Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reconciling Peace and Fear

Eight years ago, my community of Catholic homeschoolers  were very worried about the future of our country. I didn't sleep for days because I was so worried about the future. At the time, I had no idea that our health insurance would cost more than a mortgage payment; police officers would be targets of violence; Christian small businesses would bullied into closing and forced into buying morally unacceptable heath insurance; and Nuns that take care of the dying would be forced to buy birth control and abortion inducing drugs. President Obama appointed Supreme Court judges that made their opinions about supporting abortion well known.
I am a bit confused by the riots and protests only in that, we didn't riot 8 years ago. Why should they? Is it really going to make a difference? 
I tried to calm the fear and judgement in my 3rd Grade RE Class last night. The president can't do some of the things that social media (and I use that term very loosely) says he is going to do. We just need to be patient and trust Jesus. It is still the year of Mercy, let us give and receive Mercy.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

St. Elmo, protect Texas!

Today is the Feast day of St. Elmo-patron of sailors and protection from storms. St. Elmo's Fire is an atmospheric phenomenon that can be seen before or during the storm - lights on masts, rocks, ropes etc. 
It's named after St. Elmo, who did not fear thunders striking beneath him. Sailors say it's a good omen and sign, that God guides the ship through the storm.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Humility and Social Media

A long-time friend visited us last week. She thanked me for posting pictures of the kids and asked why I didn't post more. My answer was quick and easy, "I don't want to be one of those moms." She knew exactly what I meant. I am not perfect and I might post a short story or photo about my kids, but I think about doing it much more than I actually do it. Not everyone enjoys slice of life of stay at home moms.
In my mind, I "practice" humility because of my humanness and sinfulness I can not be fully humble. It is a deep struggle to be proud of our children and practice temperance about their achievements. Hubby and I were raised with polar opposite views of parental pride. My sisters and I were good students, good citizens and very involved in many school clubs and activities. My parents supported us by allowing us our interests, endeavors and talents. They showed up, gave hugs, smiles, kind words and flowers BUT I never recall hearing them talk to others about our activities or accomplishments. Hubby's family praised everything he did and he could do no wrong. He was not a kid who was involved in anything outside of school.
Balance is a practice, never attained.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Brilliance of Rev. Know-it-all (Fr. Richard Simon)

"Jesus never told us to burn anyone at the stake. We decided to do that on our own initiative. It was never part of our religion and I suspect that Jesus is going to be rather hard on those who decided to do such things in His name since He never asked them to do it."

Friday, December 26, 2014

Prayer for Good Humor

We love Pope Francis and his timely wisdom.

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion,
and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and
the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to
treasure all that is good and that
doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things
back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom,
grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that
obstructing thing called "I."
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke
to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.

-St. Thomas More, Chancellor of King Henry VIII

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

St. Monica, pray for us!

Great St. Monica, patroness of fathers and mothers, please take Number One Son, under your protection. Beg him to always remain faithful to his baptismal vows. Give him strength to walk always in the ways of the Lord, despite the temptations and false values he finds in the world today. Grant that he may share with you in the joys of eternal life in God.

Exemplary Mother of the great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for me so that I may learn to draw my children to God. Teach me how to remain close to my children, even the prodigal son who has sadly gone astray. Amen.