Day 230.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through this game/activity me and some of my friends did after morning Mass. We were all sitting under the breezeway at my church, and we played this “gratefulness game”. Basically, you go around the circle from person to person as fast as you can and say something you’re grateful for. The catch is that it can’t be something generic like “food, family, friends”. It has to be something specific like “rekindled friendships, organic worship, not having to worry about college textbooks”. (Those were some I said hahahah) Once you couldn’t think of something you were grateful for from the top of your head without more than 10 seconds hesitation, you were out.

I’m not sure if you’re getting a visual about any of this, but the point of this activity was to start our days with something positive and to really get us focused on our blessings. We played this game for like 10 minutes. That doesn’t sound like a long time, but it really was because we were naming so many things so fast. I’ve always been pretty aware of how I have a blessed life compared to many of my peers, but this helped greatly for me to see the good that God is doing in my life. God has made some amazingly positive things happen for me; some things weren’t so positive, but they helped me grow; and somethings were just straight up silly or weird, but they brought me joy. If we took the same amount of energy we used to count our blessings as we did to complain about our problems, we’d realize how blessed we truly are.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 229.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a really wonderful experience. Tonight me and some friends from other churches lead worship for some of our friends and it was really really amazing. It was super organic because me and one of the other guys didn’t were just watching the main guy and following him. It wasn’t rehearsed or anything, but it was some of the best worship ever. It’s also always really cool to see how other people worship and since me and my friends were mixed with other people, it was interesting and cool to see how other people connected with God. I honestly can’t accurately describe how it made me feel, but I feel nothing but joy and peace right now so it was ridiculously fantastic.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 228.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my beauuuutiful friends. As ridiculously cliche it may be, these 4 girls are really my sisters. I don’t know what it is, but they honestly just bring me so much joy. Any time I see one of them, I get so excited and I feel totally at ease and like everything is okay. I could be super stressed or worried or scared about something, but all of them remind me of peace. They help bring me back to the reality I live in; God’s reality. I’m just really really blessed to have positive and faith-filled sisters in my life. People say you don’t go to high school to find your groom, but you do find your bridesmaids. I am very positive these girls will be in my life for a long time, and I could not be more thankful. 

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 227.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through the bonds my drill team creates. Me and two other officers had a sleepover party for the new members on the team, and it was really nice. It was really cool to see how 20 girls who didn’t all go to Jr. High together act like best friends and get alone. Usually, we any of the team gets together, there’s always SOME conflict or clique issues, but this group of girls genuinely got along and had a good time together. & if not for our drill team, they wouldn’t have been brought together!

I think God does the same thing to is as Christians. He brings us together as his sons & daughters, and if not for him, I wouldn’t know any of the wonderful people I call my best friends.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 226.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my parents. Because I’m so involved in different ministries at my parish, I don’t really ever get to sit with my parents at Mass. However, today I finally got to sit with them at Mass for the first time in months. It was honestly really weird because I’m used to being in the choir loft which is more spacious than pews, so I felt sort of cramped in the middle of my parents. I also just felt really weird being in a different section of the sanctuary than I usually am. But despite feeling a little out of the norm, it was really nice worshiping next to my parents and celebrating the Eucharist with them. I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :) I love you all! GOD BLESS

Day 225.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through a nap. I know this probably just seems like a cop out answer because I have nothing else to talk about, but that nap was G L O R Y. I got home from a three hour practice in the heat around noon, and I had SO many things I needed to do. I had to start my college apps, do some of my online class, and start my summer reading written assignment. However, I’ve been really busy lately with my drill team and just taking care of a lot of other stuff and basically over-exerting myself until I’m in a constant state of exhaustion. I don’t know about you, but I know for sure I don’t ever give myself enough time to recuperate and rest my body. So, i think my nap today was God’s way of telling me, “Erin, I’m glad you know to give yourself and your time to other people, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you aren’t physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy, you can’t properly carry out your mission.” So please take care of your body and of your physical health AS WELL AS your spiritual health! It’ll make a huge difference in your life!

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 224.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through this quote I read by St. Jerome. I can’t quote it verbatim because I didn’t copy it down and I can’t find it again, but it was basically talking about how if a crumb of the Eucharist were to fall to the ground, we would be greatly troubled.. so why do we let the Word of God just fall through our ears? Why are we not troubled by this peril? 

It definitely sounded much better in the actual quote, but I’m sure you get the point. This quote hit me pretty hard though because I’ve fallen SO SO SO in love with the Eucharist, but I don’t think I fully appreciate Scripture as much. Catholics get such bad rep about not knowing Scripture, and to some extent, it’s true. I mean, the Mass and so many of our prayers are FULL and RICH with Scripture…I just know I personally take God’s Word for granted sometimes, and I think this year, I want to make one of my personal goals to spend more time studying scripture. & not just studying scripture to try and find something that really speaks to me, but just let the Spirit guide me to what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. 

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 223.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through some of my close friends. I’ve been in a group message with the same people for about 11 months now, which means we’ve all experienced a lot of ups and downs together. Near the end of the school year and throughout summer, we all became very distant and we would only text in the group message every other day or not even every day and if so, it would be like two people having a conversation. I got really sad that we were drifting apart because these people helped me through SO much in my life, so I basically told them all that I didn’t want to go into my senior year without them and it basically opened up new doors and rekindled our friendship.

Tonight SO randomly, we all just started to rave about the Eucharist and about what it would be like when we met Jesus and about how wonderful God is. We hadn’t spoken like that in AGES and our bond in Christ is what brought us together in the first place. It was so so so refreshing, and I’m glad God brought us back together again. Lord, knows I’m going to need them to survive the craziness of senior year!

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

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Day 222.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through community. I had a Starbucks date with some friends and it was really nice. These friends I’m not close with in the sense that I talk to them daily or see them very often, but they’re the kind of friends that definitely push me to grow in my faith. We all go to different churches, so it’s always really neat talking with them. It’s a blessing to be able to get along so well with people of other denominations. We specifically talked a lot about trying to bring our youths together to work has one body, one Church. We’ve planned some stuff to try and get our youths out of their comfort zone, and I’m anxiously excited to see how God is going to move in my town this year. 

I also saw Christ through a new beginning. Me and one of the friends I met up with have a heavy past, but I really think today was the beginning to a new chapter of our friendship. I basically shut out this person for the last year just because of tension and bad vibes and I just needed to move on from some stuff. However, today, we opened up to each other about some struggles we both went through this summer and some of them were the same, which was kind of interesting. I don’t know… I just saw Christ in the fact that we can be mature enough to start over and fresh. You regular readers know that I’ve been praying about being more vulnerable, and God has given me plenty of opportunities to open up and let people back in. Community is an essential thing for the life of a Christian, and I feel so much better knowing I am not in this struggle alone.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Violence is not conquered by violence. Lord, send us the gift of peace.
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I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.
Helena Bonham Carter, beautiful words (For You)

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Day 221.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through my priest’s passion tonight at Mass. My priest is a very peculiar little man. The best way I can describe him to y’all is to tell y’all to think of the old man from the movie “Up” and that’s what he’s like. He has a lot of passion and cares for a lot of things, but isn’t the most expressive about it all. He’s also SUPER intelligent. Anyways, I don’t know what it was, but the way he was speaking tonight, I could really feel how passionate he was about today’s gospel. (Matthew 14:22-33). 

People tend to think the Catholic Church is just full of people who mindlessly follow all these rules and do all these rituals. & ya know, there may be some people who are Catholic in their minds, but not really in their hearts. It’s a really sad problem that many Catholics, especially American Catholics, don’t understand why we believe what we believe, and they go to Mass very passively and disengaged and not attentive etc. But tonight when my priest spoke with passion behind his words saying convicting things I could feel people shifting in their seats and paying more attention because they too felt something pull on their hearts. I really don’t think this makes sense to anyone unless you go to my parish, but God is alive and He is moving and His victory is very very real. Now is not a time to live passively or complacently. It is a time for passionate, dynamic Christians to stand up and stand out.

ALSO, Please pray for our brothers and sisters suffering in Iraq, and pray for the people who are terrorizing our fellow Christians, that they may one day reconcile themselves and turn from their ways.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 220.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through an argument. This is kind of a weird thing to explain, but I’ll start by saying I wasn’t part of the argument. I was a third party watching, and man.. it was honestly the most ridiculous and pointless argument. My brother and some of his friends were in a HEATED argument about probability math because we were playing a game and they were trying to figure out the chances of something happen. It was D U M B. They couldn’t just drop their pride of being right; they had to keep arguing each of their views as if it was actually important to the game we were playing (which it wasn’t).

Anyways, I just saw Christ in that because it showed me how RIDICULOUS it looks when we can’t let go of our pride. Something so simple can turn into a heated argument or incident and then things happen that we wish we could take back or erase. Pride is something I struggle with, so I’m glad God showed me that it’s better to just let things go and let Him take control.

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS

Day 219.2

Today I saw the Light of Christ through the song “Called Me Higher” by All Sons & Daughters. This song has really been my prayer, lately. It’s basically about how we could just sit and stay in our own little bubbles and comfort zones, but God has called us to higher and deeper places. The very last line of the chorus is “I’ll go where you will lead me Lord” and that has been the prayer of my life the last few days. 

It really hit me because it acknowledges that God has called us out, but then it affirms that we WILL follow. I know that a lot of the times I know God is calling me to a new place or a new thing, but I forget to actually follow where he leads me, but this song for some reason really got that to stick with me and I love it!

I hope you all encountered Christ some way or another today! :)

I love you all!

GOD BLESS