Friday, March 25, 2011

peace amid the storm

Amid the storms that invaded my life over the last year, I have learned something that has made all of the trials worth it.  I am not sure if I would choose to go through it again, because growing hurts.  But the peace I feel on this side of my trials is amazing, and I never would have had that if I hadn't gone through what I've endured.  The peace is indescribable, really.   The peace is with me every minute of my day.  When I doubt and start falling into despair, peace and love pick me up and embrace me and bring me back to the light again.

I am obviously a big fan of Lifehouse's music.  Please excuse the commercials.  Kinda tacky, but I guess they have to make money like the rest of us...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chesterton and me

I am loving Chesterton quotes!  G. K. Chesterton seems like a no nonsense guy, but that's just my first impression of him.  I love the way he plainly states the obvious.  

I have started reading my first Chesterton book on my Kindle.  It's called Orthodoxy.  Why Orthodoxy?  Because it was free on Amazon at Christmastime when I got my Kindle!  I wasn't sure where to start with Chesterton, and starting with a free book sounded right up my isle.  

I have to admit I have a newfound love of reading.  Unfortunately I did not enjoy reading growing up.  So I am not sure if that explains the difficulty I am having with Orthodoxy.  I love the book, and I love reading Chesterton.  But this first Chesterton book of mine seems to be a bit...rambling.  I am in the middle of the book and it seems like it is just starting to make sense and get good.  I can only read through about ten pages at a time, and I go back and re-read passages to help them sink in.

I ran across a wonderful quote from Chesterton today (not from the book I am reading, but from Fallible Blogma): “The difficulty of explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” – G. K. Chesterton

Yep, love it!  It sums up why my mouth is left hanging open and speechless when I get the question, "Why the Catholic Church?"  

peace be with you today!