What’s in a name?

TODAY is the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux. I named this little blog after her legacy. As some of you may know, Therese is known as the little flower. She is known for her little way. I named this blog “A Lovely Little Flower”. You may ask, why does this saint have such resonance in my life? Therese was the first saint that I ever felt a personal connection with. I’m almost certain that she was the first saint that I learned about who was known for her life as a young person. I was introduced to her through my youth minister at the time. He, for some reason, thought that I would connect with her. His suspicion was right. He gave me her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, to read. Her autobiography can be read here and if you want to learn more about her, you can click here.

Since then, I have felt a great connection with her and the way she loved Christ.

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Happy Feast Day, St. Therese!

Love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 8 (A Day Late)

Sunday September 22, 2014

Mass.

Monday September 23, 2014

We wrote Love Notes at Newman Club and I blogged about it here.

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Tuesday September 24, 2014

Babysat in by the Beach and had my first Pastoral Council Meeting.

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Wednesday September 25, 2014

No School! Thank you Rosh Hashanah! I was able to go to Lectio Divina for the first time this semester.

Thursday September 26, 2014

Went to Evening Prayer for Liturgical Ministers. It was nice, there were candles.

Friday September 27, 2014

Babysat (again) and was able to relax.

Saturday September 28, 2014

Went to the outlets and had lunch in Greenport. We went to the same place that I went to here.

Find more Love Notes at Story of a Rose

“If we love, we will serve”

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If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; If we love, we will serve. Mother Teresa

This past monday, the newman club participated in a small service opportunity. Tomorrow morning the newman club will be serving at a soup kitchen near by. At our meeting on monday we were able to make cards that will be given to those who are fed. It’s so important for we, as christians, to serve. Experiences of past missions and service opportunities were shared. It was a nice reminder of how we are called to love others through service.

love and prayers,
MB

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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.

Find more Love Notes at Story of a Rose

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.

Find more Love Notes at Story of a Rose

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.

Find more Love Notes at Story of a Rose

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