Category: JoyNotes

May 19 2009

Catholic Toast and the bottom of the deep blue Sea

We had our third Toastmaster meeting this evening … and they just keep being more and more fun. I told a joke for my contribution and did two table talks.. normally wouldn’t do two you know.. but the topics were just made for me.. and no one else was raising their hand…

We had 12 people show up and at this point have about 18 highly interested. We need 20 official members to be a certified group but I don’t think that will take very long. Its sort of scary but fun and even after 3 meetings I feel more confident. Mostly I feel excited because it teaches you how to structure a talk. .and that is so what I need.

We are very Catholic in our talks.. the speeches don’t have to be faith based - but most of us are going that way. Its a great way to learn how to share your faith and build up speaker confidence at the same time.

Well.. its time to be moving on.. because that is what the time is doing.

The bottom of the Deep, Blue, Sea

The bottom of the Deep, Blue, Sea

My brother Peter got home safe and tired yesterday from his time at sea. I asked him if it was a good trip and he said it was okay… but all there was to see .. was sea, sea, sea and every day was exactly the same. The one sailboat they saw was about the only ship they saw the whole time.. one other vessel I guess. . but mostly sea, sea, sea. He did say the bottom of the sea was a whole different thing though. that was full of mountains, craters, valleys, etc.. as an oceanographer I guess they had the equipment on board to see the bottom stuff.

Blessings of Peace and All Good,
Sister Patricia

P.S. Shelley says thank you for all the compliments. She is ready to sign up for future shows.

May 18 2009

Just Not Quite Yet . . .

Do you ever get those moments where you just seem to be positively jealous or envious of everything in sight and everyone you come in contact with? It’s like, “Oh my…. they are doing that better then me, and how do they get stuff done so well, and why can’t I seem to move on anything?”

I expect it has its source in a number of things.
1. being tired
2. a disconnect day where whatever you do - it seems like you should be doing ten other things at the same time
3. a devil attack (he does get about you know)
4. just one of those days!

And maybe its just Spring…. where the weather is changing - the ground is preparing to burst with new growth—but it is only— just—beginning to happen.

Life is all set to BURST open with new leaves, flowers and greens of every color but not quite yet. So everything is like.. almost… but not quite.

I just went and took an early evening walk with Shelley around the garden - and after a lap or two praying my rosary I thought.. hmmmm… I should take a little movie of what it looks like. So I did.

Now you can see what I mean. It’s that almost but not quite stage. Just like where I seem to be.

One new change I have been thinking about - and that is where I am going to post my postings. I have been putting them on the Seattle PI as a reader blogger - but it just doesn’t seem like such a good fit to me anymore. For one thing I don’t like the ads… and it just seems like God is pointing me into a new direction for a blogging home. So… for the present I will post mostly on my blog here at the card site with Barb and see which direction the Spirit moves from there.

Yesterday I didn’t have the comments fixed so that was a bit of a snag - but its fixed now.

So now I am going to send this on its merry way and go finish my walk before its a moonlit walk!

Blessings of Peace and All Good,
Sister Patricia

May 17 2009

I Am Glad

wild sunflowers against a blue sky

wild sunflowers against a blue sky

I am glad that God is in charge of the world. That its not up to me to fix all the broken pieces, to bind all the broken wounds, to lift up all the troubled souls.

What is up to me is to give all to God and be quick to obey in whatever He asks - in this way - perhaps in some small way I can be his smile, his hand, his aid.

But its not up to me to carry the weight of the world. I can be sad for every broken heart and wounded spirit. I can ache for every troubled soul and every lonely child - but only God can reach down and save his precious world.

So - its only up to me - to love the moment that is before me. To accept the beauty of this moment - in whatever wrapping it comes… sometimes tears and sometimes laughter.

I don’t have to appear to be bigger than I am - holier or humbler than I am or anything but who I am - as I am - at this moment.

I can be as holy as I want - and not care if I get labeled as conservative or overly pious or sickening sweet. I can pray when I want or not - and be content that God is content with me.

I do not have to wriggle myself into some saintly  image that someone else has made for me and squirm because it does not fit nor do I have to deny my faith, my devotion my Catholicism because it makes someone else uncomfortable, or angry or annoyed.

I can be me - wholly Catholic - wholly a sinner - and wholly forgiven.

Yep, just me.

Thank you God - for letting me be who I am today. Who I will be tomorrow is yet to be explored.

That’s my thought for the day.

Blessings of Peace and All Good,
Sister Patricia

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