Thursday, May 21, 2009

Even though this is about 35 minutes late, I just wanted to wish Miss Kat Harter a wonderful birthday - I hope it was fantastic. (like you!)

Peace and love. :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear most beautiful women,

So first and foremost, I hope everyone has had a fabulous official first week off from school! I know that I miss each and every one of you ALREADY but it's quite nice being home, I must say. 

Prayer Partners are AWESOME! I just chatted with mine, Helen Marie Berg, and we have totally got each others' backs! I definitely encourage all of you to try and talk with your PP's often this summer! It's so good to know that someone else is praying for you! Even if you can't see them face-to-face (I am in NJ and HM is in Michigan!), it's good to just touch base. We IM our prayer requests!

My RM this past year was Kara Fitzgerald, who is an amazing woman. She taught me that over the summer, despite the potential lack of Catholics around you at home, you should continue to grow in your faith! Not only are Prayer Partners good to rely on for prayers and to pray for, but they're also wonderful women to encourage you to go to Mass on a non-Sunday, help out at your church, or volunteer in your area. Sometimes it's easy to falter when we're not surrounded by our CUA support system! This is a great opportunity for us GP women to bond through supporting each other as a community.

I hope everyone is well and home and congratulations to the Seniors on having graduated! Keep praying for each other and I know we're all going to have a great summer!

In His Love,
Ok if anyone wants to hear a really awesome song download "Average Girl" by Barlowgirl.
Here are the lyrics.
"Average Girl"
So what I'm not your average girl.
I don't meet the standards of this world
Chasing after boys is not my thing
See I'm waiting for a wedding ring

No more dating
I'm just waiting
Like sleeping beauty
My prince will come for me
No more dating I'm just waiting
'Cause God is writing my love story

Boys are bad that's certainly not true
'Cause God's preparing one for you
If you get tired waiting till he comes
Gods arms are the perfect place to run

I love that song I have just been blasting it in my car so much being like yeah!!!


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hey y'all!

Caitlin here.  I hope y'alls summers are starting out wonderfully, and that home is everything you hoped it would be.  :]]  Prayer partners are up, if you signed up for one and didn't get an email, let me know, and I'll fix the email address on my end.  (!  

I just wanted to reiteratie what I said in the email.  I'm always here if you need me, facebook, email, phone, you know the drill :]

Peace and love!
Caitlin Alanna

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Summer Reading

Hey Girls,

So I realize that I wasn't very active this year (as in I made it to 1 and 1/3 meetings) but oh well, I think this blog is a really cool idea. I was wondering, is anybody reading anything really good over the summer or did you read anything really great over this past year? I made a list of books that I plan on reading, but most of them are more classic literature and I would love to get recommendations from you all and make a list of books to read that would help me grow in my faith. I just stole a copy of The Five Love Languages from Colleen and I am really enjoying it and I am also planning on reading The Story of a Soul. Have any of you read either of these or do you have any suggestions?
Also, has anyone come up with a plan for staying in touch with Jesus over the summer? Have you picked a special prayer to say everyday? Do you have a prayer journal? Have you worked anything out with a prayer partner? I'd love to hear about your ideas or plans because if I don't mix things up fairly often I know I tend to get bored and things (my workout schedule, study habits, spirituality) can end up kinda lax or stale or forgotten altogether.
Ok I hope you guys respond. Have an awesome summer. Miss you tons (especially you Kat Harter). Love, Beth

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dear Gratia Plena,
Welcome to the 21st century.
We totally have a blog.

I don't know if this will work at all. Maybe I'm one of the few people who thinks it's a good idea and one of the few people who will ever read or write here. But, I don't know, especially over the summer, don't you just ever get those moments when you have something to say and you don't really know who to say it to? Especially since home life is usually so different than CUA life, sometimes it's hard to figure out who to turn to. To all you GP ladies, if you've ever felt like that, well now you can come here!

I know a lot of you will have prayer partners, and we might have emailed reflections, but I thought it might be nice to have this other way of staying in touch, staying connected, and supporting each other as we strive to continue living a life full of grace.

Since there is only a general log in name and password, which you'll all have, anything you say can be totally anonymous. It's my hope that, because of this, we can have some real open and heartfelt discussions here, maybe even ones that continue into the school year.

No one is required to read this or write, so if it doesn't work out, then it doesn't work out! I know that, even with no words on this page, we're still connected by our love for Christ and our desire to be better women.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. I'm thinking of and praying for all of you!

Mimi :)