Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This book, written in story form, is ideal for read aloud to older children ages 10 and up, because of it's somewhat arcane use of language. I read it to my girls, ages 10 and 14, and I imagine that many of these stories would be particularly interesting to boys, since 21 of the 25 stories are of valiant holy men, from the well-known St. Francis of Assisi, to the lesser-known desert fathers, Sts. Paul and Anthony. These saints are not presented as unapproachable plaster saints, but rather as fervent Catholics immersed in their courageous promotion of the Kingdom of God.
The Langs in the preface, caution the reader, "These saints were the best of men and women, but the pretty stories are, perhaps, rather fanciful. " The Book of Saints and Heroes, should be viewed as a means of inspiring youth to live their faith with boldness and courage, in today's world. In an age when real heroes are increasingly rare, the revival of such a book is a great help for the family who is raising young soldiers of Christ.
According to a recent address by Archbishop Charles Chaput, this culture we live in may hold even greater challenges for Catholics than the Roman Empire of the early Church. Who better to lead this generation than the saints who converted the world to Christianity in the first place?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
|You Are Ernie|
Playful and childlike, you are everyone's favorite friend - even if your goofy antics get annoying at times.
You are usually feeling: Amused - you are very easily entertained
You are famous for: Always making people smile. From your silly songs to your wild pranks, you keep things fun.
How you life your life: With ease. Life is only difficult when your friends won't play with you!
Monday, October 29, 2007
If there were more ways to reach out to the public, as well as funding to do so, I would be the first in line to help. I tried for four years to get doctors, nurses and social workers to give out my phone number to expectant parents, with no success.
The biggest enemy of the truth in this instance is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of suffering, both of the child, and the parents. Fear of rejection. Fear sickness. Fear of embarrassment.
That's why Monica Rafie mentioned in this article and I are writing our book on Catholic mothers of special needs and medically fragile children. To allay the fears of these parents, and to give them hope in their baby's future. If you have a story to share about your special needs child, just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 27, 2007
"rebuilding a Catholic culture is being willing to overtly share your faith with others, especially your own family! "
This is something I have always said, and the reason Fr. Joseph Fessio said to a gathering of Long Islanders who supported EWTN programming in 1994 that "Homeschooling will bring about the renewal of the Catholic Church".
One feast day at time, we are living the glory of Catholicism in our homes.
Friday, October 26, 2007
They are looking for a baby girl born in October 2007 to appear in the film as the new born Phoebe. They only found one baby with DS born in Nova Scotia in 2007 and she is 6 months old. In Canada it is a law to screen every expectant mother for DS not just a guideline, scary isn’t it?I need to hear from any parent of a newborn who might want the opportunity for their little one to work in Nova Scotia in November 2007.
I would also consider older babies weighing under 8 lbs. I know from my son Blair being a preemie he didn’t hit 8 lbs until he was about 4 months old.I have an agent that would negotiate all the details making sure to get appropriate pay and travel for the family. Please have anyone interested contact me at the DSALA office at 818-242-7871 or they can reach me by email at email@example.com.
Thank you for helping me with this search, and watch for the film on Lifetime next spring.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Can you name forty resons to have children.?
Her list, which is in process, is a bit tongue in cheek, or clenched jaws, depending on how you look at it, is hysterical.
Read Heather's list, help me complete my list. Then, pass it on!
1.You learn to pray the rosary under wartime conditions. Susie Lloyd in her book. "Please Don't Drink the Holy Water" has entire chapter on this. She named it; "The Family Rosary and Other Near Occasions of Sin".
You learn to ignore minor swaying, nose picking, and sibling jostling while you focus your mind on Heavenly things and try to unite your distracted thoughts to the Cross.
You try to only pounce on: injuries which require treatment, rosary eating where parts of the rosary disappear, and children over 2 who fall asleep, or pretend they have.
2. Your ability to do "dirty jobs" wihtout flinching is greatly enhanced. My family loves to watch the TV show by that name. I don't need to. I live it. I have just finished cleaning up a potty training five year old, whose pants were much more than wet, know what I mean?!
3. You feel the world's greatest peace as those soft little arms fling around your neck, as you pull her from the bathtub after her bath!
4. You learn to smile when you would rather lose it. Like when those clean face and hands are in need of another bath after snack 20 minutes later.
5. You learn to love serving others. You run out to teach a class with nice clothes on, and decent hair, for a classroomful of respectful adults and are reluctant to leave the kids behind!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The body of the saint is above the altar behind them. On last week's Life on the Rock Program, Leo asked viewers to pray a novena for the film' s opening this weekend.
At Causa Nostrae Laetitae are praying a novena to Saint Philomena, patroness of youth for the success of "Bella".
Please join us.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
Monday, October 22, 2007
A local Montessori school won't return my calls, and at this time I am still searching for a simple little preschool where Christina and her teacher can spend five hours a week learning in the midst of her age group. I could send her to full day Kindergarten, but I think that would overwhelm her in many ways. She needs acceptance and love in order to learn to play safely with her age group.
I ask for your prayers.
Friday, October 19, 2007
It is an awe-inspiring pilgrimage to make as a family, to visit the spot where martyrs' blood was spilled as they boldly proclaimed the Gospel, well aware that they were putting their lives at risk. An old round shrine church, and an Indian museum are the highlights of the beautiful grounds. No remains of the priests who died there is interred at the spot, nor at the Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha in nearby Fonda, NY on the other side of the Mohawk River, but your children will love the nearness to America's Native American, Catholic heritage.
Here's a post on the blog, "Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit" in honor of their feast day.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Name 7 Things You Like About Yourself
1. Despite some bad behavior on my part, and difficult trials in my life, I have never left my beloved Jesus, or the Church He founded.
2. I've been a dedicated mother to my three girls, giving them the last nine years of my life for their homeschool education.
3. I continue to fight, however unsuccessfully the 'battle of the bulge' and get out with my girls and exercise regularly.
4. I have recently begun to successfully pursue the dream of becoming a writer, something which I have cherished since elementary school.
5. I have done my best to use this opportunity of having a public platform to serve Christ and the Culture of Life.
6. I am a loyal wife and friend.
7. I constantly try to grow spiritually, by saying the rosary, going to adoration, doing spirtual reading, attending Mass during the week whenever possible, attending conferences, and talking about the Faith with my family and friends to help them grow as well.
I tag anyone who wants to feel good about themselves! Just leave me a comment so I can go and read your 7 good things about yourself. Don't be shy, just give God the glory, and brag away!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here I am speaking about the conversion of Eduardo Verastegui, to a crowd who knew him as a typical pop star, with the typical immoral lifestyle. We hope that Eduardo, since his conversion, will serve as a role model for Latino youth. My talk was well received, and festival goers were asking where to see "Bella".
On the way home, reluctant to get busy in the kitchen, my thoughts turned to the Red Lobster restaurant we were passing on the road. Through fifteen years of experience as a wife, I have learned a bit, so I kept quiet, and spoke a simple prayer of petition to God for Francisco to take us to dinner there as a family. Not five minutes later, he said, "do you know where a Red Lobster is? I want to take you out to dinner there. "
My mouth opened in surprise, and I told him of my prayer. He laughed, and said, "this is a good story for the blog!"
This reminds me of what St. Ambrose once said to St. Monica regarding her wayward son. "Talk to God about Augustine, not to Augustine about God." This approach was also used by Eduardo's mother in Mexico, before his conversion, when she said to his father, "our son is lost to us. If my words won't reach him, my prayers will".
Some day, we will be amazed at the amount of good done in the world by silent prayers.
By the way, the shrimp was delicious!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Let nothing afrighten you.
All things are passing.
God alone is changeless.
He who has patience wants for nothing.
He who has God has all things.
God alone suffices.
Here's an article about her on Catholic Exchange.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
At her suggestion, Gabbi wrote a letter to Bishop Murphy asking for a youth column in "The Long Island Catholic". He replied that it was editor Liz O'Connor's call. Soon Rick Hinshaw replaced Ms. O'Connor as editor, and this week, Youth Voice has begun, with my daughter's essay from the contest. If your teens live in the diocese, here's their chance to contribute to what has become a new and improved "Long Island Catholic".
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Some were true, others improbable, and many simply fantastic. In the ones we include here, you’ll meet the saint who spent seven Easters on a whale’s back and the amiable lion who was St. Jerome’s friend. You’ll see St. George fight the dragon, and you’ll read about the fierce wolf St. Francis of Assisi converted.
But many of these stories have in them scarcely a wave of the fairy wand. So you’ll also find here true tales of great saints such as St. Louis of France, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary — souls marked by courage, kindness, and piety.
These marvelous legends and exciting true stories of Christian saints and heroes will provide many hours of delightful reading to believers and non-believers alike!
Read the exciting stories of:
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
St. Richard of Chichester
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis Xavier
St. Louis IX
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. John of God
St. Simeon Stylites
St. Vincent de Paul, and others. "
A new movie, "The Ten Commandments" coming to theatres October 19, promises to cover at least the latter in greater depth. View the trailer here.
All I can say, without having seen the film, is, if ever there was never a better time in our history to have review of the Ten Commandments.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
And don't forget to see it on opening weekend, and help build the number of theatres who will carry, "Bella".
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
And bring the children!
A disability awareness film festival a the Cinema Arts Centre.
If I am able to attend these, I'll be sure to sharemy impressions and pictures from them.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
The DVD "Therese" We saw this film in a theatre twice, after waiting nearly a year for it to be released locally. For anyone who has read "A Story of a Soul", it is an accurate depiction of the young life of Therese. My only disappointment was that the movie was focused on Therese's entrance into the convent, and not enough of her life there was shown. Also the convent chapel was ugly, I haven't been to Lisieux, but I can't imagine a chapel from that time looking so plain. Her religious life with it's sufferings would have been more inspriring in a beautiful setting. The acting was good,however, the soundtrack beautiful, and Therese has some very touching moments when Papa Martin has to bid farewell to each of his daughters, while growing more feeble each goodbye. I reccommend this film for anyone who wants a reliable introduction to the life of the little flower.
"Story of a Soul" The classic autobiography of Therese, which she wrote at the request of her Mother Superior, the work which explains her "Little Way". This made an obscure twenty four year old nun world famous, patroness of missions she never visited, and a doctor of the Church.
The Catholic Treasure Box Series: an excellent 20 book set from Maryknoll which has a serialized story of the Little Flower's life. My girls adored these simple books, full of old fashioned missionary stories, children's poetry and charming illustrations. A must for every Catholic family who wants to re-discover authentic Catholic childhood.
One of the craft projects which brought my girls closer to the Little Flower was making sacrifice beads, like little Therese had. Each time you sacrifice something for the love of Jesus, you pull one of the ten beads, hoping by the end of the day, that you have pulled all ten.
My last suggestion for celebrating today's feast with your children, is to visit a blog based on the Little Way, Therese's Roses.