Five Things for Friday.

I wanted to share five things that have been exciting, inspiring, and moving me lately.

  1. I love a good school supply and gel pens are my new favorite thing. I love writing and doodling in different colors and I am always on the lookout for an inexpensive way to express myself. When I was in Houston recently, I found my these lovelies. Oh how I love the color, the ease with which the ink flows, and don’t even get me started on the Sparkle. I addressed my Christmas cards with the blue one, I loved it so much, that it ran dry. I am tapping my fingers waiting for my Amazon package to arrive so that I can start using it again. If you have a good art supply store near you, you may be able to buy them individually as I did at Texas Art Supply. Otherwise, hop on over to Amazon and check them out.

  2. There are several people I follow on Instagram that make me think about life and people in a different way. One of my favorite follows is Humans of New York. If you are not on Instagram, you can click this link and go directly to his website. His photography and story telling are amazing. I am captivated by the way that he can get people to reveal their true selves to him so quickly and the manner with which he honors their stories. He always reminds me that you never know the journey that someone else has walked.

  3. I am not a huge television watcher, but I stumbled upon this little show and I was immediately hooked. While you can watch any episode and enjoy it, you will enjoy it a million times more if you start from the beginning by watching it on Amazon Prime (sorry, you have to pay by episode) or Netflix (included with your subscription). The Good Place is thoughtful, clean, and will make you think about things of eternal significance in a new way.

  4. If you are looking for a gift for someone you love or for yourself look no further than Brick House in the City. This young Catholic woman is making some of my favorite t-shirts. They are definitely a conversation starter. I love this one, this one, and thinking about this one for some special people on my list.

  5. I am in mourning over the loss of this great man. No matter where you fall along the political spectrum, I hope we all agree that George H.W. Bush was a fine man. I am hopeful that with his passing, our country is reminded of the importance of dialogue with each other and faith in God. A dear friend of mine paid her respects in Houston as the Bush family boarded a train to travel to College Station where he will be laid to rest. She took these awesome pictures.

 Waiting with the crowds. Courtesy of CCM

Waiting with the crowds. Courtesy of CCM

 May he rest in peace.

May he rest in peace.

 George H.W. Bush, 41st President.

George H.W. Bush, 41st President.


Wrestling with the Advent Wreath.

As I sat in my pew this weekend waiting for Mass to begin, I noticed the cantor off to the side of the altar fiddling with something. Just a moment later I realized whatever he was working on was stirring something suspended above the altar. After loosening the grip of the knot, he slowly lowered the fresh evergreen boughs and candles hanging above and behind the spot where the priest stands to consecrate the body and blood of Jesus. It was then that I noticed the priest who had been standing in silence and stillness waiting. He watched as the wreath spun this way and that. He patiently waited as it finally came to rest, allowing him to light the first candle of Advent.

Watching the cantor wrestling with the ropes and the priest waiting for the wreath to descend, I thought of how often we wrestle with our faith in God.

Your Advent Companion

Every year I start my planning for the season strong. I gather all my Advent resources, sign up for all in the inbox offerings, pick up whatever is offered at Church and promise that this year will be different. I set up a schedule for how I am going to utilize all the great spiritual inspiration in my morning prayer time and on my bedside table. I even promise myself that I will take some time midday to check in with the Advent reading. I have high hopes and a big stack of materials.

Keep reading to find out more about My Spirit Rejoices Advent Companion….