A. Rose & Her (A)Musings

A sassy wife living a sassy life

RENEWAL

Renewal: the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again

I have never before chosen a word for the year, but thanks to the Holy Spirit, this one felt so right. (Thanks for the inspiration, Alyssa!)

2015 was a beautiful year full of so many blessings, but it was one full of many challenges. It was a year of loss for our family, but also a celebration of life. There were stresses with job transitions for my husband. Perhaps the hardest thing was that it felt like a year that took its toll on my body. You would think that endless doctor visits and holistic experiments would do the opposite, but instead I found that magnified focus on my health caused more anxiety than anything. I’ve struggled to trust the Lord and snuggle in close to him through prayer time.

But here’s the thing.

We have already had amazing blessings pour out upon us, and it’s only the second week of 2016! Jobs have landed in my husband’s lap from the heavens. We made a much-needed transition to a bigger apartment. It has a bedroom, y’all! Everlane accidentally credited me with too much money in my account so they let me splurge fo’ free. Qdoba gave us free meals. And best of all – Our Lady of Guadalupe is gifting us with a trip to see her in Mexico City in the spring!

See what I mean?! As my mom said, “When it rains, it pours!”

It’s time to renew my faith in the Lord. To make more time for prayer. To be disciplined and take care of my body. To challenge myself at work. To revel in the blessings we have rather than focus on what we want. What I want from this year is to be made strong again. And by golly, it’s gonna happen!

Here’s to the Year of Renewal. Saint John Paul II, pray for me!

VERY RANDOM MUSINGS TWO

Very Random Musings edition Two:

  1. Boar meat. Might be one of my favorites. I still remember the first time I ate it in Siena, Italy in a little hole in the wall with my family. It was in a bolognese sauce and.. just.. wow. Permanent love affair.
  2. My Grandma joined her husband up in heaven last week, just in time for them to celebrate their 78th wedding anniversary. Their love is such an inspiration to us all and their story needs to live on. My grandpa passed away a few months ago and we knew my grandma would follow shortly thereafter. When you thought of one, you thought of the other. Rest in peace, you two!
  3. My husband and I have been trying to make it a habit to go ‘Sunday Sabbathing’ on, you guessed it, Sundays. We are doing this for a couple reasons: one, Duluth is gorgeous and we want to take advantage of its natural beauty and fun; two, we believe in leisure on the Lord’s day; and three, we need to get off our devices more often. It’s been a great decision to make Sunday a day of exploration.
  4. Pope Francis in USA. Just, yes.
  5. My husband made the most flipping ADORABLE video of my niece’s first birthday party. Get a load of her ridiculously cute personality and my hubby’s great video skillz here. Happy birthday, little girl!

GRACE

This really speaks to my heart.

“As we have seen, there is sometimes a big difference between what God is actually asking of us, and what we imagine he is asking. We won’t have the grace to do what God is not asking of us. But for what he is asking, he has promised us his grace: God grants what he commands. When God inspires us to do something (if it really is God who is the source of the inspiration), at the same time he supplies the ability to do it, even if it is beyond our capacity or scares us at the start. Every motion that comes from God brings both the light to understand what God intends, and the strength to accomplish it: light that illuminates the mind, and strength that gives power to the will.”

— Fr. Jacques Philippe
In the School of the Holy Spirit

source: the Catholic Company’s Morning Offering email

CARITAS PODCAST

I am certainly not promoting this because I want everyone to listen to me babble for an hour (because it’s a little embarrassing), but I am promoting it because I sincerely love the work these ladies are doing.

Brigid and Elise out in Washington DC have teamed up with a new initiative called Caritas Podcast. It is a podcast geared towards real conversations about living out faith in an increasingly secular world. They are just getting started and I wish them many years of life in this journey. I have no doubt it will be a witness and a form of strength for all who are trying to live in the world but not of it. I was super honored they asked me to speak with them.

I talk about things such as: my vocation, Lady Guadalupe setting me up on a blind date, walking the Camino, volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, and more.

Check it out here! And yes, I know my Minnesotan accent is ridonkulous.

Links to go along with my words:
Shine Through Us prayer | Saint slips for patron saints | Christian hip hop artists

DIGNITY

Dignity (n.): The quality or condition of being esteemed or honored; Inherent nobility and worth; Poise and self-respect.

Dignity.

Or is it
A characteristic so often forgotten.
Abandoned and ignored in a climactic moment of power.
What good people have, not evil.
What useful people have, not useless.

Dignity.

I lament for Your people, O Lord! Give us the eyes to see the truth, the beauty, the goodness bestowed upon each one of Your creatures. Give us the grace to be unconditional in our care for the earth and all who possess it. Allow others to experience Your love through us.

Let us be nothing and You be everything.