5 Thing String

On my old blog, I would occasionally take part in a blog community event called 7 Quick Take Fridays. You post 7 quick takes about your week. Today, I don’t have 7 things. I have a string of 5 things from the week. So here’s my “Friday 5 Thing String”


Novena: My mom and her Cursillo groupies discovered this novena to Our Lady under the title: Undoer of Knots. They prayed if before and my mom mentioned they were doing it again and it was ending this week. I decided to check it out and I started it on Monday. Each day, the prayer begins with an Act of Contrition. Having not been to confession in months, it was so humbling to say these words and try to make them prayerful, not just reading off the page. Then you pray 3 decades of the Rosary, read the meditation, finish the rosary, and end with the closing prayer. This led me back to praying…


the Rosary: I must be honest, I never prayed a daily rosary for a long period of time. I’ve always wanted to. I grew in my love of the Rosary when during my ‘Youth 2000’ days, I was asked to lead the Rosary during retreats. The first day, I prayed the rosary at my desk at work. I could not believe how good it felt to have the words fill my mind. The words of the…


…Hail Mary. As I prayed the words, such peace and joy came over me. At my desk. At work. I knew it was from the Blessed Mother because those two things have not been common feelings that I get at my desk at work lately. It changed my day around. I prayed the next day at work also. Then I was out on Wednesday so I missed a day. I brought the prayers home with me last night so I could catch up on the missed day…


Since I was praying the 4th day at home, I walked over to my slider door and grabbed the rosary beads that I left there (for good weather on Matt & Danielle’s wedding in May). As I prayed, I recalled the circumstances surrounding these specific rosary beads. Emily brought them back for me from her semester abroad. I recall how they summarized who I was. They are wooden (which always reminds of me of my connection/roots in Franciscan spirituality). They are from Lourdes (my favorite place, where my favorite saint saw Our Lady). They were blessed in Medjugorie (another awesome place that Our Lady has been appearing). There is a medal on it and on the front is Our Lady of Perpetual Help (patroness of Haiti) and on the back is a rose (my middle name) and in Italian the words for Pray for Me (I’m Italian). It was like in an instant, praying on this rosary reminded me who I was, who I am, who I am called to be…


…called to be in my everyday life. Then I looked around me, saying the words I know so well, praying in my home. A few years ago, I told a very good friend that I needed to get out of my house and on retreat, so I drove to NJ to have a silent retreat alone. He asked, “Why did you have to go all the way to NJ to hear God speak to you?” I couldn’t answer then. Even though I knew in my heart why. I wasn’t ready to admit that there were places that I didn’t want God to see (as if that’s even possible). Now that feeling is gone. I have experienced that God will not ever leave me. I can and will allow Him into every part of my life. It’s the only way He can heal all of the places that are  broken.

People: All of this is happening in my life during this novena and I’m not even done with it yet! Check it out!!!




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