At the eventide of our lives, we shall be judged on love.
~Saint John of the Cross
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Moments of Gratitude
~ Friends you can have lunch with on short notice. And the good lunch and cake and coffee. Even moms need recharging, right :-)
~ My sister who takes my daughter to a concert (strings and voice, the "elegant type", as Second Daughter puts it), my niece who dresses up her cousin and joins her in the cultural experience, and my brother who drives them to the venue and brings them back home. (Where was I in all these? Long story of lack of organization...)
~ Reasonably priced and healthy take-out meals (Can you tell that there is some kitchen crisis going on?)
~ Only Son's guardian angel who, I do believe, hangs around in the midst of rough play to protect his ward (Thank you so much, dear Guardian Angel. Believe me, he has learned his lesson.)
Beauty in the Ordinary
~ Old, worn-out, and you-would-not-part-with shirts that are the best workclothes
~ An empty dish drainer at the end of the day (aw, okay, most days...)
~ An empty February calendar waiting to be filled in
~ Last year's dried-out Palm Sunday branch waiting to be delivered to the parish office for this year's Ash Wednesday
~ For all the intentions of my family and friends, especially intentions for better relationships
~ For the forgotten and uncared for in society
~ For those who have nobody to pray for them
Is there such a thing as being excited over Lent?
I just so want to do it rightly and fully this year, especially on getting my children on board. I am hoping to get them to keep a Lenten journal each. I am still gathering ideas from the books we have around the house. 'Have to get it done quickly, though. Can you believe that Ash Wednesday's next week?!
~ The Story of A Soul
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, for the Year of Faith
A welcome patch of nature in the city
This post was originally linked with the Catholic Woman's Almanac, a Monday online linking activity started by Jenny who now blogs at The Littlest Way.
This is the first of my monthly mapping posts, which I explained here. I had wanted to post a May mapping, but... Well, now it's practically June, and I am so going to have a June mapping. For the sake of instilling organization and constancy in my crazy life, and hopefully, to prod others to have the same in their own lives (I can use the company), I hope this will be regular posting theme.
and in awe of a God who, in His generosity and kindness, blesses abundantly and overlooks that we hardly give Him anything in return, I chant with David: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth! When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast established; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou hast made him little less than God, and dost crown him with glory and honor. Thou has given dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet, all shee…
Home repairs are like toothaches: the sooner that you do something about them, the better. Leaking faucets waste water and cost money. Sometimes, they even make sounds that seem to penetrate your skull. A loose doorknob is a security risk. A busted light bulb left un-replaced can cause physical injuries especially in hallways and staircases. It goes on.
The irony is that taking care of home repairs is not a pleasant task, especially if you are not a handyman. Or the hubby is not a handyman. Or nobody in the house is a handyman. So sometimes, the repairs grow lives of their own and -- voila! -- accumulate.
It's not too late for order, though, and order always helps. May I dare share with you a house repair worksheet that I put together in the name of order. It is in tabular form. The rows refer to the rooms or areas of the house where repair is needed, and the columns refer to the type of repair needed, namely, masonry, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing.
... and in full trust in his forgiveness, guidance, and providence, I join David -- he who sinned grievously, repented sincerely and completely, and from whose lineage the Savior was born, I revisit the most beautiful of psalms: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
~ Psalm 23
(RSV, Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press)