Imago Dei

This summer I have seen many marriages and relationships fall apart, children being bounced between mom and dad, and couples not able to “work it out”. There is also my own son who broke up with his long time girlfriend.

Although my husband and I are available to sit and talk to our children, I found that living by example is one of the best role models for them. We freely discuss with them the challenges of relationships, the importance of shared values, commitment, and a belief system.

When I started to read Pope John Paul II Theology Of The Body, it was an eye opener. Never has this been discussed when I was a young teen growing up in the 70s. I was happy to come across the writings of John Paul II in a course I was taking on Theology of the Body.

This helped my husband and I discuss with them basic values as well as God’s will in our lives – in our relationships, friendships, and marriage, as well as all the gender issues that has permeated our social sphere.

Man and Woman He Created Them: A theology of the body

Based on his Wednesday audiences at the Vatican, Theology of the Body provided the theological framework from which we can look at man and woman as created not only in God’s images, but it what it means to be a true gift to one another. A very dense reading as it is Pope John Paul II’s tour de force.

For my own children I purchased a more age appropriate version by Jason Evert. He also has videos on YouTube which I shared with many young teens and adults since they are more likely willing to watch a video as opposed to my talking about it. Unfortunately that is a reality of our wired world. So I’ll send them the link, or book, and discuss what they thought of it.

Theology of His Body/Theology of Her Body: Discovering the Strength & Mission of Masculinity/Discovering the Beauty and Mystery of Femininity

Other books I highly recommend are either books or YouTube videos by Edward Sri. His insights into John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility is in the book listed below. He has also written extensively on Theology of the Body.

To understand the craziness of our time and how we got here, Abigail Fatale’s book, The Genesis of Gender is a must read as it not only echos back to Genesis and the creation of man and woman, it also looks specifically at a Christian theory of the body. It also discusses how this sacramental world view has been covered up and abandoned by modernism – and all “ism”.

These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson looks at how we can live the theology of the body in our everyday. Theology of the body is not just about sex, male and femaleness, marriage and relationships, it is about living it every moment in our lives as we walk with Christ in holiness.

The paperback version cost me $50 plus – not a choice since I underline and mark up my books. There is the kindle version which is affordable.

These books have been pivotal in guiding me to be a stronger me in my own walk with Jesus. They also help me address and see the damage/chaos within our secular world as it embraces “me-ism”.

They also provide a good base by which to talk about “Imago Dei” to our youth and young adults fascinated with “me-ism”.

God Bless 💕🙏

The Best Part Of My Day

I returned to work today after a long sojourn, and the best part of my day was going to Mary Queen of the World Cathedral to pray and attend the 7:30 am mass.

A wonderful way to start my day as I return to the hectic world of teaching young children. A lot has changed within me the last few years, but the world and the job all remains the same. The staff changes and children changes throughout the years, but the same hectic reality remains the same.

I have changed. My faith has deepened and for those of us who walk in Jesus:

“Three things are necessary to everyone: truth of faith which brings understanding, love of Christ which brings compassion, and endurance of hope which brings perseverance.”

–St. Bonaventure

A comforting thought as I start my day.

God Bless 🙏💕

A Beautiful Thought for Today

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
–St. Augustine

I wanted to share this thought I read from one of my daily inbox. A simple statement but it has its weight in depth. It speaks of this deep longing within for Jesus here, now, and forever.

God Bless💕🙏

I Need Help

There are times when we need to talk to Jesus and ask for his help. It’s as simple as that, but in our brokenness, our pride gets in the way.

Or we have reached a point in our lives that we no longer believe in the good around us. Yeah, there are lots or reason why in our brokenness we don’t see. A veil of despair and disbelief covers our eyes and psychological mind-frame. There is hope!

Know that Jesus is the way!

A simple prayer for those in need:


“The Book of Psalms is a collection of cries, prayers and praise. The authors of each chapter experienced every struggle, heartache and fear imaginable. This collection of comforting verses will help guide you toward whole and complete healing.”

From: https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/healing-bible-verses/#3

  • “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” ~ Psalm 109:19-21
  • “LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” ~ Psalm 30:2
  • “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” ~ Psalms 34:17-22
  • “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.” ~ Psalms 103:2-4
  • “Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.” ~ Psalms 6:2
  • “I said, “Have mercy on me, LORD; heal me, for I have sinned against you.” ~ Psalm 41:4
  • “Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” ~ Psalms 30:10-11
  • “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~ Psalms 73:26

I pray Jesus will heal your pains and troubles with his healing embrace. God Bless 🙏💕

My Superhero is Saint Joan of Arc

When I was a youngster, one of my superhero was Saint Joan of Arc. I loved Medieval French history, and Joan of Arc represented a girl who despite all odds was able to lead an army into battle. She lead a country to victory from it’s enemies without killing a soul. The hand of God was upon her!

Joan of Arc was a pious girl from a peasant family. At 13 years old, she had a vision or visitation (Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret) with a message to drive the English from France. Her story was just that, and an incredible journey of God’s divine intervention.

During the cruel days of the medieval Inquisition. She was captured by the English and eventually burned at the stake for heresy.

After a through investigation it was declared that she was accused wrongly, and unjustly so. Joan of Arc after much support from the Catholic Church and community had her beatification in 1909, and on May 16, 1920, Pope Benedict XV canonized her.


As I’m going back to work next week after a year off – I was thinking of St. Joan of Arc for her courage, strength, faith, and commitment to God amidst the chaos and political climate of France and the Church at the time. I am also thankful to God for the time to heal spiritually, mentally and physically.

I found the following prayer written for her:

“Prayer of Thanks and Gratitude to St. Joan of Arc,” written by Andrea Rau:

Dear Patron Saint,

Thank you for accompanying me throughout the day, and in the work that I did. Thank you also for your guidance and your counsel. Please help me to listen to God and to you, dear Saint, that I may do what I am called to do. Please intercede on my behalf and beg God to take all my faults and turn them into virtues. I thank you for all you have done for me, and all the things you have interceded for on my behalf. Please continue to pray for me and for all the souls who need it.

St. Joan of Arc, Pray for us.


Chaplet Prayer for Saint Joan of Arc 

The chaplet may be used as a novena (a prayer repeated once every day for nine days) or prayed at any time for any necessity throughout the year. A total number of nineteen beads on this chaplet commemorates each year of Joan’s life. 

How to pray: 
On the medal, make the sign of the Cross, recite: 
“Incline unto my aid, Oh God! Oh Lord, make haste to help me! Amen.” 
Follow this with a: Glory Be. 

On the first single bead on the strand, pray an:
“Our Father”.
On the second single bead on the strand, pray an:
“Our Father”, and then continue by saying, “Saint Joan of Arc, immolated as a victim of the burning stake, pray that I may also become a victim by the faithful practice of all my duties as they pertain to me during my whole life.” 

On the first group of five beads, say a:
“Hail Mary” for each bead. 

On the next divisional bead, Pray an:
“Our Father”, and then recite, 
“Saint Joan of Arc, with you, I only wish to find my delight in practicing humility, charity, and penance, and all the virtues necessary to gain entrance into Heaven. Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us!”

On the second group of five beads, say a:
“Hail Mary” for each bead.

On the next divisional bead, pray an:
“Our Father”, and then recite,
“Saint Joan of Arc, be with me in all my struggles. Like the strong men of Israel, experienced in warfare, who constantly carry the sword at their side, to guard against unforeseen attacks during the night, may I ever be prepared for the combat. Together with the protection of the angels and saints grant me also your own; inspire my endeavours; be my help and my light to guide me to Jesus, our Chief, and when my earthly mission is accomplished, may I expire like you, repeating with love, Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!’ – Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us!” 

On the third group of five beads, pray a:
“Hail Mary” for each bead. 

Conclude the chaplet on the medal, by reciting the following prayer:
“Pray for us, Saint Joan of Arc, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”


God Bless all those starting anew like I am next week, and, to students starting their new semester this September 🙏💕

Shia LaBeouf’s Conversion Story

Powerful conversion stories – testimonies – is one of the most beautiful graces from God. It lets us know that in our imperfections, our moments of deep sin, and when we have lost all hope – God is there to open our eyes to his divine mercy, forgiveness and love.

SHIA LABEOUF – HIS CONVERSION TO CATHOLICISM PLAYING PADRE PIO

I was touched by Shia LaBeouf’s conversion for many reasons, the first is when my kids were young we were a fan of his Transformer films. The second reason is his life mirrors much of the decadences – self affliction and pain of not only those in the entertainment business, but those who are creative, young, and broken. So many of us were lost in secular culture and Shia LaBeouf’s conversion story reminds us that Jesus is every present knocking at our door, waiting for us to open it for him.

Praise God!


https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/shia-labeouf-stuns-bishop-barron-with-love-of-latin-mass-theyre-not-selling-me-a-car/

His interview with Bishop Barron.

It is a good idea to look at the other videos and commentary by other interviewers. They provide a more deeper perspective on Shia LaBeouf’s faith journey. It also opens up for many the traditional vs the modernist (Vatican II and post) movement in the Catholic Church.

God Bless💕🙏

Confessions Of Falling Into My Disorder

I confess that I am a shopaholic. When I give into my weakness, Satan and his evil minions jump at every opportunity to create a divide between God and me.

A good example, is while online shopping, I spent more money than I had anticipated. I reasoned it was a sale too good to miss – after all it’s a “Back to School” sale. I should know better, especially as my own son was prepping for a huge back to school sale at his stores. Well, I fell into the guile’s of advertisement and “deals”.

Recalling afterwards my crazed mind as I put items into my cart and pressed pay, not once but twice, I realized and bemoaned my indulgence into the flesh and prayed seeking God’s forgiveness. Seeking for the strength to turn away from things of this world. Thank goodness our God is merciful.

God has a way of speaking to me that always strikes at my inner core. It results in a deeper understanding of Sacred Scripture:

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Fatherknows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 12:22-34

This verse is especially poignant and meaning because it was part of my meditation for the past few weeks. The depth of meaning in it didn’t hit me until I committed the self indulgent deed of falling prey to my own shopping frenzy.

It was only after I’ve fallen to my own vice that I can finally understand Luke 12:22-34.


God is merciful and will continue to guide us to become more aware of the narrow road towards holiness. I am thankful for his teachings, and graceful for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


Satan and his minion are ever present and waiting to prey on our weaknesses. Vigilance Is the key. I can only battle evil with the help of Jesus. I came across the work of an Exorcist – Fr. Ripperger through the Augustine Institute. Please take the time to watch the following videos. They will help each of us to battle our brokenness with the help of the triune.


More information on the Augustine Institute:

https://www.augustinestudios.org/formed


God Bless and may our beloved Jesus Christ heal our disorders. 💕🙏

The Road Is Narrow

The road to heaven is narrow. The road to heaven is to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, body and spirit. This is proactively to have a sincere relationship with Jesus with all my heart, taking the time to know him, love him, and finally to follow him by doing – God’s will. Doing God’s will is not what I want, but what God wants for me.


Praying for God’s will in my life means picking up the cross of Jesus. For me this means stepping out of my comfort zone to trust and love Jesus, and, to love my neighbours. I am happy and content to exist in my little shell. It’s stress free and easy. Stepping out means I trust in Jesus to lead me along the rocky and narrow road towards heaven – and not hide in the four corners of my comfortable shell.

I am saved by grace, and this means for me to step out and love those around me. It can be a simple smile, a genuine greeting, a helping hand, and above all to love the unloveable.

Yes it’s hard to love our neighbours, and it is only through God’s grace and knowing that Jesus lives in my heart that I can do this. You can also!

Jesus, help me to enter through the narrow door. Guide and lead me to let go of the things in this world and focus just on the cross – to heed your words with a trusting and sincere heart – and to obey you🙏

I pray that each of you come to know Jesus, love him, and take up the cross to follow him. I pray for God’s blessings upon each of us to love our neighbours and ask for their salvation in our prayers, to sincerely love, greet, hugs, and give in good will.

May the light of the Cross in each of us radiate outwards.

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

Gospel Lk 13:22-30

Father Chris Alar’s homily on the narrow path:


Father Mark Goring on Luke 13:22-30


Ralph Martin, Living As Catholics In Challenging Times:

God Bless 💕🙏