My Week

In adoration,
I think about the gifts of nature even in the thick of the city where we live. In a place where all we ever get to see is the maya (Eurasian tree sparrow, I think it is) -- not they are a boring sight -- one's sense of wonder is recovered with the sight of "new" bird species now and then. Longer tails, shinier feathers, slightly less pointed beaks. Also, when we approach our place from the south, you can see clumps of green treetops, welcome diversions from the gray of the city concrete. We are truly blessed that way.  

In contrition,
I examine how I have been trying to live the virtue of fortitude: "Fortitude ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good."

In thanksgiving, 
I remember that many (surely, all) things that I enjoy now, I do not actually deserve. Maybe that thought is the root of gratitude, and gratitude is the root of other virtues.

In supplication, 
I ask for the blessing of health of mind and body for my loved ones.

I also try to incorporate in my prayers, special thoughts for the Poor Souls in Purgatory:

My God, for your greater glory,
in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary,
I offer and surrender
the satisfactory value of all the good I will do,
and for all the suffrages I will receive after my death,
for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Dispose of everything
according to your Divine Will.

Never say die (a.k.a. Around the house)
If I can bust the laundry monster by Friday, I say, I would be one of the happiest housewives in all Domesticdom.

On a related matter, I did a post on a little sewing trick I call the "modesty flap". Please read about it in my sewing blog.

Never ever say die (a.k.a. Around the kitchen
No, I haven't done that permanent pantry list that I said I'd do. Yes, I hope to finally be done with it this week.

But hey, look who did her list very systematically. Now go and read Emily's post over at Real Housekeeping!  

Primary educator, always
Homeschool records, hoomeschool records, homeschool records!

Tackling the book hoard and bookmarks
I've always been fascinated with all things old-fashioned. Sometimes, I feel that I was born at the wrong time and belong to the wrong generation! Well, we can always be old-fashioned in the way we keep our values and in the way that we live simply and purposefully.

Head over to gDonna's Generations Before Us to see what I mean. 

Liturgical living and devotions
Today, Tuesday, August 25 is the feastday of Saint Joseph Calasanz, the founder of the Order of Piarists.

On Thursday and Friday (August 27 and 28), moms ought to renew their inspiration from the lives of the mother-son team of Saint Monica and Saint Augustine.

And on Saturday, August 29, we remember the Passion of Saint John the Baptist. Where I am from, we commemorate the birthday of Saint John the Baptist on June 24 more than we pay attention to the day set aside for commemorating his Passion. It would be good to give August 29 this year a longer and more devout look.

Have a good week, everyone!


  1. Awesome post.
    I will check out the Real Housekeeping blog.
    I love how you organize this.
    Oh - and MOST IMPORTANTLY - I moved my blogs to blogspot.

    http://davishomemarysmantle.blogspot.com and http://www.emscraftcloset.blogspot.com


    1. Thank you for the encouragement! And thank you, too, for the redirect; I will be visiting!


I get so thrilled when you visit! Please tell me how it was like!