1 year of Jesus update.

Hey guys!  For those of you who don’t know, this summer I started a year-long project dedicated to knowing Christ fully and abundantly by focusing on different themes/traits/habits each month.

I had to; however, put that project on hold simply because of my work/school schedule got a little too hectic & I no longer had the opportunities to blog/challenge myself.  BUT… like I promised, I’m going to be re-starting my whole ‘1 year’ plan when I head back to University on September 1st, with a goal of finishing up 1 year from now.  =)    

I will make it a goal to write 2-3 times a week on topics pertaining to each month’s theme, as well as, do a mini ‘overview’/goal list at the beginning of each month and a mini ‘wrap-up’ at the end of each month.  Let me know if you have any additional ideas!

That being said, here are the themes for each month:    

September—Attitude

October—Gratitude

November—Courage

December—Joy

January—Commitment

February—Discipline

March—Faith

April—Humility

May—Love

June—Presence

July—Wisdom

August—Service

I’m super excited about this & I’ll be posting a full description of the project, as well as my testimony, on Monday!  I’ll also be changing my Tumblr theme and name to ‘1yearofjesus’ as well. 

Anyways, feel free to message me if you have any questions/ideas/comments etc.!    

Tracy

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Separated and Reunited in Death

These grave markers — pressed up against either side of an imposing wall, with a pair of clasped hands reaching over the wall’s top — date to a time in Dutch history when Catholic and Protestant graves were strictly segregated. A Catholic and a Protestant married couple, separated in death, arranged for this unique workaround in order to rejoin one another.

In 1842, a colonel in the Dutch cavalry, JWC van Gorkum, married a woman known as JCPH van Aefferden. The union was controversial — van Gorkum was Protestant and van Aefferden was Catholic. Despite the prevailing culture at the time, the two remained married for decades, only separating when van Gorkum died in 1880.

But when van Aefferden passed away eight years later, she couldn’t be buried with her late husband; even in death, Catholics needed to stay with their own. While alive, she made her wishes clear — she did not want to be buried in her family tomb and, instead, wished to be as close to her husband as possible. The solution, seen above, is their connected tombstones.

Rise of the atheists: U.S. Protestants lose majority status as church attendance falls
For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study.

One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.

The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 per cent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 per cent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have their first presidential ticket with no Protestant nominees.

I was jealous of Catholics

…But their theology didn’t appeal to me. It didn’t make sense.

They worshipped Mary. (I thought.)

They worshipped Saints. (I also thought.)

They tried to earn salvation. (I was told.)

They made stuff up that wasn’t biblical at all. (I was also told.)

And they had a guy in Rome who was a little like Simon Says. (And I believed they did whatever he told them to do.)

And then, I discovered the Eucharist. I think they called what happened to me … infused grace. I read John 6 and I knew it was true. If Jesus Christ was making an appearance at Mass, I had to get there. I had to be there. I had to let His Presence wash over me.

There is no more compelling motivation for becoming Catholic and digging in to find out what Catholics really believe than the truth of the Real Presence.

So they had nuns. That’s nice. What mattered was they had Jesus’ Body and Blood.

So they had big families. Kind of neat. What mattered was they had the Real Presence.

So they had cute boys. I’d long gotten over all those crushes. What mattered now was Jesus and only Jesus.

And when you fall in love with Him, He sets all the misconceptions about His Church in order.

One-by-one the perceived red flags disappeared. They didn’t worship Mary. They didn’t worship the Saints. They believed they were saved by grace which led to faith and good works. They didn’t make up stuff. And the man in Rome – well, I had seen enough Christian division to know that God might want a Vicar on Earth to shepherd the flock. The entire faith was organic. It fit together like the parts of one body.

The Body of Christ.

I’m not jealous anymore. I’m thankful.

I’m Catholic.

- Denise Bossert

cheeze-friez said:

Don't you think it's kind of silly how Catholics think you have to go into confessions to be forgiven?

I wouldn’t say it’s “silly.”

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1st John 1:9

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

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