April 05, 2007

It's Unfolding Before My Eyes!



Gentle Reader: I am overcome. It's really happening. Soon, I will be a FULL member of Christ's Church. I'm happy, scared, awed, humble all at once. Who am I that the Lord should want me? Former big-time dissenter, still a troublemaker, still a sinner, yet, here I am, Lord.

Yesterday, evening we had rehearsals for the Vigil. It really hit me. All of the 10 people that will be up there with me, in whatever their particular situation is, were all radiant and grinning nonstop.

I've been reflecting upon what a difference a short span of time can mean. 2 years ago, I had never even heard of the Triduum. Easter was almost just another Mass day but more crowded. The rituals were meaningless to me. For a long time, I thought they were stupid.

Really, I'm crying right now. I can't even find the words to adequately describe what I'm going through right now.

I took today thru Monday off work so I can really just be with Him as much as possible. I may try and make this a yearly tradition.

Thank you to ALL who have prayed for me. God Bless You.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless YOU, my dear friend!

You made me cry, now, too!


~ Adoro

April 05, 2007 11:53 AM  
Blogger Julie D. said...

There is nothing like it ... may God bless you this week and always ... and please accept my early "Welcome Home!"

:-)

April 05, 2007 12:21 PM  
Blogger onionboy said...

God bless you and Welcome Home from a fellow, recent convert. What a joy! So much learning ahead. So many wonderful, wonderful things coming your way. May you be like St. John, who from that day onward (the day Christ was crucified) made room in his home for Mary. May Jesus continue to draw you toward himself. God bless you.

April 05, 2007 1:17 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Cathy

I do believe that He's been waiting a very long time for you, too, and no doubt tears of joy are streaming down His Holy Face as He awaits your fullness with His open arms.

I think I'll wear my Blu-Blockers Saturday night. The radiance might just be too much for me.

April 05, 2007 3:13 PM  
Blogger Angela Messenger said...

Pass the Kleenex! I am crying too!!!!
I will thinking of you this weekend and praying for you.

PS - what is your confirmation name going to be?

April 05, 2007 3:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks, everyone.

Ray: You can sit up front with me, my Dad and my sponsor. The first 2 rows on the right. We have to be there by 7:40.

Angela: Really, what do you think? ;-) Catherine, for Catherine of Alexandria, of course!

April 05, 2007 4:05 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

i was confirmed at age 13, and remember next to nothing of the preparation or the celebration of the sacrament.

i almost envy folks like you who are receiving the sacrament most of all because they have made a conscious choice to do so, because belonging fully to the Church is that important to them.

Happy Easter...He is Risen Indeed.

April 05, 2007 5:33 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Wow! I am so happy for you...my prayers are with you.

Much love,

Terry

(In this time of such exceptional grace, will you ask the Lord to have mercy upon me? - just say something like, "Lord you know Terry has a lot of problems, please help him now, he needs your grace so desperately.")

Thanks Cath!

April 05, 2007 8:14 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Cathy:

I'm thrilled and honored to be able to sit up with you in what I normally consider to be a "Pharisee Pew." But on this special occasion, there will be no Pharisees present. Father Echert wouldn't allow that in his parish.


Terry:

I'd bet that Cathy could find one more seat if a Tom Cruise look-a-like happened to show up.

April 05, 2007 8:32 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Savor the joy of the vigil mass, and remember in the "dull" moments which occasionally afflict us all. When I was confirmed as a Catholic, Fr. Altier gave us this advice and told us to be faithful in season and out. I now ditto this to you!

God bless!

April 06, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks, everyone!

Terry, I regularly pray for you so you are covered but I'll remember you in a special way.

Ray, you should not be encouraging Terry's plastic surgery addiction. His Tom Cruise mug is SO last Fall.

April 06, 2007 9:29 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am soooo happy we are getting a great Catholic like you!
God Bless You!

April 06, 2007 5:28 PM  
Blogger The Ironic Catholic said...

Aw, Cathy, congrats! I agree with the post above--I get somewhat jealous of the new confirmands and baptized because they will really remember the day of this gift from God (unlike me...I remember my confirmation dress and that I didn't have a confirmation name).

I'll pray for you tomorrow night when I'm at Vigil.

April 06, 2007 7:58 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks, Christine and I.C.

April 06, 2007 8:07 PM  

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