Saturday, December 29, 2012

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Classics are marked with a *
(Some books may get both a # and a *)

"Stand Up, Lucy!"
by Elizabeth Hall
[children's fiction, historical]
{carried over from last week}

"Try Giving Yourself Away"
by David Dunn
[non-fiction]
{carried over from last week; carrying over into next week}
(This is a book that I could easily read in a couple of days,
but it is one that I like to linger over.)

"A Christmas Carol" *
by Charles Dickens
[fiction]
(my yearly December 24th 
 reading of this book!)

"By The Shores of Silver Lake"
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
[children's fiction, historical, series, autobiographical]
{carrying over into next week}

"Around the Year With the Trapp Family" #
by Maria Augusta Trapp
[non-fiction, Catholic]
(read online; Open Library Loan)

Another Sabbath Enhancement

I added, several weeks ago something new to the way I begin my Sunday, the way I welcome the Sabbath.   Now, after lighting the votive candle [electric, for safety!],  and praying, "Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has commanded us to keep holy the Sabbath day," and before praying Evening Prayer, I sing the hymn On This Day, The First of Days.



Friday, December 28, 2012

Heard On A Commercial

This morning I heard a radio commercial in which someone said that there has never been a name (or was it a word?) for the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
I guess they never heard of the Octave of Christmas.
Then again, to be fair, I didn't know about Octaves either until I became a Catholic.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Another Ancestor

I've found another one of my paternal ancestors on ancestry.com. 
Michael Keating was born, and died, in Tipperary, Ireland.

Michael Keating (1780 - )
is your 8th great grandfather
Daughter of Michael
Daughter of Johanna Judith
Son of Ellen
Daughter of Owen
Son of Mary Catherine
Son of Thomas Henry
Daughter of Michael
Son of Mary
Son of Edgar George
You are the daughter of Robert Eugene - 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I Hope It Was Wonderful

I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of Christmas.  Thank God, Christmas is a season, and not just one day!
I expressed this thought in a slightly different way last year.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Update on Deacon Bill

In his homily this morning,  (which I will post on this blog when it has been uploaded to YouTube) Fr. Joseph gave us the sad news that Deacon Bill's health has taken a turn for the worse.  Let's continue to pray for him.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Painting in Collection

I've just added this painting to my Rosary Art Collection.  In this beautiful picture, Our Lady seems to represent all mothers who have, or who will, kiss and cuddle their little babies.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'd like to invite you to join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.
Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've found some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Painting Added to Collection

Semper Gaudete!: New Page

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-12- 17 - Fr. Anthony Mary MFVA - Advent Monday

 Semper Gaudete!: New Year's Resolutions

 Semper Gaudete!: Philippines’ anti-life Reproductive Health bill passes final reading in House and Senate | LifeSiteNews.com

 Semper Gaudete!: British politician: ‘consider compulsory abortion’ for Downs babies LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: A Bit More About My "Jots of Joy" Page

 Semper Gaudete!: Addition to Break-Off Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Judge overrules Obama admin on HHS mandate | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"On The Banks of Plum Creek"
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
[children's fiction, historical, autobiographical, series]
{carried over from last week}

"The Books You Read
Business Edition"#
edited by Charles E. "T" Jones
Foreword by Og Mandino
[non-fiction]

"Phoebe Snow"
"Stand Up, Lucy!"
{carrying over into next week}
by Elizabeth Hall
[children's fiction, historical]

"Try Giving Yourself Away"
by David Dunn
{carrying over into next week}
[nonfiction]

Judge overrules Obama admin on HHS mandate | LifeSiteNews.com

Judge overrules Obama admin on HHS mandate | LifeSiteNews.com

This is not getting mentioned on my "Jots of Joy" page.  Wondering why?
Because this is NOT a "jot" of joy.    This is a mega-sized...
WOO-HOO!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Addition to Break-Off Collection

The right handle came off my glasses, and I was not able to re-attach it.  Therefore, I added it to my Break-Off Collection.  I was glad, because I hadn't found anything for the collection since  October.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Bit More About My "Jots of Joy" Page

I've decided to do a bit more with my Jots of Joy page.  Besides writing down, each day, at least one thing, one event, that made me happy, I will also, from time to time, mention something that I like.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

I've decided on my New Year's resolutions (only two) for 2013.
The first, which I've already started, is to make more frequent acts of Spiritual Communion.
The second is to read at least one classic a week.  It can be new to me, or it can be one I've read many, many times.   Children's books, such as Little Women,  Heidi, Pinocchio, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and the first two Pollyanna books DEFINITELY count.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Today's Homily - 2012-12- 17 - Fr. Anthony Mary MFVA - Advent Monday



A very comforting homily from Fr. Anthony, much needed
in the wake of the horrific events in Connecticut.

Great Picture of Fr. Miguel

I just had to share this picture of Fr. Miguel.  I hope that he'll share some more details in a future homily.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Page

A couple of years ago, I decided to have a Jolly Book like Jamie's in Pollyanna Grows Up, as an extension of my Gratitude Attitude Game. (I did not, however, call it a Jolly Book.)  Well,  it didn't work out; writing things down doesn't work very well when one has dysgraphia.
Now, two years and a couple of months later, I've revived and revised that plan.  However, this time I'm doing it online, right here on this blog.  I've made a new page called "Jots of Joy," where I will jot down, every day, at least one good thing that happened that day, at least one thing, however small, that made me happy.  In fact, I think I will record mostly small things.  After all, the name of the page is "Jots of Joy!"

Painting Added to Collection

I've just added a new painting to my Rosary Art Collection.  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Please join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.

Semper Gaudete!: Written By the Finger of God: Animals and Advent
(Shared from Anabelle's blog, with some added material on my own blog.)

Semper Gaudete!: New Image in Art Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-12-08 - Fr. Anthony Mary, MFVA -The Immaculate Con...

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 20120-12-10 - Fr. John Trigilio, Ph D., Th. D. - Persev...

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-12-11 - Fr. John Trigilio, Ph D., Th. D. - St. Je...

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012 12 12 Fr John Trigilio Ph D Th D Our Lady of Guadalupe

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012 12 13 - Fr John Trigilio Ph D Th D - St. Lucy

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-12-14 - Fr John Trigilio Ph D Th D - St John of the Cross

Semper Gaudete!: Not Cover to Cover

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week




Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Little House in the Big Woods"
{carried over from last week}
"Little House on the Prairie"
"On the Banks of Plum Creek"
{carrying over into next week}
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
[children's fiction, historical, series, autobiographical]

"The Books You Read--Devotional Edition" #
Edited by Charles E "T" Jones
Foreword by D. James Kennedy
[non-fiction]


"The Story of a Pantry Shelf, and Outline History of Grocery Specialties" #
published by The Butterick Publishing Company
[non-fiction]
(Executives from various companies share the history of their products, 
along with their advertising and distribution methods in this book published in the 1920s.)
[reading online in Open Library.]
{carrying over into next week}


Not Cover to Cover

Once again, I am trying to read the entire Bible.  No.  Not trying.  This time,  I am READING the entire Bible.  What I am NOT doing is reading straight through from cover to cover.  Instead, I'm selecting a book, reading it, making a mark next to the title in a list in the front, and then choosing another book.  I've already started with The Gospel According to St. Luke. After that, I'll read The Acts of the Apostles.  Next, I'll probably read one of the books of the Old Testament, most likely one of the Wisdom books.
The Historical books will be read in their proper sequence, but probably (I'm not saying "definitely") not one right after the other.  It would be very confusing to read, let's say,
Deuteronomy, and then Exodus, and then Leviticus, and then Genesis, and then Numbers.
And yes, I am using my well-worn RSV-CE Bible!
And even though I'm not reading from cover to cover, I think I'll save The Book of Revelation, which, incidentally, I love, for the last.

Homily 2012-12-14 - Fr John Trigilio Ph D Th D - St John of the Cross



Fr. Trigilio finishes the week with another wonderful homily.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Image in Art Collection

I've just added this 12th century stained glass depiction of The Visitation to my Rosary Art Collection.

Written By the Finger of God: Animals and Advent

Written By the Finger of God: Animals and Advent: I wish I was an animal sometimes.   They have the communication thing down so easy, no need to worry about grammar, style and st...

I just HAVE to share this wonderful post.  And I, too, have spiritually adopted an unborn baby in danger of abortion, to whom I've given the name Lucille.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'd like to invite you to join a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting.  I've found some wonderful blogs here/

Semper Gaudete!: New Painting in Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Today's Homily - 2012-12-03 - Fr. Miguel Marie - The Centurion

Semper Gaudete!: How to illegally abort your child at home…the video game! | LifeSiteNews.com
Semper 

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012 12 05 Fr Miguel Marie Advent Weekday

Semper Gaudete!: Two top medical associations promote dangerous abortifacients, Plan B to teens | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: New Magnets Ordered

Semper Gaudete!: Splat!! (Brat!!)

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week


Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Tides"
by V. M. Caldwell
[children's/YA fiction]
{carried over from last week}

"The Books You Read: Historical Edition" #
edited by Charles E. "T" Jones 
Foreword by James Newton
[non-fiction]
(There are four volumes in the "Books You Read" series. I own, and have read, two of them.)

"Stars In Their Eyes"
by Aidel Stein
"The Inside Story"
by Libby Lezewnik
"Trapped!"
by Libby Lazewnik, Miriam Zakon, and Emmy Zitter
[children's fiction, Jewish, "Baker's Dozen" series]

"Little House in the Big Woods"
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
[children's fiction, historical, series, autobiographical]
{carrying over into next week}

Splat!! (Brat!!)

I think it was Aunt Lily (actually my great-aunt) who first told me this story about my cousin Leslie, but it may have been Baba.
Okay, enough prologue.  On with the story!
Baba, Aunt Lily, Aunt Ethel, (Great-Uncle Sam's wife) her little son Leslie,  and several other family members had spent the morning on the beach.   They walked home, and went to the basement of the apartment building to shower.  There was a woman already there, and she was singing as she showered.  Leslie did not appreciate her voice; perhaps it was too high for his taste.
Whatever the reason, he picked up the custodian's mop and....
SPLATTT!!!
As you can imagine, the now ex-singer was furious, and that is an understatement.  Aunt Ethel apologized and apologized.
She was going to give Leslie what I admit would have been a well-deserved potch, but Baba and
Aunt Lily stopped her. 
Whether or not he got that potch  later on, when she got him home, nobody ever knew.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

 Please join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets.  Thanks to RAnn for hosting!   I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.


Semper Gaudete!: Disrupted Card Game

Semper Gaudete!: Appropriate Reading Device?

Semper Gaudete!: Life on the Rock - 2012-11-22- Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Wo...

Semper Gaudete!: 491 babies born alive after failed abortions, left to die: Statistics Canada confirms | LifeSiteNews.com

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-11-29 - Fr Mitch Pacwa SJ - All Saints of the Seraphic Order

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-11-30 - Fr Leonard Mary MFVA - St Andrew Apostle

Semper Gaudete!: Woman of Valor? YES! Woman of Valor? NO!!!

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In The Past Week



Books Read In The Past Week

 Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Of Swedish Ways"
by Lily Lorenzen
[non-fiction]
{carried over from last week}

"The Majesty of Grace"
{carried over from last week}
"The Boyhood of Grace Jones"
by Jane Langton
[children's fiction]

"Little Blog on the Prairie" # 
by Cathleen Davitt Bell
[children's fiction]
(read on Amazon Kindle cloud reader)

"The Ocean Within"
"Tides"
{carrying over into next week}
by VM Caldwell
[children's/YA fiction]

"The Books You Read"
(AKA "The People You Meet
and The Books You Read
Professional Edition")
edited by Charles E. Jones
foreword by Og Mandino 
[non-fiction]
(various people in various fields
comment on their favorite books, 
and/or about books and reading in general.)

Woman of Valor? YES! Woman of Valor? NO!!!

I know of two books with the title Women of Valor.  The first, written by Irving Finemann,  is about Henrietta Szold, who rescued thousands of children from the Nazis.  She was, indeed, a woman of valor.
 I plan to get and read this book.
The second book, written by Ellen Chesler, is about Margaret Sanger, who founded the organization which causes the death of thousands of children every year.  She was anything but a
woman of valor.
I will NOT be reading this book.