Oratoire de Saint Joseph

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I can’t remember if I wrote about the Oratory of Saint Joseph before and I’m too lazy to go check. If I’m repeating myself please forgive me.

Today with the Rise Up Conference we went to the Oratory of Saint Joseph and it was quite special because we had mass and it was led by Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, Titular Archbishop of Atella. All that to say that he’s pretty high up there.

But I do have to say that staying awake during his homily was quite a challenge… and a challenge that I failed. I most definitely fell asleep out of tiredness. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been sleeping fine here in the 5 star hotel but just having a busy schedule is making me so tired. Plus his voice was like a lullaby so it just put my to sleep. At first I was (as we say in french) cogner des clous. Continue reading “Oratoire de Saint Joseph”

A full day of awesomeness

I’m living something quite extraordinary this week. I am one of the lucky people who is able to attend something called the Rise Up Conference organized by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO). This is really an eye opening experience.

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At first I really didn’t want to go because the plane tickets were just way to expensive but God had other plans for me. I promised my brother that I would keep checking for sales and if I did see one I would buy the tickets and we would go together. Well needless to say one day I opened my Facebook and one of my friends just happened to post a status saying that these specific plane tickets were really cheap. I had to stay true to my promise so I got the tickets and off I went to explore the great city of Montréal. Continue reading “A full day of awesomeness”

Lobster friends

I’m laying in my bed thinking what can I write about tonight? Maybe Christmas, maybe New years, maybe something about my family or maybe something really random like my sister who is sitting right beside me telling me to write about turtles. I’m sure she’s thinking about the chocolate turtles since it’s Christmas but knowing her she’s really random so probably a squished turtle that she saw beside the road 5 and half years ago.

I really love my youngest sister but sometimes she can be a real PEST!! We have so many good times like a peanut butter jar flying in the wall out of anger and leaving a mark which mom never asked about until she repainted the wall. My o’ my was I happy that I wasn’t there when my sister confessed about it and am I ever happy that my sister has terrible aim. Out of this excursion we invented a new game called 123 couvert de salsa which is french for 123 salsa jar lid. It’s really fun, dangerous and entertaining but we can only play it when mom isn’t home. It goes in the same category as living room baseball with a broom and a teddy bear. O that poor teddy bear called trou dan’l cou which is slang french for hole in neck. My sisters always has really good names for her teddy bears…..  Continue reading “Lobster friends”

O Rex Gentium

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A time of anticipation and patience. Christ is coming and there’s nothing you can do to stop Him!! It’s so exciting!!!! But am I ready for His coming? Did I prepare my heart?

For me this advent season has been different because of my situation. Living with priests and all we have morning and evening prayer together and mass almost everyday. This means I got to really reflect on the O antiphons. I’m sure many of you have never heard of the O antiphons but here is a quick explanation of what they are.

 

The O Antiphons are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions. They are also used as the alleluia verses on the same days in the Catholic Mass.

They are referred to as the “O Antiphons” because the title of each one begins with the interjection “O”.[1] Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are: Continue reading “O Rex Gentium”

Candles!!!

Fire! Anyone who knows me well know that I really like playing with fire, both figuratively and literally.

Our life is like a candle, sometimes candles burn really well and other times candles spill over and make a mess. We have to know that for a candle to burn well we have to leave it be and trust that it will do what it needs to do. Just like God we have to trust that God will provide the wax for us to live the life He has planned for us.

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This morning when I got into the office the first thing I did was say hello to my coworkers then I lit a candle. This isn’t just any candle, it’s my I really need to concentrate candle. The smell is comforting but I’m not too sure why. It brings me back to when I lived at home and my mom wanted  to get rid of candles so she would burn them all day. When I got back from school we could smell these candles. My first instinct was to play with the burning candles, getting the wax on my fingers, making a mess and eventually blow it out (usually by accident).  Continue reading “Candles!!!”

Best compliment ever

Today I received the most beautiful compliments. You will be a great mother, I see those qualities in you and a baby looks good on you.

I did something for the first time today, I brought a baby to mass. This is the same baby I spoke about in one of my last post. I was very nervous of doing so because what if he started to cry? What if I needed to feed him during mass? What if he disturbed everyone around me? And what would people think of a young woman walking in the the church with a young baby? These are all things I worried about. What would people think of me? I often think of that when really it doesn’t matter what people think of me especially if I’m living the live that God has planned for me.

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I’ll Call you (and mean it)

I can do this, I can do this, yes you can, just trust in yourself Céline. Man o’ man do I ever keep telling myself that when I have to make a phone call that is work related. I was never a fan of calling people but I always knew that it was worth it.

b4f1635596fef51ef0f897e7c2e3fb76.jpgThis past week I have been trying to organize a retreat for the Manitoba people in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. It’s harder than it seems. I could get a team to lead the retreat but no hall to have it in or I could get the hall rented but no team available. It’s been one phone call after another and it’s still not falling into place.

On the bright side I was able to book a school for free on the weekend we wanted but now I can’t seem to find a team to come out. Céline, trust in God that everything will work out…. Not an easy thing when my coworkers are pressuring me to get more details about the event.  Continue reading “I’ll Call you (and mean it)”