Last week was terribly busy, but I hesitate to use that word "terribly", because it was a wonderful week. So maybe it was wonderfully busy. Hmmm....
So I'll start with Sunday- Evelyn's family drove in and surprised her as a late birthday gift. I was the "on campus contact", so I was in charge of getting her back to the dorm after brunch so that the family could come in to the dorm without her seeing. Of course, that was the day Ev decided it would be a wonderful idea to eat a grapefruit before heading back. My encouragement of grabbing an orange to go was fruitless (no pun intended). It all worked out, and there was a lovely surprise, so it was all worth it.
Monday, Ev's parents were kind enough to drive us to a Rick Santorum rally downtown. It was a wonderful experience and definitely worth missing class for. After we returned to campus, I went to Mass, and the Santorum family was there, too! How awesome to see a public figure witnessing to his faith in that way!
My brother and niece came into town for Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a very nice dinner, and I was able to spend Wednesday afternoon with my niece. She helped my friend and I shop for groceries and make dinner (which was quite delicious, if I do say so myself!).
But none of that was the highlight of my week. I attended a Lenten retreat on Friday and Saturday that far surpassed any retreat I had ever been on. There were talks such as "What is the Meaning of Life?", "Knowing the Love of Christ Crucified", and "The Confraternity of Angelic Warfare". Best part? 5 1/2 hours of adoration. *happy sigh* Saturday evening, a large group of us were enrolled in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity. If you don't know anything about the confraternity, I encourage you to look it up. It's extremely powerful! It comes from St. Thomas Aquinas who was given a cord of purity by two angels and therefore was able to resist temptations. There are many graces associated with being a member of the confraternity, including the ability to "draw on the treasure chest of graces from the Dominican Order". Members names will also be inscribed in the enrollment book, the same book that Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati's name is written in from when he was enrolled. Dominic Savio was also a member. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to able to be a part of this.
I'm going into an absolutely crazy week, full of tests, papers, and projects. Prayers would be muchly appreciated!