the Lord’s Day

O living hope,

True source of peace,

You show us that,

Love does not cease.

Raised from the tomb,

We came to see;

The power of,

Your victory.

O Perfect Love,

Burn in our heart,

That we may never,

Drift apart.

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a little bit of everything

Happy Easter Everyone!

We made it! After what feels like 40 years, we’ve finally entered the Easter season. Alleluia! Lent was an especially long and challenging journey this year. Hopefully, we’ve all come out a little stronger in the Lord and ready to embark on the next season ahead of us!

Tonight’s post is a little mix of things that were on my mind that I wanted to include you in! The first one is an invitation. I’ve just started an instagram account, so feel free to find me there under the username theauthorofbeauty. I’ll be capturing and sharing the beautiful moments, people and places along this pilgrimage called life!

Next, is a movie that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time. I know that people can be pretty particular when it comes to movies, or at least I am. But I think this movie is an exception. It’s just so all around heart warming, I can’t imagine people disliking it. The movie is called The Peanut Butter Falcon. It follows the journey of a young man named Zak who has Down syndrome and wants to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler, despite living in a nursing home. Through unexpected evens, he meets Tyler, a rough and troubled man running from his past, and the two embark on an unforgettable adventure.

I was touched to tears (the good kind) a few times in the movie, because of it’s (indirectly) incredibly profound pro life message. In a world so obsessed with darkness, death and crime… this movie was refreshing, authentic, hilarious and life giving. I was left with a beautiful hope and gratefulness in my heart.

In these long and isolating times, why don’t you go grab a cozy blanket, grab some snacks and watch The Peanut Butter Falcon! Before you know it, you will find yourself immersed in the incredible adventure of Zak and Tyler, wanting the story to continue long after the credits.

will we?

Will we come to the sacred Cross,

And kneel at Mary’s side?

To contemplate this gruesome loss,

Our Savior who has died.

In silence do we bear the pain,

Submit to greater love?

To know the Lamb who has been slain,

Was sent from heavn’ above.

With eyes like Mary, let us see,

That light and hope remain.

His body hung upon the tree,

Will come to life again.

Adapted from original post on December 2, 2016

Holy Spirit & the baking aisle

Howdy!

So, one of my hobbies in isolation has been cooking and baking. I’ve been trying out new recipes, and even ventured to make fried pickles! It’s been both fun and challenging because a few of the recipes didn’t work….the perfectionist in me was quite agitated!

But nevertheless, I decided that since Easter is coming up, I would make a few traditional German cakes to celebrate 🙂

With my newfound baking zeal, I zipped over to the store to grab some flour, quickly realizing that everyone else and their dog had the same idea: the shelves in the baking aisle were bare! My first reaction was grim. I imagined myself walking out, empty handed with all my baking dreams crushed… when all of a sudden, I spotted on the bottom row the LAST bag of Robin Hood flour. I didn’t care that it was 10 kilos too much. I didn’t care that I could hardly pick the thing up and hurl it over the side of my cart… I just saw my baking dreams coming true! It was a sweet , sweet moment.

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But then it happened AGAIN today. I went to grab a few last ingredients, and while taking a stroll down the baking aisle (in a new store this time) I found myself staring at nothing but empty shelves. Like what the heck people?! Isolation brings out many hobby bakers I guess? I was pacing up and down the aisle searching for icing sugar. It wasn’t looking good. I mean, everything was stripped clean. A bit like what piranhas do to their prey. It wasn’t until I decided to crouch down a little, crane my neck, and peer into the abyss of the middle shelf area, when sure enough, what do I find, but the LAST bag of icing sugar.

Then it hit me. This was a Holy Spirit moment. He saved it for me. I felt that way with the flour, but I knew it with the icing sugar! He knew that I needed this little blessing, wink from the heavens, reminder that I am loved. It sounds so simple, but that’s the beauty of it. Sometimes the Holy Spirit can speak to our hearts with the smallest of things.

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So, what are the winks that you are receiving from God!? They might be something small or something great! Perhaps you haven’t felt them… so I invite you to ask Him to send you a wink. Ask Him to show you His love- especially in these trying times. God isn’t hiding, and He surely wants to remind you, that you are His beloved.

God bless you!

yes to trust.

It’s really nice to have a solemnity in the middle of Lent! Especially this Lent. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it hard to fast and keep up my Lenten observances with all this covid chaos. The temptation to eat away my sorrows with chocolate is strong …

Today is the solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord, and I think this solemnity is exactly what we need to hear right now. Why? Because Mary can teach us something about our current situation.

Mary, received the incredible and UNEXPECTED message that she was to conceive Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. She didn’t request this, she didn’t plan for this, and she surely didn’t know how things would turn out.

Fast forward to today. World leaders are up in arms, countries on lock down, hospitals overloaded, families in isolation, people are dying, infection rates are sky rocketing, and many are anxious and fearful. We didn’t expect this. And we definitely didn’t plan for this…

Perhaps accepting our current situation like Mary, is exactly what we need to be doing! To take on this attitude of the handmaid of the Lord. Of course, Mary’s situation is lightyears away from a comparison to Covid-19- but it’s about finding the right approach to a complicated, and unplanned time, like Mary. She trusted in the Lord, with a trust so pure and loving.

I pray that we, like Mary, can use this time of uncertainty, to trust in the Lord more deeply! To surrender our fears and anxieties to He who came into the world, to redeem his beloved people.

learning or living forgiveness?

A street corner in the area of Düsseldorf, Germany

Forgiveness.

The theme of forgiveness has been on my heart after hearing the parable of the unmerciful servant ( Matthew 18:21-35) a few days ago in the Gospel. 🥜 Nutshell version: A servant owes money to his master, begs for forgiveness and is forgiven. However, the servant does not forgive his own servant’s debts. The master gets word of this, calls the first servant back, and punishes him for not extending the mercy he received.

The theme of forgiveness is not new to most Christians. We’ve been learning about what it means to forgive since we were in primary school!

But that’s just it. There’s a difference in learning about it, and living it. I guess it sorta hit me this week. Forgiveness has the power to change our lives, if we let the Lord help us! It’s one of the hardest things to do; especially when we have been wounded unjustly. But I’m starting to see how crucial forgiveness is, if we want to grow in holiness.

What makes the saints so special? That’s a loaded question! It’s a combination of factors….But in my opinion, what separates them from the rest, is their radical mercy! Think of saint John Paul II, St. Bakhita, St. Kateri… so many of the saints had a pivotal moment in their lives where they could bear a grudge for the unjust treatment they received, or forgive. They had every reason, according to the world, to get angry, resent and retaliate. But they didn’t. They chose the higher way. They chose to forgive.

I don’t know about you, but that inspires me! I want to start living this mercy more and more radically. I want to mirror what the saints did, following the ultimate model of Christ on the cross. What joy and freedom the Lord wants to offer us through the power of forgiveness. For many of us, this is a hard and rocky road.. but we have the intercession of the saints, and our Saviour Jesus Christ to teach, guide and strengthen us!

positivity amidst pandemic.

COVID-19.

The panic, the hype, the concerns, the reality… it’s all a bit overwhelming at the moment. No matter where you live on this planet, somebody either had the coronavirus near you, or will contract it sooner or later. For some it’s just another media frenzy, for others a legitimate health concern.

I’m not sure where I stand on the whole thing? I’m far from panicking, but as a person with asthma, the reality of a serious respiratory illness lurking around is something that peaks my attention.

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But I digress. I don’t intend to add to the Corona chaos, but rather write a few things I’ve noticed about the pandemic response, and how it might actually be more positive than we think.

It seems to me that (sadly) the world functions around success, power and money. If the world had a motto right now it would be something along the lines of:

” If your not profitable, powerful or pretty, get out of the way” 

The focus isn’t about authentic health and caring for our minds, bodies and souls. It’s about making money, at all costs and moving “up the ladder” no matter what or who get’s trampled on in the process.

But what we are starting to see, whether you agree with the measures taken or not, is that politicians, businesses, and powerful players in the sports and entertainment industry are actually taking a hit for the good of others!!

In Canada and the United States, major sport seasons, music awards, and other public assemblies are being cancelled or postponed. Italy is on lockdown. Trump has banned flights from Europe… We are starting to see people take measures to prevent the spread of the virus, even at the cost of loosing money or hurting the economy.

Although it takes a pandemic to push us, we can still fight for what is important. And I don’t just mean avoiding the virus. Of course, most of us are motivated by a general desire to AVOID the virus, as we should. But we also see that the big players are capable of making choices that honour their people. Action both big and small is being taken to protect each other.

I think this whole pandemic is a reminder that we can’t control the world, and we need to put priorities straight. I’m happy to see widespread cancellations of these events and I hope it continues until things calm down.

Far greater than any money, game, event, fame or reputation, is the human person.

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the voice of God

Today I was really inspired by the many uplifting Christian posts I found while pursuing the WordPress “blogosphere”. I was looking through several different faith related categories, and the content was so positive, relatable, genuine and honest. It was refreshing and I praise the Lord that so many people are sharing about their faith life, and walk with Christ. It’s beautiful to read.

These bloggers reminded me of a post that I’ve been meaning to write for awhile but just never got around to. How do we hear the voice of God? How do you know that God is speaking, moving, acting and initiating in your life?  I’ve engaged in this topic with friends before, because I find it fascinating. I mean, if we all have a unique and personal relationship with God, he’s going to speak to us in different ways, right?!

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Since he created us, He also knows the best means of communication to use with us. For example, I often feel God moving in my life through tears. I used to resent this gift because I thought it was embarrassing, or looked weak. However, I’ve grown to appreciate the tears because they are a tangible sign that God is speaking to me. It’s a sign that my heart is melting at the presence of my Lord and Saviour. Sometimes it’s song lyrics that will bring me to tears, a kind gesture of a person or a beautiful prayer in mass.

Another way I hear the Lord is through His words. Not audibly, but in the silence my heart during adoration, or when reading Sacred Scripture. These are beautifully intimate moments with the Lord that I like to record in a journal to meditate more deeply on!

I would love to hear how you hear the voice of God? What does it sound like/feel like to hear the voice of God in your life?

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