At the eventide of our lives, we shall be judged on love.
~Saint John of the Cross
Moments of Gratitude
I am grateful for waking up in the morning and feeling that no matter how crazy yesterday was, I am being given a new chance to do things better.
I am grateful for the availability of cold water throughout the day. (We are at the height of the dry season.)
I am grateful for nearly empty laundry hampers!
... the peace of God and how we might earn it:
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your prayers be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
~ Philippians 4:17
(Revised standard version, Catholic edition, Ignatius Press)
... intelligently equipping one's kitchen:
" After you've done a thorough spring cleaning of your existing kitchen toolbox, make it a habit to ask yourself why you need the tool before purchasing. It should either perform a task that no tool currently in your collection can, or do it so much better that it deserves a place in the lineup."
The homeschoolers and I should be doing more if we want to take a break for the entirety of the Holy Week. It should be a good time to concentrate on prayer and the sacraments and maybe visit some churches in the neighboring localities.
My "regular schoolers" (one in college, one in high school) will be done with the school year this week!
Around the House
I can't tell you enough how good it feels to have nearly conquered the "laundry foldables," as we call them. TV and conversation helped a lot. I would say that there are less than 50 pieces left, and that is an accomplishment!
I haven't changed linen in our home altar from the green of Ordinary Time to the purple of Lent. Yikes, I am not proud of that...
In the Kitchen
As I mentioned in last week's Daybook (In the Kitchen), Lent is a good time to learn new fish dishes. I had relative success with last week's attempt even if I missed out on some ingredients :-(, and the cook in me is emboldened to try other recipes.