That phrase is kind of a running joke in my family. :)
But today I have my own two bits of news. And no, one is not that I am pregnant.
First, I FINALLY made it to St. Gianna's shrine in Warminster, PA! Don't ask me what took me so long to get there... I had emailed the place last year to find out about veneration times (for the gloves), and just never got around to making the trip. For some reason, I then forgot where the shrine actually was, and was thinking it was close to Harrisburg (2 hrs from me).
As it turns out, Warminster is ONE HOUR from me!! Door-to-door! It's so sad, my a cappella group practices in a town in NJ just about 15 minutes north of the shrine every Tuesday night... so I make that trip every week, and this is my first visit to the shrine. Doh! But at least I finally got there :) It was SO WORTH IT! The Mass was beautiful, the music was awesome (Servant Song, and Behold the Lamb, which are two of my favorites. Actually, we chose Behold the Lamb as the Communion song during our wedding.) and the homily was also excellent.
Sew, you would have got a big kick out of THIS one: during the prayers of the faithful, one of the intentions was for all BARREN WOMEN! HA! I must say, I was a bit insulted :P I don't want to be called BARREN, thank-you-very-much! I'm not accepting those prayers!
And finally, at the end of Mass, we all got on line to venerate the gloves. It was really special... I don't know why this is, but any time I've ever been in the presence of a relic, or a Saint's body (or body part - - I know, it's a gross image, but they did "split up and share" the saints remains a lot in Italy back in the day), I always draw a complete blank. My mind just goes... blank! So right before I held the gloves, I prayed to St. Gianna, and afterwards, I said another prayer in front of her picture. But while holding the gloves, I didn't have ONE THOUGHT. Not one prayer! What the heck is wrong with me?? Well, I hope that just in holding the gloves to my ring, cross, and uterus, that the blessings came through me. (I'm also kicking myself because my rosary was RIGHT IN MY PURSE!!! I didn't even take it out!!! AHHHH!)
Ok, so the second bit of news...
I met AYWH! And some (not mentioning any names) were more excited about this bit of news than the first :) I must say, it was definitely a highlight! She and her husband are just so sweet and unassuming- - JUST LIKE they come across online. Very down-to-earth and outgoing. It was really a pleasure to share this experience with them, and I hope I'll get to see them again whenever they come up to the NY/NJ/PA area in the future.
(I'm also relying on her to post all the pics, since I left my camera at home and my phone in the car.)
I wrote some prayer card intentions for all of you, and also prayed during Mass (at the transubstantiation to be exact) for all of your intentions.
It was a really lovely day.
St. Gianna, pray for us!