Happy Feast Day of the Dedication of Saint Mary Major Church!
::Dinner with Father Heaven
::Morning dew on grass blades at my feet as I walk to morning mass
::A prayerful routine
::Access to rosary podcasts, Dominican spirituality podcasts, e-books
::My husband’s incredible, gentle and inexhaustible support
I am praying for my family, my husband and children to stay close to our Lord always. I am also praying for the ability to see God in everything – good, bad, ugly and indifferent. Always.
Currently pressing most on my heart are prayers for my stepson, Aaron. He is also not Catholic but we take him to mass. Yesterday, we went to visit Fr. Heaven at his new parish and in the middle of mass (just before the sign of peace I think) Aaron started to sob. Seeing that, I offered up my communion for him.
Why? Because that’s what we do. Pray for eachother.
Thinking and Reflecting
I am thinking that something I said to Fr. Heaven when he was over wasn’t exactly true. Let me explain!! I mentioned to him that it’s a little lonely here in my Catholic faith – not to say that you all aren’t the bees knees! I realized the next morning as I was praying that whenever I say Morning Prayer, or whenever I say the rosary I am praying with all the other Catholics in the entire world. Ain’t nothin’ lonely about that.
- I went to meet with the local chapter of the Lay Dominicans this weekend. They invited me to mass and lunch during their annual retreat. The retreat was at the St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA. The president of the chapter invited me to read the following study guides and I have been. All of these are taken from the Fraternities of Saint Dominic, Province of St. Joseph website:
- Summa of the Summa by Peter J. Kreeft – It’s an intro to the larger Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Acquinas. I had to read it, if only because “During its proceedings, the Council of Trent placed the Summa on the high altar in second place only to the Bible”. Kreeft, Peter (2011-03-04). A Summa of The Summa (Kindle Locations 65-66). Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition.
- New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Donald Wuerl
- And, I am always in my Christian Prayer book for the Liturgy of the Hours.
I am listening to the Benedictus: Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation. My favorite is, of course, the Miserere Mei. It’s absolutely beautiful.
I have absolutely no idea what’s happening for dinner tonight. It’s another hubby-working-from-home-so-I-get-what-I-get-and-I-don’t-get-upset night. But I did make pasta with meatballs and sauce with a salad and garlic bread for dinner Saturday. Last night, I made bistec encebollado with white rice (that’s steak and onions). Delish. At some point this week, I’ll make corned beef with white rice and love fries. Yes. Love fries. My little Monk named them “because they’re so good the secret ingredient has to be love”. Cute.
We just got an area rug for the family room. I know, I know sounds boring, but I think it looks great! It feels great on my feet too! Did I mention? I have really flat feet and getting used to no carpet is a little painful. What does S say? Offer it up Cristina! Offer it up. And I do…
Fr. Heaven came over this weekend and blessed the house. He is such an amazing priest and a wonderful blessing. You had to see all of us (hubby included) walking around the house sprinkling everything in sight. He even sprinkled extra on Mike’s side if the bed right in front of him. Mike just laughs every time. I love it. My boys kept trying to get in front of the holy water every time too. It was just a very blessed event in the house.
I made rosaries yesterday!! It’s been a while. But it was relaxing and calming to listen to my new CD and make rosaries while looking out at the trees.
I am learning all about St. Dominic and the life of Dominican Laity. I can’t tell you all how excited I am and I feel right at home here. I am just soaking it all in. You know, growing up, I always knew I could never be ignorant of anything if I had access to books. I never really knew where that would lead, and now that I am here it all makes sense to me. As you can see, I read a lot. I write quite a bit too. I also completed a Bachelors degree and most (minus two classes) of a Master’s degree completely online. Had I known how much discipline that would take before I jumped it, I may not have done it. I loved it all the same. I will forever be a student.
Around the Web
I spent some time on these websites this week, enjoy!
Here are two insightful and playful podcasts I listened to just yesterday:
- The Radicality of Living the Gospel in the World of St. Dominic This is from a Theology on Tap series. I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread.
- Marriage: Exclusivity and Religion with Fr. Bruno, O.P. he was the retreat master this weekend and I was able to hear his celebrate the advancements in the lay order.
This is where I was this weekend. Isn’t it beautiful?