Saturday, January 17, 2015

The First Rite

Thank you so, so much for all the comments regarding Buddy. I was overwhelmed when I logged on this morning and found so many. Naturally, I burst into tears. Again, thank you.

Today I headed to mass with Soraya (one of my best friends and the woman I'm sponsoring in RCIA). Afterward, we prayed the rosary and then practiced for our first step: The Rite of Acceptance. We're both excited/terrified. Standing up in front of the entire congregation! Speaking! Everyone looking at us. 

Shared neuroses: it's why we are such good friends.

This is my favorite rosary. It's made of crushed rose petals and smells so good. My friend bought it for me at the Vatican a few years ago. I haven't prayed the rosary in years, but after a few Hail Mary's it all came back to me. If you've never prayed the rosary before and are in any way a total spazz, I highly recommend you give it a shot. I was so relaxed when we stopped that it felt like I was just waking up from a nap! A nap I wanted to resume, incidentally, so maybe don't pray while operating heavy machinery.

Happy Saturday!


  1. Violet had her First Reconciliation today. I somehow missed that during my own RCIA experience so I had mine as well. Back in my evangelical days, I always pooh-poohed confession, but I have to say, the older I get the more I find beauty and wisdom in the Catholic

    That rosary is BEAUTIFUL and I really, really love your shoes!

  2. I love the rosary. I often say it while driving to work. sometimes my mind wanders but I think that's ok. I have been meaning to share a jesuit link with you, since you mentioned you were trying to bring more Catholicism into your life (hopefuly that is accurately paraphrased). the Jesuits have a link to a daily inspiration that includes a short scripture reading and reflection. It takes no time, and I like the awareness of the bible that it has brought to me over time. Thought you might find it easy and worthwhile.My parish is Jesuit and there is a Jesuit University at the end of my street. I have a great appreciation for the Jesuits and, of course, Pope Francis. The site is


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