Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Some random things about me

Here's a set of questions 

to help my readers better get to know me

...and to help myself better get to know me too.

1. What is the quote you live by and why?

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails."   

Why? because when I lose sight of the real purpose of love, I mistreat other people and misbehave. I am unkind, selfish, I get angry. So this quote always reminds me what TRUE LOVE is and thus makes me change my behavior.

2. What is the song that describes your life?

Have I Told You Lalety that I love you?
Have I told you there's no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness,
Ease my troubles, that's what you do.

3. What are you most looking forward to in your future?
  • Fulfilling my life's vocation in marriage with my beloved. 1 year, 3 months more to go. 
  • Graduating Pharmacy School and starting my career
  • Starting my own family and being a crazy but loving mom with a thousand things to do
4. What is your biggest wish right now?
  •  that God helps my parents through the struggles in their married life. More specifically, that He opens my dad's eyes, ears, and heart to the truth and breaks him out of his pride and ignorance.
5. What TV show are you constantly keeping up with?
  •  I don't watch TV at all.  Greg makes me watch these 2 polish shows weekly on the internet.
     One is "Szpilki na Giewoncie" and the other is "Ranczo." My main reason for watching the first one is because all the filming takes place about 10-15 minutes from my home in Poland, by the beautiful Tatra Mountains.
6. If you could do anything in the world (despite the cost) what would you do?
  • Spend an entire summer (yes, all three months of it) traveling all around the world with Greg. I would take a million pictures!
7. What is your favorite sports team?
  •  I am not into sports much, but let's just say the Chicago Bears.
8. Tell me about your best friend(s).
From Our Colorado Trip. 2009. I told you I like mountains!
  • He is the best friend I have ever had
  • He is loving, caring, gentle, reserved, humble, hard-working, forgiving, slow to anger, stubborn, unselfish, optimistic, simple, trustworthy, beautiful inside and out.
  • His name is Greg.
9. What would your ideal job be? 
  • Pharmacist in a clinic that serves the poor / unemployed.  I would like to be in a position where I can really make an impact in my patients' lives, versus just "giving out pills." I want to counsel them, answer their questions, educate them, give them hope and encouragement on their journey of making positive lifestyle changes. I want to make a difference in their lives.
10. Ketchup or mustard?
  •  Both, but ketchup is better!
11. One word to describe yourself:
  • One word? But that's too hard! Ok, ok, fine. Here's one word: Determined

Here's another set of questions:

1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?   
  •  What's a place with the most beautiful mountains and breathtaking views and awe-inspiring hiking trails? That's where I would go! Any recommendations?
2. Peanut butter or nutella? 
  • You know I'm a chocolate lover! Nutella it is!
3. Who do you most admire in this world and why? 
  • That's a tough one. It depends on what the question is really asking....
  • If it's asking for one person: of course I admire my booboo the most! Why? Because he loves for who I am...and I can tell you that I'm pretty hard to love with all my flaws.
  • But in general: I deeply admire strong, determined, Christian men and women who are unafraid and unapologetic about living our their faith, values, and morals on a daily basis, despite the fact that today's culture is screaming a whole different message at us from every direction.
4. What's your favorite type of music?
  • Been listening to oldies a lot lately. Mostly 70's, 80's, and some 90's rock love songs. That's what my pandora station is set to :-)
5. What job would you do if money and time did not matter? 
  • I would pack my bags (and Greg's) and move to a different country, preferably in Latin America (since I love the hispanic culture and speak Spanish somewhat) and do voluntary work to help single/teenage pregnant women and families in need. I would be a full time missionary :-) And ideally, my Greg would be right along with me, sharing the mission.
6. What's your favorite dessert? 
  • Anything with chocolate!
7. What is your favorite hobby? 
  • Journaling/ Reflective Writing/ Blogging
8. What was your favorite book as a child?
  •  The Harry Potter Series, no questions or doubts! Read all 7 books, most of them twice.
9. What event in your life has contributed most to the person you are today? 
  • Meeting my Greg in freshman year of high school. Then looking for a boyfriend for a whole another year, only to realize in my sophomore year of high school that Greg is the one God made for me. The 5 years of being with Greg thus far also coincides with a greater focus on my faith life. So in these 5 years, not only did I develop a beautiful, amazing relationship with Greg, but also found the ultimate meaning and purpose of life by entering into a real,  committed relationship with God.
10. Tell me one thing others wouldn't immediately know about you. 
  • That I can speak 3 languages!
11. Beach or mountains?
  • Mountains for sure! I love breathtaking views! And the hiking is so worth it! And healthy too!

I hope that helped you learn some fun facts about me.
I challenge you to answer these questions yourself! 

Peace, Agnes

Saturday, March 3, 2012

40 Days in the Desert

This year, I am so very glad that Lent is finally here! I have been eagerly awaiting Lent and I feel that I need it more than ever.

I remember when Lent was still about 3 weeks away, I was already thinking about the resolutions I was going to make. I knew that this year I wanted my resolutions to be different--not my usual giving up of sweets etc. And I wanted to go into the desert with Jesus and persevere in prayer and fasting--and I wanted to finish strong and finish in victory with the risen Christ on Easter. It is now 12 days into the Lenten journey and I am definitely feeling a spiritual as well as physical "crunch." And boy it feels good. It's kind of like that good feeling you get when exercising your muscles, especially if you haven't worked out in a while. It feels great to feel in control of my body and the wants/desires of my human nature. I am overcoming temptations and following my spirit and not my flesh. I am offering up my prayer and fasting for the conversion of sinners, especially the sinners in my family, and also for the conversion of our country, especially our president and his administration.

I have been following the HHS mandate happenings and I must admit the whole situation makes me very, very sad. It is just so unfair and very unbelievable. I never knew our country would be facing such an issue.  I never would have thought that our democratic country founded on judeo-christian principles would act in direct violation to the 1st amendment of the Constitution. I never would have thought that our country's leadership would be so ignorant of the rights of its citizens: The rights of first LIFE, second LIBERTY, and third pursuit of HAPPINESS. Apparently, the leadership thinks the 3rd (pursuit of happiness, especiallly women's happiness and comfort) is more important than LIFE and LIBERTY.  They are neither protecting LIFE in the womb, nor exercising LIBERTY (FREEDOM OF RELIGION). I never would have thought that the government would be meddling in my church and telling me to do something that directly contradicts my faith. It's all very disheartening. I am just so glad that there are so many faithful Catholics out there who are standing united and ready to defend our faith and our Church.
I am so glad there are so many great bishops and priests out there who are educating their sheep on this issue and letting their parishioners know that they WILL NOT CONFORM, no matter what. It has been so inspiring for me to see that there are Catholics out there that are not simply lukewarm 'cafeteria Catholics' or 'Catholics by name only.'  I guess the positive outcome of this whole HHS mandate issue in my life has been that I feel so much more loyal to the Catholic Church now and very proud to be part of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. I feel like I'm part of something truly unique and truly invaluable.

My faith and relationship with Christ has also been growing and becoming more intimate thanks to attending Eucharistic Adoration at my parish every Thursday. I have now gone to Adoration for about 5 or 6 weeks in a row and I absolutely love it.
This is the prayer I say every week at Eucharistic Adoration; I love saying this prayer:

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them work
Duty's bidding, never shirk;

Take my feet and let them be
Swift and dutiful to Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Your Eternal Love my King;

Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my intellect, and use
Every power as You shall choose,

Take my heart; it is You own;
Let it be Your royal throne,

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Your feet its treasure store.

Take my will, All that is mine
To Be forever only Thine.


Even though we (Catholics) are now being ridiculed and laughed at, let's remember that Jesus was persecuted also. Remember that suffering is redemptive and that after suffering come great graces.
God Bless everyone in the remainder of the Lenten journey.  Let us come out of this Lent VICTORIOUS and ALIVE like the RISEN CHRIST on Easter. 

Aren't you so glad that Jesus lets you be with Him in the desert? I sure am.