Acts 18:9 – 10
Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.
Jn 16:20 – 21
… you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.
In Conversation with God:
The gift of understanding allows us to contemplate God in the midst of ordinary matters and events, whether pleasant or sorrowful. The way to achieve the fulness of this gift is by personal prayer in which we contemplate the truths of faith; by a joyful, loving struggle to maintain presence of God throughout the day; by fostering acts of contrition whenever we have cut ourselves off from God. This gift is not something extraordinary given only to exceptional persons. No. It is given to all those who want to be faithful to God wherever they find themselves, sanctifying their joys and sorrows, toils and rest…
Our heart… needs to distinguish and adore each one of the divine Persons. The soul, as it were, making a discovery in the supernatural life, like a little child opening his eyes to the world about him…
… i’ve fallen harder than a landslide, i spent a week away from you last night…
Today is my first legit day off. I did go out in the morning for Mass and Morning Prayer and breakfast, but then I came home and slept… I’ve officially caught up on sleep and feel extremely refreshed. I’ve written and mailed a letter, made a phone call, received and read a letter, spreadsheeted this week’s expenses, unpacked almost completely, spent a couple of hours playing with the kids, and now I’ve got dinner in the oven.
We had our first family barbecue last night. Something felt different, because I didn’t actually sit down on the deck at all; I didn’t sit down outside at all, because I had a 7-month old to dance around =) Rob and Jennifer were there, and it was so lovely, sitting in the living room surrounded by extremely energetic little ones. Lily may not yet be able to crawl, but her eyes are always dancing.
In spite of having put in something like 90 hours since getting here, we’ve snuck in a good number of outings already, including X-Men, breakfast at Sam’s Graces followed by coffee at The Stained Cup, Trivia night, and Maleficent tonight. We’ll try to hit Legs on Sunday, I think.
And, for the final bit of news: I’m very nearly done with my application to Steubie…