Tagged: Friday

5 ways to carry Lent into Easter

Yes, you read that headline right. Carry LENT into EASTER.

But why? It’s a celebration! A Feast! Our Savior is Resurrected!
All true…
BUT.
Check out the Code of Canon Law for a second.
(OK, more than a second.)
Canon 1250: All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.
Canon 1251: Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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So here are the strategies I use to keep Fridays penitential.

1. Avoid meat and going out on Fridays.

This used to be SO EASY when I was dating. Friday nights are now date nights (typically). Going out, regardless of what I’m eating, just doesn’t seem penitential at all. I mean, someone brings the food to me!

     If I do end up going out on a Friday night (or for lunch), I try to get a simple, cheap meal. A salad. No soda or drink. Just water.
     It’s nice to enjoy the company, instead of the meal (not that salads are bad!).
     And of course, no meat. I really got into the no-meat Fridays last year, and I love it. It’s nice to know that I just don’t eat meat on Fridays, and I don’t have to think of something to abstain from instead.
     If I stay home, I like to make a simple meal, and eat it without distractions… meaning, no reading, no cell phone while I’m eating. Just a simple meal at my dining room table.

2. Spend some extra time in prayer on Fridays, particularly at 3 p.m.

     After Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Resurrection Sunday), I like to re-add a chaplet to my day around 3 p.m. I can’t do it every day, and I can’t even do it every Friday… but I try extra hard on Fridays to at least say the Divine Mercy prayer at 3 p.m. This helps me remember, every Friday, that Christ died for MY sins.
     If you don’t have time for the prayer, don’t have it memorized, just say “Jesus, I trust in you!” Go for three times. 🙂

3. Go to daily Mass.

   I already try to go as often as possible. I’m lucky that my work schedule and the Mass schedule at my local parish works out.
     Starting a Friday morning with a Mass just makes the whole day go better (and really this works for any day).

4. Can’t make it to Mass? Liturgy of the Hours!

     Yes, the Divine Office. Say it. Say the morning prayers, say the vespers. Say them all. Say what you can.
     They’re online, I think there are apps for smartphones. I don’t know. This is something I want to start doing this Easter season (and ordinary time!).
     I don’t go to  Mass on Thursday mornings… my parish only has Liturgy of the Word with Communion. So I usually sleep in (if I can), and spend some time enjoying a cup of coffee before I go to work.
     So I plan to start saying the Divine Office on Thursdays. Well, I want to try.

5. Examination of conscience.

     I do the examen from the Jesuits every night, but Fridays are a great day to review the past week and see what keeps popping up.
     Lust? Greed? Worry? Fear? Am I getting hit with the same sins? Have I done what I planned to do to avoid those sins? To work on them? Fridays are a great review day, and new plans can start on Saturday.
     For example, I’ve been feeling very fearful about my financial situation the past few weeks. I got hit with double electric bills after moving, and the money was just a little bit short.
     But of course, God provided… through my mom. She gave me some cash when I helped her with her taxes, and I was able to buy some groceries. Praise God.
     So while I know I still need to budget my money, I know that God isn’t going to leave me starving. It will work out, if I use my money wisely.
     I recently started tithing a full 10 percent, and the first paycheck, it really hit me, but I can already see the blessings coming back to me. God provides.
Those are just some of the ways I do… or plan to make sure every Friday is a penitential Friday.
God bless.
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Friday Quick Takes, on life

— 1 — 

I have fallen from posting on this blog again. I’m not here with this list to make any promises, either.
I just want you to know that I think about it… sometimes… and I think about posts to write… sometimes. Mostly I’m focusing on getting out of debt (student loans!) and checking off some of those things on my 28 by 28 list.

— 2 —

Lent has been going OK for me. I don’t know if I’m more patient or not.
I know I got super frustrated at work earlier this week, and now the coworker that frustrated was geared to is mostly not talking to me. I said ‘God bless you’ after he sneezed yesterday and he said ‘Sure.’ OK…
I have been keeping the meat free Friday fast, but I do that all year.
I get get to Mass on Monday morning. I need to get to confession soon.

— 3 —

This weekend one of my friends is hosting a ‘chat and chew’ cookie exchange. Except we’re not exchanging cookies. We’re just bringing 2 dozen to the nursing home in town and keeping 1 dozen for the party.
She’s setting me up with a guy there…which relates to my next Quick Take.

— 4 —

Tonight is my second date with someone new!
We met last weekend for coffee. It was great. Besides being awkward because we were just meeting, it went great. I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m excited.
Tonight should be great, too. At least I hope.
He’s Catholic, and when we were setting the plans for dinner, he said the restaurant has an “extensive seafood selection” or something cute. It just makes me happy that he’s serious about his faith.
I don’t know if we’re going to keep dating or what, but it’s fun to be out there.

— 5 —

My car is going to the repair shop next Friday morning… $160 later I’ll have a new wheel hub bearing or something.
Also, yesterday when I was walking around my car I saw one of my tires was ridiciously low on air. I put the gage on it…. 7 PSI. I’m not joking. 7. They’re supposed to be at 30 or so. 7.
Jeez. No wonder I’ve been getting pretty poor gas mileage. I guess I need to be more diligent about checking them. The rest of the tires were in the low 20s, but 7.

— 6 —

Back to the date.
I’m both nervous and excited. I have no idea what I’m doing.
Before this, I’ve just kind of “fallen into” relationships and never dated. I know that I need to take this slow… but how?
I’ve had a friend tell me to just make it a conscious decision about everything involving the guy. Meaning, don’t text him constantly, don’t think about him constantly, don’t wait for him to text me.
Basically, keep the rest of my life full of things to do.
But I’m just so excited!

— 7 —

Lastly, a skirt update.
I haven’t been doing it like I wanted to. At best, I get 2 skirts a week.
As the weather warms up, I’m going to re-dedicate myself to this “cause,” and even start looking for more skirts. With my car repair bill and other stuff coming up, I can’t afford a wardrobe overhaul right now. Soon, though.
At least when it’s summer, I won’t have to worry about matching my tights to my skirt and boots or whatever.
Speaking of boots. I think this is the summer I’m finally going to buy a pair of cowboy boots. I’ve wanted a pair for a long time. Now’s the time to do it. If the budget works out.
 

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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Quick Takes Friday (on a personal note)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

1. I am growing increasingly unsure how to title this QTF posts. I mean, the numbers went a while ago, now I’m back blogging (for the time being), and is there really a good way to do it?
2. Speaking of being back, I just decided I needed to write more. I left because I wanted to find a part time job (in additional to my current full time job), and I wanted to spend my time on things that make money. I didn’t do that. I did move, and I’m still on the lookout for a part time job, but I’m not going to do something I hate. The only reason for the additional job is to pay down debt, and with only $4,050 or so left, I know I can make it in the three years before I turn 30. So I’m not going to stress.
3. I am going to stress about the HUGE pimple on my chin.
I’m clearly not a grown up yet. It’s one of those big and painful ones. And I’ve actually been really good about washing my face, but with the dry, dry, dry air all around, it’s becoming impossible to win this battle.
Part of it is what I’m eating through. I’m slowly cutting the sugar (again) from my diet. It’s slowly working.
I’ve also started running a novice 10K training program this week. I know this stress, emotional weight will come off. It’ll just take time, it’ll just take being healthy.
4. Next Friday I’m going to be in Prairie du Chien. Please don’t stalk me. I’ll be there for Eagle Appreciation Days!
I am so excited to see the bald eagles. They all flock there because the upper (more upper) Mississippi River freezes over, so they winter in Prairie du Chien. I anticipate it being beautiful and peaceful.
It was originally a planned weekend with my now ex-boyfriend. I’ll be alone instead, but I’m OK with that. I need to get used to being alone and still DOING THINGS. It would be really easy to just sit at home ALL THE TIME and not go anywhere, but I have so many places I want to go, things I want to see! I’m not going to let heartbreak (so painful) get in the way of my enjoyment of life.
(This doesn’t mean I am not completely upset about the break up and wish it hadn’t happened like that. But I have to move on. And I have to see the eagles because I’ve wanted to do this for years.)
5. I forget how long these quick takes posts can turn out… Here’s a photo to break up the copy.
Font Holy Theophany 2
This is an Orthodox priest blessing the waters of our nearby lake and then the congregation. It was for Holy Theophany, or the Baptism of the Lord as we Catholics call it. Theophany means the appearance of God. Remember how God says, this is my beloved son? Yeah, that was the appearance of God, Jesus was made apparent as God.
Anyway, I love this group of Orthodox and have written about them twice for my newspaper.
6. I moved earlier this month. I know. Again. If you were following along on twitter or in the real world, you would know that it was quite the experience. Driving my first U-Haul truck and all that. But I had a good time. My friends/coworkers came and helped me unload the truck. Then we ate tacos.
Since then I’ve been alone in my apartment with my cat, and it’s OK, but I feel the loneliness sometimes. I’m excited to buy a lamp so I can actually see in my living room, and then I want to start on my project to refurbish the chair I’ve been working on.
7. Prayers… for my discernment, please. I have been going to daily Mass this week… while I started on Tuesday morning, went Wednesday, missed the communion service on Thursday and went today… I love it. I love it. So much.
I could be at MASS, all day long. I would like the priest to be a little more conservative and serious when he celebrates the Mass… but I’ll live.
I’d like to join a Parish group soon… actually, I need to un-join my old Parish, and join this one, now that I’ve moved.
Prayers also for one of my coworkers who is (with his wife) trying to get pregnant. Prayers for my family, prayers for expecting mothers, prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions.
God bless!
Sorry for not using the template Jen created. I don’t know what I was thinking.
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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Calendars)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

 quick takes

— 1 —

If you didn’t miss me on Wednesday, then just skip to #2.
If you did miss me and my always-informative posts on all-things-Catholic, I’m so sorry!
Here’s my excuses (which, tangent, what is the difference between a reason and an excuse? A reason is something that the hurt/disappointed person approves of, that he thinks is a good/OK waste of your time)
First, I was late at work Monday night. What does Monday have to do with Wednesday’s post? It’s coming.
So, I got home late Monday. Ate some food and went to sleep.
Then… I woke up a little bit later than usual because I wanted to catch up. I was still on time for work and all that, I just didn’t get my scheduled run in… so I ran Tuesday night.
So instead of coming home from work Tuesday (which was late again, anyway) and writing up a brilliant post for y’all, I went for a run.
Then I took a shower and went to bed. So is my life.
 

— 2 —

In all fairness, I think I said I would have a serious Catholic post MOST Wednesdays.
And since I said that, I’ve been on top of things. It’s OK to go off the calendar once in a while, right?
Also, I have ALLLLLLLL day Saturday to work on next week’s article, and will be posting something during the time I’m writing as well.
You’re welcome, in advance.
 
— 3 —
All  the fake self-confidence aside, I really tried to fit in a post. Enough apologizing!
 
 
— 4 —
I’m taking today off of work. Because of all those REASONS above, I just need a break. Also I have an appointment.
I’ll probably be at Mass with a Friday, getting some coffee and then going to my appointment. I hope it’s one of those days that I get to write a lot, too.
 
Did you guys read Jen’s post about how she’s an inside-her-head person and needs time to write, jog with music or reading a good book. (Find it here.)
I felt like she could have been writing about me. Except, I need talk radio when I’m jogging so slow people walking their dogs could pass me if the wind blows in the wrong direction.
I’ve written a million times about how I need to write more, how I want to be an author, how I love to write… and yet, I consistently find myself looking at my new notebooks at the end of day without writing anything.
I have written in the notebooks, I just don’t do it as often as I want to… which is EVERY day. I want that to happen.
 
I have started using Evernote as a journal/diary of sorts this month.
I keep the page open and just have running thoughts on the page as the day goes on. I think I’ll like a record of that…. I should start making headers/titles or something. Some of the notes get kind of long.
 
 
— 5 —
Remember when driving used to be exciting? When you’d ask your parents if you could drive to the grocery store or the library or the doctor’s office?
Yeah. Remember when you just wanted a good, loud song on the radio and the windows down and you didn’t need your cell phone in your face?
I’m trying to get back to that… so much.
It seems like when I get into my car, there are 800 things I NEED my phone for. Did the check clear on my bank account? Did anyone like my most recent running update on Facebook? Those are dumb things.
So dumb.
I know, I know how seriously dangerous it is to drive and try to read a blog post on your phone. C’mon!
 
Recently, I’ve been putting my phone in my purse, which goes behind my seat when I get into the car. I can’t reach into the bag when I’m driving.
This helps.
When it’s on the charger though… it’s so close.
 
Does anyone else struggle with this or the seriousness of the issue just cut it for you?
 
— 6 —
I caught up on the Catechism reading! And I’m actually ahead of the Year of Faith emails!
Woot. I’m so happy. It was stressing me out more than I realized, which like I said in my 5 Ways post about it, that’s not the point.
Now, I just read ONE section when I go to bed and ONE when I get up in the morning…. but this rule is SUPER flexible. Like last night when I got home late. I didn’t read.
This morning, I had a few extra minutes so I read the section and then the in-brief. By section, I mean from one bolded headline to the next… are those called sections? Not whole chapters. Like it took me a few days to get through each commandment article. I wish I had my Catechism handy to look at it and see what they’re labeled. Basically, I read the same amount they send in the emails. I just read it in my copy of the book.
 
— 7 —
So we’ve been talking about budgeting a lot a work lately.
I don’t know how it originally came up, but a lot of us stress about it and talk.
My gym membership ended, so I have that “extra” (not really extra, but less that’s expensed, more that I can save or use for student loan debt). It was $29. Which is why I got that membership in the first place, but since I’ve stopped lifting weights and started running more and doing body weight exercises, I don’t need the gym.
I also got a military payment from Uncle Sam toward my student loans… amazing. That’s a huge relief too. So that cuts my student loan payment by 3/4 for the foreseeable future.
I anticipate another payment from them next year, so I hope those are paid off soon. 🙂 Yay.
But, budgeting… I am sort of using Dave Ramsey’s baby steps to be more financially steady.
First, I want to save $2,000 in my emergency fund. I’m over half way there.
Then I want to get at least $3,000 in my Roth IRA so I can make the investments more “risky.” Right now it’s super conservative and that’s just not right for me being so young. I’m a few months away from achieving that.
Then I want to start saving for a “new” car. New here meaning used.
My car was at the shop yesterday (2 days in a row, a repeat of two weeks ago) for a cylinder misfire. Awesome. $300 later….
 
I feel like I could elaborate more on my finances, but the gist of it is that I would like to buy some new professional clothes but can’t.
 
Peace.
 

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. enough said)

quick takes

— 1 — 

Robert’s Rules of Order. Enough said? Apparently not.
I was at a school board meeting on Monday. It seems like a long time ago already… it’s been a long week for me.
The board members came in 15 minutes later. “Sorry, we had two other meetings.”
It was clearly one of those moments where “our time is more important than your time” situations happened.
 

— 2 —

I got my first negative comment on the blog for last week’s QT.
At first… I was going to act “very grown up” and delete it. Then I realized how anti-everything I believe in that would be.
So I approved the comment.
Then I was thinking about how I would respond… maybe correct the use of the term “slander”… maybe explain what I meant, it was just a misunderstanding.
Meh. I decided to not respond directly to the comment and just share here how it made me feel.
I’ve received a ton (read: a few) great comments about things I post. They make me feel… OK. Then I get this one negative comment and it makes me feel terrible.
I decided to quit feeling terrible and let it go.
Someone who calls herself “NOT Christian” read one of my posts. Cool. That’s how I’ll take it.
 
— 3 —
Yesterday, I was out in my garden. Got six or seven more tomatoes (I think I have 12 on my counter now).
I already made some pico and will be making more.
The green peppers are looking great. I’m leaving this batch on a little longer for sweeter peppers.
The dill and wild flowers look great. The basil, cilantro, mint and catnip look great.
The cucumber… eh. It’s slowly dying, yet trying to hold on so hard. It makes me sad. The cucumber was the most exciting part of the garden for me when I planted it. Oh well, live and learn. Next year, I’ll plan the shade better.
— 4 —
This weekend I have big plans for cleaning my apartment, updating my portfolio, calling some Catholic soon-to-be friends and eating delicious food.
It’s supposed to stay sunny and beautiful, and I want to catch a re-do of some summer tan to keep color over the next month.
I have books to read (catch up on the Catechism in the Year of Faith) and posts to write and schedule.
I am very optimistic about getting all this done. I only have one thing to do that is work-related on Saturday, but I have Monday off (Labor Day!) so that will make up for it.
— 5 —
Yesterday, I met two awesome women. They’re twins and police officers. It’s so cool.
They went to the academy together and are now working in nearby departments. The story will be in next week’s paper.
— 6 —
I have been on a rampage making iced coffees and frappes. I couldn’t really get the recipe right until this past weekend. Now I’m making them faster than I can drink them. Almost.
Caramel is my favorite, but I go for a mocha once in a while and a French vanilla sometimes.
Just look up the recipes online. Find one that works for you. And don’t be afraid to crush the ice too much. That was my big concern when I first tried to make them. Then I just had… iced coffee. Not a frappe. You know.
 
— 7 —
(I have tried 800 times to make this 7 red… won’t happen.)
I started watching Life of Pi last night and will finish tonight or this weekend. It looks so great. I should really read the book I guess.
I’ll add that after the Year of Faith is over and I’m done with the Catechism. Look for a post about how to catch up with the Year of Faith readings sometime in September.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

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