Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 17

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

Mary reflects the Sonlight of Jesus during the darkest of times.
Even superheroes need a savior.
When math works in your favor. Lol
An apt emoji for this biblical truth. 🙂
Soooo true!
Catholic teaching + superhero theme= awesome meme🔥🔥🔥
Wisdom from one of the greatest saints. 🙏
An excellent summary of how the Hail Mary is rooted in the Scriptures.
Such a powerful image. Jesus is the true Bread of Life.

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An Ode to the ADHD Storyteller

Here’s the thing about ADHD,

You go from A-Z in a second or three.

See someone and greet “hey!”

It leads to horses who love to eat hay.

But the bails of hay make you ponder a barn, that’s all.

This barn it’s decked out in red. Wall to wall.

Boards. Not bored. You can’t be bored with board games.

How you wish you could gather again with your gents & dames.

Playing chess, checkers, or maybe the most apt—Jumanji!

Nostalgic for all the memes about 2020 that made you almost pee.

Laughter was the only medicine it seemed from the isolation,

ridiculousness, weirdness, & cancellation.

Cancelled? It’s what I seriously thought about doing to my Netflix account,

when they failed to renew The Office (it wasn’t tantamount).

This word tantamount reminds me of a tarantula.

I can’t tell you why. But have you read Dracula?

No, not the Twilight version, Edward shimmering in the light.

The original vampire story. A novel idea isn’t that right?

Right, write, or was it Wright as in Wilbur and Orville?

Not the popcorn creator silly, but the fathers of aviation.

It’s amazing how much progress was made in our nation.

Soar high your ambitions, speak kindly to others like the honey of a bee.

I promised you I’d go from A-Z yet how did I only make it to B in three?

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 16

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

Too funny! 😆😄✉️
The only time I’ve ever seen the word “wipeth” is in relation to this meme or Bible verse.
😆😆😆
Thank you God for your mercy (even though sometimes it hurts).
Don’t be a heretic!
On the rare occasion I don’t do anything stupid.
JESUS IS THE WAY!

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 14

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

It’s a role I take seriously. 🙂
I actually enjoy cleaning the dishes. 🧼 🍽️
Holy Spirit guide my words and actions. 🙏
One of the more helpful memes in existence.
Catholicism houses the fullness of truth.
An orthodox Orthodox meme but still funny. 😆
Jesus is the True Bread from Heaven.
Ending with a punny one!

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3 Ways You Can Actually Get Rest through Play


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 24, 2019.


According to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” This weekend I found a temporary fountain of youth—at a pumpkin patch!  Celebrating the birthdays of two of my nieces and my daughter, we visited a small-town Nebraskan pumpkin patch on Saturday.  This experience was what I needed to infuse live into me.

Rest and play

 

 

 

 

 

My overnight work schedule has been challenging.  Getting naps throughout the day are hit or miss depending on how fussy or not my teething 8 month old daughter is on a a particular day. Balancing work and life has like trying to battle 16 monkey ninjas on your own. Our three year old has regressed over the past few weeks, meltdowns are on the rise, I only get to see my wife about 30 minutes most days, and the list of struggles goes on and on.

The purpose of this post is not to complain, but rather give a bit of context as to why my content has been irregular recently. I am thankfully for people providing guest posts in the midst of my chaotic schedule. I will be publishing more guest posts to help give me a break during this season. Rest. I did not appreciate sleep until I lacked it. This post will focus on a few ways I have been able to discover how to get rest during a grueling schedule. If you are in a similar or more serious situation than my family I hope you find value in these tips.

Play and Positivity

A common factoid you may have learned in school is that it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. If you never heard this amazing fact, please check out the link in the related resources section at the end of this post to read about the science behind smiling. This weekend I smiled.

Traveling on a zip line, sliding down the barn slide, pedaling a cart, and chasing my kids on the pumpkin patch playground incited smiles. We need playtime help reset our mindset. Going into work on Monday I was much more motivated and cheery. Playtime leads to positivity.

Observational Play is Still Fun

According to Angela Schwindt, “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” During the breaks between pumpkin patch activities I got the chance to watch my children caper with their cousins. The joy and excitement in their faces caused me to beam with gratitude. I rarely have the opportunity to simply rest and observe them in the middle of play.

Overcoming from a recent sinus infection and my continual job hunt for work from home opportunities has drained much of my energy the past few weeks. This weekend provided me the chance to pause and have fun watching my kids play!

Recapping the Day is Restful

Another way to fit in play during a busy schedule is to reflect on the revelry throughout the day. We had a three hour drive back home so I spent some time replaying the fun our family had in my mind. Next, my wife and I talked about our favorite moments. I asked each of my children which activity they enjoyed the best. “Pumpkin, I have a pumpkin daddy!” my three year old exclaimed from his car seat. Looking back, I saw a wide grin on his face and the orange vegetable proudly held in his hand.

Pumpkin Patch

Memory gave me the ability to play again while sitting down in the car. As I recapped the day, I regained my energy that was completely drained during the week.

Make it a priority to get daily playtime. It is necessary for a healthy body and mind. Play renewed my endurance. Rediscover joy in life by embracing playtime. A work and life balance is important. How do you plan on resting and playing this week?

Related Links

How Playing Paper Football Led to Prayer

Finding the Creative Spirit of God in Play!

Why Being Funny Helps You Seriously Practice the Catholic Faith

 

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 13

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Due to the Labor Day Holiday this post was delayed for a day. Time for another Catholic Meme Monday (this time on a Tuesday 🙂😆):

The Venerable Ventriloquist. 😆🙂
Even the Sith had architectural standards!
Accurate. 😆🙂🙏🎵
The primary mission in life is to become a saint.
My family always seem to be running late to Mass (yes I know I suck) so we usually sit in the back.
Fanboying at the Transfiguration. ☀️🙌🙂
Acronyms matter. 🤦🙂😆
“He stayed some days with the disciples in Damascus,
20 and he began at once to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.”
—Acts 9:19-20

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 12

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

Suffering is a means to help you grow in holiness.
I busted out laughing at this!
Satan: “You and what army?”Me: “See above.” 👆
Soooo many, many ways (a plethora) of ways for Paul to begin a hypothetical letter to the Americans. Who else thinks he would need at least three letters? 🙂🙏
Now you see me now you don’t.
“Hearing nuns’ confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” —Ven. Fulton Sheen 🍿 🤕😆
He didn’t mind his peas. #founderofmoderngenetics

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