Contemplations over a big mug of tea

It’s about a year since I last posted.  Ooops.

So I’m a university student, a sister and a reader in training.  It’s a bit of a juggle, and there are days when it’s not easy, but most of the time it’s OK.  Right now I have two assignments due quite close together, the first one for readers and the second for uni.  It’s a BA in Primary Education that comes with qualified teacher status, as one module in each year is time spent in schools on teaching practice/placement tasks.

I’m still running, still knitting, still crocheting.  These help keep me sane when things start getting a bit much.  I’m really glad that there are three weeks away from uni right now because I don’t think I could juggle Holy Week and classes.  That would be more than I could cope with.  I’ve also discovered colouring mandalas via Pinterest, which are wonderful to do with the pack of sharpies I got back in October (they were seriously reduced and I also got student discount otherwise I’d not have bought them).

As well as the fire at Notre Dame yesterday, there was a fire at the principle Mosque in Jerusalem.  There have been three churches in the USA notable for their congregations being made up of people of colour who have been targeted by arsonists recently too.  Not all of these are related, but the way that the media has reacted to the events is notable.  There’s almost nothing in the mainstream UK news about Jerusalem.

All the pictures on Twitter on Sunday from assorted places of worship with their donkeys in procession for Palm Sunday made me miss the donkeys the order used to look after back in Whitby.  They were rehomed three years ago, but I still miss them.  At least that experience made for a good starting point when I preached my first sermon on Sunday morning.  Jesus hops on that donkey as though the wee thing was a bicycle and it doesn’t freak out.  That is definitely a miracle.

My mental health situation is mostly balanced at the moment, but the previous few months have had some very hard times, for a wide variety of reasons.  I keep on plodding on, and somehow manage to get out of bed even on the days when I’d really rather not.  Not sure how I do that, but it keeps on happening so I’m just going to run with it.  (Perhaps it’s just that it’s easier to get up and go to morning prayer than to have a discussion about my mental state?)

Listening to the radio the other day, they played a song that reminds me of being a kid.  So I’ll leave it here to end with, because it’s cheery if nothing else!

About faithhopechocolate

I am now a junior sister in a religious order. The aim of this blog is partly to explain what is involved in this, and to journal my experiences as I move from the secular world to the religious life.
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5 Responses to Contemplations over a big mug of tea

  1. It bothers me a lot that nobody cares when a church for “brown people” goes up in flames. That’s not the way the world should be.

    I’m glad that you seem to be doing okay. Just remember that you have friends to chat to, if you need us 🙂

    • It bothers me too. It’s partly why I follow a lot of POC on Twitter, so that I can get the antidote to my white privilege.

      Some days are better than others, you know the drill! There are good people around at the churches here too, but I know where you are. Thank you xx

  2. How lovely to get an update, Lou. I’m happy to hear the keel is even for the most part, and as always, I’m appreciative of your inclusive perspective. However you’re managing to succeed this far, I hope it keeps up for you. So much love to you from across the water… xo.

  3. Hey, you’re still out there! Good to hear from you again. And thanks for the “Mannequin” earworm…

  4. Jenny Bann says:

    Found myself thinking about you today and wondering how you were doing – glad I (think I anyway!) remembered your blog name correctly. It’s really good to see you have many good, if busy, things going on. Hope your assignments go well, and that life in general can stay peaceful even when things are rough going.

    (I have two children now, went back to the Catholic church, ditched academia and moved cities and changed careers. Been a turbulent few years but things are good.)

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