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Who am I?
I believe I am an intentional thought or decision that was made in the Divine Mind of God. I entered this world to experience as much as possible ie;  to play, to laugh ,cry, think and feel, to make a connection with others all the while learning and exploring the depths of God's creativity and love. I am here like we all are, to remember what we may have forgotten; our life purpose and our oneness of spirit that we share as Gods creations. I am here to share what moves me as I follow this path that is my life.  I am married for 41 years and I am a mother of four adult children.  They have grown  enough to honor me with seven grandchildren ; four girls and three boys.  I've worn many hats professionally, the most recent related to the world of Golf even tho I've never played anthing but miniature golf, lol! I have recently shifted into a creative time where I am exploring writing, sewing, trying my hands at making soap, candles and selfcare products.  I have a million ideas or more just waiting to manifest!

NEW WEBSITE! NEW PRODUCTS!

I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE MY NEW WEBSITE WHICH WILL BE MUCH NICER TO NAVIGATE AND CHECKOUT:
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PLEASE VISIT ME THERE FOR ALL THE NEWEST ITEMS THAT I HAVE BEEN CREATING! I HOPE TO USE THIS BLOGSITE AS A PLACE TO TALK ABOUT MY TRIUMPHS AND MY ERRORS AS I HAPPILY NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF SOAPING! WILL ALSO BE OPEN TO OTHER AREAS OF ART AND CREATING BEAUTIFUL THINGS! THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING ME!

Living Your Passion

I invite the presence of God to be with me in the form of my passion. May our passions drive us to our lifes purpose.

InfiniteSpiritCraftsandSoap

InfiniteSpiritCraftsandSoap
InfiniteSpiritCraftandSoap
I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I PERSONALLY MAKE EACH AND EVERY PRODUCT ON MY SITE. I AM VERY PROUD OF USING NATURAL INGREDIENTS WITHOUT ANY ADDITIVES YOU CANNOT PRONOUNCE! I DO USE SAFE SOAP COLORANTS, SOME FROM NATURE/PLANT BASED, AND SOME FROM SAFE SOAP COLORANT OR MICA'S. MY FRAGRANCES COME MAINLY FROM 100% ESSENTIAL OILS,UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. I HOPE YOU ENJOY MY SITE AND MY PRODUCTS!!

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Christmas Rose Bath Bar
This beautiful bath bar is made from a shea butter soap base . Pure Rose and Neroli Essential Oils have been added to give it the scent of a fresh picked rose!

Christmas Rose

Christmas Rose
VICTORIAN ROSE BATH BAR

ALL NEW VICTORIAN ROSE BATH BARS ARE MADE WITH AN ORGANIC SHEA SOAP BASE, CRUSHED ROSE PETALS, ROSEHIP OIL, AVOCADO OIL, ROSE AND GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OILS.

Victorian Rose

Victorian Rose
Victorian Rose

Victorian Rose

Victorian Rose
Victorian Rose
HIMALAYAN SEA SALT BATH BAR
THESE BEAUTIFUL BARS WERE MADE WITH AN OLIVE OIL SOAP BASE, HIMALAYAN PINK SALT, ESSENTIAL OILS OF PATCHOULI, GERANIUM, AND ROSE. HIMALAYAN PINK SALT, MINED NEAR THE BASE OF THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, SOFTENS AND SOOTHES THE SKIN. iTS NATURAL COLOR CREATES A LIGHT PINK SOAP WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL COLORANTS. GENTLE ENOUGH TO BE USED ON THE ENTIRE BODY, THE SOAP SMELLS LIKE A ROSE IN FULL BLOOM.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Bath Bars

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Bath Bars
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Bath Bars

HIMALAYAN SEA SALT BAR

HIMALAYAN SEA SALT BATH BAR
THESE BEAUTIFUL BARS WERE MADE WITH AN OLIVE OIL SOAP BASE, HIMALAYAN PINK SALT, ESSENTIAL OILS OF PATCHOULI, GERANIUM, AND ROSE. HIMALAYAN PINK SALT, MINED NEAR THE BASE OF THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, SOFTENS AND SOOTHES THE SKIN. iTS NATURAL COLOR CREATES A LIGHT PINK SOAP WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL COLORANTS. GENTLE ENOUGH TO BE USED ON THE ENTIRE BODY, THE SOAP SMELLS LIKE A ROSE IN FULL BLOOM.

Pink Himalayan Seasalt Bath Bars

Pink Himalayan Seasalt Bath Bars
Pink Himalayan Seasalt Bath Bars

What makes this super special

Boutique Style Stained Glass Bath Bar

Been busy all day! I had an order to put together, new soap to make, and the yummiest dinner to put on the table! This is my boutique stained glass soap! Made with 3 different bases, including, shea/mango, goat milk, and a clear glycerin base. The fragrance is lavender and berries.

Boutique Stain Glass Soap

Boutique Stain Glass Soap
Boutique Stained Glass Soap

Boutique Stained Glass Soap

Boutique Stained Glass Soap
Boutique Stained Glass Soap

BERGAMOT,PATCHOULI,SANDALWOOD

MENS BERGAMOT, PATCHOULI AND SANDALWOOD BATH BARS

THESE BATH BARS ARE MADE FROM 3 DIFFERENT SOAP BASES; GOAT MILK, SHEA BUTTER AND MANGO BUTTER. THEY ARE FRAGRANCED WITH ESSENTIAL OILS OF BERGAMOT, PATCHOULI AND SANDALWOOD WITH A SPLASH OF LAVENDER. LIGHTLY ADDED TO THIS IS GROUND ROSEMARY. I THINK THE GUYS IN YOUR LIFE, SONS, HUSBANDS, UNCLE, GRANDFATHERS AND FRIENDS WILL LOVE IT!

MENS Bergamot,Patchouli &Sandalwood

MENS Bergamot,Patchouli &Sandalwood
mens bergamot,patchouli &Sandalwood

mens bergamot, patchouli & Sandalwood

mens bergamot, patchouli & Sandalwood
mens bergamot, patchouli & Sandalwood
CHAMOMILE LAVENDER BAR

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE BARS

Beautiful scent of Lavender with a sprinkling of ground Chamomile and Lavender buds throughout. This soap is made from a shea butter and goat milk soap base for extra creaminess, skin conditioning, and lather.

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE BATH BAR

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE BATH BAR

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE

LAVENDER CHAMOMILE

Lip Balms and OTHER SOAPS

Lip Balm and Soaps

CINNAMON BUNS

MY CINNAMON BUNS ARE MADE FROM A GOAT MILK SOAP BASE, 100% NATURAL CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL, CINNAMON SPICE, SWEET ALMOND OIL, AND TOPPED OFF WITH A DRIZZLE OF WHITE ICING MADE FROM COCOA BUTTER. THEY LOOK AS AMAZING AS THEY SMELL!

CINNAMON BUN

CINNAMON BUN
CINNAMON BUN

cinnamon pinwheels

cinnamon pinwheels
Cinnamon Pinwheels Soap

CINNAMON PINWHEELS

MY CINNAMON PINWHEELS ARE MADE FROM A GOAT MILK SOAP BASE 100% NATURAL CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL, CINNAMON SPICE, SWEET ALMOND OIL, AND TOPPED OFF WITH A DRIZZLE OF WHITE ICING MADE FROM COCOA BUTTER. THEY LOOK AS AMAZING AS THEY SMELL! THEY MEASURE 3 INCHES BY 3 INCHES IN CIRCUMFERENCE.

BODY BUTTERS AND CINNAMON BUNS

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CINNAMON PINWHEELS BAR

CINNAMON PINWHEELS BAR
CINNAMON PINWHEELS SOAP

PUMPKIN SPICE SOAP

PUMPKIN PIE SPICE BAR.
HANDCRAFTED WITH LOTS OF LOVE WITH THE BEST INGREDIENTS! MY PUMPKIN SPICE SOAP WAS A HUGE HIT! MADE WITH A SHEA BUTTER SOAP BASE, PUMPKIN SPICE AND PUMPKIN SPICE ESSENTIAL OILS IT SMELLS GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT! PLEASE BUY EXTRA BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WON'T BE ABLE TO KEEP THEIR HANDS OFF OF YOURS!

PUMPKIN SPICE BATH BARS

PUMPKIN SPICE BATH BARS
PUMPKIN SPICE BATH BARS

PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
All Natural Lip.Balm! Made with your choice of Shea or Cocoa Butter, 100% pure organic coconut oil, beeswax and Vanilla or peppermint Essential Oils. This tin holds approximately 2 ounces. Compared to a ChapStick which holds 0.15 of an ounce, you are getting much more for your $$ and all pure ingredients! Have your lips smooth and kissable soft as the cold weather starts creeping in!

ALL NATURAL LIP BALM

ALL NATURAL LIP BALM
ALL NATURAL LIP BALM!
MY ALL NATURAL LIP BALM
AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PICTURE, THE SIZE DIFFERENCE IS IMMENSE! THE OTHER COMPANIES SELL SMALL TO SELL MORE AND MANY USE PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS IN THEIRS.

MY LIP BALM VS. REGULAR CHAPSTICK

MY LIP BALM VS. REGULAR CHAPSTICK
MY LIP BALM VS REGULAR SIZE LIP STICKS

COCOA BUTTER LOTION BARS

COCOA BUTTER LOTION BARS
COCOA BUTTER LOTION BARS

FROZEN SNOWFLAKE SOAP

SNOWFLAKE FROZEN SOAP IS AVAILABLE WITHOUT A HIDDEN SURPRISE. JUST LOTS OF SOOTHING GOATMILK, TROPICAL SCENT AND OF COURSE GLITTER!

Frozen Snowflake Soap

Frozen Snowflake Soap
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE SOAP

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIE SOAP

Italian Rainbow (Ribbon) Cookie Soap- made with Goats Milk, sweet almond oil, and an almond Vanilla fragrance.

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIES

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIES
ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIE SOAP

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIES

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIES
ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIE SOAP

LEMON ICE Sugar Scrubs

Sugar CUBE Body Scrub NO mess and it smells heavenly! This is made with organic coconut oil, white sugar, lemon juice and lemon essential oil.
Pumpkin Vanilla Sugar Cube Scrub is equally scrumptious made with organic sugar and brown sugar with vanilla and pumpkin essential oils. Great seasonal scent!
One cube, cup in hands under running water to crush and rub gently over skin for moisturizing exfoliation. Each order comes with ten cubes in a air tight container! That's ten days of heaven!

PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PUMPKIN SPICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
PUMPKIN SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

LEMON ICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

LEMON ICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
LEMON ICE SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES
PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB CUBES

LIP BALMS AND SOAPS

Lip Balm and Soaps

BODY BUTTER

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BODY BUTTER!! THIS JUST WHIPPED UP TO CREAMY PERFECTION THAT SINKS RIGHT INTO YOUR SKIN. THIS BODY BUTTER IS MADE WITH COCONUT OIL AND SHEA BUTTER, IT DOESNT GET BETTER THEN THAT! RIGHT NOW I AM MAKING VANILLA, LAVENDER, AND VANILLA MINT SCENTED BODY BUTTERS, BUT YOU CAN MESSAGE ME OR FIND ME ON FACEBOOK INFINITESPIRITCRAFTSANDSOAP
IF YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE THAT ISN'T LISTED!

BODY BUTTER

BODY BUTTER
BODY BUTTER

LUXURIOUS BODY BUTTER!

LUXURIOUS BODY BUTTER!
LUXURIOUS BODY BUTTER!

VANILLA MINT BODY BUTTER

ALL NEW VANILLA MINT BODY BUTTER MADE WITH PURE SHEA BUTTER, COCONUT OIL, AND SWEET ALMOND OIL ! SCENTED WITH VANILLA AND PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OILS. THE SHEA BUTTER JUST SOAKS RIGHT IN TO YOUR WINTER SKIN AND FEELS SILKY AND GREAT! PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BODY BUTTERS COME IN TWO SIZES AND A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!

VANILLA MINT BODY BUTTER

VANILLA MINT BODY BUTTER
VANILLA MINT BODY BUTTER

Body Butters and Cinnamon Buns

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HONEY ROSE BATH BAR

THIS HONEY ROSE BATH BAR IS MADE WITH NOURISHING COCOA BUTTER, RAW HONEY, ROSEHIP ESSENTIAL OILS AND A SPLASH OF LAVENDAR. CRUSHED ROSE PETALS ARE ADDED FOR A BEAUTIFUL SCENT WHILE YOUR SKIN ABSORBS ALL THE HEALING AND NOURISHING PROPERTIES OF THE INGREDIENTS!

HONEY ROSE SOAP

HONEY ROSE SOAP
HONEY ROSE SOAP

HONEY ROSE

HONEY ROSE
HONEY ROSE

LIP BALMS AND SOAPS

Lip Balm and Soaps

Honey Almond Oatmeal Soap

I am so excited! I had all the ingredients envisioned in my head and how the final product would look, smell, and feel! All that was holding me up was not having received the soap molds that I ordered over a week ago! I decided I would take the plunge and use one of my bread loaf pans. I lined one with parchment paper, shiny side up, and went to work. I was so thrilled with the finished product! I love the loaf pan, the soap came out easily and the bars are all a nice size; about 4 x 3 x 1/4 thick. I can't wait to try another soap mold using this method! The Oatmeal soap is made with a Goats milk soap base which is moisturizing, ground milled oatmeal which is a gentle exfoliator, organic sweet almond oil, and raw honey.

ALMOND HONEY OATMEAL

THIS SOAP IS SO GENTLE AND CLEANSING ON YOUR SKIN WITH GROUND OATMEAL, HONEY, SWEET ALMOND OIL IN A GOAT MILK BASE. NOT OVERLY FRAGRANT SO MEN AND BOYS WILL LIKE IT TOO!

HONEY OATMEAL

HONEY OATMEAL
ALMOND HONEY OATMEAL

OATMEAL AND LAVENDAR BATH BAR

LOVE , LOVE, LOVE THIS Oatmeal and Lavendar bath bar in a pure creamy rich Goatmilk and Shea butter base. Ground whole oats and lavendar buds,RELAXING lavendar essential oil fragrance and sweet almond oil complete this soothing soap!

LAVENDER OATMEAL

LAVENDER OATMEAL
LAVENDER OATMEAL

LAVENDER ITEMS

LAVENDER ITEMS

LIP BALMS AND OTHER SOAPS

Lip Balm and Soaps

BODY BUTTERS ,CINNAMON BUNS AND STAINED GLASS BOUTIQUE BARS

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KIDS MENU

KIDS SOAPS

CHILDRENS SOAP

ALL YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN OUR CHILDRENS SOAPS! I MAKE ALL OF MY PRODUCTS MYSELF AND EACH BAR IS HANDCRAFTED AND DESIGNED BY ME. I ALWAYS USE NATURAL INGREDIENTS. MOST OF THE CHILDRENS SOAPS ARE MADE WITH SHEA BUTTER AND GLYCERIN SOAP BASES WITH ADDED FRAGRANCE OR ESSENTIAL OILS!
STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS

ALL NEW STAR WARS FIGURES SOAPS!
THESE SOAPS ARE MADE WITH SHEA BUTTER SOAP BASE AND GLYCERIN, WITH A HOLIDAY CANDY SCENT! STAY TUNED FOR MORE STAR WARS FIGURES AND SOAP!!

STAR WARS DESERT ROBOTS

STAR WARS DESERT ROBOTS
STAR WARS DESERT ROBOTS

STAR WARS FIGHTER PILOT

STAR WARS FIGHTER PILOT
STAR WARS FIGHTER PILOT BATH SOAP

STAR WARS SCOUT TROOPER

STAR WARS SCOUT TROOPER
STAR WARS SCOUT TROOPER BATH SOAP

star wars battle ships

star wars battle ships
STAR WARS BATTLE SHIPS SOAP

STAR WARS SOAP!

KIDS SOAPS- STAR WARS
THESE NEW THOMAS THE TRAIN SOAPS ARE MADE WITH PURE GLYCERIN SOAP AND FRAGRANCED WITH VANILLA, PEPPERMINT AND SWEET ALMOND ESSENTIAL OILS. THE TRAINS ARE UNDER THE SEA! YOUR KIDS WILL WASH EXTRA WELL TO GET TO THE TRAIN!

THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA

THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA
THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA

thomas the train under the sea

thomas the train under the sea
Thomas The Train Under The Sea

THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA

THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA
THOMAS THE TRAIN UNDER THE SEA
Glittering Snowflake Bath Bars with a hidden surprise for the young ladies and girls! Inside each bar is a one size fits all (stretch) beaded bracelet wrapped and waiting to be discovered! You can also buy this soap without the bracelets or jewelry. Don't worry boys, I am working on special soap surprises for you too!

These Snowflake Frozen Soaps hold a hidden surprise! Each snowflake has a girls beaded bracelet (stretch) wrapped up inside. The soap is made with a goat milk SOAP base, a tropical scent (Florida snow) with glitter throughout.

FROZEN SNOWFLAKE SOAP

FROZEN SNOWFLAKE SOAP
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE SOAP

KIDS MENU

KIDS SOAPS
ALL NEW LITTLE GIRLS SNOWFLAKE SOAP!

Soap is made with pure shea butter soap base and a touch of clear glycerin to color the top of each sparkley snowflake! Inside each one you will find either a bracelet or necklace for a dear little girl! I cannot guarantee whether you will get the bracelet or the necklace, but I can tell you which color snowflake has which design! The YELLOW SNOWFLAKE holds either a bracelet or necklace with a cute little owl.
The RED SNOWFLAKE holds either a bracelet or necklace with multi color hearts.
The PURPLE SNOWFLAKE holds either a bracelet or a necklace with a cupcake charm!
If you buy both of one color you are guaranteed to get both necklace and bracelet set!

SNOWFLAKE JEWELRY SOAP

SNOWFLAKE JEWELRY SOAP
SNOWFLAKE JEWELRY SOAP

LITTLE GIRLS HEARTS NECKLACE OR BRACELT

LITTLE GIRLS HEARTS NECKLACE OR BRACELT
HEARTS NECKLACE OR BRACELET SNOWFLAKE

LITTLE GIRLS CUPCAKE JEWELRY

LITTLE GIRLS CUPCAKE JEWELRY
SNOWFLAKE CUPCAKE SOAP

LITTLE GIRLS JEWELRY SNOWFLAKES

LITTLE GIRLS JEWELRY SNOWFLAKES
OWL NECKLACE AND BRACELET

FUN SOAP FOR THE KIDS!

BATHTIME FUN FOR THE KIDS !

New ways to inspire bath time for the children! They will be sure to come out squeaky clean in their attempts to rescue one of the toy figures encased in glycerin SOAP, each with a unique non irritating and gentle scent. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOYS AND ITEMS INSIDE THE CHILDRENS SOAP MAY PRESENT A CHOKING HAZARD! NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 YEARS OF AGE.

Kids Character Soap

Kids Character Soap
Kids Character Soaps

MINNIE SOAP

MINNIE SOAP IS MADE FROM PURE GLYCERIN SOAP BASE AND HAS A LIGHT VANILLA FRAGRANCE.

MINNIE SOAP

MINNIE SOAP
MINNIE SOAP

MICKEY SOAP

MICKEY SOAP IS MADE FROM A GLYCERIN SOAP BASE AND HAS A LIGHT ROSEHIP ESSENTIAL OIL FRAGRANCE

MICKEY SOAP

MICKEY SOAP
MICKEY SOAP

DONALD SOAP

DONALD SOAP IS MADE WITH PURE GLYCERIN SOAP BASE AND HAS A LIGHT PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL FRAGRANCE

DONALD SOAP

DONALD SOAP
DONALD SOAP

hot wheels gift soap

HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP!

I currently have four bars of HOT WHEELS SURPRISE (wrapped) children's SOAP! This is made with Shea Butter and Glycerin soap- with essential oils of tangerine and mixed berry and citrus essential oils. Your children will smell good enough to eat while getting clean with safe soap and a surprise toy inside! PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF THREE AS IT CAN BE A CHOKING HAZARD!!

KIDS HOTWHEELS CAR SOAP

KIDS HOTWHEELS CAR SOAP
KIDS HOTWHEEL GIFT SOAP

HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP

HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP
HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP

HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP

HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP
HOT WHEELS GIFT SOAP

KIDS MENU

KIDS SOAPS

NEW PRODUCTS

SOAPS AND SUCH

PICK YOUR LOTION BAR!



Lotion Bars are made with:
100% Pure beeswax
100% Organic Coconut Oil
100% Pure Sweet Almond Oil
100% Pure Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
Vanilla Essential Oil

These are both loaded with healing properties for your skin and feel extra silky on! I'm pretty sure you are going to love them as much as I do.

LOTION BARS

ALL NATURAL LOTION BARS

ALL NATURAL LOTION BARS
LAVENDAR & VANILLA LOTION BARS

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Reverence

I thought the topic of reverence was an important one for all of us Catholic women as daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins and friends to consider. We must realize the great mission we have based upon our feminine nature, to bring forth life including and most importantly spiritual life, that God calls us to exercise in His service. We desperately need to understand what reverence to the Lord is, and be a living example of it.


THE DIGNITY AND THE VOCATION OF WOMEN - a subject of constant human and Christian reflection - have gained exceptional prominence in recent years. This can be seen, for example, in the statements of the Church's Magisterium present in various documents of the Second Vatican Council, which declares in its Closing Message: "The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling".

"How much vice among the youth! What sloth in the old! No one takes due care of the education of his children. If we see a man truly devout in his old age, he is imitated by nobody. I see persons behave disrespectfully and without due attention in the church, and even when the priest is giving his blessing. Can any insolence be found equal to this? Amidst such scandals, what hopes can we entertain of the salvation of many? At a ball everyone dances in his rank, everything is regulated and done without confusion. And here in the company of angels, and singing the praises of God with the blessed spirits, you talk and laugh. Should we be surprised if thunder fell from heaven to punish such impiety?" (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

I think it is important that we as Catholic women especially remember the purpose of worship and how we should conduct ourselves in church, whether we are just visiting or attending Sunday mass or any other holy sacramental Eucharistic celebration, such as weddings, communions, confirmations or a service being held in memory of a deceased person. Our conduct reflects how devout we are in our love and respect for God and serves as an example to our immediate family, as well as our Catholic family at large. We are after all, One Body in Christ, and we do not stand alone.

Remember the maxim: "Silence is Golden in the House of the Lord". Note that this includes the time before and after Mass as well as all other times outside of Mass (most especially during Eucharistic Adoration and Confession). Often times we feel there is nothing wrong with carrying a conversation with the people around us before Mass has started. I suppose we think God is not present simply because the priest is out of sight. This is a huge error on our part.

Sadly, this is not a new topic. Saint John Chrysostom had something to say about it. He was born at Antioch, c. 347; and died at Commana in Pontus, 14 September, 407. This is what he had to say about the atmosphere we should encounter in church:

"Nothing so becomes a church as silence and good order. Noise belongs to theatres, and baths, and public processions, and market-places: but where doctrines, and such doctrines, are the subject of teaching, there should be stillness, and quiet and calm reflection, and a haven of much repose." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

Here are some tips when wondering what to do to “entertain” our children in church:

Do not provide distracting activities, toys, or food for children (or adults) in church. This is church, not the playground or McDonalds. If they are too young to pay attention, or sit quietly, other arrangements need to be made and most church’s these days have a room where the young ones are looked after while the parents attend mass.

Do not allow children to run around in church, climb on pews, crawl across the floor, make distracting noises, face backwards, or otherwise distract other parishioners. Remember that the church is the Lord's house, not a playground.

Do not talk or allow children to talk in church. Note that besides being disrespectful to God, talking in church is distracting to your neighbors.

Noisy or distracting children should be taken outside the church, taken to the crying room, or left with appropriate babysitters. This may sound insensitive, but please read {Matthew:19:13} “Then they brought to him little children, so that he would place his hands upon them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.”

{19:14} “Yet truly, Jesus said to them: “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not choose to prohibit them. For the kingdom of heaven is among such as these.”

I do not think Jesus was relieving parents of their responsibility to raise their children to know and revere God. He was commanding that the children be allowed to come to him, not to stick their head in a coloring book, a video game, etc. If they are too young to understand, it is a disservice to the clergy, fellow parishioners, your children and yourself to allow them to misbehave, getting nothing out of the sacredness of the ceremony, the love of God and their purpose for being there, prohibiting the children as well as others from it as well. Jesus said, “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not choose to prohibit them.” Coloring, playing with toys and distractions are in my opinion, prohibiting (preventing, impeding) them from knowing Jesus or deciphering the difference between church and any other common play area.

Children can and will learn reverence for God by our example in church and in our homes. It is best to start the practice by praying with your children at home, exposing them to sacred objects, statues, rosary beads, reading bible stories together. Setting aside a portion of time, perhaps before bed, to teach and pass on the Catholic faith. Visiting church with our children when there is not a mass going on is also a good time to introduce them personally to the sacredness of God. In this way, they will have the opportunity to ask questions and to learn first hand from their parents Who God is, and why we go to church. God can and will call anyone of us home at any time, but we cannot claim that same authority so it is best to teach our children while they are young the importance of trusting, loving and revering God as the Creator of all of us who alone knows what is best for us and loves us with a perfect love. Another helpful resource is: http://saintjohnchurchmiddletown.com/TeachingChildrenToPray.aspx

To keep church a sanctuary of reverence to Almighty God as it should be here are Some Church Don’ts we all need to follow:

Do not clap in church for any reason. Interestingly enough, this idea came from the person who is now our Pope! This includes good singing and good homilies; “Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment." (Cardinal Rat zinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI) And furthermore, Pope St. Pius X remarked; "It is not fitting that the servant should be applauded in His Master's house." (Pope St. Pius X)

Do not laugh in church. Do not eat or drink in church. Do not chew gum in church. Just as you would not arrive late for an important interview or leave before it is over, your behavior should be the same and even more so when sharing the most important time of the week communing with Our Almighty Father during the mass.

Also, we must be on guard against the common error today that considers Mass not as a Sacrifice, but as a socializing occasion or a stage show. We must keep in mind that we gather as a community not to socialize with each other or to be entertained, but to propitiate God, whom we have offended, and worship Him in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Communion with our neighbor is always secondary to communion with God. The proper time to socialize with our neighbor and to enjoy entertainment is outside of Mass. When we are in church, we are in the Lord's house ["a house of prayer" (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 21:13)]. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the true re-presentation of Calvary - is a solemn, holy occasion and it is a prefigurement of heavenly worship of God. If you read in Revelation how those in heaven worship God, you will see that they are not directing their attention towards each other, engaging in private conversation, adopting irreverent postures, enjoying 'modern music', seeking entertainment, etc... Rather, they seem to follow admonitions such as...

"Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For this is our God, whose people we are, and God’s well-tended flock." (Ps. 95:6-7) Some information supplied here was borrowed from: http://www.mycatholicsource.com

"In order for hope to abound, Catholics must find Holy Mass celebrated with all the reverential vigor of a grand battle (for it is the grandest battle, between Our Lord and Satan), with the majestic solemnity of something come down to us from Heaven, and with the transporting beauty befitting the perfect glory of Christ's sacred humanity nailed to the Cross." (Perricone)


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