Happy Feast of Sts. Simon and Jude
CWA Time people!!! One of my favorite days of the week around here (I love Sundays too) Link up time over at Suscipio! Pretty self-explanatory, just respond to the bold items and link up!
::courage to be vulnerable
::the homily yesterday on the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
::the comfort of rice and beans w/sliced avocado
::super strong coffee
::rosary cards in the mail
::I am praying for me. I need it. I usually do not take up all the prayer for myself. I am going through some stuff. I am trying. I am offering it all up in prayer.
::On Friday, I did go to mass, pray the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet and spent time in adoration for any intentions left here though. That doesn’t change.
That 90 minutes is more than enough time for a truly spiritual mini retreat. I decided on my day off, to go to mass and stay behind after to pray the rosary. Turned out that there is a group that prays there after 8:30AM mass and then the Divine Mercy Chaplet, right in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I stayed after in the silence and just looked back at our Lord in the Eucharist. I didn’t think, I didn’t try to talk “at” Him. I just sat there and stayed with Him. Then I looked up at the crucifix, and back down to the monstrance. I continued that for about 20-30 minutes. After that, I went to light some candles for my husband and I, my children, a couple of very close friends and all of your intentions. I filled out some spiritual bouquet promises for our priests for World Appreciation Day for Priests. I want to do this more often. My day was definitely brighter as a result.
Priests are mystery men. They come in assorted sizes, ages, weights and collars. They are found everywhere – speeding along, perspiring over, walking by, kneeling on, praying over, laughing with, preaching to, teaching about, pardoning for, and playing baseball with. Little children run to them; teenagers marvel at them, aged folk turn to them; lay people treasure them; non-Catholics stare at them; and Mary watches over them.A priest is Prudence in a T-shirt; Fortitude with a breviary in his hand; Justice on a ball diamond; and Temperance at any party. He is Faith with a blueprint; Hope with a sense of humor; and Charity with a golf club in hand.
A priest may be anything from a contemplative monk in a monastery to a magazine editor on Wall Street, from a labor mediator to a TV personality, from a student to a professor. Formerly known as the boy-around-the-corner, he’s a member of each family, yet belongs to none. He penetrates secrets, shares sorrows, heals wounds. He has the trust of a child, the kindness of a best friend, the sternness of a tight-rope walker, the authority of an encyclopedia, the versatility of a commando, and the salesmanship of a Fuller-Brush man.
A priest is a humble creature – a mystifying worker at all professions. His hours are the longest; his salary the smallest; his Boss the best! He likes good pastors, the smiles of children, a good sermon, a home-cooked meal, and the name “Father”.
A priest is all things to all men in the sight of God. He may be misquoted, mistaken and misunderstood, but he’ll always forgive – because he’s a mediator; a peacemaker, a go-between heaven and earth. It’s no wonder God loves him. He’s a man standing at an altar, clothed in Holy clothes, who while being aware of his own nothingness speaks to God for us and to us for God. And although his greatest act is to offer sacrifice, his most consoling one is to say to me, “Go in peace – Your sins are forgiven.” (bold is my own emphasis)
That idea of my priest and all priests being a member of every family but belonging to none, makes me love my priests even more. Did you thank your priests yesterday? If not, will you today? #PriestsRock too!
- Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina With 500 Scripture Texts for Prayer by Thelma Hall, r.c. Here’s just a snippet that I had to take a picture of and send to Deacon TC. This is just in the introduction!
- Everyday Meditations: by Bl. John Henry Newman, Introduction by Bishop James D. Conley , S.T.L. (I’m just at the first meditation!!!)
- Luke in the Bible for my next chapter meeting. Along with the Navarre Bible that Deacon TC just loaned me!
- I am always in my Christian Prayer book for the Liturgy of the Hours.
The clicking of my fingers on the keyboard. When I don’t feel “right” I need silence.
I made rice, beans last night (again) with sliced avocado this time. I needed some comfort food. We are thinking of Thanksgiving though and trying to get that menu down. Definitely homemade mashed potatoes, turkey and stuffed mushrooms!
Homing & Making
For the love of laundry and rosaries! That’s what I made/did this weekend. I made rosaries and I folded clothes. Lots of them. I got it all done early though, so points to me!
Around the Web
- I just saw this, it’s called Sisters, on the webby web and had to include because #nunsrock It’s a 1 hour video online. According to the snippet just below the play button:
It is a film about faith and hope, love and death, seen through the eyes of five women who have committed their lives to the service of others in the deepest way. Without narration, their stories are told in the honest words and actions of the women themselves.
- I shared this with Emily in a comment, but wanted to pass along, as always! From St. Peter’s List The 8 Prayers Every Catholic Should Know in Latin
I don’t usually post quotes, but, I don’t really feel very usual today. Which could be a good thing! It’s from Ann Spangler’s new book Praying the Attributes of God. It’s on my wish list. I do have another book by her Women of The Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture. I believe she also contributes to the devotionals in my bible. I just love how she writes!