Why I am "Awesome"...

For my disclaimer as to why I am "Awesome", see my first post.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jesus Loves YOU

To have defects is not in itself bad.  The only evil lies in making a truce with them, not struggling against them, thinking that they are part and parcel of our character or our nature.  Making such a truce would lead to spiritual mediocrity.  Our Lord does not want this to happen to those who follow Him.  Jesus loves each one as he is, with his defects.  He loves us the way we are.  He has a positive conception of our abilities!  He understands us always and always encourages us to continue struggling.  If only we could realize Christ's personal love for each person, His care and solicitude for each one!  God loves us.  This is the greatest reality of our lives, the one capable of raising our spirits always, the one that makes us happy in spite of sorrows and contradictions.  Jesus loves us always despite the deep-rooted wretchedness that lies in the human heart.  --- ICWG, Volume 4, pp. 358-9

His love in spite of everything is so incomparable, so unique, so maternally tender and generous, that it will be inscribed forever in the memory of humanity... His love for humanity is very different from the abstract benevolence preached by thinkers and philosophers.  It is not simply doctrine, but life.  The Lord does not settle for merely examining human misery and prescribing a remedy to ease it.  He makes actual contact with that misery.  He cannot bear to know of it without taking it upon Himself.  The love of Jesus surpasses the bounds of His own heart in order to attract others to Himself, or better, in order to go out of Himself, identifying himself with others so as to live and suffer with them. --- K. Adam, Jesus Christ, p. 112

Help me to love You more.  Increase my love! --- St. Escriva, The Forge, #497

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I asked God to show me what to work on:

We could get rid of so much neurosis and hysteria if people were taught - together with Christian doctrine - really to live as Christians:  loving God and knowing how to accept things that annoy us as a blessing from His hand!  ---  St. Josemaria Escriva (emphasis mine!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


"May we not fail to keep before our eyes the final destination prepared for us by our Father God.  Each day that passes draws us a little closer to it.  For a Christian, the passing of time is in no way a tragedy.  On the contrary, it shortens the distance we need to travel before our long-awaited and definitive meeting with God."  ---  In Conversation with God, Volume 7, p.73, Feast of the Transfiguration

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Daily "To-do's"

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”  --- Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

Friday, August 3, 2012


"And in spite of my wretchedness and littleness, I have my trust deeply anchored in the abyss of Your mercy, my God and my creator!  In spite of my great wretchedness, I am not afraid of anything, but I maintain the hope of singing my song of praise for ever.  Let no soul doubt, even the most pitiful, so long as they are still alive, that they can become a great saint.  For great is the power of God's grace."  --- Sister Faustina, Petit Journal, p. 140  (which I read in Fr. Jacques Philippe's Interior Freedom, p. 41)

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Discipline yourself and others won't have to.

(Not sure where I got this quote, but it will be used for school this year!)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Batman revised...

Well, we watched Batman Begins last night and I was wrong!  It happens.  A lot.

Alfred didn't originally say, "Why do we fall, Master Wayne?  So we can learn to pick ourselves up again."  It was Bruce's father, teaching Bruce a life lesson.  Nonetheless, Alfred said it later and he does have some of the best lines in the movie!

Saturday, July 28, 2012


"To live temperance well means to be detached from earthly things, to give them the importance which they merit and nothing more, to avoid creating personal needs, to exercise moderation with regard to food and drink, to rein in our whims and passions...  When we rest we do not need to run up unnecessary expense or allocate to our leisure an inordinate amount of time.  One area where we can give good example in this virtue relates to our use of television and all the other means of comfortable pastime offered by modern technology."  ---  In Conversation with God, vol. 4, p. 218

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

St. James

Today is the feast of St. James.

"Can you drink My cup?" Jesus asked James and He asks us.  "If we are united to Him, we will respond positively and bear what is humanly disagreeable for His sake.  In union with Christ even our pain and failure are converted into joy and peace.  It helps a great deal for us to see evidence of James' defects and of those other eleven the Lord had chosen.  They were not powerful, or wise or even simple."  (paraphrasing now...)  They were often ambitious, argumentative and lacking faith.  God can work wonders in us.  He also called us.  Do not give in to discouragement at your defects and weaknesses.  Ask Jesus for help; He is ever patient with us.  Also ask Mary's intercession to find the joy and courage to proceed on our way as the Apostle James did. 

Did anyone see The Way?  I have yet to watch it, but I heard it was very good.

On a side note - pray for our newest relation, Benjamin Thomas out in Utah who was born July 23rd! :)  The family is all doing well!

Monday, July 23, 2012


Holes are part of the design and that design is an art.  Don't compare yourself to another home educator; just do it.  Education is an art, not a science.  ---- Elizabeth Foss, 2004 (not verbatim)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

St. Teresa of Avila - she must have been so cool!

St. Teresa's quotes often floor me.  We tend to think of a Saint as some perfect being, but that is far from the truth.  They struggled just as we do.

"There come days when a single word distresses me and I long to leave the world altogether, for everything in it seems to weary me."  --- St. Teresa, The Way of Perfection

I love this one -

She was traveling far to set up a new foundation and kept meeting with problems:  flooding, hotels without proper beds, twisted ankles...  "Wryly she complained:  'So much to put up with and You send me this!'  Jesus replied:  'Teresa, that's how I treat my friends.'  She was not at loss for an answer:  'Small wonder You have so few!'  Soon her good humor returned, for once the danger was passed, they enjoyed talking about it."  --- ICWG/The Foundations

So, we don't have to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, we just have to keep TRYING to be!  Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Contrition Prayer

Mother, my life, my hope, lead me by the hand and if there is anything in me which is displeasing to my Father God grant that I may see it, so that, between you and me, the two of us, we may uproot it.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary, pray for me, that by fulfilling the most lovable Will of your Son, I may be worthy to obtain and enjoy what Our Lord Jesus has promised.  ---  St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, p. 161

Friday, July 20, 2012

Interior Struggle and Batman!

In the interior struggle we will meet with many failures, some unimportant, others more serious, but our atonement and contrition will bring us even closer to God.  God allows for our weakness and always forgives us, but we need to be sincere, to repent and to struggle to rise up again.  --- In Conversation with God

I don't know any movie quotes but this one from Batman Begins which is applicable to this subject:

"Why Do We Fall, Master Wayne...?"

"So that we can learn to pick ourselves up."

Hail, loving Mother of the Redeemer, gate of Heaven ever open, star of the sea; assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again... --- Divine Office

God bless all those who were hurt and killed last night in Colorado, their families and friends, the perpetrator, those working the case and all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The educated differ as much from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. --- Aristotle

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Knowledge vs. Information

"We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge." --- John Naisbitt

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My grace is sufficient for you...

"My grace is sufficient for you; for power is made perfect in weakness," from last Sunday's reading in 2 Corinthians 12.  I never really understood it until recently the pronoun My was placed in front of power and if you place your in front of weakness, it may click more for you:  "for My power is made perfect in your weakness..."

Sometimes you can just read right over things and not notice them.  Other times, you read it; don't get it; try hard to get it several times, but still don't get it.  Then, sometimes, God makes it all work!

I sort of relate it to a good King who, of course has power just because he is King, but that power means nothing if he doesn't use it to help feed or take care of the peasants.  God expects us to rely totally on Him, yet He gave us free will.  Often when we start to rely too much on ourselves, He wakes us up to our complete need for Him by some humiliation or trial so that we have to say, "I can do all things in Him who makes me strong," or "without Him I can do nothing."  Trust Him; everything works for His glory if you only try to offer it all back to Him whether it seems good or bad to you.  There was an example of birds needing air resistance and lift to fly; we need that resistance sometimes!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Christian Perspective and the World

It's interesting that I never before noticed my prayer book had so many illusions to the state of the country and the world.  Now that our religious liberties are at stake, those comments seem to pop up a lot.  It's also fascinating that over 30 years ago Pope John Paul II was saying such relevant things as these:

Practical materialism is "now aggressively imposed on everyone in subtle ways. The most sacred principles that were a sure guide of individual and social behavior - the sanctity of human life, the indissolubility of marriage, the authentic significance of human sexuality, the upright use of material goods made available by progress - are being displaced by false pretexts of freedom."  ---  JPII, Address, 29 September 1979.

About 6 months later he said, "On one hand the almost exclusive orientation towards the consumption of material goods robs the human life of its deepest meaning.  On the other hand work often becomes an alienating experience, a constraint for man, subjected as it is to collectivism, since it is precipitously separated from prayer and deprived of its supernatural dimension."

However, he does express the "bright side" -  "... as the third millennium as of the Redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity and we can already see its first signs."  ---  JPII, Redemptoris missio, 7 September 1990

It rather goes with today's Gospel - go and give the Gospel to others and you will receive your due in return.  We must evangelize, not just hear and read the Word of God, but PROCLAIM IT!  It is the task and responsibility of everyone to do this in whatever ways possible, ie:  detachment, good example, generosity, caring for the elderly/infirmed, etc.  ---  ICWG, vol. 7, p. 10

Complaining about it doesn't get the job done.  Tiny steps do add up in the long run.  "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."  ---  ancient proverb.

"I see dawning a new missionary age which will become a radiant day bearing an abundant harvest, if all Christians, missionaries and young Churches in particular, respond with generosity and holiness to the calls and challenges of our times."  ---  JPII, Redemptoris missio, 82

Be that light to the world today and always...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Friend and the Beloved

The friend told his Beloved that He should pay him the amount due for the time he had served Him.  The Beloved took into account the thoughts, desires, tears, dangers and toil that the friend had suffered for love of Him.  Then the Beloved added eternal bless to the account and gave Himself as payment to His friend.  --- R. Llull, The Book of the Friend and the Beloved

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


We must be thoroughly detached from ourselves, from our intellectual talents, our health, our good name, our noble ambitions, our triumphs and our successes.  I would also include ... the high ideals that lead us to seek only to give glory to God and to praise Him.  We can ensure our detachment by tailoring our will to this clear and precise rule:  "Lord, I want this or that only if it pleases You, because, if not, I'm not the slightest bit interested."  By acting in this way we are dealing a mortal blow to the selfishness and vanity that lurk in every consceince.  At the same time we will find true peace of soul through this selfless conduct that leads to an ever more intimate and intense possession of God. --- St. Josemaria Escriva, Friends of God, 114.

In God's eyes a single soul is of greater value than the whole universe and the marvels that God works in the secrecy of our lives are, by far, more extraordinary than all the splendid wonders of the material cosmos. --- M. M. Philipon, The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, p. 249.
That is pretty AWESOME if you stop to consider your favorite nature items - the full, harvest moon, the distance stars, the sun that provides life, the seahorse, the giraffe, the spider's web, whatever... and not just that one thing, but ALL of creation - and then to realize that one human soul is greater to God than ALL of that cool stuff!  See, I am Awesome cuz He made me that way!  And YOU are Awesome, too, cuz He made you that way!!!

Happy & Safe Fourth!  God Bless America!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Light and Salt

"Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body." ---Epistle to Diognetus

Like the first Christians, do you give good example and help others move closer to Christ by your sobriety, unquenchable cheerfulness, by keeping your word, by living justice with your subordinates and peers, by the way you spend money, by doing your work well, by doing works of mercy and never having a bad word to say about anyone at all?  --- ICWG

Well... I have a few things to go work on!

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The USA and the BVM

At a scary time for our country with the HHS Mandate looming over our heads, yesterday's meditation included this:  "A State from which religion is banished can never be well-regulated."  ---Leo XIII, 1885

On a different note - The Blessed Virgin Mary always had an appropriate word.  She never gossiped and many times kept silence. ---In Conversation with God

Mary, Queen of Angels and Patroness of the USA, pray for us!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Listen to Him!

See, God does speak to you if you just listen... today's Psalm was 139 about being fearfully and wonderfully made!  Of course it helps if you tell Him that you really need those lightning bolts and to be hit over the head repeatedly with the thing He's trying to tell you!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

To Worry or Not To Worry...

First, I must start by saying that my teenage daughter created the blog for me and jokingly titled it "I am Awesome" which I promptly laughed at and wanted to change!   As time went by, I realized, "I am Awesome!  God made me and I would like to blog about spiritual things mostly like cool quotes and things to ponder.  So maybe the title isn't so weird when you view it in that light -
 "I will praise thee, for thou art fearfully magnified: wonderful are thy works, and my soul knoweth right well."  Psalm 139:14
Worry prevents us from doing well the very things about which we are worried.

- St. Francis de Sales
Today's Gospel (Matthew 6:24-30) was Jesus telling us that we cannot add one moment to our lives by worrying or being anxious...  so offer it all to God and TRUST Him!  :)
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? 
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
  If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?'
All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,  and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.