30 July 2009

i am worth a lot

so got this in an email from nyashmi and loved it to bits so here it is:

In a brief conversation, a man asked a woman he was pursuing the question......

"What kind of man are you looking for?"

She sat quietly for a moment before looking him in the eye and asking,
"Do you really want to know?"

Reluctantly, he said,

She began to expound...

"As a woman in this day and age, I am in a position to ask a man what he can do for me that I can't do for myself. I pay my own bills I take care of my household without the help of any man. I am in the position to ask, "What can you bring to the table?"

The man looked at her. Clearly he thought that she was referring to money.

She quickly corrected his thought and stated, "I am not referring to money. I need something more. I need a man who is striving for perfection in every aspect of life."

He sat back in his chair, folded his arms, and asked her to explain.

She said, " I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection mentally because I need conversation and mental stimulation. I don't need a simple-minded man." I am looking for someone who is striving for perfection spiritually because I don't need to be unequally yoked... believers mixed with unbelievers is a recipe for disaster. I need a man who is striving for perfection financially because I don't need a financial burden. I am looking for someone who is sensitive enough to understand what I go through as a woman, but strong enough to keep me grounded. I am looking for someone who I can respect. In order to be submissive, I must respect him. I cannot be submissive to a man who isn't taking care of his business. I have no problem being submissive..he just has to be worthy. God made woman to be a helpmate for man I can't help a man if he can't help himself."

When she finished her spiel, she looked at him. He sat there with a puzzled look on his face.
He said, "You're asking a lot."

She replied, "I'm worth a lot."

20 July 2009

the Lord is good to me...

... and so i thank the Lord for giving me the things I need the sun the rain and the apple seed the Lord is good to me!

Johnny Appleseed.... my all time hymn/grace/song for hikes and camps and nature... closely followed by All things bright and beautiful! so why now cos.......

we went hiking yesterday! and i'm not sore!!!!! it was fantab, really enjoyed it... well except the last climb, but it was all worth it :D it was in magaliesburg close to Rusternberg... and from the names it shows its a 'bergy' area, lots of rocks, hills and rills, valeys and stream... all showing the awesomeness that God is really! also had 7 hours of chant on Saturday... transcending stuff that :D

16 July 2009

Rome Sweet Home: Book review

I have finished reading Rome sweet home by the Hahns!!!! wow, actually I finished it on Tuesday but have only got to writing about it now. Now I have to read it again!

It was like having the remaining scales fall of mine eyes and seeing the glory of the Lord. Thing is I've always had problems with some catholic 'stuff' for lack of a better word, but after i made the decision to be catholic i endeavoured to study and understand them you know. And the Hahns put most of it real simple like... just like Catholicism for Dummies does, of which I'm on chapter 2!!! What can I say the Lord has blessed me with a mind and a love for reading so I am partaking, boy am i partaking!

One thing it did was introduce me to a lot of protestant language I've never really known, of late I've been seeing "crossing the Tiber" often as I have been reading a bit, no a lot of conversion stories... why, I don't know they just appeal to me.. the book has highlighted the path that I've been on for a while now; to live my faith to the full, to partake of the sacraments and to know why we have some of the practices we have so as to actually practice them in the right spirit. i want everyone to read it, even if it does not make them convert it would sure clear up a lot of misunderstandings out there. its beautifully written and it brought to mind why someone would think we are part of an anti-Christ movement, until one delves into the Word and gets the reasons for all we do outlined in intricate and not so intricate detail.

Suffice it to say when I like a book I read it super fast.. case in point here... so I have to read it again now and learn from it.... in other words a book all should read!

On another note I watched the proposal on Sunday! Good movie! I haven't watched one I enjoyed so much in a long time... could have done without the stripper scene though or naked shower scene... the movie was good enough to be a hit without them but I guess as they say... sex (unfortunately) sells. It was really funny, and highlighted that love can grow anywhere any time... had a good true to life ending :D what more can a girl want!

14 July 2009

life is interesting... and happy!

So me being me, crazy me I attend two parishes. Why? Thing is when i started going to mass again I began attending at Holy Trinity, because it was right at the campus I work at therefore weekday mass was a possibility and it was easy to get to over the weekend. And i decided to get involved, when do i ever not? Started teaching catechism and singing in the schola, (which has its own clash stories but that's another story) and joined the young adult family for Sunday fellowship.. ... then Nya and I moved to Northriding, very close to the parish there, St. Johns... and one of our book club ladies goes there... she's the one I borrowed three awesome books from Catholicism for dummies, Rome Sweet Home and Catholicism Answer book! So we visit ever so often and we joined the young adults group there for fellowship.

Thing is I've attended mass in both places, sometimes going twice on Sundays and this past Saturday a new priest was ordained at St. Johns, which was totally fabulous... I missed the ordination but hearing about it leaves me in awe... I went to St. Johns this Sunday as I had no singing or catechism obligation at Holy Trinity... and got even more involved... joined one of the youth choirs... I think... and yesterday was Young adults meeting at which there were others who had gone to the last Theology of the Body course that was held at church... and I want to be a leader at the next one which is being held at St Johns and it was awesome meeting like minded people!

and next week we are planning to do outreach to the homeless, bring clothes, food and stuff to the streets in this bitter cold! Last time we could not go because mhamha had just passed away. I've been asking god to help me do more and to bring me opportunities and this is a prayer He has answered! as He always does yay!

And today I am meeting someone at Opus Dei in m quest for a spiritual director! I am still to get feedback from the Jesuit society after the interview I had for a spiritual director but I keep waiting :D

basically life is good... with me crazily choosing more things to do... he he he! can't wait!

10 July 2009

Conversions: Why I am Catholic 2

OK so i am feeling pretty lazy to go into the details of being catholic today... and anyway i am supposed to be working, detailing business processes and cleaning data migration specs (such fun! not!) so instead today I'll focus on the amazing conversion stories and journeys others have been on. to this end I'll just link to my favourites and you can go theres and browse them and all.

A new one i've just discverd is Cantebury Tales by Taylor Marshall. the link goes to one post i absolutely love of which an excerpt is below-

Fundamentally, I am a Catholic because I believe with all my heart that the Church is the Body of Christ. As Saint Paul once wrote, "Love believes all things" (1 Cor 13:7), and I believe that the Church isn't merely an an institution, but that it is the Mystical Body of Christ. He is the head of the Body, the Church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be pre-eminent (Col 1:18). Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church (Col 1:24). That you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).

The "Church question" is therefore unavoidable. The biblical concept of "Church" cannot be equated with "local congregation" or "voluntary club". It is something much more. The Church is not the "invisible Soul" of Christ, she is the visible "Body of Christ". There is no such thing as "an invisible Church," because the Church is defined as "the Body" which is a visible, empirical reality.
i mean who can refute that!

Another favourite of mine whom i follow is Jennifer Fulwiller at Conversion Diary, which is blog on her conversion story from atheism to catholicsm and what's been happening since. i love her question because they are questions i ask or if dont that i should be asking. Links to her conversion story and why she is Catholic are here and here.

Another one i followed is De Cura Animarum though Jeffewry Steel is taking a break from blogging, it has great archives.

And a whole bunch of them can be found here and here! Why am i posting and linking to these... it's becasue the rationalising and logic many seek as to why one would even wnat to be Catholic is found ion these stories... and that i enjoy reading them :D

9 July 2009

Confession: Why I'm Catholic 1

So... I get to work and my sister has sent me an email with the subject line, "watch it all please with an open mind" and i just know its something to do with the church or its a joke. it was the former and in the body was a link to 666truth.org So... I decided to do so with an "open mind"; which I did, and then I decided to "reply" her. I also decided why not start a new mini series on it about why I am catholic because there is no way I'd respond to everything in one email, or as it may be here, in one post. Hence this is installment one of 'Why I am Catholic'. Be warned I am no scripture scholar so if I am wrong do post a comment... I sent her the following:

I have come across some of these "ideas" before this and I did read with an open mind, so here are some counter arguments. If you will allow me to do so I'll write this over time and give a bit of info in each session, I'll probably post on my blog as well :D I know its a long answer, but do read it, it may not be eloquent but I'll give it a bash, even the links are important so click through...

One main point raised is:
Only God can forgive sins - and I say right on! Yes only He can forgive sins, and He said anything you ask in my name will be granted you. During confession the priest says "May God forgive your sins in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit...." we invoke His name, how is this different from someone who commands a devil or sickness to leave someone else in the name of Jesus... when we sin it is like a debt to God, if i have a debt to you can i give the money to someone else and say the debt has been paid? No! i have to give back to him i owe, to God who can forgive me my debt or accept the payment for it. He and He alone.

Here is a link from the catechism. It explains better what we actually subscribe to.

Our Lord tied the forgiveness of sins to faith and Baptism: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved."Mk 16:15-16 Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, so that "we too might walk in newness of life."Rom 6:4; Cf. 4:25. After his Resurrection, Christ sent his apostles "so that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations."Lk 24:47.

This article is a bit more learned than I am :)

Another reason I'm catholic goes not only on what i believe, but what god has revealed over the ages. we do not discard lesson from Genesis anymore than we discard what He gave to the first Fathers of the church. Yes we move with the time as long as it does not move us further away from God. Confession brings us closer to God. For instance in this article God's truth does not change with the weather and fashions. But as with most churches now and even more Christians, even those who say they are catholic, being gay is OK and not a sin; contraception, most of which is abortive is OK and not a sin. I say we love the sinner not the sin! And my thinking is God is the same yesterday today and forever, what He calls sin is forever sin. How can i trust in someone or anything that changes doctrine at a whim? and the Lord said let there be leaders, judges, teachers, bishops among you, this is reiterated throughout the new testament, He gave the early apostles great power, why should i limit Him on giving that great power to His apostles today?

We say Christ is the church and the church is Christ for we are the body of Christ. Can we not forgive those who trespass against us and when we forgive them are we not extending God's forgiveness thereto... confession is not about someone saying you are forgiven because i say so; its about the priest being a conduit like the prophets of old, Elijah, Elisha, Isiah, its about being given a sacramental grace to help you not sin again, it also has its psychological benefits if you want to go all new age. We are charged in the bible to be held accountable for our actions by our brethren, so it forms a part of accountability, it also introduces humility into the picture. If you cant be honest in your confession and in examining your conscience, your soul and your actions using the ten commandments when can you be honest? Confession is also all about getting spiritual direction, where a priest who is a scripture scholar, spiritual director or anything along those lines can hep you discern what the Word tells us or tell you where to go. We are not always well equipped to interpret what the bible says and may not have the gift of interpretation which another has, are we not supposed to use our gifts for the body of Christ and hence partake of others gifts for the building of the same body?

Well I'll stop here for now and continue later and i think the next one will touch on contraception another reason I'm still catholic.... below are links i found useful so here's me hoping you read them... with an open mind :D

1. Sacrament of reconciliation - a large directory on the sacrament
2. some Catechism
3. on sin and an examination of conscience
4. another examination of conscience


i haven't blogged in a while and the irony is that i have had a lot to blog about but have not been able to do so... partly because i am unclear as on what to feel and how to express it, mainly life and death issues as my aunt passed away on the 17th of June and i was devastated... and I'm not being dramatic either which I'm wont to be. but i will post soon on this topic which is taking up a lot of my think time... death and heaven...
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