Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Giving Thanks

I almost didn't go back and read the gospel for today since I heard it during RCIA on Wednesday and Mass last night. But, since I had my notebook open, I went ahead and read it anyway. Every reflection I read and the homily I heard last night infers that the 9 lepers left, knowing they were healed. But what if they didn't realize they had been healed until they were further down the road? What if, when they realized they were healed, they thought they were too far away? Did the Samaritan cry out that he had been healed, bringing attention to their healing and the other 9 chose to go on to the priests? The gospel only says:
 And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice     Luke 17:15

The bottom line: It doesn't matter when the others realized they were healed. If they thought they were too far away, they should have dropped to their knees, giving thanks for their healing. How many little things happen during our day that we don't give thanks for? It would just take a second to say a quick "thank you", yet, like the other 9, we often just walk away, taking  things for granted. 
In the homily, my parish priest said that the Samaritan had a double whammy against him: he was a leper and a Samaritan. He thanked Jesus for making him whole; for giving him salvation. (He mentioned that the Latin root for "salvation" is "salvus", which means "whole".) He went on to say that salvation requires an "RSVP on our part". How do we RSVP? How do we give thanks? We only have to look at the Eucharist. We partake in the Eucharist, because "eucharist" actually means "thanksgiving". But, it isn't enough to only take part in the Eucharist during Mass; we are called to continue the eucharist out into the world. We have to make it part of our daily lives.
In the reflection from Blessed is She, Laurel Muff speaks about keeping a daily gratitude journal. I've done this before, and it really does help you to be thankful for the little things. Even when you've had the worse day possible, if you just take a minute to write down 1 thing you're grateful for, you'll realize things aren't so bad after all. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

{SQT} Fall Break Edition

SERIOUSLY? Fall Break 2016 is all but over. Why is it that breaks go by so quickly?
All in all, it's been a pretty productive week: I got my materials ready for work next week & finalized progress reports. I stopped procrastinating and had a cleaning lady do walk-throughs for my house and my dad's house. I called the exterminator and scheduled quarterly treatments. I had a meeting with Sister so I can start preparing for my talk for RCIA in 3 weeks. I put up a few fall decorations outside. I even met with some friends for lunch a couple of days.
Just so you don't think I worked the whole week, I did catch up on some new shows on Hulu. I haven't watched tv very much the last few months, but there were some new ones that I wanted to check out and see if they were worth watching. They were. 
Speaking of RCIA: I thought I was presenting on Beliefs and Traditions. Turns out it's Beliefs and Practices. I found this clip on what it means to be a Practicing Catholic:
What I didn't do during Fall Break was go to Daily Mass. I decided to not turn on my alarm this week and to just get up when I decided it was time to get up, or when the dogs thought it was time for me to get up. Needless to say, I didn't make it. 
I kicked off Fall Break spending the weekend with 3 of my sisters & 2 of my sisters-in-law. Every year, we have Sisters' Weekend. We rent a cabin in the mountains and talk, eat, drink, talk, and laugh. We had an amazing cabin this year: it had a game room (that we didn't think we'd use but ended up playing and having a good time!) and a projector tv. We love to watch football, so it was the perfect place for us to watch our favorite college team win in the last 4 seconds of the ballgame!  
Fall Break is over. That can only mean 1 thing: 9 weeks until Christmas Break!
I'm linking up with Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum  for Seven Quick Takes.