“I was made for this!” – St. Joan of Arc
It was a nice, cool morning. What goes perfectly with a nice cool morning? In my household, it is hot chocolate Abuelita and sweet bread. I got my husband and me some hot chocolate because my kids do not like chocolate. I sat at the kitchen table with my laptop. The Catholic Women’s Conference emcee begins to speak; and I jot down, Ask, offer, and Accept. Beautiful!
The kids wake up asking for breakfast. My dear husband does his best to feed them all. Me, well, I kindly try to not be directing anyone. I’m focusing on the conference.
The Rosary begins
1st Decade: My sister is texting wanting to video chat with me. It’s been a while since we’ve video chatted.
2nd Decade: My husband is sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor. I’m trying really hard not to tell him what to do and not to do.
3rd Decade: I begin to look at my kids’ schoolwork on my desk. I so need to get started on those lesson plans.
4th Decade: I finally pray to my guardian angel to guard my mind and help me focus. It worked through the rest of the Rosary.
I listened to the first speaker. She was amazing! I jotted down:
- Acknowledge the mount
- Thy will be done
Took a break and reached for a banana and water.
Then, listened to the next speaker. I jotted down: Ruined my plans to save me!
Woo-hoo! Lunchtime! Made lunch for the family, fixed my bed, put in some laundry, and washed some dishes. One of my biggest complaints of when I attend the conference physically has always been that I always come back to a whole lot of dishes. After a long day of the conference, I get to stay up late at night washing all the dishes of the day. Not today, I got those dishes done!
Less Distraction = Deeper Focus
This is when my day takes a turn… my husband begins to get the kids ready.
I then listened to the next speaker and jot down tools to fight fear: F-E-A-R (Faith, Encourage, Adoration, and Restoration).
My husband then proceeds to take the kids on a trip to the property. He packs up snacks and water and takes them all.
The house gets quiet. I listen to the next speaker with fewer distractions and I jot down: Totally accepted and deeply loved.
I use this break to fold clothes.
Archbishop Gustavo is already speaking when I get back. Yet, I was able to hear him say,
“Hope gives us the grace for a self-surrendering life.”
It hit me hard during Adoration. Oh, how I miss going to Adoration. I take a deep breath. Put my head down on the table and say,
“Jesus, I give it all to you. Right now, right here. Take it.”
And he gives me rest in the form of a 10-minute nap. It was all I needed to get back into the game.
I know I may have missed a few things due to the distractions and my nap. But, the 7-day access to the recording is very consoling. I am so glad I was able to experience the conference virtually. I can now add… attended CWC virtually to my many CWC experiences.
A Jewel To Keep Me Going
The quote that kept me going through this year… is from St. Therese the little flower,
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, thereby a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.”
Today, I bring brownies.
Click here to register for the 2022 Catholic Women’s Conference (happening July 29-30, 2022) as a Virtual Attendee. In-person registrations will be accepted at the door.