I'm still learning to incorporate the liturgical year into our daily lives. I finally remembered to do something simple but meaningful for the children on Saturday. We celebrated Mary's birthday by having a birthday cake for her.
After singing "Happy Birthday" in English and Spanish (don't ask), we sang some of our favorite Marian hymns as I cut the cake for them. We had tea and hot chocolate as our beverage.
The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous; the red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the depths of My most tender Mercy at that time when My agonizing Heart was opened by a lance on the Cross. ... Fortunate is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold on him. St. Faustina's Diary
Today we attended my family's first Divine Mercy Sunday. Coincidentally, our parish had its first Divine Mercy Sunday. It was a beautiful service with a Benediction at the end. My children are used to the chaplet in song and enjoy it. The chaplet today was sung but used a different tune. We will definitely be making this a yearly event. It's so nice to add such richness to our family faith life.
I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy. On that day, the depths of My Mercy will be open to all. Whoever will go to confession and Holy Communion on that day will receive complete forgiveness of sin and punishment. Mankind will not enjoy peace until it turns with confidence to My Mercy. St. Faustina's diary
Mass today held special meaning for our family because Ben was such an integral part of mass. It brought home to me what Jesus was doing when he washed the feet of the apostles. Ben was absolutely mortified by the whole thing. Then my friend, Veronique walked by and said, "Now, he knows how the apostles felt."
I also think that God was finding a way to get us to church today. I'd been waffling between going and not. This sealed the deal for us. The service was beautiful and I learned so much today.
Have a blessed weekend everyone.
PS Do you think I think about blogging too much (even though I'm not very prolific) when I wished I could take a picture so I could place it on my blog?
Today is Holy Thursday and we will be attending mass tonight at 7pm. Ben has been chosen to be one of the apostles and Father Richard will be washing his right foot. My mother said that it is such an honor to be chosen and I can't agree more. Ben is completely mortified--he is an introvert and the thought of him being in front of the whole church is a daunting thought. I'll post later about how it went.
I guess we couldn't have a full Holy Week without some works of mercy. I'm tending to sick children of all sorts of ills and I can't get an appointment. Honey is recovering from strep, Sister may have just come down with it, Brother is complaining of an earache. Nothing from Pumpkin yet. I am waiting for the on call triage doctor to call so that he can tell me what I should do.
Lent asks us to scrutinize, calmly and in the presence of God, what direction our actions have led us and will lead us. Are we directed toward God? Or toward ourselves? Do we forgive? Do we pray? Do we try to be patient? The list is endless. Jesus offers his blessing to anybody who is sincere and seeks him. But what blessing can he give--however much he wants to--if we are only going through the motions, like the "good people" in Duccio's painting? Better to be an ass than a nominal Catholic!
I was inspired by the ladies at my favorite place to "decorate" for Lent. I've been meaning to do this for each liturgical season, but am learning to take it slowly. One of the things I really liked was saying good-bye to Alleluia.
So, here's white felt and gold glitter glue.
Sister did not like the script so I wrote it in manuscript also.
Then I rolled it up and placed in on our mantle behind the crown of thorns.
My mantle is a nice reminder this Lenten season. Seeing it everyday helps to keep me focused.
Lent is really just around the corner. Well, tomorrow IS Ash Wednesday. During my unpacking days, I've come across my yearly Lenten reading, In Conversation with God, several times. I knew I should've just put it on my bookshelf, but each time I would think, "Oh, Lent's far off." Well, I'm wrong!!! I've been searching and searching for it and can't find it. I think God has other plans for me. I think he wants me to read other things so, here's my Lenten reading for 2007.
Along with the above, our parish provided another little devotional which I love. I don't know the title and am a bit too lazy to go and get it. The last two on the list are small short devotionals. I am going to try to read them in the morning or by midmorning (at least one or two). Sister Wendy's book is to be read on Sundays while I'll space out all the rest. The 4Real ladies are in the midst of a study of True Devotion to Mary so I've been following along albeit slowly. I'm behind the ladies on the messageboards, but I think I will benefit greatly by following in their midst.
I don't feel prepared for Lent, but as Ben said, "Isn't Lent a preparation?"
I found this resource by someone on one of my yahoo groups. It has coloring pages you can print out of different saints. It is put together by some high school students (at least they were in high school when it started). I love finding resources like this. It gives me such a variety of places to go.