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Big Step Forward!

Tomorrow I become an official postulant, no longer to be called a “postulant-to-be.”

I have been extremely open with my formator, whom I have great esteem for and look up to immensely.

The current provincial explained to me how where my heart is can be worked into that of which my heart is not located at; not sure how I feel about that yet.

The assistant of the community, who lives with us, is a sweetheart and no one could not love her.

This house is full of amazing sisters that I love to be around, especially hearing their stories.

I am ready…I am going to be a postulant…pray for me…I need it…

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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In Veneration of the Holy Dance

It has now been four days since the mini-congress where I participated in a session called “Moving in God’s Grace.”  I still am dancing and moving to the song that we did in the session.  Even more than I used to do, I am seeing possibilities of movements for many songs that I hear! 

There is a prayer that we read at the end of the session that I wanted to share with you before when I posted, but did not.  Therefore, I will share it with you now.  I really love this one and will be holding onto it for a long time.  It seems to suit me very well and has given me much to think about.  The one change I would make is to say “the Father,” instead of “God.”

In Veneration of the Holy Dance

How beautiful are the dancer’s feet that dance to the music of God.

How lovely the dancer’s hands that move to the direction of Christ.

How delightful the dancer’s body, when it moves to the choreography of the Spirit.

Each leap of faith, each flight of hope, each fall in love, Intensifies the splendor of the Holy Dance.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection, Prayers

 

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Good Better Best

“Good better best never let it rest, until the good becomes better and the better becomes best. WHY? Because the human mind and the human heart are made for the best and will never truly be at rest until the good becomes better and the better becomes best. THEREFORE! Hitch your wagon to a star and aim high because if you aim low, you just might end up below the below.” Fr. Fabian

The above was a quote by a teacher in the philosophy department at my college.  He is in his mid 80’s now.  This is something that generations of people taught by him have heard him say.  I am pretty sure that he went immediately after his schooling to start teaching there, if I remember correctly.  You should enjoy this one.  It really gives you something to think about.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Random Things

 

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Questions of Faith

Back in September of 2008, these questions were posed to me by a priest friend of mine.  They have caused me to stop and reflect on them once again.

When it comes to faith….

What is your desire?

Where is Christ in your life?

Where is Christ in your prayer?

Is there only joy in the fun upbeat worship?

Is there an area of blockage that has occurred in the prayer life?

What is a prayer life right now?

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

Short Thoughts on the Trinity

All of these little things I jotted down during a workshop on the Trinity.  Maybe they will be of some interest to you or someone you know!

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If you can understand God, what you understand isn’t really God.

There was no Jesus at creation, only the Son.  Jesus was the Son incarnate.  Jesus ascends, the Son takes His body with Him.

The only things that humans made that goes to heaven are the wounds of Christ.

Jesus only appears to us as Himself, whereas Mary appears as those to whom she appears to.

Father, Son, and Spirit are all equal.  Three persons are equal in status and equally divine.

Whenever we refer to God, we are speaking of all three persons of the Trinity.

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These are the ones that particularly struck me.  Maybe they will strike you.  I got a handout too, it is very good!

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Being Catholic

 

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Blessings of the Day

Today I was blessed with some wonderful moments between a mini-congress and a fiesta.  Here are the tidbits, then I shall be back to my new posting style! 😛

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The first session I went to was about the Trinity.  There were so many amazing insights.  Many of the things I have heard and learned before.  The thing was, I was intrigued for a full hour and a half.

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The second session I went to was Moving in God’s Grace.  It was about movement ministry.  We talked about all aspects of it and learned some movement to the Lord’s Prayer as well as “God Is” by Danielle Rose. 

The beauty of moving to “God Is” is that they only taught us the refrain and first verse.  The six of us attending were split in two groups.  My group got the second verse and the other group got the last.  Once we were done, we danced the entire song.  When is was the part that we did not do, we watched with are arms open.  At the end of the dance, I was shaking.  When my group did ours, one of the presenters was crying.  For those that know me, maybe I will do the dance for you sometime.

It is such a prayer, the movement ministry.  It is not dancers dancing in a show or trying to do something beyond their capabilities.  It is using the talent you have to add to a prayer moment.  If you are a more skilled dancer, there will be more involved.  If not, simplicity is just as well. 

During the session and when it was over, I was beaming.  Dancing is such a part of me that I cannot go with out.  It moves me, as does music.  I love it and pray I will always have it.

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The third session was one that was media based.  There was more that could have been done with the use of media and talked about in that realm.  Despite that, we did a couple of scripture skits that reminded me of the retreats I have done in the past.  They we fun and funny. I enjoyed them.

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At the fiesta, dancers from a studio performed.  None of the classes were beyond middle school age.  It was wonderful to see them, but sad because I miss dancing so much.  They did real well.

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There was a first grader that I see every day at lunch, as I am with them when they eat, and her parents near where I was at one point during the festival.  The girl and I ended up dancing together.  It was so much fun and she was enjoying herself very much!  I must say I was enjoying it as well.  It was a good end to my night before coming back to the house.

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These were many blessings that I was lucky to get today in a time when I think I really needed to have them.  Thank you Lord.  If you keep yourself open, you never know what can happen!

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Dance, Inner Reflection, Retreat Experience

 

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