An Introduction to "Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Works..."
Hello beautiful, catholic women! I am thrilled to be able to introduce myself and blog to you and to become a part of such a treasury in the catholic blogger world. I was raised catholic by my mother who above all else taught me to love Our Lady and the Eucharist. She prayed the rosary with me faithfully from an early age and often took me for "visits" to Jesus in the tabernacle. My father was protestant, so I was also exposed to many protestant groups and encountered several humble, christian people who molded my faith journey and gave me a deep love for beautiful worship through music, dance, and even art. I met my husband, a Baptist at the time, at a Baptist university where I was attending music school. He was studying to become a Baptist minister. Though I was not fully prepared to defend my faith well, he was intrigued enough to study further, and study, he did. He consumed every book he could get his hands on about the Catholic Faith. He finally came into the Church right before he proposed to me at Easter Vigil of 1997. (Please look here if you are interested in reading his conversion story). My husband is passionate about the Truth. Defending it, living in it, and never compromising it. I am passionate about Beauty, expressing it through the gifts God has given me, seeing it in my own life, and teaching others to do the same is sort of a personal mission. My husband and I both want to foster an atmosphere in our home that flourishes in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, all as relates to God and the Catholic Faith and to share that with others. This is what my blog is about.
In the past 10 years of my life there have been 2 significant influences. I have been introduced to and inundated with the beautiful life of homeschooling. The Lord has blessed me with an amazing community of catholic homeschooling families that have shaped our own family life for the better. I also sort of "stumbled upon" a formation program called Disciples of Jesus and Mary, written by our beloved, deceased Fr. Santan Pinto for all laity and religious. It is the spiritual formation of a disciple, meant to mold them in scripture, the writings of the saints, and the Church to serve in their parishes and be a light to the world. What I love about it, is it teaches people to look at their own unique calling and gifts and pushes them on to live it out to the fullest, for the glory of God and salvation of souls. As an overflow of this I have been inspired to write a children's book, and record a cd as I have been writing music since the age of 13. I hope to be able to share those things with my readers when I am done. These would simply be an overflow of the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness which (I hope) is already flowing through my life. Right now I feel God is calling me to focus on "the little things", the daily duties he has placed in front of me and the noble vocation he has placed upon me of nurturing these 5 little bodies, minds, and most importantly, souls. If we are faithful in the little things first, I believe God will bless our dreams as well. There is a lot of ugliness, deceit, and evil in the world, but sometimes if you allow God to change your perspective you can see all the hidden treasures he has placed in people, in his Church, and in life experiences. I hope that my blog is the story of some of these hidden treasures. May God bless you.
Virginia at Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the Works...