I had the pleasure of attending the CWBN/CA 2015 conference hosted by Micaela from California to Korea and Kendra from Catholic All Year. Along with these lovely ladies, speakers included Jenna from Blessed Is She, Kristin from This Inspired Life, and Andrea from Modern Catholic Mom. It was a wonderful event that brought local (CA, AZ, and OR) Catholic women bloggers together to learn, laugh, and love. Being there brought such a sense of community and re-energized me once more on my blogging endeavors.
One of the speakers, in particular, kept asking us to remember the ‘why’ of our blog. Why did we start the blog to begin with? It was a thought provoking question that settled on my heart. This, my friends, is what has come out of it.
I dedicate this post to all of the women who attended the CWBN/CA Conference, 2015. May God continue to grant you the grace to be bearers of the one, true Light.
Pearls are a girl’s best friend! (Well, maybe not for Baby Girl.)
Since she was first pierced, we’ve had no problems with those darned earrings. Not until now, at age six, has she woken us up with a cry, followed by all the justifications as to why her ears are bare. Sometimes we find the casualties — missing the back, on the floor, or piercing the bottom of our soles. Ouch.
But, I do love pearls. So much so, that I made my now husband forgo the diamond and buy me a pearl wedding ring. I am quite smitten with it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Matt 13:45-46)
In this verse from Matthew, pearls symbolize something extraordinarily special and precious — the kingdom of Heaven. Our eternal goal. How can anyone NOT love pearls after reading this?!
Since starting this blog (a whole 9 months ago), I have wanted to write a post about the wisdom of the saints and how their words are still so relevant to today’s society. But how could I just write one post?! There are endless pearls of wisdom to lean from and I refuse to be limited! Thus, I bring to you my humble attempt at carving out a small space on the world wide web to read and reflect on the inspiring words of our beloved saints: Pearls of Wisdom.
I love the power that one quote (not an essay, not a novel) can have on the soul. Like a dagger that hits a target. There have been numerous times, as I rush through my Facebook or Instagram feeds — amidst the cacophony of three adorable children vying for my attention— that I come across a saint quote that stops me dead in my tracks.
St. Josemaria Escriva is a brilliant man and priest, he lived in Spain and founded the personal prelature of Opus Dei. He composed a myriad of spiritual writings which are widely read and respected. One of my favorite books is a compilation of three of his works: The Way, Furrow, and The Forge. The book contains hundreds of short prayers or reflections poignantly delivered by the author, to the reader. A few of the topics covered include, but are not limited to: character, mortification, courage, peace, obedience, and simplicity. Right up my alley!
My husband introduced me to St. Josemaria and the first time I read his work, I fell to the floor. Each sentence felt like a ‘punch’ to my soul, forcing me to confront myself and my shortcomings as a true Christian. I loved it. I had never read such powerful words, other than the Holy Bible, that shook me to the core and made me self-reflect instantly.
So, for my first installment I chose the first reflection from his book, The Way.
“Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love. With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart.”
These were perfect words to read as I came home from the inspiring CWBC/CA conference. I remember the ‘why’ of my blog and how I created it with a zealous heart and the desire to share the Good News via my ordinary life. As St. Josemaria nudges us forward, we must remember to not become lukewarm or slothful, lest we succumb to apathy of life. Instead, he encourages us to be filled with that eternal light of Christ, blazing a trail for all to see. Blazing a trail of LOVE.
It will not be easy and this endeavor must be taken one day at a time, but this is exactly how we witness to his Love and Mercy. In the small things — a gentle smile at a cranky toddler, stopping to pray a Hail Mary when life gets hectic, giving the husband a welcome home kiss as he walks in the door from work, and even consoling a girl who’s ‘lost her pearls’ — this is what we are ALL called to do.
We must be constant.
We must be determined.
We must persevere.