Back in 2008 when I did attend, I did stand up. I'm putting it here for those who didn't get to see it. Warning: It is rough (first and only time doing stand up), and bawdy so my kids have not seen it, but it was fun. And it's permanent, so my kids can laugh at me when they're adults or be mortified that it's still on the Internet.
2. Planning a change. I host Small Success Thursday here on Thursdays (Natch), but it hasn't taken hold. I've asked to move the venue to Catholicmom.com where it seems, it would be a good fit. I'll let you know if that happens and then we can all go there to post our week's triumphs over minutia.
3. On a more serious note, my daughter is getting confirmed next week.
Before my sister got confirmed, she'd written me a letter asking "What is an experience of the Holy Spirit?" The question seemed bigger than anything a new mom at the age of 26 could muster so I asked lots of people to answer the question as best they could. The question still stands because even with all the answers (which were lovely and brilliant), there are still more answers because the Holy Spirit is infinite and speaks and breathes through all of our lives as much as we permit.
So what generically is an experience of the Holy Spirit? It is a moment of grace, a moment when we know, we have somehow stepped out of ourselves for others and that this is a gift, a moreness than we would have given if left to our own devices.
The how of that experience is as diverse as our lives, as our needs, as the world around us. Being called to prayer, to serve, to listen, to ask the right question, to go be with someone, to live out the beatitudes in that moment, to be present, fully present as the Eucharist is fully present to us, that is an experience of Holiness, and that Holiness is the Holy Spirit at work in us. Pray for my daughter as she prepares this last week before Confirmation, and for all receiving this sacrament. It is a beautiful day for them and the beginning of adult Catholic life.
So naturally, I'm hosting a party this weekend and will be surrounded by