douay Rheims:
3.The aged women, in like manner, in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teaching well: 4. That they may teach the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5. To be discreet, chaste, sober, having a care of the house, gentle, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
I love to watch old shows. I love old movies and I love all the old sitcoms. I thought today I would watch a Father Knows Best. I first started watching a Christmas episode and then I decided it was too early and thought I would watch a Thanksgiving episode and then I ran across this. Many times people make fun of sitcoms such as Father Know's Best and maybe especially because they think it is corny but much of what happened in this episode still happens today. Father said something he shouldn't have. He criticized the youngest daughter's poem and hurt the little girl terribly. He needed to apologize and she was very forgiving. Isn't that how we should be of each other in our families. Forgiving. We know we will hurt each other but we learn to be forgiving. Hurting someone as we all do at times and then needing their forgiveness makes us realize how important they are to us.
Father also realized how grateful he was to live in a country where he could pray and worship and have religious freedom and also freedom of speech. This family was very grateful for such things. Things that seem to be at stake for us right now. Things that could be lost in the near future. I hope to remember this Thanksgiving and everyday our freedoms and pray they are maintained and pray through this time of uncertainty over the universal health care and the freedom of the Catholic church that more Catholics will grow in their faith and reach out to the world.