Dear Frugal Catholic Readers,
I thought I’d written this blog for ten years because I have ten years worth of articles in here. But upon looking more closely, I only became a blogger in 2012. However, since I am 70 (and we all know how older folk forget), I am going to say this is my anniversary issue because The Frugal Catholic published her first article in the Saint Cecilia Catholic Church bulletin on August 2009. So Happy Tenth Anniversary to The Frugal Catholic blog!!!!
Now what are those three wise things?
The first piece of wisdom is “silence is golden.” It really is. During these 10 years, I’ve watched family problems with all five kids, neighbor issues, two sad divorces, dog biting incidents, financial challenges, and health complications. I wanted to say some very, very ugly things to some really nasty people (especially to the neighbor whose dog bit ours three times). But I didn’t. And now that all of the above situations are better, I don’t have to take back anything I said BECAUSE I DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING. Amazing!!!
But how did I keep my fat mouth shut? Oh, this is the really good part. Well, I kept constantly silently saying the “Hail Mary Prayer.” “Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen” Must have silently said that prayer a billion times during these 10 years when my lips were sealed. Thus, a good self-control formula is: SHUT MOUTH+ HAIL MARY PRAYER = SELF CONTROL
The second wise truth I learned is “When you want to hurt someone, love on them instead.” One of my children really gave my husband and me a huge zinger in her behavior. I wanted to tell her how ashamed I was of her and how she had disgraced the family, but silence prevailed. And a wise friend, Lyssa Froud, who had gone through something similar with her daughter said, “Just love on that child, Martha, all you can.” So I did.
And you know what? By me being silent and loving on that child, God changed her. I couldn’t have changed a thing, but my silence and love gave our heavenly Father the chance to do His work.
And the third piece of wisdom is “Nothing will be the same in a year from now.” My husband’s cousin, Janice Encalada, thoughtfully shared this piece of information when we were thrown into that ‘zinger period.’ She said, “Martha, I don’t know what is going to happen, but one thing I do know: Nothing will be the same in a year from now.”
And you know what? She was right: Everything was changed for the better. Thank you Jesus!!!
So thank you faithful The Frugal Catholic readers for reading ten years worth of thoughts. And remember that the very best Frugal Catholic of all is YOU!!!