Monday, June 20, 2011

My Parish Church Looks Just Fine

I had dinner with two of my Catholic friends. These are practicing Catholic friends. One is very traditional, and one is somewhat traditional. They were talking about how some churches don't look like very traditional Gothic churches, mine included.

I like my parish church. Even if it is egg shaped, and the walls are cement blocks. I like that the stained glass windows are of a modern design. I like my church even if we sit on chairs and not pews. It's my church where many sacraments are celebrated. It's the church where I attend Mass and feel the presence of God. So what if it was built during the "worship center" phase of church architecture? Since when does the design make a place holy? That's my church where I celebrate with friends. It's where the Word of God is spoken. It's where I distribute Communion. It's where I pray with my Catholic community. It's where I hear the homily of my pastor. It's where I go for reconciliation. It's where I go every week to reset my spiritual gauge on catholicism. It's my church, and right now it's where I am invested.

Yes, I'm feeling defensive.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Statue, Scared, Starving Children

I hope St. Anthony overlooks the fact that I don't have a statue of him as I pray this novena. I fully expect it to work and am wondering who my faithful Catholic husband will be. Have I already met him? Or not?

The other day I did get scared at what changes would happen when this novena works. Then I remembered that changes sometimes require adjustments then everything is fine.

Today I did some volunteer work for an organization called Feed My Starving Children. It's a Christian organization, and after packaging the meals, we prayed.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

St. Anthony Novena - It's International - I'm included

Here's the comment I left over at A Martha trying to be Mary blog. She is including me because of a comment I left on her previous entry.

Wow! I'm . . . I'm feeling wordless that I am included in the international novena to St. Anthony. I am grateful. Thank you for very much for including me. 

I feel a nice warmness come over me and not because it's 94 degrees where I am at right now. It's warmness from being included. Thank you again.

Maybe it's the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

St. Anthony - Find Me Please

I was just reading the blog A Martha trying to be Mary and learned that St. Anthony is the Padua is the patron saint of barren women and women seeking husbands (rather women seeking single man to be her husband). This is crucial information to my life.

Guess who is in search of a St. Anthony statue? ME.

Read the blog entry here.

Another Novena to St. Rita

I am day 7 into my second novena to St. Rita. I am praying for gainful employment (I don't have any), and romantic love - the kind of love that lasts.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Met with Delia


I met with Delia for a game of Skip-Bo. We kept things light and avoided certain subjects. It was obvious that a lot of water went under the bridge.