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Monday Morning Musings: Holy Week

1. If you're Catholic, you know Holy Week is a marathon. This goes double for priests, deacons, parish workers and choir members. Pray for them! (Really - pray for us. The choir has no idea what we're doing.)

2. If' you wake up forty minutes before your alarm is going to go off, and you're wide awake, that's Jesus saying, "Go pray your Rosary."

3. Took Dark-Haired daughter to get a prom dress yesterday. A nearby bridal shop has offered to outfit (for FREE!) young ladies going to the prom for special needs high schoolers and adults. Warehouse full of dresses. Could NOT find one that fit her. (And why do all the plus size dresses look like clothing for the ugly stepsister?? Not cool, designers; not cool at all.) Daughter was ready to quit, and one saleslady said, "I have a dress that I PROMISE will fit." I told her: you better be damn sure, or you are gonna break my daughter's heart.

It fit! My daughter says she looks like Elsa from "Fro…

Read this: Matt Maher

If you're not a Matt Maher fan (or you don't even know who he is),  read this anyway. He's got a new album out, and his reflections here about the saints is sound Lenten reading.

(Then go get the album. Or at least listen to it. But you should probably just buy it.)

Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

Lent is always predictable

My Lenten seasons are always predictable. God makes sure that I am given the opportunity to share in Christ's suffering. I can - of course - refuse to enter into the experience, but I try my best to muddle through. Wimpy, struggling, hard: but I try.

I have to get spinal shots for arthritis in my neck and shoulder every three months or so. It sounds horrible, but it's actually not a big deal.

Since our car accident in January, I've developed pain in my back and leg. Not just pain, but numbness, which is a whee bit frightening. So, the doctor has ordered a "nerve panel" to determine exactly what's going on, and then proceeded to tell me he'd give me the same type of shots in my back and hip that I get for my neck. Okay...

Except it was 12 shots. I'm not a wimp when it comes to needles, but 12 shots?? Are you freakin' kidding me?? All at once - sure. Why not?

I never have after-effects from the neck shots. Well, the back and hip ones - feels like s…

Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

Lent: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

Monday Morning Musings

1. Gotta get to confession. It's Lent. We all need the grace. We all have sin. Gotta get to confession.

2. Spent Saturday with Dark-haired Daughter and Eldest Sister. Went to a lovely concert in downtown Grand Rapids, and then hung out at the Downtown Market. We scoured for food, tasted ice cream, found baked goodies. One of us settled on sushi, one on crepes, one on gourmet grilled cheese and washed it all down with hard cider (well, Daughter didn't).

3. Met my grand-dog. Curly-haired Daughter now has a lovely goldendoodle named Cosmo. He is beautiful - gorgeous eyes and a wonderful, happy personality. My daughter said it didn't feel like home without a dog.

4. Health issues continue to plague Dear Husband and me. Neither one of us has been sleeping well, and we're also thinking it's time for a new mattress. Which is about as much fun as buying a car. Which is about as much fun as a root canal.

5. The Gospel yesterday was one of my favorite passages in all of Scr…

Hey, Democrats! Shame on you for turning your back on trafficking victims

Yeah, some Democrats have decided that funding abortions trumps helping human trafficking victims. If your organizations doesn't offer abortions, then you don't get $$.

Now, I am all for private organizations cutting all government purse strings. That way, you don't have to dance their dance. However, there are a LOT of organizations that right NOW are doing terrific work - much needed work - desperately needed work - with human trafficking victims.

But they can't get government money because they don't offer abortions.

Never mind that abortions are about as easy to get as a stray cat. Never mind that half of human trafficking victims are male. Never mind that female human trafficking victims don't need yet one more trauma added to their lives.

Shame on you, Democrats. Playing politics while victims suffer. Shame on you.

FREE! Really! Free Book!

My monograph on human trafficking will be a free e-book download, beginning tonight at midnight through Thursday midnight.

If you'd like a free copy of the book - ebook version only - go to this link, beginning tonight at midnight.

Changing our thinking about mental illness

You know someone with mental illness. Maybe they haven't told anyone. Maybe you're the one with mental illness.

We don't treat mental illness the way we treat physical illness. We call people, "crazy" instead of "ill". We make jokes about mental illness that we wouldn't make about someone battling cancer. We shy away from "those types" of people. We're scared and leery.

Ed Rogers at Psyched Catholic has written a great post about this very issue. Check it out, and share it. Here's just a bit:

Demographics. Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population will meet criteria for some mental illness this year.  Mental illness touches everyone’s life.Friendships. Maybe you want to support friends who are suffering.  Or you know that increased understanding means a decreased chance of hurting someone you care about.Personal Impact. You want to reduce your own chances of experiencing mental illness or cope better with the situation you are in.…

Catholic Conference 4 Moms

http://www.catholicconference4moms.com/

This is tomorrow, and today is the last day to register.

This is FREE! It's online! Join us from wherever you are - in your p.j.s, in your office attire, at the coffee shop, the family room, your cubicle.

Check out the presenters, too. Really, why would you NOT do this??

8 Things To Know About Discernment

People ask me and others frequently, "How do you know what God's will is? I've prayed, but I'm just not getting an answer."

Unfortunately for us, God does not take out billboards that blink in bright lights, "DO THIS!" (Not usually. Probably not. But don't discount it.)

What to do? Here are a few things I've learned about discernment:

1. First - and always - are you trying to choose between two good things? I know that sounds obvious, but sometimes we delude ourselves. Make sure you really are trying to decide between two goods.

2. Pray. A lot. In silence. God's voice gets terribly muffled in the din of our days. If you can, go before the Blessed Sacrament and spend time in prayer.

3. Don't push it. Unless it's an emergency, just keep taking your discernment to God in prayer and let Him guide you.

4. If you are able, talk it over with a spiritual advisor. If you don't have one, try a trusted priest or religious.

5. Ask others to…

Monday Morning Musings

1. Tallest Son came home to visit this weekend. It's always wonderful to be able to have adult children you really like.

2. My small book on human trafficking is now available! You can get a sample and order it here.

3. Our pastor gave a great homily yesterday. The first reading is a toughie for us: How could God possibly ask a anyone to sacrifice their own son?? It's hideous! Father talked about cultural norms, and that God was using Abraham to change the real practice of human sacrifice.

My thoughts on the reading were this: Sometimes as parents, we are asked to make hard choices regarding our children. In our own lives, my husband and I have had to have a child arrested to save said child from drugs. We've had to have our kids committed for mental health issues. They are horrible choices, but we must do it in order to do God's will and save our children.

4. It's still freezing here. Cold. Snow. Ice. Sigh.... And yet, I just saw some guy skateboarding down the s…