Sunday, February 21, 2010
At Mass today, I presided over the Rite of Enrollment for our students preparing for Baptism.
Having so many members of their families present gave it extra festivity.
It mostly went well, and was uplifting, but during the prayer of the faithful some of the younger students, enthralled with the new children’s Bible we gave them, quit paying attention to the prayers and kept flipping through the pictures.
The boys, in particular, were fascinated by the hero action stories of the Old Testament.
I wondered if we were going to have some David and Goliath slingshot action played out in front of me!
I felt great energy grow throughout the ceremony. These days, when I feel great energy, I know it’s soon to be followed with a crash, which meant a monster two-hour nap after church.
This evening, I visited the high school girls in the Hogebach home and stayed for some delicious homemade beef vegetable soup.
I like to visit and hang out and find out what’s going on in their lives. While my white blood cell counts are low, I don’t get over to the homes as I’d like to. The doctors want me to limit the chances of picking up a cold or virus.
The most pressing question about my treatment and recovery for the high school girls was, “ When are you going to start playing basketball with us on rec center nights again?”
That’s another incentive to press on toward full recovery!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
We had a retreat for the families of our students who are preparing for Baptism at Easter time.
One of the moms came 10 hours from Denver, and one set of Godparents drove 3 hours from Sioux City, Iowa to be here. It’s special for our students when their families can visit, and we try to make it welcoming and special for them.
We started with lunch, and then our high school girls took on babysitting duties for the younger children who came along.
Everyone laughed and enjoyed the lively “get to know you” icebreakers. Then, we began a series of prayers, presentations and activities to help the students learn about the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist they will soon receive. Many of our staff pitched in to make the day successful.
I made one presentation, and stayed for about half the retreat. Then, I retired to my Sleeping Beauty (probably more like Rip Van Winkle) mode and spent the rest of the day taking it easy.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Friday is my day off, and I often take off to see a movie or get in some entertainment and relaxing. Today, I mostly slept and rested with some reading in between.
Many people told me laughter and having fun is a real help to recovering from any illness, but especially cancer. For me, music is what’s most fun and enjoyable. This evening, I dusted off some of my favorite CDs let the music do its magic.
There’s a song (and a saying) that to enjoy life you’ve got to dance like nobody is watching. From Blues to Big Band, Country to Cha Cha, nobody was watching as I moved to the music and let it lift my spirits.
… to enjoy life you’ve go to dance like nobody is watching.