I began this journal entry on Friday, July 13th. However, I failed to get it completed and posted on time which explains why the first section of this blog is related to Friday, 07/13/18. I will complete and post this entry today, Saturday, July 14, 2018.
I wrote the following on my Facebook timeline this morning …
”Happy Friday friends and family. I am ‘Jesus in my heart and soul happy’, I can hardly stand myself. I will write about it on my blog later.”
Carlos Michael Padilla, 2018, Facebook Timeline
Now that I am writing this entry in today’s blog I should explain why I am ”Jesus in my heart and soul happy.”
Before I begin let me remind my Catholic brothers and sisters that today is 13th of July, the 101st anniversary of the third apparition of Our Lady of Fatima who was reported to have appeared to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto at Fatima, Portugal between May and October, 1917.
In this apparition, (click here to learn more), Mary asked the children to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of the Lady of the Rosary and to bring peace to the world and an end to the war (World War I). It was also during this apparition that Our Lady showed the children a vision of Hell. A vision that especially affected the youngest of the three visionaries, Jacinta.
I would like to ask my Catholic brethren to set aside 15-20 minutes from their day today to recite a Rosary in honor of the Lady of the Rosary for peace for only she can obtain it. Click here to pray the Rosary with Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network).
REASON FOR MY HAPPINESS?
Why am I happy?
Two words … answered prayer.
I am happy because I have witnessed answered prayer over the last few days. Of course, the reason God answers prayer in the first place is not for ourselves, necessarily — for the Creator requires nothing from us — but for His glory and His glory alone. When the Almighty answers prayer, at least this is what I have come to believe, our faith is increased and as our faith increases the more we glorify Him through our actions — which also includes continued prayer.
But, enough of that. Why am I happy?
This past week I received a telephone call from a recruiter, which came right out of the blue, regarding a position I had neither applied for nor spoke with this particular recruiter about. In fact, until she called me, I had never met this particular recruiter.
In addition to that phone call, I learned that my mother was released from the hospital in improved health after being admitted last week in a rather bad state of ill health. In fact, mother said, ”I thought it was the end for me!”
After praying for quite some time, especially since my conversion back to Christ, His mother and the Church in 2017, I learned from the mother of my children that our middle son had cooperated with God’s grace (in a big way) and agreed to get the help he needed to better his life moving forward!
I was hesitant to climb aboard the scale and weigh myself because I was certain I had gained at least a pound or two since my last weigh in. At the moment I am struggling just to get below 220. No worries, by the grace of Christ I will succeed. Back to the weigh in … I decided to weigh in Friday morning. GTG! According to the scale I did not gain any excessive weight other than .6 pounds. You can bet your bottom dollar I will do better over the next couple of weeks before I weigh in again.
Last, although I am certain there a other reasons to be happy, I learned the secret to improving the tile project(s) I have been working on. Now let’s see if I can turn this tile art from a hobby to something major that could get me into places as a vendor such as Tulsa’s Mayfest! Now wouldn’t that be a hoot!?
HOW TO USE (AND NOT USE) SOCIAL MEDIA by Trent Horn, Catholic Apologist
I received an email from Catholic Answers, an apostolate dedicated to serving Christ by bringing the fullness of Catholic truth to the world regarding a topic that interests me. Catholic Apologist and convert to the Catholic Church, Trent Horn, discusses in a Podcast how to use (and not use) social media.
”In this podcast Trent reflects on some incidents he witnessed of Catholics using social media in a way that undermined their evangelism efforts and gives us tips for how to do it right.” (Catholic Answers, E-mail, 2018)
I think I will give this podcast a listen so that I may better learn how to (and how not to) use social media. I believe it is important that we learn how to properly use and not use the platforms that Christ blesses us with, especially when sharing ”what we think we know” versus ”what we actually know” with others.
I recently began delving into tile art. At least that is what I call it. My first foray into this hobby began with the painting of a wall mural (a college mascot on the wall of an Oklahoma State Cowboy man cave). From wall murals, I went to painting aprons and hand bags, then to rocks and now tiles. My initial concern with the tiles was how I was going to transfer or draw an image onto the tile so I could paint it. It’s not like I can use push-pins to affix the tile to a wall and then project an image onto it as I do with wall murals and aprons. This was going to take some creativity.
After conducting some research on Google, I found a video podcast that explained in easy terms how to transfer an image onto a tile. The presenter, who obviously has been doing image to tile transfers for some time made it look easy. Not intentionally. That’s just the way it looked on the video. Let’s just say I made more than my share of mistakes, as is common with any greenhorn when they first start out with something unfamiliar to them.
I cannot say with any certainty that I have mastered the process with respect to tile art, but my methods certainly have improved. Below are photos I took of my most recent work. The first image shows my work at its genesis. The latter shows the work completed or almost completed.
”Pistol Pete” Oklahoma State University Mascot (Painted on 12×12 tile)
”Thug Cupid” (Painted on 6×6 tile)
BIG XII CONFERENCE LOGO (Painted on 12×12 tile)
Originally with the image above, I transferred it onto the tile using the method I researched on Google. You print the image (reveresed or mirrored) then place a generous amount of Liquitex or Mod Podge onto the tile before affixing the image to the tile. You then smooth out any pockets of air bubbles and then let the image set for 24-hours. Once the image has set, you then wet the title and begin to slowly remove the paper without removing the image. Looking at the image above, you can see where some of the image began to erode away during that process. Removing the top layer of paper from the image is not as easy as it sounds. Once you have removed enough of the paper to reveal the image, you then let the image dry for 24-hours before spraying or brushing the sealer solution onto it.
After the above image dried, I thought it would look better if I painted it the way it appeared in the actual logo. The image below is the result of that process. I still have a ways to go before I finally get all of this nailed down, but I am enjoying these projects.