So, how are you doing? So sorry I've been absent for a few days. Life gets busy sometimes! :)
We've reached the halfway point of Lent. How are you doing with your Lenten promises? Great? Notsogreat? If notsogreat was your answer, never fear! There's still time! Actually, I always feel a sense of increasing anxiety and preparation the closer we get to Holy Week. Sometimes I even add additional things in, just to increase in my preparation for Easter! So, if you have fallen off the wagon, or never got around to figuring out a lenten sacrifice, there's still time. For those of you doing great, keep it up!! It WILL be worth it in the end!
Any of you who know me well, know that I am a huge reality TV fan. Give me Survivor (who is your favorite this year, by the way? That's really a topic for another day, I think -- they've had some neat spiritual moments this year), or The Biggest Loser, or the Amazing Race, or Dancing With the Stars -- even though this go-around I feel like it's almost Dancing With The WhoAreYous??? LOL Aside from Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio, I'm not really certain who some of these people are. The other night one of the kids looked at me and asked who would name their kid Sugar Ray, and, by the way, who was he? LOL Ralph Macchio is way out of their frame of reference -- but he's a great dancer who did a choke-me-up routine the other night in honor of his wife. It was beautiful!
So we get caught up in all of these reality shows and whatnot, but.....do we ever get caught up in our faith? I read this really neat story a couple of weeks ago -- called Dancing with the.....Saints? and thought I would share.
As you may or may not know, on May 1, John Paul II will be beatified. I've spoken of him before on here, so you probably know by now that as much as I love DWTS, I also love and admire Pope JPII. He was a wonderful gift to our world, and especially to our faith. In fact, this past Saturday was the anniversary of his passing. I remember the days leading up to his death, as well as the days following. We knew he was sick, but not the day, nor the hour of his passing until it happened. What followed, with the search and installation of Pope Benedict XVI, was really interesting to me, as it was really the first Pope I remember seeing elected (and caring about) and then installed. If I think back, I remember Pope John Paul I and his short term as our pope, and then a little of Pope JPII's election, etc., but not enough to count. It was very interesting to me how involved the media was this time, thinking they knew so much (because they want to lead us always to think they do), when they really didn't. That made me happy!
At any rate, please pray for Pope John Paul II as we prepare to beatify him in just a few short weeks. What a beautiful process for all of us to be able to witness!
We have some great news and tv watching coming up in the next few weeks -- between John Paull II's beatification and the royal wedding, we should be seeing some really neat things!
By the way, my niece, Heidi, is in Rome right now and I'm pretty sure she's going to be attending some of the events surrounding the beatification. I'll be sure to keep you in the loop and even post some pictures if she lets me!
God -- let me always be a reflection of you!