Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Solemn Profession & Prayers for a Nun Run

This is so tremendously cool! Check it out. (Click on the image to be taken to the post.) I know I'm a total nerd for Catholicism and Nuns. I can't help myself, really! The Summit Dominicans will always hold a special place in my heart.

I seriously have a permanent smile on my face for what it meant for these sisters to make solemn profession! After waiting for over 22 years!

Its so incredibly awesome!

Also, please keep in your prayers, four teen girls in my youth group and my friend Jessica, whom I will be taking on a Nun Run in February 2011. They are actively discerning religious life.
We will be travelling to:

Monday, Feb 21st -- a little DC sight-seeing and the Visitation Monastery, Washington, DC
Tuesday, Feb 22nd -- Summit, NJ and the Dominican Nuns of
Wed, Feb 23rd -- Travel day
Thurs, Feb 24th -- Passionists in Whitesville, KY
Fri, Feb 25th -- Nashville Dominicans and returning home in the evening.

No worries, someone is apartment sitting for me while I'm gone.

Also, I've been meditating on the Gospel passage of the blind beggar who cries out after Jesus.
Luke 18:35-43.
Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

And, what has struck my heart, and what also happens to be my penance and homework for Dec-Jan for spiritual direction, is the question that Jesus poses to him: "What do you want Me to do for you?" That's a stumbling block for me. No lie. I sit in silence. silence. listening. contemplating, what my answer is. You would think its easy, but its most definitely not. Please pray for me. It was so easy for the beggar, he wanted to see. Why is it hard for me?

Why? I fear what He's going to say. I'm afraid. And, Jesus tells me NOT to be afraid. He tells me He loves me. And, He asks me to be patient. All things that were said in the readings this past weekend. Coincidence? I think not. Because, I've been hearing those 3 statements for most of my life! Coincidence that the readings fell on the weekend I had spiritual direction. Nope. He always confirms my struggles in the readings of Mass.

I am open. Open to wherever, whomever, whatever. I know He is faithful beyond measure. I trust in that promise. I just don't have an answer for Him because I am afraid of the darkness and the silence. Aiy.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Help the Sisters purchase a new sound system

The Dominican Nuns in Summit, NJ need a new sound system. When I was there visiting, it was really sounding atrocious, and that was nearly two years ago.

They are now in desperate need for a new one. As you can't hear anything anymore.

Think of it as hearing God in the still small whispering sound He uses to show Elijah that He's there on the mountain with him in 1 Kings.

You can read more about it here and also donate. If you buy one of their 2011 Calendars, all the proceeds go to purchasing the $18,000 sound system.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

T-shirt Fundraiser 2010

Hey ya'll. We have our T-shirt fundraiser happening until Sunday, Nov 14th! Its a really cool shirt. And, its only $10. If you bought it at a conference, it'd be $18 or $20. Anyone can buy one. If you're not local, print off a order form, add $4 for shipping (5 or less shirts), and mail it in to me (4300 King Springs Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30082). Send me a msg if you do so.

Friday, October 22, 2010


I know, I know. Its been a long time since I've posted. Whatever. My life is busy. I sometimes have barely enough time to answer my business emails and/or voicemail messages.

So, live. Live your own life, spend time with your family/friends, and pray. Get to know Jesus. He should be your best friend. If He isn't, why not?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

7 Gifts

Abba Father, my Defender
You are holy and I surrender
For in my weakness You protect me
And when my heart strays You correct me
I cry Abba Father, I love You, Daddy
Abba Father, I love You, I love You

God is truly amazing. And, He's my Savior, as well as, yours!
This week has been crazy and hectic. I'm still trying to get used to doing Life Nights. Next year, we'll have to start back sooner.

In prayer today in front of the Blessed Sacrament, Luke 11:2 scrolled across my mind's marquee. Its the Lord's Prayer. When the Apostles ask Jesus how to pray. His focus was totally on them. Totally on me. The Our Father is seriously the perfect prayer - thanksgiving, petition, contemplation, praise, and adoration. And, its simple to learn.

Last night was our Confirmation class on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the 12 Fruits. For many years here (even before I was here), we've used an acronym to remember the 7 Gifts - RUCK-JAW ( Reverence, Understanding, Courage, Knowledge, Judgment, Awe, & Wisdom). Last night during an activity, I had our teen catechists (teens who've been confirmed) come up with a sentence to remember the 7 Gifts used in the OnEight program.
Will Unfortunately Kicked Potatoes From Canada to France. (Wisdom ~ Understanding ~ Knowledge ~ Piety ~ Fear of the Lord ~ Counsel ~ Fortitude)

Mine was King Charlie Walked Under the Fourteenth Pickled Fence. (Knowledge ~ Counsel ~ Wisdom ~ Understanding ~ Fortitude ~ Piety ~ Fear of the Lord).

Its easy for the Confirmandi to remember the 7 Gifts. Whats difficult is trying to get them to understand what each of the 7 Gifts is and to be able to explain each one in their own words.
Can you?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

Its almost October, my favorite season's month. I love Fall. The changing of the weather. Pumpkin everything. :)

My life is so busy. I went on vacation in the middle of August. Returned to work in September. And, consequently, because of issues in my life, I'm moving. Yay!
I move in to my very own apartment, just, me, myself, and my apartment at the end of October.
Currently, all of my belongings are in storage, save two suitcases of clothing.

This morning when I realized that Fall was truly upon us; I also realized I have no idea where my winter/fall shoes are. I hope it doesn't get too cold because I'll be wearing sandals until practically November.

God has been so good to me. I started praying in June for Him to wreck my life, for my life to be completely dependent upon Him. And, He did, in a major way, wreck my life. But, I am grateful for the cross. I'm grateful, but not dealing with the abandonment issue, so please pray for me.

I don't really want to vent on here. I'll save that for my true and dear and very close friends.
But, I will say, it was a long time coming, and now that it's happened, and I'm finally out of the house, I have so much peace in my life.

My move will bring me very close to work, only 2 miles away. Oh, the savings on gas. Though, I'm not looking forward to learning an entirely new neighborhood.

My prayer life is improving as well with the peace overflowing in my life. AND, and! My sleep cycle schedule has been totally overhauled. I am Asleep by midnight, if not earlier, and up by 9am. This morning was the switch to 8am. By November, I hope to be able to rise by 6 am to get in a daily exercise routine with a dear friend who's living in the complex I'm moving into.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Feed a Lion

This is what I do with my teens - take them to an animal rescue shelter and let them feed lions.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prayer request

Please cover my family in prayer. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What are you waiting for?

I am the DCP for Atlanta. That means I'm in charge of the NET team when they're in our archdiocese. And, there's a team coming in 2011 - Feb 11-13 and March 15th - 29th! If you're interested in having a NET team change the lives of your teams, contact me!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Face plant straight into the muck

This weekend has been stupendous and fruitful.

Friday night was a girls' night in - 6 of us that have known each other 10+ years. Good food, spirit-filled conversation and prayer! Hope we can do this again. Truly was a blessing.

Saturday, I went a priest's retirement Mass and reception. To think and ponder his priesthood and all of the lives he's touched, makes me intercede more for vocations.

I am exhausted (stayed up way too late on Friday), yet full of JOY with expectation to what/where/who/how God has in store for me.

Reading through journal from 2007: Lord, you shall take from me all that is not of You; so I may no longer be blind and inattentive. Until all I have is You. I shall be like the days of my youth. It will be then that I see the reality of Your Love. On that day, I will choose to live forever with You. For I will see You are sweeter than honey. For I will be espoused to You.

How true! I can honestly say I haven't reached that day. I am still striving for holiness. And, I've fallen hard. Face plant right into the muck. The courage and hope I receive from Him who has saved me, gives me the strength to push up out of the muck and get back on my feet and push forward. His Love is GREAT!

Saturday, July 31, 2010


The thought that has taken shape in my brain from today's spiritual direction:

Is my prayer life an appearance? Or is it my identity?

And, I believe now that I need to order more of these: Pope Leo XIII Prayer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Steubenville Atlanta 2010

The youth conferences that Franciscan University of Steubenville does every day keep getting better every year. The speakers and worship leaders are spot on and you can tell they have a DAILY prayer life.

So, from my notes, here is what I've gleamed.

God said "Let there be light" (the Word became flesh)
What is the word that is becoming flesh in my life?
We can see the damage & destruction that words can be
World religions did not become flesh

How many retreats did I go on for my ministry? For myself?
How are You calling me in my prayer life? Where do I need to be?
Jesus, I'm going to fight tooth and nail for you.
Exodus 14:14

Sometimes we just give something a title to excuse a sin
Live the kind of life that mirrors Jesus & they are going to pursue you
I will be held to a higher standard

Do not let dating become your identity.
Share your values.
Set physical boundaries.
Communicate physical boundaries.
Avoid temptation - listen to your soul.
Learn how to show healthy affection.
Do whatever it takes to protect chastity.

Keep the Bar high.

Purity seeks purity, sin seeks sin.
There are no shortcuts.

You have to know you. Stepping out of yourself & pursuing holiness.

Words have power. Words begin something new.

To the guys: You can be right or you can be happy.

You can be ducking the collar or habit, but He can run faster.

We should base our thoughts on God.

St Paul loved people enough to speak TRUTH.

You are more than flesh. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Reconciliation gives you a new heart. A Sacred Heart and an Immaculate Heart.

Chastity is not abstinence.

Profanity = outside of the temple.

If you are old enough to date, you are old enough to discern religious life or you are not a wo(man).

Charis = grace in greek

Eucharist means literally a blood transfusion

not lil' Jesus, DIVE deeper

Lukewarmness = devil

Lean In and Encounter JESUS

Not "lil' Jesus in my life" but "Here's my life, where do I fit in?"

This Temple is Safeguarded.

If you're not a man after His heart, you're not going to get mine

Don't walk, RUN back to grace.

If you think God can't rebuilld your temple in 3 days, your God is too small.

You don't know who you are until you know Whose you are.
A woman's identity comes from her father.
What does a woman's heart look like?
- tender yet strong
- has feelings but not emotional
- receives heart and gives love
- beauty

When a woman's heart fades, a society fails.

Doesn't matter what kind of alligator has you by the legs; your DAD has you by the arms and WILL NOT LET GO!

God's pursuance of me is bigger than my refusal of Him.

Physical Chastity
Spiritual Chastity
Mental Chastity
Emotional Chastity

Saying NO to this has bigger Yes later.

We settle in our relationships.
- friendships or dating
- respect your dignity.

Each of our beauty has different wrapping paper.

Its hard to see through situations. To see through the veil to reality.

You can sit at the feet of Jesus & still be anxious and worried about many things. (Luke 10:38-42)

You can be at peace in your busy life.

Word becomes flesh in your daily life.

You were born in Christ & that is who you are.

PRAY in every situation.

Be a people of Prayer.

The only way to pray is to start.

Scripture destroys destructive words.
Stay in community.
Confession once a month and go to Mass!

Lastly, I leave one of the many videos captured at Steubenville Atlanta. This one was on Sunday morning before Mass. Paul George our emcee called all the speakers and worship leaders onstage and asked them to share one thought to summarize all that had taken place in the weekend.

Let me be me

Some people don't really understand what I mean when I go on vacation.
So, I'm going to try and explain myself.

I go go go all day long pretty much every day. In my ministry I am around other people ALL the time. Thinking of their needs over mine pretty much 95% of the time.

So, when I go on vacation or take time off, I do things for me. And, I rest. I rest in Him.
I lounge around. I sleep without any alarms. I kick it with the computer and play FarmVille.

My idea of fun on vacation is peace and quiet. Sometimes that means staring at a blank wall. Because. I. Can.

I get to do all the 'fun stuff' that people do on vacation, but I do those things with my teens. When, I'm off, I just want silence.

People just don't get it. And, that's fine. But, please, just let me be me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2010 CLI Talent Show

These are the talented teens from this year's CLI Talent Show. Enjoy. Oh, and the first act is what the team drummed up in two hours.

Monastery Staples

Amazing things pop up when one's on vacation. I am about to begin my third day of vacation. I've already washed and folded all my laundry; unpacked all of my bags; and just now organized my closet and dresser.

Last year I did all this plus organized our pantry and kitchen cabinets. Along with rearranging my room. Its amazing what you can accomplish when you have oodles of free time on your hands. So, I've decided I probably will go stir crazy by the middle of next week. Someone invite me over, please. Just fill up my days so I don't rearrange mom's vegetable garden.

So, what popped up in my cleaning: a monastery staples list. This list I made when I was in the monastery as a postulant. Its' a list of what the nuns use on a weekly basis. They are COMPLETELY dependent upon the Generosity of others. And, I am completely aware (by the way of my stats) that a lot of my readers read their blog: MonialesOP.

So, since I'm down on funds, and can't send a care package at the moment, I thought I'd try to drum up some benefactors for them. The economy is in the pits, but our professional prayer warriors still need to survive.

I'm pretty sure they probably still get their groceries from Shop Rite.
And, so, here's the list:

Bounce dryer sheets
Clorox 2 Liquid
Ajax and Tide Liquid
Downey Softener
Tide-To-Go pens

Heavy Duty foil
Plastic Wrap
Zip-Lock bags -> all sizes
30 gallon bags, heavy duty
Waste basket bags
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Dish detergent -- ex. Palmolive
All-purpose cleaners
AA Batteries
AAA Batteries

Medicine Cabinet
Always Ultra-thin with wings
Cough medicine (DM and CF)
Cough Drops
Women's Multi-vitamin

Non-Perishable Food
Pasta - all shapes
Rice - white or brown
Beans - all kinds
Peanut Butter
Jelly or Jam
Salad Dressing
Cereal - hot or cold
Vanilla Ensure
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Hot Cocoa mix
Chocolate chips
Cake mixes
Oil - ex. Canola, Vegetable, Olive
Confectioner's Sugar
Flavor Extracts
Food Coloring

Frozen Foods
Hot Dogs
Ground Beef
Pork Chops
Frozen Vegetables
Frozen Fruit

Perishable Food Items
Fresh fruit
Sliced Bread
Cottage Cheese
Whole Milk
Skim Milk
Orange Juice
Romaine Lettuce
Deli Meat
Cheese - all kinds

Sunday, July 18, 2010

oh what a blessing

Home finally from my many travels with the teens.
Trying to stay awake til 8 pm where I will crash unto my pillow and hopefully sleep for at least 15 hours. Some people would call that abnormal. I call it 'catching up'. When you've been on a team for CLI and then go to a Steubenville Conference thereafter, 15 hours of sleep is nothing.

I'm really hoping to do that two days in a row. I'm seriously debating showering tomorrow.

This past week and weekend have been utterly amazing. The growth I've seen in my teens and in myself surpasses all my understanding. He has utterly blessed me beyond everything I've ever known to be true.

And, I just bask in His mercy and in His glory. His face shines upon me. His face!

At some point during vacation, I'll be breaking out the sewing machine and quilting supplies to make another one. So excited! And, yes, I already have a plan!!!

God is good. Amen? AMEN!

Today when I arrived home. I unpacked my Snowball (aka nickname for my minivan. don't hate). I started the washer and then I attacked my mail.
There was an envelope that resembled a wedding invitation. I wondered who was getting married and who was inviting me. It turned out to be a former teen of mine from the parish I started out at St Mary Magdalene in Newnan, GA. Wow! How times flies. I remember meeting her then-boyfriend, now fiance for the first time. And, I remember how proud I was of her for choosing to date such a faith-filled strong Catholic man. One who upholds her dignity as a child of the Most High God!
I am one proud youth minister. I am excited to go to this wedding where I might know only a few people, but yet be able to share in her and her parent's total JOY!

Friday, July 2, 2010

June 2010 in pictures

Privilege of seeing Zack AND Sr John Mark Marie in AZ before the Life Teen Convention

Anastasia, Me, and Linda on the last day of LT Convention

ALL the snacks and water we took down to FL for our mission trip

Shows you how much my teens got into their work projects

Worshipping the Lord during praise and worship

Will the sun come up?

when I'm on vacation, I tend NOT to do anything.
this week has been just that. I have a pile of clean laundry that still needs folding. It was finally removed from the dryer today. (of course it helps that the parents are away on vacation). I guess I should fold them 2mrw. But, then, I'm packing Friday night for house-sitting next week.

And, July has begun. That means 3 days in the office registering teens for Confirmation and sending out "you have two weeks left to register for Confirmation" postcards. And, then CLI with my mini's and then Steubenville Atlanta.

After that, 3 weeks of paid time off. I've worked so much. I'm afraid I'm going to get really sick the next time around. I have to be careful and eat my chewy vitamin C tablets. And drink lots of water.

Looking forward to girls only weekend at the end of July.

Off to bed I guess. I want to be asleep before the sun comes up.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

God is calling you...but where?

Awesome videos developed by Life Teen on discernment.

Sisters: In Their Own Words [Life Teen] from Life Teen on Vimeo.

Priests: In Their Own Words [Life Teen] from Life Teen on Vimeo.

Life Teen Convention

There is a lot that can be said from short quotes on a subject or an event.

Here are mine from Life Teen Convention.

The Lord wants you.

Christ answers with an invitation, "Come and see."

Am I doing ministry because of the promise I made to God or God's promise to me? (John 19:5)

Chain yourself to the Eucharist and Mary.

Deepest mystery of faith is what we receive.

Even when the spouse is disfigured, she is still beautiful.

Authentic Jesus, not happy Jesus.

Their depth is directly proportional to mine.

Don't get stuck in your head, instead live in your heart.

Extra0rdinary Ministers of the Eucharist need to be in a state of grace. Does the Word of God deserve any less?

Scripture studies should always be pointing back to Mother Church.

Stand in TRUTH.

There is no Adoration without the Sacrifice.

Everything MUST spill out of your primary vocation.

How can the CORE say No to the teens when they ask them to go deeper?

When I lower the bar, it allows the teens to lower their expectations.

There is more intimacy in receiving the Eucharist than in adoring Him in Adoration.

Catechesis = intimacy with Christ
Mystagogy = time of great intimacy

Catechetics = art and science of passing on the faith; relationship with a person
Catechesis = act of passing on the faith
Catechist = person who passes on the faith
Catechism = expresses the faith

Catechetical nights should be the most intimate nights

Lead the teens from infatuation to building a relationship with Christ

Matthew is the length of 3 chapters in Twilight, so, yes, you can read it.

Scripture: The Heavenly Father is coming to speak lovingly to you.

Scripture ALWAYS bears fruit.

CORE members: God is the one calling; I am inviting.

If you are suffering and there is no joy; then its not of God, its of you.

In the midst of suffering, it is to bring Glory to God.

Christ died for your sins that you haven't even committed.

Live out life, death, and resurrection in the little things.

That loneliness that you carry when you sin, Jesus carried your loneliness.

Life Teen is contemplative: What is God asking of us? not "I hope God blessed our movement."

Friday, June 11, 2010

AZ & Convention, here I come!

Why are we so afraid of taking teens deeper in their faith? We cannot be afraid. Jesus is Our Constant. He is our Supplier. Of everything we need. Do NOT lose heart for He is always with You!

I depart for AZ in the afternoon 2mrw, and I am SOOO excited and thrilled to be apart of the larger youth ministry church!

I am pumped and am full of joy.

I am working on video clips from this week at Sonfest. I walk away with ideas to use for the ministry God has entrusted to me. Will put it up when finished.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer schedule 'bout to begin

7 days til Sonfest.

12 days til Life Teen Convention.

19 days til Spiritual Direction and the EDGE Lock-In.

22 days til the Mission Trip to Florida with 22 teens and 4 chaperones.

29 days til a one-week vacation in the North GA mountains with my mama and her friends.

42 days til CLI, Atlanta's leadership training conference for teens.

47 days til Steubenville Atlanta.

50 days til 3 WEEKS of vacation!

Whew! That's a whirlwind summer. Looking forward to all life has to offer this summer.

And, the teens did a kick-a** job at our JUBILEE on Saturday. Setup and clean up was a breeze. I will never do another yard sale fundraiser again!

Re-arranging the youth room - ie, turning the volume down.

setting up the carnival games.
PRIZE booth.
Dunk Tank - our little money maker!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Titles of Mary - actual titles

Adam's Deliverance
Advocate of Eve
Advocate of Grace
Advocate of Sinners
All Chaste
All Fair and Immaculate
All Good
Annunciation by Saint Gabriel
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
Aqueduct of Grace
Archetype fo Purity and Innocence
Ark Gilded by the Holy Spirit
Ark of the Covenant
Assumption into Heaven
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Basillica of Saint Mary Major
Blessed Among Women
Blessed Virgin Mary
Bridal Chamber of the Lord
Bride of Christ
Bride of Heaven
Bride of the Canticle
Bride of the Father
Bride Unbrided
Cause of Our Joy
Chosen Before the Ages
Chosen Daughter of the Father
Comfort of Christians
Comforter of the Afflicted
Conceived Without Original Sin
Consoler of the Afflicated
Court of the Eternal King
Created Temple of the Creator
Crown of Virginity
Daughter of Men
David’s Daughter
Deliverer From All Wrath
Deliverer of Christian Nations
Destroyer of Heresies
Dispenser of Grace
Dwelling Place for God
Dwelling Place Meet for God
Dwelling Place of the Illimitable
Dwelling Place of the Spirit
Earth Unsown
Earth Untouched and Virginal
Eastern Gate
Espousal of the Virgin Mary
Eve’s Tears Redeeming
Ever Green and Fruitful
Ever Virgin
Exalted Above the Angels
Expectation of the Blessed Virgin
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
First fruit of the redemption
Fleece of Heavenly Rain
Flower of Carmel
Flower of Jesse’s Root
Formed Without Sin
Forthbringer of God
Forthbringer of the Ancient of Days
Forthbringer of the Tree of Life
Fountain of beauty
Fountain of Living Water
Fountain Sealed
Free From Every Stain
Full of Grace
Garden Enclosed
Gate of Heaven
Glory of the Holy Spirit
God's Eden
God's Olive Tree
God's Vessel
Handmaid of the Lord
Healing Balm of Integrity
Health of the Sick
Help of Christians
Helper of All in Danger
Helper of the Redeemer
Holy in Soul and Body
Holy Mother of God
Holy Mountain of Our Lady
Holy Protection of the Mother of God
Hope of Christians
House Built by Wisdom
House of Gold
Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Heart
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Mary
Immaculate Mother
Immaculate Virgin
Incorruptible Wood of the Ark
Inventrix of Grace
Joseph's Spouse
King's Mother
Kingly Throne
Lady Most Chaste
Lady Most Venerable
Lady of Good Help
Lady of Grace
Lady of Mercy
Lady of Peace
Lady of Perpetual Help
Lady of Sorrows
Lady of the Rosary
Lady of Victory
Lamp Unquenchable
Life-Giver to Posterity
Light Cloud of Heavenly Rain
Lily Among Thorns
Living Tabernacle
Living Temple of the Diety
Loom of the Incarnation
Madonna del Pilerio
Madonna of Giubino
Madonna of Miracles
Madonna of Saint Luke
Madonna of the Miracles
Marketplace for Salutary Exchange
Mary of the Assumptions
Mary of the Hurons
Mary the Blessed Virgin
Mary, Blessed Virgin
Mary, Help of Christians
Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces
Mary, Mother of God
Mary, Queen of Africa
Mary, Queen of Angels
Mary, Queen of Peace
Mary, Star of the Sea
Mary, Virgin Mother of Grace
Mater Dei
Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mediatrix and Conciliatrix
Mediatrix of All Graces
Mediatrix of Salvation
Mediatrix of the Mediator
Minister of Life
Mirror of Justice
More Beautiful Than Beauty
More Glorious Than Paradise
More Gracious Than Grace
More Holy Than the Cherubim, the
Morning Star
Most Holy Name of Mary
Most Venerable
Mother and Virgin
Mother Inviolate
Mother Most Admirable
Mother Most Amiable
Mother Most Chaste
Mother Most Pure
Mother of Christ
Mother of Christians
Mother of Divine Grace
Mother of God
Mother of Good Counsel
Mother of Jesus Christ
Mother of Our Savior
Mother of our Undefiled Savior
Mother of the Church
Mother of the Lord
Mother of the Mystical Body
Mother of Wisdom
Mother Undefiled
Mystical Rose
New Eve
Our Own Sweet Mother
Perfect disciple of Christ
Perfume of Faith
Presentation of Mary at the Temple
Preserved From All Sin
Protectress From All Hurt
Purification of Mary
Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Queen Assumed into Heaven
Queen Conceived without orignal sin
Queen of All Saints
Queen of Angels
Queen of Apostles
Queen of Confessors
Queen of Creation
Queen of Families
Queen of Heaven
Queen of Heaven and Earth
Queen of Martyrs
Queen of Patriarchs
Queen of Peace
Queen of Prophets
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary
Queen of Virgins
Refuge in Time of Danger
Refuge of Sinners
Rich in Mercy
Rose Ever Blooming
Salve Regina
Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit
Scepter of Orthodoxy
Seat of Wisdom
Second Eve
Singular Vessel of Devotion
Singular Vessel of Honor
Splendor of the Church
Spotless Dove of Beauty
Star of the Sea
Tower of David
Tower of Ivory
Virgin gentle and obedient
Virgin humble and poor
Virgin Inviolate
Virgin Most Faithful
Virgin Most Merciful
Virgin Most Powerful
Virgin Most Prudent
Virgin Most Pure
Virgin most renowned
Virgin most Venerable
Virgin Mother
Virgin of Charity
Virgin of Virgins
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Woman Clothed With the Sun
Woman crowned with stars
Workshop of the Incarnation

Can you think of any more?

Titles of Mary

My teens decided on a theme for us hosting the sand castle building contest - Titles of Mary. Each team will receive a spray bottle with their choice of coloring inside and 3 hours to make their creation.

Anyone have thoughts on that. I think its a really cool idea, and it will be interesting to see what teams come up with and design. And, which title they choose. I promise to take pictures and post them later.

Prayers would be appreciated for a friends' dad that is waiting on a health concern.

Also, for our adult faith formation director who has had a few deaths happen recently in his family.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Get ready for some rambling.

fourth day of Pentecost Novena ~ Solace in the midst of woe.

I wouldn't necessarily say I am in woe. I'm not. really, I'm not. I am just blah. Its that time of the month again. I am high chocolate alert. And, the fried chicken desire is back.

I am so busy, I look forward to those 3 blessed weeks in July/August when all I have to worry about is body parts falling asleep because I haven't moved all day.

I am so busy that even though I'd love to devour about 4 books on my shelf, I can't. I'm hoping for some quality time on my flight from GA to AZ for LT Convention with a book in one hand and a Sprite in the other. Oh, and a little nice nap will be great too.

I literally begin my summer in 3 weeks. And, that schedule is a bit crazy.
From June 7-11, I'll be at our annual diocese beach conference with 2 of my amazing teens. We should be back on Friday around 8 pm. Then, on Saturday, June 12th, I fly out to AZ for LT Convention. Come back to GA on Wed, June 16th. Work in the office registering teens for Confirmation on Thursday. Friday is spiritual direction, so I might be in Newnan later. But, its also our Edge Lock-In at the cheer gym, so I probably will go over pretty late, say around midnight. Sunday, June 20th is our Commissioning Mass for the mission trip. We leave around 11 pm on Monday night, June 21st. Arrive back on Sunday, June 27th around midnight.

Then, I'm off for a week - July 4th. One week of work registering more teens for Confirmation. July 11th I go to set up for a leadership conference. Teens arrive on Monday. Friday, July 16th is the start of the Steubenville Atlanta conference. And, then on Monday, July 19th, VACATION begins! Whew. let's hope I can make it til then.

All in all, I love what I am able to call work. I love my teens.

And, in the midst of this, I am looking at various different makes/models. Not that I don't love my mini-van. I do. Its just that with gas prices rising, it makes more sense to me to drop down to sedan again. And, let the parish pick up the tab for hauling stuff every retreat/trip we need a van. That's the way I see it.

And, am seriously on the house hunt. A townhome is more my speed - built after 1987. In a relatively good area. We shall see. That's on my list for closer to the end of the year.

And, then, at the end of the summer, I will be signing up to be a Pampered Chef consultant.

Ok, now its all out of my system, at least what runs through my head.

Prayer time is good. Prayer nook works really well. Who knew I'd ever be comfortable praying in my own house.

God is soooooooooo good! Isn't He? I've been praying for my stony heart to be rolled away and made new. I know its risky, but yet, so fruitful. There's JOY waiting.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

back to basics

Well, I'm back to waiting and trusting. But, hey, Jesus is My Constant, and always will be.

Life is still good.

Lessons learned.

Sticking with Him is more than I could ever ask for.

Joy is what defines me.
I am content in Him who IS!

I re-designed my room and made myself a little prayer nook. Every morning prayer is good. But, what prayer is good and fruitful. Right?

I will continue to be me, and not change for anyone. I only bend for Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Pentecost Novena begins Thursday!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

in all seriousness

in all seriousness. really! don't you believe me?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Behold, I make ALL things new.

When there is love, one feels joy and peace, because Jesus is there among us. Wear only one garment and speak only one language: charity. ~ Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

God is here in the midst of the storms - literally and figuratively.

From the Gospel today, "Behold, I make ALL things new."

People come in and people go out, yet, Jesus is Constant!

Jesus is the reason for my JOY. He is reason I can stay positive in the midst of a storm.

I am content in Him. To rest in. To lean on. And, I ask you for prayers. Prayers for closure. And prayers for peace.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jubilee/Jubileo - Sat, May 29th

Hi! As you know I am the Youth Minister at a very Large parish. I am taking our teens on a mission trip this summer to Florida, which is being hosted by Alive in You Catholic Service Camp. And, no, I am not asking for money.

Our last big fundraiser is Jubilee, a sort of Harvest Festival meets Carnival/Fair. We are having it on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 29th. And, I was brainstorming as to how to get the word out about it. We are contacting the newspapers and such, but I need some word of mouth too. So, that's where you come in.

There is no cost to get in to JUBILEE. There will be about (hopefully) 100 booths selling food or crafts or other items. (If you'd like a space, it's $30 for the first space, and $10 each additional space). Also, we will have about 15 carnival games available for the kids, with tickets being 25 cents each or 5 for $1. The games will award tickets for winning and there will be a prize booth for the youngins with various prizes. Food prices will vary, but I can tell you it will be good. I work in a largely Hispanic parish, so you know there will be horchata and tamales. But, we also have a few caterers who are buying booths, and there will be at least one Italian food booth.

So, could you please consider helping us out by spreading the word? Click on the flyer below and it will take you to the vendor/seller form page.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Did I mention that I am filled with Joy and peace! And, there's a smile on my face constantly. I just can't seem to wipe it off. :)

I absolutely love the Easter season. The readings from Acts and the early Church fills my soul with glee. Its amazing to hear and ponder what the early Church community went through in their faith journey.

Today's 1st reading as with all the readings from Acts just convict you in proclaiming your faith with boldness.

My first year on NET, I prayed for that gift - boldness - during our prayer group night with the Holy Spirit. And, I wouldn't say that boldness was given to me immediately. Yet, I can see how it has grown in me.

The Holy Spirit has done mighty and powerful things in my life. I could not ask for more.

And, the way Our Lord has provided for me is just so stupendous! I still, almost daily, become overwhelmed with the LOVE Jesus pours out on me.


A man's strength is in his character! Amen!

I am so very blessed. I still am in shock this is my life. Every day I try to surrender to God and do His will. For in it, I am truly happy and at peace and oh so filled with JOY!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

books from the shrine

While visiting VA, I was privileged enough to spend time with friends in DC. And, on Wednesday, I went to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Yes, by myself, I toured.

The day was gorgeous - sunny and warm!

And, as we all know, I am a Dominican at heart - I study to Love and Love to study!

The Shrine has a fantastic bookstore - all material is TRULY Catholic, so double plus!

Here are the books I picked up: (all links are for if you can't get out there locally)

To Save A Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood - Fr. Brett A Brannen

The Restless Flame: A Novel about Saint Augustine - Louis de Wohl

Five Loaves and Two Fish - Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory - Gerard JM Van Den Aardweg

The King, Crucified and Risen: Meditations on the Passion and Glory of Christ - Benedict Groeschel, CFR

Friday, March 26, 2010

His will

the trip to VA was such a blessing...there are plenty of words to describe my time spent there...but, alas, I am to ponder them.

All I will leave you with is a picture: (photo deleted)
happy times are ahead...THANKS for the prayers...

God is sooooooooooooo good and sooooooooooooo abundant in His blessings. I ask for nothing but to do His will in my life.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


My name is Deepa.
I have curly hair.
I will eat butter
on a dinner dare.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Confirmation is later on today!

I have 47 Confirmandi receiving the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 19 hours. Please pray for Grace and Courage especially for them. That they would stand up and be counted and active as a Soldier for Christ! God has equipped them, may they know they are indeed ready for battle!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What is a road for?

from the holy man Father Bede Jarrett:

Cannot you be grateful for the road though it be rough and uncertain?  It does all a road was ever meant to do.  It takes you home.

Its March 2009.  Wow!  This year is flying by.  Really. and truly.
So much is happening right now.  Confirmation, DCP for NET, Life Nights, Spring Retreat.  I'm taking the morning off 2mrw so that I can have some semblance of a day off.  As, the craziness bursts 2mrw afternoon and I won't have another day off til March 22nd.   And, then its 5 days of bliss.  My DC/VA road trip with Cassie.  Soooooooooooo excited!  and nervous too....but the JOY of course outweighs that!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Getting Fired for the Glory of God

Another excerpt from another book, I do lectio divina with:

Look at the disciples.  They spent all their time with Jesus.  He did talk, but the disciples never understood a word he said.  That didn't seem to both Jesus, by the way.  They saw Jesus in action, living his faith (healing, praying, losing his temper, agonizing, dying) and running from fame and power.  They witnessed Jesus' relationship with his Father, which was turbulent to say the least  -- everything from gentle prayers to agonizing screams.

They watched Jesus taking time for himself, avoiding crowds, refusing to rush people into the kingdom.  And they noticed that the majority of Jesus' time was spent with them.  Oh, and one other thing:  Jesus talked about all the issues facing the people of his time -- all of them (the future, friendships, prayer, service, dealing with government, community, servanthood, humility, divorce, lust, poverty, the priority of following him over family, and so on.)

What do we conclude?  What's the job description of an effective youth minister?  Effective youth ministers don't talk much; they spend enormous amounts of time with a few students, creating opportunities for students to experience God, to know God intimately, to be with God.  They deal with the whole person, not just hormones (sex), egos (activities), and obvious problems (parents, school, drugs, alcohol).  They also deal with kids' jealousy, insecurity, anger, depression, fear, doubt, guilt, restlessness, self-absorption, loss, confusion, and their concerns about justice, war, poverty, and reconciliation.

Above all, youth ministers have relationships with Jesus characterized by the absence of anxiety, the presence of humility, and a visible intimacy with him.

(Getting Fired for the Glory of God:  Collected Words of Mike Yaconelli for Youth Workers)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Holiness: A guide for beginners

Getting ready for LENT 2010.  Thinking about what to do this year as a sacrifice to bring me closer to Jesus.  Been praying about it for a while now.  This year I'll be getting myself in bed with lights off by midnight and going to 9 am Mass Monday through Friday.  Midnight bedtime is a stretch for me.  And, considering our Spring Retreat is smack in the middle of Lent, should make for an interesting retreat week.

Ok, so to get us started, I'm breaking out the big guns - Dom Hubert Van Zeller.  Every year for the last 8 or so years, I've read Holiness: A guide for beginners

And, here's an excerpt:

The strange thing is that worldly people, quite sinful people, read these words of our Lord and do not deny them.  They know in their hearts that what He said was perfectly true.  They admit the uselessness of luxury when it comes to the question of happiness, and they know that hardship cannot on its own make people miserable.  But they cannot bring themselves to put the gospel teaching into practice.  They are afraid to let go of their pleasures, and they are afraid of the Cross.  Sanctity would be their one solution, but they do not want to think about what might be expected of them if they went all out for it.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Psalm 119:10

Jesus is Constant.  He is the ONLY Constant in my Life!  The only ONE.  He remains when no one else is around.

I've been reminiscing.

And, these scripture passages I've found:

Psalm 119:10
Philippians 2:2-4
Song of Songs 3:2-4

Here is a passage from my journal from 2008:

Isn't it a blessing when Jesus takes you somewhere and removes all the variables and all you have left is He who is and she who is not.  And you have to face the storms.  Jesus has been here with me even in the midst of all my "whys?" and especially amidst my pain, suffering, sorrow, and unhappiness.... And my Jesus is giving me strength.

snOMG pictures the day after


Front Yard and view of a neighbor's house



I surrendered to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  So, thank you for your prayers....but again I am using anonymity (sp?).

But, I promise once things are out in the open, I'll let you in on things.

And, once again keep up those prayers asking St Joseph and the Holy Family to intercede for me.

Ministry is going well.   I have 47 teens receiving Confirmation on Tuesday, March 9th.  They are all so excited and relatively calm in their last weeks of preparation!  And, I am so tied to them, I feel I probably will cry during the Mass in expectation of how the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself!  

And, whoo-hoo, NET Team #5 is coming to Atlanta for the first time ever!  Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 18th!  And, I'm their Diocesan Contact Person.   I'm in charge of scheduling their time here (retreats and free days).  As well as, also being one of their PCP's (Parish Contact Person).  So, I started to stress a week ago b/c I couldn't find housing for them while they were in our parish!  But, all in God's timing, right?  I now have a few families that WANT to host them!  Hooah!

Its also been snowing here!  That weather system moved thru here today.  Snow started falling about 1:30 pm and stopped about 7:30 pm.  There's about 3 inches outside.  Its so weird having a white blanket outside.

I don't really have any good photos.  I can send you over to Twit Pic to check out the ones I've uploaded.  But thats about it.  When I wake up and it hasn't melted, I will post one on here.

Tata for now.  Off to read and then bed!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

CCC 2710

The choice of the time and duration of the prayer arises from a determined will, revealing the secrets of the heart. One does not undertake contemplative prayer only when one has the time: one makes time for the Lord, with the firm determination not to give up, no matter what trials and dryness one may encounter. The heart is the place of this quest and encounter, in poverty ant in faith. ~ CCC 2710

Catechism on the Real Presence

All these quotes are from St John Vianney

When we are before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His.  We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive.  It will be like a breath from one to the other.

Our Lord wishes nothing but our happiness.

What happiness do we not feel in the Presence of Gd, when we are alone at His feet before the Sacred Tabernacle! ... Redouble your fervor; you are alone to adore your God; His eyes rest upon you alone.

To what outrages does Our Lord expose Himself in the Blessed Sacrament that He may remain in the midst of us!  He is there to console us, and therefore we ought often to visit Him.

and last one for today from Catechism on the Priesthood:
The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.  When you see the priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Take My Life - Chris Tomlin

This happens to be the song I sing/pray when I need to surrender unto God what is His.  Pray with me.

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days, let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee.

Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my king.
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold not a might would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use every power as you choose.

Here am I, all of me.
Take my life, it's all for thee.

Take my will and make it Thine it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord I pour at your feet its treasure store
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee,
Take myself and I will be ever, only all for thee.

Here am I, All of me.
Take my life, It's all for thee.

(Take my life, Lord take my life. take all of me)

Here am I, All of me.
Take my life, It's all for thee

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Rosary Mediations

A very close friend asked me to share the Rosary meditations I use.  I told my special friend that I wrote them back when I started Youth Ministry full-time 7 years ago.  But, later today, while in Adoration, I was reminded that they actually came from a variety of sources.  Not from my brain, other than that I re-worded a few of them to make them more personal.  I don't even know how I found these meditations.  But they ROCK.
And so I share them with you!

Joyful Mysteries   Mondays and Saturdays

The Annunciation (Humility)  I ask for the grace to hear You calling me.  Help me to say "yes" to whatever it is You have gifted me for, because You have chosen me to be Your partner in ministry.  Especially help me to say "yes" to following Your will in the situation I'm currently in.

The Visitation (Charity)   I ask for the grace to be a friend and encourager to all those around me.  Help me to share in their joys, as Mary did with Elizabeth, and help me to give them Your Love, as Mary still does today.

Birth of Our Lord (Love of God)   I ask for the grace to receive a new birth of Jesus in all the areas of my life that have not totally been given over to Him.  Help me to identify those areas and turn them over to You.  Right now, I especially ask Jesus to become present in my _________ .

Presentation in the Temple (Purity)   I ask for the grace to present Jesus to the people around me, not so much by talking about Him as by the way I live my life.  Help me to purify my life so that I can be a better reflection of Jesus' goodness and caring love.  Help me to more compassionately let Jesus shine through me.

Find of Our Lord in the Temple (Obedience)   I ask for the grace to seek out and find Jesus whenever my troubles get so distracting that I no longer see Him.  Help me to know that He is always present with me, helping me, guiding me, and compassionately loving me.

Sorrowful Mysteries   Tuesday and Friday

Agony in the Garden (Repentance)  Give me the confidence to ask for what I think I need, the humility to wait for His Will, and the faith to accept a refusal.  Let my suffering be Redemptive, let my will be one with God's and my life a sacrifice of love.

Scourging at the Pillar (Mortification)   I am sorry, dear Jesus.  Cover me with this Precious Blood and heal my many wounds.  Let modesty and purity be my goal and harmony my motto.

Crowning of Thorns (Humility)  Oh, Jesus, let me never forget Your love for me and the reparation You offered the Father for my sake.  Let my soul magnify the Lord by humility of heart, purity of mind, and a gentle spirit.

Carrying of the Cross (Patience)  Help me, my Jesus, to carry my cross with joy, ever keeping my eyes on the Father's Will.  Grant that I may not waste time deciding which cross comes from You and which comes from my neighbor.  Let me accept all from You, realizing that some crosses correct me, some release me, some prevent me from a life of sin, others are redemptive, and still others lead me to repentance.

Crucifixion (Love of Enemies)  Grant that I may forgive my enemies and abandon myself to the Father's Will.  Let me commend my life and my eternity to His care.  Let zeal for the salvation of souls make my soul thirst for sacrifice and let the thought of paradise enlighten my path.

Glorious Mysteries   Sunday and Wednesday

Resurrection (Faith & Hope)   Like Your Five Wounds, my suffering will shine for all to see.  The Wisdom of the Father will be glorified forever as all men see how His plan and will in my life marked out the glory that would be mine for all eternity.

Ascension to Heaven (Desire for Heaven)  I want to rise above the demands of my emotions and have the courage to live in spirit and truth.  Grant me the Faith that is always aware of the invisible reality, the Hope that trusts in Your promises, and the Love that seeks not itself.

Descent of the Holy Spirit (Zeal)   Holy Spirit, give me an increase of Your Gifts and the grace that assures Your Presence in my soul.  Give me an awareness of the Divine Indwelling, a realization of how much the Father loves me, and transform my soul into a perfect image of Jesus.

Assumption (Devotion to Mary)    Teach me, kind Mother, to keep my body pure, my mind undefiled, and my heart detached.  Let your Assumption into Heaven give me the assurance and courage to be a Christian in word and deed.

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Perseverance)   Obtain for me, dear Mother, the grace I need to one day enter His Kingdom and be crowned with the crown of holiness.

Luminous Mysteries        Thursdays

Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Sacrament of Baptism)    I obey my Father's designs when I submit to the teachings of the Church and to my lawful superiors when they command me.  How important is the counsel of obedience to me?

Wedding Feast at Cana (Fidelity)    I note how Christ honors His Mother and how Mary points her children to Jesus.  Do I enthusiastically venerate Mary and genuinely encourage others to imitate Him?

Proclamation of the Kingdom (Desire for Holiness)    I attest to His mercy when I receive the Sacrament of Penance.  Is my encounter with the Divine Physician in Confession frequent and profound?

Transfiguration (Spiritual Courage)    I admire the intimacy that Saints Peter, James, and John had with Jesus.  Do I often ask the Savior for a deeper friendship with Him?

Institution of the Eucharist (Love of our Eucharistic Lord)   I thank God for the Most Holy Eucharist.  Do I prepare well for Holy Communion and treasure the Mass as the center of my life? ; Sorrowful -- ; Luminous -- ; Joyful - >