Sunday, January 23, 2011

Prayer Answered

I have a confession to make... I have been encouraged to blog about our Blessed Mother and I have been reluctant.  I've been uncomfortable to put myself out there by discussing her.  I'm afraid of a challenge or confrontation from a non-catholic on why Catholics have a devotion to her when they should just go to Jesus.  I responded by "can you biblically back it up?"  If you've had these types of discussions about Mary and the saints, then you know what I mean.

So I prayed about it to Jesus and I asked for help in this matter.  And He responded in a big way.

After a trip to the library last week, I took my son to a church near the library for Eucharistic Adoration where we prayed the rosary.  Upon leaving, I noticed the Chicago Lighthouse CDs and front and center was this CD -    

Then I received an email from one of the deacons of my parish about Steve Ray (featured speaker on EWTN and Relevant Radio) coming to my area and one of his discussions is called:  Mary, Real Girl and Woman of Mystery.

I also happened to be noticing how often I am zeroing in on how many cars have rosaries hanging from their rear view mirror.

Lastly, I watched Fr. Corapi last night and as usual I learn what I'm needing to learn at that moment.  He talked about how the Catholic Church needs leadership and he's talking about the people who make up the church.  He's talking about us... he's talking about me. 

Two things he said really struck me... one- do not be timid about your faith and two - do not apologize for your faith.  I'd been stuck here for awhile and not happy about it, but not knowing what to do about it.  I've asked for help and He is showing me the way.  Here's a bit more about what Fr. Corapi had to say:

This is how he broke it down:

L -  lead by example
E - educate yourself and your family in scripture and the faith
A - attitude... do not be timid, do not apologize for your faith
D - discipline self to devote time to studying scripture and the Catheticism
E - empower your children and family to learn the Word of God
R - receive and accept input calmly
S - sacrifice your time and your ego by speaking the truth
H - humility... acknowledge the truth, even the parts that may be difficult
I -  initiative... do not wait for others to do it
P - pray, plan and prepare for this spiritual battle

Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Make every effort to add to your  faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, LOVE.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from  being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 5-8


  1. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm happy you listened to what He wants you to do! In all the conversations I've had with non-Catholics about Mary, I have the most success with this ask me to pray for you when things aren't going well, right? Catholics ask the same thing of Mary and of the Saints. I'll be following you!

  2. how you received your answer! You are def. following God's plan for you. I loved reading your statment of not apologizing for your faith..that rang true for me. I appreciate everything I'm learning from your blog!!

  3. That's very encouraging. I think it's good you've felt stuck because it's set you on a path for His Guidance and ultimately seeking the answers which will only draw you closer to Him. The non-catholics I've encountered really study their religion and take it seriously, we need to do the same.

  4. a wonderful post. Christ always shows us the answers to our dilemnas. I look forward to your blogging about Our Lady. Don't think of the potential critics out there. think of us likeminded Catholics who would love to read about Mary.

  5. Wow, I'd love to see that...too bad I'm not in your area...

    Think of Mary as ... you go to mom to work on your you go to Mary to work on God on your behalf! Totally made sense to an Episcopalian friend of mine!

    Best of luck in your endeavors!

  6. Thank you for your support ladies! I did listen to the Scott Hahn CD on Mary and as usual, he is so detailed that it's hard to take in so I plan to listen to it again.