Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GoOD daY

Today is going to be a good day! 

I remember saying that to myself today as I took this shot. There had been several things on my mind, and after breakfast and a good little talk with my best friend, I was reminded that it was all about an attitude approach. 

I looked down at my feet and remembered the Chucks I had on and the fun socks I decided to wear regardless of my collar. Just for fun. I took the IG shot, "Yeah, today is going to be a good day!"

I decided to just make the best of the day and move forward. I had mentioned to my friend, "You know, as priests we just need a tap on the back every now and then..someone to tell us we are doing good. Not to pity us, but to affirm and encourage" and in retrospect it was like the Lord said, "Alright. No prob. I can take care of that right quick."

He freed up my schedule unexpectedly which allowed me to get some work done. All the while I got a fun conversation in with a parishioner. Heard that Ben Affleck appears in the area every now and then. Then, I found out that Jim Jinkins, the creator of my favorite childhood show Doug, works just a couple buildings away. This last little tidbit just floored me and got me soaring through the rest of my day! 

Again it was like the Lord thought to himself, "I bet he'll enjoy this next fun fact."

I got some admin work done. I had the opportunity to pray and have a fruitful time in Adoration. This was followed by the awesome celebration of Mass. Afterward a random man approached me. He was at Mass. Turns out he is ridding his bike down from Pennsylvania to Florida. He spoke to me and shared his prayer experiences--friends, holiness can very often be overlooked...wow...what a brief and incredible encounter. 

He had asked for a blessing upon him and his bike as he continued his pilgrimage of sorts. He smiled as he pedaled away and referred to me as "Monsignor." I laughed. He stopped and looked back at me. He smiled again a smile that seemed to beam with a joy that wasn't really of this world...a bit mischievous like a innocent child who knows something that you don't and it brings him joy...with that smile, he turned away, pedaled and shouted "Goodbye Monsignor!" 

I'm not in it for the glory...puh-lease! I have other things to worry about...but the situation made me smile. You know that smile that comes about from just being amused by the little things? It was like that...here was another little thing along with a chain of things today.  This whole day had just been...surreally-fun! 

One of my last conversations of the day was unique. I had not really shared too much when out of nowhere the voice on the phone said, "It's like every now and then, the Lord will shine his rays of goodness on you to simply affirm you and love you up." 

My jaw dropped. I was smiling like a fool. That basically summarized my day. The Lord was just giving me a good day.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


My sister was raising Adipose children.
She was in cahoots with the Adipose and attempting world domination.
I couldn't believe her! She was now an enemy that needed to be defeated! It was up to me to try to win her back and save the world.

I noticed, though, that the Adipose began to eat each other! Eating each other they began to morph into bigger Adipose...one of them was gaining in size and dominance.

Great. Not only did I have to try to stop my sister, I had to defeat the alien creature that was beginning to run a rampage eating everything and everyone in sight...

I was dodging flying alien missiles and taking coverage around the corners of homes...when I began to notice that man-eating vines began springing up and attacking me...snapping at me with their sharp teeth trying to get me...great...

My sister...the adipose...man-eating vines...what next?

I randomly found myself down a winding road with green pastures on either side...forests could be seen in the distance. I found a home I could take solace in as I tried to figure out how to deal with my sister and the giant Adipose...I walked in and found my inspirational hero... Steve Kamb - founder of NerdFitness. I was excited to be interacting with the guy that's given me the motivation to bring discipline into my health life. Through his work he has also given me a focus for my personal life. Without knowing it, he's helped me...and here he was! I was excited and yet I was trying to play it cool.

"Hey!" I said trying to not sound annoying...
 "ugh..." he lazily responded as he walked from one room to the next, picking up the mess that was left by a bunch of friends.
"So, yeah! You're the founder of NerdFitness and all...I just wanted to say hey and thank you for all the work that you do! You have really done a lot for me. All the work you do has helped me focus things in my life!"
Looking at me slightly annoyed he says, "Oh...good..." He slumps down at the edge of his bed and stares out into space...tired...

I looked at him...it was starting to get awkward...and then I realized that my hero was a fake...everything he's ever written...his optimistic view on life...his ability to instill in people a sense of purpose...it was all a facade.

My sister was attempting world domination and my hero was a fake...

And then...

...I woke up...

Confused and trying to get a hold of reality, I smiled somewhat troubled. "What in the world...?!?!"

I've had a crazy week...hectic for sure...crazy dreams follow suit I guess...hahaha

I love my sister. She isn't attempting world domination.
I may have been watching too much Dr Who, hahaha. A recent episode I watched had these aliens creatures called Adipose. Google it!
I have never met Steve Kamb, though one day I hope I will; I follow his stuff and can see that he does great work; he has inspired me in my personal life; and I know that he is currently running an exciting camp that I wish I was at!

I wish I could travel by Tardis...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One-Click to Craziness

I have a friend...and no, when I say "friend" I'm not referring to myself. I have a friend who the other night had a dream that he was cleaning his house with his mother. Random, I know. So anyway, he was cleaning and cleaning. Done. He wakes up groggy with eye crust. He rolls over and hits the snooze on his phone. He's a priest so he has to prepare for mass and meeting with people and all...he needs to get up and get his day started...

"Ugh...another morning..." Blurry-eyed he looks at his phone and notices a notification: "Thank you for your purchase."

With bed-head swooshing across his balding head, he wakes up panicked, "Wha...?!" He goes over the contents of the email and finds out that in the middle of the night he purchased two Dyson Hoover vacuums from Amazon.

"I didn't purchase any vacuums!! Unless..." And yes, what had never happened in the past happened last night. In the middle of the night, while dreaming about cleaning the house with his mother, he turned on his phone, punched in his password to open it, searched for vacuums, and bought two Dyson Hoovers. And thankfully, because of the one-click purchase option, they provided for a quick checkout without the hassle of punching in all your account details.

Poor guy. My priest friend is trying to get it all cleared up but who would believe you if you said, "I didn't buy these! Well, I did but I was sleep walking...or uh, rather...sleep buying..."


Before we sleep, as priests we pray the Liturgy of the Hours: Night Prayer. There are a couple prayers that come to mind from Night Prayer. "Into your hands Lord I commend my spirit. You have redeemed us Lord God of truth, I commend my spirit" and "Protect us Lord as we stay awake, watch over us as we sleep, that awake we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace."

We never know the craziness of life that can befall us while we are awake, so we always commend our selves to the Lord in our morning prayers. But while we sleep, we too can undergo crazy happenings...LOL I doubt we will every buy two vacuums in our sleep, but be it an illness, a temptation, or an unforeseen death, we also commend ourselves to the Lord that he may watch over us in the night as well.

Now I'm not saying my brother didn't pray his prayers. Maybe the Lord was watching over him and was actually able to prevent him from purchasing 20 vacuums...I don't know! LOL --I still can't believe that happened to him!!-- But always remember that even in our sleep we commend our lives to the Lord...for even in the middle of the night the one-click purchase option can change things real quick!