Powerful Beyond Measure

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I was reminded of this quote recently and find it very inspiring.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. As we let our own Light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

This was written by Marianne Williamson and brought to me again by Brené Brown in I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t).

Let your Light shine today!

Happy Feast Day of John Paul II!

Some words of wisdom from The Catholic Company on Facebook today:

If you don’t follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest, they are a great company – posting all kinds of saint quotes, great pictures (many from my parish actually), and their products are awesome too.  The woman who does their social media is a good friend!

And today is the Feast Day for our Beloved John Paul II … what a blessing!

One of my favorite quotes:

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.

In the design of God’s Providence, there are no coincidences.

Now there are so many more, with the Theology of the Body, Love and Responsibility, and hundreds of letters, encyclicals, and speeches during his time as Holy Father – but for today, just three!
What would a Feast be without a great little joke!?!

The Pope Visits America

The Pope just finished a tour of the East Coast and was taking a limousine to the airport. Since he’d never driven a limo, he asked the chauffeur if he could drive for a while. The reluctant chauffeur pulled over along the roadside, climbed into the back of the limo, and the Pope took the wheel. The Pope then merged onto the highway and accelerated to over 90 mph to see what the limo could do.
Suddenly, the Pope noticed the blue light of the State Patrol in his side mirror, so he pulled over. The trooper approached the limo, peered in through the windows, then said, “Just a moment please, I need to call in.”

The trooper called in and explained to the chief that he had a very important person pulled over for speeding. “How do I handle this, chief?” asked the trooper. “Is it the Governor?” questioned the chief.

“No! This guy is even more important!”

“Is it the President?” asked the chief.

“No! Even more important!”

“Well, who the heck is it?” screamed the chief.

“I don’t know, sir,” replied the trooper, “but he’s got the Pope as his chauffeur.”

Have an awesome Wednesday!  Pray for me, please – I am giving a talk tonight on Our Baptismal Call to our college students and I have absolutely no idea what it is that I will say!  Come Holy Spirit!!!

NAS: The Rosary & The Single Life

October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, so we wanted to honor Mary and reflect on her help during this time of singleness. How have you called on her intercession before? What is your relationship with our Blessed Mother like? If you don’t know much about Mary or the Rosary, is there something keeping you from getting to know her?
There are two things that keep me sane as a single lady.  One of them is the rosary and the other is this:
So I try to stick with the Rosary on most days!  And today is a special feast for Our Lady of the Rosary so it’s great that Morgan and Jen chose October 7th to talk about it!  
A few years ago I was in a Women’s Bible study and Immaculee came to speak in Charlotte at our Eucharistic Congress.  A woman who I was very good friends with was with me and a few other ladies at lunch at the best Chinese Restaurant in Huntersville!  She asked me if I was praying the Rosary for my husband.  I said, “um… I try to pray a decade each evening during my night prayer.”  She said it wasn’t enough!  NOT ENOUGH if I wanted to get married to a good Catholic man!  So in fear I began praying a daily rosary.  This ‘fear-filled task’ lasted almost 3 years – and I was still single.  So although I don’t think Our Lady was withholding anything from me or has a lack of love, I don’t think the Rosary is a magical tool to get what we want.  I do think that it’s an amazing gift to us from Our Lady to bring us closer to her Son.
 After three years I decided to take a daily rosary break because I was focused more on completing the rosary each day rather than praying to Our Lady to bring me closer to Our Lord.
Over the course of a couple years I would pray the Rosary on and off and kept up my ‘decade for the husband’ at night, but I didn’t have a daily devotion anymore.  
“Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace
to help you conquer in your daily struggle.”
— St. Josemaria Escriva
Then this past May at the first Fatima Procession at our parish, I decided I would add in a daily rosary from May 13th to October 13th in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.  I’m glad I decided – and although October 13th is right around the corner, I think I will continue the practice.  If I have to go somewhere besides work (which is just 4 minutes away), I usually pray my rosary in the car.  I know some people think this is a weird practice, but I find that I’m a better driver (both in my ability and in my reactions to everyone else) and have a calmer demeanor when I arrive at my location.
So all in all, having a devotion to Our Lady is an asset to my life.  It’s great to have a Heavenly Mother right there whenever I need her to intercede for me.  Saying ‘Hail Mary’s’ whenever I need help with anything – like light traffic when pulling out onto the road by my house.  She always comes through for me.  
A peaceful heart is her only guarantee and with that I can do almost anything!
Thanks for stopping by, check out the other ladies over at Jen’s this week!

Happy Belated Birthday to John Paul II!

Some lovely quotes from Blessed John Paul II:

The Church needs resolute, consistent, and faithful witnesses who, in the face of widespread doubts and disbelief on many levels in society today, will show in word and deed their commitment to the ever living Christ.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.

Holiness is not perfection according to human criteria; it is not reserved for a small number of exceptional persons. It is for everyone; it is the Lord who brings us to holiness, when we are willing to collaborate in the salvation of the world for the glory of God, despite our sin and our sometimes rebellious temperament.

Man’s life comes from God; it is his gift, his image and imprint, a sharing in his breath of life.  God therefore is the sole Lord of this life: Man cannot do with it as he wills.

Benedict XVI – Favorite Quote

I saw on Ironic Catholic‘s page this morning that she was putting up her favorite Benedict XVI quote so I decided to follow suit.

Dear young people, you are a precious gift for society. Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm.

Realize that you yourselves are an example and an inspiration to adults, even more so to the extent that you seek to overcome injustice and corruption and strive to build a better future. Be aware of your potential; never become self- centered but work for a brighter future for all. You are never alone. The Church has confidence in you, follows you, encourages you and wishes to offer you the most precious gift she has: the opportunity to raise your eyes to God, to encounter Jesus Christ, who is himself justice and peace. Pope Benedict XVI

A great and holy man who will be out of the public eye, yet so close to our Lord in prayer for our Church, his successor, and his people.  A true blessing to our lives the last eight years.

I remember the last election and am looking forward to watching how the next few weeks plays out as the Holy Spirit works in these 117 men to elect a new Shepherd.

Life Teen did an awesome thank you video – check it out:

7 Quick Takes Friday – November 2nd

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Well, I did it!  Run at 5K that is … it was an awesome experience.  42 minutes of pure running terribleness followed by days of pure excitement!!!  Check out the experience here!

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An awesome quote from today’s Direction for Our Times.

if you try to please Me in even the smallest way, you will change the world. -Jesus

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This weekend’s our Fall Dinner Theater – a big fundraising production we put on each year where the teens perform a bunch of skits … this year a few are as follows:

and this great one!

I’ll post some funny videos here next week for your enjoyment!

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I’ve been discerning all week about taking a new position in my parish – it is the scariest thing I’ve had to do in my entire adult life, wait, I take that back – my entire life.  It’s so unpredictable, unexpected, extra-ordinary (ie: out of the ordinary)!  It might even be the hardest thing I ever do – if the deciding doesn’t kill me, the actual work just might.  Prayers are appreciated!

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I like the new gmail compose! 

They don’t roll out changes too often, and this is definitely a cool one!  Still figuring out all of the options, how to save drafts, what the new buttons look like, but definitely a keeper!

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Speaking of new looks – PREZI rolled out some major changes this week too!

Pretty cool how you can do some new things and even embed a prezi!  Look for a blog post later this week with one of my great examples!

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The big event of the week is really Tropical Storm Sandy, the Perfect Storm, if you will!  The damage that was incredible.  An entire neighborhood that simultaneously burned down and flooded!  Millions who are still without power four days later.  I’m so grateful for all those that I know who are safe and sound, some minor damage but nothing too extra-ordinary.  My heart and prayers are united with those who are suffering.  I hope clean-up with be swift and easy, but I’m afraid for many it will be days, weeks, months, and maybe even years before life is truly back to normal.  For a few in the mid-west, mid-atlantic (whatever West Virginia is really), welcome to Winter!  You’ve got snow from now until May, enjoy the snowmen, snowball fights, icebergs that form at the end of your driveway, and all of the other ‘joys’ that come along!

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

7 Quick Takes Friday, Oct 25

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Quote For Today:

The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God’s will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love.
– Saint Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787)

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The Color Run!  A while ago, I had committed myself to run this race; however, I was too late to sign-up and picked a different run (see #3 below).  But a parishioner asked if we could volunteer to throw the color at each of the kilometer markers – UM, yes – best part!  Also found out that one of my teens and another one of my great friends are both running – so a great choice!

that’ll be us on November 17th!
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My 5K is coming up in just 36 hours!  I can’t believe it’s finally here.  I’m excited and nervous – hoping it goes well.  Running along the way!

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I’ve also already committed to another run with my brother in the Spring (either in NYC or Atlanta – depending on where his job brings him).  This might actually be the craziest part of the entire adventure that has been running the last 3 months!

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Last night we went to our Middle School Halloween party with the Catholic Campus Ministry students.  Here we are all dressed up (I was a flower girl – ie: hippie).

Here we all are!
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I just reserved this book – as an audio book…

Jane, get ready – cause here I come!

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Speaking of books – to feed my potentially unhealthy obsession with Lino Rulli and The Catholic Guy Show Podcasts (just listening to old ones from years ago – and they are funny!!!).  I’m going to read Sinner again (his book).  I’ve also decided I’ll probably have to give him up for Lent…at least I’ve prepped that just 4 months ahead of time!!!

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Happy Feast of St. Ignatius

In honor of today’s first reading:

Reading 1 Gal 5:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

I present you one of my favorite videos!

got the fruits of the spirit stuck in your head? you are welcome!!!

7 Quick Takes – Friday, August 17th

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What a week!  I feel like I’ve been working every day for 3 weeks this coming weekend included.  We are going to our Deacon’s Lake House for the weekend with the Core Team.  It should be fun with these 8 teens (just 2/3rds of our team): team building activities, hanging on the boat, games, team bonding, etc…  What an adventure we are going to have!

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Life in a parish with a new pastor have proven to be harder than I first imagined.  There’s a lot of change and adaptation from all, mostly the parishioners.  I look forward to meeting with him next week to give him my vision for youth ministry and know his for this ministry and for our parish.

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Who are we & where are we going?  That’s the question of the hour for us and for our teens.  The theme of the first Confirmation III session we are doing for the new 9th grade Confirmation program.  I’m hoping and praying this goes amazingly!

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Target is AWESOME!  Just found a great deal on facebook and also saw a old gift card I received for Christmas so just bought 2 new dresses for just 11.44 (including free S&H and tax)!!!  WHAT a day!

got that one in black & another in a yellow print!
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Two great quotes from the Venerable Solanus Casey.

“We must be faithful to the present moment or we will frustrate the plan of God for our lives.”

and another great one…

“We worry and fret about tomorrow as though our dear Lord had never spoken a word about His divine providence, or proved His loving solicitude for each of us a thousand times a day.” 

It’s a prayer group I’ve become part of that was begun by a friend of mine from back home.  We all pray 3 Hail Mary’s for each other every day and with the amount as it is on Facebook (443), I’m grateful for the almost 1400 prayers each day for me as well as the people in the Apostleship of Prayer who are praying the Morning Offering each day.  I can feel the power of these prayers every day.  Join us!

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Ran 2 miles again today outside!  Getting pretty excited about my running accomplishments.  Might actually be ready for that 5K in October!!!

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Well, that’s all folks!  See you on Monday!

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