You haven’t lived my life, and I haven’t lived yours.

I think this is something everyone needs to be reminded of. I haven’t lived your life and you haven’t lived mine. Think before you speak. Think before you assume. You don’t know me and I don’t know you so all I can do is love first. I will not speak on a person if I do not know them and you shouldn’t either. I will not speak poorly of a person period. God created everyone, therefore I am called to love everyone. If you can’t say something directly to someone’s face don’t say it at all. If you can’t find nice words to say, don’t say anything at all.

“Fools take no delight in understanding, but only in displaying what they think.”- Proverbs 18:2

Words hurt and oftentimes the hurtful words come from those who never took the time to get to know you. Jesus calls us to love one another before anything else. You aren’t loving when you talk behinds someone’s back. You aren’t loving when you make assumptions about someone you don’t even know. Walk a mile in my shoes, live my life for one day and I know you will be biting your tongue the next time you think poorly of me or anyone for that matter.

In the past, like many people I have made the mistake on making assumptions on others and gossiping. Then I examined how I lived my life and how it was reflecting satan and not Jesus. If I want to get to heaven one day I am called to love and respect everyone. I realized that words really hurt especially when they aren’t true. I was hurt and I never want to cause pain to anyone because of what I have said. I never want to fail to love someone again because by failing to love my siblings in Christ I am failing to love the creator of heaven and earth.

But if you must know somethings about me so you can stop judging me on the things people love to judge me on here is some of my story…

Hi, I am Rachel Patrick I am 19 years old and for the most part I live an amazing life filled with so many blessings. I praise an amazing God that leaves me in awe of how he can turn our deepest pains and suffering into something beautiful. Yet some days it is hard to get out of bed in the morning. Some days it is hard to walk. And some days I just want to give up. You see my life looks perfect from the outside. But not a single human on this planet has a perfect life. No one! I struggle each and everyday with my chronic illnesses. Most recently with my Lupus. Lupus is a very hard disease to live with. It effects every part of my body. It has completely changed my life. It has given my Crohn’s, celiac, raynunds and fibromyalgia a run for their money. I have never experienced anything like this previously and I can’t even put into words how it has completely altered my life (not being dramatic there I just have lupus brain, aka can’t form/ process thoughts). My life might look perfect but it’s not.

I also notice many people are quick to judge those that are in relationships. Many people make assumptions that are far from the truth. Not that it’s anyone’s business because a relationship is between 3 people. The 2 people dating and God. I’m just going to say stop interfering in my relationship and anyone’s relationship for that matter. Stop getting jealous. Stop trying to break people up. Relationships are so hard. No relationship is perfect. Don’t give advice where it is not warranted. Don’t make hurtful comments from the outside looking in because you don’t know. You don’t know, you never will know and you never should know. Relationships are very personal thing and should stay that way. I was single for 18 and 1/2 years of my life. I devoted those years to becoming a better catholic and person. I spent years praying for the person that would bring me closer to Christ. I prayed that if it was Gods will that I would be single until that person came into my life. So I encourage everyone who is single or in a relationship to discern what it is God has in store for your life. I encourage you to work on yourself rather than interfere with those who already spent those years in prayer and was lucky enough by the grace of God to find the thing that filled the piece they never knew they were looking for. I promise Gods timing is the perfect timing. Don’t be jealous and spend all your time reflecting on what could have been but never was. Because God has something better for you.

I think my whole life I have had the knowledge on everything happens for a reason. I know it hurts now, I have been there. But hurting others in your hurt isn’t the solution. We are all hurt. It might not look like it from the outside looking in but we are all a little broken. Love one another, don’t assume but love them as God wills it. You are a beautiful child of God, and if you aren’t happy now, your time will come. I will be praying for you! I am rooting for you and your happiness. You got this!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely” -Proverbs 3:5

How a Catholic Should Vote in 2020.

This post is important. Like super important. I am not on here to talk about what candidate I support or who it is I am voting for, rather I am on here to make you think. I am here to help you vote for the right issues as a Catholic. Also I used the catechism so you can’t get mad at me get mad at the teachings of the church. You should be Catholic before anything else. God first and everything else falls after accordingly. Your political views are not and will not ever be more important than your Catholic faith, well they shouldn’t, I guess I can only speak for myself on that one.

The church is very persistent and always had been on one issue and that is protecting life from conception to natural death. Catholics should be voting to defend all lives. the unborn, the elderly, the homeless, the immigrant, the disabled, the veteran, etc. I know there are many misconceptions in todays world and many people do believe that no one party protects all of these people, but I would honestly have to disagree with that. yes no political party is 100% aligned with our Catholic faith, but there is one more aligned than the other. I encourage you to spend sometime in prayer discerning which party that actually is.

Socialism

Believe it or not, no where in the Catholic teachings does it say we have to tax the rich to help the poor. Instead as catholics we are called to go out and help others. God wants us to give our service to our community and the money we don’t need can be given to those in need. He wants us to freely give to others with a loving heart, not forcefully.

“Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism.”- Pope John Paul II

2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.207 Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.”208 Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.

Immigration

Immigration is a tricky topic. Every country has a right and duty to protect it boarders. Every human being was created in Gods image and deserve to be treated as such.

2241 “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.”

We should accept those into our country seeking asylum and coming in hopes of a better life and will eventually seek citizenship in our country. Yet, it is still important to enforce the law and protect the citizens of your country.

Guns and Weapons

Guns for self defense are not against the Catholic church.

2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.66

2265 Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm. For this reason, those who legitimately hold authority also have the right to use arms to repel aggressors against the civil community entrusted to their responsibility.

Death Penalty

2267. “Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.”

The death penalty is not entirely prohibited in Catholic teachings but isn’t favored. On average 46 people die each year from the death penalty but you should vote to end the death penalty over ending abortions.

Abortions

This leads me to the one thing all Catholic should be voting against and that is abortion. The Catholic church has a lot to say about abortions and how they are inherently evil. A Catholic should vote pro life above everything else. When you vote for a candidate in favor of abortion you are voting for the funding of abortions and in favor of more innocent lives being taken from the world too soon.

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

72Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.73 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.74

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.75

God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.76

2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. “A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,”77 “by the very commission of the offense,”78 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.79 The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation:

“The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority. These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the person by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin. Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being’s right to life and physical integrity from the moment of conception until death.”80

“The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.”81

2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.

Prenatal diagnosis is morally licit, “if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual. . . . It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent of a death sentence.”82

2275 “One must hold as licit procedures carried out on the human embryo which respect the life and integrity of the embryo and do not involve disproportionate risks for it, but are directed toward its healing the improvement of its condition of health, or its individual survival.”83

“It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.”84

“Certain attempts to influence chromosomic or genetic inheritance are not therapeutic but are aimed at producing human beings selected according to sex or other predetermined qualities. Such manipulations are contrary to the personal dignity of the human being and his integrity and identity”85 which are unique and unrepeatable.

A message to all my Sisters in Christ

Just recently I was asked to give a talk on a retreat. It honestly was one of the hardest messages I had to ever share since being a women of God is so hard! But I would like to drop my talk here for anyone who needs encouragement on how to be a women of God.

It is really hard to be a woman and a Christian in today’s world. Everywhere we turn, we are being told what to do and what to think. Our society is so caught up in material things that it’s almost impossible to separate yourself from your worldly possessions. In today’s world, where sex sells, and waiting until marriage is almost unheard of, it has become the new normal. Dressing modestly is uncool. Judging others based on appearances has become too easy to do. I have been hurt so many times by girls who call me out for every single thing I say or do. I do my best   to follow Jesus, but I am told I’m not very holy. I truly look for the good in others, but it’s like no one sees the good in me. Most of the time, it seems like others purposely hurt me. It makes me feel unworthy of love and rejected. I’m sure many of you can relate to these feelings. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Let us put aside any pettiness and vow to change together. We need to be not only strong Christian women, but we need to be one body in Christ. Right now, Christians are being persecuted daily all around the world. Our churches are being vandalized and burned. Religious statues are being removed. God is being deleted from our lives and we are letting it happen. We are so busy living life, that we forget who we are living for. We are so busy living in this world that we forget that this world isn’t our goal. Society is making us forget who we really are – Daughters of the King!

We all know that life can be hard, and it’s made harder when we are being judged by the world. We were each placed on the path God has chosen for us, and our paths may look very different. But it doesn’t make your path better or worse than anyone elses. I accept my 6 chronic illnesses as the cross God gave be to bear. Some days the chronic pain is more than I can stand. But I only have to think about Jesus and know my pain doesn’t even compare to His. Many days I feel like no one understands what I go through. It’s then, that I need to remember that God has given us all crosses to bear, and many times the crosses we carry may not be visible. The hidden crosses can be the heaviest. This is why we shouldn’t judge what we cannot see. “…Not as man sees, does God see, because man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). As sisters in Christ, we need to step away from the world’s view, and see each other through God’s eyes. We were created in God’s image, and we are each a beloved child of God. We are God’s artwork. He made us each unique, but we are all a piece of the same amazing puzzle. When we start seeing each other as God’s beautiful creation, there won’t be a place for judgement, jealousy or hatred. We are not each other’s enemies. Not one of us is better than the other, and not one of us is a mistake. God creates beauty, not mistakes. So, let’s lift each other up and help lighten one another’s cross. “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Recently in Mass we heard the parable of the weeds and wheat. The wheat represents the good, and the weeds represent evil. We each have weeds and wheat in our lives. But I believe we are made up of more good than bad. Even when we try to do our best, a lot of times a weed sneaks in to destroy our goodness. The weeds want us to forget who we are and what we are about.

We were made in love, to love and to be loved.

 Sin wants to separate us from each other, but most importantly, from God.  Sin tries to destroy the goodness that God planted in our hearts. Sin blinds us from seeing the good in other people. The sooner we recognize the weeds in our life and remove them, the sooner we are reconciled with God. Our God is a merciful God and He wants nothing more than a relationship with us. He doesn’t want sin to stand in the way of that relationship. That is why He is willing to forgive us over and over again. There is no sin that is unforgivable. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) So run to God – His arms are always open, waiting for you.

This leads me to conditional and unconditional love. “I give you a new commandment, love one another as I have loved you, so also must you love one another”(John 13:34). This is easier said than done. God loves us unconditionally because He’s God. He loves us as only a Father can. He sees the good, the bad, and the ugly, yet, He still loves us! Often times, we turn and run instead of staying and being a true friend. I can’t tell you the number of times that my “friends” stop talking to me because of my views or criticized my choices. This always makes me feel like I’m only worthy of conditional love. The narrow view that we use to see others, only leads us to conditional love. Our love for each other is based on our views, our looks, and our life choices. Our love is very shallow if we can’t accept the differences in each other. If we can’t respect someone because they think or look differently than we do, we can never reach unconditional love. How can we love like Jesus if we can’t see one another as children of God? When we start looking at each other through God’s eyes, we will see the beauty and overlook the “ugly”. Our mistakes won’t define us, they will help us grow. Only then can our conditional love turn into unconditional.

We are not only called to love our friends and the people we meet unconditionally but we are also called to love our future spouse unconditionally even if you haven’t met that person yet.

Purity is a beautiful gift from God, and we should do our best to honor and uphold it. God created sex for a husband and wife, sex in itself is a beautiful act, when of course it is in the bond of marriage. God created sex for Unity and Procreation, not one or the other but both. “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Matthew 19:6) When you have sex with someone you become one flesh, you have a bond to them the rest of your life and that is why as Catholic/ Christians we are called to wait for our person in marriage. As Christian females, the virtue of purity is something that we have or will struggle with at some point. Outside of being in a committed relationship, it’s easy to say that you want to wait until marriage to have sex. I was that person, telling everyone that they should wait until marriage to have sex. That was before I met my boy. Then I saw a whole new side of things and understood why some of my sisters in Christ struggle so deeply when it comes to waiting. It is a hard promise to keep once you’ve actually meet someone that you really care about. Yet, a sacrifice that will always be worth it. Did you know only about 5% of couples actually wait until marriage. It’s important to let your person know your intentions and if they are for you, then they will respect your decision and hold you accountable. If they are your person, they will lead you closer to Christ, and not further away.

I know there are many of my sisters in Christ who haven’t waited till marriage. And I am here to tell you that it’s okay. Each day is a new day and Gods love for you isn’t dependent on your actions but rather on your being. It is never okay to judge someone for having a different view on purity than you have. Everyone has a different situation that only God knows. Just because it might be easy for you personally to wait, for some people it is almost impossible. Always love your sisters no matter their past, present or future. Our love should be dependent on their being and not their actions.

As sisters in Christ, we need each other. We are more similar than we are different. Yes, our struggles may not be the same, but they all lead us to the same feelings of brokenness, heartbreak and hopelessness. Let’s stop adding to those feelings by judging, and instead support one another. Let us build up, rather than tear down. Let’s celebrate our differences, share each other’s successes, and encourage one another. Together, we are stronger. Today, let’s promise to help each other, to love in spite of our differences, and to see each other as we truly are – a beautiful child of God. Let us strive for heaven together. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Stop using the term Privileged.

Most crosses are invisible so stop invalidating others crosses. No ones life is perfect, everyone has their own struggles and pain. Everyone is “privileged” in different ways. No one is more important than the next person and no one is less important than someone else. Yet, we live in a society that thinks someone is below or above them. Most crosses are actually increased by this mindset. I am sick and tired of people assuming they know my life based on what I post. I am sick of assumptions.

Using the term privileged in any instants needs to stop. Because you know what God shows no favoritism. Nowadays privileged is used as an insult. Using the term privileged with someone with Chronic illnesses is honestly really insulting. I either get the “you are privileged” when it fits their insult or I get the” you have health issues” when it is convent for them. So what is it I have health issues or I am privileged? Since people seem to always assume, decide for me. As a christian it is our job to encourage others and using terms and insults like these is anything but uplifting.

I wouldn’t call having multiple chronic illnesses privilege. Lupus, crohn’s, celiac, fibromyalgia, raynaunds, anxiety, depression and ADHD is anything but privilege. Stop trying to prove your point by telling someone else their life is so easy when you never know what they have to deal with everyday. No ones life is easy. I never said your struggles aren’t valid because they are but by you invalidating someone else you aren’t validating yourself.

Remember we were all created in love, to love, to be loved. So instead to assuming lets love first and listen to understand that person.

The Importance of Modesty and Purity

I know I am very traditional but honestly there is nothing wrong with living by what the Bible recommends all Christians to do. I think there is such an importance in dressing to respect the body God gave you and in what you interpret as purity. You see we are all different so what we believe to be pure and modest looks different for everyone.

What Modesty looks like for me.

For me modesty means not dressing in revealing clothes. I tend to stay away from crop tops, short shorts, two piece swim suits and anything else that can be considered revealing. I just never liked the idea of people looking at me in a lustful way. It really is a personal decision and I would never judge someone from dressing different from me because we are all different. I just want to uphold the modesty God intended me to live. You see we were created to save our bodies for our future spouse and no one else. I get it we do mess up, not saying I’m perfect. But when we mess up it is our job to get up and try again until we get to a place that we enjoy being at and a good place in our relationship with God.

Other forms of modesty

Modesty doesn’t just come in the clothes we wear. It also comes in the things we watch, listen to or say. You shouldn’t be watching anything that you would be uncomfortable watching if your parents walk in the room. You shouldn’t be listening to music that doesn’t honor God. Music that demeans others, explicit and sexual. I’m not saying you should just listen to Christian music but you should be cautious of the other music you listen too. Also I think the most important one is modesty in your words. I personally am so bad at this but I really do try. Cussing and saying other things that aren’t appropriate aren’t upholding modesty in words. Which all of these are just important as how we dress. We can’t look like a Christian on the outside and not act like one on the inside.

What Purity looks like to me.

For me purity is a pretty traditional view. I didn’t date in high school because I knew no guy at my high school was my future. I believe it is important to not date around but instead pray and wait for the person God sends into your life. While most people sleep around in high school I spent each day praying for my future spouse and/ or vocation. I didn’t want to deal with heartbreak and I never wanted a guy to use me for my body. I also didn’t want to give anything away to a guy that I couldn’t see a future with. For me I believe that kissing anyone that you didn’t see a future with was wrong. Your probably like Rachel your crazy, and yes I am. But like how special would it be if you could say the first person you kissed was the person you marry. Just saying that’s like a big flex. For me I was never told to wait till marriage, I was never told not to date in high school or kiss anyone, instead I made these decisions for myself. Honestly deciding to live out the virtue of purity should be a personal decision and never forced by anyone. It should be freely made.

Purity is different for everyone

Some people don’t date until they meet the person they will most likely spend the rest of their life with. Some people date but only kiss and hold hands. Some people literally wait to do anything and everything until marriage. Others do everything but sex. It honestly depends on who you are. And what you believe in you heart to be pure. Only you can decide that with the help of God of course.

What if I already didn’t uphold my promise?

You see this is what I love about God he is so merciful and forgiving. He loves you no matter your past, present or future. Upholding the virtue of purity is one of the hardest things to do and so it makes so much sense why many of us haven’t upheld it. It is easier for some but others it seems almost impossible. I honestly would say striving is the best thing you can do. Only God knows what’s in your heart. He knows our struggles and our mistakes and he loves us still. But remember each day is a new day to start again. Even if in your past you didn’t uphold the promise of purity doesn’t mean in your future you can’t start again and rededicate yourself to God.

Why Christians shouldn’t partake in hook up culture?

Hook up culture is living for the world and not for God. Hook up culture is so detrimental to our hearts and leaves us broken. It might feel good now but will it feel good 10 years from now when you tell your spouse how many people you slept with. When you hook up you don’t see the other person for who God created them to be but instead as an object for your pleasure. No one is a object we are all beautiful humans created by God and by continuously hooking up with random people for pleasure you completely discredit them as a child of God. Partaking in hook up culture also completely breaks your bond from God and is very hard to repair that bond if you keep participating in these acts.

Always remember you are a gift from God and you deserve the best and you deserve someone who will lead you closer to Christ and not further away. Upholding purity might be hard now but keep praying and keep listening to where God wants to lead you.

John 6:53-57

I find these verses to be some of the most powerful in explaining Catholicism. They come straight from every bible and it clearly states that he who eats Jesus’s flesh and drinks his blood will live in him. I understand that everyone interprets the Bible differently because we are all different, and maybe lack of understanding makes many skip over these verses but I find them to be very strong in what Christianity was originally rooted in when Jesus founded the Church.

The church is based on scripture and the sacred traditions that Jesus put into place. I know many people don’t like the people in the Catholic church, and I completely understand that. But I also recognize that its a reflection that we are all human and no one is perfect. That we all sin and we all mess up. No one is more important than the next person and you should never hold someone to a higher standard just because they are Catholic. Instead, we should acknowledge that the bad Catholics don’t represent all of us. Many Catholics want unity and acceptance among everyone and I feel like the only way that is possible is through the Eucharist. When we receive the Eucharist we become more like Christ and if everyone in this world became more like Christ and loved everyone unconditionally like we are commanded to do, the world would be a better place. Catholic means universal and if we put Jesus back into this world by receiving him, the world would change tremendously. Be the change you want to see in this world, receive Jesus, and live like Jesus.

John 6:53-57

53Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.

At mass when the bread and wine are consecrated by a priest into the body and blood of Christ, they become Jesus. The flesh and blood. You have no life within you unless you partake in the body and blood. You can’t receive the Eucharist until you make your first communion, which I find that it even further signifies how important the Eucharist truly is. We can’t receive Jesus until we are taught and understand what it truly means to be receiving him.

54Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.

The easiest way to get to heaven is through the seven sacraments of the church. I am using the term “easy” very lightly because getting to heaven is the hardest thing you will ever do. I am not saying the seven sacraments are the only way to get to heaven because you don’t have to be Catholic to go to heaven, and not all Catholics go to heaven but they are just very useful tools that help you in achieving heaven. All the sacraments are bound around the Eucharist. Not only the sacraments but the mass is based around the Eucharist, which reinforces that there is nothing more important than the body and blood of Christ. Our faith is rooted in the Eucharist, without it Catholicism doesn’t make any sense.

55For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

TRUE. No food is more true than that of the body and blood of our Savior. Nothing will ever satisfy our hunger and thirst more than that of Jesus. Jesus is the only one who can satisfy. Nothing on this Earth leads to satisfaction. You can search forever but each time you will be left more and more broken. True happiness can only be found in God and in heaven. True happiness comes in the Eucharist the closest thing on this Earth to a glimpse into heaven.

“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies.” -Saint John Paul II

56Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.

This verse makes me so excited, it reinforces what I know as a Catholic. It backs the Catholic Church in so many ways. When we receive the Eucharist we become more like Christ. Unlike every other food, it consumes us. There is no greater privilege than being able to receive the body and blood of Christ. There is no greater goal in life than that to become more like Christ. Nothing will bring more satisfaction than Jesus himself.

57Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me"

Jesus has life because God sent him to this world, just like God has created us and gave us life. Our goal in life should be heaven. Each day we should wake up and live for the ultimate goal, becoming saints. We all have the resources to become saints we just have to strive for it each and every day. But there was no possibility for us to get to heaven until Jesus came down and died for our sins. Because of all Jesus did, we can live. So when we receive him we become more like him. He gave it all for us and a way that we recognize that is through the Eucharist.

John 6:53-57

My Questions for Non Catholic/ Christians

So I have been really curious about this topic and would really love someone to help me in understanding how these verses were taught to you and how your faith interprets them.

Comment your answers and questions I would love to have conversation!

Does your denomination teach/ talk about John 6:53-57?

How do you interpret it?

What do you think of the Eucharist from an outside prospective?

Is there anything else you would like to learn about Catholicism that confuses you?

What is something you would like to share with me about your denomination that differs?

What it is like being a Catholic

I thought it would be a fun blog post to talk about what it is like being born and raised catholic and what it is like being a catholic in college and in general. I love my Catholic faith it is one of the most important things to me and has gotten me through every bad and good time in my life. All my views are backed by my faith and if Catholicism was a personality trait, I feel like it would be one of my top ones.

Being Born and Raised Catholic

Believe it or not being raised Catholic doesn’t force the child into Catholicism. It instead exposes the child to a faith at a young age and then they can determine to follow it or not when they are old enough to make decisions for themselves. I was baptized at 5 months old in the Catholic Church. Did I know what was going on? Definitely not. Baptism is the washing away of our sins and make us new in Christ and helps save us. In second grade I made my First Communion. I was finally able to receive the body and blood of Christ. In second grade did I truly understand the concept of that being the actual body and blood of christ? No, I was like “I’m drinking wine hehe.”Freshman year of high school was when I finally chose God for myself. In deciding to make my Confirmation at the age of 14. It was my choice, no one else’s and it was one of the best days of my life and I will never forget it. I just remember being so nervous and having a huge smile on my face and excitement that I couldn’t contain, being that I was receiving the holy spirt into my life. I made my Confirmation at the most perfect time, because the next four years of my life would be the most crazy years ever and looking back, I wouldn’t have chosen God like I did if I waited another year. Yes, often times at church I would get bored out of my mind when I was younger and wonder why I was even there. Sometimes it did feel like it was a chore, but that’s because I was too young to make my faith my own and understand the faith I was being taught. If I wasn’t raised in my faith I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have chosen God when I did. I am so thankful for parents that made me go to church every weekend and a mom that has such a deep love and longing for a relationship with Christ and has truly taught me to strive for holiness.

Being Catholic in High School

High school was the hardest and worst 4 years of my life. I struggled to keep my friends, I was consumed by insecurities, I was always sick with something, and the first 2 years I struggled to make good grades and find my place. I really struggled with friends throughout all high school. I grew apart from many of my friends. Yet, I continued to go to church all of high school and I really enjoyed going to Lifeteen and all the events. My faith is what kept me going through high school. But junior year I started to fall away from Lifeteen, I started to feel unwelcome at Lifeteen because I was one of the only people who didn’t get to be a faith sharer for Confirmation. It really upset me because I thought they made a wrong decision. But as that year carried on it started to make sense why I didn’t make it. It wasn’t in God’s plan for my life that year. I was super busy in studying for my SAT and ACT. Also my faith just wasn’t there yet, I needed to grow more. That year I spent so much time in prayer, prayer became my number one priority and my faith grew so much. Sometimes not getting something you wanted for so long is a lesson you don’t want to learn but have to because it helps you grow as a person. I think taking a year off of lifeteen and focusing on who I needed to be really helped me, understand how I needed to grow into a better Catholic. Then senior year was my favorite year of them all when it came to my faith. I grew in such deep relationship with some of my best friends, some that I still talk to all the time. I made faith sharer senior year and it made everything in the year before it worth it. Even though there was many bumps in the road during high school, I wouldn’t change anything because it was all part of God’s plan and my life now is better than I could even imagine. So just remember no matter what is going on in your life stay strong in your faith because God will never fail you, trust in him, and your life will transform before your eyes.

Being Catholic is College

College is literally the best thing ever and I love and miss the Catholic Student Center so much! The people at my college are truly amazing and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I have grown so much in my faith and have learned so much about my faith I never knew in high school. I started to live as the Catholic I always dreamed of being. I stopped judging people and started to see everyone for who God created them to be. I made mistakes like everyone else and they knew them and they still welcomed me with open arms. They stilled loved me for who God created me to be. The friendships I have made in college are different than high school the people are different and the environment is different. I love college so much because it is everything I have needed and better than I could ever imagine. You see all these people striving for the same goal as you. Wanting to be holy. The thing I love most is witnessing other people in their strive for holiness. By the people at college I have been truly inspired to live my faith each and everyday. When I mess up not to give up, but to pick myself up, walk to confession and start over again. Because God will forgive you every time you mess up, you just have to sincerely ask. In college you will be tempted, you will sin and you will definitely make mistakes. Does that make you a bad Catholic? Definitely not. I will say this time and time again. Sin doesn’t make you unholy or a bad Catholic, what makes you unholy is the desire to not try. The desire to not continue to strive for holiness when you mess up. To give up because you don’t feel like you will ever be good enough. Yet, God knows we are human, and technically speaking, we will never be good enough for God’s love. But he doesn’t want perfection he just want us to strive for him. He will love you no matter what you do because his love is not dependent on our actions. It’s dependent on the fact that he created us because he loves us. Just like everyone at the Catholic Student Center we know God loves us and so we strive for him.

Being Catholic in General

I think oftentimes it is hard being Catholic. When people find out you are Catholic oftentimes they already think they know you. One of my favorite quotes is “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”– Mahatma Gandhi. This quote speaks volumes. Why don’t we as Christians/Catholics live the bible we were raised on? If I can speak for myself, at times I was scared. I was so scared to testify to my faith, I was so scared to live my faith out especially in high school. I wasn’t always the nicest to everyone and I didn’t see people how Christ saw them. I judged them for things they couldn’t change and I wasn’t striving to be holy or be a better person. I bet I hurt other’s with my words and didn’t even know it. I would gossip all the time because it was the “cool thing” to do. But that is not who I am or who I want to be and now I know better. All of that left me empty and after being someone who was gossiped about, it hurts a lot. But I deserved it because I wasn’t being the friend or Catholic my mom raised me to be. All I have to say if you are going to wear a cross around your neck, or anything that is a symbol of faith, treat other’s how God would treat them. Don’t be a hypocrite, because people being hypocritical is what got us Christians in a mold, none of us want to be in. If you make a mistake, own up to it. If you hurt someone, apologize. None of us are perfect, but if we start to live more like Christ this world will be a better place. If we strive to love everyone as Jesus has loved us, imagine how much better this world would be. I challenge both you and me to put God first, other’s second and yourself third and let’s see how how much our life’s radically change.

Human Life is Not Disposable!

Every human life has value. We can’t pick and choose who matters and who doesn’t. We can’t place someone at higher value than someone else because to God we are all his and equal. I’m sick and tired of society corrupting the mind of people, telling people false information and people not even knowing what it is they are supporting. I’m sorry, but human life is not and will not ever be disposable. As Christians it is our job to protect all life, the born and the unborn. Our job is to do the work of Jesus on earth until he returns. Jesus is 100% pro life and I am sorry true Christians do not support the killing of anyone.

Over 60,000,000 babies have been aborted since 1973.

As christians we are taught to believe and follow what the bible says. No where in the bible does it say we have the right to kill others. In the 10 commandments, the 6th commandment is “tho shall not kill.” So in your support for abortion or euthanasia don’t you ever use your christian faith as a backing, as WWJD, well I will tell you Jesus is heartbroken at the fact you didn’t love the child or person he so dearly loved.

“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.”– Mother Teresa

Supporting any premature/ imposed death of any kind goes against all morals. Why do you get to determine someone else’s future just so you can live comfortably. I don’t support euthanasia. Euthanasia is putting the end (most of the time medically) to someones life because they are handicapped, sick or dying.

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. My bones are not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.(Psalms 139: 13-16)

God created every single person on this planet for a mission and a purpose. Life is not supposed to be free of suffering. Quite frankly some of my hardest moments have also been the best moments. “ I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works!” How beautiful is that!! We are all wonderfully made and no one should take that away from us. If we trust in God and surrender to his will, true happiness is found. Gods plan is the best plan and no where in his plan does he support the killing of the unborn or anyone for that matter.

God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Mankind was created in God’s image. To him we are perfectly imperfect. He created us male and female and everyone is created for a purpose. No one has the right to take away anyone’s right.

“Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor.”- Mother Teresa

Don’t get me wrong I love America. But abortion is ruining our society. A third of my generation is missing because of abortion. Planned parenthood is lying to society, glamorizing abortion. Abortion is not glamorous. Abortion is the suctioning, scraping and ripping out of an unborn child, piece by piece. Then that beautiful child is thrown in the trash can. How can anyone in their right mind throw a child in the trash can. Or the baby is sold to science to do human research on. How sickening is this. Children are gifts from God and are not meant to be thrown into the trash just because they were an inconvenience to you.

Adoption not Abortion

There are so many people in this world who struggle to have kids. One in eight couples struggle with infertility. If you won’t love that child, someone else will. There is 36 families for every 1 child put up for adoption. Adoption saves life’s and abortion just murders an innocent child. So if you are ever in this position just think of all the other families that will love your child unconditionally.

A baby is Not a Choice

We have many choices in this world, but a human being is not one of them. By having sex you are saying that you are old enough and mature enough to have a child of your own. One of the outcomes of sex is a child. Abortions are selfish and placing yourself at a higher value than someone else.

True Feminist don’t Support Abortions

True feminist are pro-life because pro-life is pro-women. Our job is to love both the mother and the unborn child. You can’t call yourself a feminist if you don’t respect the rights of the female in your womb. Even if that baby is a male you don’t have the right to kill it. Unborn babies have rights too.

Planned Parenthood needs to go

Planned Parenthood is so anti women. The company was founded on racism and they cover up so much from the public. The founder Margret Sanger has said “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” This quote is absolutely disgusting. The best thing a family can do is love their child or put that child up for adoption to a family that will love it. This quote from her makes me sick, “We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…” If you didn’t know, Margret Sanger was a member of the KKK and many planned parenthood facilities are built in African American community’s to target Black women. This breaks my heart because every race should be seen as equal and deserving of love and support. The fact that planned parenthood has been covering this up for years breaks my heart. Planned Parenthood puts these women in categories, yet everyone is deserving of love and of a fair chance.

Stop telling women their only option is abortion. There are over 2,300 Pregnancy Crisis center’s in the US willing to help you!! Please reach out to them because they will care for you, love you and support you. They won’t violate you or your unborn child. Please chose life!

Please pray for all the unborn and their mothers!

A Prayer for the Unborn

Almighty God, our Father,
you who have given us life
and intended us to have it forever,
grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness
and to a renewed conviction
that all human life is sacred
because it is created
in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word
and the example of our lives
that life occupies the first place,
that human life is precious
because it is the gift of God
whose love is infinite.
Give us the strength to defend human life
against every influence
or action that threatens or weakens it,
as well as the strength
to make every life more human
in all its aspects.

Give us the grace…
When the sacredness of life
before birth is attacked,
to stand up and proclaim
that no one ever has the authority
to destroy unborn life.

When a child is described as a burden
or is looked upon only as a means
to satisfy an emotional need,
to stand up
and insist that every child is a unique
and unrepeatable gift of God,
a gift of God
with a right to a loving
and united family.

When the institution of marriage
is abandoned to human selfishness
or reduced to a temporary conditional arrangement
that can easily be terminated,
to stand up and affirm
the indissolubility of the marriage bond.

When the value of the family is threatened
because of social and economic pressure,
to stand up and reaffirm
that the family is necessary
not only for the private good of every person,
but also for the common good of every society,
nation and state.

When freedom is used to dominate the weak,
to squander natural resources and energy,
to deny basic necessities to people,
to stand up and affirm
the demands of justice and social love.

Almighty Father,
give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity
of all human life and to demand
that society itself give its protection.
We ask this in your name,
through the redemptive act
of your Son and in the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Ten Reasons I Love Being Catholic

There is nothing I love more than my faith. My life revolves around my faith. Catholicism is amazing , and words can’t describe how much I love being Catholic. I adore the faith and as writing this post I just got super excited. I woke up early to write this today because I was just so anxious and I couldn’t sleep! So I really just hope you enjoy this post! I definitely love way more than 10 things but I noticed the post was getting long so I limited it to ten things.

Ten Reasons I Love Being Catholic

Daily Mass/ Mass in General

I love the fact that Catholic’s have the opportunity to attend church everyday. Mass is my favorite part of my day in college. When I am having a stressful day I would go to church at 5:30 pm and give all my stress and worries to God. I love how traditional mass is, I literally can’t even express how much I love going to church. Just walking in and placing your hand in the holy water and making the sign of the cross, genuflecting towards the tabernacle before you sit in the pew. That’s even before mass starts! I love the traditions and I miss physically being in a church so much. It was never something I took for granted, I very much appreciated mass and would go as much as possible, but I miss it with my whole heart. I am very grateful I still have the opportunity to watch mass online in these times.

Confession

Okay, there is nothing I miss more than confession! I love this sacrament so much and I would go every week when I was at Tech. It is truly such a beautiful gift we have as Catholic’s and something that we all should utilize more. We are all sinners, and going to confession just means you are striving for holiness. Confession is not a sign of weakness but a sign of wanting to strengthen your relationship with God. When we mortally sin we completely break our bond with Christ and the only way to fix it is going to confession and doing penance for your sins. Jesus died on the cross that we MIGHT have the hopes of eternal life. Nothing is just given, if you want to get to heaven you have to strive for holiness and confession is a great sacrament to utilize in your strive for heaven. This is the first place I will be going once quarantine is over.

The Eucharist

Okay, maybe I miss this sacrament just as much as confession. These are by far my two most favorite sacraments and I miss them so so much. Receiving the Eucharist is the best gift I have ever received. Nothing compares to the actual body of Christ entering your body, you becoming more like Christ. You don’t consume the body of Christ, it consumes you, like that is crazy!!! In the Catholic faith it is merely not a symbol, but is the body and blood of Christ. The bread and wine is consecrated before our eyes at mass, to become the body and blood of Christ. Jesus died on that cross for our sins but now we as Catholics get to receive him daily if we want to in mass. We get to become more like him. The most perfect, most amazing person to ever walk this earth and we get to become more like him, by receiving him. We are beyond unworthy to receive him, but he allows use to receive him anyway, he is so selfless, like come on guys!! Our hands are not worthy to touch him, are feet are not worthy to stand before him and our whole body is not worthy for him to enter in, but he lets us anyway. He lets us receive him! I really hope you appreciate this sacrament with all your being. Receiving Jesus in the state of mortal sin is detrimental to your relationship with him. Just remember it is not a symbol, but it is the body and blood of Christ.

The Rosary

Oh how I love Mama Mary, our heavenly mother. The rosary is something that is so special to me and will always be one of my favorite prayers. When my Grandpa died over 5 years ago, I made him a rosary and placed it in his casket. I like to think every time I pray the rosary he is praying it with me up in heaven. The rosary, since that moment has had such a deeper meaning for me. The rosary is such a powerful form of prayer. My grandma actually passed away saying the rosary, she was so holy and everything I aspire to be. The rosary is such a beautiful prayer and if you ever have the opportunity to pray it in your lifetime, Catholic or not, take that chance and really listen to the words that are being said. It is such a great way to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ through his mother.

Saints

Like I have said before Saints are dope! The one thing I love most about saints is they were not perfect, they were fully human just like you and me. They are such great role models to have, because many of them have messed up just like you and me. Anyone has the chance in their life to become a Saint. The Catholic Church recognizes over 10,000 Saints. As Catholics we pray to Saints for them to intercede for us, and for them ultimately to pray for us. I know many people are opposed to the fact of praying to Saints and they would rather pray directly to God. Which praying directly to God is so amazing, but if you haven’t noticed God is extremely busy. Yes, he always hears what you are saying. But think of this. If you pray both to God and the Saints they both hear what you are saying and those Saints are sitting right next to God in heaven. That being said they are going to get an answer faster than we are down here and once that get that answer they will deliver it to you.

Adoration

Adoration is such a beautiful form of prayer. Getting to be in the presence of Jesus through the Eucharist is just so beautiful. Sitting in the presence of God is just so powerful and comforting. The overwhelming emotions praying in front of the body of Christ. Adoration is where I have had my most transformative experience in faith. Where I have been able to really hear God and feel his presence there with me.

The Bible

I have come to love reading the bible through going to daily mass. In my free time I love to read and reflect on scripture, it is just so fulfilling. Our religion is based off scripture and sacred tradition, all the answers you are looking for are right in the bible. The bible is the greatest history book of all time! I really encourage you to take out your bible when you have time in read it because everything that we believe is written right before our eyes.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

The divine mercy chaplet is such a beautiful prayer. Just the words in this chaplet are so beautiful. It is such a powerful form of prayer and something that I have really leaned on during this pandemic. This pandemic has really left me hurting for all those dying alone and all the people that have died and never accepted God into their life’s. Just read the words of the prayer down below. It’s the perfect prayer! If you really wanna be moved listen to it sung I bet you $10 you will cry. It is just so powerful.

“Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Lent

Lent is by far my favorite time in the Catholic Church. I especially love Ash Wednesday and getting my ashes it truly is my favorite Wednesday of the year. Something I really look forward to! I love the chance we are given to dive deeper into our relationship with Christ. Lent is a time of growth and fasting. This lent was extra special since we could not leave our homes. I know it really did test my desire for God. We are given so much time, where time doesn’t become the problem anymore, yet desire becomes the obstacle. I was still able to watch daily mass at least three times a week and say my rosary and just spend more time with Jesus but it was hard since it was so easy to get distracted. I had trouble sitting still during mass, but I did try my best. I hope to continue to grow deeper in my relationship with Christ over the years to come. It just doesn’t stop when lent is over it is something we are supposed to continue throughout the year.

Confirmation

I loved when I made my Confirmation Freshman year of high school. That day I received such a great gift in receiving the holy sprit into my life. It hurts me to see that many people don’t see Confirmation as the beautiful sacrament it is. Confirmation is supposed to spark the flame of faith inside you. It is truly the start of your own faith journey, not the journey your parents set for you. I really hope if you have been confirmed or are going to be confirmed you really see it for the beautiful sacrament it is. My confirmation is what really shaped me into the person I am today and has truly made me love the Catholic Faith so much more.

10 Facts About Catholicism

I am back with another blog post! Also before I start happy holy week! There are many misconceptions about the Catholic Church. I believe many people are misinformed on the Church and only know half truths. So I would love to share about the faith that I love so so much!

  1. Catholicism was created by Jesus Christ himself. It can be traced all the way back to 30 CE. I know this has stirred loads of controversy among non catholics. I am sorry but I am just sharing facts. The Catholic Church was the only church for the first 1,000 years of Christianity. “According to Catholic doctrine, Catholicism is the original Christian Church. Christianity is the true religion, and Catholicism is true Christianity.” (Catholicism vs. Christianity)
  2. We don’t worship the Blessed Mother we honor her. She is the mother of Jesus Christ and praying to his mother is extremely powerful. Think about this, Jesus is perfect and he has to listen to what his mother tells him. Having a strong relationship with his mother makes your relationship with Him so much stronger.
  3. We believe in purgatory, which is a time of cleansing and purification before you can enter the gates of heaven. You can’t enter into heaven in the state of sin, you have to be clean.
  4. Catholicism is the largest denomination of christianity, with more than 1 billion (not all are practicing). Brazil has the most Catholics in the world #flex.
  5. The Catholic Church has seven Sacraments- Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy orders, Anointing of the sick.
  6. Catholics have daily mass, which is not an obligation but an opportunity to grow in your faith. Only going to mass on Sunday is an obligation of a Catholic.
  7. Women are not allowed to become Priests, the Catholic church is female and priest are married to the church. But women can become Nuns and Sisters which they then are married to Jesus.
  8. The Catholic bible has 73 books. The Catholic bible is the original bible. The Catholic bible differs from the protestant bible in the fact that it has 7 more books and the translations are often different. 7 books were removed from the protestant bible because it differs from their theology. The 7 books are Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach, Barush, 1st Maccabees and 2nd Maccabees
  9. There is over 10,000 Saints recognized by the Catholic Church. We pray to Saints so they can intercede for us. So technically, we ask Saints to pray for us.
  10. Friday’s during lent in the United States we abstain from meat, but in other places around the world it is every Friday. The Bishops of the United States have said we don’t have to abstain from meat on Fridays year round, but if you don’t abstain you are to add a penance. We abstain from meat as a penance and in remembrance of Jesus’s death on the Cross.