The Singleton Memorial Fund

I’d like to direct you all to this article, where you can read more about the Singleton Memorial Fund set up by Charleston Southern University. The fund is meant to aid the Singleton family following the loss of Rev. Sharonda Singleton, and will help Chris cover his educational expenses. Please consider donating. Go Bucs!

Psalm Saturday: Psalm 13

Wow, these last two weeks have been something! I had a horrible reaction to my vaccines, and I recovered just in time to get my wisdom teeth out Tuesday! I’ve spent the majority of this week ill and irritable—I know my God will use that suffering for His glory, but I just want to eat solid food again! I have a check-up this Tuesday, so we’ll see what happens. Until then, why don’t we resume Psalm Saturday? Continue reading

Shooting Satan: The Powerful Rosary

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As bad as I am about remembering to pray it daily, I really love the Rosary. Our Lady’s Psalter is truly one of the most powerful prayers. A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend a Marian Eucharistic Conference with my parish, and I vividly remember one of our speakers, Deacon Harold Burke Sivers, telling us that every Hail Mary was “a bullet in the heart of Satan.” He’s right, but why is the rosary such a powerful prayer? I believe it’s because the rosary is a Gospel-focused prayer; while we are asking Mary’s intercession, we’re also meditating on Christ’s life. Saint John Paul II wrote in Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 

The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium.

So when we pray the rosary, we are really praying the Gospel in a way, and that’s why I love the scriptural rosary. Often I’m astounded at how powerful this prayer is. I wouldn’t have believed Deacon Harold if I hadn’t experienced it myself. When I first joined RCIA, we learned to pray the rosary. I know I wrote about it a little in my New Year’s resolutions post, and it seems crazy, but I really believe I experienced a miracle. For months I had been struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide. I was also struggling with habitual impurity, as much as I tried to control my thoughts and myself. Nothing was working, and I just didn’t feel right. It was like I was somebody else. I took my rosary home and prayed it the best that I could, and immediately I felt calm and peaceful. A weight lifted off my shoulders and I knew that Mary was there with me. As a former Baptist, I was struggling with devotion to Our Lady, and I think the Holy Spirit was reassuring me then that I could love her too.

I started praying the rosary every day, and I also began the Three Hail Mary devotion, asking Our Lady to intercede for me in the fight against impurity. Everything changed so quickly I couldn’t call it anything less than a miracle. I was calmer, less anxious, and more in control of myself that I had been in weeks. I was even sleeping more soundly. Our Lady’s Psalter is a powerful tool in the fight against depression and impurity; now, when I have a panic attack I reach for my rosary beads and pray the mysteries. I can focus on the Gospel, and not the fear I’m feeling. If I feel angry our out of control, I say a Hail Mary and ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

These little prayers are so effective and easy to say. With the rosary, we can go with Mary to cast our troubles on Jesus. We can lose our hurts and fears in the joy and light of the Gospel. It doesn’t matter if we don’t pray it perfectly; as long as we are doing our best, Jesus understands.  Just ask St. Thérèse, who despite her deep affection for Mary, struggled with the Rosary prayers.

I hope this post has encouraged you to pick up your rosary today and call your Mom. even if you only pray one decade, I’m sure she’ll appreciate hearing from you.

In His Sacred Heart,

Erica

A Long Overdue Return

My dear internet friends, life hasn’t been very accommodating lately! I’ve been out of school for a while, but different obligations have kept me busy—and even when I’m not “busy,” it seems like there’s always something to do! And honestly, I’ve been struggling to stay productive now that school is out. I have a lot to work on, but it seems my brain needed a holiday. Hopefully my summer is not completely lost! I’m getting my wisdom teeth taken out next week; I suppose we’ll have to see how productive I am while medicated.

Life Happens…

I promised to keep you posted, so here goes! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve been accepted into the law program at Catholic University of America and will be attending Columbus School of Law there in August. I’m headed to D.C. in July for a prep program—all covered by a scholarship! God has been so wonderful! But of course, He always is. 21 years ago doctors told my family I’d never amount to anything, that my disability would deprive me of a normal life—here I am graduated from college and, God-willing, on my way to becoming a lawyer! I know the Scripture has been fulfilled in me, for “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)

My beautiful sister also transferred into the business program at her school, and several of my college friends are moving on to graduate programs. Plus, my college advisor will be a daddy very soon! Please pray for us all as we move onto new things in God’s plans for each of us, and know that you too are in my prayers.

…but the blogging continues!

The blog is—well, my blog schedule gives me an accusatory glare every time I open it. I am so behind! I will do my best to return to semi-regular posting in between packing for D.C. and summer obligations! Please pray that God gives me some motivation! I try to brainstorm new posts, but everything comes up blank. I do have a few things in the works, so hold on and please come back! OOTheW is by no means dead. Once I get my brain in order, we’ll be back on track.

Again, God bless you all my dear readers! It was so heartwarming to see traffic, even though posts have been absent for a while. Exams, graduation, and general life had me in a bind, but I am so happy to be writing again! I hope to hear from you soon!

In His Sacred Heart,

Erica

Translation Tuesdays: 1 John 1-7

trasltuesheaderHey all! Today begins Translation Tuesdays, starting with 1 John 1-7. I’m excited for this series; it should last until the end of April, when my class is finally over and we turn in our translation notebooks. I hope we can learn more about scripture together! Here’s to remembering to post and actually getting my homework done! Don’t you just love it when you can do two things at once? But enough of that. Onward, my dear readers!

The Translation Notebook

Part of my grade is being something I’m not very often—organized. We weren’t given much to go on except “a notebook,” so being me, I went to the campus bookstore the next day and picked up a plain jane spiral notebook. (Don’t go to your campus bookstore without an arm and a leg for cash…)

1 John 1:1

1 John 1:1

I even color-coded! The Greek is in pink, my final translation is in blue, and the NRSV text is purple. I made the verse numbers orange and I’m using green to write the assignments. (Hey, I finally found a use for my mountain of pens!) I’m hoping that maybe, once we’ve translated and corrected everything, I’ll be able to transcribe everything in a nicer notebook to keep. A good way to memorize 1 John, yeah?

The Translation

I have a newfound respect for Bible translators. This first assignment wasn’t too bad—not a lot of new words or odd constructions—but I still struggled. Like in verse five, the Greek reads, “Καὶ ἔστιν αὕτη ἡ ἀγγελία ἣν ἀκηκόαμεν ἀπ’ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀναγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν, ὅτι ὁ θεὸς φῶς ἐστιν καὶ σκοτία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν οὐδεμία.”

This verse is one of my favorites in the New Testament, but boy is it confusing in Greek! I’m okay up until “ὁ θεὸς φῶς ἐστιν,” and then it gets really weird. Greek is odd because it doesn’t matter what order the words are in as much as what case the words are in. So “σκοτία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν οὐδεμία” literally reads, “darkness in him not is nothing.” (As best as I can tell anyway.)

But this is where you get one of those cool Greek emphasis things going on, so what it’s really saying is, “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” (NRSV) “οὐδεμία” can mean nothing, but it’s really a giant underscore yelling, “No darkness, period. ” Language nerd happiness!

The same thing happens in verse four, which in the NRSV reads, ‘We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” The English doesn’t translate “ἡμεῖς,” which I think is there for emphasis. As if the verse were saying, “Yes, we are writing these things—us the apostles.” With all the false prophets going around, I can see why they’d write this way. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see if I got it right in class today.

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope that was an informative, fun post for you all! Tell me what you think. What would you like to see in Translation Tuesdays? Also, here’s a Pronunciation Guide for the Greek; I think we are using the Erasmian pronunciation in my class. Have a great week—1 John and I will see you next Tuesday!

In His Sacred Heart,

Erica

Photography101 – Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast

Since Holy week is coming up, I thought I’d share with you all this beautiful photography post I found in my feed. Check out Tales from the WagginMaster—it’s a good read!

Tales from the WagginMaster

What an exciting finish for Photography101.  And a hardy Thank You for the Happiness Engineers at WordPress for moderating this and other wonderful courses.


Triumph & Contrast

It was a dark Friday, so many years ago. The Roman Government had just arrested Jesus of Nazareth. They considered him a radical and a threat to their control over the people, especial those impacted by the teachings of Jesus.

On that dark day, Jesus was mocked, scourged and nailed to an old rugged cross. He was about to be crucified – a sentence reserved for criminals who commented heinous crimes.

20a DSC_0033The Cross at Groom, Texas

For several hours, Jesus hung on that cross, writhing in pain. Shortly before sundown, he gave up his spirit and breathe his last.

20b DSC_0034The Cross at Groom, Texas

Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb. The Romans got rid of the problem; they were triumphant or so…

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