June Mapping

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.

 In adoration

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 sheep and oxen and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

~ Psalm 8:1, 3-9
(RSV, Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press)

In contrition,

I examine myself on my practice of mercy. June is the month devoted to the Sacred Heart, whose mercy cannot be outdone. And with the Jubilee Year of Mercy half-done (did I get my math right?), an examination is indeed due. 

I will start with these:
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church 1829 (mercy as a fruit of charity)
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447 (spiritual and corporal works of mercy)
~ Quotes from the Saints on Mercy (from the Divine Mercy website)

Do you have anything to add? Please include them in this posts's comments. Thnaks :-)

In thanksgiving,

I will focus on the blessings of family and friends. How we take for grated the blessings that we see and experience everyday! But time is fleeting because eternity awaits. So let's go visit our parents more often, and go for that beach trip with the kids soon!

A bit of a digression:  as a young mom, these were lines that I treasured:

"Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up as I learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep."

I did not know until just know, that those lines are actually part of a bigger work -- a lullaby actually -- by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton. Check it out; the entire peace is sweet and endearing. Not all babies are hushed by lullabies, but this one can still any anxious mom's heart. Yup, even moms with grown children :-).

With her sleepy friend

In supplication, 

I will remember the Holy Father's intentions for June:

Universal intention: Human Solidarity -- "that the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one, may find -- even within the huge cities of the world -- opportunities for encounter and solidarity." 

Evangelization intention: Seminarians and Novices -- "that seminarians and men and women entering the religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission." 

As a mom, I also bring before the Lord, my children's intentions. A new school year is coming, and it will be a milestone for each of them. Eldest Daughter will be on her last year on college, Second Daughter will be starting college, Only Son will be on his last year in high school, and our baby, Youngest Daughter, will be in junior high. Their mom is feeling so ancient...

Never say die (a.k.a. around the house)

I know, I know, I said something about working on closet organization and disaster preparedness MONTHS ago, and I did do something about them (here I go again, trying to redeem myself). But as things go in my crazy life (didn't I say that somewhere at the beginning of this post?), I start on a project, and then get distracted by urgent everyday demands. 

So! Let's let me do these again! On the matter of our closets: I will do this one closet at a time, starting with mine and Husband's. On the matter of disaster preparedness: We will review the presentation slides of a lecture that I attended last year on earthquake preparedness and recent advisories on La Nina. Then I will start buying the items in my emergency kit lists for the house and the car. Since I have done a bit of initial work, I have no reason to harp on the lack of time and the like...

Never ever say die (a.k.a around the kitchen)

Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast. Breakfast will have to start getting healthier around here. We really should be eating less oily sausages and fried garlic rice in the mornings. Delicious and very filling, but nanay and tatay (mom and dad) are not young anymore, and the kids themselves are starting to request healthier meals. We went grocery shopping this morning after Sunday Mass, and they loaded several boxes of cereals and vegie juice bottles in the cart. Yikes! My kids are making a statement!

Primary educator, always

I am doing transcript work for Second Daughter and a minimum of curriculum planning for Youngest Daughter (we use a boxed curriculum in the homeschool). I should be done by mid-month max, otherwise  I will consider myself a very bad mom...really :-( !

Tackling the book hoard and bookmarks

I haven't read a John Grisham book in a while. I am actually reining in myself because a Grisham book is not something that you can read in installments over several months. You have to read a book in big blocks of time over a few days, and the fewer the better! So until I am done with the transcript work and curriculum planning (And professional work -- have I told you? I'm working (from home) again! Long story for another post), Rouge Lawyer and Gray Mountain will have to wait.

With her loyal friend

Liturgical living and devotions

So soon! We are at the longer part of the Ordinary Season, a multi-themed and devotion-rich period for Catholics. 

The memorial of Saint Anthony de Padua is on June 13. I learned something new about Saint Anthony. Not that he is the go-to saint for lost things because I had learned that even as a young child, but that ladies wishing for good husbands (as you should wish for if you are young and being prompted to marriage as your vocation) can go to him for that intention. Hmm, by extension, I say that moms who wish for virtuous husbands for their daughters can also start praying to the dear saint. I have three daughters, so I think I will get started. 

My goodness, I have ranted, haven't I? 

Would you like to do your own mapping for June, and share it with us? Please do so, and post the link through a comment below. 

Have a happy and productive June. God bless!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the tip about Saint Anthony. I will start pleading to him as well as my current Saint Therese and Saint Anne for future marriages. It's a lot of spiritual work being a mom?! I find these transitions to be so much harder than I imagined.

    Garlic rice for breakfast sounds incredible to me.

    And I love seeing the joyful faces on your blog.


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