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Daily Mass Readings and Prayers

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My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 12: ELVIS! FIRE! PARTY!

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The hardest part about Christmas shopping is wrapping up all the awesome stuff you bought and giving it to someone else. Today I bought just a bajillion bottles of lotion at Bath & Body Works because there’s not a lady on my shopping list that wouldn’t love it.

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Then I started to notice how awfully dry my skin is. It’s downright painful. And how do I know for sure if anyone else will like these scents? You see, I picked them based on what I think smells good. These would make terrible gifts! I think I should hang on to them and just suffer through using them all.

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St. Veronica’s Guild had our annual Christmas party! We adopted a local family to buy presents for, decided where to spend the rest of our monies, played dirty Santa and ATE! These ladies take these things very seriously, so I was not surprised to receive a phone call a few days ago to see if I was coming and advise me that there were to be no gag gifts in the gift exchange, only nice gifts. Bath & Body Works is nice, right?

I was also not surprised to see the amount of decorating that was done:

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And no one should have been surprised at how cute the cupcakes I brought were.

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Of course I made them myself! I made the toppers, too…out of old Christmas lights! Don’t worry, the mercury level is quite low!

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Dirty Santa was played with extreme adherence to policy. We are Catholic, after all. Each gift could only be stolen twice. No gifts were to be opened until everyone had chosen a gift. Therefore, any thieving was done based on wrapping, which could be deceiving, you can imagine. Once all gifts were picked, they were to be opened one at a time, in the same order as before.

Now, as soon as I saw this present under the tree, I knew I had to have it!

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And, lucky for me, it was stolen once already when my turn came, so I went and stole it again and it was all mine! I didn’t even care what was in the box, but…

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It was still a wonderful gift! Oh, I’ll be getting some use out of this, with the pain I’ve been having in my arm! Plus, I’m going to start working out again very soon, so it will come in handy for injuries, too! I think I made out pretty well!

Now, I was a little worried about my gift not being up to snuff, but I took two bottles of lotion and I think it was right on par with the other gifts. I just didn’t want anyone to feel jipped! But nothing could really compare to ELVIS, right?

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I sent Scott a picture of the Elvis ornament and he was just ecstatic, too. We both just love Elvis and we keep saying we need more Elvis stuff. Prove it, you say?

Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B:

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Or maybe that’s proof that we can’t agree on anything since we couldn’t agree on 1 Elvis to take our picture with? Whatever, we have an AWESOME new Christmas tree ornament and a FABULOUS body wrap. I guess it pays to sacrifice one’s lotions.

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Have you downloaded Advent at Ephesus yet? It’s just wonderful! I downloaded it on my new Kindle Fire and let me tell you, those nuns sing with the voices of angels! I started listening to it while I was doing dishes and my Sylvia plopped down right in front of the Fire so she could listen. She just loved it!

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This is the same cat that runs over to the Advent wreath when it’s time to light it, and lays down beside me when I do prayers. She’s a CATholic!

So, don’t take it from me, take it from Sylvia: Advent at Ephesus is worth every penny!

(Sylvia and I just LOLed at that because our other cat is called Penny.)

Don’t wait another moment, go download it today!

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Seen at the mall while Christmas shopping….

When I got into Jr. High school (7th grade) we were suddenly grown-ups. Why? Because we had a tampon machine in the ladies room. That’s what grown-up ladies expect when they go to the bathroom: the last minute opportunity to obtain a tampon or sanitary napkin (which I was horribly disappointed to learn was no more than a mere maxi pad). Today’s woman needs more than that. Yesterday’s woman may have found herself in the bathroom and suddenly realized her Aunt Flo was in town. The tampon machine was her solution. Today’s woman may find herself in front of the bathroom mirror and suddenly realize her hair is horrible. What is the solution to this conundrum?

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Third option from the left: Hair extensions for $0.75 each. “When life just can’t wait.”

Wha? Why? Ugh…

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In regards to my previous mention of my Kindle Fire…..let me break it down for you.

  • Scott and I bought each other Kindle Fires for Christmas.
  • Kindle boxes are very distinctive. Even wrapped up, it was obvious it was the same present.
  • Scott approached me a few weeks ago with, “So, a buddy of mine wants to get a tablet, but he doesn’t know anything about them. You know about that stuff, what kind of tablet would you want?”
  • Yeah, he thought he was being real smooth.
  • One year we bought each other matching bathrobes without planning it. So, we had a feeling such a thing would happen again.
  • Fine. I’ll admit it. I got on Scott’s Amazon account to see which tablet he got me.

So we went ahead and opened them up. We love them! I already buy so much digital content through Amazon, it just didn’t make any sense to get anything else. Plus, with the Fire, you get more than what you pay for, because Amazon expects to make money from digital purchases, not buying the tablet.

We love them!

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People are asking me what I’m going to do with my Kindle e-reader. I’m going to read with it! I still love it, two years later!

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Why do I keep taking pictures there? It’s just such a pretty spot, what with that lovely table runner and all. Who made that gorgeous thing? Somebody with a lot of talent!

I guess we can add “pride” to the list for my next confession.

But wait, there’s more! Head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!
I know, it’s like it’s Christmas already!

 

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, who blessed Mexico and all the Americas by your appearance to Juan Diego, intercede for the holy Church, protect the pope, and help everyone who invokes you in their necessities.

O mystical rose, hear our prayers and our petitions, especially for the particular one we are praying for at this moment (mention your request).

Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.

Amen.

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A Return to the Mass and Confession

 

wreathAdvent is a wonderful time to renew our commitment to God. It’s a perfect time to get back into the sacraments, establish a new tradition, or a new routine! For Catholics or Non-Catholics who currently do not attend church, this is a wonderful time to start attending Mass on a weekly basis. There are certainly a lot of reasons you may have fallen out of the habit, but there are many more, much better reasons to return to the Sacraments! Recently, I went to Confession for basically the first time and I am just ever so happy that I did. As for Mass, well, where would I be without my weekly Eucharist? If you haven’t been to Confession or Mass recently, now is the time to return.

Still not convinced? Well, the wonderful, far more eloquent folks down at National Catholic Register have assembled a wonderful little one page sheet on the how’s and why’s of returning to Mass and Confession, which you can see and print and share here: http://www.ncregister.com/images/documents/Advent_Guides.pdf

Return to the Sacraments! Come experience the Mass for the first time. You’ll never be sorry you did! This is the Year of Faith; there’s never been a better time!

 

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 11: Food, Food, Food, Blog, Advent, Nails, Nails.

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In my ongoing saga of health issues, I still don’t have a lot of news. All we know for sure is that I have a bulged disk in my neck, but my neurologist doesn’t think that’s causing all my issues. About 3 weeks ago, I watched a few documentaries and did some pretty extensive research and decided to take on a “healing foods” diet. Lots of veggies and fruits, lots of water, no sugar, no white bread, no white rice, no white potatoes. The focus is lots of foods that reduce inflammation, and avoiding foods that cause it. At the time I started it, I was exhausted and in constant pain. Every morning, when I woke up, my arms and legs were so numb, I had a hard time getting out of bed. Since starting the plan, I have a lot less pain, but I’ve still got a long way to go. The onset of the holidays has not helped. Thanksgiving was a huge curve ball, and then with family stuff, I’ve eaten out probably 4 or 5 times in the last week. I know, I know, I can just have a salad when I go out to eat, but I have such a hard time doing it. I mean, I don’t want to pay 10$ for a salad I could prepare for myself, from my own garden, even!

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To maximize my intake of raw vegetables, I’ve been having green smoothies for breakfast and lunch every day. I can get 5 servings of vegetables and 4 of fruit in just 2 smoothies! Plus, I also have a salad and some veggie-heavy soup with lunch, so any dinner veggies are a bonus! The problem with the smoothies and salad, is that I’ve been spending about half an hour a night rinsing and chopping vegetables and preparing my food for the next day. And I have to fix supper, too, so that’s another 30-60 minutes. And then there’s clean-up…so I spend about 2 hours in the kitchen every night. So, I took all the fruit I had, and measured it out for 10 smooties and put them in the freezer, and then did the same with my greens and put them in the fridge. So now, making a smoothie is as easy as measuring some almond milk and juice into the blender, grabbing a bag of greens and a bag of fruit and dumping it in! 5 minutes!

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21WerujkJiLNow, onto dinners. With my “special diet,” I’ve been fixing dinner just for myself and when Scottie comes home (at 2am), he’s on his own. Occasionally, I’ll make him some hamburger helper (do not judge!) but I’ve been spending enough time in the kitchen as it is!

So, I started looking at Crock-Pot freezer meals. Seems simple enough. Prepare 20 meals at once! Just put everything in a freezer bag, freeze it, then pop a bag in the Crock-Pot in the morning, and come home to dinner! It’s a little tricky to find food I can have on my plan, not to mention I really should be eating mostly fish, but…I think we’re going to give it a go.

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And now, for something completely different! There are certain blogs that, when I see new items in my Google Reader, give me the sensation of the guiltiest of pleasures. There’s nothing wrong with any of the blogs I follow, or I wouldn’t follow them, but when I see…

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I smile, snicker, then sort of look around to see if anyone’s watching before I click on it. Where else can you get a “Rebuttal Up in Hurrrrr!” that is eloquent and thoughtful without being stuffy? Who else will admit that disasters make us just a little bit happy, which then gives us license to consider why? After reading Marc’s ponderings about Andy Warhol, I was just breathless. I cannot recommend this blog more.

The reason I bring it up today is because of this article, about the Guttmacher institute, which made me sick to read. If you didn’t know, Guttmacher is the propaganda center for Planned Parenthood, and they are top notch at spitting out lies. It’s just disgusting.

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Week 1 of Advent is winding down and I’m a little sad. Scott is working nights so I’m lighting the candle by myself every night, and doing the Jesse tree devotions on my own. It’s oddly appropriate, though. Advent is a time when we don’t celebrate, not quite yet, but we prepare in anticipation of the joy that is to come. Advent teaches us to wait.

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I got my annual Christmas manicure! My favorite manicure of the year!

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Well, it usually is. I still look at my Hawaii manicure with great affection.

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Did I love the manicure for what it was…or for what it was for? That’s the eternal question, right there.

As always, there are more Quick Takes over at Conversion Diary!

 

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