Tuesday, March 28, 2006

4th Week of Lent!! :O

Can you believe we're more than halfway through Lent?! It seems like it JUST started... like this past weekend! :O
Where does the time go??? I'd like some of it back. ;)

Retreat went very well - I'm sure I got lots of graces. :) But it was a very tiring week nonetheless... not much of a relaxation. I had a pretty good weekend following it - Lindsey and her boyfriend (whom we call "Beppo") came in from Kansas City to visit and we had friends over for dinner on Sunday. Quite enjoyable. :)
But now it's back to the daily grind. *sigh* Less than two months 'til Grad!!!! I can't believe I'll be graduating college (yeah, I know - it's only two years, but still... :)) ... it seems like just last year I graduated high school. But it's actually been three years! (Oh yeah, I also went to a class get-together on Sunday... it was really weird feeling because one of the girls that was there, from my high school class, is married and expecting. Two others are engaged and their weddings are fairly proximate. Sure made us feel those three years. ;))
Anyway... so yeah... it's back to the daily grind. The daily ups and downs. I like school, but I'll be glad when it's over. It has gotten really stressful for me. In the meantime, I need to decide what to do next year. I've been weighing the pro's and con's of the options I've got and will hopefully have a decision before too much longer. At which time I will let you know what the verdict is. :D

Right now, though, I'm supposed to be typing out History notes for the mid-term that's this Friday (scary!)... so tata for now!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Long time...

Oof! It's been too long since I've updated!

I'm doing well (minus a nasty cold I can't seem to shake) and staying PLENTY busy!! (Many apologies to those of you I haven't been able to keep well in touch with!! I'm sorry!!) In 5 hours I will be starting my annual retreat - this time an Ignatian one, preached by Frs. Griego and Goettler. It should be excellent! I would very much appreciate it if you would all keep me in your prayers most especially this week. Thank you so much~

This past week did feel like forever with the guys gone on their retreat... but I was still very occupied with work, school, play practice, and "to do" lists. :)
As it is, I probably ought to finish this up here... I have yet to pack for retreat, need to finish some correspondence and call a couple of people before this afternoon. So a very happy St. Joseph's Day to you all (and a belated Happy St. Patrick's Day)!! Prayers, PLEASE!!! God bless~
I'll be back in a week or so. :)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Miscellaneous and Femininity

Ash Wednesday today... the marathon of Lent begins!

My blog had its first birthday yesterday! :D It was 'born' on February 28, 2005. (Birthday checks may be made payable to "Monica Carroll".... ;) ;))

Last night, as I was browsing around a little bit, I came across an article on feminism and femininity. Those of you who know me will recall that this is one of my favorite topics -- the restoration of true women as the catalyst to a counter-reformation in society. One paragraph struck me in particular because it was so well put. So complete yet concise. (It's a bit Christian - rather than Catholic - but the essence is there.) Here is the exerpt:

Pick up any woman's magazine, particularly a certain one which was once run by men who promoted good articles and fiction, and which are read by as many men as women. Read there the articles by shrewd sly gentlemen who proclaim a woman "has as much 'right' to do any of the world's work as men, as much 'right' to a job or a career, as much 'right' to be head of the household." Those boys know what they're up to: The real enslavement of women. Tragically, such near-men and the Liberation Ladies can never crush the longing of a woman's heart to be cherished, to be protected, to be guarded, to be honored and deferred to, to be loved dearly and devotedly, to be a true helper, to be a complement, in her femininity, to the masculine nature; her longings to be the patroness of beauty and tranquility, to be the dear mother of respectful children, to be, as the Holy Bible says, "a good woman, whose price is far above rubies," the adorner of life, the civilizer, Godly, with beauty of spirit long after her youthful beauty has gone.

It really is a dream of mine to live the role of a feminine woman, most effective because she develops her God-given gifts and talents... The poem "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron has always meant a lot to me too:

She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Once more into the breach, my friends! Once more!! Step by step we CAN restore society!