My goal for the remainder of this workshop is to utilize the tools that I have learned from our discussions on the readings so that I can continue this journey in my personal life after the workshop ends. One of the most important tools I have gained is through my friends in the Beech Tree Group. The tool is to use my love of God to believe in myself. I have learned so much from this fantastic group, and that is most definitely one of the best lessons I have gained. My intention is to use the remainder of the workshop to go forth with more confidence and recognition of the skill-set and the charisms that the Holy Spirit has given me.
I intend to bring more mindfulness and preparedness to our Beech Tree meeting tomorrow evening. I intend for this to be the week during which I have prepared as much as I can and responded in writing as best as I can prior to our meeting. I want to bring to tomorrow’s meeting a higher awareness of myself and a larger openness to listen. I intend to take the risk in this moment to express to any person who reads this that I would like to continue our workshop journey together even after the workshop ends. If you want to comment below that you would like my information, I can get my information to you for us to continue the discussion and the growth of this miracle workshop after it ends.
The one area that I need to grow more regarding stretching my limits is to understand more of the ecumenical causes that run deeply within the Catholic Church. As a practicing Catholic, I have taken ecumenism for granted more often than I should have. The Church has written about ecumenical movements, and I wish I had listened better to that movement in my recent past. I also intend to work more at recognizing the ecumenical work that one of my favorite saints who is named Saint Margaret Clitherow has done. She miraculously navigated having a 16th century Christian marriage in which she simultaneously respected her husband’s different denomination while also staying faithful to everything the Catholic Church believes. Even faced with a terrible death, she defended her family and her beloved husband by refusing to “testify” which would have stripped them of all their property. This past Lent, past Easter, and even this Ordinary Time has been a time of working to get ever closer to Saint Margaret Clitherow. I need to “listen” to her more by prayerfully re-examining her life. Despite her passion and conviction for her Catholic faith, she was also fearless in the respect she held until her last breath towards Christian unity. I pray that Saint Margaret Clitherow walk closer to me and that I listen more when she teaches me about humility of preaching truth. Sometimes when I think about her life, I get tears in my eyes, because her living testimony really speaks to me. She is a martyr who gave her life to protect all seven sacraments. How can I resemble that today, tomorrow, and in upcoming weeks? I make the prayer that she will continue to intercede for me that I gain more strength and encouragement.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to share a song that I love. It is called “Thank you” by the artist Alanis Morissette. The lyrics teach me about true gratitude and the song resounds inwardly as my theme-song every time I hear it played.