Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Blessed Christmas Novena

Christmas Novena (St. Andrew Novena)
(Say 15 times a day from St. Andrew's Day (30 November), ending on Christmas Eve)


Hail, and blessed be the hour

and moment at which the Son of God

was born of a most pure Virgin

at a stable at midnight

in Bethlehem

in the piercing cold.

At that hour vouchsafe,

I beseech Thee,

to hear my prayers

and grant my desires.

(Mention your intentions here)

Through Jesus Christ

and His most Blessed Mother.

Such a beautiful prayer.

A perfect beginning to the season of Advent.

It's set in poetry.

It gives us a piece of mosaic to hold in our hands.

About a blessedly holy hour.

A time of ripeness.

A private time when a baby is born.

Into the hush is born joy.

The piercing wind blows wisps of straw across a dank stable floor.

Christ shivers as the afterbirth is wiped from his newborn body.

His presence is met in dark and quiet.

A swaddle of cloth is drawn tenderly around him.

His silken cheek meets the warmth of his mother's breast.

All is calm. All is quiet. All is right.

A cow shifts her position in the hay. Her brown eye blinks.

A lamb sighs.

The stars twinkle.

A rooster crows, odd the hour.

For one brief shining moment, the world is at peace.

God's in His heaven. All is right with the world.

This is what we are waiting for.

Not over-priced presents. Not food. Not trees and ornaments. Not crowded malls. Not last minute hustle and bustle.

We pray for peace. And joy. And silence to know the moment, the babe, the mother, and the Gift of our life because of His life. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Beginning...

 ...of a holy...
 ...blessedly anointing...
 ...uncomparably breathtaking...
 ...sanctifyingly peaceful...
 ...radiantly inspiring...
...new liturgical year!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Am Thankful for #24

For my little home church
And the LaSalette Fathers who have served it since its beginning.

 And the people of God who worship there.
 And the mother who calls us, not to herself, but to her son.

I Am Thankful for #23

Paychecks!

I Am Thankful for #22

My coffeepot. I do love my coffee.

The semi-fancy Hamilton-Beach has officially brewed its last drop
and I admit feeling deep pleasure when pouring a plain cup of coffee
from the camper's cheap non-fancy Rival pot.

It's all I need.
I'm not hard to please. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Unwrap a Mosaic for Christmas


Let me know what you're all reading this Christmas season.

Any good selections for St. Nicholas's Day?

What about suggestions for St. Jude's Hospital this year? The girls and I are fixing to plan a shopping trip to Books-A-Million to fill and pack a box. We'd love your input.

Don't forget about Christmas Mosaic at Hillside Education. The free PDFs from 2009 are still up at their site: Advent Mosaic Special. And I'm working on getting a guide for Uncle Vova's Tree put there as well this year. As soon as I find my book, that is. ;-)

I Am Thankful for #21

Yellow Raincoats and Sunny Smiles
In observance of this Month of Thanksgiving...and because I have left my blog disgracefully neglected as of late...I will be clicking thru my photo-candy and posting a series of "I am thankful for..." posts each day.

Intrinsically the King

"Jesus of Nazareth...is so intrinsically king that the title 'King' has actually become his name.

"The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the one who writes straight on crooked lines."

~ Pope Benedict XVI
* * * * *

The end of the old Church year is upon us and the beginning of a new Church year is at hand. Now is the time to increase, embrace, teach, learn, engulf, and fully live the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith.

Make a commitment within your household to participate more fully in the life of the Catholic Church, the only Church that dates back to Jesus Christ and his handing over the keys of the kingdom to the first Pope, St. Peter.

"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." ~ Matthew 16:18-19

Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter --- Sistine Chapel---Pietro Perugino
* * * * *

I'll be writing about our time-honored Catholic history, heritage, traditions, and practices for each liturgical season at CatholicMom.com this year.

The Gospel Team shares wonderful Gospel Activities for each Sunday. Here is one for today's Feast of Christ the King.

Appropriately, O Night Divine has a picture study of Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) painted by Early Renaissance painter Andrea Previtali to share with our families today.


Learn it! Live it! Love it!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I Am Thankful for #20


It fits my prayer life. It gives me psalms, prayers, reflections, meditations, words of the saints, mass readings, quotes, poetry.

It's random. Like me.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I Am Thankful for #19

Today I am thankful for a husband who helps me when no one else does...and who lets me take an evening nap when I need to.


I am blessed. Very. Abundantly. Blessed.


No picture today. Sometimes words have to suffice.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Corn Maze Memories


























I Am Thankful for #18

Sandlots...
...Soccer Fields

...and Soccer Friends.
In observance of this Month of Thanksgiving...and because I have left my blog disgracefully neglected as of late...I will be clicking thru my photo-candy and posting a series of "I am thankful for..." posts each day.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I Am Thankful for #17

A peek into my daughter's nursing clinicals because of friends on Facebook. Kayleigh is in the middle holding the clipboard to her chest. She finished her first semester of clinicals yesterday and thinks she just might survive.

In observance of this Month of Thanksgiving...and because I have left my blog disgracefully neglected as of late...I will be clicking thru my photo-candy and posting a series of "I am thankful for..." posts each day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I Am Thankful #16

Sons who hold babies.

In observance of this Month of Thanksgiving...and because I have left my blog disgracefully neglected as of late...I will be clicking thru my photo-candy and posting a series of "I am thankful for..." posts each day.

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