Helping Others

Wintertime is upon us….

Actually, we were welcomed into the beautiful season of winter very heartily by Mother Nature this morning.

snow

Not a big fan of winter, but alas, it arrives every year despite my feelings 🙂

With a little joy and little anxiety, I’d like to say, “Welcome Old Man Winter!”

Snowpants.

Snowboots.

Hats. Scarves. Gloves.

Heavy winter jackets.

Sledding and hot cocoa.

Snow angels and snow balls.

Wet hands and  cold toes.

Snow tracked into the house. Constantly.

And white as far as the eye can see.

To spread God’s love to all around us, we try to help others as much as we can. With winter making its’ presence known –at least 4″ already– winter gear is a must.  In order to help, my children and I are holding a winter coat drive in our area. We are accepting clean, gently worn winter wear of all types and sizes (coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.) that will provide warmth to people who need a coat free of charge.

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If interested in more information of drop-off locations and times, please contact me

God bless you all. Happy Monday!

 

Free from Persecution

I have been reading a Christian book, Hearts of Fire, that tells of the lives of eight different women across the globe who stood by their Christian beliefs through terrifying ordeals and significantly less-than-ideal situations. An excellent read for anyone struggling with their faith as well as anyone whose faith is strong.

Reading their personal stories will definitely help build your faith by encouraging you to seek God even more. It will also make you appreciate the freedom for religion we have in the United States. I am thankful that we’re able to serve our God without persecution.

My prayers go out to the men and women in this world who are suffering  such as the women in this book, specifically a prayers written by Archbishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain:

O God of all the nations,
the One God who is and was and always will be,
in your providence you willed that your Church
be united to the suffering of your Son.
Look with mercy on your servants
who are persecuted for their faith in you.
Grant them perseverance and courage
to be worthy imitators of Christ.
Bring your wisdom upon leaders of nations
to work for peace among all peoples.
May your Spirit open conversion
for those who contradict your will,
that we may live in harmony.
Give us the grace to be united in truth and freedom,
and to always seek your will in our lives.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
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