Saturday, November 24, 2007


Whoa, it's been awhile. Today is day four in my Thanksgiving break, and boy has it been an interesting one. The guy my mom is seeing has been at our house since Wednesday, along with his cute granddaughter, but I think it's about time they leave. He lives out of town, so he comes and spends nights at our house... It's kind of funny, since Angelical is with Bob this week, they're both sleeping in my brother's twin bed. Anyway... it's still weird and I basically stay in my room at night. Last night was kind of fun though. We had a late dinner, so after 8:30 or so I was in my room. I finished Story of a Soul for the second time, started reading a book for a presentation I have next week, worked on a cross-stitch I'm doing, read some Kant, and also read chapter one of Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict. So, overall it was really nice. Today I was looking at some pictures on my camera and started to miss my friends, especially some whom things have been slightly weird between. I'm probably making a bigger deal out of it than it is, but sometimes it just feels as if some friends are distant, and I do not know the reasons. It makes me more grateful for my other friendships, but of course I am still blessed to have wonderful relationships with all my friends. I'm looking forward to writing out Christmas cards for all of them! Oh man, I better get started soon, I have a LOT to write! Anyway, it's almost time for dinner and I'm in charge of the salads, so, I'm going to end this. I just thought I'd give an update on happenings in my life. Prayers are appreciated!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Life

Wonder and awe
It's the beauty I seek
This beauty, turns out, is right on front of my face
Arms stretched wide
in a loving embrace
Why am I holding back, why don't I run
Run to the arms that can keep me safe
Run from the world
with it's destruction and pain
Embrace, embrace I must
Revive, re-energize.
It's time to return, to return to this world
The world which hates me, breaks me
But no longer.
My strength is from above,
My strength is from within
Now it's my time to open wide,
embrace those by my side
Love them, show them
Show them the Way, the Truth, the Life
The life that is mine, the life that is yours
Thank you God, thank you Lord
for walking with me on this journey through life
This journey to You.

That's just a little free-style action I had going on during Adoration today. I've been wanting to write for awhile now (I haven't written any poems since this summer), but I just didn't feel inspired enough, and my friend Dan told me to not force it. But, what is above just flowed from me! I kind of thought about Fr. Stan while I was writing it and how it could be sort of rapped. I definitely have a beat in my head that goes along with it! Anyway, just thought I'd share that.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Happy First Friday!

Oh man, I just love First Fridays, and I get to go to Mass twice today! I went to the 12:10 Mass because I am an extraordinary minister of communion, plus I wanted to hear the Mass in english, because at 4:30, when I go again, we're having a bilingual Mass for Dias de los Muertes. Um, no idea if I spelled that right.. probably not, my apologies.

So last night one of my roommates and I watched The Passion of the Christ. She wanted to watch it to see if she wanted to use the movie for a class. I hadn't seen the movie in awhile, but I just love it. I know people have issues with the goriness of the movie and not everything may be completely correct, but maybe we need to look past all of that and look at the TRUE message! My devotion to Mary has been growing a lot this year, and I couldn't help but pay particular attention to her. At the very beginning she says "It has started Lord, so be it." Oh MAN! She was such a strong woman, but also a beautiful and wonderful mother. Who would want to see their son tortured like that? It would be so difficult to watch, but Mary gave her son full support, how could one not give the Son of God complete support!?!

Also during the movie, I thought about the Apostles, especially Peter and John. We are like Peter in so many ways, denying Jesus in our lives, whether it is in little instances or huge. But God's mercy is so much greater than our sin. He knows, and we know, that we're going to mess up, but God continues to love us SO MUCH! And he has great plans for us! Peter denied Jesus, practically to his face, but he was chosen to be the first pope!

I have some tunes rocking in the background, Toby Mac to be specific, and the song is talking about how this "ain't no ordinary life." It's hip hop, he can use the word ain't, I guess. haha. But, how true. We are a part of a counter-cultural revolution! YEAH! "I'm going to tell everyone under the sun."

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us!