I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On Holy Ground

I was on my way back from the second year ACE teacher poster projects (Day 2), and I was by myself, so I decided to stop by the Grotto. I was one of the only people there, and it was so peaceful. As I knelt there praying, it felt so sacred. It was holy ground.

Hail Mary, full of grace...
When I'm at the Grotto, I feel Mary's presence in a special way.

The Lord is with thee...
And I know that she hears my prayers and intercedes on my behalf.

Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
It just feels right praying, talking to Mary.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Maybe it's extra special because I've seen Mary in such a special way (thanks to my Salesian high school and ACE school (and many in-between) experiences) over the years, and I have been taught how and why to pray to her. At the Grotto, it's like she's right there with me - it's hard to put to words. But she is very real, very present.

Today I offered prayers of thanks for my time here at ND. It has been exactly what I needed. I enjoy LOVE working with the first and second year ACE teachers - their eagerness to learn and try new things in the classroom as well as their struggles to get all their Bloom's verbs to match correctly. (It's so refreshing to work with open-minded, faith-filled adults!) I know I keep saying this, but I am so truly grateful - almost as grateful as the first year ACE elementary class who we are coaching on their units. :)

Added bonus for hump day = a few favorite inspirations from the week:

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