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PostHeaderIcon Brightening Your Inner Light: Part 2

**NOTE: This post is the second and last of a two-part series. This one is for the guys, but if you’re a girl, I encourage you to read it anyway!
It may help you better understand how a guy of Christ should act.**

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Titus 1. It’s not as popular as it’s female counterpart, but it’s important just the same! Also, Titus 1 is very Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Brightening Your Inner Light: Part 1

**NOTE: This post is the first of a two-part series. This one is for the girls, but if you’re a guy, I encourage you to read it anyway!
It may help you better understand how a girl of God should act.**

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The ‘Proverbs 31 girl’…I don’t think I’ve ever heard that term until I joined Twitter’s vast Christian Anon community. Everywhere I looked, I saw comments such as these from girls:

“I want to be a Proverbs 31 girl!”

“Trying to be the girl I was created to be. #Proverbs31″ 

“I thought I was grown up enough, but looks like I have more growing to do. #Proverbs31Girl”

Or comments such as these from the guys: Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon 30 Facts About Me

In an effort to let all my readers get to know me better, I decided I was going to do a fun blog post with 30 facts that you may or may not know about me.  I got the idea from Twitter, when a bunch of people I follow got #30FactsAboutMe Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Six Whole Days

Six Whole Days

A Fictional Short Story by Alexis Grace

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 It had been a tough week, and nothing seemed to be going the way I needed it to. It was nothing terrible; just the ordinary happenings of everyday life. As I ran along the banks of a nearby stream, I found a log and sat down to look over the past week.  

It started with a big fight with my parents, which resulted with me being grounded because I completely lost my temper. Being grounded meant Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Perfection

Lately, some Twitter content has been a real eye-opener for me. There are so many lies that society tells teens, and the biggest one seems Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon We Three Kings

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We’ve read the story of our Savior’s birth, and about the gifts presented to Him by the Magi countless times. We’ve heard the Christmas carol almost as much. Yet still the three kings intrigue me…and this is why:

Tradition says that Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior traveled a long and hard journey from the east, following the Star of Bethlehem to the place where the baby Jesus was. At this time, it is probable that Jesus was about 2 years old. Yet as a 2 year old, the baby Jesus was recognized by the three Magi as a king, and given gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

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The Bible tells us that the Wise Men had first visited Herod, the King of Israel, telling him about this great and mighty newborn King. Herod, jealous and feeling threatened by the birth of Jesus, tried to deceive the Magi by telling them to return to him when they had found the newborn King ‘so that he also, may pay homage’ to Jesus. But warned in a dream about Herod’s intentions, the Magi instead left for their own countries by a different route, neglecting to visit Herod on their way out. 

The three main ideas that I want to point out to you are these:

  •   The Magi were seeking Jesus.
  •       They came bearing earthly gifts.
  •     And then they left.

To me, this is a great example of being human. We, as Christians, live our life seeking Jesus, just as the Three Kings did. Not only do we seek Jesus; we come bearing gifts. Our gifts are often earthly and materialistic in a sense, though they may be well-intentioned, as the gifts of the Wise Men were. “I will give money to the poor, serve Your Church, etc.” But after we offer those gifts, we leave Him. We wander away. We take a different path than the one that leads to Him. 

Jesus is touched by our gestures. He appreciates it very much when we serve His Church, help the poor, and do other acts of kindness. He lets us know this in Matthew 25:40 when He said, “Truly I say unto you, whatever you did to the least of my brethren, you did unto Me.” We are called and expected to serve others as Christians. 

But the greatest gift of all that we can give to our Lord is not simply a well-intentioned gesture. Those are just supplements. The greatest gift of all that we can give Him is our heart. When we give Him our heart in a sincere way, our mind, body, and whole being will follow. Yes, we will stumble, fall and make messes of all sizes along the way; but that’s part of being human.  

That’s why we need grace.  

That’s why we needed Jesus to become one of us in the first place.  

That’s why we celebrate Christmas. 

So, as we journey through this advent season, and travel closer to Christ, remember what the Magi have taught us: 

Jesus truly is the reason for the season, and is deserving of our praise. But He is also deserving of our heart, and that is the greatest gift of all to offer Him.

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~Alexis Grace

PostHeaderIcon I Had To Do Something…So I Wrote A Post

A couple of months ago, I found an article that really bothered me. So much so, that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick it apart. It first caught my attention because of the title: “No joke this time: Is the Pope Catholic?”.
If you know me, then you probably know I looked Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Come Holy Spirit! (Part 3)

This post is the third out of three in a series I call, ‘Come Holy Spirit!’ The title reflects my personal experiences from this past July, which focuses on receiving my Sacrament of Confirmation, and also my experience at CatholicTV as a co-host providing live television coverage of World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I have 2 hopeful purposes for sharing this piece of my life with you. 

  •  To express how much it meant to me, to celebrate the beautiful Sacrament of Confirmation, in the hope that those of you who are preparing to make your own Confirmation will appreciate it as much as I do, and understand why it’s such a big step in your journey as a young Catholic!
  • To show you that with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can do anything!!!

To read Part 1, click HERE.

To read Part 2, click HERE.

I hope you enjoy this personal witness series!

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The next three days passed quickly. To make a long story short, I spent them loading content onto my new iPod, taking tennis lessons, going to Pizza & Prayer, and doing some summer-schoolwork. Of course, packing was on the agenda too!

On Thursday, it was finally time to leave Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Come Holy Spirit! (Part 2)

This post is the second out of three in a series I call, ‘Come Holy Spirit!’ The title reflects my personal experiences from this past July, which focuses on receiving my Sacrament of Confirmation, and also my experience at CatholicTV as a co-host providing live television coverage of World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I have 2 hopeful purposes for sharing this piece of my life with you. 

  •  To express how much it meant to me, to celebrate the beautiful Sacrament of Confirmation, in the hope that those of you who are preparing to make your own Confirmation will appreciate it as much as I do, and understand why it’s such a big step in your journey as a young Catholic!
  • To show you that with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can do anything!!!

To read Part 1, click HERE.

I hope you enjoy this personal witness series!

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ANDDDD THEN…it was morning. I woke up. I blinked a couple of times. “Oh my LORSH…today is the day that the Lord has MADE. FOR ME.” 

I kid you not, that was my first thought. Just like that. My big day was here, and I was both extremely excited Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon Come Holy Spirit! (Part 1)

This post is the first out of three in a series I call, ‘Come Holy Spirit!’ The title reflects my personal experiences from this past July, which focuses on receiving my Sacrament of Confirmation, and also my experience at CatholicTV as a co-host providing live television coverage of World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  I have 2 hopeful purposes for sharing this piece of my life with you. 

  • To express how much it meant to me, to celebrate the beautiful Sacrament of Confirmation, in the hope that those of you who are preparing to make your own Confirmation will appreciate it as much as I do, and understand why it’s such a big step in your journey as a young Catholic!
  • To show you that with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can do anything!!!

I hope you enjoy this personal witness series!

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July 20-28, 2013, was probably the biggest, most exciting Read the rest of this entry »