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Sally Bolderson: Journal

Sorrowful Mother's Ministry - July 1, 2007

I spent this weekend at the Sorrowful Mother's Ministry Center in Vandalia, Illinois on a healing retreat. Although I know I am immensely blessed in so many ways in my personal life, I have those things in my life that keeps me from growing fully in my faith. I believe the highlight of the weekend for me (other than being with some amazing people with awesome love for their Catholic faith) I learned so much about Our Blessed Mother and her strength. I've always been so impressed by her "YES" to bear the son of God in the first place, but over these 2 days, I grew to understand more fully the depth of the sorrow she had to endure watching her son and the challenges he faced not only in his Passion but also through his public life where He had to face so much confrontation to make the truth known. I look forward to learning more of this amazing woman, OUR MOTHER! Thanks to Debbie and Vanessa for this amazing ministry you pour your hearts into. Bless also the entire team who gave of themselves so that all of us attending could move closer to Jesus and His Mother.

"Evan Almighty" - June 25, 2007

My daughters and I went to see the new movie "Evan Almighty." I found it to be very entertaining. The story of a modern day Noah building an ark was interesting. I was particularly drawn to the parts where Evan was approached by God and the immediate response of doubt that he had... like, "right, you're God and you want me to build an ark????" But throughout the movie there were some very valuable lessons of how we should live our lives. One interesting thing that God said was "maybe when you ask for patience, you are given an opportunity to be patient" just in the asking. It's a matter of faith, it's a matter of believing in a God within us that makes us very powerful with HIM. So thinking about that makes me understand that if we realize a need, then in asking God for help, we are making it possible for us to take control of it and make it right. We have to recognize those things within us that are broken and then allow God into the equation and begin the mending process.

Catholic Association of Music - June 19, 2007

I spent part of last week at the Little Portion Retreat Center located on top of a mountain in the Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The time was spent with other Catholic musicians who are taking the gifts they have been given and giving them to God's people. This was my second annual conference I attended and I found this one to be so much more rewarding. During the time there we had a session with Tom Jackson who helps artists develop their onstage activities to get the best out of what they are trying to convey. In the course of his presentation, he mentioned that to be humble requires great strength. I've thought about that a lot since then and realize that he's very right! Humility is the act of looking at yourself and bringing yourself to the simplest form, being willing to set aside all of the distractions in our lives and then opening ourselves to God's voice. It's not unlike the rich man who was told that to enter the kingdom of heaven he must get rid of his possessions and follow Jesus. WOW, in this material world, that's quite a tall order. And yet, if we are to be saints, we are to strive for just that. And that's where we must have great strength. I struggle with that....in so many ways, but I am trying to understand. What a wonderful world it would be if we could just simplify our lives, get our priorities straight. May God help us.

Communion of Saints - June 4, 2007

This past Saturday the contemporary choir sang for the funeral mass of the husband of one of choir members. David passed away after a long battle with cancer not even making it to 60 years old. Friends of Ruth's who didn't normally sing in our choir joined us and I truly believe that David was interceding for us as we made beautiful, musical prayer to honor his life and bless him on his journey to heaven. Those friends then joined us the next day and plan to continue to praise God in song with us! Sunday's mass was a truly glorious experience for all present carrying us into our week full of hope and love in our faith!

I've experienced death of persons close to me, most importantly my dad, but also my mother-in-law and father-in-law. And I have had definite times of connection to them in my life, giving me strength and encouragement. The day my dad passed away, it was overcast and then a small opening in the clouds allowed the sun rays to come through. I knew then, at that very moment, that he was in heaven! Those rays will eternally be my "daddy rays" letting me know that my dad and God, my Father are looking down and smiling at me.

Let us be always mindful of all of the saints in heaven who are there to intercede for us in our times of great joy and great pain.

No Coincidences with God - May 31, 2007

There's a verse in a song I wrote entitled "My Jesus, My Friend" that says "and then there is coincidence when all falls into place; in perfect peaceful harmony, full of hope and grace." It amazes me when I look at things in hindsight and can see the various instances that have led me to where I am. I truly believe that these are God's works leading us to the exact place we need to be. My CD project is one of those things. Every part of every song, every life change I have made, all the people who have made me aware of what an awesome God we have, my musical gifts given to me at birth. (I was born on the feast day of St. Cecilia who is the patron saint of music). Coincidence? I know not. God gives us angels to help us in our need and to bless us in ways unimaginable. And what I've learned the most from looking at things in hindsight and knowing that nothing is left to coincidence, is that there is so much ahead of me that is beyond my wildest dreams and to this I say, 'Yes Lord, I am here to do your will!"

Last Day of School - May 25, 2007

Today we had the Mass to end the 2006-2007 school year at Holy Trinity School. This is very significant for me, since it completes my first year ministering at the 3 school masses per week for this entire year leading the choirs of the 4th through 8th grades. Each grade took turns leading the songs, cantoring, announcing the songs at each mass. The highlight of the year for me though, was when I wrote a Christmas song and gathered all of the choir kids (about 60 of them) on an icy day in December to record the refrain on my song. It was my Christmas gift this year and I distributed about 600 CD copies of the song "Peace on Earth." Check out my music section to hear a clip of these great kids! I can't wait until next year when our 3rd graders come into the mix. Prayers go out for a safe and blessed summer to all!

How Blessed We Are - May 23, 2007

I had the opportunity to spend the morning in prayer. I didn't have to be at work until 10:30 and went to 8:00 a.m. mass at my church, Holy Trinity and as Fr. Jim was giving his homily, I thought about how blessed we are as Catholics (especially American Catholics) to have the freedom to pray, to participate in the sacrament of the Eucharist every single day. I think of other denominations who have their Wednesday and Sunday prayer services, but to be able to actually attend Mass, receive Jesus in the Eucharist every single day is so amazing! After mass, I then went for my weekly visit at the Carmelite Monastery to spend time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration. Thank you, Jesus for all you do for us!

I'm So Excited! - May 22, 2007

Well, I've made contact with a cd producer, Dave Smith of Icon Music Studios in Indiana and with the help of Charlie Dent here in St. Louis to record my vocal tracks, I will have a completed cd by mid-October (God willing!).

Ascension - May 20, 2007

Today was the feast of the Ascension of our Lord. I wonder what it must have been like to have walked with Jesus as a disciple and then to lose him in the crucifixion, then to have him rise and return and then to watch him ascend into the sky. But what sticks out in my mind this evening, is the part of the scriptures where Jesus tells us that this is a good thing. If He doesn't return to His Father, then we cannot receive the Holy Spirit. I cannot even imagine my life without the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit, guiding my way when I'm lost or confused, giving me affirmation when I've gotten it right! Praise you Jesus for all that you did to save us and for sending the Holy Spirit to continue to help us grow to be your saints.

I HAVE A WEBSITE! - May 18, 2007

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it! Here's my new website. With the plans in the works for the recording of my first cd, I figured it's time to get on the web! Come back often to see how things are progressing!
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