In the inaugural installment in our series Catholic FTW, Spirit Juice team member Melinda lays out a personal confession: despite all of her good efforts, years of practice, and good intentions, she is chronically late for mass. Follow along with the series to hear more thoughts, observations, and reflections of related to being a Catholic in everyday life.
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If you have had a child, have you found yourself playing the role of security guard, vetting the credentials of those who may access your newborn? However, when looking over the Nativity, strangers and those with little to no personal connection are part of a very intimate moment. But what was the significance of the shepherds at the Nativity? Why were shepherds, of all the people, invited to see Christ following His birth? The answer might be more significant than you think.
Do you love Christmas and all things that go along with it? Does it ever seem like you go way over the top with gifts, decorations, and excitement when it comes to the holiday season? Guilty, as charged. Jesus claims to be the light of the world, and in a way, this is an accurate statement! Take a look around at all the decorations on homes and trees, and say you can’t find the correlation between the two.
If you say that someone is being unrealistic, you mean that they do not recognize the truth about a situation, especially about the difficulties involved in something they want to achieve. We believe it’s helpful to set high standards for ourselves, as some sort of motivator or source of inspiration. These feelings more often than not are physically and emotionally damaging, affecting all facets of one’s life. But how do you learn to let go and focus on the present?