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.


  • By Viv, May 20, 2009 @ 12:25 am

    Dear Shelley, I would simply adore seeing more of you and Jeremiah the cat. Tell Sr. Pat to video you both more :D

  • By Ali, May 20, 2009 @ 3:49 am

    I cannot figure out how a cloistered nun can be part of a local Toastmasters Group.
    Would love to hear more of Pete’s experiences.

  • By Anne Marie in Ohio, May 20, 2009 @ 4:50 am

    Ahhhh, me thinks toastmasters will make a toast-master out of even the quietest among you!

    Here’s to YOU! CLING!

    Anne Marie, with my glass held high

  • By Joan, May 20, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    Wonderful video and a very beautiful Shelley.
    Thank Sister Pat. Loved the story of Pete’s experience at sea. My husband is from Slovenia and it was of great interest to us.

  • By Barbara, May 20, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    I just finished “Will I See My Dog in Heaven by Friar Jack Wintz. It is a wonderful little book for all animal lovers. It is very Franciscan.
    Peace and all good.

  • By Mary Hess, May 21, 2009 @ 2:07 am

    Sister, Do you have any information on starting a Catholic Toastmasters Group or a group or website I can go to? I may be interested in starting one in my area. Thanks so much! I love your website!–Mary

  • By Mary Sweeney, July 24, 2009 @ 6:06 am

    I don’t find a relevant “Contact Us” link so I am posting here and hope you can get it to the right place.

    Normally I appreciate the e-cards for Saints but I write today in reference to this one for St. Mary of Magdala:

    The picture is that of the sinful woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with perfume and wipes them with her hair. The problem is that this is not Mary Magadalen. Mary Magdalen was not the sinful woman, the woman caught in adultery, Mary of Bethany. These women have been conflated into one and wrongly identified in recent tradition as Mary of Magdala. Scripture Studies have documented that this is the case. We need to restore Mary of Magdala’s image as the apostle to the apostles, the first to witness to the resurrection. Anything you can do to straighten this out would be much appreciated.

  • By Noel Cross, September 4, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

    Dear Sister
    Many others and myself would be very happy to see an E Card of Our Lady Of Health Of Valnkanni.
    The Feast Of Our Lady Of Valankanni is celebrated on 8th September every year in Madras India and also in most states in India. All over, on 30th August the Novena to Our Lady starts with great fanfare. In Mumbai at a place called Irla hundreds of devotees not only christians but people of other faith are also devotees of Our Lady who make the novena, the sunday following 30th August a very Big procession is taken out, where hundreds of devotees take part. not only christians but people from other faith also participate
    i will send you a picture of Our Lady Of Valankanni from Mumbai India

  • By Odette N, October 4, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    Sister Pat!
    Good to hear from you after so many mooons
    We miss you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to start getting the daily faith-filled and uplifting joynotes!
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love you
    Odette (From Canada)

  • By Caryl, November 25, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Dear Sisters,

    You used to have the option to view the ecard before sending it.

    Now I can’t see the finished card.


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    Lots of folks write about this matter but you wrote down some true words.

  • By David T. Little, January 1, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    Dear Sister Pat,
    The ecard I just sent to 57 persons, including my wife does not have any Name filled in on the stamped envelope, even though I put her name in the space provided. Is this a glitch?

    Blessings for a Happy New Year of Our Lord, 2010!

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