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Defining purpose

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I have been reflecting quite a lot on purpose in my life. To every thing, there is a purpose, right? I’ve been going through this stage of sorting out what’s really important in my life and what’s not and battling emotions associated with so much that’s still void in my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

You look so happy these days

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May 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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The Hardest Worker

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I love my sister.  She’s recently had her first child and I am completely at a loss to help her.  We’ve always leaned on each other for difficult times (not that I’m calling having a newborn a difficult time.)  I’ve been calling her much more frequently, just to check in on her.  Today, my niece was particularly irritable and I realized that this is definitely something I can’t help her with.   Book smarts are useless in child rearing. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

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Learning by Observation

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I’ve been staying with my sister for four days now and I must say it’s quite the psychological experiment to watch her and her husband go through their first full week as new parents.  They are so excited about being new parents, they are still patient through all of the crying and more importantly with each other.  I hope that if I should ever be blessed Read the rest of this entry »

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June 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

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Lay It at the Foot of the Cross

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been noting how weak I feel in my faith. I was driving around today, running last-minute errands before I leave to visit family tomorrow, and I turned on my local Catholic radio station and there was this man relating a story about the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He was recalling a woman who told him that she was very angry with God because her child was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. He told her to take her anger to the foot of the cross. . . Read the rest of this entry »

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May 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

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Blessings in a Bundle

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My niece was finally born this afternoon!  I’m extremely tired (and I didn’t have to do any of the labor!).  I just wanted to post a quick thought of thanksgiving for all the prayers and well wishes from friends and acquaintances who have had to listen to me brag for the last 8 months or so about my sister’s pregnancy.  The girl was a healthy 7 lbs 15 oz and born with all ten fingers and all ten toes!  I’m sure she’s beautiful–I get to meet her on Tuesday and I can’t wait!

When I got the message that my sister was going into the delivery room, I prayed the rosary.  I dispatched my guardian angel.  And my sister is just great aside from a severe cold.  Now both she and the child will rest as a new chapter begins in her life and I can’t wait to watch it unfold.

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May 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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Reflections on Pentecost

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Pentecost by Nora Kelly

As much as I’d like to deny it, I have somehow caught whatever is going around.  Normally, I would just take NyQuil or whatever elixir suited the symptoms and sweat it out over a few days.  But since I’m going out of town in a week to behold my newborn niece (that is, she will be newborn by the time I get there), I can’t afford to bring germs with me.  It’s not that I even feel that ill (just a sore throat, almost like laryngitis), but I can’t/just don’t want to take any risks.  Plus, the intangible inner ear itch is extremely annoying.

Today was a festival at my parish church.  I was surprised by how many people I know and how many people know me.  I felt very much like I was a part of the family–which is the point, after all.  As I putted along with my iced tea in hand, I was reflecting on how distant I feel from God this past month.  I can tell He is very much present in my life (especially today), but I still get this sad sense within that I am somehow turning my back on Him.  I am in serious need of prayer, reflection. 

Today is the birthday of the church!  It is Pentecost.  It is one of my personal favorite feast days, as we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit.  It is this third person of the Trinity that I am most grateful for lately (not as if I could love any of the whole any less).  When I am sad and needing comfort, it is this Spirit that gives me perseverance.  It is this Spirit that refuses to abandon me, the promise of Christ that He will be with me until the end of times.  It is this very same Spirit that is the reason for Hope, even on the hopeless.

Once again, I implore the Holy Spirit to enter my heart, mind and soul and to provide clarity in my quest for love and truth.

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May 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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