I first began blogging soon after I found out I was pregnant with Cecilia and thought it would be a good way to keep friends and family in touch and up to date even if we didn't live nearby. New to the blogging world, I had two blogs - one about our pregnancy and then children and one for myself. As I became the primary poster on our family blog and the only poster on mine, it became silly to keep two and I wanted to condense them into one blog but Blogger wouldn't let me. So I moved to Wordpress. I've enjoyed my time on Wordpress but became very frustrated by the creative limitations they put on me and my ability to make my blog my blog. I also didn't realize I was uploading absolutely huge picture files and quickly used up a ton of my allotted memory space.
For Mother's Day, James bought me my own domain, my own website. So, after almost 5 years wandering the internet blogosphere, I have my own home here at Having Left the Altar.
Having Left the Altar is inspired by St. Frances of Rome's quote above. St. Frances of Rome was born in 1384 in Rome. When she was 11 years old, she decided she wanted to be a nun but her father had promised her in marriage. She reluctantly gave in and struggled a great deal with the trials of her vocation. She became so stressed she collapsed and neared death when a vision of St. Alexis gave her the choice to live or die. She said, "God's will is mine," and St. Alexis replied, "Then you will live to glorify His Name." She recovered immediately and completely but she still struggled with the challenges and obligations of her call to be a wife and mother. After her husband was taken hostage and she had buried two of her children, God sent an archangel to guard her for the rest of her life. Her husband returned broken in mind and body and she cared for him until his death. She founded a lay order of women attached to the Benedictines called the Oblates of Mary. The women lived in the world but pledged to offer themselves to God and serve the poor. She died in 1440 in Rome and is a patron of lay people and Roman housewives.
I first read about St. Frances when I was searching the name among saints when hurricane Frances decided to sit along the Florida coast in 2004. Ah, such fun. But I can easily connect with her struggle to find God and pursue holiness in the world, running a home, among her family, as a wife, as a mother, and as a laywoman.
So, this is my little corner of the blogosphere to reflect upon and share my daily joys and struggles, my vocation, my life. Welcome and God bless you.