Friday Link Love

Here is my weekly collection of links that I love from the past week.

A Parish School Turns Failure into Success: I used to live near this parish and school. I loved the beauty of worship in this temple, and I’m thrilled to see solid Catholic education thriving in the G-Rap. Also, my favorite quote from Esolen is this: “How to revive a Catholic school? It takes the genius of humility. Let it be Catholic, and let it be a school.” Amen. Alleluia.

ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish, and Escape: This was an interesting read. I can’t imagine what it is like to have your country taken away from you. I hope and pray that one day soon these people get their lives and their countries back.

Trusting God When I Think I Should Have Been a Nun: God has a plan for each of our lives. It’s important to remember that.

New Nerve Drugs May Finally Prevent Migraine Headaches: As someone who lives with migraines, this could be a game changer. If this works, my entire life would radically change for the better.

10 Handmade Gifts from Monks and Nuns: Christmas shopping ideas?

11 Gifts for the Tea Lover in Your Life

In years past, I’ve written posts about Christmas gifts for the Jane Austen lover in your life. (here and here; I’d still accept any of those gifts from anyone who is so inclined.) But this year, I’ve decided to write two gifting posts: one about gifts for the tea drinker in your life and the other for the coffee drinker in your life.

  1. Tea Advent Calendar: A friend sent me this link, and I love it. I want it. I need it. A different tea each day? Excellent! And you have two options-festive or classic. This is amazing.
  2. Adagio Tea Christmas tea: It comes in bagged or loose. How fun! Also, the main link will take you to Adagio’s Christmas central as it were.
  3. Tea Party Soap Set: This tea will clean you.
  4. Tea from Around the World Set: I really want this. It looks fun. I like tea, and I like test tubes. Can I have this?
  5. A Day in Tea: This could be fun.
  6. Tea Bag Holding Mug: If you use tea bags, it is Literally The WORST when your tea bag falls into your tea. This mug is a hero.
  7. The Taxonomical Tea Box: This is thing that my walls desire most heartily.
  8. “But first, tea” print: I do so love this quote.
  9. Here and here are two pieces of jewelry with tea in them: So charming
  10. A gift card to their favorite tea shop
  11. A tea date with you

 

10 Gifts for the Coffee Drinker in Your Life

In years past, I’ve written posts about Christmas gifts for the Jane Austen lover in your life. (here and here; I’d still accept any of those gifts from anyone who is so inclined.) But this year, I’ve decided to write two gifting posts: one about gifts for the tea drinker in your life and the other for the coffee drinker in your life.

  1. The Compendious Coffee Chart: This is arty and fun. My walls are craving it.
  2. Make Coffee, Not War: Visualized Whirled Coffee Beans. That’s kind of like visualize whirled peas, right?
  3. Morning, Noon, and Night Coffee: Yum!
  4. Merlot Infused Coffee: Lo necesito.
  5. Coffee Lover Earrings: Dude, these are gorgeous, geeky, and caffeinated. I’d wear them.
  6. Coffee Skincare: You’d smell great.
  7. More coffee skincare: You’d smell like Joe. I like Joe.
  8. A pour-over mug: This would be fun and useful.
  9. A giftcard to Mystic Monk: Maybe this is just what I want?
  10. A coffee date: Grab your favorite coffee lover and take them out for coffee at your favorite coffee place. I bet they’d love you. I know I’d love someone who bought me coffee. Or someone who brought me coffee…

Friday Link Love

Here I am with my weekly links to five articles that I’ve read in the past week or so that I’ve really loved or that have really made me think.

What I discovered from Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters: This is intensely interesting. It’s both sad and educational.

Nativity Fast Traditions for Byzantine Catholics: It is what it says on the tin, kids. You might find it interesting if you are Byzantine Catholic or if you want to know more about Byzantine Catholics.

Single and Okay: Here’s my star thought from this article. “I often wonder what would happen if our churches began to see being single as a viable option, as something to be honoured. If our churches saw being single as a gift and became an alternative community where unmarried people were welcomed, wholeheartedly and honoured and heard.” I too wonder that. What would happen? Maybe it’s time to find out.

14 Tattoos all Jane Austen Lovers Should Get: I’m not the tattoo-getting type, but if I were, I might choose one of these.

18 Lines from The Princess Bride that You’re Still Quoting: Inconceivable

38 Days

Christmas is 38 days away. I have 38 days of Advent in front of me. That really is not a long time.

Earlier this evening, I was looking at all of the things that I have to accomplish in the next 38 days. I have work demands. I have school goals. A dear friend is getting married in 31 days. There are some potential changes in my future. And some of those things can feel big and scary. Some of them make me nervous. Others can be a bit overwhelming.

But it’s 38 days. And each of these 38 days is in the hands of God. That is not a scary thought. These 38 days are in a good and safe place. They are in the safest place ever. They may not be easy. They may bring challenge and change. I do not know exactly what my life will look like in 38 days.

But I do know who holds those 38 days. I know that they are held by someone who loves me and desires only the best for me. That best may not always be fun or easy or comfortable. But it is good. HE is good.

And really, 38 days…that is not so many days. That is not so much time. Yes, much can happen in 38 days, but God will not bring me to anything that he cannot or will not bring me through.

Bring it on.

” For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Luke 1:38

Advent Focus

It’s beginning to look a lot like Advent!

This year, I decided that I wanted a theme  or focus for my advent. I thought about and prayed with a few.

First, I thought about “In God’s will is our peace.” It’s beautiful, but it didn’t feel quite right.

Then, I thought about St. Augustine’s quote “O God, command what you will and give what you command.” I like this also. But something still wasn’t ringing right with me.

Then I found this quote from St. Teresa of Jesus, one of my favorite Saints. “Trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”

I think that sums up nicely both of the other quotations. And I think that it speaks beautifully to where I am in my walk with the Lord. My goal for this Advent, for the next 40 days as we draw near to the celebration of the Birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is to trust God more completely and to grow in the belief and knowledge that I am where he wants me to be.

Friday Link Love

Today, I’m giving you links to five articles that I’ve read in the past week or so that I’ve really loved or that have really made me think. This is going to be a weekly thing on Friday from now on.

Single and 30: I’ve talked before about embracing life while I’m single. Life was made to be lived, so go live it. Don’t wait until you’re married for your life to begin. Your life has already begun. Make the most of it instead of waiting for something that may or may not happen.

Is this the future of marriage prep in the Church?: I’m not engaged. I’m not dating. But if I ever get married, I want a program like this. I want a mentor couple. I want this kind of Christ-centered and relationship-centered support.

17 Gifts for Grammar Nerds: Christmas is drawing nigh, and I know a few grammar nerds. I might even be one myself.

Hilarious Love Letter Found in the Street: My hometown made the fictional news. I’m a real person now!

In Saudi Arabia, Where Women’s Suffrage Is a New Idea: This is heartbreaking. This is 2015. Half of the Canadian cabinet is female, and yet there are still places in this world where women lack suffrage or full suffrage. When will this change?