Update on My Sister’s “New Evangelization” through Facebook

get-attachmentAbout six weeks ago I wrote about my sister’s little “new evangelization” ministry, her Facebook page “Love Being Catholic.”  She had reached 10,000 fans and I was so excited to share it with you all here.

Well, today, it’s up to 21,800!  And the “reach” in analytics terms is in the millions!  She’s got fans from over 30 different countries!

And she gets so many sweet comments from readers saying her posts are the highlight of their days. She does this page out of her love for the faith. It’s a beautiful thing.

The New Evangelization: Facebook and Love Being Catholic

imageAbout a year ago, one of my sisters had become so frustrated with the anti-Catholic bias in the media that she felt convicted to counter this by being publicly, enthusiastically Catholic in all areas of her life.

The two year campaign of the election competition, the atrocity of the HHS mandate which diminishes religious freedom for Christians in this country, and the so-called “war on women” nonsense of the Planned Parenthood and NARAL money machines really took its toll on us regular, practicing Catholics.

Our faith was mocked not only at the highest levels of our government but throughout the news media, the entertainment industry and of course the social networks. Putting a bumper sticker on her car just wasn’t enough for my sister.

It’s funny how when we let the bad guys bully us into silence, the bad guys win. And when we, in my own case, let the shame of being an alcoholic silence me into anonymity—shame wins.  I believe strongly this is the devil at work. And we can’t let him win.

She started a Facebook page called, “Love Being Catholic.”  And quickly collecting 100 “fans,” she was very pleased and it sort of became for her a way to confirm our Faith.

With the blessed Mother by her side, my sister crushed the serpent and went overtly public with her love of faith. This, in our social circles wasn’t easy. And she lost a few “friends” over this, including a couple of relatives who didn’t like how faithfully she professed her love of Church teachings particularly on abortion, gay marriage and the HHS mandate.

So–flash forward to today.

She and I had lunch yesterday and were talking about how her Facebook page had almost reached 10,000 fans–with a “reach” of over 700,000! We were laughing and were amazed, but also so in awe of the holy spirit. We talked about how each of us can participate in this New Evangelization in our own ways.

This morning I woke to an email with the screen shot of her page showing 10,000 fans.  I couldn’t wait to share. I was so proud of my sister and so happy that I too “Love Being Catholic!”

There’s is a great article in the Catholic Sun today about Pope Francis by one of my most favorite Catholic theologians and authors George Weigel. His new book called Evangelical Catholicism hit the newsstands last month. I have all of his other books and will buy this one for myself for Easter.  In his article today, Weigel says, “The new pope played a significant role in shaping the Latin American bishops’ 2007 “Aparecida Document,” which embraced the New Evangelization and put it at the center of the Church’s life.”

Like Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI before him, Pope Francis absolutely understands how important it is to counter, as Weigel calls it, “the acids of secularism.”

So, rise up Catholics and be not afraid. Wear your faith on your sleeve. Preach the Gospel to all and if necessary, use (social media) words.

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Sister Weekend and Mother Theresa

12345I’m down in Saint Augustine, FL with the goddesses for Sister Weekend 2013.  It’s been several years since we had our last Sister Weekend; and my Mom is so happy to be at the beach with her six daughters.

We are all—all six daughters and my mother—so connected to the beach, the tides, the moon. Something about being near the ocean calms my every anxiety.

Mom and I went to bed at 9:00pm last night; but the other sisters stayed up until after 3:00am–they didn’t get drunk (like I would have!).  They were just enjoying one another, drinking wine and laughing.

My room is at the top of the hardwood, echoing stairs so I could hear every word. I didn’t sleep well; but I couldn’t go down and sit in the “merriment” because I would have wanted to join in.

I know their laughs so well. I even knew which ones were accompanied by tears of laughter.  They were laughing so hard! Many times I laughed with them, albeit upstairs in my bed alone.  They were telling such funny stories, cracking up with Youtube videos, posting silly pictures of themselves on Facebook. I could sit here and say I sulked upstairs, sober, feeling left out, but that would be a lie.

I was completely okay about it.  I was okay not being down there with them—I guess I’m in a good place spiritually right now where nothing can touch my sobriety—I had actually asked God to surround me this weekend, so I could be present with my sisters and be of service.

I enjoyed it with them but didn’t  have to be in the middle of it, in the middle of all the wine and all the fun.

This morning I was up with my Mom at 6:00am—it was wonderful hanging out with my Mom, saying our prayers, talking and drinking our coffees.  We went out to the beach and watched the sunrise.  It was freezing, but so beautiful.  There was a seagull that kept staring at us even though I told him we didn’t have any food for him.  Other seagulls would try to come by; but our little seagull friend yelled at them that we were his people; and so they left.

sandpiperHe just sat there staring at us.  And then I noticed another little bird down in the water and Mom said it was a sandpiper.  I had never seen a sandpiper–or at least didn’t know that’s what it was if I ever saw one before.

Mom gave me this meditation prayer she says a lot and I was determined to re-type it here in my blog, my space.  I’ll type it on another page and back date it because it’s very long.  Click here to read it—it’s Mother Theresa’s own personal prayer she wrote as if Jesus was talking directly to her.  I love it.

I’m going to go to a 9:00am AA meeting–I found one called “Sober Sisters” about 5 miles away.  It will be nice to be in a meeting.

Beginning My 4th Step (after a period of procrastination)

four.previewOkay people.  I am really going to start my 4th Step today.  And I will blog about it in order to hold myself accountable.

Don’t get excited–I’m not going to write my whole 4th Step on my blog ha ha ha.  Oh wow, no.  But I will go through the process here.

I found this link and this link and this link with some great 4th Step forms and worksheets.

And I found this link and this link and this link with some great tips and advice pertaining to the 4th Step.

And I spent this whole hour reading and blogging links to 4th Step stuff rather than actually getting started doing it.  yikes.

Okay.