Bets made me laugh this morning when she mentioned that the Church has a lot of feast days--and why not? It's always fun to celebrate God's holy people and His goodness in our lives!
Elie Wiesel was also born today, which I think is worth noting.
Poem of the day: "The Pity of the Leaves" by E.A. Robinson (Fall is coming, so I think it's appropriate, even if I should perhaps save it for November).
I'm going to prayer in the Fishbowl soon, which is nice because it's like I get a double-dose of Christ in my day, which helps keep me more centered. Prayer in the Fishbowl is open to the campus, but it's mainly Christians of various Protestant denomenations who like to pray out loud (they praying "free form"--I can't think of another way to put it--instead of saying established prayers we've memorized; the rosary is said out loud, for example, and we all know I'm not opposed to speaking out loud).
When I came to college, I felt very uncomfortable praying out-loud like that, but Heather my roommate (who is Catholic as well) was very used to praying like that, most likely because she is Charismatic Catholic. She's definitely helped me with that. I love and find comfort in the repetitious nature of the rosary, which helps one focus their attention on praying to Christ, rather than the words one it saying (the words given by Christ, which makes it extra-great). I've gotten progressively more comfortable with it (outside my family setting, I mean), which I think has helped deepen my relationship with Him since praying aloud without knowing what words will come forth is a major discomfort zone for me.
Then lunch, reading, class, reading, trying to round people up to play soccer tomorrow evening, writing/ finishing my articles, dinner, running, more studying, Hillsdale Forum meeting, rosary, studying and bed time! What a day!
Quick fun story: I read and reviewed a book this summer and a friend of mine, who is quite literary, is reading it right now and recommended it to me. I smiled and said I actually read it this summer. It's always fun being on the early edition side of the book recieving line. It's funny, though, because she loves the book and I was not a very big fan of it. We'll have to talk about it when she's done reading.
AND it's the middle-of-the week! We've made it! How lovely. Also, enjoy this video. I found it on the American Papist blog yesterday and it is SO GOOD: