Church Trash

We have a little problem going on in church. It was brought up at our staff meeting yesterday and we were all pretty disgusted. People are leaving their breakfast trash in the pews. A few items include empty coffee cups from Dunkin‘ Donuts and Starbucks, McDonald’s bags, and a half eaten apple. What are people thinking? This is not the movies or a baseball game. Plus, what happened to fasting before receiving communion? We will put a little reminder of church etiquette int he bulletin and see if that helps. If it doesn’t, maybe we’ll start standing at the doors and searching people as they enter!

Heard a Good Homily Lately?

I attend Mass every Sunday and frequently during the week as well. Most times the daily homily is fine, sometimes even good. Sunday homilies usually leave me crying inside. Not because I am convicted of something I should be doing differently, but because they are painful to listen to. But, this past Sunday I was in Orlando and heard a wonderful homily that will carry me for a few weeks.
The Gospel reading was about following Jesus and the priest spoke about each of the Apostles and how there was something lacking in each of them, yet Jesus called them and they followed. What they were not lacking, was willingness. He closed the homily by saying, “God is calling, are you willing?” And then he sat down and let us think about that for a minute. WOW.

Sleep

How long can one go without a good night’s sleep? I am beginning to understand why sleep deprivation can be considered torture. I do not recall the last night I slept more than four hours without waking up. I realize, of course, that when my children were babies I did that, but it was twenty years ago!
I cannot actually put two thoughts together that make sense, nor can I focus on anything more than repetitive type tasks at work.
I have tried various remedies: lavender, melatonin, calcium, wine, reading boring books; I fall asleep but can’t stay that way.
Maybe my life’s stresses are catching up with me?

Death

Two weeks ago my grandmother left this earth to go to her eternal reward. She was 91 yeas old and had cancer. She died on the feast of the Visitation, which was a comfort to me and a blessing for her.
The funeral was a few days later in NY and I am still trying to make sense of it. Not her death, but rather my family’s response to it. My husband says we feel it differently and maybe more than the rest of the family since we lived near her for over 20 years, while everyone else was much further away. We also took care of her these last 3 years as she declined in health.
I have spent so much time thinking of the strange things my family said in regard to heaven and hell and religion. I really have not come to any conclusions except that I am very sad about the loss of having my grandmother in our lives.

Troubles

Question: is one day with no major trial to much to ask for? One suggestion is for me to stop answering the phone, checking emails, or talking to people. That just does not seem very practical.
I have to remember that God gives us all the grace we need to take care of our trials.

Graduation 3

Tuesday morning at the most terrible hour of 6:00 am I and a friend drove my daughter to the convention center to her graduation. Then we waited on line until 7:00 am to get into the hall and save seats for the rest of the family for the big event. Promptly at 8:00 am the procession began and by 9:10 am all had left the room. I think it was a record time for about 400 students to have their names called, shake about 7 people’s hands on stage, take a picture with the principal as he handed each their diploma case. This was in addition to the speeches by the superintendent of schools, principal, valedictorian, salutatorian, and class president; a song; and moving the tassels from one side to the other.
Our daughter graduated 9th in her class and had more cords then she was permitted to wear. Now, we have to get ready to leave for college in a month.

Graduation 2

So, last Saturday we made the hour trek down to the Convention Center and watched our son walk across the stage for earning his Associate Degree in Culinary Arts. Peter graduated Cum Laude and is now a member of the American Culinary Association. And, most importantly, he has a job!
The behavior at the event left a bit to be desired: air horns, people leaving before it was over, not standing as faculty processed in were a few examples. What is the problem with people acting properly in public? I felt better though about the fact that poor behavior does not seem to be limited to Church events, it’s everywhere!

Holy Spirit

In ten days we will celebrate the birthday of the Church. The coming of Pentecost is a great time to pray the novena to the Holy Spirit and ask for the gifts we all need to navigate this world we live in. The link will bring you to a printable version from EWTN. http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/pentecost/seven_tx.htm
The Descent of the Holy Spirit is my favorite mystery when praying the rosary. I can see the Spirit rushing forth with a great wind, and then each disciple being so filled with the Spirit that the only possible reaction is to go forth and tell the world about our Savior. The courage and wisdom they received is for what I too pray.
Imagine if every Catholic in the world prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and then acted on it. We would truly see the Kingdom of God!