Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival




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

Semper Gaudete!: Prayers Requested

Semper Gaudete!: Bad Moods

Semper Gaudete!: 45 Years Ago Today

Semper Gaudete!: Yes, I Felt The Earthquake on Tuesday

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week




Books Read in the Past Week


"Mama's Way"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
(non-fiction, Christian [Protestant])


"Here's Lily!"
"Lily Robbins M.D. (Medical Dabbler)"
"Lily and the Creep"
by Nancy Rue
(children's fiction, Christian [Protestant])



"Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle"
by Betty MacDonald
"Mrs Piggle-Wiggle's Magic"
(children's fiction)
[online; borrowed from Open Library]

"Ginnie and the New Girl"
by Catherine Woolley
(children's fiction)

"Pollyanna's Western Adventure"
by Harriet Lummis Smith
(children's fiction)

Prayers Requested

Fr. Anthony Mary has asked us to pray for Fr. Dominic Mary's father, Ron Garner, who suffered a massive heart attack Thursday night. Praying!
(I tweeted this yesterday, but somehow forgot to blog it!)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yes, I Felt The Earthquake on Tuesday

I was having a little snack of lightly salted potato chips dipped in cream cheese (I love using just plain cream cheese as a dip), and a glass of seltzer when I felt the chair move a little bit. It lasted for less than a minute.
We've had MUCH worse shaking when there's been construction work nearby, especially when the workers are digging foundations.

B b but w w with th th this ear ear earth qu qu quake, th th the h h house j j just
sh sh shook a a a b b bit.
Thank God it wasn't any w w worse!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

45 Years Ago Today





Somewhere in that vast crowd is.... ME!!!!! Yes, at the age of almost-thirteen, I saw
The Beatles live in concert. I do not claim to have heard them! All I heard was
the
 "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!"
of all those screaming teens and pre-teens (myself included!)













Monday, August 22, 2011

Bad Moods

I started this day in a bad, lousy, grumpy, grouchy, feh
mood. (Not exactly what you expect to read on my blog, is it?)
The problem actually started yesterday afternoon, although I didn't know it at the time. I had my usual Sunday afternoon nap, and then went on with my day.
Well, this morning I woke up at 6:20, which is almost an hour later than I usually do. I had forgotten to reset the clock radio after my nap. If there is one think I do NOT like, it is oversleeping.
Even after praying, I felt grumpy. I knew I should be playing my Gratitude Attitude game,
but it just wasn't working. So finally, I prayed, "Lord, help me to find SOMETHING to be thankful for."
And almost immediately, I had it, and I laughed out loud. I could be thankful that bad moods don't last!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival


Join me and a growing list of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting!


Semper Gaudete!: Priest Assaulted

Semper Gaudete!: Windstorm

Semper Gaudete!: All My Bibles

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week



"The Secret of the Rosary"
by St. Louis De Montfort
Translator: Mary Barbour, T.O.P
(non-fiction, Catholic)

"The Hamiltons, or Sunshine in Storm"
by Cora Berkley
(Catholic fiction)
[e-book]

"The Girls of Mrs. Pritchard's School"
by L.T. Meade
(teenage fiction)

"A Room Made of Windows"
"Julia and the Hand of God"
"That Julia Redfern"
"Julia's Magic"
"The Private Worlds of Julia Redfern"
by Eleanor Cameron
(children's fiction)

{I plan, or perhaps I should say hope,
to make a separate post about the chronology
of the Julia Redfern series sometime next
week.)




All My Bibles

This is a post from one of my old blogs.
I have so many Bibles, in so many translations, it's not funny. Fine Art Bibles, pocket-sized Bibles, medium-sized Bibles, One-Year Bibles, devotional Bibles, study Bibles, leather Bibles, imitation leather Bibles, hardcover Bibles, paperback Bibles.
Somehow, though, I always end up going back to my Ignatius Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition paperback Bible, which I got by mail order on May 1st, 1998. (I put the date in the front cover when I received it.)
This Bible is well-worn and well-marked; in fact, it may be a bit over-marked! I think I've used, at one time or another, almost every Bible-marking system there is. Circling, stars, dots, color-coding, highlighting, even VERY simple symbols. {that system didn't last very long!}In fact, the only system I haven't used is underlining. I don't like underlining as a marking system, but that's just my personal taste.


Windstorm

We had a windstorm last evening, an absolutely awesome
windstorm. The trees waved their branches in a wild ballet. One leaf broke loose and
plastered itself onto the window screen.
And as I watched, a line from my favorite hymn came into my mind:
"Thou rushing wind that art so strong"

Friday, August 19, 2011

Priest Assaulted

Fr. Anthony Mary spoke about this tragic situation at this morning's Mass on EWTN, and asked that we pray for Fr. Isi, and for
his attackers.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



Join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Thanks to RAnn for hosting!


Semper Gaudete!: "Are You A Christian?"


Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week



"Project: GENIUS"
"Project: SCOOP"
by William D. Hayes
[children's fiction]

"Ginnie and Geneva"
"Ginnie Joins In"
by Catherine Woolley
[children's fiction]
(online; borrowed from Open Library)

("Little Sioux Girl"
by Lois Lenski
[children's fiction]
(online; borrowed from Open Library)


"Never Go Anywhere With Digby"
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
[children's fiction]

"A Lemon and a Star"
by E.C. Spykman
[children's fiction]

"The Woman At The Well"
by Dale Evans Rogers
(autobiography, Christian [Protestant])


"Are You A Christian?"

I'd like to share something that happened less than a year after
my conversion to Catholicism.
I was on the train one afternoon when a girl in her mid-to-late teens walked into the car with some tracts, or pamphlets. She approached the woman sitting right across from me and said,
"I hope you don't mind my asking, but are you a Christian?"
"No," said the woman, "I'm a Catholic."
I didn't know whether to cry, or throw up! I wanted to say something, but I wasn't sure I had the right words. While I waited for the girl to reach me, I prayed for the right words, and for the guts to speak them.
After awhile, the girl came to me, and asked me the same question.
I answered, "Yes, I am a Christian. I'm a Catholic." It was just a little thing, but
I'll always be glad I spoke up.
You can be a Christian without being a Catholic, but you can't be a
Catholic without being a Christian.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets. Many thanks to RAnn for hosting.

Semper Gaudete!: Is It EVER Justifiable For Someone To Have An Abortion?

Semper Gaudete!: I Miss WRITING!!!

Semper Gaudete!: Open Library

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week








Books Read in the Past Week



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

"Ellen Tebbits"
"Otis Spofford"
by Beverly Cleary
(children's fiction)
[among my childhood favorites]
{In "Otis Spofford", we are told that Otis
lived in an apartment building with his mother.
The absence of his father is never explained.
I doubt that his parents were divorced or separated; such
issues were not discussed in children's books when this book was
written.

"To Teach, To Love"
by Jesse Stuart
[autobiography]

Open Library

I now have an account at Open Library. This allows me to read online books which are not in the Public Domain. However,
just as with a physical, carry-books-home library, there is a due date!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Miss WRITING!!!

I'm not talking/writing about the CREATIVE act of writing. No. What I miss is the PHYSICAL act of writing, writing  with a pen. Yes, in spite of my dysgraphia, which makes it so hard, almost impossible, for me to write legibly, I miss the feel of a pen in my hand, the sound of a pen scritch-scratching, and tip-tapping on paper. I even (almost!)  miss the writer's cramp. 
Oh, I'm not saying anything against the convenience of writing on the computer, and
being able to delete a word, a sentence, a paragraph and start over without wasting paper. And I'm most definitely not saying anything against being able to choose not only the words,
but the fonts, the sizes, the colors. No. After a lifetime of struggling with my
penmanship, it is a pleasure, a great pleasure, to be able to control the appearance of my writing.
And I have to admit that I like the feel of my fingers on the keyboard.


The above post was taken, slightly modified, from one of my old blogs.

Is It EVER Justifiable For Someone To Have An Abortion?

Is it ever justifiable for someone to have an abortion? The answer, believe it or not, is YES. Oh, I can almost hear the gasps and see the heads shaking in disbelief.
But yes, it is justifiable and sometimes even advisable for someone to have an abortion...
in a fictitious work whose purpose is to send a strong PRO-LIFE message.
I have read many moral stories written to teach children not to lie. In almost every

one of these tales, at least one child tells at least one lie, with severe, sometimes even
tragic, consequences. I wonder how many real children were kept from lying by reading these stories.
In the same way, a story in which someone has an abortion, and then suffers in some way because
of it, could very well serve as a deterrent to an actual abortion. An actual abortion is never justifiable.