“You have prayed for patience, and I have multiplied the opportunities in which you could be patient.” God, speaking to St. Philip Neri ...Herein lie the opportunities the Lord is providing me to exercise this beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit - Patience.
"There are a whole lot of people who are so freakin' busy-they've so clutter up their lives-they're at their wits end. And if they'd only just stop for a minute, they could hear the God of the universe whisper to them, 'I love you.'"
Putting together these quick takes is going to be an interesting feat for me this week. --- 1 --- Although I am a single gal without children, I feel overwhelmed by working and having a personal life. I cannot comprehend what it would be like to add a husband, some little ones, and an infinite amount of chaos to this already complicated existence!
--- 2 --- This evening's activities held a spaghetti dinner, Brave, and Pink Spoon with MG, Meredith, & Ajay.
--- 3 --- I was completely fascinated by the girls hair in this Pixar film. It seriously looks like real hair in this cartoon. Throughout the entire film all I kept thinking about was "how in the world did they do her hair like that?"
--- 4 --- Every person I interacted with today somehow got on my nerves. I had such a hard time letting go of my own way, my own pride, and just my own stubbornness. All I wanted to do was SCREAM, not necessarily at someone or even about anything particular-BUT nevertheless, I wanted to Y…
Remember that your virtue may seem to be that of a saint and yet be worth nothing if it is not joined to the ordinary virtues of a Christian. That would be like adorning yourself with magnificent jewels over your underwear. -- St. Josemaria Escriva
"He Must Increase, I Must Decrease" ~St. John the Baptist
Happy Feast Day!!!
As the days begin to shorten we are gently reminded about John's mantra. Our desires, our prominence, our wills must decrease just as the daylight does each day. Making room for the Lord to become more visible in the world.
What a hard concept to embrace and live by! To reduce my will, my need for attention, my desire to be successful and loved - it's almost too much to even think about doing. ALMOST! There are so many times when I want to just have it my way...like this week for work. We are hosting Totus Tuus, a summer catechetical program for our youth from pre-school through 12th grade. I'm in charge of the 1st-12th grade students and have prepared an appropriate amount - with supplies, room reservations, priestly help, snack acquiring, volunteer helpers, etc... BUT after I returned from my week away, I find many things to be askew. For instance, some of the rooms I reserved…
"Don't you long to shout to those youths who are bustling around you: Fools! Leave those worldly things that shackle the heart - and very often degrade it - leave all that and come with us in search of Love!"
-St. Josemaria Escriva
--- 1 --- Faithful Servant was this week. It is a camp that trains leaders for both Dioceses in our state. I had an amazing experience. My community members bonded well to each other and myself, my presentation produced good fruit, and I grew in better relationship with the other adults in my area! What a lovely time!
--- 2 --- Finding friends in Charlotte was an incredibly difficult experience. After reading this book I have a whole new appreciation for the friends I have made in the last 4 years. It was SO HARD, but incredibly worth it!
--- 3 --- My Google Reader account has 838 unread items! How in the world am I EVER going to read all of those items? Oh, goodness - this might have to be a project for JULY! It's too overwhelming to even begin to tackle today...
--- 4 --- The Next Food Network Star is one of my secret (or not so secret) obsessions! I love watching all kinds of cooking competition shows on Food Network like Iron Chef, Next Iron Chef, Chopped, etc... I'm e…
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The calm week of June is over...unfortunately. Back from vacation, wedding was wonderful (a few pics below), and the regularity of this week (which I long for so terribly) is already over! So, just two days before the two week storm begins! All good stuff, but way too much stuff!
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The wedding was so beautiful! From setting up on Thursday to our girl's night to the rehearsal and then the wedding on Saturday it was SO wonderful to see friends, catch up with all of my 'back home' people, and relax with my family! Congrats to Erin & Lawton, may this be the beginning of many happy years together!
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Last night was our volunteer appreciation dinner at work/Church - where I am sorta a volunteer except I am actually a staff member (no appreciation for that!). Set Up was so long, but incredibly worth it since all of the volunteers had such a great time! Wonderful for us to say thanks, but am glad we aren't doing it again until next year!
"There are not over a 100 people in the U.S. that hate the Catholic Church, there are millions however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church. Which is, of course, quite a different thing."
-Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen
“If you experience dryness in prayer or a time when you come to Mass and feel like you didn’t get
anything out of it, then that’s a good day… That’s a day where you get to chose to love God for His
sake and not for what He can do for you.” Fr. Mike Schmitz (slightly paraphrased from his homily,
“The Doorway to Heaven”)
The Wedding Week is FINALLY here!!! These quick takes come to you from good old St. Marys, PA! The city of a million trees, many buzzing bees, and not too many babies! The last census reported a decrease in the population by 1500. That might not seem like too many if you were considering NYC or Charlotte or Miami or Los Angeles. But up here, we were only working with 13,000 to begin with - this is a more than 10% reduction!
--- 2 --- Being Honest - the best advertising sign ever! --- 3 ---
Mini-Bachelorette Party tonight with Steph and Erin at Gunners! It's been almost 2 years since we were all three together. Steph only had 1 baby then, and Erin wasn't even engaged! SO much has changed in such a short period of time - unbelievable!
--- 4 --- The Wedding: There's a lot to be done to prepare for a wedding. Most of these items are done between a mother and her daughter. Erin's been working the plans with her mom, then her mom's b…
“Marriage is the real vocation crisis in the United States… We have a vocation crisis to life-long,
life-giving, loving, faithful marriage. If we take care of that one, we’ll have all the priests and nuns
we’ll need for the Church.” Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York
Welcome to June, ladies and gentlemen! 2012 almost half way over, ALREADY! --- 1 --- Mom. Found out my mom has gall stones and needs to have them and her gall-bladder removed some time next week. Prayers are greatly appreciated!
--- 2 --- Vacation. Leaving on Monday for a week-long vacation at home...glad it's coinciding with mom's need for surgery. Last time I went home in the summer my dad had Thyroid Surgery...I'm beginning to dislike traveling home in the summer.
--- 3 --- Wedding. Erin (one of my BFFs from high school) is getting married next Saturday! Don't even have any idea about what to expect.
--- 4 ---Dresses. SO excited to dress up tomorrow for our youth ministry event. We're going to a local assisted living facility and having a Senior Prom! Wearing a bridesmaid's dress twice in 1 week.
--- 5 --- Foodie. I've been experimenting with new food! Three great ones in the last few weeks! First up - homemade mango salsa! --- 6 --- Foodie #2. Brie …
An Entire month of Quotes - a new quote every day of June, something to live by!
"He loves, He hopes, He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, might have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep him waiting one instant."
-St. Julian Peter Eymard