I am happy to be able to use my talents and skills to produce this promotional video.
A few days before camp, I was asked to produce this banner. It is always exciting to see the design printed.
I have recently been promoted and moved back to my old department as well as office.
The public agency is also requiring us to come in on a hybrid schedule. For my department, this means we have to work in the office at least 3 times a week. I was not happy about this.
Honestly, I did not look forward to going to the office besides to go in to talk to my coworkers.
However, the one thing that I did look forward to was being able to attend Daily Mass again.
Oh, how much have I missed this.
My banner design printed.
The ocean roared so that I did not have to.
I have found this excerpt floating around the internet and thought this is something all women should read to fully understand that they are loved by their Creator.
Have you ever noticed how in the Scriptures men always climb mountains to meet the Lord?
However, in the Scriptures it almost never talks about women going to the mountains.
But we know why, right?
Because women were too busy to keep life going;
they couldn’t abandon the babies, foods, homes, fires, gardens, and a thousand responsibilities to climb the mountains!
I was talking to a friend the other day saying that as a modern woman I feel like I’m never “free” enough of my responsibilities,
I never find a space quiet enough to find myself with God.
His answer surprised me,
“That’s why God comes to women.
Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women wherever they are.
“I’ve been reflecting on His words for weeks and I’ve searched my Bible to see if what she said is true.
God comes to women where they are, when they are doing their ordinary daily work.
He meets them in the well,
Where they get water for their families, in their homes, in your kitchens, in their gardens.
He is coming to them while they sit next to the beds of the sick, while they give birth, care for the elderly, and perform the necessary rituals of mourning and burial.
Even in the empty grave, Mary was the first to witness the resurrection of Christ, she was there because she was doing the female task of properly preparing the body of Christ for the burial.
In these seemingly ordinary tasks, these women of the scriptures met face to face with divinity.
So, like me, you ever start to regret the fact that you don’t have as much time to spend in the mountains with God as you’d like.
Remember, God is coming to women.
He knows where we are and the burdens we carry.
He sees us, and if we open our eyes and hearts we will see Him, even in the most ordinary places and in the most ordinary things.
And he’s using time like this to talk to women all over the world.Heather F.
I recently attended another Huynh Trưởng’s wedding this month and surprisingly, I caught the bouquet.
Before this one, I caught the bouquet at an older Huynh Trưởng’s wedding in 2009. It has been about 13 years since then.
I have not caught the bouquet during the weddings between then and now, so I did not expect anything during this wedding reception.
But I caught the bouquet and I could not wait to go back home and show it to my beloved.
Another request for a flyer for the Huynh Trưởng Retreat next month.
I asked a fellow Huynh Trưởng where he finds his high quality Catholic images for his IG posts and websites. He gave me his resources. He’s the best!
After receiving the Eucharist, I knelt and prayed.
I looked at the tabernacle as I prayed. Everything was normal. There was nothing new or out of the ordinary, but I suddenly felt something in my heart which I have not felt in a long time.
It is always so hard to describe these feelings in words.
All I know is that I thought, “Why haven’t I visited You more often? I miss You.“
The last time I was at Santa Clara University was in February 2020. It feels like ages ago.
I registered online to attend the Christmas Eve 9:00 PM Mass, but decided to arrive early to walk around in the cold to explore the campus because they have completed new construction. The new buildings made the campus seem so much bigger. I thought for a second, “Why does it feel like it’s a different campus?“
However, I shortly began to feel extremely cold, so we went inside the church to sit. It was completely empty and quiet.
There was still about an hour left before Mass started. As we were sitting and waiting for the time to pass by, I became annoyed at myself and began to think, “Why did I decide to come here so early? We have to wait almost an hour before Mass starts. We could be doing something else!”
Silence. I only heard my thoughts and nothing else.
I do not know when I finally realized it. Or what made me realize it.
But, this was exactly what God wanted for me.
To remove myself from the noise of the busy life and to silence the rest of the world tries to tell me.
To sit in the quiet and enjoy his Presence.