Saturday, March 31, 2007
We began last evening with a Reconciliation Service which was built around the Parable of the Forgiving Father (or Prodigal Son, depending on your age) . We had a copy of the Rembrandt picture up on the prayer table to remind everyone of the point (conversion being the point, DUH). Then there was a chance for Reconciliation. While the candidates and sponsors went to the sacrament we had a prayer service with the Elect in which they experienced God's forgiveness and conversion in their lives through a sin burning. (cool if you have never seen one done and very powerful as an image of an oblation to the Lord)
This morning I gave a talk on Discipleship in Transition using Mary Magdalene as my example, and talked about my ministry with my mother. It was a very difficult talk for me to give but lots of people came up and thanked me afterwords for sharing, and felt that it was very powerful.
To be honest, the rest of the day is a blur for me of activity. One of the later highlights was the Candidates and Elect were presented cards made for them by the Families Growing in Faith group at the parish and one girl got a beautiful card that told her to be filled with a Happy Spit!!!!! We all laughed so hard we could hardly stand it. She absolutely loves the card and thinks she is going to frame it.
So, my elect, Emily is all ready for her Baptism on Easter Vigil. In fact she can hardly contain her joy at the thought of what is about to happen. She was practically floating as she left the retreat today. Keep her in your prayers this week, her last week before she enters the waters of Baptism and joins us at the Table of the Lord for the very first time.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
When these same women have completed their business at the clinic, presumably having just ended the life of their unborn baby one would think that these "escorts" would be just as helpful and meet them at the door of the clinic and walk them back to their car, making sure that they arrive safely. This however is not the case. Once the abortionist has the woman's money and has completed the business transaction the poor woman is on her own. As far as the escort is concerned she may as well not even exist. The escorts barely even speak to the women who are leaving the clinic.
How sad is that?
At least our prayers go with these women the entire journey.
I went to Carmen Delgado Oasis Spa and Salon where I was treated to a half hour Swedish relaxation massage. Then I had a deep pore cleansing facial, and to complete my day of pampering I had a manicure/pedicure.
I am in heaven, and I look pretty darn good too.
I probably got so relaxed that I fell asleep at least four times while I was being worked on. It was just so nice. Especially the massage, which was the thing I was dreading the most because my back hurts so much.
My massage therapist gave me some great tips, and encouraged me to take better care of myself where my back is concerned and not live with pain. Duh, you would think I wouldn't have to be reminded that little piece of advice.
So, sitting up straighter, walking with better posture, throwing out shoes that don't give good support, and doing exercises to strengthen my core and back are all things I am going to add to my daily routine. And I think I may have to make a few return trips for future massages, but lets not tell mrangelmeg that just yet.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Learn a new Language in quick 15 minutes lessons?
Discover exactly what a Papal Document was all about by listening to a very knowledgeable Cardinal discuss his views on the subject.
Get the latest Hollywood News in a quick Headline Rap
Keep up-to-date with your favorite sports stories.
Get tips on how to get rich quick on the Internet?
Hear the latest Bands or Books before they are even released to the public?
All of this and more is available to you totally free of charge via the wonderful world of Podcasting. All you have to do to enjoy it is to download ITunes onto your computer, and look on the Podcast page of the Istore. From there you can register for any podcast you like; most of them are free.
Above are some of the ones I currently subscribe to, (and some I don't, you can try to decide which ones are which). Then ITunes will download them onto your computer and you can listen to them whenever you like.
If you happen to have an MP3 player (like the one mrangelmeg got me for my birthday, lucky girl that I am) you can take them with you. It is really cool to be able to listen to Cardinal Arinze's analysis of Deus Caritas Est as I am waiting at my daughter's school for her to get out. It actually makes the waiting much less of an imposition.
My favorite find has to be Coffee Break Spanish, which I listen to while I fold laundry. This one is really cool. It is taught by a man from Scotland. I am being taught to speak Spanish with the pronunciations that are used by people who live in mainland Spain by a man with a decidedly Scottish Burr. Only in cyberspace would this be possible. But hey, the next time someone comes up to me and asks me my name in Spanish, I will know exactly how to answer.
There are tons of podcasts out there for you to try and you can unsubscribe just as easily as you subscribed if you find them not to your liking. What do you have to lose?
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
This one is thanks to Loyola Productions (and Mark Mossa who showed me the way to the awesome link).
Click on the picture below for a QuickTime movie of Saint Patrick's Breastplate.
Enjoy my Birthday.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Okay I have decided it is time for me to speak up against the "Drink-Green-Beer-Until-You-Puke-Fest" that the celebration of my birthday has become. Or "Amateur Night" as a dear Irish friend once called it with derision.
I really don't mind sharing my birthday (St. Paddy's Day, don'tcha know) with a country full of revelers, my only wish is that a little more restraint were visible. I don't even mind if you all wish to be considered Irish for an evening. We can't all be blessed with perfect genetic patronage. I do mind having to step over your besotted bodies and worrying about the condition of my shoes as I make my way back to my car after I attempt to enjoy my celebration.
I have given up any chance of spending my birthday in or near a bar for the evening, but it might be nice to, you know, be able to walk down the street without taking a chance on stepping in something disgusting, or worse yet being the target of a torrent of projectile fluids.
So, in case you ever wondered exactly what it is that you are celebrating (at least in the US) This is a pretty good article about the New York celebration's history and present state. It also gives some wonderful tips on how to do my birthday up with class.
I just ask that you use some restraint. Drink good spirits, in moderation. Raise a glass to your favorite blogging Irish Lass Angelmeg on her birthday. And go home only slightly tipsy for a change.
h/t to Mark Shea for the link.
If I see you out and about and you aren't puking-green-beer, I will wish you well. If you are I will cross the street to save my shoes and say a prayer that you get safely home.
The good news is that the new dryer is installed and happily drying clothes as I type. It will be drying many loads of clothes to get caught up after not having a dryer for two weeks, and my only getting to the Laundromat twice to dry 10 loads. That is nothing in this family.
I couldn't convince mrangelmeg that the matching washer was a good idea, so I am still washing smaller loads than I might have been had I gotten the pair, but this will do nicely. I am so very happy to have it installed and working again that I can want what I have and not dream about what I don't.
The more good news is that I am getting an IPod for my birthday. I ordered it yesterday and it should arrive by Monday. In preparation for that happy event I have been loading all of our Cd's into ITunes so that I will be ready to download all of my music (and some of mrangelmeg's) just as soon as it gets out of the box and I can get it up and running.
I am so excited about this. especially because the weather is getting nicer and I plan to start walking outside and maybe even getting my old bike serviced and taking it out on a few of the bike trails (we have some wonderful bike trails that are nicely paved and very safe for the novice biker here in town.)
So, my day has just been packed, to say the least.
LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My travels and my rest you mark;
with all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is beyond me,
far too lofty for me to reach.
Where can I hide from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.
If I fly with the wings of dawn
and alight beyond the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light" --
Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.
You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother's womb.
I praise you, so wonderfully you made me;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you knew;
my bones were not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned as in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes foresaw my actions;
in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.
How precious to me are your designs, O God;
how vast the sum of them!
Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands;
to finish, I would need eternity.
If only you would destroy the wicked, O God,
and the bloodthirsty would depart from me!
Deceitfully they invoke your name;
your foes swear faithless oaths.
Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you?
Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?
With fierce hatred I hate them,
enemies I count as my own.
Probe me, God, know my heart;
try me, know my concerns.
See if my way is crooked,
then lead me in the ancient paths.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I always wonder if my kids take the whole thing seriously or just "go through the motions" twice a year because I make them.
Well, tonight after our son who is 22 came out of his private confession he met our angelbaby who is 10 and they hugged each other and were talking quietly and smiling at each other. When I came up to them I could hear what they were saying and they were actually talking about how nice it is to be free from sin, and discussing how long they thought this state of grace might last.
Wow, do you suppose I actually raised them right?
Will wonders never cease?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Our actual honeymoon was in 1993, mrangelmeg and I went to Gatlinburgh for the weekend without the kids. It was the very first time we had gone anywhere just for pleasure (the other times I had gone with him on a business trip.)
18) If you were to do your wedding over again what would you change?
We had a "Friend of my sister's do the pictures and I would hire a professional photographer. Every time I look at our wedding album I regret that we don't have professional pictures, we just have snapshots from an amateur and some of them are out of focus and some are just missing because they were so bad we couldn't use them.
I am not a cake person. I think I would have gone with my gut instinct and had a cheesecake instead of traditional wedding cake. You see that all the time now, but back then everyone had traditional wedding cake. I would have been much happier with a rich chocolate cheesecake or ganache than I was with a white sheet cake (although our cake top for our anniversary was chocolate, only we knew that)
19) What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Lying in bed mrangelmeg sleeps on the left and I sleep on the right. We even do this in hotel rooms. I think after this long it would be very hard to change to the other way around. I can't speak for him but when I am alone I sleep on the right side of any double bed.
20) What size bed?
21) Greatest strength as a couple?
Always remembering what makes the other person happy. Also I think knowing without a doubt that we are stronger together.
22) Greatest challenge as a couple?
I would have said making time to be together, but this year with out weekly dancing date on Fridays we are doing a good job of that.
23) Who pays the bills?
mrangelmeg does all the financial stuff because I am dyslexic and get numbers and dates confused which isn't great for checkbooks or deadlines. Ever since he took over our finances we are in really great financial shape and he doesn't mind doing it. He just tells me when to stop spending money and most of the time I listen.
24) What is your song?
We were just joking the other night thatJohn Anderson's "Just a Swingin'" was our song. I like to think it is something a little more romantic than that though.
I nominate I Found Somebody by Glenn Frey besides great lyrics we can dance the nightclub two step we just learned last Saturday to it.
25) Describe your wedding dress
As you can see in the picture (that is a rare picture of me by the way) my wedding dress was a very simple Gunne Sack off white old fashioned Prom Dress actually. It was extremely inexpensive and I still have it in the back of my closet.
26) What kind of flowers did you have?
Going along with the rose and ivory (cream and crimson) theme of the wedding I carried a bouquet of silk roses and babies breathe that I also still have in a box in my closet. I threw a smaller "tossing bouquet" that I made so that I could keep my carrying bouquet. If that isn't the way things are done it should be. The girl who caught my bouquet wasn't upset at all that the one she caught was slightly smaller and I got to keep mine forever.
As to passing this along, if Ashley is reading this and wants something to keep her mind occupied as she stays supine and "resting" I would like to tag her.
I don't know where she is looking, but I can't remember ever seeing a Math book where three of anything was considered a vast amount.
But then I live in the real world.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Mom is moving into a new level of confusion in her disease, and it is very wearing on all of us. It is especially hard on my sister Tina who does most of the full time care. Right now mom keeps insisting that she has to go home every few minutes. I even took her out for a walk and "walked her back to her house" this afternoon. When we got back here she thanked me for going out of my way to take her home.
Tomorrow is a big day, we are getting a hospital bed delivered for her to sleep in because she has been falling out of bed a lot lately. This will be very difficult for her because it will be a change from what she is used to and any change is hard for her. I think it will take all four of us to get her through this.
I know that each day with mom is a blessing, but some blessings are mixed. We love mom, and we want to keep her safe here in this house because we know that this is a better place than any nursing home will be. We are willing to do everything that we have to do to keep her safe. The problem is that in doing so we may have to suffer a lot of abuse in order to get through this.
I trust that God will be with us as we go through the refiner's fire.
Friday, March 09, 2007
So, I have been working for the last week to write a resume and get my references in line so that I can submit everything next week. I don't know if I will be hired, but I have as much chance as anyone else that will be applying. I have everything they are asking for in their job description (or will have as soon as I complete my Masters work).
Please say a prayer for me. I know that I will be disappointed if I don't get this job. I want to feel as though I am doing God's will be applying for the position, and be able to leave the decision as to whether I actually get it as God saying that perhaps it isn't quite time yet for me to return to work. Please pray that I have that type of detachment from what happens.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Fast forward a week and we still haven't heard from him so I call him back and he says, "Oh yeah that part must be in I will check when I get back to the office this afternoon." When he never called back yesterday I got out the big guns and had mrangelmeg call him. He promised that he would be out this afternoon to put in the new heating element and get us back up and drying.
So, we waited almost all afternoon. It was after five before he finally showed up. He pulled out the dryer to install the new heater motor and found that the vent on the back of the dryer is totally corroded all the way back into the dryer. He says that he has never seen this kind of thing in 30 years of appliance repair work and this is not something that can be repaired, the dryer is not worth fixing it is a lost cause. So I have to go out and get a new one.
I wish he had found that out last week when he was here, it would have saved us 70 bucks.
I guess I know what I am getting for my birthday next week.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
We practiced what we had learned last session, and then we learned a few cool new moves.
If you follow this link and click on the video you can see most of the steps we worked on last night. (Of course mrangelmeg and I do them that smoothly too).
We had so much fun but I was totally exhausted by 7:45, and the class usually runs till nearly 8:30. I am going to have to get in much better shape if I am going to keep up with mrangelmeg, he was dancing my legs off.
I would totally encourage every couple out there to go out and take a dance class together. There is absolutely nothing better for your marriage than to dance together. You have to communicate, and work together and spend time in very close proximity, and to top it off you are having a really good time.
On the way home we stopped of to buy some swing Cd's so that we could practice during the week so that we will be ready for next week's class. Wow is that only a week away, I had better start getting ready.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
So far I have written three articles on Religious or Spirituality topics. I find it quite challenging, and a good exercise. It is just what I need to keep me writing and is just non threatening enough (no real rejection because I don't ever get an article turned down for publication, though I might get one that comes in last in a category).
I am pleased to say that of the three articles I have posted, two are number one in their respective - but small categories, while the one I posted this morning is solidly in the middle of a rather much larger pack.
I am going to post a link to one of them
NOTE: On this site I am writing under my real name, so if you have never seen it before it is Maggie Geene, if the article that comes up isn't by Maggie Geene, then someone else has displaced me as number 1, and you will have to click on my article.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
In case any of you are writers, this is a very fun site, and it actually purports to pay you for your work (as of right now I have made a whopping .01 for all of my hard work. )
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you, because one of my favorite Gradual School Professors said I should be writing for publication more often. I am not sure that this is quite what he had in mind, but for the time being will do quite nicely.