No news is good news

I have a digital post-it on my desktop called “blog ideas.” Here´s what it says:


For the past several weeks, this list has been getting longer and my days have been somehow getting shorter. Not because it´s the time of year that the sunlight lessens, but because it´s that that time of year when EVERYTHING seems to happen. So, my blogs have taken a vacation for a few weeks. I say they´ve taken a vacation from me more than I have from them, because they´re still brewing although I don´t sit down to write them. I´ve taken out my laptop in the van on the way to class to try to diminish the list a little… anyway, exams are starting soon, and writing is one of those little things that helps me breathe amid the hours of philosophic brain work.

But I won´t confuse you by trying to combine all those very disconnected things with a single thread. For now, I´ll be satisfied to assure you that in this case no news is good news. One of the reasons for that is that two of our weekends within the past month or so have been privileged to be taken up by incredible courses. The first was on personal accompaniment given by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Adrián López Galindo, SJ, and all the consecrated in the territory came for it. Although the majority of my experience of personal accompaniment is on the “accompanee” side of things, I learned a lot from looking at how I have been accompanied along my spiritual and vocational journey, as well as learning how I can collaborate better in it.

The second was just for the studies stage (along with our formators and two of our Legionary chaplains), by Marta Rodriguez on femininity and consecration. Marta has given this course to other groups, such as diocesan priests, religious sisters, or seminarians, but this was her first with an audience of consecrated women of Regnum Christi. We all decided it should definitely not be the last! Personally, it helped me a lot to put words to some of the experiences I´ve been discovering in this first year of my consecrated life, of what it really means to live as a spouse of Christ in my day to day life, on a human, emotional, and spiritual level.

So I´ve been looking into how to make 25 hours in the day so I can write a couple of good, juicy blogs about how each of these weekends marked me. In the meantime, I´ll leave you wondering about my muddled list of blog topics.

About Carol Dodd

Carol Dodd is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi in her studies stage of formation. She is from Dallas, Texas, where she attended The Highlands, the Regnum Christi school there, for 11 years. After graduating, she was a Regnum Christi missionary in Chicago for one year. She made her first vows on March 14, 2015 after two years of candidacy at the formation center in Rhode Island. After three years at Mater Ecclesiae College, she is now part of the new studies stage community in Madrid, where she is studying Theology at the Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso.
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