Having gotten off track spiritually (I confess to being totally caught up in the Twilight saga, which has disrupted my prayer and scripture routines) yesterday’s Solemnity of the Annunciation was a great reminder that any day is a good day to start fresh and do better.

It was a strange day liturgically.  We just finished Lent a week ago, during which time we sacrificed through almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, as we remembered Christ’s death on the cross.  Now we are in the midst of the Easter season, joyfully celebrating Christ’s resurrection.  And yet yesterday we celebrated the Annunciation, remembering when the Angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Christ Child to the Blessed Mother.  In just nine month’s time, we will again celebrate His birth.

Roughly two thousand years ago, on a day that started off just like any other day, Mary received startling, amazing, miraculous news.  The Messiah would be born, and she had been chosen as His mother!

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It’s a good reminder that, no matter the day or the season, we must always “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

How do we wait in joyful hope?  We do everything we can to keep our hearts and minds pure.  We partake of the sacraments, and go to reconciliation frequently.  We share the Gospel through our love and generosity. We try to live each and every day as handmaids of the Lord, and when we fail, we make up our minds to do better.

Clearly, allowing myself to become totally engrossed in novels about vampires and werewolves does not in any way fulfill the requirements.  Especially when it has directly contributed to the neglect of my prayer-life, housework, and professional responsibilities. Fortunately, today is the first day of the rest of my life, and I’ve decided to reorient myself around my “one word” for 2013, self-discipline.  If it takes me more than three days to finish the remaining two books, I believe I will have succeeded in some small measure.  🙂  If my house is clean for Bible study Thursday morning, if I’ve actually completed the homework, if I keep up with the “Impossible Novena” and daily Rosary prayer, and if I manage to cross off the bulk of my to-do-list before the week’s end, I’ll be quite content with my progress. I’ll keep you posted.


Here’s a post over on Practicing Catholic on Beginning Again that I thought you might enjoy as well!


4 comments on “Re-Orienting
  1. Stephanie says:

    Well done…tick blog off the list 😉
    Thanks for the phone call today.

  2. Dana Lashley says:

    That impossible novena looks neat. So you pray that every day for nine months? Wow!

  3. KarenM says:

    While I, too, have been guilty of becoming a bit entangled in the fictional lives of Bella, Edward, and the rest of the gang, we do have to come back to reality at some point and focus our hearts and minds on more worthy, Godly subjects.

    That said, I love to read a good book (or spend time writing what I hope will become one) and let myself get lost, if just for a little while. Because once the book is done, I’m able to set it down and turn fresh eyes back upon my own little world. Many times, that short break was just what I needed to stop stressing, stop my anxieties about the never-ending laundry sagas, or the homework sagas, or the cleaning-bathrooms sagas…and get back to what’s more important: being the best Christian, wife, mother, and friend that I can be.

    I’ll be sending you positive thoughts on your self-discipline saga, Stephanie. 😉

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