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I’m starting with a video again! Here is “A Week in the Life of a Priest.” He’s Australian, and I think the funeral scene is staged, but otherwise, this is pretty legit. I can confirm the “drive-by signing” moment with the parish secretary is a real experience. It was mine for three years!
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A few months ago, one place on the Internet linked me to a blog from Benedictine College in Kansas. The post about how to get more out of Mass had a really positive effect on my Massgoing experience. I haven’t yet applied the tips for praying a holy hour (mainly because I like to pray the Liturgy of the Hours during mine), but I’m excited for the possibilities.
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No progress on the job front yet. I will be busy for the next week or so, so I’ve intentionally avoided doing a big push since I am not available for interviews yet. I am also still on vacation time, which I am using to do things like catch up on blogs, clear out my DVR, and (mostly) get my sleeping patterns back in order.
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My air conditioning is out. This is horrible because (a) no A/C is always horrible, and (b) summer has finally arrived in Austin. I knew, during the last two months of unseasonable cool temperatures, that I was anxious for summer but that I would hate it when the heat finally turned up. I was right. I was so very right.
On the bright side, since I am having a staycation, I was able to sit around with the fan blowing to recirculate the too-warm air I have forced in by keeping the blinds closed all the time. I hope the carpet cleaners don’t think I’m a weird recluse, because that’s not entirely true.
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Assuming I don’t mess it up tonight, I will have had an alarmingly successful run of extended prayers.
First, my friend Katie led (for the second time) a novena to St. Dymphna for her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease. I prayed for Katie’s grandmother and for a friend of mine from college who experiences anxiety. That ended Wednesday. The main triumph there was that I remembered to pray all nine days’ prayers on the correct days!
In the middle of that novena, I started the Pentecost novena (“the original novena,” as I like to say). I almost forgot, since it starts after the Ascension, and I, like most Catholics in the U.S. don’t live in a diocese that has Ascension Thursday. I considered signing up for the prayers through Pray More Novenas, but I didn’t like theirs as much as the ones EWTN posts (link to the text-only version). I don’t know if I realized it last year or the year before, but I re-realized this year that the italicized portions at the beginning of each day’s prayers translate the Pentecost sequence into one that can be sung to the tune of the Stabat Mater, which you know if you’ve ever been to a parish Stations of the Cross. How genius is that? I’m just hoping to hear the Pentecost Sequence at all tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
Finally, I also realized around May 3 that I ought to be praying to find a new job. It is alarming how often I forget to pray about things, despite often giving people that very advice. I whipped out my TAN book of prayers to St. Joseph and started a 30-day one for myself. (I know, 30 days is not a novena, but it’s extended prayer.) Within days, I had three other job-seekers to pray for. One, my friend Brittany, just accepted a job offer! That St. Joseph works fast, and this bodes well for me.
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I saw The Winter’s Tale put on by Austin Shakespeare. Longtime readers may remember my trip to see Twelfth Night last year and Love’s Labours Lost the year before. Summer shows at Zilker are literally the only thing I do outside on purpose all year, and I was rained out on Thursday, so I had to go on Saturday. Most of my companions couldn’t go, but it was a great opportunity to have a good chat with a friend, try P. Terry’s burgers (verdict: cheap, but not that great), and see a delightful show.
This year’s twist was a South American dance setting. The first half took place in a stark and emotionally bare Argentina, with a beautiful tango to spark the king’s jealousy. (Bonus: Queen Hermione is where the Harry Potter character gets her name!) The second half was set in Brazil, with two incredible samba performances to highlight the party scenes. I’ve never seen samba before, at least not when I knew what it was. It’s such a fun dance, and it doesn’t need a partner (the single girl’s dream)! I could have used a little more clothing on some of the dancers, though. I was especially amused by the “bear”: a giant costume worn by an actor on stilts. Good times.
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Here’s another, shorter video to send you off. It’s no secret that I love clever advertising. This is pretty genius. It’s a shame that such a thing and such a tactic are needed, but it’s still brilliant.
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