Tagged: fast

A “fresh” take on Lent

I see lists all over the place about what to give up, how to give up more, unique things to give up, funny things to give up… Those are great.

And they’ve helped me in the past.
This year, though, I really thought about what I wanted to give up as my penitence.
My first, thought, oddly was mayo. I really like mayo. Because I’m on a low-carb (meaning no-sugar) diet, I add mayo to add fat and flavor to a lot of what I eat.
I decided to not give that up because I want to stay on this diet. It works for me.
My next thought was about the heat in my car. I was actually really set on this idea.
Except… what does that do to bring me closer to God? Am I really ADDICTED to the heat in my car?
Both answers: no.
So…
I finally decided to give up…
 
THE RADIO IN MY CAR.
 
What a small simple little thing to give up, right?
False. I love the radio on. Constantly. Always. I love (hate) flipping through the stations and finding a song or a news station I like. Flipping again.
I realize now, that my ability to change the channel, and having so many choices, makes me impatient. Not just while I’m driving, though that is a big part of it, but during my whole day (life).
I’m short with people because I can’t make them do what I want immediately by pressing a button.
 
I hope this Lenten “fast” from the radio helps me build patience.
 
I’m adding… if I can make it to Church on time… the Rosary with the ladies before daily Mass whenever I go. So I’ll have to be ready a little earlier, be there a little earlier.
I used to do it, years ago. That will surely be a blessing.
 
And alms giving… I think this is always the hardest part of me.
I have so little to give, honestly. Journalists, on average, don’t make a lot of money.
But I’m going to increase what I give a little bit every week at Mass, and I’m going to try to make some meals for people.
 
I can do things if not give money.
 
Are these really “fresh” ideas? Probably not. But it’s a different take for me.
Last year, I gave up complaining, and it became a pretty big joke in the office. I don’t want that to happen this year.
 
Fasting today, for the first time in a long time… I’m eating dinner today, that’s it. Probably some tea and coffee.
I know fasting can be a great spiritual blessing, but boy… I am hungry. 🙂
 
If you’re looking for more on Lent, I suggest the USCCB.
 
God bless.
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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 3)

— 1 —

Today is my 26th Birthday! If you have been following along, I already celebrated yesterday a little with funny cat videos (isn’t that what the Internet is for?) and making cookie chocolate cookie mousse cake thing last night.

I had a piece two pieces for breakfast. Don’t judge me haha. It was AMAZING. Everything I thought it would be and more. Perfect cookie layer on the bottom, smooth thick creamy chocolate in the center and fluffy coffee frosting on the top. Wow. I was pretty impressed with myself. Which is a great way to spend a birthday morning while watching My Boys on Netflix.

I also said the Guardian Angel prayer when I was brushing my teeth (there’s a lot of sugar in that cookie thing). That was nice. I mean, I said it in my head, not out loud. What a sweet way to concentrate on God, instead of just the mundane task, though.

— 2 —

We’re actually getting rid of our Netflix account later this month, so I’m trying to watch the rest of that series, though I know I watched most of it when it aired originally. The main character is a reporter, so I relate highly to the show. I love her, too.

— 3 —

My boyfriend and I are meeting up tonight for a secret, surprise event to celebrate my birthday. He told me to bring long, thin socks. Interesting.

— 4 —

Also, because it’s my birthday, I gave up brewed coffee today instead of meat just in case we’re going out for steak or something. Which wouldn’t explain the socks, but I’ll go with that. Steak. Yes, please.

— 5 —

I tried to go to Mass this morning. I was even early enough for Rosary! But… the doors were locked. I just wanted to go to Mass on my Birthday. C’mon! So I trolled around the Archdiocese website and found a few tonight close to wherever the secret, surprise event is. So I’ll be going to a new Parish for Mass, that’ll be twice this month!

— 6 —

The snow is beautiful here. It may take more time to get everywhere through it, but I guess most people are more patient. I try to be more patient at least. Take your time and relax already. It’s beautiful, enjoy it.

— 7 —

Lastly, I have a hearing today at the courthouse for work. Law & Order baby. You’re on. It always makes me want to check out LSAT prep books from the library… even though I know I can’t afford to even take the test, let alone go to law school right now. Some day.

God bless. 🙂

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Remember, Remember the 22 of January

Yesterday was a “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn Children.”

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states, “In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.” (No. 373)

On Monday, I was thinking about what I could do to observe this day.
I’ve always been strongly pro-life. I support Pro Life Wisconsin and have been to vigils and prayer services.
I own a Rosary for the Unborn.
But I don’t think I’ve ever fasted on the day.

The day, of course, is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

Is fasting enough? Is prayer enough?
I think the best answer to that is yes, with faith.
We can move mountains with God.
We can change the world. We can stop abortion.
With fasting, yes. Prayer, yes. Faith, yes.

By teaching our kids, our friends, our family the truth. Have faith that these things work. They do.
God is on our side in this.

FASTING
Why am I always hungrier, earlier when I fast?
It wasn’t even lunch time yet, and I was feeling hunger pains.
I ate only a small serving of veggies for breakfast (not that unusual for me, though I normally add that to eggs with some sausage or bacon).
I skipped lunch, though I did have orange lime slices in my water all day. Not that that adds much at all.
Everyone’s food smelled so good. And it normally doesn’t (I have high food standards).
Someone’s egg rolls, oh wow. A sub sandwich, please.
But no. I stuck with it.
But it’s not just enough to be hungry. I offered up my pain, my discomfort.
I’m alive. I can sacrifice and pray for change.
Those killed since the Roe decision in 1973 aren’t alive.
It’s not just the children that are hurt (killed), either. It’s the mothers and the fathers that lose a child.
Imagine.
I can’t imagine ever being that lost, hurt that much, so worried about my future that I could do it.
I can’t imagine the fear these women feel. I wouldn’t wish that fear, that feeling, that emotion on anyone.
It’s important to know there’s forgiveness. God forgives. Christ died for our sins.
Turn to him. He loves you.
I don’t even know what I would say to someone. Sidewalk counselors are so brave, so caring, so wonderful in giving their time, their love, their talent.
If you have that ability, don’t be afraid. Go.
I should go. I want this to be my goal this year.
I ate dinner, of course.
I hope they have delicious food in Heaven for  all the children lost. It’s so much fun to eat. I think about this a lot when I cook. Thank God for our sense of taste and smell.
I said a Rosary THIS morning 😦
I “couldn’t” (read: didn’t make it a priority) yesterday to do so.
But I was in Mass this morning and saying the Rosary with all my old lady friends. Wonderful to join with them for that devotion.
God bless.

Revisited Mass

I’ve posted before about how I miss daily Mass. I miss it again.

I get in a rthym, a schedule, a routine, that somehow doesn’t include daily Mass.

I have the time. Thanks to my (amazing) job, I can work (pretty much) when I want. I can go in late… not that I even need to because Mass is at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I can still make it to the office by 9 if I go.

But it also means that I have to be up, dressed, presentable for that. And I have to eat well before that for the obligatory fast.

And that’s just been too much work for me lately.

I used to be a morning person. This was me. Well, not really. But close. I was happy in the morning.

But now that I gave up coffee (just until the end of the month!) and I still can’t receive the Eucharist.

Things feel a little off for me, I guess. I’m going to work on it, though.

Year of faith

My goals for the YoF are going great through. I’ve been to Mass in three different parishes so far, and I’ve gone to Adoration three times.

I’m currently reading Pope Benedict XVI’s Infancy Narratives.
I finished Scott Hahn’s “A Father who Keeps His Promises.” I’ll write about it soon. It was great. Beautiful. Just like Infancy Narratives are turning out to be. So much, so great.

Writing

I will be back, not as frequently as when I first started this, but more often than the past four weeks. I am still trying to find that balance of things I want to do and need to do.

Sometimes, I just need to not be connected. And sometimes, I know that my pains and trials in faith will help others.

God bless all.

Hope the new year is well.

Holiday cheer

I am that person…

in the office that is getting super excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up!

I mean, come on! Why not be happy about it? It’s a glorious time of year.

We celebrate the day Christ came to us through Mary. And praise God for that.

OSV (Our Sunday Visitor) has a great list of ways to “stay joyous” during Advent and Christmas. I love it.

My first big idea

is to sneak into work EXTRA early on St. Nicholas Day and put a sock with candy coins in on everyone’s desk.

How cute and fun right! And it’s not going to create a mess or  take a ton of work. But it will be fun, and not that costly. There are only 16 of us in the office. So 8 pairs of socks (I have to give myself one, so it looks like St. Nick came to all of us haha) and so candy coins.

Toooooo excited about this.

My second big idea

is already underway, too.

I have a list of gifts for everyone in the office… mostly really simple things, and I’ve found most of them at Goodwill already. Nothing that looks trashy or cheaply made, though.

So I’m going to come in early (or late, depending) and decorate the office before we leave for Christmas with my miniature tree and everyone’s gift wrapped.

I am even going to put up lights for this. So that will take some work… and a little bit of extra money.

I can’t believe how excited and happy I am about it, though. It’s just making me absolutely giddy like a little kid planning a surprise.

How are your holiday plans coming?

My family isn’t doing a traditional Thanksgiving meal together this year, our work schedules are just not conducive to that.

We’ll be having appetizers at my mom’s Thursday night, probably. That’s still not for sure.

Thankfully, I am not getting stressed by my lack of concrete plans this year. It’s just not worth the hassle.

I need to remember what it’s really about and be grateful I get to see my family.

Other stuff

I will probably be quitting this blog entirely soon.

Like I’ve said in earlier posts, it’s just not the kind of writing I need to be focusing on right now.

I always dread planning the posts I’m going to write each week… but once I get writing it’s OK.

And, of course, I appreciate the comments and likes and follows I’ve gotten. It’s so nice to know there are other people who relate and understand.

I’m sure I’ll be back on the Internet at some point in the future, but this “experiment” just isn’t at the right point in my life.

This girl has stories to write, novels to dream about and photos to take.

Oh, and prayers to pray!

But, for now, I’ll be around. Probably until December starts.

 

God bless.