Tagged: Writing

28 by 28 update (already!)

Yikes, an update already.

That sounds bad, right?
In fact, it’s good.

Because of snow (surprise! It’s Wisconsin!), two of my meetings were canceled… meaning, two less stories.
So on deadline, my editor asked if I had any column ideas…

Sure, my 28 by 28 list. He said, “What?”
And that’s how my list ended up in the newspaper for all to read.
(Because it wasn’t already out there for all to read on the Internet? Right…)

Here’s a photo… look that’s me!

 

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Awesome-sauce.

Everything is awesome.

It’s even in the real paper, see?

bucket list paperPeace.

God bless.

 

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Quick Takes Friday (vol. all sorts of win)

Thanks for hosting, Jen!

quick takes

— 1 —

NaNoWriMo was a surprising success.

If you’re not familiar, it’s a mad rush of writing 50,000 words in 30 days of November. It’s intense.

I had to write nearly 5,000 words on the last two days, but I finished it. And I don’t want to look at the “novel,” that I know needs a lot of editing, for a long, long time.

— 2 —

Thanks for all my readers who continued to visit the not updated blog last month.

I will be back in full action starting next week.

Here are some upcoming posts I have planned: Ad Catholici Sacerdotii review, five ways to read the Bible and a learn something post on different translations of the Bible.

— 3 —

I have started keeping very strict budgets.

Everything is written down on paper. I read Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover,” and it really set everything in focus for me.

In the next 12 weeks (that started Wednesday), I have a goal to pay off $1,000 of my student loans. That’s more than I typically pay in a whole year since I received a military payment earlier this year. It’ll be tough, but I know I can do it. After that I’ll continue the regular payments and try to do another 12-week goal sometime in 2014 to pay another $1,000 toward it. I want the loans paid off by the time I turn 29. (eeek! 2 years, 2 months!)

But with all my writing budgets down, I somehow have $126 extra in my checking account… and I double, triple check everything. It’s weird. I can’t explain it.

I’m using that as my food budget for the next month and a half, so I can focus more of my paychecks to the loans. Yes!

— 4 —

It’s Advent!

And I’m at my fourth parish in four years for the Advent wreath lighting.

I don’t like my current parish, and I am finding myself drawn ever more to traditional Masses and priests.

My current priest doesn’t even wear the Roman collar! 😦

I desire a Latin Mass, and I know there are some not too far away. I am making it a mini Advent goal to attend one of those Masses.

— 5 —

I signed up to do Salvation Army bell ringing tomorrow. I did it a few years in a row a while ago, then quit when I moved. It’s a 3-hour shift, but it’s inside. The organization does such great thigns.

— 6 —

I started a new diet and have ACTUALLY been following it. Today is 2 full weeks done and I like it. I’m losing… something. I plan to get a scale in the new year.

— 7 —

My personal intention this month is for babies, for families, for finding solutions to the problems that make babies “unwanted,” that split families up… not just treating the symptoms.

Oh, Blessed Mother, pray for us.

Have a great weekend!

God bless.

Read posts from other Catholic folk at Conversion Diary!

Quick Takes Friday (vol. NaNoWriMo)

quick takes

Only one quick take today.

If you know anything (just kidding)… if you’re a writer, you might know that it’s NaNoWriMo. That’s right, a word that makes no sense.

It’s NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH. Oh, yay!

So, I won’t be posting Quick Takes this month or other posts, except for the Wednesday learn something series.

Can’t wait to let you know how it goes.

Check out Jen @ Conversion Diary for people who write the required number of quick takes.

God bless ya’ll.

Learn something: Mary, Queen of Heaven

Learn something

Queen of Heaven

Why is Mary the Queen of Heaven?

 

Mary. Our Queen and Queen of Heaven.

 

Our Blessed Virgin has a lot of titles. Our Lady of Good Help, Throne of Wisdom, Mother of Mercy, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Mount Carmel… the list is nearly never ending.

 

Maybe those titles will be other posts. I do love the Blessed Virgin Mary. She really is the model for following Christ. She was there every step of the way.

 

But… QUEEN of HEAVEN. What does that mean? Where does that title come from?

 

First: Queen.

Why is Mary our queen?

 

She was crowned after she was assumed into Heaven.

They don’t crown just anybody. They crown those worthy of being called King and Queen.

 

Diego Velazquez (link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez_012.jpg) painting of the crowning of the Blessed Virgin.

 

There are so many paintings of this. Beautiful.

We can look at all these, and just imagine that Heaven is SO MUCH BETTER than all of that. So much better.

And we can’t even imagine it. We can only know that we’ll be WITH CHRIST. There’s nothing better than that.

 

And we get to be with Mary.

 

Sometimes, when I really start thinking about my Catholic faith and our church, it just blows my mind. Our traditions and beliefs are so beautiful and wonderful I don’t know why anyone would want to practice any other religion.

Clearly, it happens, but why????? I can’t begin to answer it.

I’ve never thought about leaving the Church. I’ve had moments of not being as faithful as I am now (am I’m still not super concrete in my faith), but I’ve never thought about leaving.

 

ANYWAY. Back to Mary, our Queen.

 

Think about when Jesus was a child. Mary was there, leading him, teaching him, correcting him.

All that time, she knew, he knew, Joseph knew, that Jesus was going to go through trials but eventually overcome them and become king.

Mary played a vital role in Jesus’ life. And that’s why she should play a vital role in our lives.

It doesn’t mean we need to develop a devotion to the Blessed Rosary, though that’s a good thing that I sometimes think I should return to.

It doesn’t mean that we need to forget about our other devotions, but Mary is a huge advocate for us.

 

Imagine if your mom asks you to do something. She’s usually right, huh? Yes. Of course, she’s right. She’s your mom.

And you just have to do what she says, right? And it works out, right?

Moms are amazing.

 

Mary is even more amazing. She talks to Jesus. About us! About what we ask her.

 

She’s the Queen because she has power. She’s not a god. No. We don’t worship her, no. I’m not even going to really get into that. There are answers to that complaint elsewhere on the Internet that would do it better than I can do.

 

Mary intercedes for us with Jesus, she doesn’t do it for us.

But she’s strong and can talk to Jesus for us.

 

Joseph does the same thing.

But there can only be one King, and that is Jesus.

Not that Joseph isn’t an amazing intercessor as well, but let’s not get off-topic which I am so prone to do.

 

 

So by bearing Christ, she became our mother, by being crowned in Heaven, she became Queen.

 

Queen of HEAVEN, though.

That’s tricky.

 

So, the Queen of England only has power in England and the Commonwealth (I think that’s what all the countries are called when grouped together).

The Queen of Heaven, though, she has power everywhere.

 

There are some references to Mary, Queen of Heaven AND EARTH, but I haven’t read anything definitive on that.

But those in Heaven all have influence on what happens on Earth. They all can intercede for us if we ask.

 

Mary’s power extends to EVERYTHING. Heaven. Earth. Universe.

 

That’s not to hard to understand, I don’t think.

 

Mary, then, is Queen, and she should be treated like a Queen.

When we ask Mary to intercede for us, we should do so like we talk to our own Mom when we want something.

No, be respectful and honest with the Blessed Virgin. She has earned that dignity.

 

 

In 1946, Pope Pius XII sent the encyclical Deiparae Virginis Mariae to all the Bishops.

He referred to Mary as the “Queen of Heaven” in the letter.

“For a long time past, numerous petitions (those received from 1849 to 1940 have been gathered in two volumes which, accompanied with suitable comments, have been recently printed), from cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops, priests, religious OF BOTH SEXES, associations, universities and innumerable private persons have reached the Holy See, all begging that the bodily Assumption into heaven of the Blessed Virgin should be defined and proclaimed as a dogma of faith.”

He asks the Church to respond to his question:

“We earnestly beg you to inform us about the devotion of your clergy and people (taking into account their faith and peity) toward the Assumption of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. More especially we wish to know if you, Venerable Brethren, with your learning and prudence consider that the bodily Assumption of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin can be proposed and defined as a dogma of faith.”

 

It’s interesting how Catholic dogma is adopted sometimes.

And it’s cool that the Church keeps great records.

 

In Bendito seja, Pope Pius XII said, “He, the Son of God, relects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Matyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]. And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion.”

 

In 1954, Pope Pius XII wrote Ad caeli Reginam, proclaiming the Queenship of Mary:

“From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen.”

 

Can’t put it any better than that.

 

God bless.

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Where have you been?)

quick takes

— 1 —

Where have I been?
Oh right…
writing, reading, book club, baking, finding a new apartment (not finding a new apartment yet), running, finishing C25K, running a 5K, training for a 4-mile run in August, watching, growing, planting, weeding, on the lake… it’s been busy.

I’ve been doing summer like I’ve always wanted to do summer. I’m the tannest I’ve been since I was a kid because I’m spending so much time out side – weeding the garden, reading, working.
I like it. I like being outside. I like being in the garden, I like dirt under my nails.

It’s been great so far.
I have also been trying to get back into writing some fiction.
I was going to submit to a competition last month… and I didn’t. I just couldn’t get around to doing a final edit after I had my boss read it.

I’ve been busy in the good sense of the word.

— 2 —

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on here, but I’ve started a tumblr blog for all my fitness/running/health stuff.
I am by no means a super-fit or healthy person. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love peanut butter M&Ms. It happens.
If you’re into twitter and not so important ramble, check me out at jaderuns.tumblr.com. Or don’t. I’ll be OK.
Mostly it’s just to keep me accountable.
I want to make sure I’m running and doing the things I want to do.

— 3 —

I’m moving at the end of the month… still haven’t found a place, but I’m set on leaving where I’m currently at.
This will keep me away from the blog for a while yet still.
I just don’t consider this my priority.
After the move, my budget priorities are a new bed then a new computer… but I might have to suck it up and get a (new used) car first.
so a computer may be way in the future.
I just don’t have a lot of time to write blog posts at work.

And really, I just want to write and research for my posts at home with good coffee. 🙂
Pajamas not vital but good.

— 4 —

In other news Pope John Paul II is becoming (is?) a saint! wooooohooo! too awesome.

— 5 —

maybe this is important, I have been at my current news writing job for a year and three days today (Friday).

— 6 —

This is less important, I am going to buy a swimsuit and go swimming in my lake soon.
This month. There. I said it, I’m accountable for that. It should happen.

— 7 —

Here’s a photo.

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To be honest, I edited this photo… there was a guy on a jetski in the middle.

Have a great weekend!
God bless.

Make sure to check out everyone else’s posts at Conversion Diary! They actually post regularly, unlike me.

I just realized it’s a month to the day since I last posted. My apologies!