So I realized that the last time I proclaimed that “I AM” something, I was telling you that I am a childcare professional. It made sense to start off with that since it’s kindof the reason to start this blog, and it’s what makes up the majority of who I am and what I do right now. But I would be remiss if I never told you about a part of me that influences my every waking moment, and has shaped my life in ways I have yet to understand. I am in love with it. It’s very exciting. It’s challenging. It’s something that makes me better and better. It’s given me every good thing that I have in life. Are you ready? Can you guess what it is?
Oh… my title gave it away? Well shoot.
Hey! You’re still reading, are you, even after you learned that I AM CATHOLIC!? Good for you! Are you Catholic too? (and if not, how come?) You should tell me in the comments! Because we’re everydangedwhere. Worldwide, baby. You know that’s what Catholic means, right? Universal? No? Well now you do!
Honestly, I can’t imagine being anything else. I’m what you call a ‘cradle Catholic,’ meaning I was raised from birth in the Church by my parents. Not all of us cradle Catholics stay so strong in the faith, but by the Grace of God, I did. I attended Catholic school for grade school, where my faith was first stirred and introduced. I went to a Catholic high school, where my faith was cemented. I even went to a Catholic college, the awesome Franciscan University of Steubenville. It’s so much a part of me, I don’t even know where to start to talk about it, or explain anything about it. So I suppose if you have any questions for me, feel free to ask (By the way, have you seen my new ‘about me’ page?), since I wouldn’t know where to begin.
Mostly I just want to put this out there so you’ll understand where I’m coming from when I talk about saying the blessing before lunch with the kids, going to Mass on Sunday, etc etc. In fact, I thought today was an excellent day to tell/warn you about my beloved Catholicism because it’s All Saints Day! YAY!!
Why is this such an awesome day? It’s like celebrating all the birthdays of my best friends all at once. It IS celebrating those who were victorious in their battle, who fought the ‘good fight’ and won! In fact, if you celebrated Halloween, you celebrated with the Catholic Church – that is, you celebrated the Eve of All Hallows (‘hallows’ meaning ‘holy’). You celebrated the “e’en” of the Holy ones – the saints! … it’s an Old English thing!
Sorry for all the exclamation points! … I get a bit excited about the faith. Anyways…
Now, we know of specific people who are in heaven now and are exemplars of the faith. They got into heaven SO HARD they can tell us about it, so we know for sure that they’re there. We can look up to them and ask them to pray for us by name. They usually get their own feast day.
BUT obviously we don’t know all those that made it to heaven, so we just sort of gave them all one day to celebrate, and that day is today! So let’s give a shout out to our friends in the Church victorious!
St. Anthony! Pray for us!
St. Therese of Liseux! Pray for us!
St. Francis! Pray for us!
St. Faustina! Pray for us!
St. Maxamillian Kolbe! Pray for us!
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton! Pray for us!
St. Michael the Archangel! Pray for us!
St. Katharine Drexel! Pray for us!
St. Peter! Pray for us!
St. Claire! Pray for us!
St… Ok, I could go on forEVER! Put your shout out in the comments! They’re closer to God than we are, let’s keep asking them to pray for us!
And finally, Blessed Virgin Mary, watch over us, remember us, and most of all, PRAY FOR US!
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “a woman of faith, for a time of doubt and uncertainty…” (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Saint Angela of Foligno and the Enlightenment of Penance (rcspiritualdirection.com)
- Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/10/13 (catholicherald.co.uk)
- Morning Prayer for Catholics (gatheredingrace.wordpress.com)
- The Latest Catholic Fashion Trend: Discernment (adverticem.wordpress.com)