Monday, November 28, 2011
From her I got the idea of wrapping the books to open and read, one a day. It didn't happen this year because some little people used all my purple wrapping paper for birthday presents. :-)
For a while I would get a new title for each child on St. Nicholas' feast day, so we have a good collection of Christmas books. Now Jessica is hosting a link-up so we can share!
Here are some of our favorites (this year, at least!).
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry. We have the beautiful version illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.
Jacob's Gift: The handiwork, the sacrifice, the humble generosity.
We Three Kings, for Gennady Spirin's illustrations and the scrolling carol in all five verses.
Bright Christmas, from an angel's perspective.
The Donkey's Dream, a lovely and gentle intro to Marian / Christological imagery.
I grew up with Douglas Gorsline's illustration of The Night Before Christmas.
King of the Stable, if only for the look on that boy's face on the cover! (But not only for that!)
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. I can't believe there was a time when I didn't know about this book.
The Crippled Lamb, a touching favorite.
Santa's Favorite Story, when Santa takes a rest and tells where Christmas came from. The little ones love it.
They also, having sweet tooths all, love The Candymaker's Gift and want to try to make candy canes this year!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
O God Jesus, whose loving heart was ever troubled by the sorrows of others, look with pity on the souls of our dear ones in Purgatory. O Thou who didst “love thine own” hear our cry for mercy, and grant that those whom thou hast called from our homes and hearts may soon enjoy everlasting rest in the home of thy love in heaven. Amen.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Think of it as the sort of encyclopedia from the days when all we had were books ... when you would sit down to look up facts about the moon and get pulled into other sections because they were so fascinating.
Of course, when you have a two thousand year old institution whose goal is to help get us to Heaven, they don’t think quite the way we do about organization.
The Catechism is arranged in four main sections that are often called the “Four Pillars” of the Faith:
- The Profession of Faith (the Apostle’s Creed)
- The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (the Sacred Liturgy, especially the sacraments)
- Life in Christ (including The Ten Commandments in Catholic theology)
- Christian Prayer (including The Lord’s Prayer)
Interesting for me also was the following about the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur:
A word of warning though ... if you see a book that only has a Nihil Obstat, be cautious. It may be in error. This happened in the 1960s a lot and some of those books contained incorrect material, even heretical material. You need the double-check system to be sure something didn’t slip by someone. That is why if one bishop gave the Nihil Obstat, another bishop has to give the Imprimatur.I had been taught pretty much the reverse: that you really need to make sure that a book has the Nihil Obstat to make sure that no error has slipped in because 1) the words nihil obstat "nothing hinders" are what means the book is free from error, and 2) it's happened from time to time that a heterodox (or just careless?) bishop gives permission (imprimatur, "let it be printed") for something with moral or doctrinal error to be published. (No examples, just that's what I was told.)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The day I turned 34 was Black Friday that year. I had a four-month-old baby--it had been my seventh pregnancy. And that day I read a story about some Black Friday casualties: namely, a 34-year-old man (a Wal-Mart worker) crushed to death at opening time.
But forcing retail store workers, many of them paid only minimum wage, to leave their families during the Thanksgiving feast so they can prepare to be trampled even earlier than usual by bargain-crazed lunatics drunk on consumption and filled with greed, competitiveness, and a level of hostility usually seen only on the battlefield doesn't even begin to be justifiable on the grounds of charity or human decency. In fact, it's just the opposite; it's a decision by the multinationalist corporate owners to pander to the worst qualities of present-day Americans--and if they were doing it on purpose to hasten America's downfall they could hardly have planned a better strategy.I'm glad the workers are speaking up for themselves. But as consumers we need to do our part. We have a lot more say about whether we show up to Black Friday-- now becoming Black Thursday--sales than the retail workers do. Erin Manning nailed it when she said these stores are "pandering to our worst qualities." And also, I daresay, exploiting the desperation of those trying to make ends meet. Because, let's face it, when you're trying to live on a budget, and still be generous with your family, some of those deals look pretty tempting.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Dropping in for a quick pic share. They're from last week; forgive me for trailing a bit.