I'm sure you've all heard the Gospel story about 3 wise men making a long journey, following a bright star, to that lowly manger where our new born Savior lay wrapped in strips of cloth.
This story is most appropriate for all of us today! We all stumble around this earth, looking for that ray of hope, that guide that draws us into the love of God. Like the wise men, our joy overflows when Christ comes to us through others, through prayer, and through every day, mundane things.
The real joy of today is that part of the celebration of this feast, 3 people were baptized at Christ Episcopal Church. Like the wise men, they all came from a distant place, following that light of hope that beckons them to love and to be loved in Christ.
I would like to congratulations to drjones79 on the day of his new birth into the Body of Christ. It's a long journey, and it may not always be easy, but it will most certainly be worth it.
Welcome to the family.
I'm also very new to the Catholic religion and undertaking the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). I am looking to chat with other Catholics who are preferably within my age bracket (20-30). I have also started a LJ community for Australian Catholics called Australian Catholics and here is the link:
I would first like to welcome lovetakesyouin and drjones79 to the community. Please feel free to pop in and 'say' hello.
Just a tiny update for everyone:
Br. Nicholas started chemotherapy this week, and is doing fantastic, all things considered. He led a blessing service this evening for Bingo, the well-loved dog who is a companion to the Christ Church Chior director, Nancy Kern.
The rest of us are taking a bit of quiet time (when we can get it) during Advent, and making an effort to re-center.
I'm going to make a shameless plug for clean sock donations right about... now. If you have extra socks or warm shirts, hats, or scarves in good condition, please consider donating them to us or to someone who is homeless in your area. Winter is cold enough as it is, and everyone needs a little bit of Christ to warm their hart.
It's been a long, strange absence from the web lately. Just a little update:
The OSF has been through some big developments lately.
Br. Zane Young, OSF was recieved into the community last month. He's currently working on a Ph.D. in Texas and will join the community this comming spring to make his First Profession, around or at the same time that I will be making my Second Profession.
We also have one Associate in Portland, OR, who will hopefull be joining us in January for some prayer and an official welcome into the community.
We have two aspirants, one who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Bapatism in January 07 and one who is considering both the ECUSA and OSF.
OSF attended Diocesan Convention this year, along with EFSJ(Benedictines) and the Little Sisters of St. Clare. It was a blast, and we're starting to educate people about there being Vowed Religious in this Diocese.
I was also at the Fall Festival at St. Francis Mill Creek, and sold a good number of Rosaries and Jam to support our homeless outreach ministry. Thanks to everyone to came out a braved the cold.
Other than that.. Please prayer for Br. Nicholas who is a little under the weather, for Sr. Dorothy and the Little Sisters, and for Br. Johan, EFSJ.
Today is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In honor of Our Lady, Br. Nocholas Kis, OSF will be leading the service of Evening PRayer tonight at St. Mark's Cathedral at 6:30pm in the chapel.
There will be a recitation of the Franciscan Crown (a 7 decade Rosary honoring the joys of the BVM) at 5:30. Rosaries will be provided if you don't happen to have a Franciscan Crown handy.
Thanks to the graciousness of Bishop Nedi Rivera, Fr. Steve Garratt, Br. Nicholas Kis, OSF, and many friends and a few family, I made my novice profession of Vows.
I feel.. elated.
I was a nervous wreck for a week prior, and a total wreck the night of.
I'm thankful most of all for the grace of God who has brought me this far.
Things have been busy in my neck of the woods lately.. The OSF website now has it's own domain name, http://osffranciscans.com, and more updates are comming soon. There will be a updated evening Prayer schedule, as well as Profession pictures after the service.
I'm very frazzled concerning my upcomming Vows.. It's a very big thing. My mom is comming to town (bless her) and I've finally gotten all the papers and paperwork taken care of. There should be 28 hours in the day, if you ask me.
That's all for now.
I haven't posted in a while, let's see.. What's new?
I graduated from Veterinary Nursing school on December 27th, and I now work overnights on weekends in an emergency vet. hospital.
I am also creeping up very quickly on my Vow Profession, which is Easter Monday. Only 2 months and 2 weeks! Whoa! I was asked to write the service booklet, which was both a challenge and a blessing. Let's hope it get OK'd for public consumption shall we?
I also moved the OSF website to a less finicky company. We'll see how it goes.
How is everyone else doing
I found this posted anonymously, and I thought I would share it.
Sing for joy to God our strength,
acclaim the Lord God living and true with shouts of joy.
For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious,
the great king over all the earth.
Because the Most Holy Father of Heaven, our king from the
first, sent his beloved Son from on high and he
was born of the blessed, holy Virgin Mary.
"He will cry to me, 'You are my father' ... So I shall make
him my first-born, the highest of earthly kings".
On that day the Lord bestowed his mercy
and that night his song.
This is the day which Yahweh has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad.
For the Most Holy Beloved Child was given to us and was born
for us on the way and was laid in a manger, because
there was no room at the inn.