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I've Always Been a Storm

As many of you know, the March for Life was this past week. Now, I’m not going to go into all of that controversial stuff as to why I believe that abortion is wrong. I’m not one to get into fights on the internet with people. I did March and I do love the beautiful testimonies that come out during this time. I love being encouraged, and I love the solidarity among young people that takes place. Going to the March with Campus Ministry Groups is great. We fill a bus and take the trip over two days, which allows us to attend various events. Our group was able to attend “Life is Very Good” a praise and worship event with adoration. Then the next morning we went to Mass at the Verizon Center in downtown DC. The homily at this mass was awe inspiring. You can listen to it

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How The Blessed Is She Photo Challenge is Helping Me Keep My New Year Goals

I've Always Been a Storm

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As the New Year approached, I sat down and wrote out some ways that I could improve my life in 2015. You know, the whole “New Year, New You” kind of thing. Except maybe it wasn’t that drastic. It was really about reconnecting with the person that God wants me to be. Or something like that. I wrote about it here.

Anyway, Blessed Is She started a photo challenge for the new year.


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This is just the first week Essentially they put out a prompt each day and the community responds via instagram with their interpretation. It’s been really great to see women from around the country respond to these prompts. But what I love about them is that each day they make me focus on Christ. These prompts make me read scripture, they make me pray, and they make me think about my relationship with God. They’ve been…

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365 Days of Love Notes, Week 24

Sunday January 11, 2014

Mass

Monday January 12, 2014

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Started putting the finishing touches on a few writing samples. Coincidentally, the Blessed Is She prompt was “JOY.” So I decided that my Joy was doing God’s will. Right now, that’s writing (I think). Cue Thomas Merton prayer, now.
Also, Katie decided that her new home was the inside of Chris’s bag.
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Tuesday January 13, 2014

Continued to read, and to write. Today’s prompt was “Currently Reading.”
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Wednesday January 14, 2014

Spent time with Chris after work. We tried to watch the sunset at the beach but it was too cloudy. Then we had Chipotle! Prompt for the day: In My Purse
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Thursday January 15, 2014

My day off. Finalized internship applications and writing samples. Submitted them. And visited a friend.
Prompt: He Is The Way
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Friday January 16, 2014

Diocesan Holy Hour for Vocations with some of the best. Prompt: Community
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Saturday January 17, 2014

A dress fitting, and Catholic Underground with some silly people.
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Prompt: Grateful. I am very grateful for CU each month.
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A Library Date

IMG_1540A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling ambitious. So, I dragged Chris on a date. A library date. The plan was to visit this beautiful library that I had heard about, and read and explore it together. This particular library is the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library. It’s basically an old mansion converted into a public library. it’s gorgeous. It also has gorgeous views, but it was kind of gross out the day that we went. Either way, here’s a picture from the third floor:
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I can only imagine what it looks like on a beautiful, sunny day. After we walked around the entire library, we sat down to read.
He read: The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
She read: Echoing Silence, by Thomas Merton

For a rainy afternoon, I would say that we had a pretty good time. Exploring this old library was worthwhile (for me). I can’t wait to see it again in the Spring!

A Long Loneliness, A Review

Something I’ve been working on for the past few weeks…

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As I begin the process of applying for post-graduation jobs and internships, I found that I needed a few writing samples. So here is one that I have been working on for a few weeks. If there has been anything that I have learned in this process, it is that God is faithful if we trust in him.

much love and prayers,
Mary

A Long Loneliness, a Review

Although published in 1952, Day’s written memories are still read in classrooms across America. The first chapter of her autobiography, entitled “Confession” was an introduction to Day’s writing style and of her process of writing an autobiography. Reading her autobiography in a college setting is a bit puzzling. One might think that in order to grasp the life of a Catholic, the lives of the saints should be read in place of Dorothy Day. However, Dorothy Day’s beloved autobiography is still relevant…

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365 Days of Love Notes, Week 23

Sunday January 4, 2014

Mass

Monday January 5, 2014

A restful evening at home 🙂

Tuesday January 6, 2014

A successful Middle School Youth Ministry Night on the Sacraments.

Wednesday January 7, 2014

My best friend’s birthday. Chris and I went to get some yummy sandwiches and watched movies all day. Then we had pizza. Good food, and some relaxation 🙂

Thursday January 8, 2014

Dessert with my dad.

Friday January 9, 2014

Christopher’s birthday dinner: lasagna!

Saturday January 10, 2014

A lector workshop, and a day in the city preparing for my sisters wedding (which is in less than 6 weeks!)

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but perfect Love drives out fear

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Driving home is rarely something that I enjoy. Yes, I love my car. Yes, it’s absolutely wonderful that I get to go home before rush hour, but Long Island is not a friendly place to drive. Feelings of anxiety often creep in. I don’t have a fear of driving. I drive every day. Nothing, except a massive amount of snow, has kept me from driving every day since I was eighteen. Yet, there is that small, meager attempt to frighten me. Being rear ended by a fast moving car does not happen every day. In fact, it only happened once to me, almost two years ago. But, the evil one insists on using it, each and every day. He wants to make me feel fear.

Fear. It’s a silly thing really. I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s first reading a lot. You know the one. Its from 1 John, and speaks to God being Love. Ah, yes, that one. It’s one of my favorites, and I was pleased to read it in the Blessed Is She email devotional yesterday. As I read, I felt drawn to verse eighteen.

 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
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I can recall the first time I prayed with this verse. I was eighteen, on a Newman Club retreat my first semester of college. I was still terrified to be there, and I was fearful for the future that God had planned for me. My vocation. That is what I was afraid of. For the first time in my life I was considering something other than Married life. Jesus loved me, and I knew that. I wanted to please him, but I felt so afraid. Religious life was so appealing, so beautiful. And so, I was given this verse to pray with.

Now a senior in college, I have those same feelings of fear. A future of uncertainty is ahead. It’s not as scary as it used to be. Learning how to trust has a lot to do with that. And yet, fear comes.

What if you don’t get an internship, or into graduate school?
What if you can’t find a job that you like? You’re going to be miserable.

I was having one of those moments yesterday. Where the evil one tells me toxic lies, and I begin to believe it. I took out my phone and frantically started to look at graduate schools, again. When I opened my emails, and saw the daily devotional with those daily readings. And I was pleased to read it. Then he held me within His Word, and whispered these words “but perfect love drives out fear.” And he continued to whisper it the next day.

As I was driving home, before rush hour in my beautiful little blue car that runs, I heard that whisper again. I was hit by spiritual 2×4 when sitting at a stoplight about five minutes from home. What could I possibly have to fear when there is a God who loves me beyond measure? This same God who loves me infinitely, died for me. And he has a plan for me that is more wonderful than I could imagine. Whom shall I fear? Perfect Love drives out fear, and the one who loves me is perfect Love.

365 Days of Love Notes, Week 22

Sunday December 28, 2014

Mass and coffee with a good friend.

Monday December 29, 2014

Started reading the Blessed is She devotionals at work. Made the day a whole lot better.

Tuesday December 30, 2014

Well, I remember having work. And that’s about it. No news is good news!

Wednesday December 31, 2014

New Years Eve was a combination of Mass, a lesson in humility, and delicious food with Chris’s family.

Thursday January 1, 2015

New Years Day was spent watching Gilmore Girls on a very large tv and making resolutions. I’m also taking part in Project Blessed with Blessed is She. I’m really enjoying it so far. The first day of the photo challenge was Resolutions:
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Friday January 2, 2015

Lunch at Milk & Sugar with Chris and Brittany, followed by praying the rosary in my favorite place.
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Then I went out to dinner for my friend Kristy’s 22nd Birthday. Good friends, good food.
And today’s photo was Written Word, I chose to read from the Gospel of Luke.
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Saturday January 3, 2015

Went out to lunch with Chris and visited the Cold Spring Harbor Library. It looks like an old mansion. It looks over the water. It’s beautiful. I read from Echoing Silence, a collection of works on writing by Thomas Merton. And Chris read The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer.
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Today’s photo was Song:
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Saint of the Year 2015!

How is your New Year going? We’re 3 days in, and its finally time for me to pick a Saint to pray with this year.

Last year I had St. Catherine of Bologna, the patron of Artists. Her intercession was definitely helpful within my decision making for the year. This year, I was given, St. Leonard of Port Maurice. He is named the patron of Parish Missions. I wasn’t too impressed with this. I felt confused. I have felt like maybe, just maybe, I may be moving away from my Parish within the next few years, or at least taking a (big) step back.

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It felt like a mixed message, but then I actually read about this man. He was a Franciscan. He was asked to go all around different Parishes to give retreats, and to hear confessions. He was also an ascetic writer. Interesting, because I’ve been really into Thomas Merton lately, and I also happen to LOVE the Franciscans. I’ll be looking more into St. Leonard, and I guess I’ll have to look into his work.

You can find your own Saint to pray with here. I think it’s a lot of fun, and it’s usually a Saint that you wouldn’t be familiar with. So there’s room to learn about our Faith tradition in a new way. Do you pick a Saint to pray with each year?

New Year Themes and Goals

So, I was reading through some of my favorite blogs, and Jess Connolly posted about how she creates themes and goals for the new year. I really, really liked the idea of themes. Jess writes, “The question to ask yourself is – How would you like to describe 2015 when it’s over. Or even better – Lord, what would you like the themes of my year to be?” So, I’m asking myself that question.

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Rest
I’ve been thinking a lot about this theme since the semester ended. This semester kind of got away from me. That was partly because of my schedule, partly because I didn’t make time for it. So, I’m going to make sure I have time for rest. Whether that means taking time to sit in silence with the Blessed Sacrament or just watch tv, I’m going to make time for it.

Self Care
Between work, and school, and babysitting, and work at the Parish I don’t seem to be able to take care of myself in the way that I should. I read this post from Victoria Strader that I thought was really applicable. I really like how she writes about being healthy and strong so that she can serve in the best way that she can. She talks about serving as a mother and wife, and although I’m not at the point, I think that this is a really important lesson for any young woman.

Adventure
I want to go places, see things, and experience God’s beauty of creation. I’m going to Cancun for my sisters wedding in february, but I would really like to go to a few other places. Maine seems to be at the top of my list. Hopefully that’ll happen. But either way, making time for these kind of days, to see beauty in everything is a part of what I want 2015 to hold.

and of course, a few actual goals…

More Rosaries
It’s a simple goal. I’ve fallen out of practice. Decades may be the way to go here. It’s still part of the great devotion, but takes less patience and is still an important part of prayer. So, I think this is where I will start. I would like to say a decade at least three times a week. I think that this is a good place to start. We’ll see where it takes me.

Reading
Silly, I know. I’m an English major. I read all of the time. But I don’t read for pleasure. And considering that I have so many books from Christmas that I need to read, this is probably a good time to start. I’m going to make a goal on goodreads and actually stick to it. I think I’m in a good place to start this goal this semester.

So, here’s to 2015! It’s going to be a great year!