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a few words of wisdom

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Do you remember those nonsense chain emails that your friends and parents use to send you? More often than not when my mom would partake in them, she didn’t expect me to pass them along. She was sending me them for the message. I kept one of the emails in particular. I went back to read it, and something is compelling me to share it today. Enjoy.

Let me note by saying this is a little prayer. If you aren’t religious or a person of faith, that’s not the point. The reason I wanted to share this was the first sentence. Please, focus on the first sentence. It is beyond true, and I think this is the sign that you are searching for.

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never  did” When God takes something from your grasp. He’s not punishing you,  but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on  this sentence. “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of  God will not protect you.” Something good will happen to you today,  something that you have been waiting to hear. Just 27  Words, ‘God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries  and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.’  This prayer is so powerful.

As a Catholic, I do believe that prayer is a powerful thing and I also believe in chasing your dreams. If there is something you want, go after it. The only chances you miss are the opportunities you don’t take. Have confidence in yourself.

 

that perfect fit

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For those of you who know me, know I am rather strong in my faith and firm in my convictions. For those of you who don’t it’s something you now know, and something you will come to admire about me.  After officially moving to DC (for good) I have been testing out different Parishes. It’s really hard. Trying something should be fun and an enjoyable experience, but to me this is stressful and the opposite of fun.

Cat’s out of the bag, I’m Catholic. I like going to mass. I enjoy the camaraderie that mass and the church brings you. I went to Catholic school until I was in the 6th grade. IN 6th grade I began public schooling and I transitioned into going to CCD (Continuing Catholic Development) classes until Confirmation (in the 11th grade). It was really hard to make this transition, until I realized that now as a public school kid I don’t go to mass two times a week, and all of my Wednesday nights will be booked. It was an easy change to get use to, but looking for a church on your own is not.

Looking for a church is really hard. I have been to so many churches in my day that I want all of the aspects that I like to be bundled up together, and put in one. I understand that is a really far-fetched idea, and probably will never happen. I understand that everything won’t always turn out how we want it to.  I’ve realized I am asking too much, but now after making a list my expectations are not too high. I don’t want to feel like a tourist and not welcome when I go to mass to celebrate. I want to feel at home and at ease.

I made a list of things that are important to me when finding a church, and hopefully I will find the perfect fit soon. I have three to-go and I have a great feeling about this.

Things that matter to me:

1. the size of the church
2. the type of worship/mass and the service structure (I know this seems like a strange one because Catholics are Catholic— well sort of, but everyone chooses to worship differently. I was raised in a very traditional setting and most churches are going the modern route.)
3. Outreach to parishioners

Sure, it’s a hard quest especially when you are in it “alone”. But along the way I have learned, there is no perfect church. I usually need to visit a church a few times before making a solid decision. And above all, I cant give up. I know I have to keep searching until I find the right fit.  Sidebar, if there are any Catholics in the DC area reading this, I would love to hear where you attend mass.