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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Immaculate Heart of Mary

In opening my Liturgy of the Hours today, I realized that it is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. And I'm going to do my best to get to Mass this morning!

It's also John Paul II's Baptismal Day and I'm older today. Finally, I can be President. BAH! Now my life is complete.

What irony. I remember turning 16, then 18, then 21, then 25, and looking at life through the lens of "Now I can drive! Now I can vote! Now I can buy a lottery ticket! Now I can have wine with dinner! Now I can have a lower insurance rate on my car!"

Now I look at it and I think I finally hit the last thing: now I'm old enough to be President. Who cares?

The reality is that now there's a bunch of stuff I CAN'T do. I can no longer apply for law enforcement jobs with the Federal Government. (Not that I wanted to; that's just the cutoff.) There are several religious communities that would no longer consider me (passed that milestone at 30, actually, for many of them.) Of course, I'm not considering those anyway, but I hate being back to realizing that every door in the world isn't open to me anymore like it once was. Such is life.

So it is that I'm grateful to be able to share this day with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I can fade into the background.

It's awesome, in the most proper sense of the word, to be able to celebrate these great feasts (and one my my greatest devotions) two days in a row during one of the most stressful times of my year.

So, for me, it's off to Mass then rush off to work. Just hope people aren't pounding down the door because I'm going to get to work late today!


Mark said...

I think you must have misunderstand the rubrics in LOTH (unless the rules are different in the US) - The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart is always the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost, and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart is always the following Saturday.

I hope your "great monastic adventures" go well. I love staying in monasteries! I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute.

Angela M. said...


Julia said...

Happy Birthday!!

Hidden One said...

laitem diem natalem, Adoro!

Monte said...

Yes, happy birthday ! a wonderful alignment of celebration today for you.


Terry Nelson said...

Happy birthday!

Melody K said...

Happy belated birthday, Adoro!

Adoro said...

Mark ~ I didn't notice that direction in the LOH yesterday, but of course, it could have been there. I have no idea if it's different where you are, but who knows? It's also quite possible that since I wrote this post before I had coffee I've just misinformed the entire internet. *sigh*

And everyone else: Thanks!

Melody ~ Belated???? 35 years ago today I wasn't even HERE yet! Not until 8:50 pm. Guess I was a night owl.

Nan said...

Happy Birthday! I just added a small donation for your discernment fund, it might be enough to buy a cup of coffee at the airport.

I just read that the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is 19 days after Pentecost, which is basically what Mark said in different words.

Adoro said...

Nan ~ Thank you. I will NEED coffee! lol

I'm editing the post now that I have time, just taking that line out. Otherwise I'll continue to get these corrections for the next 10 years.

Ray from MN said...

I was thinking of coming over earlier to wish you a very Happy Birthday, Adoro. But I was afraid that I would find a backlog of 56 posts that I hadn't read.

God Bless you and keep you.