I simultaneously love and hate those moments where God shows me my faults. Being humbled is not very fun, yet it is a beautiful thing because it creates change in us. At least, I hope it does for me! The past couple of weeks have been quite stressful with the last few days of summer winding down and the school year beginning, and I have not always been the most fun to be around. In fact, I always feel bad for my family during this time because I can definitely be a little short and spaced out because of all of the things on my mind. As much as I love teaching, the beginning of the year is always such a hard time for me because of the high expectations I put on myself – will my classroom be perfect? Are all of my lessons completely planned out? Is everything organized, cut out, laminated, and filed? Honestly, I can be quite unrealistic with myself!
A couple of years ago, my wonderful priest, Fr. Rickey Valleroy, suggested that the responsorial psalm sung during Sunday mass become a sort of “mantra” for the entire week; something we can repeat to keep our minds on God and a focus on the Mass continuing long after “Thanks be to God!”
Movie night is a special time for my husband and I. After the kids go to bed, we sit on the couch (sometimes with a glass of wine and chocolate or chips and salsa) and watch a movie together. It is something I look forward to since we do not get many date nights, and it is a wonderful way to just enjoy being together.
Recently, we purchased some older movies recommended by the the National Catholic Register, hoping that these movies will not only entertain, but inspire as well. Some of you may remember “Jesus of Nazareth,” a 4-hour TV movie that includes a star-studded cast (at least at the time!). Abe and I decided to tackle this movie first – a movie I remember bits and pieces of when watching with my parents. The thing I remembered the most from this movie is the striking blue eyes of the actor who played Jesus in the film (Robert Powell). Yeah, so I was working from a pretty blank slate!