#TakeYourChapelWithYou – The Assumption – 200 Posts!

I’m starting a new hashtag – #takeyourchapelwithyou. This is something I’ve been thinking about on and off for some time, and I think I’ve got a full fledged idea ready for use. And, what better to post about on my 200th blog post than a brand new idea!

Most of us carry our smartphones around for some part of the day (how much of the day I leave between you, God and your phone) *wink wink*. Many of us also complain about how it would be so great if we could find more silence, or time for prayer, or just time in general. If only there was something that we had with us, almost all day long, something we looked at when we woke up, to keep track of the time, found recipes in, logged our gym time in, and use as an alarm clock before we go to bed. If only!!!

If only no longer, for I give you — da da da! The lock screen.

It’s simple, it’s unobtrusive and it’s ever present. You’re lock screen has so much potential for power. Everytime you turn on your phone you get a glimpse. If you happen to have a newer smartphone it’s possible that each time you simply pick up your phone you will be gifted with a moment with your lock screen.

The images people usually use on their lock screens are varied. Some are of their kids, some are of beautiful places or vacations, others are of silly memories or motivational quotes. Why don’t we take this ideal place and infuse it with the beauty of our faith? You can literally #takeyourchapelwithyou. Or the Vatican. Or the Nativity. Or Mary. Or the saints. Or Pope Francis. Or a sweeping sunset with a Scripture verse reminding you of God’s love. Or take your pick!

But where, where you may be asking do you find these inspirational images? Well, I’ve found a few websites that have them for free. I am also going to be growing a collection of FREE, already perfectly sized images that you can save and use and share. You can also make your own. Here are the websites I’ve found so far, if you know of more please share them in the comments or on Instagram or Twitter. Don’t forget our hashtag #takeyourchapelwithyou.

https://cassiepeasedesigns.com/portfolio/wallpapers/ – so many beautiful images here! Currently, this one is on my lock screen – I love icons

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https://blessedisshe.net/category/bis-wallpapers/ – Every week Blessed is She has a new wallpaper based on the Sunday readings. Some are simple and others are more elaborate. All are beautiful

https://lifeteen.com/wallpapers/ – a fair number of wallpapers here, from simple quotes to complex images.

Here are the ones that I’ve made so far. As I make them, I’ll also be adding them to the new page up above.

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Embracing Cloth: Living a Less Disposable Life

We have recently made the decision to switch to cloth napkins. This is following a more conscious effort to create less waste in our home. Instead of reaching for paper towels, we reach for dish towels, Swedish dishcloths or cloth napkins. There are many reasons why people make this kind of choice. Environmental awareness, scientific knowledge, smaller footprint, cost savings, etc. These are important factors, to be sure. However, they aren’t our primary motivator.

Linguists know, and so do we all deep down, that the words we use shape the way we think about the world. Something as simple and basic as changing a single word or phrase in a sentence can give us a fresh perspective on any number of perceived divisions, attitudes and injustices. For example: “These people are different than I am” or “These people are similar to me.” Or the classic Catholic example, “We have to go to Mass” versus “We get to go to Mass.”

The little things can make all the difference. After watching the Netflix show Cooked Ben and I have been talking a lot about how “disposabley” minded our American culture has become. Worldwide, roughly 140,000 disposable plates and cups are thrown away every second! In one year, approximately 73 billion Styrofoam plates and cups were disposed of in the US alone. Combine this conversation with our subscription to a website called MightyNest which offers sustainable products designed to encourage people to create less harmful (primarily plastic) waste and we landed at our dinner table. Specifically our napkin holder with its ever-emptying supply of paper napkins.

Now that Eliza is capable of getting up on the table unassisted (not at the table, on the table – literally), our napkin usage has skyrocketed. John, Rosie and Clare also tend to revile dirty fingers so you can quickly see that in a single day we could easily burn through 15 or more paper napkins. Most meals included at least one if not multiple napkins per kid, and not because the napkin was unusable. It was just more convenient to grab a new one. Ridiculous! We had created napkin monsters!

Maybe this isn’t a big deal in your house, and that’s awesome! But for us, we have chosen to see this tendency as a foundational building block for a less disposabley-minded life (I know, I totally made that word up but I like it).

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Just like we are taught from the earliest ages that it is polite to say “Yes, please” and “No, thank you,” shouldn’t we be taught to be mindful of the things we use? Humans were placed on the earth not to use it or abuse it, but to be good stewards of it (see Genesis 1-2). In this way, we are helping our children (and ourselves) to be good stewards of something small, a simple napkin. But, hopefully, it will help to form their conscience in a way so that when they are called upon to be stewards of something larger, they already have a good habit pattern to follow.Daily Graces. kktaliaferro.wordpress.com

CatholicMom.com – Detaching from Urgency

I was sitting at Vacation Bible School, helping out in the nursery. One of the other mothers had just taken her daughter out to change her diaper. She left her phone on the table. It began to ring, and one of the other helpers immediately picked it up and ran to take it to her. At the surface, there may not seem to be anything wrong with this scene. I admit, I’ve done the same thing as that helper. When someone else’s phone rings and they are not nearby, I feel this urgency to get their phone to them. Do you ever feel this? It’s a rather silly thought; I mean, even before cell phones, we had answering machines for goodness’ sake!

Continue reading at Catholicmom.com Daily Graces. kktaliaferro.wordpress.com