I'm hearing- My three big girls are engaged in the most animated conversation - they tell me they are playing a game of 'Boast'. Upon further inquiry I learn this involves 'telling tales of obscure historical photographs, stories or oil paintings and the point is to try and tell one that the others don't already know about and will think is amazing.' Example:
Once upon a time there was a German priest in Japan...
We all know that one!
Once upon a time I read this book about a bunch of German prisoners in Pennsylvania and some priest or other would go and do things for them and so three of them who were seminarians after they went home to Germany they sent him a stole...
You made that up!
I didn't make it up! It was hand embroidered...That was such a good story...
My children never cease to entertain me.
So thankful for: Eliza's recent good check up at the cardiologist (he said her heart is working well!), the retreat day enjoyed by the menfolk at church on Saturday, and how much we are enjoying our new deck-
Having a pleasant place to sit outside together in the evenings is so lovely! You know, building the culture through furnishings and all that - it's really true. :-)
Thinking about- The guys gave us a little summary of their retreat topic of everyday moral decisions for Catholic men, covering the three temptations of concupiscence (the flesh), the world and the devil. Interesting discussions continue throughout the family.
From the kitchen- Fall fare like rice pudding and chocolate pudding, apple puff pancakes for breakfast, pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Still able to run out to the garden for quarts of cherry tomatoes for lunch every day but beginning to add soups into the menus for supper too.
In the learning house - We're in our sixth week-
Living the Liturgical Year - Quite a week just passed, with St. Michael (we have two Michaels in the house!), St. Jerome, the Guardian Angels (we have nine of those!), St. Therese (two of those too!), and St. Francis (we have his relic here on our altar!).
Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (and we celebrated it as an external solemnity at Sunday's Mass as well) commemorating the great victory at the Battle of Lepanto. I read Chesterton's poem aloud to the family yesterday as is our tradition; actually I read it twice as I gave a repeat recitation when a friend came by for tea in the evening (on the deck!). It is one of my most favorite poems to read aloud. I would like to memorize it, but that would likely be some doing for this old brain...
I found it interesting that the collect for the Mass in the Ordinary Form is the ending part of the Angelus prayer:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
While the collect for Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) is the prayer we use at the conclusion of the rosary:
O God, whose only-begotten Son by His life, death and resurrection, purchased for us the rewards of eternal life: grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating upon these mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ Our Lord...
October is also the month dedicated to Our Lady and the holy rosary. We were very happy to get our outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother repainted and looking nice just in time for the start of October. We had never repaired her since she was stolen back in 2009, so it was certainly time.
A few plans for the rest of the week- It's almost time for a little fall break...
Two picture thoughts-