Sunday, February 24, 2013

What I Wore Sunday: Snowstorm Attire & The Transfiguration

 skirt: MNG Jeans | sweater: Gap
leggings: unknown | boots: Big Buddha
glasses: Anna Sui | necklace: inherited

It's snowing outside.  Like, really snowing.  The first real snowstorm of the season happens to also be a huge one.  We really need the moisture here, so I'm thankful.  My dad took us all to Mass today in his big truck since the roads were pretty bad and the snow is still coming down thick.  It was nice to go all together.  My dad isn't Catholic so he doesn't go all that often and my mom often goes to a different Mass than us (often at 7am, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to early for me).  I'm sure it would be so much easier to take care of Lulu during Mass with more adults to keep her entertained, but we didn't get to test that out today because she slept 90% of Mass (Lulu Mass behavior: A+). 

It was hard to find something today that would be warm, breast-feeding friendly, and still dressy enough for Mass.  I usually don't worry about wearing breastfeeding-friendly clothes anymore because we rarely breastfeed out of the house (Lucia's down to nursing only 3 times a day or less), but she's gotten used to nursing during Mass (and it's an easy way to keep her quiet for a while).  So Sunday outfits still require that extra consideration.  Unfortunately, my black boots got a rip in them recently so I had to throw them out, which limited the outfits that work with the boots I have.  I was pretty happy with this outfit in the end though, other than the fact that I couldn't step in and out of my dad's big truck with this skirt.  He had to literally lift me it.

Every week during Lent, I'm going to add a spiritual reflection or prayer to WIWS.  Last week, I shared the Diving Mercy Chaplet.  Today, I'm reflecting on the Gospel reading, the Transfiguration:
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray.While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time  tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9:28-36)
Today's reading really spoke to me.  The past few years, my relationship with God has been this: I talk, I expect God to listen.  This is what it should be: God talks, I listen, I obey, I give thanks.  Oops.  Oh, Lord, You spoke so clearly to me today: "Listen to Him."

My Lenten goals are evolving as Lent goes on, and I'm glad.  That means I'm growing spiritually.  Now I have something to add: silence.
"In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing.  It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence." - Blessed Mother Teresa
How to you find inner silence in order to hear God's word?  I'd love suggestions, this is in an area that I struggle with (not only with God, I have a hard time being quiet and listening to everyone in my life).



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I'm linking up to Fine Linen and Purple's What I Wore Sunday linkup.  Check it out for more church attire inspiration.



9 comments:

  1. Erika@stethoscopes,style,graceFebruary 24, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Mandi, you look great! I wore a denim skirt and boots today too, and definitely had our snowy weather in mind.


    What a beautiful Lenten reflection. Finding silence in order to listen to God has been a real struggle for me lately (really since I started med school) and something that I am trying to work on this Lent as well. That Mother Theresa quote is one of my favs.


    Hope you had a wonderful Sunday!

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  2. How interesting to learn that your dad is not Catholic! With enthusiasm for Catholicism like you have, I would think your whole family was extremely devout. Obviously, he did a great job!

    My brother is in Denver again after a trip to the NC triangle to visit family and his son and I know all of their evening activities are canceled. Our snowstorm was fun a few weeks ago and I'm sure you will enjoy yours :-)

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  3. Yes, girl- dressing for Mass in frosty weather is challenging! I love that you call your girl "Lulu"- so cute!

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  4. You are incredibly stylish! And I very much agree -- my husband always checks himself by asking himself "am I listening, or just waiting to talk?" I should pose that question to myself more often!
    I am going to take a look around your boutique! I love to help a mama working from home.

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  5. I love the idea of that jean skirt with tights. Digging mine out right now...the maternity one of course...

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  6. That is a great outfit. I really like the sweater especially!

    Thanks for the gospel reflection as well. Henry was kind of a nut today so I spent all of mass outside of the sanctuary.

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  7. I know I've complimented those boots before, but I just love em! You look great! I have a hard time with silence, too...for Lent, I've been keeping the radio or my iPod off in the car and am trying to use the time for prayer instead. I also received 10 minutes of prayer and reading Mark's Gospel first thing in the morning as a recent penance, and have really been enjoying it.

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  8. Loving that necklace, and those boots are so fun!

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  9. A beautiful reflection. I have written down the Mother Theresa quote. WOW!
    Love the boots with the denim. Fab my dear!!

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