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Our Lady of Mercy Pilgrimage!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that this September I will be leading…

Lady of Mercy PILGRIMAGE

And YOU are invited to join me!!!

We will be visiting Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal and Our Lady of Lourdes in France. And for those who have extra time can add Our Lady of the Black Madonna (Czestochowa) in Poland to the trip. There will be many other exciting and holy places that we will stop at along the way as we travel.

For more information and to sign up visit: Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours Inc.

Or call: 800-653-0017

Here are details of the trip:

Our Lady of Mercy Pilgrimage

I hope you can join me on this beautiful journey of thanksgiving and healing!

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My 4 Liters Water Challenge

Last week I did the 4 Liters water challenge where I used 4 Liters of water within a 24 hour period for three days for everything! Drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc… It was a busy week so sadly I haven’t posted about my experience until now. Here’s how I managed to use only 4 Liters of water through photos: Measured out liter by liter

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I used  hand sanitizer to keep clean even when I was out and about

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I dampened a cloth and used that to clean my dishes

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All clean! (Perhaps a little hard to tell because of the darkness but I promise it was clean.)

4L- Wiped all clean

Since I was out and about and speaking I wore makeup. How does one take off eye makeup with little to no use of water? I used what I normally use… coconut oil! I applied it on top of the makeup all over my eye, rubbing off the eyeliner and mascara and then used a tissue and wiped it all off. I’ll try to post photos of this later!

The morning after day 2… my greasy hair! 😉

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4L- Greasy Hairs

Once again this was a powerful experience and reminder of those who suffer from water poverty and how spoiled most of us are to turn on every facet in the house and have a stream of water at our disposal at any time of day for all the amount we desire!

It’s not too late to donate and bring clean water to those who don’t have any! Please donate here at my 4 Liter water challenge profile!  

I also encourage you to take the 4 Liter water challenge and experience it for yourself!  4 Liter Challenge  For more information go to Dig Deep

Here’s a great article by Dig Deep’s founder George McGraw “When Water Poverty Hits Home”

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The 2nd Annual 4 Liter Water Challenge is Here!

Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 9th) I begin the 2nd annual 4 liter water challenge! I’m going to use only 4 liters of water for one day for everything! Cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking, etc… Around the world many people live in water poverty and live on only 4 liters of water a day. And many times that water isn’t even clean! Please help me bring awareness to water poverty and HELP bring clean water to those who don’t have it around the world and even here in the United States! You can help by donating to my challenge at my profile and/or join the challenge yourself!

Keep track of my 4 liter water challenge

4L_A Mile in their shoes

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Podcast Interview with This Feels One Sided

Have you ever wondered how my parents met or why I’m an Ohio State University fan despite growing up in Michigan? If so you hear all about that and details about my recovery that I’ve never shared before on this podcast interview with ‘This Feels One Sided”!  Despite some technical difficulties I had a blast being interviewed by Matt and Casey. It was great to share more details about myself, my family, and my story than I normally have time for and the guys are a lot of fun!  Check it out here at This Feels One Sided, I’m episode #40! I hope you enjoy listening to it!!!!

 

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Today is the Anniversary of my Baptism!

Baptism fontI’m incredibly grateful for my parent’s who chose to give me the gift of salvation! And for sharing the Catholic faith with me through teaching and by their example of living it out everyday.

Like most years I celebrated this year by going  to Mass today and renewing my baptismal promises. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it! I usually like to find a priest or deacon friend to lead me through it but I didn’t have any on hand this year so I renewed it on my own.

Renewing Your Baptismal Vows:

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do.

V. And all his works?
R. I do.

V. And all his empty promises?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R. I do.

V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. I do.

V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.

R. Amen.

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Forgiveness, A Gesture Of Love

February is a month when many of us focus on talking about and celebrating love! I always enjoy celebrating St. Valentine’s Day. I get caught up in the celebration of love even though for many years I didn’t have a significant other to celebrate with. Most years I take time to celebrate with other family members or friends who I love the most in my life, like my 93 year old Grandfather. He’s one of my favorite Valentine’s! My other favorite is my autistic sister. I would be in big trouble if I didn’t mention her.

For almost five years before we moved out of Michigan, my sisters and I would spend the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day with our Grandfather. We brought him gifts, cards and nice bottles of wine and he would give us flowers and candy and cook delicious meals for us. It was a beautiful way for us to celebrate love, the gift of life, family, and our relationships.

I think it is very important to celebrate and show gestures of love in big ways on special holidays but I believe it’s even more important to show gestures of love on a daily basis. There are many different ways to express our love to those around us, but one of the most powerful gestures of love is forgiveness.

We have so many opportunities to forgive the people we love the most every day! Forgiving those who leave behind dirty dishes, those with short tempers, undone work, misunderstandings, lights left on, missed deadlines, sticky counters, miscommunication, messy work stations, mean words, gossip, etc., … the list goes on and on. Whether it’s a spouse, significant other, best friend, sibling, child, roommate, teammate or co-worker, we are constantly called to forgive each other for the big and the little things that hurt us and annoy us. Forgiveness doesn’t undo what happened, but it does change our hearts so we can receive the grace and peace to love, unconditionally.

I’m not a natural forgiver, but then, who is? So when I’ve been hurt or annoyed, I pray and ask God to give me the grace to forgive, because I need all the help I can get! Then I’ll say out loud, in a whisper, or as a prayer in my mind, depending on the situation, “I forgive ________ for ________”, and I ask God to bless them. Sometimes I need to do it once and I can move on. Other times, depending on the severity of the action needing forgiveness or my unwillingness to let go, I have to forgive over and over again. But as Christ told us in Matthew 18:22, we’re called to forgive – seventy times seven!

I also find that it can be harder to forgive those who are closest to us. When they hurt us it hurts more because they, of all people, should be the ones to love us most. The problem is that we expect them to love us perfectly – and they can’t. If we can accept that we aren’t perfect and that we can’t love perfectly, why would we expect others to love us perfectly? Only one person can love perfectly and that is Christ Jesus.

This month, as we celebrate the love’s of our lives, let’s show gestures of love in small ways and in big ways and strive to always forgive each other.

My sister and I with our Grandpa

My sister and I with our Grandpa

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today, Wed Dec. 4th is the first day of the novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe! These nine days of praying this novena lead up to her feast day. There are several beautiful novena prayers but here’s the one that I will be praying. I hope you join me and in bringing your intentions to our beautiful Mother of Guadalupe for her intercession!

I’m including the intentions of all of my Blog, Twitter, FB page, Instagram, and G+ followers as I pray this novena this year so be assured of my prayers for you!

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, fruitful Mother of Holiness, teach me your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my prayer, offered with deep-felt confidence to beg this favor…(mention your intentions here).

O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to thee under the glorious Aztec title of “Guadalupe”–the Virgin who crushed the serpent.

Queen of Martyrs, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Invoke the Holy Spirit of Wisdom to fortify my will to frequent the Sacraments so that, thus enlightened and strengthened, I may prefer God to all creatures and shun every occasion of sin.

Help me, as a living branch of the Vine that is Jesus Christ, to exemplify His divine charity always seeking the good of others. Queen of Apostles, aid me to win souls for the Sacred Heart of my Saviour. Keep my apostolate fearless, dynamic, and articulate, to proclaim the loving solicitude of Our Father in heaven so that the wayward may heed His pleading and obtain pardon, through the merits of your merciful Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Ora pro nobis

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