365 Days of Love Notes, Week 7

Sunday September 15, 2014

Mass.

Monday September 16, 2014

Had a great time at Newman Club learning about John Henry Newman and how to live an active faith life in college.

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Blessed John Henry Newman

Tuesday September 17, 2014

Went to a talk given by a soon-to-be priest on being Catholic in the world. We also had coffee, tea and cider.

Wednesday September 18, 2014

Had dinner with my Dad.

Thursday September 19, 2014

Saw Audrey Assad perform at a local college…

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Audrey, praising our God

Friday September 20, 2014

Celebrated a good friend’s birthday, which was pinterest inspired…

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lovely, lovely, lovely

Saturday September 21, 2014

Took a walk with my best friend in the beautiful weather.

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First Day of School

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Convocation at Hofstra

Today was my “last” first day of school. To be completely honest with myself and with you, I’m not sure where I am being led for the next year or so. In my last post I mentioned my on-going penance. It is to pray with this phrase “In your hands, in your time”… I’m starting to come to the realization that, for right now, I’m just supposed to enjoy this time in my life.

I love my classes, I’ve grown to love my school, I love the Catholic Campus Ministry and its office…

These are all temporary things (they’ll end within 9 months) and He is making me trust in Him. I understand that. He’s making me learn how to enjoy right now because right now is awesome. I am exactly where I need to be at this moment in my life. Later will be awesome too, but I don’t need to have it planned out yet.

I saw someone use the hashtag #trustwithoutborders and I’m falling in love with that. It’s a line from the song, “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Chris and I were having a conversation about post-college things and he said one thing that really plays into this song and its themes. He said (and I’m paraphrasing) “I know it’s going to be good, I just don’t know how yet”. Praying with my new mantra and all of these little love notes that God has been sending is helping me to trust in him. My future is going to be great, but it doesn’t need to be set just yet.

Love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 4

Sunday August 24, 2014

A rosary by the water following mass.

Monday August 25, 2014

Had a community bbq with the other parishioners at OLPH and saw a performance by all the little ones. It was called “Table for Five Thousand” and it was adorable.

Tuesday August 26, 2014

A rosary, a YM meeting, and a night at the diner where Britt and I came up with this idea

Wednesday August 27, 2014

I was prompted on facebook to name 10 books that have left a mark on my life. It was fun. I really enjoyed it.

Thursday August 28, 2014

It was Brittany’s birthday, so I was able to reflect on how important she is in my life, and celebrate with her.

Friday August 29, 2014

I babysat for the first time in two months. The little boy I watch is the best, and his mom is even better. These two have become such an important part of my life in the past three years. There is so much joy when I am with them. It was great to see them again.

Saturday August 30, 2014

Went to Confession and was given an ongoing penance– to meditate on this: In your hands, in your time… It was a good one.

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30 Day Modesty Challenge: Final Week… and then some

Day Twenty Two: Sunday
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It’s hard to believe that I decided to take on this challenge over 30 days ago. During this month I found it difficult to constantly remind myself as to why I was doing this. Although I was picking outfits for the purpose of dressing modestly, I found myself becoming self conscious. I was self conscious about the outfits I picked, and how I would be portrayed in them. I think that this is so important as a part of this journey for me. I needed to pray about this more than I was. My attention had been diverted by anxiety about the future. I am human, and I fell to laziness in my prayer life (for reasons not related to the modesty challenge). But of course, I have wonderful people in my life who hold me accountable for my faith.

Although I was self conscious, I am now able to see the beauty and the lessons that have come from this challenge. I need not be concerned with my appearance in a way that causes self consciousness because if I am Joyful and if I am in love with our Lord, I radiate beauty. We all do. You might be able to think of people in your life who are so incredibly kind hearted and so in love with our Lord. Now think about how they appear, they appear joyful. As a friend of mine puts it, they SHINE. And one way to show God our joyfulness is to dress in a way that also glorifies him, a.k.a. modesty. And I believe, that through this challenge, God has begun to show me (step by step) how to see myself as beloved, so that I can genuinely love others.

Isn’t if funny how a simple modesty challenge can be so fruitful? 

I found this wonderful challenge through Chastity Project and it was started by blogger, Daughter of a King

love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 3

“Christ has turned all of our Sunsets into Dawns.” St. Clement of Alexandria

Sunday August 17, 2014

Mass and reading at mass for the first time since I’ve been home.

Monday August 18, 2014

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Was able to catch up with these two for dinner. 

Tuesday August 19, 2014

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Evening Prayer with Monsignor McDonald. His homily was all about reading the Gospel and how important that is.

Wednesday August 20, 2014

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Noticed this gem of a quote in the evening prayer guide. This is a good thing to keep in mind.

Thursday August 21, 2014

Middle School youth group with some of the best helpers out there. It’s been amazing to see these new High Schoolers blossom into leaders. 

Friday August 22, 2014

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Had my hair cut and came across this while at work.

Saturday August 23, 2014

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Spent the day with Chris. It was a quiet day but we eventually made our way to the Book Store. We walked around and spent most of our time in the Poetry Section. He knows a lot more about this subject than I do (I’m the literature major) and for that I am grateful. Each time we do something like this I learn a little bit more.

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Wilmington, North Carolina

About two weeks ago, I was relaxing in beautiful North Carolina. While visiting Chris’s grandparents we were able to take a day trip to Wilmington, North Carolina. There are a lot of really cool things to do and see there. We visited the Front Street Brewery, which had awesome food and great beer. Chris and I both had the brew of the day, which was $1.30… how can you go wrong?! Then we visited the Riverwalk, which was picturesque. I imagine it would have been beautiful at night. However, we were there during the day and it was about 95 degrees fahrenheit… way too hot for me to enjoy it. Then we visited the Arlie Gardens. The main event of the gardens was seeing the Bottle Chapel. I found out about the piece of art via Pinterest. Isn’t it a beaut?! ;)
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We also visited a butterfly garden while at Arlie. Then Chris and I visited the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, we were let in by one of the priests on staff there… I blogged about that here. While walking around downtown we found a cute little bookstore. It’s called Two Sisters Bookery. As a book lover, this little store was heaven. It was super cute and even had a guard cat, just saying… there were also buttons with classic authors on them. I now own buttons with Yeats and Flannery O’Connor’s faces. 

IMG_1162To finish up the trip, we stumbled upon a television set… they were filming Sleepy Hollow. How cool is that?! For anyone who is interested, the majority of our trip was planned via pinterest and the rest we stumbled upon while we were there. 

Love and prayers,
Mary

Week Three: 30 Day Modesty Challenge

Day Fifteen: Sunday–
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Day Sixteen: Monday–
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Day Seventeen: Tuesday–
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Day Eighteen: Wednesday–
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Day Nineteen: Thursday–
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Day Twenty: Friday–
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Day Twenty-One: Saturday
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I found this wonderful challenge through Chastity Project and it was started by blogger, Daughter of a King

One thing that I’ve really been enjoying about this challenge is what modesty does for my image of self. Now that I’m entering my third week, I can feel myself becoming more comfortable in my skin. Seeing myself as God created me, as a beloved one, is good for personal growth in my faith. I can also see how it helps with my purity, because it really is all connected.

Love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 2

“Today, I will choose Joy”

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Went to breakfast with a good friend in a beautiful place and Mass. Receiving the Eucharist is the ultimate love note. 
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Monday, August 11, 2014
My first day back at work after a 6 week break. I was welcomed back by boss personally. Also, my parish held a night of evening prayer on the convent lawn, the guest speaker preached on this Gospel. My absolute favorite.
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photo credit goes to Ellen Conti 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Treated myself to starbucks after work. Then I met Chris when he got off. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The south shore of Long Island had a flash flood warning for most of the morning. Roads were closed all over the place. Somehow, I made it to work on time. The cats even left us clues to the water in the basement, paw prints were everywhere.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Youth group with the middle schoolers is always fun. We did tye dye and played games. My tye dye shirt looks awesome. 

Friday, August 15, 2014
The feast of the assumption and half days at work are the best. Took some time to relax before the evening mass at my parish.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Took the day to go drop Chris’s sister at Sacred Heart University for her freshman year of college. They have a beautiful chapel and her key worked! 
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Rachel’s Vocation

Originally posted on Dignitatem:

The video shown above was shared by a young lady who has been accepted to enter the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal . You may have seen her GoFundMe page floating around facebook if you’re active in the catholic world. I was told about this cause by members of my parish who learned about if from their daughter. This is the description on Rachel’s GoFundMe page:

Hello everyone! It is with so much joy that I share with you that I have been accepted to enter the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal on September 21, 2014. This means that I am hoping to become a religious sister! In addition to belonging totally to God, I will be laying down my life each and every day, serving the poor and sharing the Gospel. BUT — I cannot enter until I have my student loans paid off. So I invite you to consider supporting me…

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