Things I’ve Been Learning Lately: August 2016

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The last full month of summer is coming to an end!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m over this hot, muggy summer. August ending means that we’re THAT MUCH CLOSER to fall, people. I mean, I know that temps don’t magically drop to the 60s and that leaves don’t instantly turn pretty fall colors as soon as September starts, but still. FALL’S COMING. Bring on the sweaters, boots, and pumpkin-flavored everything, please.

Am I basic? I think I’m basic.

I’m okay with that.

Before we usher in a new month, how about a look back on the last one?

  • Just because you’re not good at something right away doesn’t mean it’s not where God wants you. JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT GOOD AT SOMETHING RIGHT AWAY DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOT WHERE GOD WANTS YOU. You know how they say “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called?” It’s true, man.
  • I’m sure you knew this already, but “Stranger Things” is one of the best things on Netflix right now. Please watch it if you haven’t yet. I watched the whole series in less than 24 hours because I was sick and had nothing better to do.
  • Dropping unhealthy stuff from your diet really does make a difference in how you feel. I hardly ever drink pop now but when I do decide to treat myself, I feel like garbage. I’d drop it for good if I didn’t love Jarritos and Coca-Cola so much. Deliciousness is pain.
  • Speaking of unhealthy stuff, I had Frisch’s Big Boy for the first time a few weeks ago and their fish sandwiches are one of the best things in life. God bless Ohio.
  • Kentucky is really pretty and horses might outnumber people in Lexington.
  • You are not a bad Catholic if you don’t think you want kids. I know that Theology of the Body and the prized position of the family in the Church can make you wonder if you’re doing Catholicism wrong, but you’re not. It’s okay.
  • I still miss West Virginia like crazy. Homesickness is stubborn.
  • Apparently my preference to wear sandals and my ability to play guitar means that I fit the 1970s ideal of a Catholic youth minister. There’s not much I hate more than practices in the Church that are stuck in the 1970s, so I’m not sure how I feel about that. I guess I’ll embrace it?
  • Divine providence is totally real. Last month my spiritual mentor told me I should check out a film about the original Divine Mercy image. I forgot all about her suggestion until I learned that my parish is showing that very film in September. Thanks, God.

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