Last Sunday I had the pleasure of praying Vespers at a Dominican sisters‘ convent (a local house of that same community that was recently featured on Oprah). I’d have to write a full post to cover all my thoughts, but let’s just say that it was an extremely beautiful, spiritually filling experience. They chanted the prayers in the candle-lit chapel, then we prayed the rosary, then we went out to the greeting area to chat for a while. These young women are some of the most warm, intelligent, Christ-filled people I’ve met in a long time. All this week I’ve been on a high from the afternoon I spent with them.
Tomorrow (Saturday the 27th) I’ll be joining Barbara McGuigan on her national radio show, The Good Fight, from 2:00 – 4:00 EDT on EWTN Radio. Here’s a list of EWTN’s local stations throughout the country, and they’re also on Sirius channel 160. In the second half of the show we’ll be taking calls and emails from listeners. I’d love to hear from you!
When Ash Wednesday rolled around, I decided to set a loose “theme” on which I could focus my prayer and penance efforts during Lent. Now that the season is almost over, I see that there has indeed been a theme, but it’s not at all the one I’d planned on. Instead, over these past few weeks God seems to have given me the theme of “smashing idols.” As happens so often, it turned out to be not at all what I expected, not really what I wanted, but exactly what I needed. Have you noticed any themes in your spiritual life this Lent?
Oooh! I was going to write something else here, but then I stumbled across this inspiring video about the sisters I mentioned in #1 (filmed at their mother house in Michigan). It’s a five-minute video that offers a look at what daily life is like as a Dominican nun, the discernment process for some of these young women, their call to teach — and even their love of playing soccer. Well worth watching:
I just got my copy of How Do You Tuck in a Superhero by Rachel Balducci, supermom of five young boys with another baby due any second now. Keep this one on your list as the perfect gift for a mom of boys — and definitely read it if you have sons yourself…or if you’ve ever had a brother, had male classmates at school, or have ever been around boys in any capacity. (I just have to note: I gave an official endorsement, and it was embarrassingly exciting to see my name on the cover of a book; granted, it was on the back cover of someone else’s book, but I’ll take it.)
A friend and I recently had a fun discussion about any little claims to fame we have. All I could come up with (other than my big Balducci endorsement, of course) is that Norman Borlaug was my dad’s little league coach, and my aunt went to school with David Sedaris. Do you have any cool claims to fame?
I keep chuckling about this comment I received a while back in response to my post about picking a “word of the year.” A few people announced that their word was fiat, and one commenter responded:
I chuckled at the first person to choose “fiat, ” because it immediately brought to mind a mental image of a sporty little car. But, by the time the third commenter had chosen it, I had to look it up on dictionary.com. Perhaps it’s a common term used among Catholics and that’s why it was new to me, but I thought others might like to know that one meaning is: (from Medieval Latin) “let it be done.”
As a person who also used to be very unfamiliar with Catholic-speak, I loved the image of someone reading the comments and thinking, “Fiat?”, perhaps wondering if people were going to start chiming in with “Gremlin” or “VW Bus” next.
Have a great weekend and a blessed Palm Sunday, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!