Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
If your home is anything like ours, you have holy cards hiding all over the place. I've been wanting to have these organized by month to make finding the day's saint or feast day card a lot quicker. Then I had the idea of sorting and storing them in a box right under our liturgical candles. Since I'm still not back to shopping, I just used supplies we had around the house.. an old index card box, some card stock, the church calendar, some saint books, and of course - all of our beautiful holy cards.
First, I made dividers for the months out of card stock. I labeled them accordingly and using the church calendar and saint books, I began to sort each card into its correct slot.
Once I had gone through all of the holy cards, I pulled out October's and arranged them in date order. This really helped me to see which cards we had and also the ones I'd like to add. It has been so nice to open the box and easily pull out the holy card for the day. I hope this simple little project will help you to be more organized and to enjoy living the liturgical year as much as we do.
A little side note:
I must admit that I'm beginning to become restless in my recovery. It's been five weeks now and I'm so ready to be back to normal. It quickly becomes depressing to see your loved ones overtired from doing your share of the work for so long. I am doing a little more this week and I'm thankful for that. I'm also persevering in prayer and am trying so hard to keep a grateful heart. Please continue to pray for us as we travel along the home stretch of my recovery!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
For Today...I'm a sugar addict. Yep, sugar's in my coffee this morning.
The House Cat's got a pulled tendon in her wrist. She'll wear a splint for the next couple of weeks. The kids ended up gettig the H1N1 flu mist yesterday. Hope it helps.
I'm pondering...Within the last few months - I need glasses to read, I found my first gray hair, and I had a hysterectomy. All at the young age of 36....
I'm happy to read.... In an absolutely stunning announcement on the morning of October 20, 2009, the Holy See has, by Apostolic Constitution, provided the canonical vehicle for Anglican Christians to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church. (Here's the entire article from Catholic Online)
Monday, October 19, 2009
- The obedience game. For fun, see how quickly your children can obey your commands. Buck, can you walk to your room and come right back? Honeybee, can you go sit in your chair at the table, count to five, and come back to me? Snuggle Bug can you stand there and pat your head and rub your tummy 20 times and then sit down? You get the idea.
- Reading a daily proverb with your family to help all grow in virtue. Today is the 19th, so pick one of the verses from the 19th chapter to read, discuss, and ponder.
We are also looking forward to seeing some special friends from N.J. this week.
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
Friday, October 16, 2009
- First of all, I must thank my dear friend Mary for telling me about Catholic Cuisine. This was my introduction into the world of blogging. Catholic Cuisine is a wonderful site to visit for recipes to use in celebrating the liturgical year.
- I wondered who it was that came up with this site and was blessed to click over to Jessica at Shower of Roses. Boy did she open up a new world to me! She is full of inspiration and to think she's way across the country.
- I also discovered another beautiful blog thanks to Catholic Cuisine. Wildflowers and Marbles is also a treasured site and she's actually here in Alabama! So many of Jennifer's post have been extremely helpful. Her morning basket, A Mother's Rule of Love seeking Harmony, and Pretty Notebook posts are few of my favorites.
- I've read Real Learning by Elizabeth Foss several times and been blessed by it. Her blog In the Heart of My Home is another of my favorites. Serendipity, home of the Alphabet Path and much more, is also incredible!
- I'm always on the look out for better ways to be organized. Dawn, By Sun and Candlelight, had a wonderful post on her file crate system and weekly folders. These are helping me to stay on track.
- Participating in The Simple Woman's Day book helps me to appreciate all of the beautiful people and things around me that are so easily taken for granted. I'm so blessed by reading other day books. They are full of inspiration and comfort.
- Last but not least, I'm so blessed to hear that so many people read and find my blog helpful. I give all of the glory to God. This is His doing and I pray that you may be blessed by it. Let me say, we are by far NOT a perfect family. We have our trials and imperfections like everyone else. I just choose not to share them here. I feel as though God wants me to share the "blessings" here. Please pray for us. God Bless You
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Yesterday I printed off these paper dolls for Snuggle Bug and Honeybee to play with. To my surprise Buck wanted to play with them too. So, first thing this morning I came to the computer to find a priest for him to be. .
It reminds me of how he is such an answer to prayer. Our third pregnancy ended with a D&C. I can't call it a miscarriage because I wasn't having any problems until I went in for my 13 week check up. The doctor could not hear the heartbeat so he sent me over for an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed there was no heartbeat. Needless to say I was devastated. In hindsight, I can see how God was using this experience to refine me. I can actually say I am thankful for it. However, at the time I wasn't. Can you believe I stopped going to Mass? My honey was so patient with me. He continued to go to Mass and prayed for me. We didn't want to chance going through that again so we weren't open to more children.
I was such a different person back then. God used this trial to bring me closer to Him. After a few months we started attending a new parish, our current one. We have been so blessed there and have grown so much stronger in our faith. I started turning away from worldly things and making more room for Christ in my life. The veil was lifted from our eyes and we realized what a mistake we were making not being open to life.
The House Cat and Snuggle Bug were so much smaller then. They enjoyed playing Mass. They had a problem though - they needed a priest. They began to pray for a baby brother.
God answered their prayers and sent us a little lad. He has filled my heart with such joy. We look at him and Honeybee and can't imagine life without them.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There is a wonderful story about Saint Edward the Confessor in Once Upon a time Saints from Bethlehem Books. (I just love their books! They are such treasures.)
The story tells us of a wonderful king who loved and served his people for Christ. God healed the sick through his touch. St. John the Evangelist visited him and asked for money to buy sandals. King Edward gave him the only thing he had, a gold ring. Years later this ring was returned to him with the message of his approaching death. Before being taken to his eternal reward, King Edward finished building Westminster Abbey and was the first to be buried there.
It's interesting that we just finished watching A Man For All Seasons. With King Henry VIII's divorce and separation from the church, Westminster Abbey has become more of a historical place than religious.
Westminster Cathedral is the Roman Catholic Church. As I looked around this morning, I found a couple of interesting articles.
- On Monday evening of this week (6.30pm 12 October) the long awaited Relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrive at the Cathedral for the completion of their nationwide tour.
- In recent years, the relations between the churches in this country have become closer and warmer than perhaps ever before. The fact that the Anglican and Roman Catholic Bishops in England have been able to meet more than once for prayer and reflection, as well as for discussion of the challenges we share in witnessing to the Christian faith in our nation, is a welcome development, and a sign that we all recognise common challenges and a need to pray and act together. (May 2009)
Visit Waltzing Matilda for a coloring sheet of St. Edward.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
3. A card for Mary by Snuggle Bug.
6. The House Cat in her element.
7. Our library basket.
Visit Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
With that being said, I hope to encourage those of you who are struggling in this life, to see all of the blessings around you. The devil truly has no room in a grateful heart!
~ My prayer life has increased. I keep a rosary on my nightstand and pray when I lie down to rest. I pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy when I rest during the day and The Rosary when I lie down for the night. So many people have and continue to bring us meals, call to check on us and are praying for us. I am blessed to be able to pray for them as I rest. A friend at church once shared that she would add my husband to their prayers when he was having back surgery. She said she would pray a bead of her rosary just for him. I thought this was a beautiful idea. I had never heard of it before but, I find it a beautiful way to pray for so many intentions as I pray my rosary. I usually can make it through the chaplet without falling asleep. However, at night I have to ask my guardian angel to finish my rosary for me when I fall asleep :)
Speaking of the rosary - Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Snuggle Bug is planning a special table arrangement for supper tonight. She has Buck and Honeybee working on table decorations as I write :) I plan on reading to them about The Battle of Lepanto and this article from Catholic Online. We will probably watch The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima today and of course, PRAY THE ROSARY for peace in the world and other intentions. Have a blessed day!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- Diary; 1b
St. Faustina is well known throughout the world as the woman who communed with God and brought to others a deeper realization of His infinite mercy. She was born on August 25th, 1905, and at the age of seven received a definite call to a religious vocation. However, her parents refused her request to enter a convent at 18. From then on, she tried to ignore God's call, and forced her interests to center on the world. But when the suffering Christ appeared to her at a dance, He asked her, "How long shall I put up with you, and how long will you keep putting Me off?" The next day, she left her home for the city of Warsaw in search of a convent.
After more than a year, she was accepted into the order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. In that order she was to spend the rest of her life, physically and spiritually communing with the Lord.
During the next 13 years, she endured persistent illness (which became tuberculosis), and also the personal injuries from other sisters who scorned the idea that the Lord appeared and spoke to her. She battled severe attacks of despair and spiritual dryness, and the overwhelming fear that Christ had rejected her. It was during these years that she wrote her Diary, out of obedience to her confessor. Our Lord also ordered her, saying, " . . . be diligent in writing down every sentence . . . concerning My mercy, because this is meant for a great number of souls who will profit from it." Her Diary is a great eye-opener to Jesus' mercy, and His desire to enter souls and sanctify them. The way she participated in His grace, and persevered through her sin in the belief in His forgiveness is inspiring and encouraging.
Through all her suffering and doubt, Christ remained with her, and on October 5th, 1938, He took her to her eternal reward. Maria Faustina Kowalska was canonized on April 30th, 2000, by Pope John Paul II. Her feast is on October 5th.
- by the Housecat
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Anyway, we began our morning with one of our favorite CD's for the little ones. We are very blessed to actually know this family. They are just as sweet as they sound on the CD! I copied the angel activities from A Year With God and we enjoyed discussing the activities.
I'm still not in the kitchen -for a while- but, if I was, I'd definitely be making some type of angel hair pasta and angel food cake tonight :)
We have a wonderful catechist at our parish who shared this prayer with us:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saint Therese, flower of Carmel, you said you would spend your heaven doing good upon the earth. Your trust in god was complete. Listen to my prayer; bring before God my special intention...Pray for me that I may have something of your confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God’s plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you so ardently loved.Saint Therese, you kept your word to love God and to trust the world to that loving providence. Pray for us that we may be faithful to our commitment to love. May our lives, like yours, be able to touch the world and bring it to peace.
Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help us to believe in your unconditional love for each of us.
Loving God, you loved St. Therese’s complete trust in your care. Help us to rely on your providential care for us in each circumstance of our lives.
Loving God, you graced St. Therese with a capacity to see your hand in the ordinary routine of each day. Help us to be aware of your presence in the everyday events of our lives.
Loving God, you taught St. Therese how to find a direct way to you through the “little way” of humility and simplicity. Grant that we may never miss the grace there is in humble service to others in family and neighborhood.
Loving God, you graced St. Therese with the gift of forgiving others even when she felt hurt and betrayed. Help us to be able to forgive others who have wounded us, especially...
Loving God, St. Therese experienced each day as a gift from You, as a time for loving and through others. May we, too, see each new day as a single moment of saying yes to Your will in our lives.
Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her frailty and powerlessness. Help us to see in our weakness and our diminishments an opportunity for letting Your light and Your strength be all we need.
Loving God, You shepherded St. Therese with a gracious love and made her a tower of strength to people who had lost faith in You. Help us to be unafraid to pray with confidence for the many in our culture who do not believe they can be loved.
Loving God, St. Therese never doubted that her life had meaning. Help us to understand our possibilities for loving and blessing our children, our elderly parents, our neighbours in need, and for priests throughout the world.
To conclude this novena: Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be.