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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Fall is coming…

…I can feel it in the air

Do you ever get really excited for fall? I know that I do. I’m starting my senior year of college in about two weeks, but who said I was counting?
I recently logged onto my university account to look up my books for the semester. To be honest, I’m a little eager. I am a master at picking out awesome classes and making them all fit.

Anyway, I’m delighted with my book list for the fall. I’m looking forward to carrying around books on poetry and religion and eventually knowing them inside and out. I’m excited to go to class every day, and read and write. I know, it’s nerdy, but it’s what I love. I’ll be sad to leave this place. So sad in fact that for a hot minute, I considered going for a PHD… That desire has passed. It may be a possibility for the future, but it’s not right at this moment. Although I do like the idea of having a beautiful leather bag to use for my graduate studies. Is that cliche? It may be, but I can probably still get it for library school, which I should probably get the deadlines for… That will come.

I’m over eager to begin this year… And for the fall to come! I’m a sucker for cool weather, beautiful leaves and hot drinks :)

What are you looking forward to this fall?

Love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 1

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. 
Henry David Thoreau

Sunday August 3, 2014
Sunday was spent in North Carolina and I tried real soul food for the first time… We also walked down to the beautiful beach for the first time…
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Monday August 4, 2014
Monday I went to go see Guardians of the Galaxy with Chris. I really enjoyed this movie :)
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Tuesday August 5, 2014
Tuesday I said a Rosary with Our Lady on the beach :)

Wednesday August 6, 2014
On Wednesday we visited Wilmington. There were many love notes on this day. But one in particular was when a Priest showed up out of thin air to unlock the Catholic Church for us. We had been walking around the Church, checking the doors, when an older man came over to us with a set of keys :) He gave us a little tour and let us stay in the Church so we could say a rosary. 
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Thursday August 7, 2014
Thursday we were able to spend at the beach, actually doing beachy things. But later that night, Chris’s older sister arrived with her little family. Chris’s nephew, Collin, walked around the house “biting” people with his toy shark. It was one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while. He even sounded out the Jaws theme song. He’s two years old. 

Friday August 8, 2014
Friday I felt pretty blessed to be traveling with someone who likes the same music as me, and who I can sit in silence with comfortably. 

Saturday August 9, 2014
Saturday, I was able to relax. I enjoyed some coffee and even painted my nails. 

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Love and prayers,
Mary

Week Two: 30 Day Modesty Challenge

IMG_1127Day Eight: Sunday– Purple dress, blue cardi and TOMS wedges

 

IMG_1138Day Nine: Monday– Capris and a White tee

IMG_1142Day Ten: Tuesday– Board Shorts and a white tee with my bathing suit

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetDay Eleven: Wednesday– White dress with a blue cardi

IMG_1171Day Twelve: Thursday– Black tee and a denim skirt

IMG_1182Day Thirteen: Friday– Capris and Red tee from Galway

IMG_1179Day Fourteen: Saturday– Black dress, denim jacket and TOMS Wedges

Week two brought less selfies and more prayer…
for the first time in about a month I said the rosary, which was really nice. I missed meditating on Jesus’s life with Mary. It was my favorite form of prayer for a very long time. It has kind of been replaced with the mass, which is great! The mass is great, but I do love the rosary.  It has also brought prayer about chastity and modesty. Although the temptation has not and will not disappear it has changed in regards to what I decide to wear each day. This challenge has also made me get creative with my outfits so I’m not posting the same outfits every week ;)

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

Love and prayers,
Mary