Author Archives: Martina

About Martina

I am a 30-something stay-at-home mom to five kiddos, 4/96 through 8/10. We recently decided to homeschool after many years in public school. In my "spare time," I serve as the chair for the Pastoral Council at my home parish and I help with our Adult Faith Formation program, from the planning committee to facilitating and mentoring incoming facilitators. I also enjoy photography as a hobby. I enjoy talking about all things Catholic and always look to infuse a little bit of humor whenever possible.

We’re moving!

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In our short time of blogging, we decided that in order to have more flexibility over our mission in blogging, we would ultimately need to upgrade to a .com website. That time came much sooner than even I could have anticipated. But God’s plans are infinitely better than mine…and always delivered with a sense of humor.

As of September 12, 2011, we will be blogging at Catholic Sistas – .COM – the official website. Be sure to bookmark our new page and come join us over at the new site. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

You’ll need to resubscribe to receive e-mail alerts and for this, we apologize but, better now than when we’ve gotten all comfy with each other, right? 🙂

Additionally, we will redirect this site to the .com site for a while until everyone makes their way over. Eventually, we will delete the wordpress.com Catholic Sistas blog.

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Splendid Sundays

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On this, the ten year anniversary of 9/11, we remember those who have gone before us. God, have mercy on us!

As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. However, we do want to keep discussion going, so we will be posting about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. Don’t worry, we’re set to auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too. 🙂

Sunday readings hold different meaning for different people. Inevitably some part of Scripture or a certain place during Mass jumps out at someone, giving them something they needed at that precise time.

What was memorable for you today? Did the kids behave? Did you find forgiveness in something you had been holding onto for a while? Did you marvel at the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Anything of particular importance you want to share with us? We’d love to hear how Mass impacts your life.

We’d also like to take the opportunity to share a wonderful poem written by Mattie Stepanek, in honor of those whose lives were lost ten years ago today.

FOR OUR WORLD

We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment…
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment…
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment…
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice…
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment…
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek ©
September 11, 2001

Where were you on 9/11 ten years ago today?

Splendid Sundays

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Did you know every three years we read nearly the entire Bible through Mass?

As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. However, we do want to keep discussion going, so we will be posting about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. Don’t worry, we’re set to auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too. 🙂

Sunday readings hold different meaning for different people. Inevitably, some part of Scripture or a certain place during Mass jumps out at someone, giving them something they needed at that precise time.

What was memorable for you today? Did you marvel at the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Did the kids behave? Did you find forgiveness in something you had been holding onto for a while? Anything of particular importance you want to share with us? We’d love to hear how Mass impacts your life.

Hangin’ with the original Catholic Sistas

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Sometimes ya just gotta get creative to catch all the sisters in a photo!

If you’ve ever read Jen Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary, then you probably already have the scoop on the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. Why? Because Jen is infinitely MORE on top of how this blogging-in-a-timely-manner thing works than I am.

Clearly.

I wanted to share my experience with the original “Sistas.” I messaged back and forth with Sister Elizabeth Ann last week…first because of the new blog and wanting her opinion and thoughts on the blog {and a selfish request for her to consider blogging for the Sistas} and then second because she invited me to their Welcome Back barbecue. Sister loved the idea of guest blogging! If you haven’t heard of the Dominican Sisters or the success of their relatively new order, I urge you to watch the videos of them on Oprah to see why I am so excited about these wonderful ladies.

I'm not sure what Sister was talking about, but it looked too good to leave out!

God didn’t bless me with an abundance of treasure, so what I lack in that department, I do my best to make up with my time and my talent. I thoroughly enjoy taking time to tell others about the wonderful work being done in the Church. I offer up my children for good causes if I can, too. My oldest had the opportunity to help volunteer for a couple of hours with the Sisters for their first annual charity golf tournament and auction and benefit dinner and through that, I had the opportunity to meet Mother Assumpta that day! Nerd that I am, bragged to EVERYONE I could about it. But in a lot of cases, I had to explain who Mother Assumpta was! Oh well, it gave me the opportunity to talk in depth about the Dominican Sisters and their great work.

If you are blessed to be in the Central Texas area, you know that we are in the midst of a LOT of God’s good work. While it pains me as a UT Longhorn grad that A&M is churning out vocations, I am very pleased that a lot of good is coming out of our area. According to Sister Elizabeth Ann, the Dominican Sisters are about to close on property to start building the new priory.

Before the close of the barbecue, everyone was invited into the living room to listen to the sisters sing for us. If you look closely, you may see someone you recognize.

 

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Splendid Sundays

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Did you know every three years we read nearly the entire Bible through Mass?

As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. However, we do want to keep discussion going, so we will be posting about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. Don’t worry, we’re set to auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too. 🙂

Sunday readings hold different meaning for different people. Inevitably some part of Scripture or a certain place during Mass jumps out at someone, giving them something they needed at that precise time.

What was memorable for you today? Did the kids behave? Did you find forgiveness in something you had been holding onto for a while? Did you marvel at the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Anything of particular importance you want to share with us? We’d love to hear how Mass impacts your life.

MWAH!

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I could not think of any sweeter way to acknowledge you all, our readers, in the success of our new blog than a simple…

 

If you have stopped by in the past week, THANK YOU! If you have referred friends over, THANK YOU! And, if you have plugged us on your own blog,

T-H-A-N-K   Y-O-U!!!

It has been a fabulous week and we are ONLY getting started. You have heard from a third of our contributors so far. We expect to bring a lot to our new readership and if you have any suggestions, we want to know! Post below to let us know how we can keep our perspective fresh and relevant and we will do our best to make you proud. Our current aim is to be different than the average blog, so you will be seeing some changes to the format of our blog as time and schedules permit.

Please keep us and our mission in your prayers.

Splendid Sundays

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Did you know every three years we read nearly the entire Bible through Mass?

As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed as a group that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. However, we do want to keep discussion going, so we will be posting about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. Don’t worry, we’re set to auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too. 🙂

Sunday readings hold different meaning for different people. Inevitably some part of Scripture or a certain place during Mass jumps out at someone, giving them something they needed at that precise time.

What was memorable for you today? Did the kids behave? Did you find forgiveness in something you had been holding onto for a while? Did you marvel at the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ? Anything of particular importance you want to share with us? We’d love to hear how Mass impacts your life.

Scary hot

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Notice the time the picture was taken

I just now got back from the grocery store after picking up a few items I wouldn’t buy at Costco {read: did NOT want to go searching for more food during tax free weekend through all that insanity} and the lovely heat slapped me in the face as I walked out of the store…I imagine it would feel similar to Satan breathing down my neck. Here it was, nearly 8 p.m. and the temps were STILL hovering in the high 90s, possibly low 100s depending on which part of the frying pan you were standing. Inside the store was what really got me thinking about the oppressive heat. I generally take things in stride and let impending crises roll off my back. I do my best to put them in perspective, but the not-so-stocked shelves at the grocery store were noticeable.

Notice the empty shelves

Then, I made my way back to the dairy section. I looked for my favorite Splenda sweetened iced tea {no, I don’t need a lecture on Splenda or aspartame!} – completely out. No surprise, they were completely out days ago. Ok, I think to myself while looking up in the direction of heaven, ok, God. No more diet drinks. Sigh. I go to the milk section and I see several signs hanging inside the refrigerated section where the shelves should be full of milk.

And it hits me. This drought is NOT going away anytime soon. And even if it started raining, like, now? It would be a long time before we get back to “normal.” Pft. Normal. It hasn’t rained more than the fingers on one hand since our youngest was born. To give a little perspective, she turned one this past August 7.

We are in stage 3 drought {last I checked} and the latest advice has been to forget watering your yard, water the foundation. Homes are at risk for foundation cracks, we can no longer water our yard using sprinkler systems, we very seriously need to consider how full our dishwashers, and washing machines are before running {not too much a concern for us, anyway b/c I pack those suckers tizight} and the fun one…shortening bathing time. Uch! Stinky people in Texas in August. Are ya diggin’ where I’m going with this?

To say we need prayers in Texas and our neighboring states is an understatement. We need novenas, we need Mass intentions, we need Adoration hours and rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplets, offering up our daily sufferings – ANYTHING we can do to on our end to bring about rain…and pray for God’s mercy. The shock I felt in the store will fade and I will return to my usual daily intentions…until the next time we need milk.

Join me in praying for rain for our parched land.

Longhorns and Aggies *CAN* get along!

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Recently I was asked by an online Catholic friend if I received a package yet. I hadn’t, so when I checked the mail after a long mail hold while we were visiting family in Virginia, I was excited to open the package and see what it was. To read more, find my entry at Austin Catholic New Media