You can order a copy at their website here. We are very much looking forward to having beautiful Advent music to listen to during this holy season. This is the Benedictines' third recording. We also have their Christmas at Ephesus which we enjoy during the Christmas season, as well as their Marian Hymns which we listen to every Saturday morning as we wake up. (Unfortunately these two are unavailable at present, but you can sign up to be notified when they are in stock again.) The voices of the nuns singing together is a beautiful example and reflection of the beautiful lives they lead in communion with each other and dedicated totally to God. Do get a copy of their new Advent CD, and perhaps some extras to share as gifts. You will be helping to support these wonderful nuns and you get beautiful music to share with your family and friends and enhance your observance of Advent. Music to keep you focused on this season of anticipation and expectation and penance as we wait to celebrate the coming of Our Lord.
Another 'new release' we are anxiously awaiting is Laudamus Te, a brand new devotional publication dubbed as 'The Magazine of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Liturgy of the Roman Rite.' It is the mission of Laudamus Te to bear witness to the sublime beauty of the ancient Latin liturgy, to foster renewed devotion to its merits, and to aid the faithful in entering more deeply into its sacramental mysteries. (From the website.) It has been compared to the popular Magnificat magazine, with the contents of Laudamus Te pertaining to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. It will contain devotional readings and essays, the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin and English, propers (daily Mass readings and prayers) according to the traditional Latin Mass and feasts following the old (1962) calendar. Produced by Hillside Education's Margot Davidson and with an FSSP priest as liturgical advisor it promises to be a helpful and inspirational publication. And I've heard tell the Advent issue features some artwork from the amazing artist Daniel Mitsui, so it is guaranteed to be beautiful as well.
Although most of us have our own hand missals I've ordered a subscription so we can benefit from the devotional writings, enjoy the lovely artwork, and support this wonderful new publication. I'm guessing Kateri, who doesn't have her own daily missal yet, will be thrilled to use it for following along at daily Mass when I let her get her hands on it. Consider subscribing for yourself and/or as Christmas gifts for those seeking to experience the beauty of the old Mass and the spirituality it fosters.
And finally, if you are looking for more in depth spiritual reading you might consider purveying a copy of the classic Divine Intimacy. As the liturgical year commences on the first Sunday of Advent, it's the perfect time to begin something new for your devotional reading. Written by a Carmelite priest, Divine Intimacy begins with the first Sunday of Advent and contains daily meditations on the interior life for every day of the year. The readings follow along with the liturgical seasons while covering many aspects of the spiritual life - holiness, prayer, virtues, sacraments. Each day's reading is just a few pages so it is very doable, yet the deep riches and wide scope of the book provide a comprehensive book for a year's worth of spiritual reading. And it's the sort of book you can read over and over again and still find new treasures every time. I have the hardcover TAN edition. It has also been reprinted by Baronius Press and you can read more about the book on their site here.
We were invited to an All Saints Day party last weekend with some other homeschooling families. Everyone had a wonderful time as we always do playing games, guessing the saints and hearing the children sing for their candy. This year we also had a rousing time with a few dozen saints dancing the Virginia reel with accordion accompaniment by Josiah in disguise (that's a hint to who he's dressed as) - quite a sight!
I love this picture of Mary Rose with her Pa - Come give me my leprosy! he said. They both have the same paint color but not the same disease.
Mary Rose also gave Lydia her wounds, although her saint really had an 'invisible' stigmata.
We also enjoyed the All Saints day celebration at our church yesterday. The children played more saint games and collected even more candy. Music was provided by the curious looking All Saints band.
(I include this last shot for my extended family - doesn't Josiah look just like my brother with his dark mustache?)
So, did you guess who everyone was? Note there are no pictures of me in my costume as I was the one with the camera (whew). We never posed for pictures and somehow I don't have a picture of Kateri either. With her loose teeth lately and inspired by this dear family and reading about Rascal's unfortunate tooth accident, she decided to dress as St. Apollonia and carried a large pair of tongs. Most people didn't know who she was and recoiled when we explained the meaning of the tongs - that St. Apollonia the martyr was tortured by having her teeth pulled out. She is the patroness of people with tooth difficulties.
Eliza was St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church. Josiah was Blessed Miguel Pro, a Mexican priest martyred in 1927 during the time of great persecution of the Church. Fr. Pro often operated incognito in order to evade capture, thus Josiah's costume of disguise. Anna Ruth was St. Bernadette de Soubirous, the French peasant to whom the Blessed Mother appeared at Lourdes under the title of the Immaculate Conception. St. Bernadette is Anna's Ruth's chosen Confirmation saint, so it was lovely to see her dressed as her patroness. Mary Rose was St. Constance, who prayed to St. Agnes asking that she be rid of the disease that caused her to have spots all over her face. She was so disfigured she wore a veil over her face to hide them, but St. Agnes interceded for her and she was cured. Lydia was St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church. I think Lydia was pleased to choose a saint that allowed her to carry two of her favorite things - a book and a feather. Michael is an easy one to guess - St. Damien of Molokai. He was a priest to the leper outcasts in Hawaii until he died himself of the disease. It was fascinating to read some of his life story and how Robert Louis Stevenson passionately defended him when he was criticized by some Protestant clergy. You must see the truly amazing photograph of St. Damien on his deathbed along with the newly canonized St. Marianne Cope.
We naturally read about the saints throughout the year but it's always such a powerful visual seeing the children in their various costumes - such a wide range of centuries and countries and vocations represented. Contrasts such as the lowly Bernadette and the queenly St. Elizabeth, the wise and learned doctors and the humble fishermen and carpenter, the Roman martyrs of old and the recent Christeros who made the ultimate sacrifice, the young and the old, childhood saints and converted sinners. It's great fun to see all the creativity of costumes but is also very edifying to have a peek at a tiny portion of the vastness and diversity and greatness of the Church Triumphant. So much suffering and hardship and sacrifice. So much holiness. Such closeness to God. So very many role models to choose from. So many available intercessors to pray for us. So many unique examples of ways to live out the Christian life and achieve the ultimate goal for which we hope and strive. Truly it is a most inspiring time of year as we celebrate this great feast of All Saints.
On this great Feast of All Saints we are happy to once again announce that we will be hosting an Artist Trading Card swap: For All the Saints!
Artist Trading Cards are tiny pieces of original artwork that are created for the purpose of trading with others.
Everyone is invited to make and trade ATC's of their favorite saints as we celebrate the Church Triumphant during the month of November.
An ATC is precisely
2.5" x 3.5" (6.35 x 8.89 cm) in size - you can cut your own from larger pieces of paper or buy ready made cards at a
craft or art supply store if you prefer.
Card stock, heavy watercolor paper or any sturdy paper is good. We
usually cut ours from watercolor paper or bristol - a 9x12" sheet will
give you ten cards. Their small size makes them fun and non-intimidating
to work with, and of course a perfect size for trading.
Embellishing the back side of the cards is almost as much fun as designing the front. Additional symbols, prayers, biographical facts or quotes from the saints can be added as desired along with info about the artist.
Artwork can be of any media or combination thereof -watercolors,
acrylics, ink, colored pencil, calligraphy - whatever you like.
For the past three years we have been hosting ATC swaps here at Pondered in My Heart, with Marian themed artwork in May and All Saints in November. We have some artists that have been participating since our very first swap and we have new folks joining in each time as well. We know people have connected with each other through the swaps with long lasting friendships and pen pal relationships. My family always enjoys seeing the familiar names and artwork of favorite long time swappers as well the excitement of anticipating new ones. If you always wanted to join a swap, here's your chance. Don't be shy! It's lots of fun!
Artists of all ages, from young children to grown ups, are invited to participate. Artists of all abilities are welcome, but everyone is encouraged to do good work. Even if you don't think you are good at drawing (I'm not!) (really - just ask my kids!), there are still lots of creative ways to put together a beautiful ATC to delight someone else and honor the saints. You can look at posts from our previous swaps or visit around the internet for loads of ATC inspiration.
The swap will work the same way as our other swaps have. Here are the details:
Each participant will create five ATC's to mail out and will receive
five different cards from five different artists in return.
Everyone will send their cards to me. I will sort them out roughly
by age group/ability of the creator, and then mail the cards back out to their
new recipients. When you mail your cards to me, please include a
self-addressed stamped envelope that I can use to send your new cards to
you. (Note: as I collect all the cards and do the exchanging, no one else will see your full name and address unless you choose to put your personal info on the backs of your cards.)
International swappers are most welcome! It's always extra fun to receive cards from a far away place.
The swap is open to all ages. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to sit
down and create some lovely artwork alongside your children.
Each card should be labeled on the back with the creator's name and
however much info you'd like to share - age (for the kids), date, title
of the piece, media used, and location if you like. Some participants
look to connect with others for possible pen pals and the like, so you
are welcome to include more personal info if you wish, but it is not
If you are interested in participating please send me an email at
kimberlee (at) beadsofmercy (dot) com, and put ATC swap in the subject,
and I will send you further information. Anyone can join in and
definitely the more the merrier!
Please mail your cards to me postmarked by Monday, November 19th
If you have a blog, please feel free to spread the word and you can grab this image if you like: (thank you Anna Ruth!)
Mary Rose and Lydia are at it again! It's November, and National Novel Writing Month has just begun! 'Thirty days and nights of literary abandon', or 1, 667 words a day for a whole month of frenzied writing. They both won last year and had a blast doing it, and this time Kateri will be joining them for as much 'noveling' as a six year old bibliophile can manage.
It's not too late to join in the fun and sign up to write a novel in a month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in its entirety during the month of November. Young writers can set their own word count goal. You don't have to submit your actual writing to the NaNo site, but by signing up and entering your daily word counts you can track your progress to see how you're doing, as well as gain access to writers' forums, local events, tips and tools and pep talks from other authors. It's all a grand and exciting time and you have nothing to lose by trying!
Remember, O Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life: God to glorify - Jesus to imitate - The Angels and Saints to invoke - A soul to save - A body to mortify - Sins to expiate - Virtues to acquire - Hell to avoid - Heaven to gain - Eternity to prepare for - Time to profit by - Neighbors to edify - The world to despise - Devils to combat - Passions to subdue - Death perhaps to suffer - Judgment to undergo.
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