Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Join me and other Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets, where I've discovered some marvelous blogs! Thanks to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: Ongoing Novena for a Reversal of the HHS Mandate

Semper Gaudete!: New Item in Vintage Media Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Reposted: The First Saint I Ever Heard Of

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-03-19 - Fr Roger Landry - diocese of Fall River

Semper Gaudete!: NunEssential: Woman Who "Loves Abortion" Reveals Death Agenda

Semper Gaudete!: New Picture Added to my Collection

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-03-21 - Fr Scott Haynes SJC - Lenten Weekday

Semper Gaudete!: Saints coach Sean Payton suspended for one year

Semper Gaudete!: Picture Added to Collection

Semper Gaudete!: The Longest Day In The Week

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

"Once I Was A Plum Tree"
by Johanna Hurwitz
(children's fiction)

"Speed of Light" #
by Sybil Rosen
(children's fiction [older children])

"Kathy's Babysitting Hassle"
"Hannah and the Special Fourth of July"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant {denomination(s) not specified}, series]

"Shira's Summer"
"Shira's New Start"
"Absolutely Shira!"
{carrying over into next week}
by Libby Lazewnik
(children's fiction, Jewish, trilogy)
["3 Cheers for Shira!

The Longest Day In The Week

To me, Sunday seems longer than any other day of the week.
Oh, not in a draggy, boring, tedious way, but rather in a nice, slow, relaxed, leisurely,
take-it-easy way.
My Sunday begins on Saturday Evening with the lighting of a votive candle, [electric for safety] a prayer welcoming the Sabbath (adapted from Jewish tradition), and Evening Prayer 1.
I am wearing either a skirt with a really nice top, or a dressy pants suit. There
are pretty cloths on the end-tables where I usually keep my books.
A little later, I have my Sunday Night Supper, which is eaten slowly, usually while watching EWTN (either the current programming or something I've DVRed). There are several hours between "Bless us, O Lord," and "We give Thee thanks."
During the week, I pray only one of the Daytime Hours; on Sunday, all three. I alternate
which Hour is Current, and which two are Complementary. Also, I pray more Rosaries and
Chaplets of Mercy on Sunday.
My Sunday reading, as I've mentioned before, is also different. There are some
books I read 7 days a week, some I read only on weekdays, and some kept especially
for Sunday. My rules for a "Reserved for Sunday" book are:
1: It must be a Catholic book.
2: It can be fiction or non-fiction.
3: It cannot be a textbook or scholarly work.
4: It must be a book that I would enjoy reading during the week,
something I can look forward to returning to NEXT Sunday.
Even the games I play on the TV and the computer on Sunday are quieter than the ones I play
during the week. And Sunday is also the day on which I do Jigsaw Puzzles.
The only collection I work on is my Rosary Art Collection.
I've found that, the better Sunday has been, the easier it is to pray
Evening Prayer 2 (after Benediction and Devotion on EWTN). After Evening
Prayer 2, I say a prayer to conclude my Sunday.
I then change into weekday clothes, remove the cloths from the tables, and put back
the books.
I read once, in a Jewish book, that remembering the last Sabbath sweetens the first half of
the week, and anticipating the coming Sabbath sweetens the second half. I have found this
to be absolutely true.