Don't give up!


PSA: Emotional Abuse

I don’t know if many of you know this, but a few years ago my older sister and I (primarily myself) were the victims of emotional abuse, perpetrated by our mother, for a period of about two years. Although I do not definitively know what caused my mom to behave in such a manner, it was during a period of change for our family. While any stressful feelings my mom may have had at the time do not absolve her of her actions, I have forgiven her and have been in a happier relationship for some time now. However, the effects of her actions have impacted me deeply and I still struggle with an anxiety disorder that arose during that time of abuse.

That being said, I would recommend to anyone that thinks they may be in an abusive situation that you seek help immediately, whether it be from a therapist, or a pastor, or some other trusted person in your life. Even if you are not in a position to leave the abusive atmosphere, you do not have to go through this alone. The link here has some information on emotional abuse from parents.

My ask box is always open.


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Easter Song (Keith Green Cover)


Hear the bells ringing!
They’re singing that you can be born again!
Hear the bells ringing!
They’re singing, “Christ is risen from the dead!”

It’s not a REAL Easter for me until I’ve listened to some version of this classic at least five times in a row. (And/or enthusiastically pounded it out on piano with everyone singing along at the top of their lungs.) ;)

He is Risen!

Hell rejoices as heaven counts to three.

Betraying someone who has been so good to us–who has loved us–is the most inexplicable sin, and yet it is one of the most common. How horrible it is. How low. And the way we turn against God in the other sins that we commit–God, who has given us so many gifts, so many blessings, starting with our very existence–surely is monstrous and surely makes us deserve to be in that frozen lake and worse. We all betray Christ, and for far less than 30 pieces of silver.

And yet, Jesus died for the disciples who denied and abandoned Him–then and now. Judas despaired and embraced death. But Peter was restored. And so are we. “This is my body given for you.” “This is my blood poured out for the remission of sins.”

- On the night when he was betrayed (via frauluther)

Apr 4

The God Who made you without your cooperation will not save you without your cooperation.

- St. Augustine

(Source: thegreathope)


Mar 5

V. The Lord give you peace;
R. Peace and good will.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thy Apostles, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you,” look not upon my sins, but upon the faith of Thy Church, and vouchsafe to her that peace and unity which is agreeable to Thy will, Who livest and reignest, God forever and ever. R. Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Jesus hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

By the hymn of the Angels at Thy birth,
Grant us peace.
By Thy salutation to the Apostles,
Grant us peace.
By Thy voice to the waves of Galilee, etc.
By Thy blessing to the sinner,
By Thy prayers for unity among Thy disciples,
By the love that was to mark Thy followers,
By the great peace offering of the Cross,
By Thy parting promise, “My peace I leave you,”

From the ambition of empire,
Deliver us, O Lord.
From the greed for territory,
Deliver us, O Lord.
From the blindness that is injustice, etc.
From the selfishness that is theft,
From the liberty which is license,
From the love of money which is idolatry,
From the hate that is murder,
From the hardness that will not pardon,
From the pride that will not ask pardon,

By the helpless cry of orphans,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
By the anguished tears of widows,
We beseech Thee, hear us.
By the groans of the dying, etc.
By the dead in unblessed graves,
That Thou wouldst make all nations to dwell as one,
That the hearts of rulers may be as wax in Thy hands,
That having learned in affliction, we may turn to Thee,
That wars may cease from the earth,
By Thy title, “Prince of Peace,” Lord God of Armies,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant us peace.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant us peace.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Grant us peace.

V. I am the Salvation of the people, saith the Lord;
R. In whatever tribulation they shall cry to Me, I will hear them.

Let Us Pray.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach us, who have sinned against Heaven and before Thee, the saving grace of a true humility, that we and all the peoples of this world may acknowledge and bewail that spirit of materialism and self-seeking and lust for power and vengeance which has plunged the family of nations into war, until in Thy just wrath the world suffers that punishment which, by turning from Thee, it has brought upon itself. In humility and penance, may we lessen the guilt and hasten true peace, without victory, save the victory of union with Thee. R. Amen.

- The body of this litany to the Lamb of God was written about 1915 by or under the auspices of Pope Benedict XV (1914-1922) during World War I. (via acatholicvibe)


Dec 6

I’m proud of this one. :D


I’m proud of this one. :D

I thank God for this day, for the sun in the sky, for my mom and my dad (and sisters!), for my piece of pecan pie! For the love that we share, ‘cause He listens to our prayers… that’s why I say thanks every day!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and may you be blessed as we praise God for what He has given and done for us!

Oct 1

October is Down’s Syndrome Awareness month!


In honor of Down’s Syndrome Awareness month, please be aware that there are hundreds of children with DS who are transferred into mental institutions because they are cast out of society. A large majority die within their first year of being institutionalized. Be aware that thousands of children with DS are being aborted every year because their parents want a ‘perfect’ child rather one that brings the special joy of DS. If you are a fan of Glee, you know that the character of Becky Jackson is played by an actress with Down’s Syndrome. That being said, I would appreciate it if you read the following article by Dave Hingsburger.

By: Dave Hingsburger

The people who ‘ARE’ what the ‘R’ word refers to have a long history.

They have been torn from families and cast into institutions.

They have been beaten, hosed down, over medicated, under nourished, sterilized, brutalized, victimized.

They have been held captive, have been enslaved, have had their being given over to the state.

They are the group in society most likely to be physically, sexually and financially abused.

They are the group least likely to see justice, experience fair play, receive accommodation or support within the justice system.

They are the group most likely to be bullied, most likely to be tyrannized, most likely to be the target of taunts.

They are the least likely to have their hurt taken seriously, physical hurt, emotional hurt, spiritual hurt.

They are most likely to be ignored when they speak of pain, have their words diminished by an assumption of diminished capacity.

They are the least likely to ever be seen as equal, as equivalent and entirely whole.

They are the victim of some of the most widespread and pervasive prejudices imaginable.

They are those that the Nazi’s thought unworthy of life, they are those targeted by geneticists for non-existence, they need fear those who wear black hats and those who wear white coats.

They are educated only under protest, they are included as a concession rather than a right, they are neighbours only because petitions failed to keep them out.

They are kept from the leadership of their own movement, they are ignored by the media, their stories are told to glorify Gods that they do not worship.

That they are a ‘people’ is questioned even though they have a unique history, a unique voice, a unique perception of the world.

That they are a ‘community’ is questioned even though they have commonality, they have mutual goals, they have a collective vision of the future.

That they are have a legitimate place at the table is questioned simply because no one’s ever offered a seat.

They are a people.

They ask for respect and receive pity.

They ask for fair play and are offered charity.

They ask for justice and wipe spittle off their face.

They ask to silence words that brutalize them and their concerns are trivialized.

They ask to walk safely through their communities and yet bullies go unpunished.

They ask to participate fully and they are denied access and accommodation and acceptance.

And this is NOW.

This is the people who have walked the land of the long corridor, who have waited at the frontier of our bias to finally be here, now. They have survived. They have come home. They have continued, silently and without fanfare, to take hold of freedom and live with dignity. They have given everything they have for what others take for granted. Their civil liberties are perceived as ‘gifts’ as ‘tokens’ and as ‘charity’. Their rights are seen as privileges. Their movement is, as of yet, unacknowledged. They are a people recently emancipated, new citizens, who are tentatively discovering their voice.

It is a voice not yet heard.

It is a voice not yet respected.

It is a voice not yet understood.

But it is speaking.

And when it is finally heard. The world will change.

The ‘R’ word is an attack on a people who know discrimination. Tremble when you say it. Because those who should know better will be held accountable to those who know best.

The Church has no other meaning and finality than to witness to Jesus. May we not forget this.

- Pope Francis, Twitter (via by-grace-of-god)