The Cross

About a year ago, I wrote a post on the cross. I decided to resurrect the post (with a few edits) since we’re in the season of Lent, journeying toward the cross with Christ.

If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, you probably read it. However, you may not remember what you read a year ago — I sure don’t!

Even if you do remember, I recommend reading it again. The cross teaches us many lessons, and it’s essential that we continue to learn from it…

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My Grandpa: A Devoted Child of God and the Blessed Mother

“All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father, and Mary for their Mother.” ~ St. Louis de Montfort

A Special Photo

My paternal grandfather loved photography and was a photographer by trade. There’s one photo in particular that’s very special to him and my family.

Grandpa and Grandma used to visit a Marian shrine near their home. During one visit, Grandpa photographed a statue of Mary.

The statue was positioned near the doorway of the chapel, which made it difficult to photograph.

He said there was no way to capture the photo without getting “hot spots” — shiny glares — on the statue’s face. (In those days, photography wasn’t digital and couldn’t be edited the way it is today.)

He tried his best, assuming hot spots would be visible when the film was developed…

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One Year of One Small Rose

Dear Readers,

I started One Small Rose on February 16, 2018. Since the one year anniversary just passed, I decided to reflect on the journey…

I learned a lot over the past twelve months. (One thing I learned is there’s so much to learn!)

Here are two lessons.

These lessons are not only relevant for me and blogging. They are relevant for each of us in all aspects of our lives.

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The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted

Has your heart ever been broken?
Has your spirit ever been crushed?

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all had an experience, or more than one, that caused us to feel emotional pain.

An experience that made our hearts ache. An experience that made us feel like we were kicked in the stomach and had the wind knocked out of us.

Whether we’ve experienced the loss of a loved one; end of a romantic relationship; betrayal of a significant other, friend or family member; or something similar, we can probably remember how much it hurt.

When we go through painful situations, do we try to deal with them on our own or do we turn to the Lord for help?

When we go through painful situations, do we believe God is somewhere off in the distance or right there with us?

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