Pope Francis is a Stud (with all respect)!

Picture from where I was standing in St. Peter’s Square before Pope Francis’ Installation Mass | March 19, 2013.

Pope Francis has one of the busiest and most important jobs in the world, yet he still manages to personally call members of his Church 🙂 When was the last time you picked up the phone to chat with a good friend, or better yet to set a time to hangout? I hope the answer is this week, if not think about changing that!

Pope Francis has now called several people! Click here to read the most recent article about this on HuffPost Religion.

And that my friends is how you show love and win hearts of people. Facebook postings, tweets, text messages, etc. are nice occasionally but do not compare to a nice chat with friends and/ or family on the phone or in person.

We are in one of the most technologically dense societies ever, yet has this technology brought humans closer on a friend level?

Make it your goal to spend some quality time with family and friends this week leading into the long weekend celebrating Labor Day. Is there anything better than an intellectually stimulating conversation with loved ones, including God?!

Happy Labor Day everyone!



Trials and God-sends

First of all, I want to encourage those reading this blog to pray for me, and those in my life who all have shared with me their trials that are happening as you read this. Believe me there is a lot of suffering going on in many peoples’ lives. I have to say how my family and friends are dealing with these trials is inspiring to me.

“Our Lord never permits us to experience a time of trial unless he intends it to bring more abundant graces once it is over”

-Word Among Us Meditation, August 2013

I had to share this quote with you, because first I have been reflecting upon it a lot these last few weeks, and second because I have actually sent it to some people via texts because it’s so good, so I also wanted to share it with you.

Personally my family has also had some more-than-usual suffering in the last month, which has lead us all to re-examine the beauty and awesomeness of Faith and life 🙂

Sometimes as humans we don’t miss something until it is gone and taken from us. As Catholics, Christians, Americans, Germans,  Jews, Lutherans, etc. we need to take time each and EVERY day to appreciate and be thankful for what we have. Life is too short to take things/ people for granted! Plus that is just another form of selfishness, which needs to be weeded out.

My challenge to you today: Thank someone out of the blue for something, it can be anything. Thank your significant other for being awesome, thank your child for listening well today, thank your co-worker for being diligent and finishing the task they were assigned, thank a friend for being there for you through the thick and thin, thank God for life 🙂

The God-sends in my life have been my Faith and friends/ family. I have seen their suffering, but not because they were complaining or looking sullen, but rather because they wanted to share with me what was going on in their life. One day we will hopefully see how proud God was of how we handled suffering on this earth.

God Bless yoU!