Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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{SQT} A Couple of Appreciations and Some Cleaning

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I started to begin this post talking about the Our Lady of Fatima Touring Statue, but then realized that should be a post on its own. Come back in a few days to get the 411!
I work for a school system. If you do, too, you know how underappreciated we all feel. Our PTO (although our principal has changed the name to "MOCS"---don't ask me what the acronym stands for because I couldn't tell you!) set up our workroom/eating area on Monday. It stayed like this all week, with little goodies set out for us.
In addition to Teacher Appreciation Week, May is also "Better Hearing and Speech Month". As a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), this is the month that we are supposed to get the word out about all things Speech & Hearing. My coordinator sent out goodies for all of us SLPs.
I receive the Divine Mercy Daily in my email box every morning, but I think I'm going to have to unsubscribe. I am feeling so guilty about not praying the Chaplet as I sat next to my father as he was dying. I said a Rosary, but I honestly didn't even think about the Chaplet. I don't think I'm supposed to feel that way after reading those daily emails!
As my siblings & I are cleaning out my parents' house, we often come across things that make us smile. We're down to the very last things in the house; everything of any sentimental value has been taken out. I went down with my youngest son the other day so he could look through the kitchen things to see if there was anything he wanted (for when he decides to move out on his own). When I found this, I smiled:
It may look like just a little metal biscuit cutter to you, but this was what we used to make host out of bread when we played Mass! 
I spent part of last weekend cleaning off my desk. I found a place for almost everything I took from my parents' house. Here is the desk before:
and after:
This is where I say my morning prayers & read the daily readings. 
Last night began our Diocesan CCW (Council of Catholic Women) Convention. It's being held in my home parish this year, so it was nice to come home last night & sleep in my own bed instead of being in a hotel. We began the evening with a Mass celebrated by the Bishop, then dinner, and a presentation. The speaker was Jeff Gardner, of The Picture Christians Project. He speaks again this morning, so check back for a recap of the weekend!

I'm linking up with Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum for Seven Quick Takes.


  1. Very inspiring! I need to reorganize my whole house!!

  2. I haven't been a good Catholic for weeks now, and though I paid my CCW dues, I haven't been to a meeting in about two years. I'm having some trouble with our Pope and the Vatican. I also have a problem with women's groups and the time that gets wasted at meetings when I am tired and would rather be home. Gosh, I'm terrible. My faith is strong, but the Methodist church (I grew up in) is calling me back, I'm afraid. Time will tell. Joe will never leave the Catholic church so I will have to reconcile and do my best....


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