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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Reasons Why Fall is #1

Hellooooooo September!

Ryan Hilliard suggests, "One small devotion you can do throughout this month is to pray 7 Hail Mary's each day in honor of the 7 Sorrows of Our Lady. There great graces attached to this devotion. Have a blessed Fall !"

I've got some blog catching up to do after a great summer!
How was your summer?  What are you looking forward to this lovely Autumn?
Let's get reacquainted in comments.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Books Worthy of Their Eager, Wondering Minds and Souls

"Children need to hear beautiful language if they are to speak and write beautifully. They need to hear stories of love and courage and joy and sorrow so their imaginations are fired and their hearts expanded. They need to hear the language of Rudyard Kipling, the whimsy of A. A. Milne, the sorrow of Oscar Wilde, the mystery of Hans Christian Andersen, the wisdom of E. B. White, the terror of the Brothers Grimm, the wildness of Dr. Suess . . . there is no shortage of magnificent children’s literature. Children have little enough time for reading in their busy, scheduled lives. When they read, or when they listen, what we give them should be worthy of their eager, wondering minds and souls."

I read the above quote in an article from First Things.  Go there and read ALL the lovely words Kari Jenson Gold shares.

What are you and your kids reading this summer?  Share your recommendations, please.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Faith of Our Fathers

  1. Faith of our fathers, living still,
    In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;

  2. Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
    Whene’er we hear that glorious Word!

    • Refrain:
      Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
      We will be true to thee till death.
    • Faith of our fathers, we will strive
  3. To win all nations unto thee;
    And through the truth that comes from God,
    We all shall then be truly free.
  4. Faith of our fathers, we will love

  5. Both friend and foe in all our strife;
    And preach thee, too, as love knows how
    By kindly words and virtuous life.

Praying for our country and for the faith of our fathers!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

8 Photo Memes of Quotes by Pope Francis on the Climate Encyclical, Laudato Si

8 Quotes from the encyclical, Laudato Si, by Pope Francis.

On Population Growth

On Laws and Personal Transformation...

On what has done us no good in creating a genuine culture of care for environment...

On forgetting God, the Creator...

On genuine human ecology, being created male and female....

On Abortion....

On inalienable worth of life at every stage....

On giving the poor the dignity of work....

For more, see Source

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

And Every Mind Decideth, The Way His Soul Shall Go

'Tis the Set of the Sail by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1916

The Northern Neck of Virginia - Corrotoman River

But to every mind there openeth, A way, and way, and away, A high soul climbs the highway, And the low soul gropes the low, And in between on the misty flats, The rest drift to and fro.

 But to every man there openeth, A high way and a low, And every mind decideth, The way his soul shall go.

 One ship sails East, And another West, By the self-same winds that blow, 'Tis the set of the sails And not the gales, That tells the way we go. 

 Like the winds of the sea Are the waves of time, As we journey along through life, 'Tis the set of the soul, That determines the goal, And not the calm or the strife.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Latin Mass May Crowning

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, 
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
St. Patrick's 5.31.15
Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;

our full hearts are swelling,

our glad voices telling

the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

Their lady they name thee,

Their mistress proclaim thee,

Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true

as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,

as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

Sing gaily in chorus;

the bright angels o'er us

Fr. Leonard Klein 5.31.15

re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,

for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Wishes... In Perspective

The Dandelions in the backyard.... weeds?

Or...magical talismans by which to send wishes?

It's all about....... perspective.

I'm going to make some wishes...because "blowies" are out there on my lawn, and they remind me.

They remind me of my childhood wishes and more recently my children blowing wishes on dandelions.

My whole backyard is bursting with reminders...

I am wrapping up year 9 of homeschooling.  Just 7 more years left.  This sweetness mixed with struggle is past its half way point, heading for a decade.  More than just the homeschooling job, I am savoring the at-home parenting that I know is pruning back as my children mature. Loving it like I do...relishing what it has given my family...

I WISH - Moms would consider homeschooling.

The TIME with my children...the time that is fleeting. Yes, there are trade-offs, worries if you do and worries if you don't.  The only remedy for that is FAITH. No life is free from worries and doubts. But there is family time, sibling friendships, less stress and impressive statistics about the benefits of homeschooling. I treasure this time and decision.

I WISH - that my 2nd son, my 12th grader, who had his last online class today will love his college life as much as his older brother does. 

Transitions are hard.  I am already missing him. New leaves, new beginnings. Growth.

Another reminder are these "helicopters. "  That's what we call them, as they spin and whirl and fall all over our back deck.  Every year they return.  Childhood memories and reminders that with children leaving home this helicopter won't be able to hover as much.

We call these tree seeds "helicopters."
I WISH -  for returns and reunions and continued family closeness.

I WISH -  it would all slow down, my children growing older..leaving the nest.

My young buds and blooms are green and new, graced with light. The world can be jaded and there are parasites.

I WISH -  for them a strong faith, a true north. Direction. Fortitude.

Knowledge of the challenges and obstacles, but the perspective not to choke amongst the weeds but float toward heaven, above it all, with the blowies.

May they be busy and the bees so focused on their work. May their focus be on what is above, higher things. Remembering a family motto - Quae Sursum Volo Videre "I wish to see the things that are above."

My whole backyard is buzzing with reminders.

I WISH - for all my friends a respite from the busy and some reflective moments this Mother's Day.

We buzz here, we buzz there...we pollinate. Often too purposeful to see the fruits of our labor, our perspectives are not in the garden and the backyard of sweetness but in the dusty, shadowed corners of fears, doubt and weariness.

I WISH - for serenity...gratefulness...grace...stamina.

To see the fruit of our labor, be of that perspective.

We have tended to our gardens. The buds are ready to burst into bloom with sweet fragrance.

Make a wish.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Saints of the City - St. Patrick's & The Latin Mass

On Sunday, our parish participated in the Saints of the City series of our Diocese, inviting area Catholics to our Church. In the series, ten parishes are hosting a Sunday Mass at their Church to talk about their parish and the Saints attached to it, "modeled after the Holy Thursday tradition of Wilmington Catholics visiting different city parishes."

Andy Glover, at St. Patrick's,  speaking on the Saint of the City series.
"The idea for Saints of the City was born last spring when Father Norman Carroll, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, asked Andy Glover to start an adult catechesis program at the parish. Glover’s committee surveyed parishioners about what they would like to see in such a program. Glover said three topics emerged: Bible study, prayer and the lives of the saints." [Source, link above]

Fr. Leonard Klein, speaking about the history of St. Patrick's 
My diocesan parish is blessed to have a weekly Extraordinary Form Mass that we have been attending for almost 10 years now. We've watched it grow from a parish of those who knew this Mass pre-Vatican II to now blessing many young families with children who are attracted anew to its reverence and rich, Catholic history...a reclamation of our Catholic identity. [video]

Explaining the Regina Coeli Society of St. Patrick's and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, celebrated weekly.
We hope that praying the Holy Sacrifice with the Mass with us and in the Extraordinary Form was an experience our guests appreciated as well...and will return to! It was wonderful to have so many visitors and we hope that they will join us again at the Mass of Ages and pray with us often! Deo gratias.

"What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place." - Pope Benedict XVI, Summorum Pontificum

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Reminder of the Awesome Wonder of the Eucharist

Last night, at Franciscan University of Steubenville 's 4:45 daily Mass there was a storm coming in.

I think it was kinda cool and eery that as the priest elevated the that exact moment... a large electrical POP (like a sonic boom) pierced the hush and a dimming of lights happened followed by loud thunder rumble.

Everyone gasped a little.... as we should...

...even without the witness of nature.

What a reminder of the awesome wonder of the Eucharist.

Job 37:4-5 "After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, And He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard. "God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Extraordinary Sunday in Steubenville

The Missa Cantata Latin High Mass at Franciscan University was done so beautifully and well attended this Sunday at 4pm.  The polyphony choir, the organ and Fr. Gregory Plow, TOR, were all so impressive I wanted to share some images and video with you.

The Extraordinary Form is offered weekly at the University and monthly there is also a High Mass/ Missa Cantata.

"The music will reflect what one might have heard during the Easter season in Paris in the 1930s," said Nicholas Will, assistant professor of sacred music at Franciscan University and director of the Schola Cantorum Franciscana.
Some of the music to be performed will feature the power and majesty of the organ, such as Louis Vierne's Solemn Mass in C-sharp minor. Other pieces will reflect the musical character of 20th-century French sacred music, including Olivier Messiaen's O Sacrum Convivium! and a suite of organ music by Charles Tournemire based on Gregorian chant.
The Schola Cantorum Franciscana is composed of 27 Franciscan University students and members of the wider community. The organists will be sacred music majors Andrew Barnick and Christine Canavan.
- See more at:

In his homily, Father Gregory spoke about Vatican II and "active participation." Active participation in an EF Mass may not feel or look the same as what we're used to as participation in a Novus Ordo Mass.  Active participation isn't limited to outward participation...PRAYING the Mass, letting it wash over us is participation in an INTERIOR way.

Active participation in the Mass, regardless of the form of the Mass, IS INTERIOR participation. Aligning ourselves to the sacrifice that Christ is making for us, the veil is parted and we are at the foot of Calvary.

Likening active participation to Good Shepherd Sunday, Father Gregory reminded us that we are the sheep and all we really need to do is let Jesus carry us.

And we did feel carried away at this beautiful Mass, grateful that it is present on this campus and with priests who inform about it.  Our hearts and minds were lifted upward.

Earlier in the day we were at another EF/Latin Mass, this time off campus in the town of Steubenville, Ohio at St. Peter's.

As we prayed right behind a group of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, we knew the Good Shepherd is providing for His flock in Ohio.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Prayer For National Siblings Day

For the love of sisters....

For the love of brothers...

It's National Siblings Day and I am grateful for sibling love....mine...

... and that of my children.

These are the relationships we'll have the longest...cradle to grave. Grateful to God that we've been blessed with STRONG BONDS.

O Lord Jesus Christ, our sweet Savior, Who hast commanded us, saying, 
Love ye one another, even as I have loved you, kindle in my whole being 
the holy flame of love of Thee and my neighbor, 
that in all things I may do Thy will.

O holy Lord, keep also my brother(s) and sister(s) ever in this holy love. Grant them wisdom, health, a good life, and Thy Divine grace, so that they may walk in Thy ways and do those things that are well-pleasing to Thee. O sweetest Lord Jesus, help us by Thy grace, so that from this time until the end of our life we may love one another, for What is more good and more beautiful than for brothers to live together in unity? Thus, O Lord, hear our prayer and be Thou merciful unto us.

For Thou art good, merciful, and the Lover of men, and to Thee do we ascribe glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, 
both now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.