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Archive for July, 2011

~ Dejar de Cantar, Please! ~

Dejar de cantar, I believe, translates to stop singing. I’ve taken a number of Spanish classes (both in high school and college), and with that amount of studying, one can only assume that I can easily construct a whole sentence, or better yet, carry a simple conversation in Spanish, right? Wrong. I can read simple things in Spanish but the minute someone starts talking in Spanish I am totally lost. In other words, I can read and literally speak the words (without regard to whether I pronounce the words correctly or not :)) but I don’t “speak” the language. But that didn’t stop me from singing this morning at mass. While attending Spanish Sunday Mass with the kids who are bi-lingual (Spanish/English), I was proudly and nonchalantly singing the hymns without an ounce of hesitancy, until 6 year old Lindsay whispered in my ear: “Could you please stop singing already?” It was the little girl’s candid way of telling me that I am not doing the songs a good bit of justice making the hymns unlistenable due to my faulty Spanish pronunciation! Oh well, at least I know now what “dejar de cantar, por favor” means.

~ Where Art Thou, MY Mr. Darcy? ~

Mr. Darcy’s Proposal: What did he actually say to Elizabeth?

DARCY: Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you. I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgement, my family’s expectation, the inferiority of your birth, my rank and circumstances – all these things -but I am willing to put them aside and ask you to end my agony

LIZZY: I don’t understand.
DARCY: I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honor of accepting my hand.

Mr. Darcy just made ARDENTLY my favorite word! How lovely! (With my own version of non-authentic, awful and bizarre-sounding British accent, of course!) 🙂

~ Striving To Emulate HIS Ways ~

When weaknesses of the flesh start to rear its ugly head, and our interest in the worldly allurements begins to consume us, let us be reminded of this revealing quote by our dearest Mother Teresa, and be compelled to pursue and accept God’s invitation to be fully united with Him with irresistible hunger and awe; we must not allow our infrequent terrestrial longings and inclinations cloud our desire for celestial harvest:

“In each of our lives Jesus comes as the Bread of Life – to be eaten, to be consumed by us. This is how He loves us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the Bread of our life; our hearts by loving, and our hands by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is Love and when we love we are like God. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta ~

We find completion, maturity and wholeness taking precedence over quantity, thus, we gain understanding that our service of God is measured NOT by quantity, but by how close it comes to perfection (with unrestricted endearment, love and affection ALWAYS attached to it).