Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baby Joseph Has Gone To Heaven

Read Fr. Frank Pavone's statement here.

Perhaps we can now consider Baby Joseph an unofficial Patron Saint
of the Pro-Life movement.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



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

Semper Gaudete!: Expanding My Collection

Semper Gaudete!: "Francie Nolan" Trees

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week



Books Read in the Past Week

"Beany and the Beckoning Road"
by Lenora Mattingly Weber
(teen fiction)

"Children of the Series
& How They Grew
or A Century of Heroines & Heroes,
Romantic, Comic, Moral"
by Faye R. Kensinger
(nonfiction)
{I've discovered, through this book, several series
I'd like to read.  Thank God, many of them are available
online for free.}



"Francie Nolan" Trees



There are several "Francie Nolan" trees outside my window. Oh, that 

is not their official, botanical name. It is what I call them because that
is the species of tree Betty Smith used to symbolize Francie Nolan in
"A Tree Grows In Brooklyn."
Sometimes, when I look at those trees, I imagine that they are
palm trees on a tropical island. And, in fact, they are on an island.
After all, Brooklyn is, geographically, a part of Long Island.

Expanding My Collection

I've expanded my Rosary Pictures collection to include icons.
I may, at some future time, also include online images of stained glass windows.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pencil or Pen?



When I was in third grade, our teacher, Mrs. Berk, began teaching us to write in script. Several days later, she realized that she had gotten ahead of herself; script wasn't supposed to be taught until the FOURTH grade. This mistake was understandable; Mrs. Berk had, until that year, taught the fourth grade.
We wrote in pencil in those days, but Mrs. Berk decided that anyone who learned to write script well (meaning legibly) would be allowed to use a pen as a reward.
Nobody, back then, had heard of dysgraphia.
Years later, another teacher, whose name I've forgotten, asked what we would do differently if we were teachers. I told her that if I were teaching children to write in script, I would not reward the kids who had good penmanship by allowing them to use pens instead of pencils. I would teach them to use the pen first, and after that I would teach them script.
"That's not very important," the teacher sniffed.
"Oh, yes it is," I said, "if you're the only one in the class
still using a pencil."

Fr. Pavone appeals suspension by his bishop to Rome :: EWTN News

Fr. Pavone appeals suspension by his bishop to Rome :: EWTN News

I am very saddened by Fr. Frank's suspension,
but I am even more uplifted by his obedience.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival



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

Semper Gaudete!: Ordinary Things, Not An Ordinary Day

Semper Gaudete!: Spiritual Communion Prayer

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week


Books Read in the Past Week



"Dandelion Wine"
by Ray Bradbury
(fiction)

"Don't Get Perconel With a Chicken"
(children's writings, both non-fiction
and fiction, compiled by H. Allen Smith)

"Spencer's Mountain"
by Earl Hamner Jr.
(fiction)

"Meet The Malones"
by Lenora Mattingly Weber
(teen fiction)


Spiritual Communion Prayer

I love the Spiritual Communion prayer during the Mass
on EWTN. Right after that prayer, I pray silently, "My Jesus, I unite this
Spiritual Communion to all the sacramental Communions received this day
in the State of Grace. I wish to make reparation for all sacrilegious communions,
and for all the neglects, abuses, and outrages You suffer in this Sacrament of Your Love."

Ordinary Things, Not An Ordinary Day




Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. That morning, I was warming up some biscuits. This was such a normal, ordinary thing for me to do. So was turning on the radio, but that day, for some reason, I didn't turn it on until it was time for Dan Daniel (Dandy Dan Daniel, Daniel Daniel Daniel, Triple D) to play the Backwards Oldie. This was a contest they had every morning around 9:00
on WCBS-FM. The beginning of a record would be played backwards, and the
listeners would try to identify the song.
About the first thing I heard was Dandy Dan telling us that there would be
no backwards oldie that day. I took out my biscuits, and wondered why.

I had just bitten into a warm, well-margarined biscuit when I found out why we weren't getting the backwards oldie that day. I rushed, biscuit in hand, to turn on the TV (but did not shut off the radio.).
It was a long time before I could eat biscuits again.











Saturday, September 3, 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!: Mizzled/Misled:

Semper Gaudete!: Litany of Loreto

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week



Books Read in the Past Week


"Pollyanna in Hollywood"
"Pollyanna's Castle in Mexico"
by Elizabeth Borton
(children's fiction)

"Margaret"
by Janette Sebring Lowrey
(teen fiction)
{The author also wrote a book I've loved
since my nursery school days:
"The Poky Little Puppy"}

"The Smallest Boy In The Class"
by Jerrold Beim
(children's fiction)
{Open Library Loan}


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



Litany of Loreto

Of all the titles given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in The Litany
of Loreto, my favorite is "Cause Of Our Joy".
I sometimes think about that when I'm meditating on the Annunciation.

Mizzled/Misled

I found it interesting, almost fascinating, that both Lenora Mattingly Weber's Stacy Belford and Eleanor Cameron's Julia Redfern pronounced "misled" as "mizzled". In each case, the pronunciation is considered to be wrong.
Well, I did a little research (I love searching Google and Google books!) and
(see third entry)



So they weren't so far wrong after all. And now that I think of it, I like mizzled better than misled.