“Where are you headed?”

This question was posed to me in Lent of 2015¬†at the front gate of my local military base. I was headed to the Friday Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper hosted by the CWOC. I was asked by the young Marine who was guarding the gate. It showed me how “different” I am when I no longer have a car with base stickers nor a military ID.

This question brought to mind the continual moving I did and most military families do during the career of the military member. It also reminds me that I am not doing that any more—the next time I make a major move it will be because I choose to due to getting my own place in town (the most likely of the three reasons); getting a job outside of my current area (have a job in the area I am happy with); or getting married.

This question also brings to mind what does the future hold for me? What is my plan? What are my goals in life?

To the first question—the answer is ¬†I have no idea but in true military brat adventure style I look forward to finding out. As for my plan—teaching high schoolers or college students for the rest of my career; a husband and some kids would be nice but I am happy with where I am right now!

Now my goals are a little loftier—I plan on adding a certification to my teaching license (if I can ever pass the test!). After that I plan to go back to school (I am an education junkie apparently) for either a Theology Masters or a Sign Language Certification or perhaps but very unlikely a Phd.

As we journey through Lent, this question of “where are you headed?” takes on another perspective. Where is your spiritual journey taking you? ¬†What is your next step?

I pray that my journey is taking me closer to God and closer to Heaven. These last few years have been testers and strengthen-ers of my faith. The more I learn about my faith the more I love my faith!

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YouTube – Third Voice

I feel broken-hearted for all the ladies who feel that this the right choice. I say prayers daily for them and their families as well as friends. I pray that they see God Love for them. I pray that they hear the third voice. I can tell you as a teacher…a camp counselor….a catholic young lady…..no matter how much I wonder why some people got a chance, EVERYONE deserves that chance to be who they were meant to be, to change world( for the good, one hopes).

Confirmation

Exactly five years ago, I was confirmed adding Kilian to my list of Catholic names.

Let me tell you a story; his story…the reason or rather a reason I fell head over heels in love with the name and my faith.

An Irish monk,¬†St. Kilian was consecrated Bishop, went to¬†Rome with eleven companions in 686, and received permission from Pope Conon to evangelize Franconia (Baden and Bavaria). He was successful, with two followers – Colman, a priest, and Totnan, a deacon – in his missionary endeavors until he converted Gosbert, Duke of Wurzburg, who had married Geilana, his brother’s widow. According to legend, while Gosbert was away on a military expedition, Geilana is reputed to have had the three missionaries beheaded when she found that Gosbert was going to leave her after Kilian had told him the marriage was forbidden by the Church.

So, I fell in love with the fact that the place and the feast day were very important to me personally. However a little more pulled me in, I want his strength, his will, and what a fantastic person to have watching over me.

Bob Rice posted this¬†explanation¬†of the creed on his blog a little over three months ago. ¬†He gives the history of the creed…the history of our…my faith. The willingness of our¬†martyrs¬†to die.

He is right that most of us would not be able to say it alone or even slowly.

I will let him explain the Creed. This is the best, the only explanation I have heard of the Creed.

Mom’s Day

To my prefect fan,

I know that you and I talk on two different wavelengths for what seems 75 plus percent of the time. You with your English degree and me with my science world. Please see you do show me and teach me more than you will ever know. Thanks for being the voice of reason these past couple years. Thanks for being that example. I hope that one day in the future when I have a family of my own that I will be half the wife/mom that you are.

To all my sugurate moms out there: Thank for being there for me; for allowing me to bounce ideas off of you. Thanks for being there when my mom could not, even when she could, be there.

To my heavenly mother, May is your month. Thanks for giving you son to guide us. Please continue to look out for us.

Freedom Friday

Every time I listen to this song I get chills. Those chills are the same that I get when I seethe cross in Arlington or Normandy! Those chills normally lead to tears. Tears for the¬†sacrifice¬†for those who died protecting my freedoms. The tears stream in happiness and gratitude for the protection and God’s forgiveness as well as ultimate¬†sacrificer.

Catholic Abstinence

In a recent blog post titled “CNN shocked that some teens not having sex“, Thomas Peters pointed out that even though her given reason for disengeaging is unhappiness, the readers and the author should not ignore the fact that her faith played a role as well.

I have to say a young women in the hook-up culture; I hate it, absolutely, hate it 100%.

The whole story is at CNN but the key points are while most colleges are dominated by the hook-up culture, not everyone participates but 75% of college students or more have participated in the past or are. Good news is that there is a new group out there called Love and Fidelity Network, that at least 12 colleges are part of, which gives out materials on alternatives to hooking up.

Let me say this…I am perfectly happy with NOT hooking up and I DO NOT!!! I can see the emotional and¬†spiritual¬†damage that it does my friends and not want that to happen to me.

Please keep these words in mind.

Don’t let anyone or anything make you feel that you are making the wrong choice practicing chastity before marriage. Any guy who wants to sleep with you, does not love you..NO MATTER what he says!! Also if he does¬†not¬†want¬†to “wait” until you are married, he really does not love you.¬†BECAUSE¬†if you really love someone, you¬†want¬†what is BEST for them, not what is BEST for you alone.

Be Loud And PROUD!!!

So, I was teaching today. I was teaching a lesson on ideal gas law. The videos worked. The students seemed to understand the concept and examples. They got the work done for the most part. Note to self: check math before giving answers.

Which Brings me to the title of this post….now it tyes in with teaching and the fact that today is Good Friday, which we will get back to. Anyway, after the lesson, the teacher that I am observing commented on several thing saying that they were tips for improvements. The big thing was write BIGGER and PROJECT my voice! And he promises the nerves will calm down.

Now onto Good Friday, last year I was introduced to the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which I LOVED. That day was one of the first times that the rosary did not seem like a broken record. Well, this year I was sent a link for it in song form or at least part of it. Well, I found a longer version that is absolutely beautiful. (yes it is three videos long.)

Now this Holy week has an added mix of joy and sorrow, a few days prior to Thursday, a fellow blogger buried his mother; this blogger is my age and has a baby sister. However, that same day or very close to it, my old Catholic Youth Group Leader, who is now in Seminary, announced that his mother was joining the Church this Easter. THIS is fantastic news as well as a beautiful testimony to His faith and the strength of prayer.

More joy is that the Rice family finally has their newest son home. I will let him tell you the story but may I jsut say that, this is yet another Great Testimony to the strength of prayer and faith.

In the end, I leave you with a commentary on Easter, Jesus, and “The Comma.

And then, he drops the 9 words that I can’t write about enough. The 9 words that I often turn to when I’ve failed and messed up again and feel hopelessly undeserving of hope.

Jesus tells Simon:

‚ÄúAnd when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.‚ÄĚ