Please share this blog!

As we embark on this new adventure, we’re learning quite a lot along the way. As the admin of this site, I’m asking that you might share this blog with others. You may not know me, or maybe you do, or only know of me, I’m asking for your trust in our Lay Dominican group to bring you great catholic content that will stimulate your mind and your soul. We want to help you to not only better understand the Catholic perspective, but also to help you to invite Christ into your own personal life. He wants you to spend eternity with Him. That’s the reason why God created you, me and everyone else. And that’s the reason why this blog exists.

If you have questions or comments, a content wish list, that’s why we’re putting this out there. As this blog grows each week, share it with others and ask them to share too. We plan to add media, reflections, saints, history, events, links, social media pages and handles, all to help as many people as possible to see how God is relevant in our modern world. Right now, what you see is only the beginning. Some of us even want to start a YouTube video blog (aka vlog) which will also be added on this site.

So, please, share with your family and friends, and stay tuned for more content to be added frequently! Oh, and, we also ask for your mercy and patience as we learn how to do all of this. Thank you and may God bless you and your families abundantly!

Ms. Renee Valenzuela, OP

The Extreme Importance of Faith

It’s not news that our entire world, both sides of it, religious and secular, is in a tailspin right now. We need something to grab onto, like a buoy, to steady us and keep us from going under.

In these and future turbulent times, remember this important point: Jesus is our rock. We do not put our trust in men, we put our trust in the Lord our God. He, alone, is our Savior. Keeping our eyes fixed on God, we can discern His will in our own lives.

Sometimes God will test us. We are frequently unfaithful to Him, so he gives us opportunities to restore our relationship with Him. The graces that he offers us are innumerable, and they require our cooperation. That means we must surrender our own will to His. We can fight it and be miserable or we can accept His will for us and cooperate with it. The choice is ours. Attitude is everything.

Jesus never promised that our trek would be easy or comfortable, either. He promised us the forgiveness of our sins and an eternal share in His Kingdom, if we take up our cross and carry it daily. Yes, this is a requirement to be a disciple of Christ.

What does that mean? Well, in short, it means to accept God’s will in your life. Jesus said, “…Father, take this cup from me… Your will, not mine.” He surrendered His own will to that of the Father, giving us the perfect example to follow. Your will, my Lord, not mine. This isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either. Trust is essential, here. And there are steps we can take to build that.

The first step is putting God first in our lives. How do we do that? Well, arranging our secular life around the Mass schedule is a great place to start. Attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. We have some Holy Days coming up. Rearrange your schedule to attend Mass on those days, even if it’s a week day.

Pray every single day. Pray in thanksgiving for something in your life. Pray before meals, even when you’re in a restaurant or at someone else’s house. Pray the rosary. Don’t know the mysteries? Has it been a long time? There are books available to help. Don’t have a rosary? Get one, a rosary book and use it. It’s the best 20 minute daily habit to start.

The hard truth is that unless we act on the graces offered to us, then the chaos of modern life will continue to drag us down. Prevent the emptiness and despair that the world offers.

So, to sum it up, this craziness that dominates our world is a distraction meant to confuse us. Don’t let it shake your faith. No one is more powerful than God. Don’t let anyone come between you and Him. By attending Mass attentively on a regular basis and praying attentively every single day, we’ll begin to feel this hunger to know more, for a deeper relationship with Him, the world around us will appear differently, we will understand that our desire will be for God and can only be sated by Him.

Putting God first, putting His will before our own, this is order. This is the way to satisfaction. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Do you want to be satisfied? It’s a true test of faith to hand your life over to God. It is truly right and just.

The Journey Begins

“To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them.” St. Thomas Aquinas, OP

The journey begins, indeed. We are venturing out onto the waters here with a new page, a new blog, a future in social media, there so many ways to preach. Welcome to the 21st century!

Thanks for joining us on this adventure! Taking people by the hand and guiding them is exactly what we intend to do here. Subcribe to our blog, open your minds and hearts to God. Together we can overcome those stumbling blocks that stand in the way of a great relationship with our Creator.

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Setting sail can be daunting. You don’t have to do it alone.

On this blogsite, we will discuss all sorts of topics that relate to Christianity. We will make reflections on scripture, discuss the faith, explain difficult teachings, and talk about current events as they relate to faith matters. A solid foundation in your faith makes navigating in this chaotic world so much better.

It isn’t easy and sometimes we just need a little encouragement. The video below is a sample of what Dominican preaching looks like. It’s simple, understandable, and true to the faith. Check it out.

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