365 Days of Love Notes, Week 34

Sunday March 22, 2015

Mass

Monday March 23, 2015

Newman with some awesome people!

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Talked about Holy Week with some Middle Schoolers at Youth Group

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Feast of the Annunciation, reconsecration day, and mac and cheese

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Thursday March 26, 2015

Rosary with CCM

Friday March 27, 2015

Went on Retreat with the Newman Clubs on Long Island

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Saturday March 28, 2015

Continued retreat. During Lectio Divina, this phrase stood out to me from the Gospel of Mark:
“He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.” Mark 1:31
It reminded me that God is continuously pursuing us, and is there to carry our burdens for us. It was pretty cool.

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Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

The first week we contemplated Marian Consecration with Maximilian Kolbe

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The second week we contemplated Jesus’s thirst for humanity with Mother Teresa

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And of course, Totus Tuus Maria with John Paul II

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Happy Consecration Day to everyone who finished St. Louis de Montfort’s total consecration to Jesus through Mary!
Totus Tuus Maria

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Enjoy today’s feast!

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 33

A super busy week, but taking the time to recognize his goodness in each day is good.

Sunday March 15, 2015

Mass and fundraising for Mission at a local Parish. They were so generous, and they have a Marian Wall:

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Monday March 16, 2015

Newman Club and homework

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! (It wasn’t too cold)

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Wednesday March 18, 2015

Thankful for good friends and peanut butter smoothies

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Thursday March 19, 2015

Dinner with a good friend. We had great burgers. We had time to catch up, and I got to spend time with her beautiful daughter.

Friday March 20, 2015

A snow storm. Some TV. And some Homework.

Saturday March 21, 2015

Some more homework and a birthday party and drinks with some good friends

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Marian Consecration Reflections

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for

As some of you may know, I’m currently on a do-it-yourself Marian Retreat. And through instagram, I found out that some other Catholic Bloggers are doing the same preparation with the same book! How funny is that? Anyway, I’m linking up with Cristina at Filling my Prayer Closet to reflect on my experiences with this retreat.

For the second year in a row, I’m using “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC and it is awesome. I used this book last year in preparation for my Marian Consecration, and I loved it so much that I decided to use it again. I love the way Gaitley breaks up de Montfort’s teachings and sprinkles in the teachings of other Marian Saints. Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, and JPII have insightful remarks for the different weeks of this retreat.

Right now, we’re in JPII’s week, which is awesome because I love JPII. However, I’m going to reflect on Mother Teresa’s week because it is my favorite. I also feel that it has the most impact on my life right now.

Mother Teresa’s week revolves around Jesus’s words, “I thirst.”

Suffering has to come because if you look at the cross, he has got his head bending down–he wants to kiss you–and he has both hands open wide–he wants to embrace you…At times you come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you. Suffering is a gift from God. It is between you and Jesus alone inside. 

Praying with the phrase “I Thirst” has been an incredible experience. I think that once you take the time to pray with this phrase, it takes on a whole new meaning. I know that last year, this experience allowed me to better pray during Holy Week, especially on Good Friday when we hear this phrase “I Thirst.”

Mother Teresa’s letter to JPII about her “call within a call” on September 10th is also one of my favorite parts:

Jesus wants me to tell you again…how much love He has for each one of you–beyond all you can imagine…How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say “I love you”–impossible. Our soul needs that as much as the body needs to breathe the air. If not, prayer is dead–meditation only thinking. Jesus wants you each to hear Him–speaking in the silence of your heart. 

Doing this retreat this year (as well as last year) has allowed me to meditate with this piece of Marian Consecration. Better understanding how suffering plays into our daily lives as Catholics, helps me to better sit with Jesus in the Garden. This is something that I’ve struggled with throughout my young life. Knowing that someone like Mother Teresa, who also suffered greatly, was able to become a great Saint, fills me with Hope.

Learning about these great Saints, their struggles, their hopes, and their love for the Lord is encouraging to those who read about them. I know it is for me. Their Love for Jesus and his Mother is amazing.

Another part of the preparation that I’ve really loved, is reading about the Miraculous Medal and its origin. I loved learning about the meaning behind the image, and what this medal means for those who wear it. It’s pretty cool, you should check it out.

Much Love,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 32

Happy Sunday, Friends! What are you grateful for this week?

Sunday March 8, 2015

Mass

Monday March 9, 2015

Planning the Baby Shower Drive with Newman Club

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Pastoral Council Meeting and Fixer Upper

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Celebrating the Irish Writer:

Thursday March 12, 2015

Rosary with CCM

Friday March 13, 2015

Stations of the Cross with the Youth Group

Saturday March 14, 2015

A much needed Holy Hour with the CFR’s and beautiful music.

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“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

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Celebrating Irish Literature

I can't think of a case where poems

Yesterday, there was an event held on campus. Now, this event was one that I wasn’t going to, but at the last minute, my professor begged the class to go. So, I rearranged my schedule and I went. We were each asked to pick a poem to read. Now, it had to be an Irish poem, it didn’t have to be in Irish, but it had to be about Ireland or of Irish origin. I knew what poem I would read. It was going to be by Seamus Heaney, because he is who I did my major project on last semester, and if need be, I could talk a little bit about him. I decided to read “Scaffolding,” mainly because I didn’t want to read “Digging” or “Mid-term Break.”

SCAFFOLDING

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seems to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

The program opened with traditional Irish dancing (soft-shoe) and a reading from James Joyce’s “The Dead.” Yeats was a crowd favorite. One other reader chose Heaney (“Blackberry Picking,”) that comforted me. Old Irish poetry was also read. My old professor did an interactive storytelling, much like what we experienced in Salt Hill.

What makes me sad is that this reading, this celebration of art, was not greatly attended. The University has been doing different series centered around Literature. For instance, the Great Writers, Great Readers series has been a success. But, that series doesn’t allow students to get up and read something that they love. It is a great event, because students have the chance to interact with other writers. It holds a different purpose than these poetry readings though. There is also an event where students read their works, after they have been accepted into the Literary Journal, on campus. Again, this isn’t a highly publicized event.

I’m glad that I went to this reading. It was an hour and a half of appreciating great works of art with other people who also appreciate it. The quote above is attributed to Seamus Heaney, that’s probably why I picked it. But I think that it still holds true. Poetry has never changed the world, but it does change people, and people change the world. Literature is a lens that allows people to better understand society. Hopefully, these little readings will continue to grow.

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 31

Sunday March 1, 2015

Mass

Monday March 2, 2015

Dinner with Dad

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Slept through my first class. That’s okay though, I needed the sleep ;)

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Lenten Series at Hofstra. We watched a video by Father Robert Barron about Anger and Forgiveness. Then we had Mass.

Thursday March 5, 2015

A much needed Snow Day :)

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Friday March 6, 2015

Work and shoveling, but the house looked so nice in the winter light

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then we had Middle School Youth Group

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Saturday March 7, 2015

Catholic Underground and homework and this mush:

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and this:
“How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say ‘I Love You’…
Our soul needs that as much as the body needs to breathe the air” // Mother Teresa

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The East End

So, for the past year or so, I have had this affinity for the East End of Long Island. So much so, that most of my friends are aware that I will drive out there at the drop of a hat. 
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One of my friends took me up on that. I received a text on friday afternoon asking to go out to the North Fork on Saturday. Of course I said yes. She is finally home for good from school. On top of that, she just found out that she’s going to Columbia next year… So we celebrated, and she had delicious sangria. Congratulations, Sandi!

IMG_1778We arrived in Greenport at about 1:30 in the afternoon. So our first stop was my favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s called Lucharitos and it is the best little restaurant in Greenport. We actually went on a good day, because they will be closed for the month of March. Now, this isn’t because of a lack of business during the off season, its because they’re expanding the restaurant! Sandi is the fourth person that I have brought to this little joint on the edge of LI. Well, apparently it lived up to the hype! I’m glad that she loved it as much as I do.

Our next stop was Burton’s Bookstore. A friend bought this store at the beginning of this year, and is slowly renovating it. I bought an awesomely, beautiful childrens book called, “Adventures through the North Fork- Autumn.” Scott (the owner) was telling me that the author of this little book lives in Greenport and has some pretty cool prints as well as other books.

IMG_2543Here is an image of the book from Danielle Malmet Rodger’s website. I’m really excited to look into some of her other work!
After perusing the book store, we went next door to The White Weathered Barn. We walked around this eclectic shop and looked at all of the locally made products. I love going in here. I bought myself a small print of Long Island, which I hope to frame for my desk at home. Long Island is special to me, and now I’ll always have a reminder of where I come from. 
IMG_1779We ended the day at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. We spent money on things that we needed and things that we wanted… It was well worth it. Sandi and I decided that we are going to be visiting the new Toms store in NYC soon. And when it gets warmer we hope to visit the winery’s (they’re not that far from Greenport!)

If you’re interested in reading more about the East End, I’ve blogged about it here, here, here, and here.

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 30

Sunday February 22, 2015

Mass

Monday February 23, 2015

Introduced myself to the Blessed is She community! :)
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Tuesday February 24, 2015

Had a good night on the Transfiguration with the Middle Schoolers :)

Wednesday February 25, 2015

The first day of the Lenten Series at Hofstra, we discussed Pride, Humility, Envy, and Admiration with Fr. Robert Barron.

Thursday February 26, 2015

Watched “The Silver Linings Playbook” with Chris.

Friday February 27, 2015

Target, homework and relaxing.

Saturday February 28, 2015

Went out East with a good friend. More on that to come :)

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My Week in Cancun

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So, this past week I was able to spend my time in Cancun, Mexico! It was great! The warm weather was such a nice break from the bitter cold here in New York. As many of you know already, my family traveled to Cancun for my sister’s wedding. Because of the wedding, much of our time in Mexico was pre-planned. So Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night was occupied by wedding bliss. However, Tuesday and Friday were completely open to fun. BUT Sunday night our flights were cancelled. So, in a mad dash, we had to rebook everything. Instead of arriving in Cancun Monday afternoon, we arrived Monday night. Our new flight went out of a different airport and had a 2.5 hour layover in Mexico City. It was an adventure using what little spanish I remember from high school to get us to the right terminal (with twenty minutes to spare). THEN after all of that, I threw up on our second flight. That was not pleasant.

Since we arrived at the hotel so late on Monday, we were unable to book an excursion for Tuesday. Twas sad, but that’s not the end of the story…

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Tuesday was spent on the beach, by the pool, the ocean, and in the daybed. The all inclusive resort thing is pretty cool. This made me love Cancun. My ideal heaven would be Tuesday in Cancun. We were able to book a half day excursion to Tulum, Mexico for Wednesday morning. This was great, because I really wanted to see Tulum.

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It was really interesting to learn about the Mayans and their culture. It was also really cool to see these ancient ruins. They overlooked the ocean, which was a nice touch. Absolutely beautiful.

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Wednesday afternoon I went with my sister to get our nails done. Then Wednesday evening we had the rehearsal dinner. Thursday morning I had my hair done with my cousin, Kerry. We had to maintain our updos for hours. It was difficult (mine started to fall out right after the ceremony). Then, we finally went to get dressed, and to dress my sister. Then we had a wedding. I wrote about it here.

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We danced all night and I had an awesome time. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much fun dancing. Friday morning, Chris, Kerry, and I had an excursion to Xplore. Xplore is an adventure park about an hour outside of Cancun. While we were at Xplore we were able to Zipline, swim in underground rivers, go rafting in the rivers, and drive amphibious vehicles. It was an awesome day (more to come in a later post). It was also pretty chilly for Cancun on Friday. So, when we got back to the hotel I was pretty pooped. I was tired, cold, and hungry. I fell asleep at 10pm and woke up at 3am.

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Our last day in Cancun was spent packing, and relaxing at the beach. We left for the airport at 5pm and we were finished with security at 5:40pm. It was the fastest experience I’ve had in an airport. As we waited for the plane, I had the BEST quesadillas at this place called Guacamole. The flight home was easy-going. Especially compared to the flight there. We landed in New York 2.5 hours later, and were driven home by a car service. Overall, it was a pretty good trip. I’d definitely go back.