Pray, Fast, Act
Wow… it’s been about a month since I last wrote, and so so much has been happening! I’m officially one month into my summer internship (you can read my post about internships here) and over the moon about being back in DC. This past weekend, we had our internship summer conference in Arizona, and while it was hotter than hades, it was still an absolute ball. I’m also training for marathon, and began my official training plan about 3.5 weeks ago. These days are flying by, and I’m so grateful for everything filling up my life right now.
I heard a homily a couple of weeks ago that stopped me in my tracks. The priest, Fr. Joe at the CIC in DC, was talking about the importance of praying and fasting before we take action. If you’re anything like me, you might also have a bias towards action, and often times I’ll act without really asking the Lord if I’m doing what He wants, or needs, me to do. Fr. Joe encouraged us to pray, then fast, and then take action. It made me think about the times in my life where I truly have paused and prayed before making a decision or launching into a new project. I can feel the Lord present with and to me when I invite Him into every step of the process, and I want that peace in everything that I do.
This past weekend’s homily about Martha and Mary was another great reminder of the importance of doing what the Lord is asking of us, even if we think we have a better idea of what we should do. Check out Msgr. Pope’s homily written out here for a spectacular exploration of this concept.
I hope your summer is going well and that you have the chance to rest and rejuvenate as these warm days fly past!
What we’re loving lately
Prayer can be hard – but it’s important. In this episode, I share some of my favorite tips and encouragements for bringing peace, joy, and presence back into prayer. I also read Mother Teresa’s “I Thirst” meditation at the end, which is one of my very favorite meditations and a great way to enter into your next prayer time!
This week, we’re continuing our battle plan series and talking all about battling anxiety. I know this is part of so many of our stories and I’m breaking down four reflections on how I manage moments of anxiety and worry. I’d love to hear your thoughts – shoot me a message on Instagram @thesundaymonday_ and let me know how you battle anxiety!!
Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Jacques Philippe
I’m re-reading one of my absolute favorites right now, and invite you to join me! This book is simply an outpouring of peace and I constantly find myself pausing and soaking in its wisdom every time I pick it up!
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Jane was born in Australia, raised in California, and is overjoyed to now call NYC home. She graduated from UCSB with degrees in Political Science and Communication and spent the past two years working in criminal justice reform. She is currently an MBA student at NYU Stern, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy.