It is my feast day today! I like to call today one of my Catholic birthdays because it is a pretty rad day! In case you didn’t know…today is the feast day of Saint Rose of Lima, who is my Confirmation saint and why I refer to today as “my” feast day. She was a pretty rad girl, going so far as to rub pepper on her face so she would appear ugly to the ‘gents and she could just be with her one true love: God. She’s the patron saint against vanity, and the first canonized saint of the Americas. She frequently prayed, “Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them, increase Your love in my heart.” That one gets me every time. When I picked her as my saint I just liked her name and knew next to nothing about her. Now, here I am, some amount of years after being confirmed and she’s half of my rose dream team (together with St. Thérèse! Happy feast day, St. Rose!
Sometimes I get a little blog-envy for Jen‘s Quick Takes. Her stories are so witty and funny, and despite their length I genuinely want to read all of her quick takes. So last week when she didn’t post the full seven quick takes I somehow felt better about my not-always-so-witty quick takes. Thanks for that, Jen!
I’m pleased to report that I’m actually keeping up with running! It is a habit I’ve started and stopped any number of times in my life, but for the last three weeks I’ve legitimately run at least three times a week! My playlist is always being refined and new music is added (Ben Rector has a new album out this week and Luke and OneRepublic are also great to run to!) as I get in my groove. Also, after my run I have a legitimate (or so I tell myself) reason to lay on my floor as I recover and check up on blogs, Instagram, Twitter and all the other fun stuff of life. It works quite well!
Photo dump: It is Saint Rose’s feast day so…
I mean…they are beautiful!
Last week’s book giveaway was
kind of a flop. That’s probably because when I told you to guess one of my two favorite chapters in my book I made it too hard when I didn’t bother to give you a chapter list (and I disqualified all of my friends who know the answer already…and yes, you are still disqualified). So, here’s a chapter list, happy guessing – first one to guess the right chapter wins a signed copy!
Unpursued (and yes, I did make that word up for my book, thankyouverymuch!)
Eve and Mary
Seen, Sought, Pursued, Worthy
The Proposal That Never Ends
Song of the week…Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind Of Night” because it is totally stuck. in. my. head.
Year of Faith hat-tip for the week:
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus,
the leader and perfecter of faith.
For the sake of the joy that lay before him
he endured the cross, despising its shame,
and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. ” – Hebrews 12:1-2 (the reading from last Sunday)
Truly, let us rid ourselves of every thing that keeps us from God, keeping our eyes fixed on Him. The joy that lays before us (Heaven) is greater than all the sufferings we shall face in this life.
Until next time 😉