After a year and 9 month hiatus from my blog; I thought I’d chime back in. Even though none of my signal graces from the past 21 months have made it into blog format, I have periodically shared a few from my Signal Graces Facebook fan page. Unfortunately, the vast majority of my signal graces from this time period (filling up one fourth of my current journal) will probably never make it to the internet. Some months I did better than others when handwriting them into my journal, but I felt in general they decreased in number (or maybe I just failed to recognize all of them) during these past 21 months. You may or may not wonder, what caused this absence from blogging?
I went back to work for both career fulfillment and to relieve the financial pinches that resulted from substitute teaching as a job. Commuting and working full-time in the DC metro area was challenging, exciting, exhausting, and definitely a learning experience. I both loved it and was overwhelmed by it. I said the rosary in the car as part of my daily routine – also it was necessary to keep my sanity during my 1 to 1 ½ hour commute each way of just 22 miles. Receiving signal graces always reassured me though, that God was with me and my family through these new adventures.
Before quitting my job, I received several signal graces that a different job might be God’s will for my life right now (which was a welcomed idea, since my working environment had become less than ideal). One of the VPs told me I’d make a great requirements analyst when I was drilling him for technical content in late July, and that night in my personal email inbox was a job posting for a requirements analyst. Even though on paper I wasn’t qualified with the appropriate IT certifications, it was encouraging. One Sunday at Mass in mid-August, the priest talked about challenges we deal with, mentioning job issues and family members being sick as examples. This was a very comforting signal grace for me as I’d been praying all through mass about two things: job challenges and most importantly for my dad who had a heart attack that very day 1,000 miles away. It was a great grace in itself where he had the heart attack – in the hospital. My sister took him in, because he wasn’t feeling right. After the heart attack the doctor asked, “How’d you know to come? “ My dad replied, “I didn’t. I just didn’t feel right.”
After quitting my job, I realized how much that job as a Proposal Manager had enhanced my writing skills and ability to quickly format documents. I was able to reformat my whole unpublished book in about an hour!
In the past few days, I’ve been overwhelmed with signal graces, which is a huge encouragement. I attribute this increase in frequency to going to confession and praying the rosary in a more meditative state. The signal graces ALWAYS get stronger after confession. As I think I’ve said before, confession seems to take a lot of the static out of the conversation with God.
I won’t share all of my recent signal graces, but some were:
• 9/12/14 My husband and I watched Mom’s Night Out which had a great message about the importance of the JOB of being a mom. A comforting signal grace, since I had quit my other job that morning.
• 9/13/14 A Facebook friend got mixed up and thought it was me posting about a career change, when it was really my mom. She didn’t know that I’d quit my job the day before.
• 9/19/14 As we pushed play on the movie, Captain America, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw my sorority sister’s little boy dressed up like Captain America.
• 9/23/14 I listened to Jason Evert’s CD, What’s So Great About Being Catholic, and he talked about the miracle in Lanciano, Italy. That miracle was when the Eucharist/Body of Christ (under the normal appearances of bread) turned into visible flesh and the Blood of Christ (under the normal appearances of wine) turned into type AB blood, reaffirm one priest’s faith. Just a few hours after I listened to that CD, I decided to work on the last chapter of the book I’ve been writing about Signal Graces, and it turns out that in that last chapter I mentioned a signal grace that happened in 2011 involving me teaching my CCD class about the miracle of Lanciano.
• 9/23/14 I thought of my sister, Tiffany, as I was trying to find a recipe, and she called right at that moment. Later that same day, I thought about my neighbor, and at that same moment, she texted me. The text asked if my daughter could play. Before I could call home to talk to my oldest who was babysitting my daughter to facilitate the play date, my son called me.
• 9/25/14 I had my first mammogram. Before-hand The Today Show had a segment on how weight fluctuation increases women’s chances of breast cancer. In the waiting room, I opened this month’s Glamour magazine, and the next article was about breast cancer too. Another signal grace was the repetition of the word light. It was the focus of the one minute of a Catholic CD I listened to that day, and light was mentioned in a religious email I received later that day as well. Just so you don’t worry that I have breast cancer and will soon “walk toward the light” I should note my mammogram was all clear! Praise God!
Who knows what tomorrow holds, but I’m going to make a concerted effort to try to blog about my signal graces more often in the hopes that they encourage others to pray the rosary and experience the gift of signal graces for themselves.