Well, here is the very first post on my new blog to record my conversion experience! I really feel like God has lit a fire in me recently. A fire of my faith, and seeking Him out (everything I have always prayed to have and to be) and I am just so excited to be living it out! I am excited to learn and grow and experience my first liturgical year as a Catholic!
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is coming up on Saturday, and I am so excited to be celebrating this day with Daniel for the first time! One of the things I have loved from the very first moment stepping into a Catholic Church is how much time Catholics spend meditating on our Lord’s wonderful mysteries, biblical events, and God himself. That is one of the reasons I am so excited for Saturday. When I take time to really think about what our Lord has done for me (and also to simply think that all of those events are real), I feel myself growing closer to God and having a sense of peace that overwhelms any stress, anxiety, or worry that is trying to take over my life. That’s the goal, right? To grow closer to God, to become more like Him. I have so much work left to do in that area–but really, it should be a constant conversion. I should always be working!
Since I am a Catholic of about five months, I have only had exposure to praying the Rosary for a little over a year. Just recently, I have been trying to make it a regular part of my week. Getting to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary (the life of Jesus) every other day has been improving my life significantly. If you think about it, how could thinking about the life of Jesus be, in any way, bad for for a person? My work weeks have been getting easier with this remembrance and the long hours I very often detested for their demeaning, exhausting, repetitive nature have been helping me to grow, offer myself and everything around me to God. I would not say that I love those hours, but being able to give my suffering to God and see the fruit of my labors in the lives of others pushes me to wake up and do it all over again every day.
Much like praying the Rosary and meditating on those mysteries, The Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross allows one to meditate on the cross, death and resurrection thus remembering our Salvation and glorying in our Lord Jesus Christ!
I’m not sure how we are going to celebrate it yet (Before I even realized it was coming up, I ordered a book about St. Helena, so I’m very psyched to be reading it around this time), but I was hoping to make a nice dinner and learn more about the feast day with Daniel. Celebrating the many feast days and events of the liturgical year is one of my favorite parts of being Catholic. As a protestant, I felt like the only time we could really meditate on a specific biblical event or celebrate Christ was for Christmas and Easter. You can imagine my surprise upon entering the Catholic Church! It is such a rich culture, designed to bring us closer to God.
You should be able to expect some more blog posts soon. Some on my faith, some on the books I’m reading (in an effort to cut out TV intake and substitute things that cause me to grow and think), some on recipes I’m trying, and probably several on crafts and DIY projects (I am a big advocator of the Do-It-Yourself mentality).