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My third edition! (Because some weeks, it just doesn’t happen.)

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Lent. It’s happening. And this is a good thing. Details really aren’t all that necessary. That said, interesting thoughts from Fr. Vavonese this morning at Mass.
(Link to the readings for today)
Paraphrased, because I don’t take notes while listening to homilies:

 ”We have a tendency to use this phrase, “It’s the least I could do”, when someone thanks us. Perhaps not every time, but it’s certainly been said. But why? It’s really an apology - it’s an apology that you acknowledge you could have done more, but didn’t. You did the least. Why? Consider that. Discover where you can do more. And then go out and do more.

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This week’s music plug isn’t for a particular artist I think you’d enjoy. Rather, I’d just like to point out that there are some fantastic hymns for the Lenten season. I’m crowd-sourcing for answers here, what are you favorites? Admittedly, I’m partial to “The Glory of These Forty Days” but last weekend, we actually sang the Litany of the Saints as an entrance hymn. While I was completely struck off-guard, I’ve decided I kinda like that. And of course, a plug for “Be Thou My Vision”, which while probably not Lent-centric, is one of my favorites of all time.

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There was a great hockey game on Wednesday night.
My Penguins won, in a shootout. Well-matched.
The playoffs aren’t that far away, all things considered. Yaaaay!

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The fine gentleman visited last weekend. We saw Les Miserables performed. Live. Having been part of a production of the show, but never having seen it as an observer, I must say… wow. It was quite impressive. Granted, it’s impressive across the board, but they had a fine cast. The music is still playing in my head.
(Also, apparently we’re touching on music in multiple points this week.)

—- 5 —-

After months - several months - as in almost six - of searching, phone calls, letters, in-person visits, and frustrated rants to my mother (what a dear), I have a new gastro doc here in Syracuse. Finally. And an appointment Wednesday. I’m beyond excited, which may seem strange, but… I want my meds. I don’t think I’m asking all that much.

(writing that just reminded me I need to set up a phone date with my derm. thanks for being so helpful, blogging!)

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Monday was a 20-mile run. I survived. 4:03 on a sunless day, which was probably a good thing. A few things are still twinging, but overall, I was incredibly happy with that. I finally feel like I mightjustmaybe be able to finish the Shamrock on the 18th without collapsing. If it wasn’t for my support circle of sister and brother, I’d never have considered doing this. I need to go out and find my green gear though - come on, Irish girl running the Shamrock marathon *must* be properly attired. T’would be a shame not to. We’ll see what I can find…

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My school (note: also my employer) is running a sort of contest involving Pinterest, so I just spent the last 15 minutes doing a crash-course-tutorial on how it works (and how it should work) (and how it should be used) and how it’s used. That was fun! But I did announce my favorite part of pinterest: the ability (like twitter) to follow/unfollow *whoever the heck you want*. And that glorious option to only follow some. So it means I can look at the great recipes you post, but don’t have to see pictures of half-naked women that you’ve decided are inspirational (sorry, they just don’t work for me). What a beautiful option to have, and it’s key to why pinterest just may work as a new form of networking.

pssssst, if you’re on there, you can follow me if you so wish.

that’s all, folks!

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“Look, Maya Rudolph. We would love to pay attention to how funny you are and how good you look, but you are being photobombed by a nun right now and sister is mugging. She’s completely stealing your thunder. She appears about 30 seconds in. Why is she there? Do you think she knows Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music? Only God has the answers.

Update: Turns out the Nun in Question is Dolores Hart, the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, God Is Bigger Than Elvis. This does not make her any less distracting.”

How dare that nun show up at the Oscars tbh. What could she possibly be doing there? Nuns never do anything creative like make films or do anything interesting that someone might make a film about! My knowledge of nuns is limited to comics I read at age 8, but I consider that enough to make blog posts about them. Whenever a nun is anywhere doing anything she is automatically “mugging” even if her facial expression is neutral! Her presence is DISTRACTING me! The presence of a nun anywhere is inexplicable because, lets be real, the existence of nuns is inexplicable!!!!!

Oh my goodness, I went on the same kinda rant last night. well said!

As stolen from my church bulletin this week.

Before you think “doesn’t apply to me!” just read through the list. Whether you’re Catholic, Christian, generic something else, non-any-of-the-above… some are just good life suggestions. They fall into a variety of categories - health, personality, society, life. I know some of these struck me. Perhaps they’ll help you in the same sort of way - or very different sort of way. :)

  1. Drink plenty of water. 
  2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.
  3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s - Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  5. Make time to pray.
  6. Play more games.
  7. Read more books this year than you did in 2011.
  8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  9. Sleep for 7 hours.
  10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
  11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  12. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  13. Don’t over-do. Keep your limits.
  14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  16. Dream more while you are awake.
  17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  18. Forget issues for the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
  19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
  20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
  23. Smile and laugh more.
  24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  25. Call your family often.
  26. Each day give something good to others.
  27. Forgive everyone for everything.
  28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  29. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
  30. What other people think is none of your business.
  31. Your job won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  32. Do the right thing!
  33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
  34. God heals everything.
  35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  37. The best is yet to come.
  38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
  39. Your inner-most is always happy. So be happy.
  40. Share this with everyone you care about.

So I missed quite a few Fridays. Alas, this happens. So it’s only my second 7QT!

And although this is (often) a Catholic thing, I promise I’m not going Lent-themed. Several of my friends are on hearing-about-Lent burnout, and in deference to you (and also to myself, I readily admit) I promise to discuss my life outside that purview! So enjoy.

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So this one time I went to CPAC. Boom.
The first day of CPAC happened to also be my 23rd birthday.
And while many, many awesome things happened, and I met a great many people I’d been waiting to meet (insert name-dropping here)… this was kinda the highlight.

Chuck Woolery and I. Just hangin’ out, you know, like old pals.

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I’m less than a month out from my marathon. Right now, it feels both incredibly exciting and incredibly frightening. I don’t suppose that’ll change in the next few weeks! Fortunately, my tendonitis seems to have healed up (fingers crossed/prayers sent) and I’ve been back on a regular running schedule for about a week now. Either way, my sister and I have made a pact to cross that finish line…even if we’re crawling.

—- 3 —-

How awesome are moms? (Also, dads). I feel like I say this every time I write something, but my mom helps me keep my sanity (and/or find it when it’s gone completely missing). I love knowing that every day she’s praying for me. Would that I could be that person someday.
Right now, her and Dad are in Florida wrapping up a two-week vacation that they, without a doubt, deserved. I’m looking forward to pictures!

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I’ve developed an addiction to Castle. The TV series. The first season was on dvd at the library one day, and several friends have told me I would like it, so I picked it up… and watched it all in one weekend. (It was an abbreviated season…)
So far I’ve seen the first two. I’m holding off on even requesting the third season until my life is slightly less chaotic - why invite the temptation to take an entire weekend off? That said, spring break week…

—- 5 —-

How awesome is Jars of Clay? Maybe I’m the only one (correction: I know I’m not) but they are consistently one of my favorite groups of artists, across the years. This morning, “Worlds Apart”, was particularly good.

—- 6 —-

I still write handwritten letters. I send them in the mail and everything! It’s a habit I’ve never really outgrown, but when I realize that it takes me twice as long to hand write my thoughts as it does to type them, I get lazy. (Plus, I don’t have any stamps right now, and I don’t even know where the closest post office is to buy them. Guess I should figure that out, since I’ve lived here for six months now…)
That said, I have a goal to write letters and thank yous this weekend/next week, complete with slightly illegible scrawl and hand cramps. Because, if the people who receive them are anything like me, a real piece of mail is like the whipped cream on top of a hot chocolate.

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Pittsburgh and Philly are tied right now, with 73 points each in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, NHL. (The Devils are at 74). But the Rangers have 81. EIGHTY ONE. Dang. The thing is, they’re a great team. It’s not surprising to see them there. But the Atlantic is just intensely competitive this year. Four of the top 6 Eastern Conference teams are from the Atlantic Division. Srsly.

That said… who predicted Winnipeg would be the top team of the Southeast Division at this point of the season? I’m betting none of you. That’s a rather interesting thing to watch right now - especially considering they’re battling Florida (yes, Florida) for division lead. I won’t be surprised to see the Caps find some sort of winning strategy as the regular season winds down and end up with it, but with Winnipeg… it’s rather up in the air. (SWIDT? Think about it.)

There ya go, folks!

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i have a lot, but not the time to put them into semi coherent words. so for now:

Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return.

Joel 2:12-13:

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.


Everything is Yours. No more questions. No more hesitating. I trust You implicitly.

So. Good.

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This is my first ever “7 Quick Takes Friday” post. I’ve been inspired by a number of blogs I read who follow this, and I decided I like it. Most of them, by the way, are from the #cathsorority group.

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This week has been trying. Grad school does that. The stress is evident (I wear my stress on my sleeve. Literally. See also: psoriasis.) But I’m making it through one day at a time and I plan to continue that!

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If you’re Catholic, and you care about the HHS mandate brought down by the current administration in the White House, you might want to read this letter from Bishop Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

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My coffee addiction is flourishing. (See also, graduate school!) This week, I ran into issues with the silly coffee filters collapsing whilst brewing. There are few things more annoying that reaching for a large mug of coffee while still half-asleep to discover grounds. And lots of grounds. Anyone know why that keeps happening (and how the heck do I get my filters to stand on their own?)

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My mom continues to be one of my favorite people ever. See my recent blog post on my mom if you need a reminder as to her awesomeness. :) Yesterday, I was having what can best be a described as a day that started downhill and kept picking up speed. So I sent her a text message that just said “Rough day. Prayers appreciated.” This morning, she called to ask me how things went, and I was able to tell her that my day actually started picking up not long after that text message, I made it through, and my mental health is still mostly intact. At which point she said, “see, that’s why I’m here.” That, dear friends, is love.

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You may or may not be aware I’m training for a marathon (the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, March 18th) with my sister and one of my brothers. Last weekend, I managed to get a 15.4 mile run in on Sunday, despite the under-30-degrees temperature. This week though, I’m dealing with a very wonky foot that doesn’t feel all that great. Supposed to be a 16-miler this weekend, but I may have to cut it short. That’s not exciting for me, because I’m still intimidated by the whole concept of a marathon to begin with, but it is what it is. Any other runners out there?

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On a completely unrelated note, I made scones this week with dried cranberries and a freshly-squeezed orange juice icing. That was a wonderful life choice. I managed to give away most of them, thank goodness, but I’m definitely keeping this recipe from the Food Network in my kitchen!

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Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and Blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and Blood.

That was part of the reading today at Mass. The full passage is 1 Jn 5:5-13.

Monsignor Yannock decided to expound mainly upon this reading (while reflecting on the Gospel passage as well, Mk 1:7-11 ) while mentioning St. Andre Bessette, today’s optional memorial. Going into today, I knew nothing about this saint (I managed to speculate on my own that he was either French or French Canadian. It’s the latter). What do I know about him now? That he devoted his life to working with the weak, the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the dying, even though he himself was known as someone weak, sick, and (pretty close to) dying.

Msgr. Yannock cut to the chase. The world tells us that owning the newest items, the best gadgets, the fanciest cars, and having plenty of money to buy them all with brings us happiness, or something like that. It tells us that when we own the world, we have victory.

St. Andre had nothing - zero possessions - and couldn’t really even say “at least I have my health”, because he justifiably didn’t. And yet he lived until he was 91 years old. He was originally rejected by the Congregation of the Holy Cross in Montreal due to his frailty, but someone on the inside convinced them to let him enter the novitiate. He is credited with numerous miraculous healings, although he protested the credit at the time. His main devotion was to St. Joseph, and he encouraged others to pray to St. Joseph as well. When he died in 1937, a *million* people came to process past his coffin. One million people.

So, who is indeed the victor over the world? Is it the person who owns all the things they think will bring them happiness? Or is it the one who takes what they’ve been given - even if that consists of nothing but a somewhat sickly existence here on this Earth - and uses it to cause such a positive impact that one million people come to pay respects at his death?

Just something to ponder. Owning the world is not victory over the world. Perhaps renunciation of the world is then a victory for one’s soul?

Me: Yeah, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my life once I have my MLIS.
Dad: You could get your doctorate and become a crazy chemist librarian! Or join the Dominicans like Margaret.
Me: Thank you, father, for those incredibly realistic and attainable life goals.

Mom: Marie, you need to marry someone who will massage your feet. Trust me. You’re gonna need it, ‘cause your feet are as bad as mine.
Me: Even better, someone with the same size feet, so I can conveniently steal his shoes!

Liz: So you’re going to be here for New Year’s Eve? Cool! We’re planning to go to Joy and Jason’s again. Do you mind being the fifth wheel again?
Me: Of course not. I’m a great fifth wheel. You know, you can’t pull a travel trailer without me.

And my entire four-hours of conversation with Kara last night is classic, but that’s a bit much.

  • (talking about singing 'Go Tell It On the Mountain' at the end)
  • Kara: Have I mentioned lately how much i love being Catholic?
  • Me: Have I mentioned lately how much I love being Catholic too?
  • Kara: Yeah, I think you mentioned it on tumblr.
  • Merry Christmas!

How many times have I sung “Ubi Caritas” at Mass? Countless. It’s not exactly a traditional Advent song, but I find it most fitting for the current Advent season, as we as a Church transition to the new translation of the Roman Missal.

I found myself frustrated last week. Not only did the presiding priest skip over and change some of the new translations, the congregation (okay, the people behind me) did not pick up the pew card, or grab the Missalette and follow along, and proceeded to recite all of the old translations while most of the congregation stumbled through the new. An odd clashing is found, and I’m sure some have experienced it - I’m starting to think the new translation is actually “and also with your spirit”. I expect these kinks to be worked out over the next few months, and all will return to the unison of old. Yet, in the meantime, we have learning ahead of us.

I’ve seen a few different blogposts strewn about (and had a few conversations) commenting on, “What will happen when the C&E Catholics (translation: Christmas and Easter only) come to Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and have no idea what’s going on?” I saw a number of responses. "We’ll simply know what’s going on and they’ll struggle amongst us." "It’s not like they’re going to notice; they’re only there twice a year anyway." "Don’t worry, it’ll be worse at Easter, when the rest of us have caught on and they’re still lost."

Wow. Even with my frustrations noted above with those who choose not to participate for whatever reasons, what kind of Christian charity is this? The Advent season is not about elevating ourselves, or proving how great we are as human beings, but rather acknowledging that if not for the Savior, and his Mother’s fiat and humility, we would still be lost and wandering souls.

An English translation of the hymn “Ubi Caritas” is as follows:
Where love and charity are together, God is always there
Since Christ’s love has gathered us all together in one company,
Let us rejoice and take delight in Him, now and forever,
Let us now without any reserve or deception love one another.

Lest it sound otherwise, I know I have strides to make. Join me? Let us rejoice at Christmas for all those gathered together in the Church to celebrate Christ’s birth. We are all together in one company. Encourage those in your pew to pick up a missalette and follow along with the new translation. If they seem slightly lost, gently guide them. Take the opportunity to invite them to return the following Sunday. Extend the Advent and Christmas spirit to your neighbor. As St. Augustine said, "Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence."

This TV spot does a good job of actually explaining what the Catholic Church is really about…

Tearing up at work.

(via thefullnessofthefaith)