Today’s Reading & The Visitation by Albertenelli

Today’s Reading & The Visitation by Albertenelli

An online friend reminded me that today’s Gospel reading is the story of The Visitation, where John the Baptist leaps in St. Elizabeth’s womb at Mary’s greeting.

I have a special connection with St. Elizabeth, as she is my Confirmation Saint. Little did I know that, at the tender age of 14, I hadn’t really chosen St. Elizabeth, but that she had chosen me. I had honestly wondered, over the years, why I had actually chosen St. Elizabeth. Singing the customized versions of the Liturgy of the Saints for the RCIA Candidates at the Easter Vigil over the years and hearing all the wonderful saints’ names actually filled me with some regret that I didn’t really put much thought into selecting my own Confirmation Saint. Elizabeth is my Aunt’s name, and she was my Confirmation Sponsor, so I just picked “Elizabeth” for my Saint. Frankly, in my apathy and ignorance, I didn’t really want to do the research involved in selecting a Confirmation Saint, nor did I think it important. Silly me – God was still at work.

It wasn’t until this year, while contemplating how I could uplift and encourage women and further the pro-life message, that it finally started to dawn on me. I first saw the masterpiece “The Visitation” by Italian painter Albertenelli, below, at the local Catholic bookstore. The painting, with its sheer emotion and beauty, stopped me cold in my tracks and actually moved me to tears. Right there in the bookstore. Finally, I thought. This is what a loving relationship between sisters in Christ should look like! It was in no small part because of this painting that I was motivated to coordinate the  pro-life Tea  at church this past April.

In addition, I don’t think it is a fluke that my son was born on the Feast of St. John the Baptist. He declares Christ’s love and saving power to me in his own way each and every day. And my Confirmation Saint is St. John the Baptist’s Mom. God is so awesome. In case you needed to be reminded. 🙂

So,  St. Elizabeth really *is* my Confirmation Saint, even if it took me 20 years to figure out why. And it is with her guidance that I see how the Holy Spirit is at work in my life.

God works in mysterious ways … through the brush strokes of a long-passed master artist, through the underdeveloped selections of an ignorant teen-aged girl, and through  Sts. John & Elizabeth, the first pro-life heralds (John, by action & St. Elizabeth, by proclamation). Deo Gratias!

Tea for two … or 50. No big whoop!?

Tea for two … or 50. No big whoop!?

The 1st Annual Women’s Tea for Life, held Saturday, April 17 at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, OR, was a resounding success. Over 50 women attended, over $2300 was raised, and I only cried three – no, make that four – times.  Anyway, there is no way I could have pulled this thing off without the tremendous assistance and prayer support of a NUMBER of folks, most of whom ended up on the back of the event program, under the header: “With gratitude.”

Next year – less stress for the organizer, a committee, and a projector (in that order).

Here are some pics from the splendiforous afternoon courtesy of the lovely and talented Courtney Freiburger so you can see what I’ve been up to these last couple of weeks.  ENJOY!

Donna Vandehey from Birthright
Three Lovely Ladies
What a Spread!
Tamra Johnson from Project Rachel and Silent No More Awareness Campaign
St. Cecilia Respect Life Committee Members
Choose Life!
La Musica String Quartet
Tea for Two!
I see *my* dessert tray - where's yours?
Silent Auction is Ready to Roll

Busy Kitchen
Debi Canepa from Washington Co. Right to Life
Tea is Served!
Women’s Tea for Life is Sold Out!

Women’s Tea for Life is Sold Out!

I know it’s still Lent, but I really want to say the “a” word – you know, the one that rhymes with balleluia – because the 1st Annual Women’s Tea for Life is sold out!!

Thank you so much to everyone for your support, offering goods and services for door prizes and the silent auction, and especially for your pledged volunteer hours. God knows that this is a team effort, and could never be successful without your material and spiritual support!

For those of you who wanted to attend but weren’t able to purchase tickets this year, we hope to make this an annual event – please join us next year, when we will probably open more seats.

Thank you so much again for your support,  and God’s blessings upon you!