I must confess, I was going to write something amazing, but I’m saving that for my next post. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a few facts about me, the Sunny Side of Me… as I am just starting this new endeavor and thought we should get acquainted. I have always been a huge fan of Top Ten lists, and why should today be any exception? So, in no particular order, let me tell you a few things about myself:
10. Who Am I? A wife, mother, empty nester, and young grandmother; lover of Forget-Me-Nots and avid player of Scrabble and badminton. And, as I have written in my “About Me” section, I am an aspiring blogger saying some stuff in a series of ‘confessions’ while hoping you’ll be amused, possibly get inspired, and maybe put a smile on your face.
9. What do I believe? I was born a cradle Catholic, however, in 1999 I read a book called, Rome Sweet Home by Scott and Kimberly Hahn, and I wondered how a convert to Catholicism could love being a Catholic more than I, who was Catholic all of her life? So while others were partying like it was 1999, I was being re-evangelized as a Roman Catholic, especially though Catholic radio which had just begun broadcasting in my area at this time (thank you 101.7FM The Station of the Cross ).
8. My biggest struggle? Previously, I discussed in a blog post my struggle to pray consistently, but I’m at no loss to have equally challenging struggles – selfishness and impatience are right up there. My hubby might say that my love for ‘over the top’ compliments is a stumbling block for me. The hubster is a combination of St. Joseph and Mr. Spock – a humble and prayerful man in a highly scientific and accurate sort of way, so hyperbolic complements don’t happen much for me at home, but accurate ones do:
Me: “How was dinner?”
Hubby: “It was good.”
End of story.
7. My annoying habit? That’s easy…I hate to be late. In fact, why not be early? Not sure why I feel so compelled to avoid being late, but if I’m invited somewhere or am expected at a certain time I try to honor that promise as best as I can, quite possibly to the annoyance of others, but what can I say? Once at Thanksgiving a while back our family members were telling each other the qualities about one another that we were thankful for and one of my in-laws said I was, “Punctual.” Can’t argue with that!
6. My Favorite Saint? Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph are forever at the top of the list, that goes without saying, but if I could pick just one saint that currently inspires me it would be St. Josemaria Escriva. I came across this saint while studying the Navarre Bible Commentary and he is also frequently quoted in In Conversation with God. His down to earth words and helpful expressions gently but seriously guide me along the straight and narrow path.
5. My favorite parable? I love the story of the goats and the sheep in Matthew 25:31-46. Short and to the point – it’s about storing treasure in heaven by helping our neighbor. I actually had an email address at one point in my life that began with ‘dontbeagoat@….’
4. My favorite book? Forever by inspired by the book, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, I’ve reread this book a few times and I’m moved to tears each time. It is the true story of the author’s experiences during WWII as she and her family attempted to help others during Holland’s Nazi occupation.
3. My favorite prayer? I’m a huge fan of The Universal Prayer attributed to Pope Clement XI. If there is a need or concern you have about anything, this prayer covers just about everything. It is quite moving to pray and it’s one I hold dear to my heart. I also love to pray the Confiteor during Mass. There’s something about saying these words with the congregation asking for forgiveness of our personal sins that is so merciful…
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done
and in what I have failed to do,
through my fault,
through my fault,
through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
2. What is my Life Verse? If I had to pick a Scripture quote that sums up my one source of inspiration, it would be 2 Cor: 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” St. Paul asked for the thorn to be taken from his side, but God used the thorn to help Christ dwell in him more fully. Each time that I hope, wish, or pray for a different or better outcome, event, or circumstance I must realize the answer must be according to God’s Will and not my will. Because, honestly, He always has a better plan than I even if I don’t see it at the moment.
And 1. My hope for the future? Heaven! For all my family and myself – to enjoy looking upon the face of God for all Eternity and being with Him in Paradise forever.
Do you have a life verse, favorite saint, prayer, or book? Struggle or annoying habit? I’d love to hear from you.