I almost forgot to share this with you! I created a new tab “Resources” be sure to check that out! Has most everything I’ve ever researched, looked at, read and enjoyed in the treasure trove of all things Catholic!
::walks to the enchanted forest (it’s just what we call the more mature part of our neighborhood
::swings – I actually got on one!
::my parish. They were so sweet after I gave my talk. Lots of hugs.
::church bells in the morning
::new friends in the blog community.
I am praying for Aaron. I pray that he does good things. I pray that he finds God always wherever he is. I pray that he learns to wade through differences and opposition without negative judgement, grudges or past hurts.
I pray for the RCIA candidates and catechumens. Tonight is the first night for RCIA and I will get to meet them all. I am very excited to see where they are and how they grow in their faith. Please pray for them, and for all making this journey to the faith this year.
I pray that Deacon TC will get better soon. He has laryngitis and with RCIA starting tonight and him leading, we need him to be 100%. I went over yesterday evening and made him some fresh ginger tea with lemon and honey.
I pray for healing for my friend SSA. She is hurting and worse, her family is too. May our Lord be a balm to all of their souls and bring their wounded hearts together once again.
I am praying for my family, my husband and children to stay close to our Lord always. I am also praying for the ability to see God in everything – good, bad, ugly and indifferent. Always.
I am praying the rosary with special intentions for all of you in a very special, Holy Spirit driven way. Why? Because that’s what we do. Pray for eachother.
I have some bittersweet news to share as you can probably sense from my longer list of prayers. On Friday evening, Aaron left to live with his Aunt. We tried, we really did. While I will keep a lot of the details to myself as this is extremely personal, I will share some parts. Ultimately, it’s best explained the way Mike did with Lexicon. Which, when you think about it, sometimes the most simple explanations are the best ones to understand. I will share his explanation as he conveyed it:
When Mommy was married before to your Colorado Daddy, she loved him but it didn’t work out where they could live together anymore. It’s not that she hates him or he hated her, it’s just better if they don’t live together. It’s the same with Aaron. We love him and he will come back to visit, we just can’t all live together. It doesn’t work. Aaron is still your brother and he loves you and Me and Mommy love him too.
- By What Authority? by Mark P. Shea I am beginning to research for my talk on Sacred Scripture for a presentation at RCIA and picked this up. Do you have any other resources to help me with this? Please share!
- I am always in my Christian Prayer book for the Liturgy of the Hours.
- The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality which I have reflected on the first chapter here.
- Intimacy in Prayer: Wisdom of Bernard Clairvaux (review coming very soon!)
- The Bible on my iPad Specifically the book of Sirach.
I received some great feedback on my RCIA talk yesterday morning. It was wonderful to see that it was so well received. Now let’s pray that we get a great turnout this year!
Yesterday, Mike made fried chicken, brown rice and Asian stir fry veggies. I don’t know what he has planned for tonight! When he works from home, he cooks. Tomorrow he’s in the office so who knows what I’ll be conjuring up in the kitchen, but I’m feeling something with potatoes!
Lots of laundry and cleaning up in Aaron’s old room.
Rosaries. With being sick and all the other commitments and responsibilities we have, I’ve been very lax in this department. I made 16 rosaries yesterday. I hope (HUGE hope) to make 8 more at least before I have to turn the whole stash to the rosary lady this week!
I am learning that the cross I bear is beautiful in it’s dents, dings and splinters. How I bear it is the very sign of my being a disciple of God. I’ve weathered another storm here lately and I leaned heavily into my cross, leaned heavily into Jesus’ pain especially and most sweetly as I prayed the Sorrowful mysteries. Each splinter of my cross was akin to the crown of thorns on His head. Each saddening moment was felt as I recalled how they spat on Him in those mysteries. How sweet it is on the other side of sadness, made all the more sweeter through the pain experienced and sharing in the smallest way as I could never experience all that He did.
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Please go watch the movie that Imagine Sisters put out on the Vocation of Sisterhood. The film follows four nuns throughout a day in the religious life. You can download the movie HERE - Light of Love. You can download the study guides HERE - Light of Love Study Guides. I am so excited for these lovely Sisters. They worked so hard at this. #nunsrock (Thanks Em.)
My boys trying to make me laugh. Pretty good, huh? Have a great week.