Celebrating Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

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Today is my 4th wedding anniversary.  It has been an amazing and interesting ride.  I have learned more in the past 4 years than I did in the 29 previous years.  I know more about my self; my strengths and my weaknesses.  Marriage is a vocation because it is a path to holiness.  As I look over my life, I see that God gave me the husband that I need, the one who would make me a saint.  My husband loves me with an authentic love.  He wills my good.  I just tend to fight back at times, just like when I sin.  My husband sees my struggles from the outside and wants to help me break free of them to become a better version of myself.

I did not get married until I was 29.  I met my husband and we were engaged within two months of dating and married in 10 months.  He was 33.  We were both older and knew what we were looking for.  Our Catholic Faith reigned supreme in a hunt for a spouse.  It had not always been that way for either of us, but God guided us to one another through our broken experiences.  Getting married later can be a struggle.  I am fiercely independent.  I had lived all over and taken care of myself for over a decade, so even though I love my husband, I struggle with that part of me.  The part that is torn by pride.  I can do it myself.  I have ALWAYS done it by myself.  But, that is not God’s vision for marriage and it creates struggles. 

God gave me my husband to teach me healthy dependence on another person, so that I may more fully embrace total dependence on God.  Marriage and family life is a reflection of the Holy Trinity.  It is meant to be a total self-donation.  I am to serve until I am spent, and then give more.  Now, in my sinful nature, I struggle to overcome my desire to do it my way.  I struggle to let go of my personal addictions.  They seem small to our culture: too much sugar or too much social media, but they aren’t.  My husband knows that because he sees the impact on me.  He also knows that to grow in holiness we must detach from earthly things and learn to appreciate them in a healthy way.  My husband is a lot wiser than I am.

I am thankful to be celebrating 4 years with the man I know God gave me.  We have a beautiful daughter who is teaching us more and more how to be open to love and sacrifice.  I will continue to embrace this amazing and difficult vocation that Our Lord has given me.  I am reminded of the words of the priest’s Homily at our Nuptial Mass: “It is your job to lead one another to Heaven”.  Happy Anniversary, Babycakes!  I love you muches!

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My Daughter Stands in Solidarity with the Persecuted

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Here is my daughter showing her solidarity with the persecuted in Iraq and Syria. You can order this same car magnet or bumper sticker by clinking on the Etsy option of our homepage http://www.helpnasara.org and visit us at http://www.facebook.com/helpnasara **Proceeds above printing cost ($2.30 per item goes to CNEWA) will go to Catholic Near East Welfare Association** We are too small of a group to cover printing costs.  Please visit us today and helps us get the word out about the evil being done. The stickers and magnets are $3.50 a piece with 75 cents for shipping. God bless.

Why You Should Buy Our “Nun” Sticker

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It’s hard.  You are inundated with letters and emails asking for money.  There are starving children everywhere, unborn babies being murdered, children are sick, diseases are all over, and the list goes on and on.  I get it.  I receive address labels from various charities every year and I feel a pang of guilt every time I use one because I did not send money to that particular charity.  We can’t all give money to every group that asks us.  I completely understand.  Then it hit me. This matters because it impacts everyone, throughout the world.  If we cannot live freely in our beliefs then no one has freedom. 

My experiences may be drastically different from yours.  I feel the suffering of those fleeing from ISIS in Iraq and Syria acutely.  You see, I have seen in person the horrific nature and unspeakable acts that are going on there right now.  Thankfully, God is merciful and I have not yet seen someone beheaded, but I was a 9-11 relief worker at the Pentagon.  The first time I saw the crash site a dark wave washed over me and I felt like I was staring into the gates of Hell.  I wasn’t standing there alone.  I was there with over 400 people who had lost loved ones.  People whose entire lives were wrapped up with the 184 people who were slain when those men chose evil and drove that plane into the Pentagon.  I wept with the survivors.  I listened to their stories.  I witnessed their agony. 

Those same men who chose evil are of the exact same bent as the men who are massacring Christians and other minority groups in Northern Iraq and Syria.  They have stolen their homes, their freedom, sold women and children into slavery, and murdered thousands of people.  And the real secret is, that this will not just stay in Iraq.  It will not always be over there.  In fact, its already been here through the multiple terrorist attacks on our own soil.  This is not just an Iraq and Syria problem.  This is not just a Christian problem.  This impacts every single human being on this planet.

So why on earth should you spend $3.50 (FREE SHIPPING IN THE US) on our bumper sticker or magnet?  We have an obligation to stand up to evil.  No you and I cannot go over there and provide food, shelter, water, and other necessities.  However, we can give a small part of our money to groups who do exactly that.  The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) does precisely that.  But, I am not just asking you to give up your latte today.  I am also asking you to pray and fast in solidarity with the persecuted throughout the world.  We also show strength when we stand up in solidarity with others. My sticker on my car tells the world that I have taken notice of the atrocities taking place and my heart is with those people.  It also educates others on what is going on.  We will regularly update our website: www.helpnasara.org so that you can get the latest news on what is going on in Iraq and Syria.  Even if one person sitting behind you in traffic checks out our site, then somebody else knows about the persecution that is going on.  Let’s face it, our mainstream media is completely ignoring the slaughter of Christians.

I know it does not seem like much to buy a sticker and give a couple of bucks to CNEWA, but one person multiplies into two and three and so on.  This is a grassroots movement.  A bunch of Christian Facebook friends got together and built this website, logo, and Facebook page.  This is the power we have to help others.  We can unite and serve.  That is precisely what Christ calls us to do.  This is not a scam.  Your money will go to CNEWA. We are too small to cover printing costs, so that will come out of the $3.50 and $2.30 of every item WILL GO to CNEWA. Please buy one sticker or magnet.  Slap it on your car or your laptop and show the world that you stand with the suffering.  You can purchase a magnet or sticker at our Etsy page.  They cost the same.

Check out our homepage: www.helpnasara.org
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/helpnasara

You can get the word out, share our website, Facebook page, and Etsy store with your friends.

Thank you for your support and may God bless you always.

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If there are any issues with the store of any of our sites, please let me know immediately in the comments section.  Thanks!

Help Raise Awareness and Funds for the Persecuted in Iraq and Syria

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A group of us got together on Facebook to raise awareness and funds for Christians being persecuted in Iraq and Syria. All funds we raise above printing cost will go to Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). We designed a car magnet and sticker to sell. Please go on Facebook and like our page, www.facebook.com/helpnasara and then share it with your friends. We are in the process of linking to Etsy and Ebay in order to sell the product. There will be updates on both the Facebook page and our homepage which is www.helpnasara.org. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in purchasing magnets or stickers in bulk at cost in order to sell them at your church or to family and friends to raise funds for CNEWA write a comment on this post and I will get in touch with you.

Also, be sure to pray, fast, and give alms. This is very much a spiritual war and we are well armed in Christ. It may seem like there is not much we can do from here, but every little bit helps and prayers will win this war. God bless you.

If you have a blog, we would greatly appreciate if you shared our effort. Thank you!

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On Suicide and Matt Walsh

This is very good!

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In the wake of actor Robin Williams’ tragic suicide, internet bête noire Matt Walsh (predictably enough) published a controversial post on the topic. You can click through and read the whole thing: in a nutshell, he asserts that suicide is always, and in every case, a conscious choice on behalf of the deceased, and that depression is as much a spiritual matter as it is a medical one. Normally I would allow such a post to pass by uncommented upon, but it engendered such mixed reactions among my social media circles, that I thought it worthwhile to share my own thoughts on the matter and illustrate where Walsh’s hubris and lack of knowledge led him astray.

On the first point, Walsh’s primary sin here is one of hubris. He mentions his own experience in passing and, while I have no knowledge of his medical history, from the way he…

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