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Blog Purpose & Gospel Reflection.

Dear Ones,

If you are here reading, I implore you to stick around. I have a lot to say, about the world and life. I’m just trying to find my purpose in blogging.

When I started blogging in 2005/2006, I had one blog – a crafty blog. I was on design teams for stamp companies and paper crafted daily. Now my craft stuff sits quietly waiting for me to play (for the most part). Then, in 2006 I started a family blog to inform my husband and father, both in Iraq, on different bases, about my son and I and our lives because it was easier for them to read my blog, than it was to email or talk. When I started homeschooling, I regularly blogged about that, and also linked up with other Catholic moms. But the link ups have largely gone away and I missed them. Anyway… I changed blog names a few times and platforms too. And with all the changes in the past few years I’ve gotten myself confused about my blog purpose. I will be back. It may just all look different. I’ve merged my blogs now and I’m trying to come up with a balance and goal/purpose.

I’ll tell ya what though, for the past few years a constant has been writing Gospel Reflections for Catholicmom.com and I’m so thankful they keep inviting me back. Today, my Gospel Reflection on the Exaltation of the Cross, today’s Gospel in John 3:13-17 was published, and as I read it, I’m hopeful it will touch you. Here is the Gospel reading from the Magnificat.

Here is an excerpt of my reflection on their post:
Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today’s Gospel.

Reflection by Emily Davis

Today’s Gospel: John 3:13-17 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus asks us to believe in something that we cannot possibly understand, except through our relationship with Him.

Shortly before I wrote this, my husband and I had the opportunity to chaperone a confirmation retreat. We live in Naples, Italy, and were at a beautiful, 1600-year-old monastery, run by the Order of Saint Brigit of Sweden. The grounds and buildings were spectacular, and the views of the Bay of Naples breathtaking. But my photographer’s eye kept landing on the cross at the end of the path. 

I could see the cross almost the entire time we were outside, and there was something comforting about knowing it was there. As I was editing my pictures, I noticed there were many of this cross, some in the distance as I was taking pictures of other things. A simple metal cross, on a large cement stand, right at the end of the intersection of the paths, before the wall that protects you from falling down a mountain. 

We are called to keep our eyes on Jesus on the cross, living in the knowledge that if we obey and him and live our lives in the ways of our Catholic faith, of the Church He founded, we will one day be reunited in Heaven. God answered so many personal prayers on this retreat, and in the weeks after. I’m rejuvenated by Our Lord’s love and the way He trusts me, in spite of my humanity, to have blind faith in Him and the lessons He teaches us by His example.

I also wanted to share with you, the cross I speak of in the text above. The old Monastery is now run by the Order of Saint Bridget. You can read more by clicking on the link attached to her name.

Thank you for reading my post. Thank you for cheering me on. I promise I’ll be back soon with some semblance of regular blogging. I am being called to write and craft again. Pray for me.

Also – please subscribe to the Gospel Reflections. So many people write them. I love the perspectives and thought-provoking posts. We are truly blessed as Catholics.

Blessed Week to All.

God is great ALL THE TIME! 
Love and Hugs,
LadyEm

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Mark 16:9-15 Gospel Reflection

Dear Ones,

I hope this post finds you well. I’m having trouble finding my blogging voice during this Pandemic. LOL I mean – Pretend I know what day it is… and pretend today is April 18th? Sigh.

Today is day 54 of quarantine for me. I’ve lost track of days, my brain and many other things. Lol sigh. I need to give an update on how we are doing and I will soon.

For now though, please check out my Gospel Reflection over at Catholicmom.com from Yesterday, April 18th. LOL

It’s one of my favorite stories about Jesus rebuking the Apostles who didn’t know who he was.

Here is a A little snippet of my post:

And as I bow my head in shame, it occurs to me…how many times has God called on me, and I did not hear Him? How many times has God tried to teach me a lesson that I did not learn the first time? How many times has God tried to comfort you and you did know Him? 

God is with us in every flower, friend, sunset, stranger’s smile, in every sweet memory. He is with us. He will never leave us, even if we don’t see Him. God always keeps His word.

I hope you like the post. I really love sharing my love for the Gospels. Also – and funny enough, I’ve been posting videos updates on Monday. It helps my family and friends at home to see that I am ok. Only this week, I posted it on Wednesday. I am telling you my brain is clueless of what day it is. Sigh. I do mention the Gospel in Luke, where Jesus was walking with the two Apostles on the way to Emmaus, and they had no idea who He was. Sigh. So much like our humanity. Anyway – I do share my videos on my blog page on FB. Here is this week’s update/video.

I am off to bed because it’s late in Italy. I will be back to blab your heads off soon.
I promise you I have lots of ideas.

Love and Hugs to all.
LadyEm

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Gospel Reflection on Catholicmom.com

Dear Ones,

Happy Sunday. I pray last week was great for you, and that this week brings great things. To you and your families!

I am excited to share with you that today’s Gospel Reflection over at Catholicmom.com was written by me! Go read it! It’s not bad if I do say so myself.

Here is part of my post:
“When I was walking through miscarriages, I clung to the fact that Elizabeth had her son in “advanced maternal age”: Saint John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus, the man whose solitary purpose in life was to walk before our Lord, proclaiming Him as the one and only sacrificial Lamb that we must cling to. 
I clung to hope that God knew my heart and would give me a child of my own. Praise God, I carried my one and only living child, a son, while in advanced maternal age. While I don’t compare my son to Christ, or Saint John the Baptist, I know in my heart, the power of one! And I know that God has plans for my son (and all of our children)…”

GO READ THE REST THERE! Lol and please leave a message there if you like it!

I will be back tomorrow with successes from last week’s pantry challenge and what we are doing this week. Also I have a few crafty posts that I haven’t shared, so I’m gonna.

Today is a family day. Yesterday we had a visit from our Bishop and a small potluck, where I made these:

Let me know how I can pray for you all.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
LadyEm

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CatholicMom.com – Gospel Reflection – Luke 5:1-11

Happy Monday ALL!

I meant to have this posted for yesterday, Sunday the 10th, but in my usual fashion (and due to the time change in Italy), I didn’t have the schedule right.

And so – I wanted to share with you my Gospel Reflection:

Here is the link to the post on Catholicmom.com (if you want to leave a comment there, I’d love it).
Or you can leave one here. I don’t wanna boss you! ha

Daily Gospel Reflection for February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Here is the text:

Daily Gospel Reflection for February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 by Emily Davis

Today’s Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
As I read this Gospel passage and contemplated its deeper meaning, I felt a guilt of sorts. As a woman of a certain age, I can tell you that life is complicated and hard to understand sometimes. Like Simon Peter, I catch myself and obey God to the best of my ability, but I really don’t feel great when I doubt or feel forsaken or think “Why, God? WHY?!” 
I also understand why Simon-Peter wanted to leave God’s presence – because it’s embarrassing to have doubted Him. However, we are human and capable of redirection. God is looking for us to redirect our humanity toward His Glory.
This passage is about the reward of following Our Lord and obeying His call in our lives. Poor Simon Peter and his team had such a bad catch and were probably cleaning up to go home. Can you imagine how sad and downtrodden they were? Their families and their livelihood depended on the fish they caught. So worrying for them.
Then Jesus came and asked that He be taken out a little ways so He could speak to the throngs of people. It is no fluke that Jesus then tells Simon Peter to go out deeper and cast the nets. Jesus went out a little ways but knew His disciples would have to go deep in order to reach more people. When Simon Peter obeyed our Lord, his nets were overflowing with fish. It is not lost on me that many of his disciples were fishermen. What a great and vivid lesson for them to see. 
The rewards for following Our Lord are so big, you cannot even imagine how abundantly you will be fed, spiritually and physically, once you learn to trust and follow Him humbly and wholly.

Ponder: How deep and how far are you willing to go to reach people and bring them to the Lord? 

Pray:  Dear Lord, let us always redirect our humble gazes and lives towards you. Let us not guard our senses so we may hear and feel you near. Let us trust you and be a good example to others whilst we walk our paths towards Heaven. Amen!

http://fralfonse.blogspot.com/2012/09/luke-51-11-peters-hell.html
I saw this picture a while back and wanted to use it today, but give Father Alfonse credit for it. Thank you Dear Father!
It’s always fun to write things that will help others think. I pray that is the case! It is also a reminder to me that I have work to do!
Hugs, love & Blessings,
LadyEm
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Today’s (well, January 20th) Gospel Reflection – Catholicmom.com

Hi all,

A few days ago, I had a Gospel Reflection post on Catholicmom.com. Unfortunately their site was down and I couldn’t share the link.

I’m hopeful that you will go back and read my little reflection from this past Saturday, on the Gospel of Mark, 3:20-21.

My Key Phrase: Do we choose to let fear separate us from Christ OR stand by Him and learn from Him?

Check it out – HERE!

AND – while you are at it, sign up to read the Daily Gospel Reflections. There are hundreds of writers and fabulous perspectives.

Catholicmom.com Daily Gospel Reflections

Hugs & Blessings,

Em

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