Wednesday, September 22, 2010

come away and rest


There is one door at St. Mary's that the moment I walk through it I feel a difference immediately! It seems unreal that something could affect my mood immediately...not just my mood, but my very being! I walk in and shut the door and there is nothing but silence, people can be packed into the little room and yet, it is still completely silent. It's strange to me that people can be so quiet there amidst the noise of our world. "What door?" you ask, the door to our Perpetual Adoration Chapel. When I walk in I am reminded of the scripture, "come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Mt. 11:28). I can't help but walk up front because I have to get as close to my Lord and Savior as I possibly can. The Adoration Chapel isn't just a place for me to go and get away from the world, it is a haven for peace and grace, mercy and love. I look at the Monstrance that holds my Lord and I am reminded of the sacrifice that He made for me. I get so caught up in the duties of the day and the many emails I have to return that I forget to head next door (my office is right next to the chapel) and allow Jesus to "give me rest." I forget that Christ has invited me to be with Him. I think of all the things I have to do and I have to slow down and remind myself of the saying "we are human BEINGS not human doings." I need to sit and BE with Jesus so I can experience this rest that He promises to those who trust in Him, who cast their burdens down at his feet. I invite you this week to walk through that door and simply BE with Jesus. He wants to give you rest!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

welcome to fall

Wow, when I looked back on the last blog, I felt a little guilty that I hadn't blogged in a long, long time...but when I look back on the summer, all I see is insanity. So it made a little more sense that I didn't have much time to blog. But I'm back and we're getting ready to kick off the year for youth group and it's almost fall...joy! I love fall...it reminds me of a lot of things but what it reminds me of the most is me! Ha, my birthday is in the fall and I always thought that that was the reason I loved the season so much, but now I think that it's everything that comes with the season, pumpkins, apple cider, sweaters and football! I love all of these things, they all make me happy, I love that I was born in the fall, because I have a good excuse to celebrate life. The season also reminds me of many things I love about my faith. I love that we celebrate the Rosary for the entire month of October, we have great feast days and we celebrate the saints in a special way. This year, I am reminded that amidst the football games, fires in front of the fireplace and going sweater shopping I need to remember what my goal is, my ultimate goal: I want to me a saint. That is my goal, to get to heaven, so I look forward to the ways I will grow this fall...I hope you're looking forward to the season as much as I am...and feel free to wish me a happy birthday whenever :)

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