1 Apr

Easter Vigil was absolutely wonderful – such an indescribable and great night. Even thinking back on it now…it makes me just want to smile and sing.

I’m so grateful for my sponsor and her family. They have showered me with love, prayers, kind words, books, and gifts throughout this whole process. The night of the vigil they all sat with me and then Easter day they invited me to have lunch and spend the day with them.

One of the books I got as a confirmation gift is The Illustrated Lives of the Saints. Since it separates the saints based on the days they’re celebrated, I’ve decided to just read through it day by day, starting yesterday. I’m excited to get to know the saints and also to have a new saint to ask to pray for me each day. For some reason this book is helping me to let go of some of the stigmas I’ve been holding against the saints…

I also got a Catholic Book of Prayers. I’m super excited for this one, because I was relying on the pamphlets I’d picked up here and there and on a Book of Common Prayer that I picked up at a used bookshop a few years ago. While all of those things were great, I needed something a little more portable and a little more Catholic. I’ve looked through the prayers, and my sponsor put little sticky notes in it to mark the ones she thought would be important for me, but I’m hoping to figure out a way to pray through the whole book. Maybe I’ll just say a few new prayers every day and then start over when I reach the end.

I’ve had a Catholic Bible for quite some time now, and I’ve looked through some of the “new” books, but I have yet to actually sit down and read through them. I can’t decide if I want to just read the whole Bible and therefore have a better appreciation of context, or if I just want to start reading the “new” stuff. I’ll probably end up with a mixture of both.

I also received quite a few prayer cards. I LOVE these! Yet another thing I wish I had had when I was growing up. Today I had a test that I was kind of nervous about and right before it I took out the card with St. Thomas Aquinas‘s picture and prayer on it and was able to pray it right there. I’ve sometimes made up prayers for tests before, but this one was nice because I didn’t find myself stumbling for words – it was a nice quick prayer that said exactly what I wanted to say.


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  1. SR April 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Well Ellie, WELCOME HOME! I pray the Catholic Book of Prayers also. It is a wonderful book and that is the one I started with when I came into the Church. Have never been able to totally do away with it. I am so happy all went well for you! I am so happy you have done what you did! I am so happy you are a Catholic, as your life will be so beautiful from now on! Love you and am so proud of and for you! God Bless, SR

    • elliejaneohara April 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you much, dear friend! So glad to have your love and encouraging words! Love ya right back 🙂

  2. JP April 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Laudate also has some prayers in it. (The free app that I mentioned a while ago.) I’m going to slowly make my way through your blog now. 🙂 i think saints are fascinating…I still don’t pray for many of their intercessions. For me, I find they are valuable as examples to emulate–to see how the different types of people from different walks of life can find God in heaven.

    • elliejaneohara April 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

      Me too! Thankfully the woman who gave me the book of saints was a convert as well, so she gravitated toward one that prays to God that He would make us like each particular saint – a perfect option for me.

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