I am a Jewish convert to Catholicism, blogging on a variety of subjects.
The motto for this blog is:
"Rejoice always, pray constantly,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition.
I've just prayed Evening Prayer 1 for the First Sunday in Advent.
And so begins another liturgical year, another cycle.
I love Advent. It's such a thoughtful, joyful time of preparation. I love that we
have different seasons, and ordinary time, too.
I'm including links to a couple of Advent calendars.
Adapted, renamed, and greatly expanded from a short post in one of my old blogs.
I have a prayer veil, which I purchased from EWTN's online religious store.
I wear it at these times:
1: When I am able to get to Mass.
2: When I watch the live Mass on EWTN.
3: When I watch Benediction and Devotions, Sunday evenings on EWTN.
4: When I pray the Liturgy of the Hours.
I know that it isn't strictly necessary for me to wear this prayer veil, but I think it is a beautiful custom; it enhances the mitzvah.
(I love that Jewish word, mitzvah, and praying is definitely a mitzvah!)
This morning I heard someone on the radio say that this is a day dedicated to eating.
Now, I have nothing against special foods on special days; I think they enhance the celebration,
but it's not the food, or even the gathering around the table, that matters most. What matters, what we should focus on, is the reason for the meal. And the reason for the meal is right there in the name of the holiday.
Yesterday morning, I knocked over a canister of coffee... a full canister! About half of it wound up in the kitchen sink. Aaarrrggghhhh!!!
Well, I had a choice. I could cry over spilt coffee, or I find something to be thankful for.
I found two, actually.
1: Thank God it went into the sink and not on the floor, because it
was easier to clean the sink.
2: Thank God only HALF of it got spilled.
But the coffee adventures weren't quite over.
I made a cup of coffee, poured it, let it cool a bit, and then took that first
sip. You may have seen some mushrooms described as edible, but not palatable. Change "edible" to
"drinkable", and you'll get a pretty good idea of how my coffee tasted. Pretty bad!
Time to clean the coffee maker! I like to use apple cider vinegar. (Thank God for that aroma of apples!)
Later, I dumped the vinegar, saying to myself, "Don't forget to run fresh water
through the coffee maker."
But, guess what! I forgot until this morning! Thank God I remembered before making my morning coffee.
So, I ran 3 cups of fresh water through the coffee maker. Then, I smelled the basket... and
ran 3 more cups through!
Then, I made my coffee (at last!)
Guess what I received in today's snail mail?
An invitation to join the most hypocritically named organization in the world...
I responded, using their own business reply envelope, that I am 100% per cent
opposed to everything they stand for, and I told them not to ever contact me
again. Usually, if I don't wish any further mailings from anyone, I say,
"Please remove me from your mailing list. Thank you."
This time, I didn't bother with "please" and "thank you".
Oh, and I didn't put a stamp on the envelope. Let them lose a little
money, even if it's only a few cents.
I've decided that if they do contact me again, I will mark the envelope "Return
to Sender. I am 100% PRO=LIFE!"
This is the perfect day to reprint this post from one of my old blogs.
I came across this story a few years ago. I'm not sure if it is true.
An elderly woman approached her priest and asked, "Father, is it true that anything touched by a Saint is considered a relic?" "Yes," said the priest, "anything definitely known to have been touched by a Saint would be considered a Third Class relic." And the old lady said, "Well! I was once spanked by Mother Cabrini!"
That's one relic I would not care to kiss!
Okay, I admit it...wait a minute! Why am I saying "I admit it?"You "admit it" when
you've done something wrong, or when you feel sort of embarrassed to say something publicly.
Okay, so this isn't an admission. It's a statement, an announcement.
I love watching "The Donut Man" on EWTN. I was watching this morning, and when he did "Cast Your Burden (Hiya, Hiya) with the Donut Repair Club, well, I was on my feet making all the motions with them, maybe not perfectly, but I was having a great time!
Rob Evans (The Donut Man) is a former non-denominational layminister who joined the Catholic Church several years ago. He shared the story of his conversion several years ago on The Journey Home
Thank God for archived shows!
And ya gotta love Duncan!