Author: Birgit J

messy, humble

A Serving of Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate that which had you straining...

veil, joyful mysteries, rosary

The Joyful Mysteries and the Veil

I first began practicing the optional devotion of wearing a veil seven years ago. The post, Lifting the Veil, explains the decision making process. Initially, my adult daughter and I both felt the call and chose to begin on Mother’s Day of that year. One of my more recent posts is entitled Veiling Revisited – Is It Mandatory?. There I...

time

God is Not Asleep
But Time Is His Alone

Do you ever wonder if God is asleep at the wheel? Isn’t it time He took control? With all of the turmoil seen in today’s world I often wonder if I have stepped into a realm worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. The passion with which many defend late term abortion – all the way to infanticide – is only one...

Mother's Day, history

The Christian Origin of Mother’s Day

  Is Mother’s Day just another secular holiday contrived by greeting card companies? A bit of history reveals a much more pleasing origin. According to the History Channel, little known fact is that Mother’s Day originated in Europe and parts of the United Kingdom. There, during the fourth week of Lent, the faithful journeyed to visit their “mother church”. This...

motherhood

Shout Your Motherhood

Another Mother’s Day is upon us and with it come innumerable emotions. At the forefront, of course, is the beauty and blessing of cooperating with God (and your husband) in the creation of another, unique soul. Marriage, love, and God bring a gift beyond measure – motherhood. The value of this gift is biblically recounted numerous times. And so it...

new covenant, divine mercy, lamb of god, eucharist

The New Covenant Brings the Lamb of God

The readings for Holy Thursday clearly illustrate Jesus’ intent concerning worship for the Catholic Church. We see the Old Covenant fulfilled and that the New Covenant brings an entirely new reality. The first reading, from Exodus provides a glimpse into the Jewish tradition of Passover – a practice Jesus would have participated in with His family. The LORD said to Moses...

modesty

Modesty and Shades of Gray

Vastly differing opinions come to mind as we contemplate modesty and the proper way to dress. While there are no shades of gray when in comes to morality, there is certainly some flexibility when seeking the moral course in modesty. Some room for diversity in how clothing appears remains. In seeking this middle ground, I think of something my mother...

veil, designs by birgit

Is A Chapel Veil or Mantilla
Mandatory for Catholic Women?

Almost seven years ago, I ventured into the hot topic of veiling. As I quickly found, there is quite the cyber skirmish going on concerning this topic as well as the issue of what constitutes modesty. As with many devotions and other disciplines, discussion can get quite contentious. In my post, Devotion: Lifting the Veil…Onto My Head, I shared what...