a word salad of a few fun things i found on and off the internet this week
"in very simple terms, hope happens when we have the ability to set realistic goals, we are able to figure out how to achieve those goals (including the ability to stay flexible and develop alternative routes), and we believe in ourselves." - brene brown, daring greatly
"wild orthodoxy and orthopraxy" - ethan magness
this is how i hope to be able to preach one day.
"funeral for ellie mae" - sean of the south
this begins with a beautiful prayer for anyone who has ever lost a pet. i wanted to reprint it here, but it's a bit too long.
a friend of mine introduced me to cookies from Cafe Louisa this week. their mint chocolate chip is easily now in my top three all-time favorites. if you're anywhere near there ever, do not miss them.
inspired by a friend, i recently set several alarms on my phone to remind me of the things i need to hear thoughout the day. the alarms are silent and i set them at random times, but they always seem to come just when i need them. in case you'd like to try it too, here are a few of mine to inspire you:
Ask God what you can do for Him today.
Pray for someone else.
Act better than you feel.
Don't allow the uncertainty of your situation to distract you from the capacity of what can happen."
Stop taking yourself so damn seriously.
How can you be curious?
i first learned about the examen from an interview i heard with fr. james martin, sj. i was so intrigued i bought his book, "the jesuit guide to (almost) anything" just to learn more. the examen is a reflection at the end of your day and consists of the following steps:
Place yourself in God's presence. Give thanks for God's great love for you.
Pray for the grace to understand how God is acting in your life.
Review your day — recall specific moments and your feelings at the time.
Reflect on what you did, said, or thought in those instances. Were you drawing closer to God, or further away?
Look toward tomorrow — think of how you might collaborate more effectively with God's plan. Be specific, and conclude with the "Our Father."
if you're interested in trying the examen, fr. martin now offers adaily podcastthat will walk you through the examen. it's perfect for someone like me who just speeds through it on my own!
see you next week, beloved.