Sunday, June 30, 2013

In Loving Memory...

Rest in Peace

Lee Smith

August 17, 1930 – June 30, 2013

We love you Mom. We will miss you. 

Teresa, aka M. J.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Big 10 Countdown - #1

by M. J. Joachim

Put God first in all you think, say and do…

It’s truly amazing what happens in a very large family when a mother undergoes such severe health trials. We must trust that God is in the details, and despite our human frailty, weaknesses and limitations, His will and love will conquer all.

Not qualified to preach, just finishing up this series and drawing on current events to do so.

Update on my Mom

She’s still in ICU. It’s not easy to recover from two intense surgeries, especially when one is in their 80’s. Please continue to pray for her and our family. Thank you.

M. J. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Just a very brief update – My mom is not doing so well. Please keep her and our family in your prayers. Thank you.

M. J. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Update

Please forgive my absence. I'm going to see my mom. Please pray for her. She is having another surgery today.

Thank you.

M. J.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Silent Sunday - One Photo, No Words

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Power of Prayer – Thank You!

Dear Friends, 

I am very happy to report that my mom is out of ICU and I was able to talk to her on the phone today and tell her I love her. She even said she loves me too. Things are starting to get much better now.

Thank you all for your prayers and kind wishes. Keep ‘em comin’! We’ve got a long road ahead of us yet. I’ll be sure and let you know the power of them as things continue to improve.

Best to all! Happy Saturday kind friends!

M. J.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Big 10 Countdown - #2 + A Great Blogging Community

by M. J. Joachim

Thou Shalt Not Worship Idols or False Gods

Money, power, people, work, toys – you know, the big ones like homes, cars, prestige, vanity and celebrity status…all those things that make our egos float us right out of reality, while some unsuspected savage waits in the shadows to bursts our bubble, if indeed it is able to pop.

Way back in biblical days, they worshiped Greek and Roman gods; then they idolized golden calves and all sorts of images, sometimes going so far as to make them grand and glorious and pleasing to the “spirit” behind the image.

These days we worship people mostly. We covet popularity, forgetting the importance of wisdom and common sense. Then we wonder why so many celebrities crash and burn. We feel for them, only to attach to their drama for gossip’s sake.

Drugs are another thing we worship, sex and alcohol too. Party on, and forget your troubles in a hurry. Getting numb, becoming irresponsible…who needs to be coherent anyway? Everybody does it, so why not get drunk, stoned or numb to fit in?

I can think of a few reasons…

A Great Blogging Community

The kindness of the blogging community truly amazes me. The other night, I was particularly down – it’s hard not seeing my mom, even though I know it’s best right now. I’ll visit her when the time is right, probably after she goes home from the hospital, which could be a while yet. She needs time and rest to heal right now, and with eight kids and so many grandkids, you can imagine that’s not easy.

I was preparing to turn off my computer, but thought I’d check my comments one last time. So many uplifting and positive messages appeared – most hadn’t been there earlier in the day, so all of a sudden, I received more warm fuzzies, all at once – they were needed and very well received. Thank you to all my blogging buddies on all of my blogs for being so kind and keeping my mom in your prayers.

Slowly but surely, this prayer chain, along with countless others that have been started on my mom’s behalf are helping her during this time. Our family’s thanks goes out to all who are praying and sending kind wishes to us these days.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

Photo credit:  The Adoration of the Golden Calf, National Gallery, PD-US
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

by M. J. Joachim

Sisters have a way of giving you just what you need. I’m so glad God made sisters, and I’m more than a little thrilled our sisterly love goes way beyond the boundaries of bloodlines.

Thanks to my blogging sister Tina for sharing the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award with me yesterday. I definitely need my sisters these days, what with my mom being so sick and all.

Brief update on that – she still needs all the prayers we can give her. She’s still in ICU. It’s going to be a long, tough road for her. Thank you for being part of the prayer chain storming the gates of heaven on her behalf.

I’m sharing this award with 5 blogging sisters; I’m the 5th of 5 sisters in my own family, thus a list of 5 here. This is by no means an exhaustive list – these fine ladies are merely representatives of all the wonderful blogging sisters I have in Blog Land. Let the ripple begin, as they share the love with other sisters in Blog Land and spread the joy throughout our amazing community.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

Best to all,

M. J.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Big 10 Countdown – #3

by M. J. Joachim

Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain

Duh! And yet it happens all the time, especially on t.v. and combined with other profanities. I read a post recently by my friend Arlee Bird; he addressed the onslaught of so much foul language in our society and culture. For whatever reason, much of our culture and society doesn’t seem too concerned with swearing these days.

Even my kids tell me, “They’re just words. Why get so uptight about it?” Because regardless of how we minimize it, words still communicate what we say, think and feel, so when we don’t choose our words carefully, or when we cuss like sailors who have been out on the sea too long, we don’t exactly represent ourselves or our culture in a positive light.

The reality is, we’ve conditioned ourselves to become desensitized to profanity. G. D., taking the Lord’s name in vain, is literally broadcast across the airwaves numerous times every day. Pick any intense show that isn’t about vampires and werewolves, and you’re likely to hear it by the head of the corporation, as he slams his foes and puts his family members in their place. Strong leadership requires swearing, after all. People stand up and listen to you more when you preface your words by saying, “G. D.”

I don’t have the answers to this decline in society’s communication skills, or its disinterest in making it stop. There is no swearing police that I know of, and the entertainment industry doesn’t seem likely to edit “G. D.” out of its scripts anytime soon.

People will say what they are going to say, imposing it on our ears without thinking twice. When they did it with smoke, the government put a lid on it, making bookoo bucks on all their government rules, regulations, fines, tax codes etc. etc.

Swearing isn’t a money-maker, however, and it seems the entertainment industry is doing just fine adding it in for effect. Until such a time as society gets tired of it, swearing is here to stay. And “G. D.,” (taking the Lord’s name in vain) and the ripple effect from letting it be considered “just words” is one of those commandments that seems to have been caught in the crossfire.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

Photo credit:  No bad behavior sign, Ben Schumin, Creative Commons Attribution – Share Alike 3.0

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Silent Sunday 060213

Photo credit:  M. J. Joachim (All Rights Reserved)

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness Recipient – Here’s the Story

by M. J. Joachim

It is interesting to note that I was the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness on the last day of the RAK Blogfest. So instead of writing about it, I experienced it firsthand.

It was one of those dreaded early morning phone calls…the kind that throws your world upside down, punches you in the gut and makes you gasp for air before you realize you’re really on the phone and this is not part of the dream you’re coming out of. Yea, I received one of those yesterday, about my mom. She’s pretty sick these days and your prayers for her would be very much appreciated.

I was in the process of emailing back and forth with a fellow blogger, because he won a couple of Blog Hopper Marathons on my Writing Tips blog. Winners have their names listed in the Blog Hopper Marathon Hall of Fame and receive one full post, all about them.

After the first general post, my idea was to find out a bit more in depth information about him for the second and third post. So we were emailing back and forth, and I was due to send him some interview questions sometime yesterday, the earlier the better so he had time to answer them and they could go live this coming Monday.

As it turned out, I received a phone call sending my mind and heart in a blur, making it difficult at best to organize my thoughts enough to figure out the right questions to ask, let alone do the appropriate web searches to help me do so. I ended up sending an email to my friend, alerting him to the situation about my mom, letting him know that in lieu of sending interview questions I would appreciate it if he would send me whatever he could – pics, personal tidbits, background info etc., and letting him know that if he would do this, I would come up with a really nice post for Monday.

I did the same thing regarding his post for next Wednesday, sending him a brief paragraph about what I was looking for, so I could do the write up, which will focus on him being an author and the journey he took to get there.

My friend sent me a brief note telling me he was sorry about my mom and letting me know that he would send everything I requested as soon as possible. By the end of the day, not only did I have all the information I requested, but it was completely written, pics included and ready to be drafted into two posts. My friend didn’t want me to worry or stress about anything, listened to how I wanted to create these posts and created them according to my wishes for my blog – spur of the moment, on the fly.

I really hadn’t had much opportunity to see this side of Alex J. Cavanaugh before. He was always a curious blogmeister, the guy who helped other bloggers on his blog and visited more blogs than many of us think possible. For the most part, Alex was an enigma – a blogging machine, and by all accounts, a very busy guy in my mind.

Opportunity often has the means of exposing us to things we might never see otherwise. Alex took this opportunity to become my friend, and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you, Alex.

Thank you for visiting Being Catholic.

M. J.

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