Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Feast Day of Saint Vincent de Paul - And a cool web site!

Today's the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. You can learn about him (and each "saint of the day") at AmericanCatholic.org - specifically here where you may listen to a short audio file about him. They even let you send an e-greating card on the saint of the day.

After learning about him, perhaps we'll all be inspired to be more like this charitable saint. :)

St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Catholic Flash Fiction

I was thrilled to read The Sci Fi Catholic's post about a new blog called Catholic Flash Fiction. I think this is long overdue. As a Catholic writer and reader, I'm eager to find more Catholic fiction friendly places.

The blog author is a priest looking for stories 300 to 1000 words long. That means you must tighten up your length and make every word count. While doing the practice critique list at The Internet Writing Workshop I learned a lot about using active verbs and cutting out extra words, because you are only allowed to submit very short pieces to that particular list.

Poetry is good source of inspiration. Poets know how to choose the one right word to say much.

Don't drive under falling cows; check out Catholic Flash Fiction. Read a story. Write a story. ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wanting a Baby VS. Wanting to be a Parent

Sorry, I'm ranting today. Maybe it's a mommy hormone thing.

Have you or someone you known uttered the sentence, "I want a baby"?

I've said it.

What did I mean by that statement?

Did I mean that I desire to carry a baby in my womb even through discomfort, pain, or danger to myself? What if "too many" babies were growing in there? Would I get rid of one or more because I only want one?

 Aggie Catholics recently posted a video with Fr. Barron talking about aborting one twin and keeping the other. You might want to take a look/listen. 

What about financial hardship or inconvenience? When I said I wanted a baby, did I mean I wanted to nurture my child if she were crippled, sick, or deformed or would I only care about her if she were "perfect"?

Did I mean I wanted to mother her through long nights of illness or crying, days of exhaustion, but also of happiness, play, and growth--watching her develop from babyhood to talking and walking, or did I want to pass her off to a paid employee as soon as possible?

When I said I wanted a baby, did I mean I wanted to be a parent, or did I mean I wanted a possession to make me feel good? 

Parenthood is the most exhausting, frustrating, exhilarating, fulfilling adventure. 

Useful websites:

IVF alternatives

Healing after abortion:
Rachel's Vineyard

Article "Can I Stay At Home?" gives tips on being able to afford to be a stay at home parent.

You who are spiritual parents understand clearly what I mean when I say that our children don't belong to us, but to God. As spiritual parents you pray for your children, be they children or adults, and maybe guide them, but you are always aware that they are not yours, but God's. Physical parents often forget that our children are not ours. We have the privilege to be stewards or guardians, but not the right of ownership.  Just a thought.

I warned you I was on a rant. ;)

*All photos are of my own family. Copyright blah blah blah :P

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our Lady of Sorrows and Convalidation

Lady of Sorrows

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. What are the Virgin Mary's sorrows? I'll tell you. (And don't get them confused with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, though you can use a Rosary to help you pray them.)

The Prophecy of Simeon (Lk. 2:34-35)

The Flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:13)

The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Lk. 2:43-45)

Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary (Lk. 23:26)

Jesus Dies on the Cross (Jn. 19:25)

Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in her Arms (Matt. 27:57-59)

The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb (Jn. 19:40-42)

One may pray the Chaplet of The Seven Sorrows of Mary. You would name the Sorrow, recite one Our Father and seven Hail Mary's, then go on to the next Sorrow, and so on, while meditating on the Sorrows.

Then, three Hail Mary's

Then, as follows-

Pray for us, O most Sorrowful Virgin

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Lord Jesus, we now implore, both for the present and for the hour of our death, the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother, whose holy soul was pierced at the time of Thy Passion by a sword of grief. Grant us this favor, O Savior of the world, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost forever and ever. Amen.


Also, on this date, in 2007, my husband and I had our marriage Convalidated in the Catholic Church.

I found a very detailed pdf at a Canadian parish's website about Convalidation, should you want information on that. Seven Steps to Convalidation.

Me and My Dear Husband at Our Convalidation

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary!

"Behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed" (Luke 1:48)

Today, September 8th, we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. My kids and I went to Mass and baked cupcakes.

Go to New Advent for details on the history of this feast.

Basically, the feast was celebrated at least by the 6th century. Our written source for details on Mary's nativity come from a document written in 150 A.D. called the Protoevangelium of James. It tells us that Mary's parents are named Joachim and Anne. They had no children until an angel appeared to Anne and told her she would conceive.

September 8th, it should be noted, falls exactly 9 months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Mary's birthday is important to salvation history because she is the Mother of God. The Lord asked her to carry His son in her womb and raise Him. Her obedient yes -"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word" (Luke1:38) brought Jesus to us. She is always bringing her son to us. "Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:5) she says to the servants, but also to us.