Seven pieces of my life, as of the last two weeks. Visit Jennifer at Conversion Diary for more quick takes!
1. We spent last Sunday (and I do mean the entire day--I don't remember it taking this long when I was a kid!) carving pumpkins with our friends! Andrew and I brought home three pumpkins bedecked with an anchor, our initials, and a Miraculous Medal. I'd say our carving speed ratio was 2:1--cutting out the M for mine took hours! We've spent plenty of time reveling in Fall lately--the pumpkins were accompanied by a visit to the farmer's market and homemade pumpkin lattes!
2. I'm bursting to tell you: I'll soon have a new column at Ignitum Today! If you've never read the honest, thoughtful articles on this blog written by young Catholic adults, go do it now. Relationships, politics, the media...whatever you're most interested in, I'm sure you'll find something awesome. I admire the way a lot of Ignitum's writers engage the culture in a way that's boldly out in the world, not just timidly in their pews, and am so excited to join them! My first piece will be published later this month.
3. T.S. Eliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is so special to Andrew and I. So imagine how unbelievingly delighted I was to find this print with one of the exact lines that means the most to us! I do think it would look perfect in our living room.
4. Back in college, a philosophy class called Love and Friendship opened my eyes to Catholic teaching on authentic love, as well as the wounds the culture has inflicted on our generation, for the first time. I knew I wanted to tell my peers that there's something so much better out there, and it's what inspired me to pursue a year as a chastity speaker. I was reminded of that time in my junior year, feeling simultaneously shocked, saddened, and hopeful, when I read this article this week about hookup culture and a few responses to it here and here. It's provocative reading, but I think it's so important not to shy away from the reality we live in, the better to humbly confront it with truth and love. I'd love to know what you think!
5. Confession time: I am totally materialistic sometimes. Give me a little too much time on Pinterest or lifestyle blogs, and I'll find myself making long lists of things I'm suddenly convinced I need for my apartment and my closet. Do you ever fall into this, too? How do you drag yourself out of a coveting mindset? I've been trying to remind myself that I need way less than I think I do (I need none of it, in fact!), and that if I moderate my window shopping and wishlisting, it'll be easier. One thing that helps me, though, is perusing pretty, non-shopping related images that give my heart a lift. I just found out about this oh-so-charming project, Let's Colour: painting the town, literally, in little corners all over the world that can use a lift! It's the beautiful things...
6. Confession time, part two: until last Sunday, I had not been to confession since Ash Wednesday. I know the Church only requires two trips to reconciliation a year, but after getting into the habit of going every two or three weeks during college (my campus was shared with a seminary, so lucky for all of us students, the sacraments were constantly available) and needing to go all the time during my first year out of school, even a few months feels like a long time to me now. We're blessed to have daily Mass and confession opportunities at our parish, right within walking distance. Back in the spring, I started a new job that doesn't make it possible for me to get to Mass during the week anymore, and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I really started feeling the weight of not receiving the Eucharist as often. I was constantly grumpy, easily frustrated, and felt quite a few attacks on my self-worth. My soul was tired. It finally came to me that I felt all this heaviness because it had been so long since it had been lightened by God's mercy in the confessional. I couldn't wait to receive it. So, Andrew and I went on a little confession date this past weekend, and I really do feel so free. I never want to wait that long again. Working ladies, teach me your ways! How do you maintain your spiritual life with a 9 to 5 schedule?
7. And lastly, for your listening pleasure, a song I can't stop listening to (scroll to the bottom!).
Enjoy the weekend! What are you up to?