Category: Memorial

On Chesterton

As part of my

Year of Faith goals, I said I wanted to read at least six books on Church history. I’m going to adjust my goals to allow for books like “Orthodoxy” by G.K. Chesterton.

I read chapter 1 last night.

I had the feeling of familiarity wash over me. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried to read it before.

This time it’s going to work, though.

I also rented (what do you call getting books from the library?) Scott Hahn’s “A Father who Keeps His Promises” and Philip Jenkin’s “The New Anti-Catholicism.”

I plan on spending about 95 percent of my weekend reading and drinking coffee.

The other 5 percent is for taking photos… which I haven’t done in too long.

I hope to use maybe a half of percent on posting here. 😉

Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs, and their companions, martyrs

Our priest told us that thoughts do matter.

In fact, we say, Forgive us, for we have sinned in OUR THOUGHTS and our words…

Our thoughts impact our actions and our words… and especially our reactions. If you’re already thinking something angry or upset, it’s that much easier to share that emotion.

And really, shouldn’t we be sharing our happiness?

We don’t have a feast day or memorial until All Saints Day! I can’t believe that! It should just give me more time to go to Adoration/Benediction and confession:

But the answer to the question “what is wrong with the world?” proved was not external factors like “politics, the economy, secularism, pollution or global warming,” he noted.

“No, as G.K. Chesterton wrote, the answer to the question what is wrong with the world is two words: ‘I am.’”

Cardinal Dolan stated in his remarks to his 250 fellow bishops that paving the way for a personal “conversion of heart and repentance,” which is the “core of the Gospel invitation,” requires a recognition of personal sin.

“This happens in the sacrament of penance. This is the sacrament of the New Evangelization,” he said to warm applause from the assembled Synod Fathers, experts and observers.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan

God bless.


In service

Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm
and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

(From USCCB)


Yesterday, I volunteered for my parish’s annual turkey dinner.

It was so great. Honestly.

I was a “waitress,” meaning I grabbed the plates of food from the kitchen and served a couple tables “family style.”

I’m not a social butterfly. At all. I’m pretty shy, actually.

But I bit the bullet. And I smiled and talked to people and brought out more potatoes.

I have an awesome time. So great. People are really nice.

And I tried to be really nice, too. And it worked. 😉


Life, generally

In Mass this morning, I had this peace wash over me.

Yeah, I get that a lot, but this morning, it was just different. That’s so cliche.

OK, let me explain.

I was just relaxed, just calm. Just good. Great.

I felt like I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude.

And while I don’t remember what the homily was about, I remember how I felt. I remember the way my step picked up after Mass.

So great. I hope you get that sometime.

Maybe it’s not in Monday morning Mass for you, and that’s OK. God is with us always.

Amen to that as well.


God bless.

St. Francis of Assisi

And learning how to manage (prioritize) my time.

I have been sick since last Friday and have just not made this blog a priority. In fact, I even slept in on Monday and did not go to Mass like I normally do. It’s been a strange week since then because I missed that.

I’m still not 100 percent well yet, but I’m working on it. And I am finally going to see a doctor today.

This brings me to really managing my time and this blog. I want it to be a priority, yet I don’t want it to become more important than my faith, my relationships, my job. My life, in general. So there will be times…

Like the past few days…

When I won’t post for a while. I know I have yet to gather a “faithful following,” but those few of you who are following my blog (thank you by the way!), please know that I’m praying for you and that it’s important for us to actually do not just talk (well, write).

Hopefully this… whatever type of sick I am will be over soon and life will continue.


The Bible

Otherwise, I have been keeping up with the Agape Bible Study, which can I convince you to start reading that? It’s so beautiful to pull apart the translations and see the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Seriously. Please, at least give it a try. I’m only on Genesis Chapter 3 of the Salvation History Study, but it’s beautiful and satisfying.

There are so many studies on Agape that I’m not sure I’m ever going to get back to “The Story” that I picked up at a thrift store a week or so ago. It just doesn’t seem like it’ll be necessary for quite a while.

What tools do you use to study the Bible? How often do you read and for how long? What makes you turn to the Bible?

I’d love feedback on that because I haven’t been in a group Bible study since spring, and it’s always helpful to be around people who are working through the same things you are.


God Bless.