Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (06/14/2015)

Sunday Snippets

It has feels like it has been forever since I’ve participated in Sunday Snippets! Now that I have graduated, I am happy to be back. Hopefully, I will be able to get back into regular and consistent blogging and participating here. I missed it!

So, to play catch up, here is the rundown of my post from the last few months:

Book Review: Together With You

Book Review: An Amish Cradle

The Saints and Feasts in June 2015

You Are Marvelous in His Eyes (Some encouragement for those who are struggling)

Book Review: Not Cool

The Sacred Heart = Compassion (must watch video!)

Blessings!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (January 26, 2014)

I am linking up two posts this week to RAnn’s Sunday Snippets:

Do You Throw Tantrums at God?

What is the Cost of a Child? Priceless!

Question of the week:

Where do you get your Catholic reading material?

I get them through different sources such as Amazon and our local bookstore.

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 18, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week for Sunday Snippets. Come join us over atRAnn’s place and share your own posts from the week. Here’s mine:

Weekly Goals

An Open Invitation to Ministry (helping to spread Kathleen’s post)

Theological Thursday: The Assumption of Mary

Book Review: Letters to Katie by Kathleen Fuller

Question of the week:

RAnn is starting a new feature to Sunday Snippets. Each week she is going to post a question of the week for all the Sunday Snippets participants to answer (answering the question is completely optional). She is beginning the series of questions by asking everyone to introduce themselves.

I always feel funny introducing myself. I’m not a particularly exciting person or lead a very exciting life, but here goes. My name is Carol D’Annunzio. 🙂 On August 22 my husband and I will be married 10 years. We have one son, Andrew, whom we homeschool. He is eight years old. We currently live in NJ near the shore.

I am a “cradle-Catholic” but didn’t take my faith seriously until my late teen years. I spent nine years discerning a religious vocation with a group of sisters (the Little Sisters of the Poor). It was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for my time there even though it became clear I was called to marriage and family. Last summer I went back to college full time to finally finish my bachelor’s degree in English. I hope to finish by the spring 2015.

My hobbies include reading, writing, knitting, cooking, crafting and learning new things. I have a  good eye for detail and enjoy proofreading. I hope to offer proofreading services sometime in the future. I also have an Etsy Shop where I sell printables such as bookmarks, gift tags, etc.

As for blogging, I had a few different blogs over the years before beginning Simple Catholic Living in May 2010. What I love most about blogging is the many wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet over the years, including everyone who links up at Sunday Snippets.

That’s about it. 🙂

 

 

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 11, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week has gone by and it is time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place. Why don’t you join us and link up your favorite posts from the week? Here are my posts:

Weekly Goals

10 Reminders of God’s Love for You

“Baba’s” Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Praying a Novena

Have a blessed week everyone!

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 16, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place where we share our (mostly) Catholic posts from the week. Won’t you come join us?

I only have three posts this week:

Weekly Goals

How to Have Happy Kids When Traveling

Book Review: The Divine Family

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 3, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Memorial Day Tribute (This video is a tear jerker.)

Product Review: Journey with Jesus: Sacraments Catholic craft kit

Our Catholic Traditions: First Friday Devotions

7 Resources for Celebrating Trinity Sunday

Also, if you missed any of the prayers from the 31 Days With Mary, you can find them here. Remember, there’s no time in eternity. 🙂

Day 27

Day 28

Day 29

Day 30

Day 31

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival ( May 27, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

10 Card Crafting Websites

Book Review: In Name Only by Ellen Gable

7QT: Holy Spirit Edition

And, if you missed any of the 31 Days With Mary prayers this week, here they are:

Day 20

Day 21

Day 22

Day 23

Day 24

Day 25

Day 26

Why Honoring the Lord’s Day Each Sunday is Important

For a long time now, I have felt called to make a greater effort in honoring the Lord’s day. All of us are busy, I’m no exception. School (homeschooling or not), work, and obligations crowd our days and often our evenings. We make the effort to pray, to keep our hearts and minds for God, but it’s not always easy. Well, it’s not easy for me at least.

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

As I was praying about this,  I was reminded of the three months I spent in France when I was discerning a religious vocation. One of the things that struck me the first few weeks I was there was that almost everything shut down on Sundays. The churches were open, of course; but, aside from an occasional grocery store everything was closed (except for hospitals, the police, etc.).

As I reflected upon that custom in France, it wasn’t the act itself I was impressed with; but the meaning behind the custom. It was a reminder that Sundays are important. Remembering God, dedicating a day to Him is important. God IS important. Honoring the Lord’s Day IS important.

Scriptural Reasons:

Honoring the Lord’s day is important because God Himself said so. 🙂 Here are a few scriptures to reflect upon in regards to the Lord’s BibleDay. There are several more so I encourage you to do your own scriptural study on the meaning of the Lord’s Day.

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember to keep holy the sabbath day. Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord, your God. No work may be done then either by you, or your son or daughter, or your male or female slave, or your beast, or by the alien who lives with you. In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the seventh day He rested. That is why the Lord has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. ”

Exodus 31:15 “Six days there for doing work, but the seventh is the sabbath of complete rest, sacred to the Lord.”

Acts 20:7 “On the first day of the week, when we gathered to to break bread…”

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

You can find what the church teaches about the Lord’s day in the Catechism in numbers 2168-2195, which you can read here. I will just quote the “In Brief” that comes at the end of each chapter of the Catechism:

2189 “Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Deut 5:12). “The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord” (Ex 31:15).

2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.

 2191 The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection on the “eighth day,” Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord’s Day (cf. SC 106).

 2192 “Sunday… is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church” (CIC, can. 1246 § 1). “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass” (CIC, can. 1247).

2193 “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound… to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord’s Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body” (CIC, can. 1247).

2194 The institution of Sunday helps all “to be allowed sufficient rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives” (GS 67 § 3).

 2195 Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day.

Other Reasons:

Praise
Now that we have laid the foundation of why the Lord’s Day is important; I want to mention a few other reasons celebrating the Lord’s Day is important.

It’s a “mini Easter”. Sundays are a reminder of Jesus’ victory over death and our re-birth. They are a reminder of the first Easter and although they aren’t quite as big as the “official” Easter we celebrate, they are no less a day to remember that great victory won by Christ.

 It’s a day of rest. Well, it’s supposed to be! How many of spend our Sundays doing errands, cleaning, or car pooling to sports?! But the Lord has given us a day of rest because He knows we need it! We need a day to recharge our mental and physical batteries, so we can do the work He has called us.

It’s a day to give thanks and glory to God. Again, the Lord knows we are busy so He wants us to spend one day remembering HIM. It is a reminder that He is in charge. That He is God. That He loves us and wants us to grow in our relationship with Him. He doesn’t need our thanks and praise, but WE need to give Him the glory that is His. Praising HIM lifts US up, renews our spirits and helps us grow in our love for Him.

It is a day to grow in Charity. Honoring the Lord’s day helps us open our hearts and eyes to others around us, so that that we can love them with Christ’s love. Sundays are a good day to reach out to those who need us.

Tomorrow I’ll offer some things you can do to honor the Lord’s Day.

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Tweetable: Why Honoring the Lord’s Day Each Sunday is Important

(Scripture verses come from the Saint Joseph Personal size edition of the New American bible, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New York 1970, 1986)

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (December 19, 2010)

I’ll be starting my Christmas blogging break on Wednesday, so this will be my last Sunday Snippet post for this year! It’s hard to believe that Christmas is here and 2011 will begin in two two weeks! It’s been quite a year, that’s for sure…

Anyway, here are my posts for this week:

For my weekly recipe post on Monday, I shared a yummy Ginger-spice cookie recipe. If you are doing any last minute baking you might want to check it out. 🙂

For those of you who may be looking for a reputable charity to donate to this year, I offered ten pro-life charities that are fantastic and definitely worth sparing any extra funds for.

I love snow globes, so for Wordless Wednesday, I shared a picture of a snow globe that I was given several years ago.

Finally, For Fearless Friday, I prayed for all those who will be traveling for the many Christmas and New Year celebrations.

To all my Sunday Snippet friends: Thank you for reading my blog each week. May our Sweet Jesus bless you, keep you and bring you ever closer to His Most Sacred Heart! Until next year… 🙂

(Posted to RAnn’s blog at This That and the Other Thing.)

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (November 7, 2010)

Here’s my list of this week’s Sunday Snippets which is hosted by RAnn at This That and the Other Thing:

Sunday: One of my favorite saints is Saint Martin de Porres.

Monday: All Saint’s Day.

Tuesday: Listed ten more blogs that I love and recommend.

Wordless Wednesday: Did you get Waaayy too much Candy at Halloween this year, also?

Fearless Friday: A birthday prayer: My husband turned 42!