Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Saturday, January 03, 2004

I'm looking and looking for a Carmel that has Adoration. No luck so far. Maybe I'll ask M. Marija about it. I think, though, she'll tell me that adoration is the very word that sums up every aspect of Carmelite life. Perhaps it's time to start a novena to my patroness, St. Therese. I'm sure she'll help me out! Of course, my godfather tells me that St. Therese would have entered with the PCPA's if they had been around in her day! lol.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Tonight was FOP. It was wonderful!!! THANK YOU to the people who prayed for my special intention for tonight!!
Got a letter from Sr. Carrie today which I am very excited about! She explained their daily schedule to me and it goes something like this:
5:30 am Rise
6:00 Holy Hour
Divine Office
Office of Readings
Morning Prayer
Some community prayers
Breakfast (silence)
Duties around the house
Study time for the novitiate
Apostolate duties (prayer, catechesis, retreats)
Noon Prayers, Rosary
Lunch (which is a recreation time)
Rest
Spiritual Reading
3:00 pm Novitiate prays Divine Mercy Chaplet
Apostolate duty
Vespers, prayers, Rosary
HOLY MASS
Supper (silence)
1 hour of recreation
3rd Rosary and Compline
Salve (after which silence is observed)
10 pm Lights out!

Morning prayers, vespers, and night prayers are all prayed before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament!

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Well, I missed ringing in the New Year as I went to bed at about 20 minutes before 12 last night. Was too tired to stay up a second later. lol. I'm such an old fogey!

A prayer from Vespers for the Feastday..."For the Maker of the Law fulfilled the requirements of the Law and the sayings of the Prophets concerning him. You who hold all things in the hollow of your hand and were wrapped in swaddling clothes, Lord, glory to you!" Quite something to think about!

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Reminder: Go to Mass tomorrow everyone! It is a Holy Day of Obligation!
Happy New Year's eve to everyone!

Went to FOP practice today to rehearse for Friday. I was very nervous about playing, but was made to feel right at home. Made me realize though that FOP would be very "empty" (for lack of a better word) without Jesus truly Present in the Eucharist. HE is really and truly Present and is the cause for our joy and praise. I hope my sis realizes that when she comes on Friday.

Babysat a 1 year old last night until about 12:00 am. I always feel sad for this kid because he doesn't have a dad to be a model for him. I was talking about that with a friend today, and he said that there isn't so much a crisis in religious/Priestly vocations as there is a crisis in married life. The more I think about it, the more I realize how very right he is. I hear kids talking about how their parents have gotten drunk in front of them and there are more kids with divorced parents than there are with happily married parents it seems. This is the "culture of death" alright! On the brighter side, I also see kids who have crummy family lives on fire for Christ and the Faith. The Holy Father has had a lot to do with that I think. Thank God for our wonderful "Papa," John Paul II!

Monday, December 29, 2003

There were five teenagers at Mass today! Wow! lol. Guess who gets distracted easily? I couldn't help noticing though, because it made me so happy!

Went malling today with a friend. You see people there who are in so much pain and it shows in their eyes. There is so much I'd like to give them. To show them a crucifix and tell them about the Mercy and Love that has called them by name to live with peace in Him...

I think I'll go see the Ivrea Sisters sometime this week. They are SO sweet and SO Italian! Sr. Margherita told me once, "Jesus, He isa soo cute!" I'm praying God sends them lots of vocations. I can't understand why they're not doing well in the States. They have the full habit, strong prayer life, etc. that girls are looking for. They are doing very well in Africa though, so that is encouraging.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Please pray for a friend of mine who is going through a lot right now. Thank you!
Went to 12:00 Mass today at Holy Family. We had a visiting Priest, and it seemed almost Eastern because he used a bunch of incense! It was such a joy to receive Jesus! I needed His Presence badly. I don't know how Christians manage without the Eucharist. The second reading was wonderful. All about putting love before all things, and the peace that Christ brings. The happiest people I know (the ones that "glow") are the ones who have put love of Christ before all else. I remember when I went to visit the Little Sisters of the Poor, Sr. Elizabeth took me in to see one of the elderly Sisters. She was bedridden, deaf, and blind, but she was full of peace and radiant. Now that's authentic joy!