Just a quick update on the weather -- Still. So. Cold. Face hurts. I figured I’d do a few highlights from the week, because after all, we made it to Friday!
This past Monday, I went to see the movie “The Greatest Showman,” with my parents. Keep in mind, there are very few movies I really like. But the ones that I do, I tend to watch many, many times. For example, my family won’t even watch my favorite movie with me anymore because I quote the whole thing. Sorry family. Point is, this will be one of those movies. It was SO well done. A mix of theater, plus a musical, and a little Hollywood CGI. I was trying to do this no spend January thing, but then I had to have the soundtrack so...maybe I’ll do a no spend February(shorter month for the win.) Anyway, go see it. Get the soundtrack. Worth it.
I’ve had a presentation coming up at work that I was dreading. I did that yesterday, and it went well, so big sigh of relief there.
This one was questionable to go on the highlight list, because I haven’t decided whether to be happy about it or cry about it...but I’m trying to choose joy, so here we go. My boyfriend and I signed up for a 12 mile Spartan Race in June. Yep, 12 miles. With like 35 obstacles. You may ask why someone would do this. No, better yet, WHY ON EARTH would someone pay money to do this?! The simplest answer I can come up with is, I like the challenge. Or I think I do. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone this year, even with fitness, so this should just about take care of that.
Final highlight, I have not paid for Chick Fil A even one time this week. That is basically on par with a miracle. Not that I haven’t had it of course, I just haven’t paid for it. Thank you Christmas gift cards!
Ok, enough about me, let’s talk St. John Neumann. One of the reasons I’m loving doing this, is how much I’m learning about these holy men and women, and I hope you are too! Their names are familiar to me, but their stories have apparently not sunk into my long term memory. St. John was born in Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. For those as geographically challenged as I am, if such a person even exists, the Czech Republic is pretty much between Germany and Poland, (thank you Google!) As hard as this is to believe in our current day and age, they had an overabundance of priests in Bohemia. Crazy as that may sound, apparently this poor man wrote to bishops all over Europe asking them to allow him to become a priest. The answer continued to be the same...there is no need.
Finally, after teaching himself English by getting a job at a factory where English speakers worked, (the man was brilliant, and he learned at least six languages in his lifetime,) St. John wrote to the Bishop of New York. His perseverance had paid off, and the answer was a yes! Talk about leaving everything for the call of God. Traveling across the sea, St. John was ordained a priest, and served rural America all the way from Lake Ontario to Pennsylvania. According to the historical facts I was able to find, he was one of only 36 priests for around 200,000 Catholics. St. John died at the age of 48.
As I read through this holy man’s story, I thought about leaving one’s home. Family, friends, security...all gone, risked in the interest of following God’s will. And yet, he was the catalyst for bringing so many souls closer to Christ. Would I really do that? Do I seek God’s will at any cost? Yeah, honestly, probably not. I’m much better at telling Him what I want, and waiting, impatiently, for Him to make it happen (still waiting on my pickup truck down here!) So today, I’m going to challenge myself. When I pray today, I’m going to simply pray for God’s will. And for the courage to follow where it leads. Even if it’s hard. Even if it’s cold. Happy Friday friends!!