Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS AWARD is described at the award site as...."for those who talk about and show the spirit of Christmas in their blogs. What is the Spirit of Christmas you ask? Quite simply it is those that have a generous and giving nature. Those who care about others. Those who have a kind word to say or a broad shoulder to lean on in the times that others need that. Those who display the "Spirit of Christmas".
Well, I have talked about Christmas and I have many kind words for Kimberely at Catholic Family Vignettes, she's an inspiration to me. ..daily!
It is my pleasure to "nominate" these blogs for their inspiration, their generous spirit...
1. Elena, who blogs with gentility and is generous in her support. Check out her recent posts of Holiday etiquette on her Tea at Trianon.
2. Helen must be nominated for her Castle of the Immaculate. She has such a beautiful spirit and much to read about Advent and Christmas.
3. I like to read soulful Kristen everyday at Small Treasures. She always has something inspiring or touching to say including a post today on keeping the holidays in perspective.
4. My pal, Dessi at Life With Small Blessings has been writing so many heartfelt posts lately. She always gets me thinking! There is much love for our faith at her blog.
5. Last but not least, Kelly from Catholic Mama: Keeper of the Monkey House who has recently journeyed through hardship and come through to the other side, Praise God. Her witness is sooo powerful and through it all she thought of others! Kelly and her family are committed to providing "everything for a family with nothing." This dear family is perhaps the essence of The Spirit of Christmas!
And may the baby Jesus and his patient, faithful Mother Mary and guardian St. Joseph be our guides as we approach this Holy time....
Monday, November 19, 2007
This is our homeschool plan for THANKSGIVING week-
WRITING - a thank you letter to someone who made us grateful this year - a poem on what we are grateful for
READING - books on nature and science topics - scripture study on thankfulness - PACE stories on Perseverance - reading comprehension in Wordly Wise - ongoing assigned novels
A bit of HANDWRITING practice, TYPING practice, some MATH pages and a Catholic Board Game from here thrown in for fun.
For RELIGION we'll be working on our Friendly Defender flashcards and our Learning to Serve responses.
We'll be doing a lot of ART too. We have a Pomander project from PACE and ideas from our Catholic how-to-draw book but we've also been reading our Seton Art for Young Catholics and our Art Detective books. But, I really want to make a point to note a book called ARTFULLY TEACHING THE FAITH by Steven Kellmeyer. Today we studied Michaelangelo's, The Creation of Adam. Kellmeyer discusses as God's hand reaches toward Adam he is not quiet capable of touching God...something, someone is missing - Eve. God is holding Eve. God is in a pink cloud shaped like a brain, as He "holds in His mind all that exists." Adam is naked and God is clothed depicting that man is revealed before God but God is not revealed to man... until the Incarnation. Ahhh...and there's so much more that I enjoyed discovering right along with the kids. It didn't take long but we'll really meditate on what we learned today.
Of course, in recognition for all we have, we'll be of SERVICE to someone less fortunate - we will collect a van full of donations to drop off to the needy.
Praying you have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 16, 2007
THE CHRISTMAS PLEDGE:
* Remember those people who TRULY need my gifts
* Examine my holiday activities in the light of my deepest values
* Be a peacemaker within my circle of family and friends
* Rededicate myself to my spiritual growth
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
When at last I was invited back into the torture chamber to collect him, he smiled an anticipatory smile...an orange and black smile. He had requested his bands to be alternated in those two colors in honor of his FLYERS hockey obsession! Of course, I loved it!
Knowing how painful the first few days are with braces, we are stocked with mushy food, orajel pain reliever, wax, tylenol and a new water pix. Lunch was a delicious fruit and yogurt smoothy for sore mouth. Then all of us were off to the Pediatrician for flushots and examination of a potentially broken finger.
Son #3 who had the most needle fear and almost wouldn't get out of bed today, was very courageous! After seeing the lightening fast skills of our nurse and the non-plussed expressions from his brothers, he too bit the bullet so well that even our little 3 year old girl followed in his footsteps, never crying. They've decided they always want their shots from this guy!
Thankfully, the imaging center was just downstairs and after our 3rd waiting room of schoolwork we were given what turned out to be an educational tour of the Xray room and machine. After looking at photo images of number #3 son's bones, his finger may not be broken, but it does look just awful!
Back home after 3:30pm, I let them party with their halloween candy. They were so well-behaved and exhibited amazing patience all day! I asked them to each complete a math page and then sent them into the glorious sunshine. But not before we recieved a fascinating package from QVC....our Christmas dinner. (It was sooooo wonderful and easy last year.) The cartons were filled with dry ice and, after reading the safety instructions, we had some experimental fun dripping water on it and blowing the fog around the kitchen....very cool.
All in all...even a less than normal homeschooling day provided us with many opportunities to learn, explore, engage with others in our community and even be physically challenged!
There ya have it, a less-than-ordinary day in the life. (Of course, I run the risk here that the day isn't over yet...stay tuned !)
Friday, November 9, 2007
Shopping for hockey pucks and what's at the front of the store? A Christmas Tree!
Your Christmas is Most Like: A Charlie Brown Christmas
But it's Thanksgiving that's right around the corner...
|You Are The Stuffing|
You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.
And how are you preparing for the holidays?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
There's Father Z and his celebrated blog, WHAT DOES THE PRAYER REALLY SAY.
There's Father V of ADAM'S ALE with a recent post on Vatican II.
(Perhaps if I google search I'd find a Father W, X and Y?)
Today, on my daily visit to Elena's TEA AT TRIANON, I found a new Priest who blogs under the title, ORTHOMETER. Wow! Did he lay out the whole issue in relation to the Fr. Francis of EWTN situation....
Cardinal Ruini was quoted recently as encouraging our Fathers to blog...and I am once again grateful for the time they take to "talk" to me.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
For a long time now I have felt a pulling on my heartstrings to pray for Priests. They are the prime targets to bring down as they bring us Christ. With the INcomprehensible news about Father Francis Mary Stone of EWTN, my heart is even heavier! Such sadness and deep sighs surround me as I ponder if this could happen to such a Priest how can the rest of us keep from temptation?
Terry Nelson (Abbey-Roads2) says on his blog, "Temptation. My first temptation is to think, “What’s the use? Why try to be holy?” If a priest can leave his vocation behind, why do I feel so guilty about some stupid every-day failure in virtue? I quickly recover my senses and realize we are all human, we all make mistakes, we are all weak, we all fall - I know all of that. But I still feel like I got the wind knocked out of me. I still feel as if I’ve been cheated out of a priest, or worse, his vocation was somehow just a sham. And once again, my better judgement kicks in and I realize something just went wrong - that’s all. Stuff happens.
It is like a divorce - although not nearly as common. Divorce harms a family though. Even amicable divorces do harm, causing mistrust, insecurities, disruption of values and lifestyle, and so on. In a way, a priest who abandons his vocation seems like a dad leaving his wife and kids. It hurts the family. "
Fathers are Fathers to us. It HURTS to think of losing a Father. This Father has seemed so wise, how did he get to this place? What he knows of the Saint's struggles, the evil one and the 10 years of his vocation... did they not all strengthen and prepare him for this? Can you just become another person, so completely different than you were before? Weren't those hands made to consecrate? My Chalice of Strength prayer booklet for Priests will be my refuge. We must ALL pray...often....for our Priests! These words from St. Therese seem to point to the heart of the matter.
Prayer to the Eternal High Priest
O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your Most Sacred Heart, where none can touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let your Holy Love surround and protect them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and their everlasting crown in the hereafter. Amen.
-St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Friday, November 2, 2007
A day to remember our dead and pray for them....
For my Grandmother Vera who painted this picture, she loved her Catholic faith. Nana would tell us stories made up about us and we were always the heroes standing for goodness.
For my Grandfather, Salvador who lived charity to others. Just one of the stories that illuminate his goodness was how he'd wake up early Christmas morning and deliver heating oil to the poor, filling up their tanks for free.
For my Grandmother-in-law, Ester who quietly suffered and served her family with devotion.
For my Uncle Ed who told of a vision he had of The Virgin Mary and whose smile shone the light of Christ.
For my friend Tony, who died of AIDS but came back to the Catholic Church.
For my Aunty Vera who told of her rosary turning gold who was also an image of faith to me.
For so many that I did not know and those I did, all of whom I pray for....
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.