Yes, you read that headline right. Carry LENT into EASTER.
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!
2. Spend some extra time in prayer on Fridays, particularly at 3 p.m.
3. Go to daily Mass.
4. Can’t make it to Mass? Liturgy of the Hours!
5. Examination of conscience.
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.
By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation.”
I found that the other day when I was perusing through the Catechism.
Interesting that it’s in there. I wonder how many other profession are explicitly stated like that.
And was even more surprised that there is a social media section in the Catechism.
Happy Holy Week, all. I will not be posting more for a little bit.
See you in April!
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In an effort to not make this list me-centered, here is my special intention list for the weekend:
-my boyfriend as I try to ease him into a serious marriage conversation and as he searches for a job that he at least likes, preferably loves.
-the editorial and advertising teams at my newspaper… we won 8 awards at a statewide ceremony earlier this month!
-Catholics practicing Lent in the secular world… stay strong, spread the Gospel with your life.
Now back to being about me. Sorry.
I cleaned out my room Tuesday night. It needed a good vacuuming and a bit of reorganization. I moved two things around and it has already made all the difference in the way I feel when I’m getting ready for work.
I had my gym bag packed already on Tuesday night for the gym on Wednesday (I finally went back after being sick).
It’s amazing how being organized and clean can affect my mood. I wasn’t frazzled getting ready. I hope I can keep the room like that… I need to remember to put my clothes away, not hang them on the back of chairs.
I’m working on making the Reading List that I posted Tuesday a monthly segment here. I’m going to keep better track this month and post (I hope) on the first Tuesday in April. A first Tuesday reading list. There you go.
If you haven’t noticed, check it out now: I changed my goal page.
And I’ve added to it twice since I changed it up. I listed some serious goals on it (and checked off some already!).
At the bottom is a link for Steve Kamb of Nerd Fitness and his Epic Quest. He’s a great role model for goal setting.
I actually picked a goal to work on and am on it now.
“Win an award for a fictional piece.” I have a time line created. Now I just need to organize the few scraps I already have written and get to it. The contest I’m submitting to limits it to 7,500 words. I have 3,080 at the time of this writing.
I watched part of Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster Wednesday night.
It was awesome.
Then I came to work on Thursday, and one of my coworkers who hadn’t watched it, didn’t know what it was about (how???) and didn’t know anything about unmanned drones killing Americans (on American soil!) called Paul an idiot.
Interesting. This made me so upset. I can’t even describe how I felt. It was horrible.
The fact that this man is an experienced journalist, and he would just make a call like that without investigation of any kind into the top just blew me away.
Blew me away. It blew me so far away, that I wrote an entire post about it.
I started those Insanity workouts this week. Wow am I sore.
I’m using it as a supplement to my weight lifting routine, so I’m not following the calendar strictly. I’ll only be doing Insanity on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and I’ll be lifting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays will be my day off because that’s our production day. Who knows what I’ll do if I ever start working for a weekly. All in good time.
Today is the Feast of St. John of God. And looking at (all) my Catholic calendar(s), I see that St. Joseph is coming up in less than two weeks! He’s one of my favorites. He’s really a workhorse.
Anyway, about St. John of God: here.
He’s the Patron Saint of Booksellers! Awesome.
Saint John of God, help us to act out of love as soon as we feel the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Help us learn to fight the little voices in our heads and hearts that give us all sorts of practical reasons to wait or delay in our service of God. Amen.
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The steeple chase on Saturday went so well!
I gave away my Blessed John Paul II Rosary (that I loved!) to a 19-year-old girl that I talked to the whole day. Before I left, I switched the Rosary I was carrying in my jacket for that one. I had this feeling that I would want the JP2 one for some reason. I didn’t feel sad about giving it away at all. She wanted to learn to pray the Rosary, and I hope that helps her. She was a blessing to talk to.
I posted some photos yesterday of the Steeple Chase. Check those out.
I’m going to be creating my own steeple chase soon, that I’ll post here with a list of churches in Milwaukee and routes. I think it’ll be something I do on my own. And get some real prayer in.
Looking over 1 and 2, I realize that these quick takes are focused on me. A lot. That’s not the greatest thing.
I want to work on that… so…
I’m keeping an updated prayer list on my Evernote account and will add them here.
Travis, Jenny from the steeple chase and my coworker’s fiancé. Pray for them.
Does anyone link up their menus? I’ve seen a few blogs that do it… I’m thinking about it. Then I can share the blogs that I steal use recipes from. Maybe I can add more food photography, too.
I’m falling behind on my Lenten Observations.
It’s hard. (complaint)
I’ve been sick and not wanting to do anything really… even I don’t believe my “excuses.”
I’m going to catch up this weekend… well, no. I don’t need to catch up. I just need to get on track again. It’s not about some huge penance I need to make because I missed several days of Rosary. I should be going toward it with an open heart, out of love not obligation. That’s the attitude I want.
I only have to work until 12 today! Then, drive for 3 hours and work some more. Ho hum.
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