Feb 29, 2012

Back To BroomTree

I'm so excited! I'm heading back to BroomTree Retreat Center for the weekend. The silent retreats are so amazing. It is just you and God in the middle of nowhere. If only I could run away to BroomTree and stay forever. Instead, on Sunday I will come back home to my noise filled life, where God has to compete with all of the other things going on in my life. It is so much harder to focus on God when you have a job and family and a life. But, I am trying to change that by carving out a small place in my home that is dedicated only to God. A special place where I can go to pray, meditate and just be with God in silence. Okay, so silence may be hard to come by. It will be our place. Until then, I will just be glad for BroomTree where I get to spend 3 whole days of uninterrupted time with God.

Feb 26, 2012

Carmelite Music Video

I just came across this music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AadnA8Jet2A&feature=related which takes scenes from different movies of Carmelite saints to show our love of Jesus and his Church.

It gives me goosebumps every time I've watched it...and I've watched it a more than a few times since discovering it. Maybe, someday, God will call me to the monastery. Until then, I'll just have to be satisfied being over-joyous when others are called.

Journey Through The Desert

This year for Lent I was "prepared" to give up some of my cherished sleep to attend daily Mass at 6:45 am. I completely underestimated my ability to sleep through my alarm or force myself out of bed when I'm tired. Dawn is very much a misnomer. Late night is my much preferred time of day, but there are no daily Masses at night. My decision now is to either scrap going to daily Mass and choose a different penance or push myself harder.  Although, giving in for an easier tasks seems more appealing, pushing myself would be a more satisfying penance. I think I will pray on it for a while and ask God's opinion.