Practicing Catholicism: What It Really Means

I recently read a really great post on Catholic Bandita. The post was titled, “How to Practice Catholicism”, and it starts off by pointing out the difference between being Catholic and being a practicing Catholic. I think we can all relate to this, as we all certainly know people who fall into both categories. The article then moves on to what it means to be a saint. Being a saint means loving Jesus, according to the article, and I found that was definitely an accurate description.

The main point of the article was that you need to know Jesus to be able to love him and project his image to the world. There is a good amount you can learn about Jesus from studying, however you also need to pray often. Through prayer you can learn so much about Jesus and, in turn, yourself. The more personal your relationship becomes with Christ, the easier it will be to project his image to the world.

I thought that this post by Lisa Graas was exceptional and I wanted to share it’s main idea with all of you. Check out her blog Catholic Bandita when you get a chance, it is fantastic.

Living in the Moment: Everything Up Until Right Now Was Just Practice

Something all parents figure out is that kids know how to make a mess. Starting at an early age kids spill drinks, color on the walls, and track mud through the house; some parents choose to get upset about things like this. In reality these messes result in a little bit of time spent cleaning and lesson learned for your kids. While the mess is being made or immediately after parents tend to overreact due to stress or whatever else is occupying their mind. It can be really tough to take a step back and think about the situation in the grand scheme of things. If you can conquer doing this as a parent, I can guarantee you will lead a much happier life. The messes aren’t going to stop, they just change and evolve in nature. Adults make messes too, its more how you cope with the messes than what the messes actually are.

A recent blog post I read titled, “Don’t Become A Wreck Over Your Kids’ Mess” kind of inspired the idea for this post. It got me thinking about things in the bigger picture. Little kids do make messes and that’s okay; adults make bigger messes and that’s okay too. If it becomes a learning experience and you can keep your cool then I chalk that up as a win. Everything up to today was just practice for what’s happening now, so don’t get too caught up in your daily messes.