SIMPLIFY

"Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." ~ Luke 13:15

Simplifying is a constant theme in my family’s journey.

Simplify is another prompting from the Holy Ghost that has been placed on our hearts.  We are a work in progress but definitely feel the call to SIMPLIFY in ALL areas of our lives – words, material possessions, food, extracurricular activities, spiritual practices……to better follow Him.

Simplify~Repair~Love

In the past years, I’ve followed the  Archdiocese of Cincinnati - 40days 40bags.  I was introduced to this great Lenten challenge by Jessica.

I wanted to step up it up this Lent.

A couple of friends and I are following the Simple Mom’s Project Simplify.  I’ve been following Tsh throughout the year via her site and book, Organized Simplicity. 

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I’m also slowly digesting Addicted to Stuff! to help me in my efforts.  I pray for perseverance and resolve to gain the order that God wills for my family.

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We call races and generations Houses; and the Hebrews were wont to speak of the birth of children as “the building up of the house;” as it is written of the Jewish midwives in Egypt, that the Lord “made them houses;”  Exod. i. 21. whereby we learn that a good house is not reared so much by the accumulation of worldly goods, as by the bringing up of children in the ways of holiness and of God; and to this end no labour or trouble must be spared, for children are the crown of their parents. ~ St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life (3.38)

I may post pictures of this journey if I’m up for the exercise in humility.

O most Blessed Virgin Mary, help me!

Ad Jesum per Mariam

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 This is the so-called civilization of "consumption" or "consumerism" which involves so much throwing away and waste. [...] One quickly learns --unless one is shielded from the flood of publicity and the ceaseless and tempting offers of products -- that the more one possesses, the more one wants, while deeper aspirations remain unsatisfied and perhaps even stifled... ~ Pope John Paul II, Sollicitudo ei socialis (28)

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Additional Resources:

  • Like Mother and Daughter  - Organizing tips.  Be sure to check out A Pep Talk for Organization.
  • Fasting From Our Clutter - Reflect on clearing clutter from your life this season of Lent. This update offers ways to fast from our personal habits, the clutter in our homes, our spiritual clutter and the confusion of our culture as we prepare for Easter.
  • Smart Martha – For mothers who want to learn how to work smarter and not harder; who want to take time to refocus and get their home life in order; and for mothers who may simply need some inspiration in this tiresome task of managing a home.
  • iHeart Organizing – Jen offers free organization printables, resources and printables.
  • The Idea Room – Organizing tips and inspiration (an organizer’s eye candy).

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Prayer for the Home
Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this dwelling, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let Thy holy Angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and let Thy blessing be upon us forever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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