Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival


Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks once again to RAnn for hosting every week!

Semper Gaudete!: Writing VS. Posting

Semper Gaudete!: Spiritual Communion

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week











Spiritual Communion

Not far from my house is a bakery, and when the wind is right,
I catch the scent of cookies when I am sitting on my porch. I sniff the air, the better to enjoy the smell. And I do take great pleasure in the scent of cookies, the spicy, sweet, buttery, vanilla-y scent. Yet with the pleasure is also the desire. I don't want to merely smell
those cookies. I want to eat at least a few of them!
This can, in a way, be compared to Spiritual Communion. I get great joy from an Act of Spiritual Communion, yet each Spiritual Communion makes me long to receive the Body of Our Lord.
The difference between smelling cookies and making an Act of Spiritual Communion is that
my body gains nothing by smelling cookies, but my soul gains much with each Spiritual Communion.

Books Read in the Past Week


"Little House by Boston Bay"
"On Tide Mill Lane"
"The Road From Roxbury"
"Across The Puddingstone Dam"
by Melissa Wiley
(children's fiction, historical)
["Little House: The Charlotte Years"]


"Say Yes To Tomorrow"
by Dale Evans Rogers
with Floyd W. Thatcher
(non-fiction, Christian [Protestant] )

"A Vicarage Family"
by Noel Streatfeild
(autobiography)




















Writing VS. Posting

I can't begin to count the blog posts I've written that never got published. Then there are all the posts I started to write, which never got finished. Sometimes it's because the post doesn't really say what I want to say. Sometimes, I feel that the post is poorly written. Sometimes, after I start the post, I'm not sure where to go with it, how to finish it.
And sometimes, I just

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks once again to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: Gotta Conserve Energy!

Semper Gaudete!: A Bit Anachronistic

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week


Sundays:
"Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence
The Secret of Peace and Happiness"
by Father John Baptiste St. Jure, S.J.
(Part 1)
and Blessed Claude de la Columbiere, S.J. (Part 2)
Translated by Prof. Paul Garvin

"Wilfulness and its Consequences"
{British spelling}
by Mary Elizabeth Herbert
(fiction)
[e-book]

Weekdays
"Dear Papa"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
(fiction, Christian [Protestant] themes)

"Peace Comes To The Chalet School"
by Katherine Bruce
(children's fiction)
[fill-in]
"Three Go To The Chalet School"
"The Chalet School and the Island"
"Peggy of The Chalet School"
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
(children's fiction)


A Bit Anachronistic

Since I've just added "The Wedding At Cana" by Paolo Veronese to my Rosary Pictures collection, I thought I'd share an appropriate post from one of my old blogs.

I've seen more than one meditation on the 2nd Luminous Mystery (The Wedding at Cana) where we are told to think of a Jewish wedding, the music, the dancing. Well, that makes my meditation on that Mystery a bit anachronistic. When I think of a Jewish wedding, the music, the dancing, I think "Hava Nagila"!

Gotta Conserve Energy!

This is Saturday, and on Saturday I usually do my laundry.
Not this week, though! We are having a heat wave, and that means more air conditioners and fans are being used all over Brooklyn. So THAT means we are being asked NOT to use washers, dryers, and so on.
Several neighborhoods have had power outages, and I sure don't want that. No power would mean no radio, no coffee, no computer, and, worst of all, no TV!
Why do I say, "Worst of all, no TV"???
Well, no TV would mean no EWTN!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Semper Gaudete!: All-Of-A-Kind Family Family Connection?

Semper Gaudete!: Another Collection (Religious)

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week










Books Read in the Past Week


WEEKDAYS
"Papa's Wife"
"Papa's Daughter"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
(fiction; Christian [Protestant] themes)
{I've replaced my falling-apart paperback copies of these two books with hardcover copies in the original dust jackets.}

"Hobby Collections A~Z "
by Roslyn W. Salny
(children's book, non-fiction)



Another Collection (Religious)

I started a collection
of pictures depicting the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary yesterday. This collection is completely separate from my Vintage Media collection.

All-Of-A-Kind Family Family Connection?

This post is adapted from a post in one of my old blogs.

I recently re-read Sydney Taylor's "All-Of-A-Kind Family" series.
Last year, I came across this website.
The second picture shows the family so familiar to the readers of the series, but it is the picture on top that means even more to me. You see, my Baba came from the same place as the grandparents in that picture, and she was born in 1902. Could at least some members of their family and mine have known each other?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today, the monks who make Mystic Monk coffee must be celebrating big time! After all, they are Carmelites, and this is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
So which of their coffees did I have this morning? This one, of course!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks once again to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: Independence Day

Semper Gaudete!: This Is Absolutely Heartbreaking!!!!!

Semper Gaudete!: Fibber McGee and Molly

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week


"New Horizons"
"Visitor From The Sea"
by Dorothy Simpson
(children's fiction)

"When Sparrows Fall"
by Meg Moseley
(Christian fiction [Protestant])
{characters are not in a mainstream church}
Author's Website

"The Complete Book of Collecting Hobbies"
by Wm. Paul Bricker
(non-fiction)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fibber McGee and Molly

I've just added an episode of "Fibber McGee and Molly" from 1939 to my Vintage Media collection.
I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that it didn't include the running gag about Fibber's closet, but after doing some online research, I discovered that the closet gag wasn't introduced until 1940.
Hobbies can be educational, as well as fun!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This Is Absolutely Heartbreaking!!!!!


Click
HERE
for an article from the National Catholic Register.
I know I'm not the only one who is heartsick, but heartsick over this.
But is there anything, anything whatsoever to be thankful for in this situation?
Yes, actually, there is.
Thank God for all those who will now be praying harder than ever for John Corapi, and thank God for all the angels and saints fighting for him.
Satan will NOT have the last word!!!

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.






Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

Yes, this is Independence Day, but perhaps, in another sense, it
is also Dependence day. We, in the United States of America, have the blessings of freedom; that is our independence. But may we never forget that we are also dependent. We depend on God for everything.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Books Read in the Past Week


Weekdays:
"All-Of-A-Kind Family Uptown"
"Ella of All-Of-A-Kind Family"
by Sydney Taylor
(children's fiction)

"The Island's True Child
A Memoir of Growing Up On Criehaven"
by Dorothy Simpson
with additional text by her niece, Dorothy Elisabeth Simpson.
(biography/autobiography)
After Dorothy Simpson's death, her unpublished manuscripts were given to her niece, who writes in the forward:
"I was so moved by this story of my grandfather and his family that I had to share it with others.
Because Aunt Dot was such a skillful writer, we had to do very little to get her manuscript into publishable shape."

"The Honest Dollar"
"A Lesson For Janie"
"A Matter Of Pride"
by Dorothy Simpson
(children's fiction)

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes,
anecdotes, recipes]
{July chapter only}