Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My Friend Tony [old post]

And yep, I mean St. Anthony of Padua, whose Feast is today!
How many times have people prayed some version of the prayer:
"Tony, Tony, come around.
Something's lost and must be found"?
I know St. Anthony is ALWAYS helping me find stuff.
Years ago, when I had just recently converted to Catholicism, I called
Mom at work (It was her usual break time.)
Mom said, "I can't talk right now. We're missing an important file and
we've looked all over for it."
"Okay," I said, "call me back when it turns up."
Well, within five minutes she called me. The file had been found.
"Aren't you going to thank me?" I asked.
"Thank you? What for? You're not even here."
"I know," I said, "but who do you think prayed to St. Anthony?"
More recently, I was chatting with a couple of my online friends, and
one of them was going slightly nuts because she had misplaced something, and couldn't find it anywhere. I said a prayer to St. Anthony, and then typed,
"Try looking again."
She didn't want to, but I persuaded her. And then she typed, in caps
"I FOUND IT!!!!!!"
I wasn't a bit surprised!
Does St. Anthony ALWAYS get lost articles back for me? Well, almost! One morning I couldn't find my Rosary. I looked. I prayed. To my surprise, I still did
not find it. But later that morning, I received a brand-new, beautiful Rosary from a Catholic organization. I'm almost SURE I heard St. Anthony chuckling.
BTW, the lost Rosary did turn up eventually.
Of course, there's much more to St. Anthony than just running the Lost and Found! :)

Updated in 2013 to add Fr. Anthony's very inspirational homily.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Anniversary


Some of you may remember the time when I was trying... oh, was I trying... to form a good, active online group, but with no success, until................

I just needed to find a really good, reliable host site.




That was four years ago today, and The Share-Care-Prayer Club is still going strong, with over 700 members.

I'm not bragging, but I most definitely AM thankful.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sample Reading Lists [Updated]

Here are some strictly  hypothetical examples of how my current reading list might look at any given time.  A # means that I'm actually reading the book mentioned at the time of this writing.  Books that fit two categories are listed twice, and are marked with an asterisk. *
I'm giving the titles only.

1
The shortest list I could have... 11 books

Bible book :
Romans

Daily Devotional: 
Saint And Thought For Every Day#


Catholic spirituality or biography/autobiography:
The Story Of A Soul*

Judaica:
Try For A Dream*

Play or collection of plays:
As You Like It

Poetry:
Come Hither#

Essays:
Enjoy, Enjoy


Nonfiction:
What A Word! 

Educational:
Teach Yourself Visually Algebra

Autobiography, biography, or collection of short biographies:
The Story Of A Soul*

Fiction:
Try For A Dream*

Comic book:
Sugar And Spike Archives Vol. 1

Potpourri:
Peppermint: The Best From The Scholastic Writing Awards Junior Division#

2
The longest list I could have.... 17 books

Bible book :
Sirach

Daily Devotional: 
Saint And Thought For Every Day#


Catholic spirituality or biography/autobiography:
The Secret of the Rosary

Judaica:
The Other Side Of The Story

Play or collection of plays:
Humorous Plays For Teenagers 

Poetry:
Leaves of Grass

Essays:
Emerson's Essays


Nonfiction:
What A Word! 
Of Swedish Ways
Spice On The Wind

Educational:
Teach Yourself Visually Algebra

Autobiography, biography, or collection of short biographies:
The Alcotts As I Knew Them

Fiction:
Rose In Bloom#
How Green Was My Valley
Told Under The Stars and Stripes

Comic book:
Little Lulu In Paris

Potpourri:
A Jesse Stuart Reader

 3
A list that falls in the middle... 14  books

Bible book :
1st Corinthians

Daily Devotional: 
Saint And Thought For Every Day#


Catholic spirituality or biography/autobiography:
The Imitation of Christ

Judaica:
The Chosen

Play or collection of plays:
The Glass Menagerie#

Poetry: 
This Singing World

Essays:
Reproachfully Yours#

Nonfiction:
Why Did They Name It?
Love and Knishes

Educational:
Journey Through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics#

Autobiography, biography, or collection of short biographies:
Fifth Chinese Daughter

Fiction:
The Chosen
Told Under The Stars And Stripes

Comic book:
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told

Potpourri:
The Saturday Evening Post Treasury