Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As we rapidly approach this most holy day of Christmas, here is a brief reflection for your meditation:
“God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby – defenseless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child.”
(Pope Benedict XVI)
Please also join me in praying for the Healthcare bill, which liberal politicians are right now trying to push through sometime in the next couple days (over Christmas). May our Lord have mercy and intervene.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
So here goes...
I am thankful for:
Christendom's Fall Play which went really well and for all the fun I had designing costumes!
The generosity and hospitality of my dear friend Amy's family who hosted me for Thanksgiving weekend. We had a marvelous, wonderful weekend!
My family (immediate and extended) who celebrated without me in Wisconsin but who shared the good times and sent their loving wishes over the phone :)
My friends near (here) and far
My classes which I truly enjoy and my professors who make each one fruitful and intriguing
My tests which came back with good scores ;)
This penitential, mystical Season of Advent, preparing for Christmas
And most of all, I am thankful for my Faith. Without my God, I would be nothing, so I thank Him most of all: For the Eucharist, for our beautiful chapel in the middle of campus, for the moments of peace and affirmation which You, Lord, constantly send, I thank You and praise You. You're the best!
So I close with a prayer for all of you and a note of gratitude for your prayers for me. Finals are just around the corner...
All for the glory of God!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The long awaited pictures:
Hair-do's! (One of Sarah's many occupations)
Beautiful braid for Medieval Fest
Sarah dressed as Guess Who?? and Bridget dressed as Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) for the Halloween Dance!
Enjoy the update! =)
Many Blessings to you all. Sarah says hello!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
you need to post something there has to be something that is happening there.
Ah yes, Mary Kate, and all the others who are wondering what I'm doing and why on earth I haven't posted in awhile: there is something happening here! A lot of somethings happening!
In a nutshell:
Last week I played with the Freshmen/Junior team for Powder Puff, so we had practices every day. Even though we didn't win the game (the Seniors were just too fast this year :), we had a lot of fun and I got to meet several juniors whom I didn't yet know.
Over the weekend I received personal invitations to join The Chestor-Belloc Debate Society and The Palestrina Choir (a special choir in addition to the college choir).
In addition, I have four tests coming up next week and I know they won't be easy. So as I study hard and try to balance everything, please keep me in your special prayers and wait patiently for me to post photos! (I promise I will, as soon as I have a chance to put them on my computer).
Please also offer a special prayer for a special intention I have this week.
Thanks and God bless!
"We can roll the dice, not decide where they fall." - anonymous
Saturday, October 31, 2009
My thoughts: it's okay to have good, clean, wholesome fun today with harmless costumes and a celebration. Just avoid the gory stuff. Remember the Christian roots. Spend some time preparing for All Saints Day tomorrow. That's the real big holiday! And certainly don't miss out on the opportunity to have a Saints Party (even if it's small), complete with saints costumes!
Happy All Hallows Eve (Halloween)!
HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY!
Friday, October 30, 2009
I relish the blessedness because it is beautiful
The season of Autumn is all around us and it is so lovely! Leaves are falling in an assortment of classic colors -- yellow, orange, red, maroon...
One of our activities this week was Medieval Fest, complete with period food, a reenactment of the crusades, and an era-appropriate dance. Many of us ladies donned renaissance gowns with flowing sleeves while the gentlemen became knights and soldiers. So enjoyable!
Today's challenge: offer a smile to someone who looks lonely and try to spark a conversation to brighten their day.
May God bless you!
Monday, October 26, 2009
in union with St. Joseph
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I have my last midterm (Philosophy) on Thursday, so please say a prayer for me!
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. If you aren't yet familiar with her story (especially the miracle of the sun), I encourage you to look it up here. (Click on "Apparition of 13 October 1917" for Miracle of the sun details).
We've been having wishy-washy weather here this week with temperatures in the upper 80's on Sunday and down to the 40's yesterday, but today is mild and simply beautiful! So beautiful, in fact, that we had Philosophy class outdoors, in a beautiful clearing in the woods overlooking the river. The trees are already beginning to change colors...so it was simply breathtaking.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
On a more solemn note, please pray for a fellow freshmen and friend of mine (Rob) who got knocked out today during the game when he fell head-first to the ground. He was taken away in the ambulance but we're hoping and praying that he returns and recovers very soon. And also for the swift recovery of both of our soccer goalies (from the girls and guys teams) who are sustaining knee injuries. Thanks and God bless!
My character: Miss America!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday: class-assigned colors
Tuesday: twin day
Wednesday (today): Senior dress a freshmen day
Thursday: Christendom apparel
Friday: East-West colors (in preparation for the East coast vs. West coast football game on Sunday)
I promise pictures sometime in the (hopefully near :) future.
I've had several big tests lately and so far all seems to be going well. All the prayers and hard work are paying off. Please keep the prayers coming!
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." -Psalm 23:6
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This great scripture verse is the basis for our history course this semester. This morning we had our first big history test which included 20 identifications and four essays to write. I survived! ;)
"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus".
- Phil. 3:14
"Nothing great is easy."
- Plato's Republic book 2 (what we're reading in Philosophy)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Amy, Rachel, Bridget, Sarah (me), and Johanna
Even though our team lost, they definately had the best shirts (decorated by us freshmen girls) and the best cheerleading squad! ;)
Monday, September 14, 2009
- St. Therese the Little Flower
Make everything you do count for God's glory!
What I did this weekend
Helped cook for Italian Night Dinner
Decorated t-shirts for our team in the Upper Under Game (freshmen guys against all the other guys)
Practiced with the Choir
Studied Theology for 2 hours with friends (study group!)
Prepared for Italian Night (I did several hairstyles which turned out quite nice, if I may say so myself)
Started my article for the Rambler
Attended Italian Night (quite lovely!)
Practiced with choir for Mass
Sang for Mass
Finished and sent my Rambler article
Attended the Upper Under Game (Our guys put up a tough fight but lost sorely. They definitely had the best t-shirts and best cheering crew, though. Hands down. :)
Sang for Vespers
Attended a talk on holiness/vocation by some visiting Sisters from Kansas
Practiced Waltz and Swing-dancing (so much fun!)
Talked with my family
Studied until ??? hour
I hope I didn't just bore you with this list of weekend activities, but I thought you might find it interesting to know what kinds of activities we're doing around here. Please say a prayer for me this week as I have several quizzes/tests and my first literature paper to write.
We adore Thee Oh Christ and we praise Thee
Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
-Pope Benedict XVI
Spend a few moments just pondering that quote. It certainly lends itself to some profound meditation.
Requests for prayer please:
For the soul of Lois - wife of one of my dad's best childhood friends - who died yesterday morning after a long battle and years of suffering from cancer, and for her grieving family
For the article I'm writing for The Rambler - our school newspaper. I'm writing on the Legion of Mary and it's my first article here, so all prayers would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
Ora pro nobis!
(That's today's challenge for you: translate this Latin phrase)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Mother dearest, Mother fairest, help of all who call on Thee...
(Now please say a prayer that I finish my homework for tomorrow as these blog posts took quite a bit longer than intended :)
The hint is for the quote of last post. Since no one has attempted at guessing the author yet, I'm thinking a clue might be appreciated. Think: 3rd order Dominican from Italy, one of my patronesses. Now that should be a dead giveaway!
Praise the Lord!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
This morning I travelled to D.C. with 35 other C.dom students to pray 20 decades of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for an end to abortion and a respect for life. We stationed ourselves outside of a Planned Parenthood facility there and prayed fervently. A moving yet saddening experience.
On a lighter note, for those of you who thought I would be painstakingly making my way through Statistics, I'm actually enjoying it! ;)
It's dinner time so I better run. But for those of you who guessed Job on the "mystery quote" of last post, you guessed correctly. Now see if you can guess this mystery quote:
"By humble and faithful prayer, the soul acquires, with time and
perseverence, every virtue."
Love and prayers,
Thursday, September 3, 2009
In Literature: The Iliad
In Philosophy: Plato (we just finished Euthyphro and The Apology)
History: The Holy Bible (we just finished Ecclesiastes and Job)
Theology: The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Latin and Statistics: Textbooks (smile :)
A few notes on the book of Job (see if you can find passages in Job to back up answers to these questions):
Is Satan real?
Does he want to destroy good and blameless men?
Can we fight against him?
Is there purpose to suffering?
Is suffering strictly a result of serious personal sin or can the just suffer?
We discussed these and many more questions today in History class!
Mystery quote for the day (who can be the first to identify?):
"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
Please say a little prayer for a special intention I have today. Thanks!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I love our beautiful chapel in the center of campus, where I can go to visit Jesus any time! It is a real blessing. Our choir sang there this morning for Mass and it went very well.
Regarding Face the Truth tour yesterday...that went very well also! It was the first tour I had been on and it was a bit difficult at first (it is an important mission, but also a sad one). While holding my sign, I had a lot of time for prayer. It was rewarding. Many people even honked and waved in support.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Face the Truth, it is a tour where a group of people stand by the roadside and hold Pro-Life signs so that people driving by can understand the reality of abortion. Our goal is to change hearts, slowly but surely.
Thank you for all of your prayers for me! And thank you for your comments! Even though I do not have time to respond to you individually, I greatly enjoy hearing from you and I am remembering you in my prayers.
P.S. I know you're probably all waiting for me to post some photos (which I will), but as of this point I've only taken a couple and they're still in my camera. :) Eventually I will get around to putting them in my computer and bringing my computer to the library (where the internet connection is) in order to post some for you. :)
Friday, August 28, 2009
The good news is: I made the choir (Praise God)! First practice is tonight.
Please keep me in your prayers as I'm going on a Face the Truth Pro-life Tour tomorrow, helping spread the message of life. Please join me in praying that many souls are moved.
Quote for the day:
"Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for your clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God."
St. Augustine (feast today), pray for us!
And I add: Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mother of mine, teach all women -- young and old -- to consecrate their hearts and lives to God, to do everything for His glory. AMEN.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Orientation is going very well and I've been meeting lots of great people. Classes start tomorrow and I have 18 credits (6 classes) so please keep me in your prayers. I'm trying not to be nervous. :)
I auditioned for choir today and I'll find out tomorrow if I made it.
You're in my prayers. God bless!
Quote for the day: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C.S. Lewis
St. Bartholomew, pray for us!
Monday, August 17, 2009
If you are friend, bienvenue!
Whomever you are, welcome!
This is my online journal, where I will post updates and photos so you can share in my college experience. Please feel free to comment on my blog. I hope to hear from you often. =)
Please keep me in your prayers. Be assured of mine!
"Mary, Star of the Sea, we ask you to guide the young people of the whole world to an encounter with your Divine Son Jesus. Be the celestial guardian of their fidelity to the Gospel and of their hope." Amen.
- Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day 2009