Friday, October 27, 2017

100 Posts and 16 New Products


Hi readers! Thanks so much for following my blog! Guess what? This is my 100th post! Hard to believe this blog has been up and running almost two years! Email me at theresejroberts@gmail.com to let me know what your favorite post has been. I'd love to hear from you! 

More exciting news....I expanded the chaplet section in Handmade Catholic Shop! To get ready for the upcoming holidays, what better products to add than chaplets that send prayers to God!

The 16 new items include: Franciscan Crown, Carmelite Crown, Seven Sorrows Chaplet/Dolor Rosary, St. Andrew Chaplet, St. Padre Pio Chaplet, St. Kateri Chaplet, St. Raphael Chaplet, St. Benedict Chaplet, St. Peregrine Chaplet for Cancer Patients, St. Lucy Chaplet, St. Gerard Chaplet for Mothers, St. Patrick/Irish Chaplet, Sacred Heart Chaplet, Holy Ghost Chaplet, Precious Blood Chaplet, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet--all with prayers included. View these products under our Chaplets/Devotions section. (Use code THANKS for 10% off!)

I am also working on a new book Act of Hope about a fallen away Catholic actor who receives a fan letter from "Hope" who may remind him of a few things he's forgotten. I hope myself this story is ready for the holidays! Last but not least, I may be starting a new job soon. (Like on top of being an author, entrepreneur, and blogger, right?) So prayers for that would be appreciated! 

Well readers, just want to say thank you so much for all your love and support over the last two years! It's been great sharing stories with you. Here's to another 100 posts!

                                                                           ~ Therese


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Let Nothing Disturb You


Well I honestly think this is the first time I missed a week of blogging! Life happens.....a lot! Things get away from you, leaving you wondering which way is up sometimes. The Church provides even for moments like this in such a marvelous way through her glorious line of saints. 

Today we have such a special one, St. Teresa of Avila, a great mystic and doctor of the church. But for all her special gifts and knowledge, her simple maxims are the ones that touch the heart. I love this one: "Let nothing disturb you; let nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes; patience obtains all things; nothing is wanting to him who possesses God; God alone suffices."

There is nothing more simple nor more sublime than these words. The "one thing necessary" is God. God is our happiness in this life and in the next. St. Teresa found God in prayer but also among the pots and pans. God is not far from those who love Him and are closest to those who suffer. There is something so consoling in the thought that God never changes even when things around us do. 

Let us pray to St. Teresa today that she may inspire us with a deeper love for God and a greater zeal for souls. Her example encourages us not to settle, but aim for the higher things and our greatest dreams. Even though there is much to be said for being a "little saint", why can't we aim to be a "great saint?" What could be wrong in such a noble desire if we desire this simply to give God greater glory?

A great piece of advice I once received was if you aim for Purgatory, you might miss and end up in Hell. If you aim for Heaven and miss, you could end up in Purgatory. The key? Aim higher! Because if we aim for God, we can't miss!

                                                                                         ~ Therese


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Blondies


Looking for a treat that melts in your mouth? If you eat chocolate and have to have more, this is the dessert for you! And guess what? It's gluten free....but you can't tell!

Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
4 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 cups GF flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (and sprinkle extra on top)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and blend until mixed. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until well blended. Add chocolate chips and mix. Spread into a greased 7x11 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (for gooey or chewy blondies) or 30 minutes (for more like a cake). Serves 15-20. Enjoy!