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Quarantine Life...Part II

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I know some places around the United States still have not been able to venture out of their quarantine life at this point, however, us here, in North Dakota, have somewhat gone back to a bit of regularity.  We are back at church, (socially distanced, of course), we can eat at restaurants, kids have started back at school with a few precautions, people are moving about with a bit more ease.  We are still taking precautions, wearing masks, and not getting too close to large groups of people, but life was starting to feel a little bit better.  Our family was feeling a little bit more at ease.

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Trust...It is the Truth

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In sticking with my theme of anxiety…I want to explore how trust, or lack there of trust, really affects my anxiety!  So, let us begin by looking at the definition of “trust”. 

                Trust: (noun) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing.

In my walk of the Christian life, trust has also been something I have struggled with from time to time.  In fact, when I was 20, I directed a retreat and I got to choose my own theme for the weekend. In prayer, very quickly, the theme, “No Doubt”, came to me.  I choose a song for the weekend by a Christian band called Petra, also called, “No Doubt”.  (It is still one of my go to songs today when I am struggling!) My theme revolved around the story of Doubting Thomas and his doubt of the resurrected Jesus.   I had a beautiful banner made that had Jesus and Thomas embracing with the words: “My Lord and My God!” I have always thought Thomas got the raw end of the stick.  One time he expressed that he needed to see Jesus, and he was given the nickname of Doubting Thomas for the rest of eternity.  His words of “My Lord and My God!” have become a beautiful prayer that the Church still prays today.  Thomas had great faith in the Lord and in that weak moment of doubt I am sure he learned a lot. 

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Finding Joy in Unexpected Seasons . . . And a Saint Story!

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When my husband and I first got married there was surely an abundance of joy. Being married felt like the most exciting adventure that we could have embarked on and we were ready to jump straight in. We were immediately thrust into a time of transition that was marked by new jobs, a cross country move, and entering into life as full-time missionaries. It was a lot, but it was exciting. 

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NFP...IS...HARD!!! But...a gift?

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I remember very clearly sitting with my husband in my Pre-Marriage Seminar, listening to a beautiful couple give a testimony on the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in their marriage.  They had five children and a sixth due any day.  My then, soon to be husband, looked at me and said, very clearly, "I will NEVER consider using NFP until you show me a couple that has used NFP effectively and has three children or less." 

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Love Languages Lived Out

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I love the Sacrament of Marriage.  I love working with engaged couples.  I love FAMILY LIFE!  Because of this, I am always looking for ways to stay hopeful in a world where the sacrament of marriage is often looked down upon and where relationships, be it with spouses, family, or friends, are too easily thrown away.

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Quarantine Life or Graced Life???

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Quarantine? Are you serious?  What does that even mean?  According to our handy dictionary, it means, a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.  I haven’t been anywhere?  They are telling me what??  I have to stay home? Educate my children?? Put up with my husband all day???  WHAT????

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Christ, Our Hope

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For most Catholics, Lent 2020 has been a Lent like no other. We have found ourselves giving up things we never thought of giving up, due to forced quarantines, lock-downs, lay-offs, and perhaps for many of our Catholic Marriage Prep couples, even wedding dates and receptions. The global pandemic, and our response to it, has made us reflect on our own mortality, our faith, and our priorities in life.

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