Close Out October

The close of the 31 days… 

October 31… I made it 31 posts that hopefully give you a good look at my story. So it’s a close to November and the 31-days but never the close of my story because I’m still living it. Still learning. Still changing. 

The story I’ve written here is incomplete even thus far, chaotic, unorganized… which is my story in and of itself really. 

If you stick with me… I have some fun things planned for November. I intend to be a little more organized with it. It may not be a daily thing… because our November is busy with events and visits, and I really must get ready for Christmas. Yes, it is Halloween… and I’m talking Christmas… but I have some sewing to do and crafting and selling. 

In the meantime… I leave you with this last tidbit of my 31 days story. 

The spooky side … 

I love Halloween with all the little ghosts and goblins. That may get me in trouble with the Lord someday. I like to hang out and have fun with my kids and our friends Fred, Ginger (skeletons) and Chucky (a my buddy doll that got a crack in his head and was repaired in such a way that he now fits the name “Chucky” much more than the moniker the oldest gave him of “Macaroni”.  I love handing out candy. I love a good jump scare. 

But today, if I can find some pumpkins to carve – cuz I’m late like that… we will also discuss the deeper meaning of Halloween – and it’s not about ghosts and goblins… it’s the  Eve of All Saint’s Day… So If you aren’t Catholic you might be saying “oh good she’s going from worshiping the Devil to worshiping the Saints…” I’ve heard it before. 

The spiritual side…

BUT today I’ll discuss some of the Saints with my children and I will give them good stories of how regular people did extraordinary things, and some of those “regular” people who were fallen and bathing in sin, changed by prayer of others and by the Grace of God, went on to do incredible things for the world, for our faith and who paid dearly for speaking the truth.  And just like the whole rest of the world that are not Catholic, I will use the stories of those in the past to inspire my children to live better lives, even on a day that we have a little fun dressing up as ghouls and goblins, get a few jump scares in,  and candy… lol

My patron saint… Mary Magdalene. 

I chose her because, as an adult, becoming Catholic an going through RCIA her story of going from  a great sinner, whom Jesus had to cast out seven demons, to being the ONE person Jesus revealed himself to when he rose from the tomb was the epitome of Gods Grace and the redemption we receive as followers of Christ. 

Since that time I have learned more that has solidified my willingness to look at her as an example. 

1. She is often depicted with a skull.   (ok this one is a little bit of just “fun” tidbit. But I have always been fascinated with things like the bone cathedral, skeletons, forensics etc. 

2. It is believed that she lived the end of her life in solitude in a cave. Showing me that just because I follow Jesus, and have a love for God our father, does not mean that my life should be easy and free of hardships. If a woman can go from great sinner, to a highly chosen follower of Christ, to living in a cave and still become a saint… I can try to live my life in the chaos with more joy in my heart and with gratitude. 

3. Really, I do not “worship” the saints, but I do look to them as examples of how to move beyond my own wants and envy of others (usually with more money etc.) and just live a good life as a good person and be audibly thankful for the blessings that God has provided.  I do ask that they help me through their example… much the same way in which I think of my grandmother, who has passed, and ask her how she would do something or to give me a bit of her quiet disposition.  

There ya go. A little more of my story… with a Halloween twist. 

I hope you have enjoyed this. I have enjoyed writing it.

Learn more about this 31-day challenge here. 
Find the rest of my 31 days of five-ish minute free writes here.

maxinemarie

About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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