It’s somehow only the second week of summer training? We pack so much into every single day that it feels like I’ve already been here for weeks! It’s SO good though. I’ll write more about daily life soon.
For now, I’m getting ready to go on a silent retreat for the next few days, and I would LOVE to get a quick nap in before our next activity begins, so this is going to be quick.
True: This week has been focused on growing in our spiritual lives as we prepare to go to campus and help others to do the same. Fr. Scott Traynor has been teaching our first year classes, and he has been awesome. Today, he was talking about Mary in the Annunciation (when the angel Gabriel came to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus), and he was talking about the crazy amount of particular details included in the passage.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Father Traynor went on to joke about how “…It was a Thursday afternoon at 3:28 pm and Mary was in the garden…” but it’s true! This event did occur at a very specific moment in time. He went on to mention how the FULLNESS of GOD came to her in a VERY particular way.
And God does the same for us. If you look back on your day so far, God has been loving you in very concrete, particular ways at each moment.
For me today, it’s been the frisbee game we played this morning (read below), having tacos in the cafeteria, and getting a chance to talk to my sister on the phone.
Ask God how He’s been loving you today, and I promise He’ll allow you to see so many ways!
Good: I am surrounded by incredible people here! I’m sure I’ve said that 50 times already, but it somehow becomes more and more true each moment. This morning, half of the women here got up at 6:30 am to play ultimate frisbee for an hour or so to help us grow in human character (more on that in a later post as well). Sounds basically miserable on all fronts, doesn’t it? Getting up super early, being forced to play a team sport, having to somehow get 4 roommates through the shower within 45 minutes after we’re finished… But it is SO much fun, simply because we’re all growing together.
Literally NO ONE is a champion at ultimate frisbee. You might be more skilled or more athletic than someone else, but for the most part, there aren’t a lot of gifted ultimate players. However, we can all put our best effort forth, and when that happens, it’s insanely good.
Sister Peter Marie, one of the Nashville Domincan nuns who is spending time with us here, was on our team and became our coach for the day, even though she didn’t know anything about ultimate to start with. Her “end of the game” pep talk was the best. She said “What I saw out there at the end was a bunch of women who knew what they wanted and tried REALLY hard to make it happen, and that’s all that matters! We might not be the ultimate champions, but we have ultimate hearts.”
Beautiful: I saw a snail the other day. He was really cute. That’s really all there is to the story. I just really like this snail.
This hasn’t been quick at all… Classic :)
Have a lovely Tuesday and let me know if there’s any specific way I can pray for you!