Tagged: Lenten

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.
Advertisements

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 6)

— 1 —

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.

— 2 —

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.

— 3 —

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…

— 4 —

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.

— 5 —

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.

— 6 —

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.

— 7 —

I only have to work until 12 today! Then, drive for 3 hours and work some more. Ho hum.

God bless.

For more (and better!) Quick Takes, find everyone else at Conversion Diary!

Steeple Chase

Lenten retreat

I think I mentioned this steeple chase last week… during the quick takes? Maybe.

Anyway, here are some shaky, unedited photos from some of the churches we went to. I hope I have them labeled correctly. It was kind of a whirlwind event.

St. Josephat. Oh look. My finger. Oops.

DSCF3001

The beauty and the scale and the height… so much to take in. It was amazing. There were FOUR side altars! Four!!

And check out those stations of the Cross… in Latin!

DSCF3005

DSCF3004

Here’s another photo of the ceiling. See what I was trying to say before.

DSCF3017

The detail and passion of the craftsmen are obvious in the work. Beautiful.

DSCF3020

 

 

And a simple cross outside the main church. Still beautiful.

DSCF3027

Oh, and this is a blessing from John Paul I. Yes, one. Awesome.

DSCF3007

From the School Sisters of St. Francis’ St. Joseph Chapel:

Again with the wonderful open space.

DSCF3056

 

SSFS chapel edit

Our priestly tour guide said he used to pray while watching this statue when he was in the seminary.

DSCF3031

The Adoration altar.

DSCF3040

The most important part, the center…

DSCF3038

From the relics chapel:

DSCF3042

Hundreds of relics… labeled in Latin. So beautiful.

DSCF3043

 

Then we went to the Cathedral… and I took two dark photos. Sorry.

Then we went to the St. Joan of Arc chapel at Marquette. Beautiful and quiet and peaceful. And I didn’t take any pictures because we had the most wonderful Mass I’ve been to in a long time.

If you get the chance to do one of these… do it. Just do it. Or go around to the churches in one of your bigger cities. So wonderful.

God bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 5)

— 1 —

During Ash Wednesday Mass last week, a student told our priest that he was giving up pillows.
Beautiful. I’ve been thinking about it the past week that our observances don’t need to be complex and difficult just because we’re adults (or trying to hard to be!). Giving up something that we love like pillows at night would be great. What a simple way to always remember Christ’s 40 day fast in the desert. He went without pillows, too.
Kids’ faith amazes and surprises me to no end. I am glad I have decided to return to school Masses at my church.

— 2 —

My own Lenten observances are doing… OK.
Are we ever 100 percent satisfied with the way we do things? I rarely am.
I know that I am not asking other people to do things (“nagging”) as much as a few weeks ago. I am not complaining about something that I can change. (I’m cold… no, just grab a blanket, put on a sweater, easy.)
But there are also times I realize that I don’t pay attention enough… such as, in the car. It’s really, really hard for me to be a rational person while I’m driving to work.
The past few days, I skipped taking the highway and have taken a slower but saner route on a county road. No merging and no… well, there’s more rationality on this road.
I’m also seeing a whole other part of this area that I didn’t know about. Wonderful.

— 3 —

Tomorrow I’m going on a Steeple Chase with my Archdiocesan. I can’t wait!
I hope to have a ton of pictures to share with the blog.

— 4 —

I just read an OSV article about the American Cardinals going to the Vatican. God bless them.

— 5 —

I’m evaluating my eating again. I did the Whole 30 in January, which was a real blessing and challenge for me.
I like to eat Paleo. I like the way my body feels when I don’t eat grains (rice, wheat, oat, corn).
But I don’t eat 100 percent Paleo. I eat meat, veggies, fats… and some dairy.

Wait, wait, wait… dairy isn’t OK on the Paleo plan. True.
But I don’t drink a glass of milk with every meal. I put cream (just real cream) in my coffee in the morning.
And I have some cream cheese in my fridge that just wants to go in some creamy eggs… but I haven’t gone that far yet.
I put sour cream on my tacos… anyway, the point is, I eat what makes me feel good.
A half-gallon of ice cream over 2 days doesn’t make me feel good.
Yesterday’s breakfast of chorizo, eggs and broccoli makes me feel good all day.
Spinach meatloaf for lunch made me feel good. A slow cooked beef brisket made me feel good.

Sweet potatoes make me feel good… and they are good. Yum. I need to quick talking about food. I’m getting hungry.

— 6 —

I started reading Lolita. I don’t know why.
It’s horrible. Wait, no. It’s good writing. The descriptions are great and not boring though long.
But… it’s horrible. I quit reading about after the mother died. I don’t know why I got it from the library, and I don’t know why I haven’t returned it yet. It should not be in my apartment.
I don’t care if it’s a classic and if the end somehow makes it worth it. I can’t have that near me any longer.

There may not be official censored lists anymore, but that’s no reason that we need to see, read, hear, watch, experience everything that comes around. We can self-censor and that doesn’t make us bad people.

It will be a while before I read something out of the ordinary. I am not whole right now because of it.

— 7 —

In the mean time, I’ve been reading Inter Insigniores and Casti Connubii. They’re all online at the Vatican’s website. What a great resource for us Catholics, to get primary source documents like that.

Did you know that today is the feast of “The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle“?

 

God bless.

For more (and better!) Quick Takes, find everyone else at Conversion Diary!