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Three Questions, Answered

In my 100th post I asked people what they wanted me to write about.  Here are three questions that were posed in one of the responses on that post.

1. What makes you the most joyous?

I am completely filled with joy when I am able to be with my friends and be who I truly am inside.  Knowing I am doing good in the world makes my heart sing.  This is not the only thing that has made me joyous, but the value of friends in my life is the most important thing to me.  Yes my faith is what drives my life, but my friends are so valuable to me.

2. What makes you the most sad?

Sadness is something that I have had more often in my life than I like to think.   It makes me sad to be away from friends and family.  It makes me sad to not be able to be who I am.  It makes me sad to go without camping and being outside and connecting myself to my faith in the great outdoors.  Perhaps one of the biggest, next to being away from my friends, is the feeling of sadness that sits in me at random times.  The process of healing takes time.

3. What was the most joyous time in your life?

I could not tell you to save my life what is the most joyous time in my life.  Being Nicole’s confirmation sponsor, getting to see her get confirmed.  Graduation from college.  The many times hanging out with friends.  Really, I can not peg a one most joyous time in my life.  Along with what I mentioned, there are other joyous moments.  Sadly, I do not recall them all.  I try to find joy in everything.  It is truly a difficult task to be accomplished but it is possible.  Try it yourself, and see what may come.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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What College Should I Attend!?

Let me tell you how they waited and asked and poked and prodded, it went on and on!  St. Bens, no wait…Saint Mary’s, but hold on, what about this and what about that…one second, then there is, oh dear.  One day in math class, a friend of mine just gave up on listening to me ramble about this and that having everything to do with what college to attend.

“Ashley,” she exclaimed, “listen to yourself already, you know where you are going!”  “I do?” I responded quite puzzled.  “Yes, you spend most the time talking about Saint Mary’s University, you are going there.  Now stop talking about it!”

Of course, some variation of that conversation might be more true.  My friend was right, I needed to listen to myself just a little more and there in me was the answer.  If only the world had such wisdom, but i digress slightly.  Saint Mary’s it was and in went my confirmation that yes, I was going to be attending my undergraduate with them.  Oh was I excited, as long as I could be back for that confirmation that was happening at the end of freshman year, all was sealed and set.  Off to school I went to study that Environmental Biology, work in the state/national parks systems, be outside, and oh it was to be grand!  Wait a moment, environmental biology, right?  There must be a mistake in that logic somewhere…

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Those Dreadful High School Years

Yes, dreadful is the word I chose.  Maybe not all of it was dreadful, but think about it.  Who ever really wants to relive the years spent in high school after having lived through greater and better things.  Granted, there were a few things that I would say had to be exciting.  There was the thrill of competition in sports, passing notes in class (come on, who didnt?), hanging out in the music wing right up until dinner, interesting school lunches (tray art was fun…), and let us not forget the ever so long hot days of marching band!  Even with all those amazing things, I found myself to be the outsider, the observer, the one who did not want trouble admist all the friends.  My safe places were going camp and my time spent at church, aside from mass.  Volunteering at church did not stop once I was confirmed in tenth grade, but rather it continued on.  I became the main catechist for Religious Education classes, I sang in the church choir (despite the interesting sounds that came out of my mouth), and help out on Sunday nights with the youth group.  It was never made clear to me why I did these things, but I did them anyways.

What really made my faith appear to be more important than I thought was the day when a close friend of my asked me to be her confirmation sponsor.  We had been joking around some about how it would be kind of cool if I was her sponsor, but I never thought I would actually be good to fill the spot.  Could a really good friend really be a sponsor?  As we talked more about the struggles of picking someone, and figuring out who she trusted, less and less people became options.  (I hope I get this story at least party right!)  My friend walked up to me in school one day and said she had talked the whole thing out with her parents and they thought it would be a good idea and would I sponsor her in confirmation.  Well, of course I said yes!  It was my senior year in school, and I had been thinking long and hard about my faith, trying to figure out the importance it had to me.  The journey we continued together was so valuable to both of us.  It showed me again what I had professed myself not long ago.  What a great way to end my years at high school.  What struck me though, was that moving onto college would be much different than I thought.  Let me tell you…if took me a long time to choose where to go.  People waited and waited for me to finally decide…

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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