Sunday, March 24, 2013

Write it down and share it

The bucket list in my head

It's almost the end of the first quarter of 2013 and it's time to write and share goals with my readers, so I can be accountable. No more excuses. 

Sure, my life turned up-side-down during the last quarter of 2012, but that's history. On to get important things done because there are things that matter to me...and here they are:

  1. I will finish that first manuscript for my first book
  2. I will return to my lay ministry 
  3. I will restore and revive personal relationships that matter
  4. I will work on learning how to surrender to what matters to God.
I do have a few bucket list things I'd like to do this year:

  1. I'd like to finish several books I've started reading
  2. I'd like to organize my bedroom to make it my sanctuary
  3. I'd like to make my doctor happy by working out five days a week for 45 minutes...not sure if I commit but I will do my best

What's on your plate for 2013? It's the perfect time to rethink what is important. After all, we're not guaranteed tomorrow. 

Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Reflecting on the Papal election and my childhood

March 16, 2013

My First Communion Day with Tia Lupita
 I was born into a deeply devout Catholic family so it was natural for me to be moved by the selection of a new Pope. 

We attended Spanish/Latin Mass at 7 a.m. every Sunday and I went to Catechism class each Wednesday (when I didn't play hooky with my best friend...sorry grandmother). J  

I also celebrated my First Communion, Confirmation and QuinceaƱera with full blown Mexican-American family celebrations.

My mother celebrating my Quinceanera with me.
It was a big deal. Along the journey, most of the family left the church except my mom.  We found different congregations to fellowship and worship the Lord.  I dropped church and belief in God altogether for many years. But I returned to the Shepherd’s fold when my child was born, for her sake I say, but God caught my heart and that was a game changer – I fell deeply in love with the Lord.

We have a Pope text!
If I say I love God, then I have to love all of God’s people even though I no longer believe as they do. 

I found myself praying for the Catholic cardinals to make the right selection. I joined the Adopt a Cardinal site and prayed for Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio to make a Spirit-led choice. More than half a million of us were praying for the right person to be selected. 

I also signed up for Pope Alarm and received a text when the smoke turned white.  

My soul feels happy that in middle of an age when so many no longer believe in God or want to participate in “religion,” the election of a spiritual leader for a large number of the souls in the world today got so much world-wide media coverage.

Now my Catholic brothers and sisters have their senior pastor and spiritual father, Papa Francisco, from Argentina. I can’t help but love him and pray that God will use him in powerful ways.  After all, it’s all about God’s purposes and you and I can never-ever know the extent of God's purposes. 

Deep down in our souls regardless of what our mouths profess, we all have a great need for the spiritual force that created us. When God catches your heart, let Him have it.  

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Celebrating 22 - Happy Birthday Jackie!

Today my daughter, Jackie, celebrates 22 years of life. She is the love, pride and joy of my life. I asked God for one wonderful daughter. He granted my wish. 

Here you are at 22
No one looks as gorgeous as you!
What a special year it is
It’s the year you leave school for show biz!
No more books, deadlines and fees
You are free to do what you please!
Gone are the tests, challenges and torments
This is the year you savor your accomplishments!
You learned how to be at the top of the world
And you sure look pretty with that hair all curled!
It has been a fun, exhilarating and trying time
You’ve learned how to cope when things didn’t rhyme…
You’ve done the things that matter most you say
Plus, you’ve paved your own way.
Mom is so very proud of you
Now let’s go shopping for our very next shoe!
Don't forget: Always rely on your Heavenly Father.
P.S. Parents: tell and show your children how much they mean to you!