“Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.”
- Veni Creator Spiritus (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQGBMl… )
I hope you all had a spiritually fruitful Lent and a joyous Easter! I thought I’d just do a quick update of life since it just so happens to be my 24th birthday (AHH! I’M GETTING OLD!!!) and in time for the great Solemnity of Pentecost.
Well, I finished up this past semester and now I’m working on lots of commissions that have been keeping me busy. This summer, I’m sure, will end up being a full one. My summer job will probably be starting soon, so then I’ll have less time to do art, but I need to save up so I can pay for school next semester. I finished reading the collection of essays by Cicero that I’d been working on for a good while. I also managed to finish reading Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ (which was AMAZING). And yesterday I finished H.F.M. Prescott’s The Man on a Donkey, a historical fiction novel set in England around the year 1536 after Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the monasteries. It’s a very good book. A friend recommended it to me a long time ago and I’ve only now finished it.
First big piece of news…in a week I’m going to be headed off to Germany!! YAY! I’ve missed Europe so much and I’ve been wanting to get back ever since before I left Italy. My brother was just going to go to a strength and conditioning seminar held in Cologne himself, but then his wife was like, “Hey, I want to go to Europe too!” So she invited me and we’re going with her brother and one of my cousins. EEEE! I’m so excited!! I think the plan is to take a train from Cologne to Paris and stay there for a couple days. We’ll only be in Europe for a week, but hey, I’ll take as much time in Europe as I can get! We’re still trying to figure out our itinerary, so I’ll let you guys know how the trip went once we get back.
Second (and more important) big piece of news is that my brother Peter was just ordained to the transitional deaconate (which means next year he’ll be ordained a priest) on the 16th!!! We’re all so excited for him! He still can barely believe he’s a deacon now and that he’s got one more year until priesthood. Please keep him in your prayers, if you would! His gave his first homily on the Feast of the Ascension and there’s a podcast available to listen to it, if you’d like. Here’s the link: hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/4/6/a/46a74…
Well, those are the big things that I can think of as way of a quick update. Pentecost is coming up everyone! COME HOLY SPIRIT!
I was also tagged by Zurajanaikatsurada. I don't have time to do the whole tagging thing, but I'll answer her questions:
1. Your favorite book?
Oh gosh, that's a hard one. Ummm...I guess I'll go with The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
2. What do you do in your free time? That is, if you have free time.
Waste my time playing computer games.
3. What is your favorite food?
New York Strip steak cooked medium.
4. Have you ever used the word hippopotomonstrousesquipidaliophobia in a sentence?
5. Milk or Dark Chocolate? Or white chocolate?
6. If you had to move to one country, which one would it be?
That's another hard one...hmmm...Ireland maybe? Israel too...if I were feeling adventurous.
7. What do you normally have for breakfast?
Two eggs and two slices of toast. Occasionally some fried up potatoes to go along with it. If I'm in a hurry it's a poached egg on a piece of toast.
8. Do you have any pets?
9. If you could own one mythical creature, what would it be?
A dragon would be pretty cool...and that's only assuming you could control it.
10. What is your favorite color?
11. What time is it where you live right now?
12. Do you have a favorite avenger?
Eh...not a big superhero fan. Maybe Tony Stark/Ironman from the movies.
13. Tea or coffee?
Tea. Still have never had a drop of coffee in my life.
Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come, giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.
sweet guest of the soul,
In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.
O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Without your grace,
there is nothing in us,
nothing that is not harmful.
Cleanse that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.
Bend that which is inflexible,
fire that which is chilled,
correct what goes astray.
Give to your faithful,
those who trust in you,
the sevenfold gifts.
Grant the reward of virtue,
grant the deliverance of salvation,
grant eternal joy.
- Veni Sancte Spiritus (www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3oVsU… )
~Omnes ad Iesum per Mariam~
Your Sister in Christ,
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