Monday, March 25, 2019

Reading Can Be Prayer

Yes!  Deo Gratias!  I know this and love it.  It's called Lectio Divina, which we do all the time.  Here's an excellent article on the method:

I do add Studium because that's how Dominicans do Lectio Divina.  But many include Studium as part of either Lectio or Meditatio.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pregnant with Mary

It's that time, again. Tomorrow I'll start my nine-month novena.  Tomorrow is March 25, the Annunciation of Mary.  This is the time we recognize as the conception of Jesus.  So I pray the novena until He is born on Christmas.

Fra Angelico's the Annunciation 
Tonight is the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  I've decided to unite myself with Mary to carry Jesus inside my heart.  For nine months He will gestate.  Then December 25th, we will celebrate His coming. 

Here is a Nine Month Novena in Honor of the Virgin of the Incarnation.  It is to be prayed each day from the Solemnity of the Annunciation to the Solemnity of the Nativity: March 25--December 25.  This novena is offered for three intentions.

Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen)

O Virgin of the Incarnation, a thousand, a thousand times we praise thee, a thousand times we greet thee, for the joy thou did know when the Son of God became flesh in thy womb.  Because thou are most powerful, O Virgin Mother of God, grant what we beseech thee for the love of God: (here name the three intentions).

The Memorare

Hail Mary

May the heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world and in the hearts of all, even until the end of time.  Amen.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Manipulative Female

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has 560 pages.  I was on page 374 when I realized that I'd read this book before.

I recognized an incident but that's all.  I couldn't remember what happened or how the book ended, so I continued reading.

The story kept me up at night.  The main character, Amy, was manipulative.  She was unbelievably manipulative.  Nick is her husband.  As his lawyer once said, "You two are the most f#**ed up people I have ever met and my job is working with f#**ed up people!"

Amy meticulously faked her death to get her husband arrested and sent to prison to be executed.  For years she saved money to make her getaway good.  Unexpectedly, her money was stolen while she was on the run.  She couldn't very well call the police now, could she?  That's when I realized that I had read this book, before.  But I didn't remember how she got out of the situation.  So I read on.

She reconnected with a rich, former boyfriend.  She kills him and frames him with the crime of kidnapping her and goes back to her husband, Nick.

Nick wasn't all that forgiving until she becomes pregnant. That changed everything.  That's how the book ends.

At first, I didn't like the ending but after a few days,
I couldn't think of any other way to end it. What a book!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Apple Pie and Ice Cream

Back in the day, when I was a teenager, I thought my sister's boyfriend was everything a boyfriend should be. He told a joke that I didn't think was funny.  I laughed of course because well, he told it.   And for some reason, I've never forgotten it.  The joke goes something like this:

              A new immigrant who didn't know much English learned to ask for apple
              pie and ice cream, at the diner.  Every day he went to the diner, sat down,
             and when asked he'd respond with, "apple pie and ice cream."  This went
             on every single day.  "Apple pie and ice cream...."
              Eventually, our friend got tired of apple pie and ice cream and learned to
              order a hamburger.  The very first day he walked into the diner he sat down
              and when asked, he said, "a hamburger."  The waitress then asked him what
              he wanted on it.  The man looked confused and responded with "apple pie
              and ice cream."

I didn't think it was funny then, and I don't think it's funny now.

Well, the other day, my hubby asked me to buy a couple of lottery tickets.  I never play the lottery.  I didn't know what he was talking about  He taught me to say, "One Mega Millions and One Power Ball."  Easy peasy.

At the store, I approach the cashier and say perfectly, "One Mega Millions and One Power Ball."
But she asked me a question.  "What numbers?"

Apple pie and ice cream.

Now I get the joke.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Kids Would Harass Him

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who heads the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., is seen in this Aug. 31, 2015, photo. The archbishop also is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. (CNS photo/Lori Wood Habiger, The Leaven)
St. Ann's parochial school in Prairie Village, Kansas refused admittance to a child of the same sex couple.  As expected in this present culture of promoting the same sexuality, a public uproar arose against the Catholic Church.

You have to laugh because it's a knee-jerk reaction to anything the Church does.  People don't think; they react.  Think about it.

Why would you send your child to a school that is going to teach your child that the relationship God created for a family is a bond created by a man and a woman?  This is sacred.  What would go through the child's mind?

And even if the teachers shied away from teaching Genesis and other scripture references that refer to the bond between men and women, out of predictable controversy with same-sex parents, I think the kids would know about the issue.  Children can be cruel.  Why would parents even take the chance of subjecting their child to ridicule?

Kansas Archbishop Naumann's response in the Pilot is excellent.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Resurrection Rolls

It seems to me that at least a year ago, I made resurrection rolls and posted it here.  But I can't find it.  I can't find the recipe, either.  Going by my memory I think they are made like this:


Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

Put a marshmallow at the wide end of the crescent roll and roll up.  The marshmallow is inside.  Bake according to the directions on the Pillsbury canister. 

When eaten, the center is hallow, or empty, like Jesus' tomb.  Hence, the name--resurrection rolls.l

The trouble is I couldn't remember what size marshmallow to use.
So I experimented.  I put a large marshmallow in some and a tiny marshmallow, in others.  Neither was a success.  The rolls with the large marshmallow had the hallow center but they were a mess.  Melted marshmallow spilled out--very sticky.  The ones with the one tiny marshmallow had nothing.  So I think two marshmallows would work.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Let the Child Choose Religion When They're Grown

Think deeper.  So how about not teaching a language to your child so they can decide what language they want to speak when they get older.  Live in a boat in the middle of the ocean so your child can choose what country he wants to live in when he grows up.

Parents make all kinds of choices for their children: schooling, sports, music, friends, pets, traditions,
etc.  But not something as important as religion? 

Don't be surprised if you don't bring up your child in a religion that he will choose no religion when he's an adult. 

Reading Can Be Prayer

Yes!  Deo Gratias!  I know this and love it.  It's called Lectio Divina, which we do all the time.  Here's an excellent article...