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"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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Working on My Balancing Act (Tuesday, 6/24)

Tuesday, 6/24/14

Good morning, Israel! A lovely travel day ahead, as we change hotels and move to Jerusalem. We had to pack up to leave our hotel this morning.

Breakfast was wonderful – good conversation with Shirley, Edda, Sheila, Kelsey, and Fr. Ken (who I think I have sat with for nearly every meal so far – unintentionally – I usually sit down first…).

For the record, today is the feast of John the Baptist. (Last night at dinner, someone asked what we’d be doing special for this feast, to which I replied, “Someone is getting beheaded” and then proceeded to laugh at my own (bad) joke.)

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A lot of history today – but not related to Jesus and the Gospels. However, the scholar/historical side of me loved it. (Most people seemed to be most excited about the “beach” by the aqueducts at Caesarea – the breezy, salty air was wonderful and refreshing, and the Mediterranean was surprisingly warm!)

Tomorrow we are going to Bethlehem – I am excited to visit where Jesus was born (though there will likely be large crowds)…

On an UNRELATED NOTE – read about St. Thomas More today (in my saints & social justice book). I didn’t realize how funny he was. The author mentioned his phrase, “Save me from gloomy-faced saints.” He was even joking about his beard right before he was beheaded…

The author also pointed out that we strongly emphasize our own rights, but we need to own our responsibility of helping others get the same.

Ok, back to today…

We sang “Servant Song” at Mass today – most applicable line? “We are pilgrims on a journey…”

I love that this pilgrimage is not made alone – I am learning so much from the interactions I have had with other people. (I am loving the mixed age group!)

And I love having a lot of time to reflect. It’s helping it all sink in a bit better. I still (like I mentioned before) am working on the balance between pictures and prayer. Today, for example, I loved Mass the best. I asked God to see His presence in a very special and real way. I’ve also asked God to show me my vocation. Though, as Fr. Ken pointed out, you need to be careful what you ask for in asking to know God’s will…

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