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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Beautiful World

It’s a beautiful world

Why don’t we honor it

The sun is shining

Sit and feel its warmth

The wind blows by

Feel the Spirit within

Stars shine twinkling bright

See the faith deep within

Clouds shift in the sky

Move them imaginative

Rain falls form the sky

Let is cleanse the soul

Trees stand strong

Root yourself like them

Animals fill the silence

Take in the simplicity

Live your life to the fullest

Down to earth inspiration

Don’t hide what was here

A God inspired beautiful world

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Creative Corner

 

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Friends are Angels sent from God

True friends in life never come and go.  They may argue, they may fight, but they are there.  I would never trade those true friends of mine for anything!   In the past couple of days I got to hang out with a couple of cool people.  Seeing my friends and relaxing was the best thing for me, esspecially when home.

Sunday night, I was laying in bed just finishing up on my computer when at 11pm my phone rang.  Shocked that someone called me, let alone at 11pm, I answer it.  It was Fr. Tom!  I was definitely excited to hear from him and get an opportunity to see him.  Monday morning, I got to his sister’s place around nine.  We had mass in the living room and then just sat around the table talking and eating some breakfast.  It was so good.  It also made me think a lot.  The faith in the family, just by sight, was amazing.  There were six kids in the family and all were wonderful.  I was kind of in awe of them.  Of course, I did only see them for a morning!  Regardless, it was good to go there and see Fr. Tom with his family.  I loved my morning.

Last night, Tuesday night, I got to see Nicole for the first time in a year!  Let me tell you, I was really excited to go over to her house and hang out!  We watching “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” because she had not seen it and ballroom dancing is amazing, so this is a good dancing movie.  While doing that we played Sequence.  I mean come on, who can not love that game, it is great!  After, we just hung out and talked.  It was so good to just catch up with each other and hear how life is going.  Nicole asked me a lot of about next year going into formation.  I was glad she asked about it because I really wanted to share.  Of course I was smiling while talking about it!  While we continued to talk about it, we made dinner.  I should say, Nicole did dinner but keep it on the record, I offered to help!  It was a good dinner; we had teriyaki chicken and rice in tortillas.  We of course, wanted to bake something, so we then looked through some cookie recipes.  The idea popped in my head to make Nutella cookies.  After finding a good recipe, we headed to the store to pick up some Nutella.  With some added m&ms, the cookies were great!  With the cookies done and the time getting late, we popped in one more movie, a funny one to end the night, “RV.”  Before we ended the night we resolved to meet up one more time before we both head out.  It was simply amazing to hang out!

Friends, true friends, are the most amazing!  Never let them go.  The past two days were wonderful and I want them again!  Peace everyone.  Remember, smile always because it is contagious!

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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Where Did It Go?

Where have the words gone

The beauty that flows to paper

Lost in the unsettled mess

That here surrounds me now

Passion sits still deep within

Suffocated by the world here

Seeking its way out to blossom

Potential from God given me

When did we give permission

Letting the world take from us

The soul that makes who I am

I long for freedom to be me

If only my words weren’t gone

The beauty in me shared

Unsettled mess thus be clean

And the Spirit of God surround

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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Longing for Rich Soil

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.  And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Matthew 13:1-13

This was the bible passage my table had on my TEC (HV 55) retreat for parable skits.  It has always stood to me for different reasons at different points in life.  The explanation that Jesus gives explains that that each seed dropped on the ground correlates to how someone lives in there faith and excitement they have.

For me at times, each time the seed stands as representative of me and my faith.  The different ground types are the situations that I find myself in.  When at the retreat center, I found myself in rich soil more often that I have ever been in rich soil in ages.  Now, where I am at now, rich soil is not as common.  It is hard to find the rich soil when you are so far away from that which makes one feel most enriched.  How do you find that place of enrichment?

While the seed of my faith have been planted in rich soil, I have always felt that there is better field of soil for me out there.  That the flowers grow bigger and more beautiful then they are.  This is not to say that I should enter formation, but rather through being in formation and God-willingly continuing in that life, I should attain the greater and more beautiful in a the rich soil of Christ’s love.

With this being said, I request prayers as I transition from my time at the retreat center to starting the first day of the rest of my life when I fly out to the Salesians.  Thank you!  Peace!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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NJ to MN: The Final Day

Getting up this morning was the usual getting up of course.  The sad thing was when we went to eat the complimentary breakfast, there was no waffle maker.  The show must go on!  Anyways, we headed out for our first destination, Hannibal, MO.

In Hannibal was the birthplace of Samuel Clements (aka Mark Twain) and some places from his childhood that inspired his writings.  It was interesting to see.  We did not do any guided tours, but just looked around the place.  Here are some pictures from the town.

On our drive, we ended up going along the Mississippi and had to stop and take a couple awesome photos.  The first time we stopped to try and take photos, there was an infestation of these flying bug things.  We then moved on and stopped at the next chance provided to us.

Our final stop of visiting somewhere was in Nauvoo, IL.  Here we stopped at the Joseph Smith Historic site.  Here is a bit from the brochure.

In 1839, early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — called “Mormons” — established this place of peace and beauty on a great bend in the Mississippi.  And then they were forced to leave.

Today Nauvoo is one of America’s premier historic communities.  It has been designated a National Historic Landmark District.  Many of the early homes, shops and public buildings have been restored or rebuilt and are open for guided tours.

Leaving there, we headed out for about a 6-7 hour drive to get from there to home in Richfield.  We stopped for gas and such as one would have to do.  Needing a pee break, we stopped at a rest stop place just before leaving Iowa into Minnesota.  Here is what it looked like.

The journey was long but good.  We saw a lot of things and did some cool things.  This ends my travel log for this journey, but of course the posting will go on as things happen in life.  🙂  Stayed tuned for videos, poems, random posts and more!  Thanks for following.  Peace!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Photos, Travels

 

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NJ to MN: Day 6

Today our destination took us to our first stop in St. Louis, MO.  Our time getting up this morning was in the Eastern Time Zone, but within 20 minutes of leaving, we had switched into Central Time Zone therefore we gained another hour.  Morning went as it has been, which is good for being tired when waking up!

We first stopped at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.  It was an amazing piece of art, made of all mosaics.  It is one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world, created by 20 different artists and covering 83,000 square feet. Here are some of the pictures from inside!

Now of course, we have to have pictures of the outside as well.  🙂

Leaving the Cathedral Basilica, we headed towards the Gateway Arch.  The line to going there was a wait, but in the end it was well worth it.  There are little words to describe the experience, so pictures will be my main communication today as you may have noticed.

That was really cool to do, that is for sure!  Would I do it again?  Sure.  🙂  When we were done with that, we hit the road again and drove until we landed where we are now.  We are staying in a Holiday Inn Express in Hannibal, MO for the night.  Tomorrow our adventure takes us to learn about Mark Twain.  It shall be fun!

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Photos, Travels

 

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NJ to MN: Day 5

Wow…this day again consisted of a lot of driving.  We made one combination of stops today.  The morning ran as usual, heading out on the road not long until we hit our stop around Dresden, Ohio.  We first went to the welcome center and walked around town some.

We then went on to the Longaberger Homestead.  Mom was definately sure that we had to go to this, and I decided to go with it as well.  When we first walked into the Homestead, we of course had ot take a picture in a baskt, then one down either side.

Of course, you have to get a close up of the basket of apples because it looks pretty sweet

We headed to a small building to make a flower from teh wood used in making the baskets.  It was pretty cool and I am quite a fan of my flower.  Here we are making our flowers and with them when we were done.

When were done making the flowers, we headed over the factory and warehouse.  There we took a tour of the plant, even seeing things we were not supposed to see like baskets coming out at Christmas (it was a cool looking one!) and the sliver of a peek to a room where they design baskets (though you could not see in).  The tour was neat and it was only five dollars a person.  After the tour we wandered the shopping area in the factory before we did the awesome thing of the day.  We made our own baskets!  🙂  Of course, we had a little help and such.  Here are some pictures of us making them and with them afterwards.

I was back and forth on making a basket because I was not sure what I could use it for.  The start of the day was me looking at small ones to use, but I waited to see what was to come.  I ended up convincing mom that see should do it, which in turn meant convincing myself to do one.  It was well worth it and I like my basket.  When we left there, we headed out.  On our way out and back on the road again, we stopped at the headquarters for the Longaberger Baskets.

From then, we drove straight until we hit the hotel.  On the drive it was raining a good amount.  The funny part was that to the left of us was a lot of rain.  To the right of us you saw this.

So, right before we got the where we planned to stop, a little light came on my dashboard.  You want to know what they light was? It was the gas empty light!  Ha, well…my car made it a few miles until we hit the next exit and we went straight to the closest gas station.  After filling up and scolding ourselves for not realizing the gas meter, we headed out for about twenty minutes to our distination.  Tonight we have landed ourselves at a Best Western in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Today is Thurday, or at least for about 40 more minutes.  Tomorrow after a very short time, maybe even ten minutes, we switch back into central time zone, which will be weird for me.  The plan is to arrive home late on Saturday.  I do have a meeting to go to, which means I should start working on the talk/meditation…yay!  More tomorrow!

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Photos, Travels

 

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