Wednesday, April 10, 2013

5 Favorites and 3 Reasons

Today I'm blending linkups and joining Hallie for Five Favorites and Micaela for Three Reasons I Love Catholicism:

(I can do that because being Catholic is my favorite!)

Three Reasons:

1) Catholic Schools and Hospitals.

I've professed my love for Catholic schools before  but can you imagine if all the Catholic schools and hospitals were closed?  Can you imagine how many lives would be affected?  I am so thankful for the people who work at and run these establishments.  

Galatians 5:13-14: For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

{In the above photo from our Diocesan newspaper, Eamon was dressed as Pope Francis and wheeled around the school in his "Pope Mobile" to make sure even the youngest of students could understand the important part of history they were living through.}

2) The Real Deal.

It's the only Christian faith that can be traced back to being started by Jesus Christ.  As in the Son of God.  You can ask someone from any Christian religion "Who started your church?" and they will name some mortal person.  But we are lucky enough to say that our Christian religion was started by the Big Guy Himself.

Matthew 16:18: You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church.

3) The Families.

Being only one of few religions that warns against the downfalls of premarital sex, contraception, and abortion, Catholics who are trying their hardest to follow the guidelines of the Church are apt to have loving marriages and big families.  I love belonging to a pro-life Church that encourages marital love and being generous with the Lord in regards to family size.  That's not to say all families have to be big, parents are able to discern through prayer with God what fits them best, but the first thing I think of when I see a big family is "must be Catholic!" and I'm glad to be part of that circle.

Genesis 1:28: God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the 
earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over 
every living thing that moves on the earth."
And now two more favorites:

New baby boys!!  Congrats go to Hallie and new son, Charlie and Jen and new son, Joseph!!  I love me some boys :)

My new Buxton wallet from Kohls:

Now off you go...


  1. make me proud of my faith! Thank you for sharing! Beautifully written!

  2. #1- Which may happen if the HHS mandate does not get knocked down!

    Love your 3 reasons!

  3. Hmmmmm, number 3, number 4, you are trying to have a baby aren't you? We know it's on your mind....just sweetening up the pot, we here, in blog world, would be so happy if you did. (but we also know the pros and cons and all that goes with that)

    Anyway!! I've wanted to do that 3 thing ever since I've seen it, but I just can't decide which 3 things I love most, seriously, like I would put the Eucharist first, or would I put "the Mass"? I love Confession, but would I put the Sacraments? I think too much, therefore I cannot do the 3 things thing. Follow?

  4. I love the Popemobile!! Now that is one sweet ride.

    Overwhelmed this week, so it will probably be a blog-free week for me. Just reading everyone else and I've enjoying all the 5 Favs and 3 Reasons popping up!!

  5. Worried about that HHS mandate also.
    Love our Catholic school and the community it provides our family. You are double lucky to have both of you working there!

  6. Between #3, #4 and your post on toddler fever.... me thinks someone is going to be making an announcement in the next few months. ;)

  7. The Popemobile is awesome!! I had to show it to my boys....
    The pic of your husband kneeling with your children is priceless. There is nothing more beautiful than a father leading his family.

  8. Amen! I LOVE meeting awesome new families. It rejuvenates me for throwing myself back into the secular world. Otherwise I would be in complete despair. I read this on facebook the other day: "Jason Reagan I love you Brandon, and i fear that you are a person who will never venture outside your long held belief systems. I'll perform a loving kindness meditation tonight in honor to your health."

    Depressing. And I get such a consolation from all my Catholic buddies - online and in real life :)
    (You fall into both camps now!!)

  9. This post is Catholic pride at it's finest! So great to be Catholic!!!

  10. Aw, Colleen, I LOVE your 3 Reasons! Eamon is adorbs, of course! And I always get really excited when I meet big families. It just screams of love to me.

    Thanks for linking up. Next month, okay?


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