30 whole minutes! Alone. In my house. Unheard of (unless I come home for lunch). We split up for Masses today due to lawns/training/Faith Formation, etc, etc, etc and somehow I am alone. AHHH. You don’t even know. or maybe you do. It’s bliss.
I’ll take advantage of it and blog in peace. My mind has been running all morning. It’s going to be a patchwork quilt of my stream of consciousness…enjoy….
My friend sent me a link (to a blog I follow–hee hee, BUT hadn’t read yet) last week or so and the piece was on the F-word and the how our use of the English language has truly lowered the bar in regards to vulgarity. It is a GREAT post and you can click below on the link and I will tell you I have been re-thinking before I speak more frequently lately as well as being glad that my blog hasn’t gone that road…even though it might get more hits if it did, but in the end, it’s just not me. most of the time. though sometimes….I’m sad to say, it is…the link to Tom’s post is here: “Defusing the F-bomb” with Neal Obstat Theological Pining
I’ve also given a lot of thought to the amazing lessons we learn from the Saints and figured I’d join in with “Saints Sunday” with The Kennedy Adventures today. Especially as during Mass I had to referee a disagreement between 2 girls for the first 1/4 of Mass…always a joy…you’d think with only 2 kids at Mass it would have been a breeze. I should have taken the other 2. However, as I was praying “Dear, Jesus, Mary AND Joseph protect my children from the demon threatening to break free from my neck at any minute to silence these girls…help me to be graceful and love them even though they are getting on my last. ever-loving. nerve. right now. Amen” Right then I had a flash of Saint Monica and was shown how motherhood is a marathon. Now, Lord Help these kids if it takes me 30 years, but…I was filled with a sense of peace and a guiding of “Continue on. You’re on the right path.”, neck muscles relaxed, girls relaxed and the rest of Mass was good. Talk about your instant gratification/affirmation. Yes, please and thank you!!
The temptations of the saints were seen as opportunities for selfdiscovery. They allowed temptations to show them the breaches in the fortress of their souls, which needed to be fortified until they would become the strongest points. This explains the curious fact about many saintly people-that they often become the opposite of what they once seemed to be. (Lift Up Y our Heart) Venerable Fulton John Sheen
Confirmation. Our 9th grader is making his this year. Parent meeting today and his first of 6 classes tonight with a dinner. Praying for the right sponsor for him, he needs the right person to talk to and spark that mustard seed.
Busy Saturday. Football in the morning. Hubby took our girl while I took the other girl grocery shopping and tackled the house. Then, after lunch I took both girls to our oldest girl’s first soccer game while Hubby stayed with the boys and tackled the tree stump in the back yard so we can plant a new tree. The weather was good, the drive was quick (for 1.5 hour to AND from the game–that says aLOT!), and best of all, we made it home in time for dinner on the table! SCORE!!!
Chill Sunday. It appears we are getting Isaac reincarnated today. Not quite the storm he was his first pass before he let loose on the Gulf coast, Louisiana and Mississippi, but it’s a blustery and rainy day. The library is in store for SURE!!!
And one last note on a Saint-to-be…today Bishop Fulton J. Sheen is decreed as “Venerable” by the Vatican and a celebration of his life and vocation is taking place in Peoria at Celebrate Sheen, a Mass of Thanksgiving for an amazing man and true blessing to the Church.