Wednesday, December 23, 2009

P.S. In Case You Didn't Notice

When I mentioned the Fall Play in my Thanksgiving post a few weeks ago, I put a link to Christendom's website where you could read more and see photos. But in case you didn't notice the link (it wasn't very obvious), here it is:


Finals Complete, I'm Home and Christmas is on the Horizon!

So, I have officially completed my first semester of college. It was challenging and busy (as college should be) but also very blessed and rewarding. I'm now enjoying Christmas break at home with my family, which is also busy, blessed, and rewarding! ;) We're preparing music for Christmas midnight Mass, which will be complete with violins, cello, organ, voices, and 2 harps. Please say a prayer that it goes well for the glory of our newborn King! (And please offer a prayer that my voice returns swiftly and completely -- I lost it a few days ago and I need it to sing!)

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.

Prayer for our Nation’s Health Care Reform
Lord Jesus, you are the Divine Physician,
And the source of all life and health.
Guide our nation at this critical moment,
As our government seeks health care reforms.
Give our elected officials the humility to know
That they are servants, not masters.
Give them the wisdom to realize
That every life has equal value.
Give them the strength to resist the idea
That some lives can be sacrificed to save others
Or that killing the unborn is a part of health care.
Give your people the courage to speak up
And to hold public officials accountable for their actions.
Save us, Lord Jesus, from a culture of death,
And let every reform in our public policy
Be based on the reform of our hearts and minds
In the light of your Gospel,
For you are Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I have so much to be thankful for...

(Even though Thanksgiving was a week ago, it's never too late to say it, is it?)

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!