I had the pleasure of sharing my story with Leah Darrow for her podcast. It was a very fun conversation where we also chat about Lord of the Rings, growing up in big families, having brothers who go out of their way to annoy us and A LOT more! LOL You can listen to it here: “Do Something Beautiful Podcast”
The Marriage Crucifix = No divorce
When you base your marriage on the crucifix the likely hood of divorce is pretty low. So low in fact that… “in the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Bosnia and Herzagovina, not one single divorce or broken family has been recorded in living memory among its more than 26.000* inhabitants!” How is that possible? Well…
At the wedding ceremony When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a Crucifix with them. The priest blesses the Crucifix and instead of saying that they have found the ideal partner with whom to share their lives, he exclaims, “You have found your Cross! It is a Cross to love, to carry with you, a Cross that is not to be thrown off, but rather cherished.”
When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this Crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are bound together and united to the Cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love one other in good times and in bad, proclaiming their vows to be faithful according to the rites of the Church.
Then they both first kiss the Cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the Cross. They lose Jesus! After the wedding, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same Crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer, for the young couple believes deeply that the family is born of the Cross.
You can read more about the Marriage Crucifix here!
I heard about this tradition many years ago and even witnessed my cousin and her husband do this at their wedding. I plan to incorporate this beautiful tradition in my wedding/marriage when the time comes! 😉
Devout Catholics Have Better Sex, Family Research Council Says
As for the better sex…. According to a study they found that devoted Catholics and other faithful Christians who attend church weekly are having better sex and more often! You can check out all the statistics and read about it here.
Today my cousin Ron Culver enters St. Andrew’s Benedictine Abbey in Cleveland, OH! He begins his first six months as a postulant to pray & discern if God is calling him to be a Benedictine monk! I’m very excited for him and this beautiful journey that begins today. Please keep him in your prayers. You can read about his road to discernment at is blog Abbey Bound
This week also happens to be National Vocations Week! Have you asked God what Vocation He’s calling you to???
Guys…. Check out these great videos on the priesthood: Fishers of Men by Grassroots Films
Ladies…. Check out this video of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist! (Below the Fishers of Men videos)
St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey in Cleveland, OH
My cousin Ronn has been accepted to enter St. Andrew’s Benedictine Monastery this January!!! He’s been praying and discerning his vocation for several years and after searching out different orders, meeting and visiting the Benedictines he’s finally found where he feels called to lead a life of a monk!
I’ve been blessed to be a part of this journey with him and remember the day he called me and told me he was thinking of the religious life. I’ve been praying for him, asking St. Philomena’s intercession for him & his vocation and trying to encourage and support as much as I could. Then this past August I visited St. Andrews Abbey with him. I saw how joyful he was to be there and it gave me a lot of peace and joy. To experience this with him has been an incredible blessing and I have learned a lot about praying, discerning and trusting in God’s plan for my life from Ronn.
He’s been a great friend and support to me and I’m going to miss him a lot! Especially our silly phone calls late at night, hanging out quoting Joe vs the Volcano and mostly our annual fishing trips up at the cabin! But I couldn’t be more happy for him. In fact I’m sooo giddy with excitement, it’s ridiculous!!!
Ronn, I’m so proud of you for saying yes to God’s call in your life! I love you A TON cuz and am crazy happy for you!
My cousin Ronn doing what he loves most... Fishing!
PS His name is really spelled Ron but I spell it Ronn… because the second n is silent! 😉 …A long lasting joke between he, my sisters and I. Someday, if God Will’s it he will no longer be Ronn but Brother…??? I’ve already picked out several GREAT names but that’s another post!
Happy Advent Friends & Family!
Today is the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Catholic Church. I’m always excited for a fresh new start. Every year I choose Advent to make my new year’s resolutions since most of mine have to do with my spiritual life anyway. As my recovery is going very well and at a fast pace these days I’m very excited for the physical progress I will make in this coming year. But I’m also very excited to see what God is calling me to do in this new year! Since I’m becoming stronger I know that God will present me with many new opportunities. It will be interesting to see what they are and to get back into the swing of things and start working again.
I pray many blessings for you and your families in this new liturgical year!
God is Sovereign! ~Rosario Rodriguez
Now THIS is what I call incensing! Check out the Pope’s face…. his facial expressions are priceless!
This is a wonderful article about Melanie’s miraculous recovery! As well as a beautiful picture of Melanie with her gorgeous daughter!!
Thank you for all of your prayers!!! What a joy to be a part of The Body of Christ and together be about God’s amazing work!!!
Also, thank you for all the prayers for my recovery and journey. I too am a product of God’s great miracles and am alive thanks to the power of prayer from the Universal Church! I truly cannot express in words how grateful I am for all of you who have prayed for me a year ago and who continue to pray for me.
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