Pray and Reblog!
A McLean, VA man has been missing since June 17, 2011. His family has created this website and this video. Please check them out for more information! And, of course, please pray for his safety and his family. Thanks!
Well, now what?! Actually… that is a silly question. I have a TON that I will be doing. But, as of right now… it just hasn’t hit me that I am done with my job. It just feels like I am on vacation. I am unemployed. Weird. I am trying my hardest to look to the Lord and be reminded of why I am doing all of this. But, it’s hard. I feel so far away. :( Ugh. Prayers for...
A few prayers are needed this way, as I begin my last THREE shifts at work. It’s a bittersweet time, and I am little more sad than I was expecting. Thanks, everyone! :)
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.– Mother Teresa (via ecceagnus-dei)
A little reflection on serving. →
A day to reflect and remember
September 11, 2001. If you are old enough to remember the events of that horrific day, it will be engrained in our minds forever. I was in my Sophomore year of high school, in SAT prep class, specifically the math portion. Oddly, I remember what I was wearing (blue AE sweat pants and a light blue tank) because my mom never let me wear “scrubby” clothes to school. Somehow I...
Wow, I am DONE moving… thank you, Jesus. It has been a long, exhausting, frustrating and crazy few days. After some hiccups… and amazing help from my friend and my dad, I have finally gotten all of my stuff into my new storage place and to my dad’s. My friend flew in over a week ago to help me pack and move. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Seriously....
I have been so distracted lately… I am moving in a couple of weeks, getting stuff done for Honduras, stressing about when to stop working at my current job, packing, and on and on… Once I got my offer for NPH, I stopped going to daily Mass. UGH. How often do we do that? When we need or want something to happen we give everything to Lord and then when it happens, we go on with our...
You know you're Catholic when...
… you turn on EWTN to watch the World Youth Day opening Mass and ceremony because you can’t be there live. Or, really, when you turn on EWTN, period. :)
I WILL BE MOVING TO HONDURAS!!!!! :) God is for sure amazing. :) Back at the beginning of the year, I decided that I wanted to really pursue long term medical mission opportunities. I researched, prayed, applied, asked questions, prayed, waited, prayed, waited and prayed. I recently just gave everything over to the Lord because I really didn’t know what to do anymore. A weight was...
I can’t stop smiling. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
It is past midnight and I am still just so hot (AND still up!). I am currently sitting here with the fan blowing on me, trying to stay cool. Ugh. This is rough. I pray for all of those, who don’t have A/C or a place to stay cool or water to drink. May you all be safe during this heat wave. Because my momentum for the day melted… I have been inside most of the day not doing much....
So, unlike the rest of the country, I did not closely follow the Casey Anthony shenanigans for the last couple of months. What she did (allegedly, b/c she was found not guilty by our judicial system) is absolutely horrible. Just horrible. I feel bad for Caylee, her family and everyone else that was involved in this turn of events. But, that is not what makes me sad the most. I was watching...
“The confessional, he told a visiting Mieczyslaw Malinski, was where priests encountered their people in the depths of their humanity, helping the person on the other side of the confessional screen to enter more deeply into the Christian drama of his or her own unique life. If priests stopped doing this, they’d become office managers or bureaucrats.” ~ Father Karol Wojtyla,...
mercypoured: If we claim to have had truth revealed to us by He who is truth, then we must remain in truth in every aspect of our lives. Truth about who we are, truth about our limits, truth about our unique abilities. Sometimes veiled, but always honest.
And, I'm back! :)
Wow… it’s amazing how fast vacations go, and how quickly reality sets back in. I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks. My best friend got married down in Naples, FL! I went down early to help her with last minutes things, and of course to spend time with her before she became a MRS. :) The week started with her bachelorette party, which was fun and not too crazy. :) It was a good...
Tom Duesterhaus has been missing since June 17 when he drove his 1999 Buick Lasabre (VA plates ‘XMT8126’) to attend a retreat. He was last seen in the Virginia Beach area on Sunday, June 19. Tom is a devoted Catholic man who lives in community with his brother Youth Apostles, of the Youth Apostle Institute in McLean, VA. Police say he may be in danger, because staying out of contact...
Have you ever met someone and it hits you so hard that the ONLY reason you met them is to learn something about yourself? I know there are many, many people that have come and gone throughout my life… all teaching me something. That’s what people do. That’s what God does. He uses those people to show us His love, hope, support… He uses them as something tangible for us...
Me: Why God? I don't get it. I try so hard, but I'm just so weak. I'm done. I can't fight anymore.
God: You don't have to always understand. Trust. Over and over again you try and do it your own way, and over and over again you fall. But I still love you. Take my hand. Get back up. You aren't done until you have permission from me to stop fighting, which won't be anytime soon. Trust this time. Trust in my strength. Trust that my grace is enough. If you trust in yourself you are going to be stuck learning it the hard way.
I love my Dad so much. :) Dads are amazing people in most of our lives. I pray for my dad and all of the dads I know. God Bless You today and always. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!! :)
Ok, I feel as though I have blogged about this before, but I am just frustrated. Why can’t there be a volunteer organization that has equal balance between faith AND nursing?!?!?! Is it really too much to ask? God has called me to do some medical volunteering, and I really believe it’s on a long(er) term basis (meaning, for a year rather than a 2 week mission trip). I have such a...
Instead, find a religion that challenges you to grow. Find a religion that has...– Matthew Warner, author of Fallible Blogma- A Catholic Social Commentary
audreyassad: Hey friends…I’m so happy to introduce this video for “Restless”—in it, my friends and I discuss honestly our difficulties with finding silence, and finding rest. Both are integral to the Christian prayer life, and helpful in maintaining sanity in a busy, loud, overstimulating world. My hope is that worship leaders and fans of the song will be encouraged by this content. Thanks to...
It is meant to remind us that the past was every bit as grubby and ambiguous as...– Fr. Robert Barron on the movie Midnight in Paris
On this day, God wants you to know →
…that life is not a distraction from prayer, life is an occasion for prayer. You don’t need a special place or special time to pray. You don’t need to be in a special mood to pray. Praying is like breathing, - continuous, essential, life-giving, - praying is the conversation with God you start with birth and continue into old age. Praying is your celebration of God, - everything you do,...
I saw God in the beauty of the day… the bright sun and blue skies. God used me today to be available to my friend who needed to do a little venting. It was also nice to catch up with her. :)
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” John 1:38 Look back at Jesus and answer his question… what is it you really want? What is really on your heart? He is waiting for your answer. Go ahead, ask! :)
I saw God today in obvious ways at Mass and adoration. Nothing beats that. I also saw God in the time spent and the conversation had with my roomie. :) Love her. I think God used me today by being able to spend time with my roomie. Our time will soon be precious as we get closer and closer to the summer’s end. Our lives will both be changing greatly!
Today I saw God in the little girl who smiled big and eyes widened each time I visited her room today. Reminds me of what God must be like when I purposely visit Him. I also saw God in my patient’s mother when she was expressing such concern for her son, and how worried she is for his future. Reminds me of what Mary’s love is like for her own Son, and each one of us. God used me...
So, I used to be a serious journaler (I know, not a word… but you know what I mean). I absolutely loved journaling… I’ve had some of the most intimate conversations with Jesus during that time. And, I still do love it… but I don’t take the time. Because I have been reminiscing about community lately, I opened up some old journals and just began to read....
Since I have graduated from college (4 years ago… crazy!) the community that once surrounded me, weaved throughout my life, has been dwindling. And it’s been tough. The campus ministry was absolutely amazing, and really did a great job building a great faith filled community… retreats, talks, prayer meetings, Mass at the ready, confessions all the time, priests there to talk...