Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

Let us not be afraid to be humble, small, helpless to prove our love for God. The cup of water you give the sick, the way you lift a dying man, the way you feed a baby, the way you teach a dull child, the way you give medicine to a sufferer of leprosy, the joy with which you smile at your own at home – all this is God’s love in the world today. – Mother Teresa Manya This quote was received from Daily Catholic Quotes.  Thank you Matthew Warner!

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Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world. – Mother Teresa As single parents, there may be a very real need for us to work most of time in order to bring in enough money to pay the bills.  This leaves little time  (and energy) to simply be with our children – which is so important for them.  Still…no matter how little “extra” time there is in your day…strive to make spending some time with your children a priority.  And remember that the little things add up – hug your children in passing every chance you get…say, “I love you” as often as possible.  This takes very little time but goes a long way. And you’ll reap the rewards in many ways, not the least of which is when your…

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Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. – C.S. Lewis It’s easy to conclude that if we’re anxious about things in our lives, then our faith isn’t strong enough, and if our faith isn’t strong enough, then that’s somehow a sin.   The very wise C.S. Lewis is telling us that we can turn this around and offer our anxieties (and weakness of faith) up to God.  Jesus suffered for us and offered that suffering to God.  We can share in that offering and sacrifice by simply offering our anxieties up to God. On a bit of another line of thought… I love the Ann of Avonlea series.  In the first episode, Ann asks Marilla if she ever despairs.  Marilla replies, “No…to despair is to turn your back on God.” I think this is exactly the kind of thinking that C.S. Lewis is warning us against.  And still,  while it sounds very harsh on the surface, I find strength and comfort in it (not guilt).  I believe that God…

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Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – C. S. Lewis It’s difficult to trust God enough to accept that what He has in store for us is far better than anything we can bring into our lives ourselves or better than anything we can even imagine.  If only we could trust Him enough to give him the gift of our free will and follow Him….I believe that amazing lives (and eternities) await those who do.  I, for one, want to stop settling for “mud pies in a slum.”  I pray that one day soon I’ll be able to truly give up my will to God and follow Him.  Not an easy thing to do even when you believe it’s the best thing you could possibly do.  Sigh…we’re silly creatures. Manya This quote was received from Daily Catholic Quotes.  Thanks Matthew Warner!

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Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain. – St. Bartholomew We’ve experienced divorce so we have obviously experienced a great deal of pain. There is a temptation to never again be involved in a loving relationship (and, of course, as a Catholic you should not become involved in another relationship unless you’ve received a Declaration of Nullity and are again free to marry in the church). At any rate, the fear of going through this pain again can keep a person from being open to another relationship. “What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.” To me this means that if we shut ourselves down due to fear of experiencing this pain again, we may very well be shutting ourselves off from huge blessings – and the possibility of fully recovering by growing beyond the pain and experiencing the best we can be. And…it seems to me that if I built a wall around my heart, I would be dooming myself to…

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Divorced Catholic Moms – This Week’s Quote

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. – Mother Teresa Image by Never Was An Arrow II via Flickr I love this quote…it’s full of wisdom (in my humble opinion). To me it means: as wonderful as it is to love others (and to be loved by them), it CAN get tiresome and tedious and difficult at times. And to love someone for a lifetime, takes perseverance, consideration, patience and….simply, love.  Love that is real and not selfish.  Not an easy thing but very rewarding & worthwhile. I wish this kind of love for each of us.  May the Holy Spirit bless us with the graces we need to truly love and may God bless us with this kind of love from others. May God bless and bring you peace! Manya (Thanks again, Matt, of Fallible Blogma and Daily Catholic Quotes for keeping these coming…and for letting me pass them on!)

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