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The Person Behind the Blog

Hello World!  Welcome to the inner thoughts of a soul who is one her way to living God’s will for her.  Let me start with a little background on myself.  I am a Minnesota native who loves the snow and has always loved being outside.  In my family there are my parents, one brother and two sisters; I am the oldest of the four of us.  Matthew is 3 1/2 years younger than me, Molly is 13 1/2 years younger than me and Abigail (Abby) is 16 years younger than me.  I grew up a cradle Catholic and am still proud to consider myself a Catholic.  I graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Winona Minnesota with a BA in Pastoral and Youth Ministry along with having a passion for retreat ministry.

I am a very faith filled person who is out to seek to the will of God. Through abstract and unusual ways God has been trying to revealed himself to me; I finally started to try to listen fully with my heart when Thanksgiving 2009 came around after a trip to NCYC 2009.  God in His unique ways has led me towards the Salesian Sisters of Saint John Bosco, formally know as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA).  I entered into formation with the Salesians August 24th, 2010.  After having spent about two years in formation, I found myself on a plane heading home.  Turns out it was not my time to enter the novitiate.  I am now at home looking for a job and praying that God gives me the strength to do what I need to do so I may (God-willing) come back to the sisters.

The writings you will find will most consist of poetry, lyrics, music or quotations.  I love to write poetry and am working on lyric writing.  The other thing I love is to take music and quotations to see what inspiration comes from them for which I will write about.  Sometimes I write based on something that happened in a particular day or something that I have experienced.  You never know what I will come up with but I try to put out where I am in life and the things that I learn as I go through it.

It is my hopes that you will travel this journey with me and share with others this journey as well.  It is in communion that God made us to travel.  Whether you are a person of faith or not, there can be much to learn from another person’s journey.  So please, spread the word of this blog everywhere and share in my journey.  My prayers go out to all in the world, always.

Peace!

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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27 responses to “The Person Behind the Blog

  1. Sr. Val Roxburgh

    February 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Blessings on your faith journey Ashley. I entered the Sisters of Notre Dame (California Province) in 2003 and I love being a sister. I had a great life before I entered but I realized there was a whole in my heart that only God could fill. The Salesian Sisters are a great community. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Peace & Joy in Christ,
    Sr. Val, SND

     
  2. stream of continuousness

    February 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Ash,
    thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I really believe these basic bible songs are good for all of us, at any age. it is the simple stuff that sticks in our heads and can really work a great change in our hearts even when we aren’t thinking about it.
    Deirdre

     
  3. Yvonne

    February 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hello, Ash,

    I came for a visit after you visited my blog-Fragrance of Truth.

    I am making some assumptions here, but are you in college or in youth ministry? From what I can tell after reading some of your other posts here, are you considering a life with the Salesian Sisters?

    If I may be so bold to ask, have you trusted Christ alone as your Savior? I understand that might strike you as an odd question, but knowing the answer will help me to understand your posts better.

    Thanks,
    Yvonne
    http://www.fragranceoftruth.wordpress.com
    http://www.firstjohnfourfive.wordpress.com

     
    • Ash

      February 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      Yvonne – I graduated college last May, degree in Pastoral and Youth Ministry, and I am planning on entering with the Salesians. I am Catholic and hold to what the church teaches. I believe in the trinity, three in one, Father Son and Holy Spirit. Keep a watch, I am going to edit my about me soon, to include more informaiton on me!

       
      • Yvonne

        February 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

        Ash,

        I look forward to reading your updated ‘About Me’ page. From what I have read of your latest posts, you seem to have more questions than answers when it comes to your future. 🙂

        May I ask a clarifying question concerning your salvation? From your response to my initial question, you said that you are Catholic and hold to their teachings. Does this mean that you place your trust in your Catholicism to get you to heaven when you die?

        Another way to ask is, in what or whom do you place your trust for your salvation?

        Before you make anymore ‘life’ decisions, I believe getting the correct answers to these questions is extremely important!

        Please prayfully consider this!

        Blessings!
        Yvonne
        http://www.fragranceoftruth.wordpress.com
        http://www.firstjohnfourfive.wordpress.com

         
  4. godandchocolate

    February 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Ash! I came over to check out your blog after you commented on mine. It is so cool to hear about your discerning your vocation to the religious life. God is so good and He loves each one of us so much! I am sure that He has a wonderful plan in store for you.

    I’m subscribing to your blog and look forward to following your journey!

    God bless,
    Rachel

     
  5. hopeseguin

    February 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Ash – lifting you in prayer as you follow your calling. God bless.

    Hope
    http://intentionalhope.wordpress.com/

     
  6. Kin Robles

    February 12, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Ashley – I’m delighted to learn that you answered the phone when God called. I find so much of the wonder is in those “abstract and unusual” ways we are moved to respond to His call. I pray that you’ll find courage and strength in your journey. May your experience bring more to the banquet in a time when they are needed most. peace – Kin

     
  7. ceciliamschwartz

    February 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Ashley,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog and introducing me to yours! I am excited to read more about you and your journey.

    With faith, hope & charity,
    Cecilia
    http://ceciliamschwartz.wordpress.com

     
  8. cloakedmonk

    March 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Ash! I am so pleased to have met you and am glad that you visited me to get our relationship started. We are on mirror images in Catholic-land and Protestant-land. Much love and shalom to you.

     
  9. Ash

    May 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    So, I just updated my about me a slight bit. I am officially accepted into formation!!!

     
  10. Conway Mcdaniel

    May 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Ashley – I’m delighted to learn that you answered the phone when God called. I find so much of the wonder is in those “abstract and unusual” ways we are moved to respond to His call. I pray that you’ll find courage and strength in your journey. May your experience bring more to the banquet in a time when they are needed most. peace – Kin
    +1

     
  11. concertofprayer

    June 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Ashley – I too thank you for visiting my blog. I was delighted to see yours in response. I too though, must ask the same question as Yvonne. Where are you placing your trust for your salvation? I have not had time yet to read through your posts, but I will. I thank God that you are listening for His voice!

     
  12. Br. Patrick Cousins, SC

    July 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Ashley,

    Just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to comment upon your very natural writing style. Now, seeing your most recent comments, I see that I can also congratulate you on your acceptance into the Salesian formation program! Mutual prayers, please, as we strive to live within the imagination of God!

     
    • Ash

      July 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you very much for your prayers! 😀 Peace!

       
  13. Br. Patrick Cousins, SC

    July 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Oops – typed the wrong web address for the page I keep…

     
  14. ReadersHeaven

    September 21, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Hi, nice to meet you !

     
  15. Sr_Lisa

    January 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Ash,
    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog, and liking my post, “Credo – I Believe”. When a catechumen asks to be admitted fully into the Church through baptism, an interrogative form of the Apostle’s Creed is used to question the catechumen’s acceptance of the faith. The interrogation concludes, “This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Amen!

    Secondly, be assured of my prayers as you continue to discern the Lord’s will in your life.
    United in our Lord Jesus,
    Sr Lisa

     
  16. HM

    January 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I’ll be praying for you! I, too, have a thing for music and lit, and heard God calling while working with the youth ministry. I’m getting ready to enter an order of teachers and I keep this blog: punktomonk.blogspot.com. It’d be rad to have you in my circle of kindred spirits while we walk the same path. Bless you!

     
  17. Melissa Borgmann Kiemde

    March 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Love it! Love it all! And am praying for you, as I tune into your posts….As a woman who discerned religious life with the Visitation Sisters of north Minneapolis, (alongside a calling as urban educator) I know the passion, fervor, prayer that is inherent in the process. I feel so lucky to be working alongside these women in my daily faith and family life. I get the notion of a bathroom calling, too! (Your title so made me laugh)!

    Peace, Prayers, LIve + Jesus!
    Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde,
    Visitation Companion

     
    • Ash

      March 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your prayers, they are most welcome! I love when people comment on my blog. It gives me a sense of wider community!

       
      • Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Visitation Companion

        August 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        I’m stopping by again to affirm you in your journey….God has you…And AMEN to these words I echo back to you from your post this day:

        “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
        — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

        Peace, Prayers,
        Melissa

         
  18. HM

    April 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Very cool! I’m on the journey, too, and have been looking through the blogosphere for traveling companions. I’ll be checking in with you, and hopefully you’ll check in with me…

    punktomonk.blogspot.com

     
  19. danardoyle

    May 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I work at a “Salesian” school. If God has put a religious vocation on your heart, you’ve got to trust Him. I love the title of your blog – funny!

     
  20. fmavocation

    August 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hi Ash!
    You happened to “like” our blog, fmavocation, which is FMA Philippines. Nice to know that you are are with our Sisters in the US. I used to receive notification from our fmavocation blog but just now I changed it to the email of my co-sister because I am already here in Rome in our Generalate. Just thought of dropping some words in your blog… your writings are cute, I read some. Nice to know you. My email addresses
    debbieponsaran@cgfma.org
    amministratoreweb@cgfma.org
    srponsaranfma@yahoo.com
    it’s me,
    Sr. Debbie
    Btw, the youtube video of the song Help of Christians was the one I posted and it was made by an FMA in the Philippines and composed there too.
    Have a nice with the Lord!!!

     
    • Ash

      August 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you for visiting my blog in return! I happened across that one a while back and had noticed that there was a recent posting. It is so good to find others of the Salesian world on blogging!

      I will say a prayer for you today when our postulants become novices!

       
  21. Ash

    August 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Updated today!

     

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