365 Days of Love Notes, Week 47

Sunday June 21, 2015

Father’s Day breakfast and a day at the beach. Later, Mass.

Monday June 22, 2015

Working full time this week, grateful for a job that is so flexible with my hours.

Tuesday June 23, 2015

Work, and I found audio books on Spotify!

Wednesday June 24, 2015

Work, a lovely surprise in the mail, and dinner with a good friend.

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Thursday June 25, 2015

Work and dinner with Chris. It has been a whole year since I left for Ireland, and I found these pictures on my phone:

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Friday June 26, 2015

Work, and then I went to dinner and saw “Inside Out” with Sandi!

Saturday June 27, 2015

 A lazy day with some productivity.

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Fall in Love, Stay in Love

Fall in Love, Stay in Love, and it will decide everything.

This quote, taken from a poem (prayer?) by Pedro Arrupe, was given out to each graduate from Catholic Life at Hofstra. I think it sums up perfectly what it means to be a Catholic today. It can be so hard to live this type of life in this type of world. And yet, I find myself giving up a year of my life to serve Him. I find myself living for Him in the Eucharist, and I find myself wanting others to know him too. I want others to fall in love with Him more and more each day. That’s where this poem comes into play. It’s so true, that if you fall in love with him, if you truly fall in love with him, it will decide everything in your life.

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.

What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.

It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read,
whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.

Fall in Love,
stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

Yesterday, I got home from work to find a hefty piece of mail in the mailbox. It was addressed to me, and it contained two books to prepare me for my upcoming year of ministry. The first is Engaging a New Generation and the second is Forming Intentional DisciplesAnd so, I went through my bookshelf, took the two books I had planned on reading this summer, and lined the four books on top of one another. And then, like any other millennial, I took a picture and posted it on Instagram. Using an app to size the picture, I found this lovely background of pink roses. Thank you St. Therese, patron of Missionaries. 
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Luckily, I had a catch up date with my good friend Brittany. She has a few priest friends, so adoration was included. I’ve been thinking and praying about the true presence a lot lately. Come August, I’ll have a chapel in my house *cue happy jump and squeal*

Definitely feeling grateful for the Eucharist.

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I know that my campus minister and chaplain knew how fitting that prayer was when they decided to give it out at Baccalaureate Mass, but I didn’t. And it’s only as I continue to look at it, hanging in my room, that I see just how lovely and beautiful it is.

It’s Ordination Season!

This post can also be found at Dignitatem

Now, as many of you know, Brittany is an old pro when it comes to Ordination Season. However, over the past few years, I have been away during this joyous time! This year was the first I was actually able to attend our Diocesan Ordination. This year, it was held on June 20, the day before Fathers Day.


We left for the Cathedral around 9:30 in the morning. We arrived an hour before the mass was supposed to start and the Cathedral was bustling! It was so crowded, but it was so good to see so many people in attendance to pray for these men. Also, our Cathedral is being restored. So far they have completed the altar, and it looks incredible! Below are some picture from that day. I think overall my favorite part was when the men prostrated themselves on the floor, closely followed by the priests laying hands on each of the men being ordained.

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The following photos were taken by a good friend, Ann Marie Wagner

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My favorite part of the Mass

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Ann Marie receiving her first blessing from the newly ordained Father Andrew, who served at our Parish a couple of summers back.

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Chris receiving his first blessing

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Last but not least, my first blessing. To be honest with you, it was probably one of the coolest things I’ve experienced. 


Overall, it was a great day. After receiving our blessings, we stopped at our diner for lunch (we stop there after every Catholic Function).  I’m really grateful for the opportunity to attend an ordination. Over the years, I’ve come to learn that as Catholics, it’s really important to witness the sacraments. I think that Chris said it best as we were driving home, there was a visible change in the men who were ordained as they processed out of the Cathedral. True Joy was present in each one of them. I hope that I can continue to attend these events in the future. I guess that really means that I hope more men answer the call to Priesthood. Our Diocese is actually pretty great at getting the word out, below are a few resources:

Biking for Vocations

You may have heard of them last month. DRVC’s Vocation Director along with a few seminarians and priests biked 1400 Miles to pray for vocations with various youth and young adult groups along the East Coast.

Holy Hour for Vocations

Here is the USCCB’s guide for the Holy Hour for Vocations, which is held throughout many dioceses.

Holy Hour DRVC

Not that I’m biased, but our Diocese does Holy Hour for Vocations pretty well. Each month, about 300 youth and young adults gather to pray for vocations, play dodgeball, and peruse various booths set up to support Vocations. Here is the link to their Facebook page if you need some inspiration!

And last but not least, a prayer for priests:

Dear Saint John Vianney, your childhood dream was to be a priest, to win souls for God. You endured years of toil and humiliation to attain the priesthood. You became a priest truly after God’s own heart, outstanding in humulity and poverty, prayer and mortification. Totally devoted to the service of God’s people. The Church has exalted you as model and patron saint of all Parish Priest, trusting that your example and prayers will help them to live up to the high dignity of their vocation to be faithful servants of God’s people, to be perfect imitators of Christ the Savior Who came not to be served but to serve, to give His Life in ransom for many.

Pray that God may give to His Church today many more priests after His own heart. Pray for all the priests under your patronage, that they may be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd. May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance; be examples of humility and poverty; shining modelss of holiness; tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God; zealous dispensers of God’s Grace in the sacraments. May their loving devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to Mary His Mother be the Twin Fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry. Amen.

Love and Prayers,
MB

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 46

Sunday June 14, 2015

Mass

Monday June 15, 2015

Work and some relaxation.

Tuesday June 16, 2015

My day off! Chris and I relaxed and had Pop-Eyes.

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Wednesday June 17, 2015

Work, and some doodling.

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Thursday June 18, 2015

Work, dinner out, and this mush:

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Friday June 19, 2015

Work, and dinner with my good friend Bridget! We had Moes, and walked around Barnes and Noble for a good hour.

Saturday June 20, 2015

In the morning, Chris, Ann Marie, and I went to RVC’s ordination. Then we had lunch at the diner in Lindy.

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Later on, Chris and I went to see “Beautiful” on Broadway. It was a really great show!

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Five Things I Love

As I scroll through my newsfeed, or listen to the radio, I can’t help but love some of the things I come across. I’ve never done a post like this, but there’s a first time for everything! So here is a round up of some little things from all across the internet that have peaked my interest in the past couple of days…


1. Instagram is probably my biggest time waster. Perhaps I should work on that, but sometimes (a lot of the time actually) I find some pretty cool things. Today, Imagine Sisters posted this fundraiser. This young lady, Theresa, needs to raise money to pay off her student loans so that she can enter the Franciscan Sisters, TOR, of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. I love causes like this one. If you love it to, you can donate to Theresa Here.

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2. Sometimes I like to peruse this website, the Capuchin Franciscans. Well, because I’m doing a year of Ministry with them starting in August. Here you can learn more about the Ministry, the Capuchin’s, and the current Cap Corp Volunteers. By the way, could you keep the current CCV’s in prayer as they wrap up their year of ministry? Also, the volunteers who are coming in August, I’m sure we need it :)

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3. Driving into work can be a drag sometimes. But, WNYC has some really great stories in the morning between 8 and 9am. Yesterday, they shared an exhibit that is currently being shown at the Met. It’s called “P.S. Art 2015 Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids.” Basically, it’s an exhibition filled with the art work of kids from the New York City Public Schools. It’s on exhibit currently and will be taken out on October 18, 2015. You can learn more about it here.

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4. The Catholic world is filled with stories and conversation about Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ that was released yesterday. I started reading it on the Vatican website, you can do that too here. I’m only up to chapter two, but my favorite quote so far is from Chapter One, Section 58:

It is having been created to love, in the midst of his limits inevitably sprout gestures of generosity, solidarity and care.

I also read a few articles from various news sources, but I think this one is my favorite. It sums up the importance of this encyclical for young Catholics.  You can read this article at America Mag.

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5. Sometimes I don’t want to listen to Spotify anymore. Sometimes I don’t want to go through the effort of picking out songs for a playlist, etc etc. Yes, I’m whining, but WFUV is my saving grace when it comes to my laziness. It’s great because I can stream it online while at work, or listen to it traditionally in the car. If you like indie, rock, folk, or really anything, you can find it on this station. They have special programs on the weekends, where they play Irish Music, among other things. It’s great, and if you love Music, you’ll love WFUV.

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Well, thank you for letting me rant a little bit! Hope some of this brightens your day, like it did mine. Enjoy the weekend!

Happy One Year of Blogging!

1 Year Anniversary Achievement

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Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!


When I started this blog one year ago, I was unsure of what it would grow into. It started as a way to capture the wonderful moments in July of 2014. I spent time in Galway, Doolin, Donegal, and Derry. Now it’s June of 2015, and I have written about much more than studying abroad here. Topics expanded to include art, faith, and life in general. That month may have changed the way I look at my life. Each day spent in Ireland was filled with excitement, adventure, delicious food, and smiling faces. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.

Coming home was a joyful experience. But as I said before, this trip changed the way I see my life. In hindsight I can see how I was able to write about my experiences for America Magazine, take a graduate course, learn about what it really means to be a missionary, and learn true discernment because of this little trip. I think about this trip at least once a day, and for a good six months I would tear up while telling people about it. (yea, I know) It was incredible, and I am glad to have shared this journey with all of you.

Thanks for joining me on this journey and for reading about my silly insights and adventures,
Happy Anniversary!
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Love and prayers,
Mary

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 45

Sunday June 7, 2015

Did the Tour de Brooklyn in the morning. In the early evening, I went to Britt’s farewell Mass as YM. Then we went out to dinner for my mom’s birthday!

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Also, there is a man who does these bike tours with his Corgi, and I finally found a picture on social media! So cute!

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Monday June 8, 2015

The peonies started to bloom!

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Tuesday June 9, 2015

I slept, a lot on this day. Also, went to confession :)

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Work, and started to send Chris these pictures:

I think that he enjoyed them :)

Thursday June 11, 2015

Used my bike rack for the first time!

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Friday June 12, 2015

Work, visits with Bridget, and then went to a great bookstore with some friends.

Saturday June 13, 2015

Sleep, Panera, and coming home to my floor being gone (it needed to be taken up, we had some water damage)

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Day Two of Two in Chicago

Day two I spent roaming around Chicago. My first stop was Holy Name Cathedral:
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I loved how different the stained glass was. Still beautiful, still prayerful, but very modern. 

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The inside of the cathedral was gorgeous. Most of it reminded me of European Cathedrals, but at the same time it was very modern. At first I was a bit turned off, but as I spent my time there, praying, and thinking, I thought about how this cathedral will show generations to come the art that came out of this era, just like the great Cathedrals of Europe have for centuries. 

Then I made my way over to the Art Institute of Chicago. This was the other main thing on my list of things to do.

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I went into the museum unsure of what their collection was like. I took a visitors guide and sat for a moment to collect myself. Below are a few of my favorites. I really enjoyed their religious art exhibit. They had Christianity and Buddhism juxtaposed in the exhibit. Later on I focused on American Art, the special exhibition on Ireland, and the impressionism gallery. I’ve always been drawn to impressionism, probably because my elementary art teachers loved it. Both paintings that I feature here are pieces that I studied and parodied in my own art as a young child.

After the Art Institute, I purchased a print of American Gothic (because what better time to do that) and then walked through Millennium Park to The Bean… Apparently no trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to The Bean.

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After meeting up with my Mom, we walked from the hotel over to another Deep Dish place. We decided to have an early dinner because we had to be at O’Hare around 6pm. This place was called Gino’s East. We personally liked Lou’s better, but Gino’s was definitely worth the trip.

My trip to Chicago was short, but eventful. Until Next time, Chicago!

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Day One of Two in Chicago

All together we were in Chicago for 36 hours. My mom went to a conference there so I tagged along and we toured together on our first day in the Windy City. After getting off of the plane at 10:30 am, we took the train into the city from O’Hare. We pre-checked into our hotel, and walked down to the river to get some lunch (it’s around Noon by now.)
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After walking by the river for a little bit (I still can’t believe the color of the river), we took a hop-on hop-off tour. On the tour, we saw the whole city. Here are a few of my favorite spots:

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The Chicago Theater

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A friend told me about this sign, and I actually found it!

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Lake Michigan and the City Skyline

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Holy Name Cathedral

After the tour, we used our tickets to go to the top of the Sears-Willis Tower and stand on the sky deck. It was Disney World-Esque, but we still enjoyed it.

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To end our first day, we ate our first deep dish pizza. Lou Malnati’s came highly recommended. And it was delicious.

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 44

Sunday May 31, 2015

Mass

Monday June 1, 2015

Work…and some room organization

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Work, a visit with Bridget (my campus minister), and then a visit with my good friend Rebecca and Ms. Katie.

Wednesday June 3, 2015

Work… And the Tallest Man on Earth concert at the Beacon Theater!

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Thursday June 4, 2015

Chicago! (more on that to come)

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Friday June 5, 2015

Chicago!

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Saturday June 6, 2015

Graduation Parties

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