My 4yr old daughter upon a neighborhood boy: When he grows up, he won’t be anything! He’ll just sit around watching TV!
I slip in bed again
wearing the gown you picked
a Christmas ago,
what glow it gave me then.
Every Catholic home should have a modest Catholic library. Here are some starters:
Most Catholics have heard of the newer “Catechism of the Catholic Church” but have not heard of “The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X” or “The Catechism of the Council of Trent” but these books are excellent resources and every Catholic home should have them! If you have children, The Baltimore Catechism is also a good resource.
For Spiritual Reading I love Mary Agreda’s “Mystical City of God.” I do not have the complete set but I do have a selected edition called, “Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary” which I can’t find anywhere but there are other abridgments available
St. Francis De Sales is one of my favorites and “Introduction to Devout life” is a Classic!
A good Latin/English Traditional Missal is a must. Whether you are able to attend a Traditional Latin Mass or not, it is filled with a wonderful treasury of prayers and illuminations that uplift the soul. You can find older one’s on etsy. The one I have was my Great Aunt’s and it is beautiful!
A Children’s Missal is also good to have. I love “Manner’s in God’s House First Prayers and First Missal” it is a charming classic:
“The Secret of the Rosary” by St. Louse De Montfort is my favorite book on the rosary:
Of course, there are so many other great books out there but these are the ones I find myself coming back to again and again.
My 4yr old to my 2yr old: I will never play with you again!!
Devastated silence from 2 yr old
4 yr: Ok, so probably just 10 minutes.
St. Bernard’s words to a couple who lost an unborn infant:
Your faith spoke for this child. Baptism for this child was only delayed by time. Your faith suffices. The waters of your womb—were they not the waters of life for this child? Look at your tears. Are they not like the waters of baptism? Do not fear this. God’s ability to love is greater than our fears. Surrender everything to God.
The laundry piles as I yearn
for angelic splendor- Bright
and perfectly aligned to God
In an instant act of will!
I shirk the dishes too,
So darkly lit am I, Dear God,
As I attend time and space.
I pine to attain each virtue,
Desire to see God’s face
and yet of manna I complain.
So used to your body
I roll over, reach out
and the indented sheets
startle me. I forgot,
You’ve gone again.
I vacuum our bedroom
and caught your shoe lace,
so quickly it spun and thumped
I put them to bed,
your babies. I kissed them,
blessed, tucked in, soothed.
The way I do.
They asked for you.
Alone and half dressed,
in our bed with
I wait for you to ring.
In one his lecture’s Fr. Ripperger’s asserts that one of the most beautiful things in this world is a silent woman. This statement struck me as true.
I asked my DH if he thought it was true and he agreed. He then told that a year ago at Mass I left the pew and went to the side to soothe our baby, he didn’t realize this and when he saw me, he thought to himself, who is that devastatingly beautiful woman? (He has never called me that before ) He realized oh, that’s my wife. My silence changed my disposition so much that my husband didn’t even recognize me.
Being an introvert, a natural loner, a very quiet person in social situations when my husband comes home, I feel like finally the person who understands me is here and I can talk! Probably way more than he’d like. But this revelation definitely makes me want to shut up more. At least give him a little more room to relax.