Simply Divine Mercy

Category: Faith

When We Were Eve Blog Tour Stop #4

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What if we could remember who we were when we were Eve?  What if we could recall that pure innocence, that beauty, that freedom of who we were created to be?

Colleen C. Mitchell’s latest book When We Were Eve calls out to the heart of each woman, inviting her to rediscover herself and to grow in intimacy with God in the process.

After the fall of mankind, the Garden of Eden was sealed off with a flaming sword.  Now, on this side of that barrier, we must grapple with the constant effects of sin.

Of particular difficulty for women of course is our distorted view of self and our often troubled relationship with our bodies.  Mitchell reminds us that we are comprised of both body and soul, and that this makeup requires us to maintain both body and soul through gentle physical and spiritual care.

Interwoven throughout the book are several stories from women sharing intimate pieces of their own journeys back to healthy relationships with themselves.  This provides much to reflect upon.

Mitchell’s writing style is a breath of fresh air.  In a world clamoring for our attention, she whispers truth into the weary souls of women.  She is well versed in Scripture and the writings of the saints.  It is also evident that she is very self-aware, making her well equipped to be our guide.

At the heart of her message, we learn that in being kind to ourselves we are not indulging in prideful self-love, but rather we are merely loving God and giving Him due glory.

Every woman deserves to know the truth of her creation story, the truth of her place in the Kingdom of God.  This book guides readers through the pathways that lead back to the Garden of Eden.  It is only there that we can come to know true peace and intimacy with God.

Are you ready to begin your journey back to Eden?  Are you ready to discover the woman you were created to be?  Are you ready to remember when you were innocent, and free, and pure?  Let’s follow Mitchell now on this treasure map she has unearthed.  Let’s travel together through these pages as we seek to remember who we were when we were Eve.

When We Were Eve is available from Franciscan Media here.

*This book, like many on this site, was given to me in exchange for my honest review. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share it with you today as a part of this Blog Tour.  

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who is this that comes from far?

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Who is this that comes from far?  With his garments dipped in blood? 

Strong triumphant traveler, is he man or is He God? 

I that reign in righteousness, Son of God and man I am. 

Mighty to redeem your race, Jesus is your Savior’s name.  

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3 Ways The Friendship Project will Make You a Better Person

3 Ways The Friendship Project will Make You a Better Person

Authors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet became friends years ago.  They previously wrote Divine Mercy for Moms, which is a good book, but in my humble opinion, this one is even better.

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Quiet your Heart this Season with The Peace of Christmas…

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During this wonder-filled time of anticipation, as we await the coming of Christmas, our souls long for pause and solace from the hustle and bustle.  The cold air and stillness of night make me want to curl up with hot tea, a hand-stitched quilt, and a good book.  Speaking of good books, here’s a good one that I just put down..

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turning prayer into cupcakes…

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I am a firm believer in at least these two things: 1. This world can never have too many babies in it. 2. This world can never have too many cupcakes in it. Okay, you can make your arguments that too many people will quickly deplete the world of precious natural resources, forcing us to inhabit Mars and frantically search distant galaxies for a new home.

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always scary, always amazing, always BIG news…

We are having a baby!  Yes, I am pregnant with our 4th child which is such a blessing!

And you know what?  No matter how much you plan for a child, pray for a child, plead for a child… I’ve decided it’s always going to be scary.

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101 Places to Pray Before You Die

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Going on a roadtrip?  Here’s your Catholic travel guide.  I found this book to be full of incredible stories that I had never heard before, and unless you’re an expert on Catholic history in the United States, you’re probably going to be in the same boat.

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the day Mother Teresa died…

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It was one of those moments you can never forget.  You remember exactly where you were, exactly what you were doing when you found out.  Like that one class transition during high school, when I was leaving my science class, and someone mentioned something about an airplane crashing into a building.

It was September 5, 1997.  I know that date because the internet knows the date, the world knows the date.  I was in elementary school, at a Catholic school at the time.  I remember that I was sitting in the library.  It was a sunny day, and we were listening to a presentation from the librarian.  Suddenly, an announcement came over the PA to let the school know, that Mother Teresa had died.

I mean, I had heard of her before.  But the librarian just burst into tears.  She needed a minute to compose herself, and then she explained that she was so sorry to hear this news.  She explained what an incredible impact this woman had on her life, and shared that she always hoped one day to meet Mother Teresa.  Now she never would.

And it struck me the other day, as I considered that announcement over the PA, the tears of this woman, and the pain and sorrow of death, that these saints in Heaven are not lost forever.  Mother Teresa knew pain and suffering well.  She endured much spiritual dryness and profound spiritual darkness.  She endured much evil.  And what was her response?  To keep the faith.  To keep pushing.  To never give up.

What would Saint Mother Teresa say to our tears over her death?

I cannot say for sure.  But as we know that she is now in the eternal presence of God, I think she would tell us to rejoice.  I think she would tell us to rejoice at her birth into eternal life.  And I think she would point us to Christ, and say that it is not too late to meet her… for we all make up the body of Christ, the whole Church makes up the body of Christ.  And one day, if we are faithful to the commands of Christ, and if we love Him and accept Him, we will be perfectly united to this body of Christ in Heaven.  Together with all of the angels, and all of the saints, and God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  And there is no need for tears over that…

 

P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… Pass it on!

grateful for guilt

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I have struggled immensely with guilt in my life.  Anyone can tell you that.  But I have decided to rejoice in this gift!  Guilt keeps me going to Confession!  It keeps me striving to be perfect as our Father is perfect in Heaven.

We must take care not to dismiss or disregard the guilt of others as insignificant.  There is so much of that in our world today – so much justification of little sins. 

There are so many excuses made for our errors, faults, and imperfections.  One may say, “But God knows this is just how I am!  So it’s okay!” 

Yes, but He overcame the world to give you strength to overcome yourself.

Our guilt is there for a reason.  Namely, that we confess it to God, and move on with a little more knowledge, a little more life experience about how to do better next time. 

Sure, some guilt is unfounded and is the result of sins of scrupulosity.  But that guilt we must give to God, too.  Scrupulous thinking is the work of the devil, no doubt.  It keeps us in a negative spiral so that we think we are not good enough to go to Christ.  I know this all too well.  I know how satan tempts me all too well.  And this is excellent and as it should be. 

satan loses his power over us when we can see ahead of time all the cards in his hand – when we know exactly which card he is going to play next. 

Yes, I am grateful for my guilt.  I am even more grateful for the One who takes it all away. 

 

P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… pass it on…

3 Steps to Mercy for You

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*This article originally appeared on VirginiaLieto.com here.

 

There’s a lot of mercy talk these days in the Church. Why?  Because it’s the time of mercy!

The Church recently celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this message and devotion, take a moment to learn a little more here.

We should strive to show mercy to everyone we meet. Mercy is a great virtue, no doubt.  But today I want to ask you, how often do you show mercy to yourself?

Are you your own worst critic? Are you hyperaware of your faults and not sure how to actually improve?  Do you ever beat yourself up at the end of the day for not doing a better job at keeping it all together?

I’ve been working on kicking these bad attitudes for a while now, with great success. How?  Divine Mercy!

 

3 Steps to Mercy for You

Here are 3 steps you can take today to help you start showing mercy to you:

 

1. Participate in the Sacraments Frequently

I’m not saying you should get married frequently, nor do you want to take a “collect ‘em all” mentality and start preparing for your last rites, but frequent Confession and receipt of Holy Communion are beautiful ways to stay close to Christ. Mercy is waiting for you in the confessional!  Mercy is waiting for you on the altar at Mass daily!  Show up.  You deserve mercy!

 

2. Educate Yourself

Pick up a copy of the Catechism. Bring questions to a priest.  Read the Bible.  Study up on Divine Mercy.  Learn the works of mercy.  It’s actually an act of mercy to instruct the ignorant, and we’re all ignorant of many things.  Learn all you can to strengthen your relationship with Christ!

 

3. Forgive Yourself

You’re going to fall short. Every day you’re going to fall short of the person you want to be, and the person God is calling you to be.  Pick yourself up.  Forgive yourself.  We talk a lot about forgiving others, but it’s so important to forgive ourselves.  Would you forgive a friend if she apologized to you?  Well you can be that friend who just apologized to you.  Having a healthy relationship with yourself is vital to having a healthy relationship with others, Christ included!

 

So, take some time today to show mercy to you, because you’re worth it. Jesus died for you!

P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… Pass it on!