Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Success! {Great Gift from Joseph}

With Grandpa Cliff's tutoring, Joseph completed the building (stool) project for his Carpentry Merit Badge.

and he gave me the stool for Christmas!
What a great gift.  

In other great gift news, Tim surprised each of us with a round-trip ticket to Rome!
Cleverly tucked inside Rome and Italy travel books, Tim had wrapped our tickets to Rome!!!

Our trip will coincide with our 20th wedding anniversary, and it's a pilgrimage we have been dreaming of taking as a family for a long time.   To compliment the tickets, Tim's parents gifted us with a week at a resort of our choosing in Italy through their vacation time-share ownership.  Let the planning begin!

Today is the
Feast of the Holy Innocents

Why are you afraid, Herod, when you hear of the birth of a king? He does not come to drive you out, but to conquer the devil. But because you do not understand this you are disturbed and in a rage. To destroy one child whom you seek, you show your cruelty in the death of so many children.
You are not restrained by the love of weeping mothers and fathers mourning the deaths of their sons, nor by the cries and sobs of the children. You destroy those who are tiny in body because fear is destroying your heart. You imagine that if you accomplish your desire you can prolong you own life, though you are seeking to kill Life himself. ~from a sermon by bishop Saint Quodvultdeus about the Holy Innocents (+450AD)  taken from: http://saints.sqpn.com/holy-innocents/ 

Let us lift up our prayers today for the thousands of innocent babies who are killed every day by abortion.
Let us ask God to heal those who have been wounded by abortion, that they may come to know the everlasting peace of Christ and to immerse themselves in His endless mercy.  May we reach out to help mothers (and fathers) who are in crisis and to assist those who are suffering in their parenting, with our works and with our prayers.  Holy Innocents, Pray for Us!

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