Little Blogging as of Late

I have not been blogging regularly as of late. Any writing that I have been doing has been for my graduate studies.  The same goes for reading.  The good thing is that I am studying precisely what I enjoy studying: philosophy and theology.  I have also been taking a break from reading a lot of Catholic blogs.  I started to get frustrated with the political nature of the blogs, whether it is on the Vatican or American politics.  The more I study Church History the less I worry about the Church.  Yes, disturbing things come up, but that is how it has always been.  Perhaps when I have time, I can revamp some of my writing to focus more on holiness and less on the Fallen nature of the world.  There needs to be a balance, but I want my writing to help people on the journey, not fuel anxiety and anger.

I want to thank any of you who have supported Help Nasara.  The plight of Christians in the Middle East is dire.  We have raised $429 for CNEWA.  Please continue to get the work out as well as pray and fast.

Changes in My Writing

For some of you who have been reading my blog off and on for months, you may have noticed a shift in focus in my writing.  Yes, my writing is sporadic.  I am a wife, mother, Lay Dominican, and now, a full-time graduate student in Theology.  So my time is limited.  The shift you will notice is a changing in my own understanding and deepening of what it means to be a member of the Mystical Body of Christ.  It is to suffer with the other Members.

The world will change drastically over the next few decades.  Demographically, the rise of Islam and secular humanism will be great.  The world has always been Fallen, but we are here to serve now.  I am no longer in a position to rush to the aid of those in need.  Instead, my vocation is teaching me that I must pray, fast, give alms, and raise awareness of different issues.  We can no longer go about woefully ignorant.  In our decadence we have forgotten that we are engaging in very serious, and very real, spiritual warfare.  There may come a day, on THIS side of eternity, where you and I will have to give testament to what we believe.

This is not meant to be gloomy.  Rather, it is a reminder of the things that truly matter, namely our Faith in Christ and His Church.  We must prepare and grow in holiness.  We must remain vigilant because the Enemy is on the move.  Yes, I post a lot about Help Nasara right now and that is because over a hundred thousand Christians are being openly and violently persecuted in Iraq and Syria alone.  That does not include the countless other countries being impacted.  We are not impotent.  God hears our prayers and cries for justice.  Trust in God and that he will answer our prayers.  Fast for others, but also to prepare and discipline our own bodies.  Give alms to help others.  This is how we will defeat this enemy.  God bless you and thanks for reading my blog.

Remember this prayer daily.  My dad sent it to me when I was a 9-11 relief worker.  It brings great courage and hope.

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

Help Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters

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As I was folding laundry this afternoon, I began to pray the intentions for my Rosary.  I did not get far because I began to contemplate the horrors Christians and other minority groups in Syria and Iraq are facing today.  It’s not just a Middle Eastern problem.  Islamists like ISIS or ARAQ, are setting up shop around the globe.  There are countless countries already impacted besides our own on 9-11: Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Indonesia, UK, Spain, Bali, etc.  This is a growing threat and danger, but more than that, we need to do what we can to help.  I cannot call up our President and demand he take action, but I can raise awareness and give alms.

As I contemplated the plight of hundreds of thousands of people, my mind was drawn to an article I read earlier today.  In the article it detailed how an Iraqi Christian woman and her husband lost their 3 year old daughter to the ISIS.  They kidnapped their daughter last month and this family has not seen her since.  You see, I have a three year old daughter.  I tried to imagine what that would be like.  I was horrified, struck with terror, and pierced by intense pain.  It is my greatest nightmare for something like that to happen to my child, and yet, this is the lot of hundreds of thousands to millions of people globally.

We Americans are pretty insulated from the intense daily suffering.  Yes, people get terribly sick, there is violent crime, and loss, but we do not live day-in-and-day out in the fear that today will be the day we die at the hands of murderous thugs.  I do not walk out of my home worried that a group of ISIS thugs is going to rape me, sell me into slavery, or behead me, or my family.  I go about my day in peace.  I go about my day in freedom.

These stories and others like it coming out of Syria and Iraq are the reason a bunch of us got together on Facebook and started our group Help Nasara.  The mainstream media and our current President are not mentioning the plight of Christians at the hands of ISIS.  We are selling custom designed bumper stickers and car magnets for $3.50 each plus shipping (.75 cents).  We are too small to cover our printing costs, so $2.30 will go to Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and the rest covers our printing.  Help us get the word out about these grave injustices.  Like us on Facebook and check out our website: www.helpnasara.org

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

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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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