Friday, February 24, 2012

a few more photos from the Nun Run 2012


A visit with the PCPA's in Hanceville, AL

Outside the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament


before our homemade dinner, my version of Chicken Parmesan...to which the girls learned how to cook this weekend...well, two of them know how, and 3 were first-timers...they did great! Dinner was superb!

Gorgeous Spanish Crucifix from Madrid at the PCPA's


Sadly, we didn't take any photos with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. :(

Thursday, February 23, 2012

3rd Novena: St. Therese of Liseux

3rd novena: St. Therese of Liseux. February 23 through March 2.


O little Thérèse of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the Heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.


O little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in thy hands.


(Mention your intentions here)


St. Thérèse, help me to always believe as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day. Amen.




My intention:
in Thanksgiving for ALL that He has done in my life, and to beg for a financial miracle to erase my debt

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

God has outdone me in Generosity again!!!

I am one of the 2012 Grant recipients for the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations!!!!
I just found out about an hour ago!!  Congratulations to the other 22 who received grants too! May God be praised!


It's hit home that I can REALLY return home to Summit as soon as my personal debt is paid off.


God has outdone me in Generosity again!!!


His love for me constantly amazes me.  I am so overwhelmed by His love for me.


I received an email from a dear friend telling me I needed to check the date for Sacred Heart of Jesus this year.  I went online.  And, its the same date that I entered the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in 2007 -- Fri, June 15th.  It gave me goosebumps.  And, a smile crossed my face.  Lord, what is your plan in this?


For Lent, I've decided to go to early Mass, which in turn, will get me back on the monastery schedule.
This will be hard as all my friends know I am a night owl.  So, I ask your prayers for me in the 1st two weeks as I adjust.


I ask that you would continue to pray with me for an end to my personal debt through benefactors and my own personal reduction.  And, know that you are all in my prayers as well.


The Nun Run this weekend was a blessing all around.  We visited the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word on Saturday, and I was able to catch up with Sr. Mary Jude.  And, in the evening we traveled up to Hanceville to stay with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration through Monday.  My camera had no batteries, so my other chaperone was in charge of taking pictures.  But, oh, what an amazing sight the Shrine's chapel is.  The girls were speechless.
It's amazing the living witness of a sister in habit makes.  The Lord is doing might things in our lives and will continue to do so.  Let our hearts be open, and our spirits willing.


Here is one of the pictures that I was able to take on Monday with my phone while we toured EWTN before heading home.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My God, how He has blessed me

Acceptance.  Being Important.  some modicum of control.

These three things are in every aspect of my life. 

I am so richly blessed.  God keeps reminding me of that.  And, that He has me close.  I am His.  He has not and will not forget me.

On this Feast of St. Cyril and Methodius, I know that He is my one and only Valentine.  I want for nothing.

I share with you my mantra: Lord, I Need You.  And, it just so happens that Matt Maher co-wrote it for the Passion Conference in 2011.

2nd Novena: Sacred Heart Jesus

2nd novena: Sacred Heart of Jesus. February 14 through February 22.


My Jesus, Lord of my soul, You promised that Your Divine Heart would be the ocean of mercy for the needy who trust in You. I firmly believe that You can grant to me what I am asking even if it would require a miracle to do it. Where should I go knocking but at the door of your Heart? “Blessed are they who hope in You.” O Jesus, I confide to Your Heart the following intention… (mention your petetion/intention here) Look at it and do what Your Heart dictates. Let Your Heart act accordingly. O Jesus, I count on You. I confide in You. I surrender and consecrate myself to You. I feel secure in You. “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You.




My intention: 
in Thanksgiving for ALL that He has done in my life, and to beg for a financial miracle to erase my debt

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'm letting go of myself

The song below pretty much sums up my life at this moment.  As my teens would say, this is my theme song at the moment.



I rejoice in the fact that I am God's adopted daughter.  I rejoice in the fact that my name is written in His heart.   I rejoice that He knows me.  Better than anyone else.

I stand in awe of You
And everything You've done for me
You speak Your words into my life
And where You are is where I wanna be

I stand before You, Lord
Humbled by the love You give away
A widow's mite, my will and pride
It's all I have to offer anyway

I'm holding onto Your love
I'm letting go of myself
I'll say so long to everything else

I stand in awe of You
And everything You've done for me
You speak Your words into my life
And where You are is where I wanna be

I stand before You, Lord
Humbled by the love You give away
A widow's mite, my will and pride
It's all I have to offer anyway

I'm holding onto Your love
I'm letting go of myself
I'm holding onto Your love
I'm letting go of myself
I'll say so long to everything else

I just wanna be in Your arms
I just wanna be in Your arms
Moving ever closer to Your heart
To Your heart

I just wanna be in Your arms
I just wanna be in Your arms
Moving ever closer to Your heart
To Your heart

I just wanna be in Your arms
I just wanna be in Your arms
Moving ever closer to Your heart
To Your heart

Saturday, February 4, 2012

When my heart is overwhelmed, I'm led to the Cross.

When my heart is overwhelmed, and I can hardly stand, lead me to the cross.
Jesus surpasses my understanding of LOVE.


I’ve been in the process of getting it together to live in the monastery once again. Changes to my diet and lifestyle, which included losing weight and gaining muscle weight. Which so far, is 22 pounds.


God surprised me with an incredible GIFT this week! Acceptance into postulancy.


There were lots of hugs and whooping and hollering last night at LF's.  :)  I was so happy, I cried in JOY all the way home last night.


Today, it hit me around noon, that as soon as my debt is paid off, I can enter.  Nothing's holding me back except my debt.  To which I am feverishly paying off. 


There are still two hurdles to overcome:


  1. Acceptance into the Mater Ecclesiae grant program. I think I find out somewhere near the 1st of March. So, please continue to pray for that.
  2. And paying off my $11K debt and selling my van.


To God be the Glory for the things HE has Done!


I would not be writing these posts if He had not beckoned me back to Him.
My rent has been cut in half. So, that is a blessing. And, I’ve paid off (with the help of many) $10,169! Which is a lot. Considering that I took the advice of my spiritual director and began to ask people to help me only back in June 2011, in only 7 months. 


If, God willing, I receive the Mater Ecclesiae grant, and none unforeseeable expenses pop up, my budget has me entering sometime in June 2012. I have to be okay with whatever God’s timetable is for me.


If you have the means, and are able, please help me get to the monastery sooner rather than later. And pray for God’s will to be done. I need prayer partners just as much as I need financial help.
Prayer is what gets things done.  Exodus 17:8-13.


I am beginning my nine novena on Sunday, Feb 5, in Thanksgiving for ALL that He has done in my life, and to beg for a financial miracle to erase my debt. Join in with me and the communion of saints. It will end on April 25, the Feast day of St. Mark, Evangelist! 


1st novena: St. Catherine of Siena. February 5th through February 13th.


O marvelous wonder of the Church, seraphic virgin, Saint Catharine, because of your extraordinary virtue and the immense good which you accomplished for the Church and society, you are acclaimed and blessed by all people. Oh, turn your benign countenance to me who, confident of your powerful patronage, calls upon you with all the ardor of affection and begs you to obtain, by your prayer, the favors I so ardently desire.
You, who were a victim of charity, who in order to benefits your neighbor obtained from God the most stupendous miracles and became the joy and the hope of all, you cannot help but hear the prayers of those who fly into your heart - that heart which you received from the Divine Redeemer in a celestial ecstasy.

Yes, O seraphic virgin, demonstrate once again proof of you power and of your flaming charity, so that your name will be ever more blessed and exalted; grant that we, having experienced your most efficacious intercession here on earth, may come one day to thank you in heaven and enjoy eternal happiness with you. Amen.

Friday, February 3, 2012

It's Official

It's OFFICIAL, I've been Accepted as a Postulant!!!!! :0) #Dominican #nuns #getridofthedebt #donations

A longer post later.

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~~ Jesus Is Constant ~~