Beloved You Are

Beloved. The address stands alone on the first line of Sunday’s reading from 2 Timothy 1. Beloved It needs no qualifier, no explanation, no direction. It simply addresses the reader as the reader is: Beloved. Yet for those who have had their hearts broken, the word Beloved, can be something of an enigma. Love, we’ve …

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Honoring The Testimony

Sooooo…here I am once again attempting to write for Single Mom Smiling, my blog begun in 2011. Maybe “attempting to write” should be exchanged for, “…attempting to write brazenly for Single Mom Smiling.” Let me explain… Single Mom Smiling was begun in the midst of trauma. In 2009, I was a SAHM and had just …

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Palm Sunday & the Tough Road to Love

Palm Sunday always gets me. It’s the day Jesus rode to Jerusalem heralded by His adoring fans. People lined the streets laying palm fronds before Him the same way we lay out the red carpet before Hollywood elites today. But all that changed quickly. The people turned on Jesus. They did not simply watch the …

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Woman Praying - "The Consecration of Russia & Your Role in Saving the World"

The Consecration of Russia & Your Role in Saving the World

Last Friday, Pope Francis consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The hope is that Russia will denounce its evil ways and come to Jesus for peace and salvation. Instead of rejoicing in this, many questioned why Mary is necessary. I addressed this here. Others debated whether the consecration had already been performed by …

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Fatima and Objections to the Consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart

Last Friday, Pope Francis consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. My previous post spoke of why Christians love Mary so much. Understanding the love for the Mother of Jesus still leaves many wondering about the Fatima story, what consecration means, and how a 100+ year old prophecy applies to our world today. There is …

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Blessed Virgin Mary with red flowers to her side.

Consecration of Russia – Why do Christians Love Mary?

Today Pope Francis consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Non-Catholic friends may wonder what this means. Some may be suspicious of consecration to Mary and question what is meant by her Immaculate Heart. That’s understandable. Although a cradle Catholic, I did not understand this until just a few years ago. Let me explain …

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