Monthly Archives: December 2015

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. Read the rest of this entry

A full day of awesomeness

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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. Read the rest of this entry

Lobster friends

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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…..  Read the rest of this entry

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: Read the rest of this entry

Candles!!!

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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).  Read the rest of this entry

Best compliment ever

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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)

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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.  Read the rest of this entry

Friends with Common Interests

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Ok, call me crazy but just follow what I’m saying here. You know when you have a long drive and you’ve been following a car for like an hour on a the highway. Well I don’t know if it’s just me but I tend to build some sort of bond with the other driver. It’s like we are the best of friends just because we are heading the same direction. You just want to give a hug to the other driver. Then the unthinkable happens, the other driver turns somewhere else and you’re not following the other car anymore. This bond that was created is gone and it will never be there again because you never actually met the other person.

This is exactly how it is with people whom we befriend because of a common interest. We talk about the common interest but never about the deeper stuff we are living.  For example: when I go swimming (which I do between 3-5 times a week) I talk with the lifeguards and my fellow swim mates. We talk about our personal records, the different strokes and which muscles we want to work on that specific day. But we never talk about the deeper things in our life. We just build on this fake bond that we have. If it wasn’t for meeting up for lap swim that bond wouldn’t be there.  Read the rest of this entry

Moving on

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Do you ever get in the habit of sin? I can say that I do that. I know it’s not a good thing but that’s usually a sign of falling back into an addiction. I start justifying my sin saying it’s ok because it’s not as bad as it was before.

You know you’re not supposed to do something and yet you do just a bit of it and think I didn’t do the full thing so it’s ok. It’s like an alcoholic who think he can get over alcholism by drinking just one drink a day. Then that one drink leads to two then three and so on. We usually have a ‘good reason’ for that one drink then another reason for the second one and next thing you know you’re back into that habitual sin.  Read the rest of this entry

No ‘poo

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I have to share a story that made me feel strong. It might sound a bit silly to you but eh whatever. So my archbishop and myself started watching a series called 100 (or something like that). We started watching an episode on Sunday night but our Internet/Netflix wasn’t working too well so it took longer than expected. As I wrote in one of my latest posts, I struggle with going to bed at a reasonable time but when we were watching I noticed it was later than the set time I have for bed Read the rest of this entry