Has it been a week already? I feel like this year is flying by. I was just filling champagne glasses with ginger ale and watching Despicable Me 2 with the kids! Today is dedicated to the small successes in our lives. Let’s be honest, if we count up our small successes we are more grateful, more full of thanksgiving, easily pointed towards the present moment. I feel it makes it easier for me to hear and see God. Isn’t that a nice space to be in? His space, His gifts, His successes for you?
I am linking this bad boy up over at Catholic Mom, because them’s are the rules (not really).
This week is all about being a little more rigorous in my personal spiritual goals and endeavors. Sounds like a huge chunk to chew on? It can be if you let it. Here’s what’s up:
1. I have committed to some things and I would like to really work at keeping it. This means, keeping a pad by my nightstand to capture any ideas I could have for blog posts, spiritual reflection, research, meditations, emails I should send (like to Father Heaven!) and the like. Granted these are pieces of a box calendar I received from S (I use the backs from the previous day, the front has really great faith reflections and quotes), it seems to be working for now. I think maybe I should get one of these to keep it all together:
Here’s what’s on the front of today’s sheet:
2. I am keeping up with my spiritual reading schedule! (for now – always a caveat):
- I’ve been reading some C.S. Lewis daily
- I am all caught up on reading “The City of God” by St. Augustine of Hippo – not as daunting as I thought. There’s a Facebook group with a reading plan, don’cha know so it’s very organized.
- I even added some St. Francis de Sales (because he is the patron saint of this blog, hello!) for his memorial on Jan. 24th, same day as the memorial of Our Lady of Peace – well, that’s not lost on me at all. Once I looked ahead in the calendar and saw these memorials coming up, I had to prioritize and really be more rigorous (there’s that word again) with reading. I hope to post a reflection on these two happenings in the liturgical calendar. I am really excited for that.
- Reading Holiness for Everyone by Eric Sammons about Arrrrrrrrriba St. Escrrrrrrrrrriva (that’s how Lexicon says it whenever he asks me if I am reading about this great saint). I know that I have St. Luke this year, but I wanted a closer walk with the saints and well…you can read up on how this Saint came over to hang, here.
3. I am consecrating myself to Jesus through Mary again this year! I began this morning and will complete it on February 11, 2014 – the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes I am using Totus Tuus : A Consecration to Jesus through Mary by Fr. Brian McMaster. Last year, I read 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael C. Gaitley MIC and that book bore much fruit, but I wanted to try this one and see what fruit would drop from the heavenly tree.
What’s the success you ask? Well, I, Cristina, the writer of this humble blog, woke up at 6AM to read the first days scripture, reflections and prayers. You read that right. 6AM. For someone who has a difficult time sleeping, this is a huge success. Of course, the bed was warm, comfortable and enveloping even at 6AM when my alarm went off, but I fought the sloth anyway.
Today it asks that I find Mary in my day. To pause and find her. I think it was her who found me and helped me out of bed at 6AM!
What are your small successes this week? Share them here in the comments if you don’t have a blog or head over the CatholicMom to link up!
I leave you with a pretty picture and a prayer – Veni Creator Spiritus – to reflect upon. Yes, inspired by the consecration. It is prayed each day.
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God’s hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.