7 Quick Takes Friday (Volume 1)

Are you familiar with the blog, Conversion Diary? If you’re not, you should be. The woman who writes it, Jennifer Fulwiler, is a wonderful writer and quite often has me crying from laughing so hard. (hint – read her scorpion stories!) Anyway, she started this thing called “7 Quick Takes Friday” where she writes about 7 different things…just short blurbs. Then she got all these other bloggers to play the game, too (there are 104 blog links at the bottom of her post today!). And now, I’m jumping in. Gonna give it a try, anyway. 🙂 So, here goes: – 1 – My two oldest children are out tonight at “Opera on Tap.” Yep, that’s a new one on me, too. My oldest daughter is one of the cantors at church. The woman who is the head cantor is actually an opera singer. I think she and friends started “Opera on Tap” where they meet once/month at a bar and sing pieces from operas! This seems to be pretty popular because you have to buy a ticket to get in. This surprises me…but also delights me.  Unfortunately, I’m not an opera fan but I love the quirkiness of mixing opera…

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How to Cope When Your World is Torn Apart

Wow…it’s been a long time since I last wrote.  I apologize for that. I received a message recently from a reader that prompted me to come here to leave a post about what helped me through the hell that is divorce.  I’ve written about this before here and here, but it bears repeating…and maybe something different will come through this time. How do you cope…get through today…tomorrow…and all the days following…when your world has been torn apart by the one person you should have been able to depend upon to protect you and keep you from such pain? It’s a betrayal that hurts like no other.  On top of that, it changes everything about your future…and it hurts your children.  How do you cope with all of THAT…and continue to do all the things you need to do each day….and help your children to cope, too? Yes, it seems an impossible task but it isn’t.  I can say that with certainty because I’ve been there.  No, the circumstances of my divorce and life are not the same as yours…..and I can’t say exactly what will help YOU to cope…all I can do is tell you what helped me during those very…

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Quote of the Day

“Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart back to Him quietly and simply.” ~ St. Francis de Sales

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

HAPPY  MOTHER’S DAY!!!! God bless us all, everyone. 🙂 I wish you all a wonderful day.  Hopefully, you’ll find at least a moment (if not more) for some peace and relaxation.  Take time to marvel at your children, the way you did when they were babies and it was hard to tear your eyes away from them. 🙂  Also take time to marvel at your life as a mom and all that means.  It’s truly a wondrous “role” we’ve taken on and, I think, the most noble one any human being can have.  Fatherhood is a very close second but motherhood…well, it’s different.  These children came from our bodies!  (to say nothing of the pain that was involved with that 🙂 ) At any rate…you’re amazing women.  Be aware of that today and always.  And follow Mary’s lead.  She’s there to guide us in motherhood (no easy task – motherhood).  She experienced immense joy as well as horrific pain as the mother of Jesus…and as our mother.  No matter what trials you face, she understands.  Embrace her…follow her…and you’ll always find the strength you need. May God bless you and bring you peace. Manya

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Tobias – The Magazine for Single Catholic Living

UPDATE 3/9/2015: Tobias magazine is no longer published. Visit their Facebook page for links to their articles now hosted at CatholicMatch.com. Their Facebook page states: TOBIAS Magazine is currently on hold while it looks for a new publisher.  Carina   Have you ever seen the magazine called Tobias? It’s written for single Catholics!  Of any age!!  I just received the spring issue in the mail and here are the titles of the feature articles: Dating a Catholic Single Parent Flower Power – how to pick the perfect arrangement for your special someone Changing Gears – Jon lost 77 lbs and returned to the seminary; Ann survived a brutal attack and quit her stressful job Table for One – there are more options than Lean Cuisine and Taco Bell! The Dark Night of Depression Kneading & Praying – Try out Fr. Garramone’s legendary pizza crust Surviving a Silent Retreat The Guys Behind the Confession App The Perfect Catch – Joe Mauer is single, Catholic and a future Hall of Famer It Was a Great Ride – summer vacation brought this single Catholic to Iowa’s rolling hills. There are also “Departments” which are, I believe, the regularly scheduled articles.  Among these is one called “Courageous Catholics.” …

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Courage

We’re half way through Lent!  I hope it’s going well for you and good lessons are being learned, strength being gained and blessings realized….and courage being gained. I came across this article about Stanislawa Leczynska – midwife at Auschwitz.  It is, of course, difficult to read of the horrors she and others experienced, but it’s also inspiring.  I encourage you to read it.  This woman will most probably be declared a saint one day. I wonder if, under similar circumstances, I would be able to work as hard and be as brave.  I pray that I would…and that we all would. We don’t hear stories like this often enough but I’ll bet they take place daily all over the world, by people of every faith…and even of no faith.  If/when you come across one, please share it by leaving a comment here. God please bring us peace…and courage. Manya

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The Annunciation – A Solemnity!

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. What’s the “Annuciation,” you might ask ? It’s the celebration of the day the Angel “announced” to Mary that God wanted her to be the mother of Jesus (and, hence, the mother of God!…since Jesus is part of the Trinity and, therefore, God….). I love that picture of the Annunciation. I only recently saw it for the first time and like it because it’s so “real.” Nothing ethereal about it. It makes it easier (in my opinion) to relate to Mary as someone like us. 🙂 AND, by the way, since this Solemnity falls on a Friday in Lent, and a Solemnity is a day of celebration, guess what?! Yep, you guessed right! NO abstaining from meat today! Meaning, you can eat meat if you want to. 🙂 AND, if you’ve given up something else for all other days in Lent, you don’t need to give it up today. Celebrate today! Be joyful and party. That’s what a Solemnity is all about, so embrace it and have a wonderful day. May God bring you joy on this very special day…the day that Mary said yes to God and all of humanity. Thank you,…

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St. Joseph – Husband & Father Extraordinaire

St. Joseph was an amazing husband and father…husband to Mary and father to Jesus!  And yet, it seems he’s largely forgotten by us.  Yesterday was the Solemnity of St. Joseph (sorry I’m late in getting this to you).  This is a day in Lent when you’re not supposed to do penance or abstain from meat or fast because a solemnity is a day of celebration. For us divorced Catholic moms, St. Joseph should be very special indeed.  Ask him to step in for the husband and father who is no longer filling those roles in your life!  He of all people and of all the saints will have compassion for our situations…pray to him and ask for his help. Here’s a video from Fr. James Martin about St. Joseph…   Enjoy your Sunday…your day of rest! (right? 🙂 ) May God bring us peace. Manya

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