Today we celebrated Ash Wednesday at Presentation High School. Â To non-Catholics, this must be the weirdest cult practice that one has ever experienced! Â Being doused with ashes in the shape of a cross and being told to turn from sin and live the gospel. Â The scriptures proclaimed at Mass today told us that we are forgiven and loved and invited to be our best selves! Â These students certainly look happy, don’t they?
I’m so proud of my Catholic faith. Â It has really emerged as a positive force in this troubled world. Â Our Pope has taken great pains in living a simple life and rejecting the pomp and circumstances of Vatican City. Â We are encouraged, during the season of Lent- the forty days and nights before Easter- to do something positive in our lives rather than give something up.
Be kind. Â Serve the poor. Â Love your neighbor.
When I was in high school I practiced all the Catholic rituals without understanding them. Â These students are doing the same. Â They have no idea how this gospel message will come to nest in their souls and take fruit in their lives. Â God bless them! Â They are beautiful young women with the whole world at their feet.
I pray that they go forth and make a difference. Â That they love tenderly and serve with open hearts. Â That they become women of God with lives that impact others in a positive way.
I feel so blessed to be able to witness their transformation to womanhood and support them as they look forward to all of life’s blessings.
Hail Mary, full of grace
At a Lenten overnight retreat with 65 adolescent girls.
The Lord is with thee
Yoga pants, push up bras, still trying to make sense of their bodies and their souls, clear skinned and broken complexioned, immature and seeking- all seen and heard and embraced by a higher power.
Blessed are you among women
You are precious and perfect in God’s eyes, a temple of the Holy Spirit, hope for the world.Â Don’t ever underestimate what lies yet dormant within you.Â You are destined for goodness and prosperity.
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Co-creators with God, the capacity to bring forth life both literally and figuratively.Â Nurturer, dreamer, lover, sanctuary.Â You have so much to give.Â I wish you could see what I see when I look at you.
Holy Mary, mother of God
Look within yourself for inspiration and strength.Â Look outside yourself and see your journey unfold.Â Reach out and make a holy connection with all of human kind.Â Â You are never alone in this world.
Pray for us sinners
Let Mary be your spiritual mother.Â Let her life and her sacrifice inform your every decision.Â You are loved and forgiven.Â Again and again and again.
Now and at the hour of our death
Live like there is no tomorrow.Â Take joy in this day.Â Be the woman you are destined to be.Â Start now.Â Don’t dilly dally.Â Your life is precious and you are already on the path.Â Be kind.Â Be in solidarity with the poor and the poor in spirit.Â Be the womb that gives forth life.
Be a woman of God.
Time to fess up..
I have three wonderful and delightful sons and I wouldn’t change that for the world!
I have always wanted a daughter.
There came that moment in our early marriage when my husband and I asked ourselves. “Should we try for a girl?”Â But after considerable thought and deliberation.Â After acknowledging how blessed we were with three beautiful and healthy little boys.Â We decided that our plate (and our joy) was full.
I consoled myself with these thoughts…
Someday there will be a little girl who needs me and I will have room in my life and in my heart for her.
Today I had the privilege of going wedding dress shopping with my beautiful niece, Sarah.Â I felt so honored to be asked to spend this very special day with her.
Today she was that little girl who needed me.
Sarah’s mom, my sister in law and dear friend, Nancy, died of melanoma when Sarah was 22 years old.Â She would have so enjoyed this eventful day with her daughter!Â And perhaps I could have tagged along for Auntie support and fun and gossip! Â The three of us would have laughed and cried and laughed some more.Â Oh, what mischief we could have gotten into!
Today I had big shoes to fill.Â But I was not alone. I know Nancy was there with us.
When Sarah stepped onto the platform with that beautiful wedding dress on an angel bent down and kissed her.Â She was all aglow.
God works in mysterious ways.
Today Sarah, Nancy and I went wedding dress shopping together.