Sunday, May 5, 2013

Three Reasons I Love Catholicism Vol. 2

I think if I were ever to decide that I had enough of blogging and would be tempted to hang it up, I would still hold on to this sweet little meme.  Thinking of the reasons why I love Catholicism brings me so much joy!  Even when I get mad at the Church for her problems, I couldn't imagine being any religion other than Catholic because there is just an endless list of wonderful things about this faith.  So here I am linking up with Micaela at California to Korea  who offers this great meme at the beginning of each month, with a short list of Three Reasons I Love Catholicism...

1)  The Sacred Heart of Jesus

 When anxiety, fear, sorrow, and loneliness infringe upon my peace of mind and soul, I fly to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  I place everything that bothers me into His pierced side and He burns all my troubles into ash within the fire of His Holy Love.  Then He gently draws me into His Sacred Heart as well and warms my soul with peace.  Nothing can hold me back and I can conquer the challenges of this world knowing that I am always held within the love of His Most Sacred Heart.

2)  The Holy Mass

 I've gotten myself into the habit of attending Mass, not just on Sunday, but nearly every day of the week.  Joining with the community of Catholics at Mass, my prayer is strengthened and my soul is soothed.  Listening to the Word of God and holding on to a small part of it to ponder and pray with throughout the day, watching as a simple piece of bread and cup of wine is converted into the very Body and Blood of my Savior and then receiving Him into my own miserable body in a Kiss of Love, is powerful beyond belief.  I can't imagine life without the Mass, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to attend so often.

3)  The Morning Offering

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep the command to "pray without ceasing."  The Morning Offering is such a simple way to pray always even when I am preoccupied with the busy activities of the day.  Starting each morning with a few words of prayer and then calling to mind all of those people and situations that are close to my heart as well as remembering Pope Francis and all of his intentions, I give it all to God and my day is covered in prayer.  Simplicity!!!  I am so grateful to my friend, Fr. Jim Kubicki, SJ and the Apostleship of Prayer for promoting this easy way of life.  Visit this link to learn more.

Visit Micaela's blog for more reasons to love Catholicism and add your own reasons.


  1. Anne, your first one brought me to tears. I've had a rough weekend and I must say that sadly it became about "poor poor me." Then Your link popped up... and now I know it's time to drop to my knees and do as you do. Offer it all up, and then take comfort.

    Just beautiful. Thanks for linking again.

  2. Hi Anne~Visiting around in the blog world today...Love this meme! I remember when you contributed to the first one but not sure if I commented. You reflect so deeply and I can relate and rejoice with you. I'm going to pop over to visit California to Korea:) Have a blessed week!

  3. Hi Anne,
    I love your beautiful words about the Sacred Heart of Jesus and you and I pray the same Morning Offering. I love giving Jesus my entire day each morning!

  4. Thank you for sharing this post Anne! It felt so good reading it and I am so happy to have found this blog! Your article hit me straight to the heart and I was very moved and inspired by your words. May God bless you!

  5. When my husband and I lived in a small town for a year, we attended daily Mass quite frequently. We were often the only ones there, so it was a very special time. I miss that now that we are in a bigger city, but we are trying to once again find a daily Mass we can attend together. :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. And I have to share this because it made me laugh... the word verification for my last comment was "caesarea." Rather ironic that you are talking about the Church and blogger uses a place that Jesus often went to as the word verification. :)