We already had our first snowfall of the year here in Chicago. It wasn't a lot but still, it was a little weird seeing snow in the middle of October...we don't usually get snow until next month. But anyways, despite the now cold, windy Chicago temps, my roses are still in full bloom!
I took these pics last Sunday. I think this one is kind of neat! I like how I caught the roses soaking up the rays of the morning sun. This was right before going to Sunday mass at 10:30am. Neat, huh?
#2The much dreaded lectures on contraception in my pharmacotherapeutics class ARE HERE. Yes, it was suffering for me to sit through like 5 hours of lectures on artificial contraception, emergency contraception, and YES, even the ABORTION pill. It raised my pressure not once, not twice...and made me want to just scream out loud objections to certain "facts" presented by the lecturer...but out of respect for the professor and for the fellow 205 third year pharmacy students, I stopped myself and just hyperventilated a bit. There were so many things wrong with the way they teach contraception, not even getting into the fact that EVERY.SINGLE.METHOD. of contraception was mentioned but not natural contraception, i.e. NFP. Not ONCE! Yes, I know this is pharmacy school and we learn about drugs, but for every other disease state we learned (like diabetes, high cholesterol etc), they always always tell us to counsel the patient on non-pharmacologic, natural methods to improve their disease state. With contraception, that was completely omitted.
I will write a post about all the crappy things they told us in that lecture and how I find them to be wrong and, for the sake of a better word, crappy.
So I don't rip my hair out while studying for my exam, I made my studying a little more humorous by writing funny comments on my lecture notes. Here's an example. More examples to come when I write a post on this.
#3I've been reading Simcha Fisher's book "The Sinner's Guide to NFP" and it is very insightful and even more hilarious! Gotta love Simcha's incorporation of sarcasm and humor into Catholic teaching on sexual matters, which most people think is ridiculous and middle-ages. Go buy it! It's only $4.99 and if you don't have a kindle, you can get the kindle reading app on your phone or computer for free. The hardcopy will be available soon as well.
#4My husband went out of town for the weekend to help my parents fix up the house they bought not too long ago. I worked all Saturday, then Sunday I went to mass and then decided to surprise hubby with a nice treat. He loves rice krispy treats so I made him rice krispy treats! To make them more "halloween-ish," I put reese's pieces on them and melted chocolate! Needless to say, they were gone by the next day!
#5Our parish priest went to Czestochowa, Poland to bring back a replica of the painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa, aka The Black Madonna, aka Queen of Poland, for our church, painted by a local artist. He has been collecting donations for the past few months from our parishioners. The painting was a little over $4000. When he got back from the trip, he announced that the generosity of our parishioners far exceeded the needed amount, and he actually collected MORE THAN DOUBLE what was needed. So while he was there, he ordered golden crowns for our Lady and her infant Jesus. And guess what? He actually managed to go to Rome and get them personally blessed by Pope Francis, after his general audience on Wednesday Sept 25. Here are some pictures I took with my phone of our Sunday bulletin.
So the paining is now up in the church and we had a big celebration for welcoming Our Lady of Czestochowa into our parish. She will be getting crowned on May 13, 2014. I'm sure that will be a beautiful mass celebration as well.
#6This week was feast day of Blessed John Paul II, so here is 1 of my quick takes, dedicated to him. As you may already know, JPII is my personal hero and patron! I love him so, so much! I have read numerous books about him and by him and I am just amazed at what he has done in his life...at how he has transformed the world. And he just follows me wherever I go. I swear. But more on that later. I wish I could go to Rome this April 27th. My heart is already there. Too bad I will be in school and on clinical rotations. Oh man, that makes me feel depressed. But who knows...maybe God will find a way?
#7Please, please, please go read my new post:
Post-Marital Bliss, Trust, and Answered Prayers.
I know all of you are amazing, faithful Catholics or else you wouldn't be blogging in the lovely Catholic world of bloggers ...but I poured my heart out in that post. And....maybe, just maybe...you might learn a thing or two...or even be inspired by a thing or two or five? Just read it and let me know your thoughts :-)
And that's all!