CRS rice bowls
I don’t know if they do these everywhere, but I see them everywhere I go to Mass during Lent.
You know, those paper/cardboard… piggy banks, I guess you could call them. I picked up two this morning: one to keep at work, one to keep at home.
Because I’m sticking with my abstention from complaining. So far, I have contributed 5¢. It’s a start.
I took this photo this weekend, the day after my birthday (I like to talk about my birthday).
The next day (Sunday), it rained like crazy and all the snowy woods are gone.
I’m so glad I stopped. It was one of those times where I didn’t really want to stop my car, didn’t really want to take the extra two minutes to get out of my car, adjust my lens, all of that. But look at what came out of it.
I find that I skip those little things a lot because I’m in a hurry, I don’t have time, it’s too far (not really, just out of the way). These little excuses make me miss taking photographs of beautiful things.
That road, that photo, so beautiful. Worth the 45 seconds. I swear.
This was that same day, out on the frozen lake. That is some man ice fishing. Or trying to.
Most liquids freeze from the bottom up because the colder material is denser. Not so with water and ice. The frozen water is less dense and is at the top. If this didn’t happen that way, fish would not survive.
God planned that. How amazing.
I was going to say something about the pope.
But I really have nothing to add.
I love Pope Benedict XVI, and I trust the College of Cardinals will choose another great leader for our faith.
I hope he’s in good health and that his faith isn’t wavering. God bless that man.
Lent so far
I know it’s only day 1, but I got up early and did a little personal prep time with the Lord.
I wrote down which Rosaries I’ll do on which days, which days I’ll go to a daily Mass, my Stations of the Cross schedule.
I am a compulsive scheduler like that, but now I know what I need to do and I’ll make time for it.
I went to Mass this morning. Beautiful.
The students were there, too.
Picked up the rice bowls and did a Rosary with the group. So far, so good. And it’ll stay that way, I hope.
How are your plans coming? What did you abstain from?
How’s the fast today?
God bless. Happy Lent.
Like every other Catholic, I’ve been thinking about what I would abstain from during Lent this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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.
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.