20. Last time you went to Adoration?
Two weeks ago with at the last Lifenight of the year. Again- overdue.
28. Are you going to give your children saint names?
Well, Fiance wants to name a son Alexander, so their name will be “Alexander Alexander”. No joke. So perhaps? I’d love to have a Vitus. I’m also open to Michael. As for women, both of our mothers are Mary, and then you know that spiritual mother ;) so we’re kind of stuck with some sort of Marian name for a daughter :)
ST. VITUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m slightly fan-girl over St. Vitus. He is the greatest. We are tight. I learned about him/discovered him my senior year of college before becoming Catholic. My best friend and I were randomly looking at patron saints, because I thought patronages were random and weird and awesome. I found the patron saint of oversleeping- my guy, Vitus! I read about his story, and just felt he was the coolest Saint ever. I get giddy like a school girl!
When it came time a year later to pick a saint, I was dead set against a male Saint name. Long story short, I had a bad day at work and Vitus interceded for me and he and God gave me a pretty heavy sign that he was my Saint and I was his confirmandi. So, I am Elizabeth Vitus. And we keep being awesome Saint/Confirmandi friends ever since. I seriously LOVE friendships with Saints.
I need to write more about Vitus and me :)
5. Favorite saint growing up?
Saint Vitus! I mean, COME ON! HE GOT BOILED IN OIL! AND IS THE PATRON SAINT OF OVERSLEEPING. (I got mad feels for ya, Vitus.)
9. Have you discerned serving as a FOCUS missionary?
10. If yes, why?
I have very very very slightly. But teaching is my vocation more than FOCUS. I also wasn’t Catholic when I graduated college. Thus, not quite FOCUS material.
15. Last time you went to Confession?
Confirmation retreat with our kids. About a month and a half ago? I’m long overdue.
27. What were you doing when the white smoke appeared for Pope Francis?
I was secretly catechizing my Baptist students ;) Actually, I was teaching in my Algebra II class and we had the video stream of the chimney in the corner of the screen. I had been watching since my planning hour at one of the appointed times they said that they’d have a vote. I told my kids to tell me if they saw smoke, and all of a sudden my student, Josh told me there was smoke! We obviously stopped notes and I geeked out and we waited the announcement!
1. What was the last novena you prayed?
I prayed one to three Saints- St. Vitus, St. Monica, and St. Alexander in specific for clarity about my vocation to marry Fiance. I was in panic mode. I began the novena and then looked to see what day it ended on- and it ended on St. Alexander of Alexandra’s feast day. Way cool reassurance.
3. Have you discerned the Lord’s vocation for you?
I’m pretty sure at this point that it is marriage :)
6. Favorite saint now?
I mean, it’s always St. Vitus for me, but that’s because we’re tight. I am fond of Venerable Solanus Casey, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and obvs. Blessed John Paul II.
8. Tell us your best Confession story.
The best one I know is where one of my Lifeteen girls high fived the priest while he was raising his hand to give her absolution.
One of my more humorous ones was after eating meat during Lent on a Friday. I had a burger at 5 Guys. I confessed to that, and Father Ioanne looked at me and asked “Well, was it good?!”
And then there was asking Fr. Charlie if hating LeBron James was a sin. He said I probably didn’t hate LeBron so therefore it wasn’t a sin. He underestimates Cleveland sports fans.
One of my more powerful ones was my first Confession. I was terrified, walked in, and Fr. Tom and I started chatting. He talked to me about the first time he saw me at Mass prior to my conversion and said that he “knew that girl was home, but she just didn’t know it yet.”
18. Which saint shares your conversion story?
I’m not sure of any in particular. But, I’m a convert and love that aspect of my faith!
26. How old were you when you truly encountered the Lord for the first time?
Most profoundly? I was 15, the summer after my freshman year of HS. But, my deepest encounter would have been when I was 23, and received the Holy Eucharist for the first time.
35. What was the most intense prayer experience you’ve ever had?
Adoration 2 years ago while on retreat with my teens. I was feeling severe doubt about the existence of God and especially in the fullness of the Eucharist. I prostrated myself in front of the Blessed Sacrament, asked God to be true and real to me because I was giving up and just didn’t know if I believed anymore. At that moment, a leader on the retreat began to pray out loud about doubt and fear and for those who were at that moment doubting their faith. I ran to him and cried joyous tears while he prayed over me in the presence of Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.
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|1. What was the last novena you prayed?|
|2. Favorite parable?|
|3. Have you discerned the Lord's vocation for you?|
|4. If it is the religious life, what order is the best fit for you?|
|5. Favorite saint growing up?|
|6. Favorite saint now?|
|7. Favorite Old Testament story?|
|8. Tell us your best Confession story.|
|9. Have you discerned serving as a FOCUS missionary?|
|10. If yes, why?|
|11. If no, why not?|
|12. Where were you when Pope John Paul II passed away?|
|13. Have you been on any pilgrimages? (Israel, Medugorje, Lourdes, etc)|
|14. Last Church where you attended Mass?|
|15. Last time you went to Confession?|
|16. Favorite religious order?|
|17. Favorite Apostle?|
|18. Which saint shares your conversion story?|
|19. Last spiritual reading you did? (Diary of St. Maria Faustina, Padre Pio's Secrets of a Soul, etc)|
|20. Last time you went to Adoration?|
|21. Last time you prayed the Rosary?|
|22. Favorite Mystery of the Rosary?|
|23. Favorite Our Lady apparition?|
|24. Have you been keeping up with the Imagine Sisters' YouTube and Facebook?|
|25. Favorite novena to pray?|
|26. How old were you when you truly encountered the Lord for the first time?|
|27. What were you doing when the white smoke appeared for Pope Francis?|
|28. Are you going to give your children saint names?|
|29. Do you have any saints' medals around your neck?|
|30. Do you wear a brown or green Scapular?|
|31. If you were going to die next week, what three things would you want to tell a fallen away Catholic?|
|32. Do you attend Daily Mass?|
|33. If not, do you want to? What are some practical steps you can take to ensure this?|
|34. When you go to Heaven which five saints would you hug and thank first?|
|35. What was the most intense prayer experience you've ever had?|
|36. Favorite Old Testament character?|
|37. Favorite book of the Gospels?|
|38. Any friends you give credit to for truly leading you to Christ?|
|39. If you allowed the Holy Spirit to take over you for one week, what do you think would happen?|
|40. If the Lord called you to be a martyr for Him, how would you feel?|
|41. Have you been to any FOCUS conferences?|
|42. Best FOCUS conference experience?|
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