Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The time has come to say good-bye to our dear friend, Marie.
She's leaving soon to move to her daughter's home across the state. Living alone just got to be too difficult for Marie.
We have been blessed to bring Marie the Blessed Sacrament (Jesus) weekly as part of our Church's Homebound Ministry which reaches out to those who cannot get to Mass on Sunday.
We will treasure the time spent in her presence, praying together, sharing life's ups and downs...
Yes, it's hard to say good-bye. But Marie's decision to leave her condo and live with family seems like the most natural and right thing to do.
We will keep you and your family in our prayers, dear Marie.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Our pumpkin patch at home is burned out, not enough crop rotation, we think. So this year it's being let to rest, and we visited a local apple orchard for pumpkin gathering.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Zachary's final cross country race of the season was yesterday. He cut about 30 seconds off his time, and was pleased with his finish.
So were we!
There's about a month now before a new varsity sport season begins. Zac will use this time for some R&R and probably a bit more time devoted to serious school work.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saint Ephrem the Syrian (+373), a deacon and a hermit, wrote hundreds of hymns in honor of the Blessed Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is a patron of spiritual directors.
I found an excerpt of his writing in my Maginificat (yesterday's meditation) and wanted to share it.
Grant me, O Son of the Good One, that for which my mind yearns, and join to it that which is pleasing to your will. Grant that I may choose to do good and in no way deviate from you will.
Do not permit me to be a wicked and hypocritical disciple who violates your commandments.
Protect me from thinking that I can walk along your path merely for the sake of appearance and thus by my hypocrisy deceive those who see me, inciting them to proclaim me blessed.
Grant that my heart might please your greatness in secret, and that my just life might glorify you publicly.
May truth be a mistress to guide your worshiper; may it preserve me in chastity both near and far.
Deliver me from the misfortune of knowing your law, yet lacking the desire to please you.
Vouchsafe me the company of people who are simple, but experienced and wise in the performance of virtues.
My flesh is weak. Fortify it with your strength. Help me, break the arrows of the cunning enemy, and number me among the hosts of your heirs.
Grant me, O Lord, ever to be among your dominion and to do what is pleasing to you. And whenever I begin something good, do you, O Lord, give me strength to complete it.
The Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian:
O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge my brother; for You are blessed now and ever and forever.
Icon of Saint Ephrem the Syrian, from Meryemana Kilesesi, Diyarbakr, Turkey.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The small, round skullcap of the ecclesiastic. The official (Latin) name is pileolus; other designations are: berettino, calotte, subbiretum, submitrale, soli-deo.
We were having a casual discussion with Bishop Tyson about road biking (one of his favorite activities), when the topic of helmets came up.
Zac asked the bishop if he wore his zucchetto under his helmet, and in reply, the bishop mentioned that he's (sadly) not been able to find a magenta helmet.
Zachary offered to help find said helmet, but that he would need the zucchetto to match the color exactly. At this point, the bishop took his zucchetto off and placed it upon Zachary's head! As he did, the color of Zac's face suddenly matched the color of the zucchetto perfectly!
Of course, each of the boys wanted a turn wearing the zucchetto, and thankfully I had slipped my simple point & shoot camera into my pocket before leaving for daily Mass.
After all, "You never know when a little camera might come in handy!"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Joseph has just about finished his term as the first patrol leader for his Burning Bullfrog Patrol.
His primary goal as a patrol leader was to help his patrol earn the National Honor Patrol Award.
At the Court of Honor last week, Joseph had the privilege of receiving the National Honor Patrol Award on behalf of his patrol, and of distributing the awards to each of his patrol members.
Joseph reached his First Class rank a few months ago, and it was formally awarded at the Court of Honor. He's off to a great start in Boy Scouts. We are proud of him and his hard work.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It's a great day to be Catholic!
Our Pastor, Father Qui Thac, was officially installed today by Bishop Tyson.
The boys each had a special ministry, as a server (Peter), a vimp (Joseph) & as MC (Zachary).
Mass was beautiful, as always.
Look how proud Father Qui Thac's mother (in red) looks!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
One of our favorite prayer aids is the rosary.
Peter has long wanted to make his own rosary. We gave him a rosary making kit (which I put together) for Christmas, and he brought it out yesterday during what would have been Webelos meeting time.