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Pro-Life Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries

Pro-Life Meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries

by Fr. Frank Pavone

First Luminous Mystery: Christ is Baptized in the Jordan

When Jesus is baptized, the Father’s voice is heard: “This is my beloved Son.” All are called to become adopted sons and daughters of God through baptism. We pray that children in the womb may be protected, so that they may be born and welcomed into the Christian community by baptism.

Second Luminous Mystery: Christ is made known at the Wedding of Cana

Jesus revealed His glory by the miracle at Cana. The new couple was blessed not only with wine, but with faith in Christ. Let us pray for strong marriages, rooted in the Lord, and open to the gift of new life.

Third Luminous Mystery: Christ proclaims the Kingdom and Calls All to Conversion

“Repent and believe the Good News.” Let us pray that these first words of Jesus’ public ministry may be heard by all who have committed abortion. May they know that the Lord calls them to conversion, and may they experience life-giving repentance.

Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration

Christ is transformed on the mountain, and the disciples see His glory. May the eyes of all people be transformed, that they may see each and every human life as a reflection of the glory of God Himself.

Fifth Luminous Mystery: Jesus gives us the Eucharist

“This is My Body, given up for you.” The Eucharist teaches us how to live and how to love. Let us pray that parents who sacrifice the babies for the sake of themselves may learn instead to put themselves aside for the sake of their babies.

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol 4 (Whiney-Butt Edition)

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As you can see, I’ve fallen behind on my blogging. What you may not have seen is that I’ve fallen behind on everything else as well. Dinner hasn’t been cooked, carpets haven’t been vacuumed, laundry was done…by my poor husband. Contrary to what I ought to do, I’ve allowed myself to be consumed with anxiety about my MRI. I feel like I’m paused, waiting for my diagnosis before I continue. Well, I’m going to try to get back on track anyway. It could take more time and more tests before we know what’s going on. No point in pausing life. However, Scott may find that he likes doing laundry and will decide to continue doing it every week. There’s always hope, right?

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I’ve been thinking about not posting the daily readings anymore going forward. However, there are a few good reasons I do. 1) It ensures that I read each day’s readings. 2) It sparks an interest in that day’s readings and increases my likelihood of seeking out a mass to enjoy. 3) It has created a nice blogging rule: before I post what I have to say, I post what God has to say. If I don’t have time to post both, I get the important message out first. So, I think I’ll continue for now, starting back up on Sunday.

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About that MRI… I freaked out. Once I was locked in, I went into full panic mode. I cried, I pushed the panic button as hard as I could, I demanded to be let out! It was horrible! The technicians gave me headphones so I could listen to music, put a washcloth over my face so I couldn’t see that I was trapped in a tiny tube, and put me in feet first for our second try. I was in there for about 20 minutes and on the verge of having another freak-out the whole time. What kept me calm? Irony of ironies, I said the rosary and kept thinking about my day at the ocean.

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It’s been almost 6 weeks since we stop smoking completely. I’ve had a few stumbles, but overall, I feel like I’m over it. The worst is when I’m at home by myself for hours on end. I get antsy and I want to smoke. It’s to the point where if I had a cigarette handy, I would smoke it. But it’s not so bad that I want to go out and buy a pack. So, it’s good. I don’t know how it’s going so good, but it’s good. The only explanation I have is grace.

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I’ve also quit drinking as much coffee. I was having 1 8 oz cup at home, and then 3-4 additional 18 oz cups at work. Yes, that’s 62-80 oz of coffee daily. I’m down to 1 8 oz cup at home and 1 18 oz cup at work, for a total of 26 oz daily. I’ve also reduced my soda intake from 2 cans a day to 1 can a day and sometimes none. However, for all my healthier habits…

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I can’t seem to shake the 10 pounds I gained when I quit smoking. 10 pounds isn’t bad. But it’s bad enough to form a nice jelly roll over the top of my work pants that are suddenly a smidge too small. Because of this, my plan to fast during 40 Days for Life has not worked out. I have to face the fact that I want to fast to lose weight, not to get closer to God. Pretending is not working out for me. So, I’m giving up on the premise of fasting and trying instead to just get healthy. Let’s face it, the holidays are coming and I don’t want to keep piling more pounds on. I made a lot of progress the first half of this year, but so far, I’ve just spent the last half falling backwards. Let’s not forget that both gluttony and sloth are sins.

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For Christmas last year, I bought my dad a Shiatsu massage cushion. Due to his diabetes and high blood pressure, he hasn’t been able to use it, so it’s been sitting in the box untouched for 9 months. (He didn’t let us know he couldn’t use it until it was past being able to return it for something else. A few days ago, we went to see him and decided to just bring it on home with us since he wasn’t using it. Shiatsu massage cushion + comfy couch + seriously stressed out woman=aaaahh! Everyone should have one of these!

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol 3

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I’m thinking about renaming my blog. Nothing I write ever lives up to the awesomeness of that title. Then I realize I can never pick a name. Or a theme. And I’m barely hanging on by a thread here anyways. That’s when I remember why I chose the name and decide it’s perfect.

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I get to have a brain scan on Wednesday! Woo-hoo! Wait, I’m horrified of small spaces. Great. I’ve been to the doctor a few times about my leg going numb. Blood tests and X-Rays were not revealing, so next up, MRI. I’m very anxious about it. But you know, I swam in the ocean and didn’t freak out. I just want to make it clear: I’m not in any way trying to conquer my fears, here! I’m not that kinda gal. If I’m afraid of something, I want to just stay the truck away from it!

Oh, and regardless of what the MRI shows, it’s very likely that the next step will very probably be a spinal tap. Which I’ve had before. It’s not painful. It’s just a little horrifying to keep as still as humanly possible because ohgoodheavensifyousomuchascoughtheGIANTNEEDLEINYOURSPINEWILLPARALYZEYOU!!!!!!

Face your fears, eh? Who in their right mind thinks that’s a great idea? Why don’t I just lay down in a tub full of spiders?

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My Mother-in-Law is going back to Saudi Arabia today. It seems like just a few days ago I went to pick her up at the airport. My In-Laws have been living in Saudi Arabia for 3.5 years now and we miss them terribly when they’re not here. She and I have been hatching a plan for Scott and I to go visit them in Saudi sometime next year. Talk. About. An. Adventure! I sure hope we can work it out! They don’t live too far from a beach. For all my lifelong fears of the ocean, I’ve been aching to get back in!

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I planted a fall vegetable garden this week. I haven’t had a veggie garden in 4 years, and I’ve been dying to get back into it. I decided to do the square foot gardening method. I have cabbages, radishes, all sorts of lettuce, carrots and spinach in the ground. To keep birds out, I bought a 7$ decorative scarecrow from WalMart that I’m going to put out. I’ll bet it works!

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After an argument about grocery shopping at WalMart vs. Target, I stepped in to declare that I purchase all my groceries at Aldi and buy only non-grocery items at Walmart. Good food doesn’t need a brand name, right? And of course I use only earth-friendly reusable canvas bags. Suddenly, I had a severe panic attach because I thought I might actually be a hipster. Then I realized, with some relief, that since I purchase a fair amount of my clothes at WalMart, I am indeed not a hipster.

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Actual risque picture I sent Scott. Don’t worry, we’re married.

Scott and I never talk about anything. We have no communication left in our marriage. Since he’s working nights and I rarely see him, all we ever do when we’re together is snuggle. Our words for each other consist of “I love you!” and “Move closer so I can snuggle you!” I like to think that since our time together is short, we’re taking care of what’s important and cutting out the rest.

Everyone else must think we’re falling apart. Scott has no idea what’s going on with my doctor’s appointments, with work, and I couldn’t tell you a thing he did this week. We tend to find out that kind of stuff from….everyone else. While they give us odd looks like, “How do you not know this? Your marriage is falling apart!” Eh, whatever. I’d rather have cuddle time than talk time.

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40 Days for Life started Wednesday! I haven’t made it out to the clinic yet, but if you have a chance, stop by and offer a rosary. It can be a little scary–what if someone comes over to talk to me? But if someone does, pray that God will speak through you! Trust in Him!

And as always, better and brighter Quick Takes are available at Conversion Diary!

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40 Days for Life

I just wanted to correct my horrifying error in my 7 Quick Takes post. 40 Days for Life starts Wednesday, not today. I thought that was odd. There are so many things you can do to get involved. I’ll be posting some ideas and prayers throughout the campaign. Let me know what your ideas are!

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7 Quick Takes Friday: Vol 2

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Back in January, I made my 1 millionth pledge to lose weight and started doing The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout on Xbox Kinect. I gradually added other workouts: on my Gazelle, my step deck, my bike, Zumba, and next thing you know, I’m running in the park! I lost 30 pounds in 5 months and was in the best shape of my life. I started training for my first 5k and then….things happened. We had illness in the family and things just got busy. I let myself go right around the beginning of June. I didn’t gain any weight back, but I stopped working out and I stopped losing weight. Almost 4 months later, I’ve decided to get back on track. So, I did my Kinect workout. I nearly died. That was two days ago and my legs are still screaming in pain. I keep telling myself I’m going to get in shape and stay in shape so I don’t have to go through this again. Maybe this time?

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It’s been 3 weeks since I stopped using the nicotine patch. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a couple of cigarettes since then. Maybe 3? In  That’s a long way from smoking 25-40 a day! I’ve also cut my coffee consumption after learning that coffee can indeed cause anxiety. I went from about 5 or 6 cups a day to 2 cups a day. Mentally, I want a cup of coffee and a smoke right now. That’s a “break.” However, physically, I’m okay. I don’t feel anxious or jittery. Here in a little while, I’ll go do a decade on the rosary and feel right as rain. I’m going to make it.

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Scott and I are going to do a fast with 40 Days for Life starting Sunday. We have a few intentions we need to offer and it seems like a good time to regain some self discipline. Since we haven’t been smoking, we’ve been allowing ourselves to be lax in other things, but we can’t build new bad habits to replace old ones. This is the first time we’ve done anything like this together, so it should be interesting!

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I’ve learned that in order to find a new job, you have to look for one. This is where I lose interest. I hate and despise filling out endless applications, faxing, mailing, emailing my resume–hey, what’s the point of a resume when you’re going to make me give you all the same information again on the application? It’s so tedious. Would someone out there just like to hire me “as is?”

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I haven’t been reading a lot of books lately, so that’s yet another thing I’m trying to get back on track with. I just downloaded Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Gregory Douthat. So far, WOW. Expect a full book report soon! Better still, read along with me! For more info, here’s the review from the National Catholic Register.

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I now have all my favorite blogs set up on Google Reader. Yay! Now I can check all my blogs in one handy dandy feed. Bad news: it only takes 2 seconds for me to see that I have nothing new to read!

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About a month and a half ago, I deleted my Facebook, bid adieu to my 118 “friends,” and made a new page with just my immediate family, about 10 people. I was tired of election year shenanigans, specifically all the ugly things people had to post. No one, but no one posted anything good about their party or their candidate, it was all trash talk. It was difficult at first because I typically spend soooo much time on Facebook. Hours a day. Seriously. However, I’ve found it’s surprisingly wonderful to disconnect. In fact, the time I’ve been able to spend building this blog–as well as reading other Catholic blogs and websites–is the time I used to spend on Facebook. Going Faceless has been wonderful. I highly recommend.

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