Monday, July 11, 2011

Juggling

When I was young, I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always wanted to grow up and do something big, but I never really had an inkling of what that might be. 


Fr. Francis Peffley, priest and professional juggler.
Some of the hats I've worn have been student, babysitter, cashier, bank teller, accounting clerk, CPA, wife, small business owner, mother, community volunteer, bible study leader, speaker, and evangelist. 


But the main hat I can't seem to take off is Juggler. 


And so many days I drop the ball. 


Today a good friend sent me this quote, at just the right time. I hope it encourages you as well.




"Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew." -St. Francis de Sales

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Catholic School Graduation Tribute

Our third son, Joey, graduated from 8th grade this June from our parish school. The graduation ceremony was a beautiful mass followed by awards and tributes. Many students were honored, many faculty, priests and staffed thanked. Perhaps the most touching moment of the evening was when the 8th grade girls performed a song they had composed, titled "I Can See."


Throughout the year, the girls had all been in the school mass choir, directed by the wonderful "Miss Becky" Wahlberg. Last fall, when Becky gave birth to her second son, the 8th graders were able to lead the choir for the couple of masses that she missed, both in keyboard and song. They all grew in musical ability but more so in mutual love during this school year.

This April, on Good Friday, Becky and her husband Bert found out their baby, Gabe is blind. 

The 8th grade girls wrote this song, "I Can See" performed on the YouTube video below,  as a tribute and thank you to Miss Becky, but moreover as a testament of the hope that our Catholic faith gives us that we all can be truly transformed by God's grace in the sacraments and thereby see with our hearts.

Video by Louise Barrett, Polly Anna Digital Productions