What I Wore Sunday – Happy Feast of Saint Patrick!

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Happy Feast of St. Patrick! He is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, where I worship, so it is a particularly favorite feast. I think there’s even a smidgen of actual Irishness on my dad’s side. Somewhere. So! Today’s outfit HAS to have green, and I was getting concerned until this past week, when Proverbial mom sent me a lovely top for my birthday.

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Top: INC at Macy’s. You can actually go into a nation-wide store and find something I’m wearing…right now! Though, in all likelihood, it is on a sale rack. The sleeves have this fun butterfly effect.

Pants: from New York and Company. The skirts were not having it with me today. And it’s only in the 30s today, anyway. Oh well, more reason to suspend my optional penance and have an Irish coffee at brunch.

Reflection: For today, from St. Patrick’s Breastplate, as we contemplate reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in the most Holy Eucharist.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same,
The Three in One and One in Three.
By Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

What I Wore Sunday – Laetare!

Happy Laetare Sunday!

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Today we are expecting a high near 50! The glorious sunshine we had yesterday has gone away in favor of clouds. But at least no snow! For that, many are joyful. 🙂 So today we wear rose!

ImageCardigan: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet, seasons ago.

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft Outlet, seasons ago.

Boots: The Tannery. Definitely on sale last year.

Reflection:

A brief one today. We will hear the parable of the Prodigal Son. I love how many different approaches various priests taken with it. Each homily is new–a new focus on a different character. And that’s why Lent is such a good season. Every year we can have a new approach, glean something new with it, and become closer to the person Christ calls us to be.

What I Wore Sunday: Waiting

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Happy Sunday!

I hate the groundhog.

It’s going to precipitate coldness. Again. So, underneath the waterproof parka and water-sealed boots to get me home from Mass dry is:

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I know! Perfect for Laeterae Sunday, right? Perhaps for next week I’ll break out the super-rose colored sweater…

Turtleneck: Cream-colored number from White House Black Market (Can’t recall if the mall store or outlet. But buttons! On the wrist!

Cardigan: Black with neckline applique from Kohl’s (finally something bought in the last three months! But also on sale. Not sure if still there.)

Skirt: One of my favorites. Nearly four years ago went to three different H&Ms to find one in the right size. Some of their pieces hold up really well. My waistline, not so much. It’s been several months since I could zip it up. 😛

Thermals: Black modal stretch layering T from Gap Body (SO soft!) and runner’s leggings from REI. The special material has this water-resistant feel to it, and it wicks away moisture—super helpful when the temperature goes from cold outside to over-heated building to mild outside in the afternoon.

Reflection:

Earlier this week I found myself hoping that the near-Spring temperatures we were having in New England meant I could finally break out the gorgeous leather jacket Proverbial Mom and Dad got me for Christmas—something I’ve wanted to do for weeks. But the day of the Lord is now known as Snowday, so it stays tucked in the closet, away from the pelting flakes of ice. (Post-Mass lunch last week was insane.) Then I had the thought—what if wearing this jacket is something I’m supposed to give up, as an exercise in curbing vanity? And the snow/precipitation is something to test my patience as I wait for Spring to come for good—around Easter-tide?

This week we have the Gospel with the parable of the fig tree. Poor guy just could not get his tree to grow some figs. So he asked his gardener if he should just give up and cut the thing down. I feel like the guy with the tree; the snow will just not stop and Spring will not come—I should just buy a ticket to Florida already. I have waited long enough to wear this jacket, so this week, I give up on saving it—weather be darned!

I think a lot of people feel like giving up what they’re called to do. But we have an offer of hope, if we’re just willing to trust in someone. The gardener says to try just one more time, and he’ll help the man with his tree, and it may finally get its figs. Jesus is our gardener. If we hold on—and not give into weakness—he’ll help us out. And it may produce fruit. So the man likely will not cut down his tree, and I will not wear my jacket, and the plane will have to leave for Florida without me. God can do something with that.

What I Wore Sunday – Snow. Again. But with a Reflection!

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Happy Sunday of Lent! There is yet another winter storm this weekend. But this is okay. Because the Proverbial Woman “is not concerned for her household when it snows—all her charges are doubly clothed,” (Proverbs 31:21, NAB). As evidenced by my previous Sunday outfits and today’s, I essentially spend November through March doubly clothed.

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Dress: Banana Republic (bought at consignment store)

Sweater: INC at Macy’s

Purple Cuddleduds! All the warmth and comfy fit of thermals with the style of leggings.

Leg warmers: DSW.

A Lenten Reflection:

Yesterday my roommate (nondenominational Evangelical sister in Christ) asked me how my Lent was going. At first I started answering her by describing how it was going okay–I wasn’t really sure I’d gotten any graces from my sacrifices, except for maybe some small ones. Then I had the thought–is that really the point? For me to gain something? What about suffering as simply a show of solidarity? Jesus suffered excruciating pain and a descent into Hell for me. Surely I can endure that which is excruciating and “Hell” for me for forty days. With his crucifixion, Jesus didn’t “get” anything for Himself, but He trusted that maybe God would do something with this death. And He did. God used Jesus’s sacrifice for someone else’s good.  Ours.

I think many of us can agree that during Lent, when we confront our temporal temptations, we almost always instinctively have the thought: “I can’t have/do/think this; it’s Lent” and all the connotations that word has for us and consciously choose to forgo that little (or big) desire. Maybe this is why seemingly random acts that don’t have any apparent inherent spiritual value (going entirely Vegan, as my Maronite friend does) are acceptable sacrifices, because if the penitent consciously endures some suffering in the hope of some good effected, God can use that.

So what happens when we”fail” and give in to a temptation? When we hit the pillow Saturday night and suddenly realize we haven’t really sacrificed or suffered all week? I’m guessing most of us feel horrible; we deeply regret it. We make plans to double up. on our sacrifices for the next week, and even Sundays. Guess what. I believe God can use that, too.  Recall the prodigal son? All it took was a little humility and regret, and the son was welcomed back into the fold.

So this Lent, the next time I get asked “How’s your Lent going?” I’ll respond with “Great! God is doing wonders!” Even if I don’t really know what they are yet–or ever will… 🙂

What I Wore Sunday: Sunday Snow. Again

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Happy First Sunday of Lent! This morning it was snowing. Unlike last week, when I had to think about getting to Mass amid drifts on a clear day, I had to think about how to dress practically as the wind blew snow all around me.

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The tops: a collection of white thermal, black and white tank, and white wrap-style blouse. All from I don’t even remember. 😛

The pants: purple “skinny” jeans from Kohls. I think the intention behind these straight-leg jeans were to be slim fit skinnies, but on my shape, I had to go up 2 sizes to get them to fit more appropriately than glorified leggings. 😛 Those are what I wore underneath – Smart Wool to help buffer against the wind.

 

What I Wore on Sunday – Blizzard Edition!

A gutsy, GUSTY storm named Nemo swam through my neighborhood this weekend. Public transit has been suspended for yet another day, so I am ever so thankful for a ride to my preferred Mass from a dear friend. So this morning’s outfit is a typical winter Sunday number:

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Wool skirt (Burlington Coat Factory seasons ago) over water-resistant & wicking thermal leggings, light INC sweater (Macy’s, last year, a present from Mom) over lightweight thermal top.

If Dear Friend couldn’t drive me, I suppose if I didn’t have a church about a mile away, I may have had reason to stay home and just watch Mass on CatholicTV. BUT, I am 1) young 2) healthy 3) ambulatory  and 4) in possession of some hardcore winter gear. So here’s the extra layer of what to wear on Sunday, perfect for potentially unshoveled sidewalks and 4-foot plow drifts.

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Snow pants (gift from parents) and North Face Arctic parka (bought on sale at Macy’s with new credit card discount, too).

Even though I won’t need to wear them to church, I will probably don them for the trip to the grocery store. But instead of a cart, I shall tow them on a sled!

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What I Wore on Sunday

Hello, blog world! I decided for Superbowl Sunday, I would do some “pre-gaming” for Lent by getting a head start on my sacrifice. This season I’m going to give God the gift of time by turning off the television and using the charism He gave me to be a better witness and connect with more of my sisters. What better way to start than with a link-up celebrating modesty!

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So, go Niners! Banana Republic skirt from consignment store that got scrunched up after the walk home; under blouse from Maurice’s; red sweater from I don’t even remember.

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