Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Farewell, Sanctus Simplicitus -- and an Important Post

Sanctus Simplicitus has taken down their downloadable liturgical calendar and everything else that they have offered in the past due to the needs of their family.  I want to tell them how much I appreciate their efforts and the difference they made in our family.

On that note, I would like to point out a very important blog post made recently by CeAnne and its importance in our lives, especially today in the light of current events in the public square:

The Hideousness and Enormity of Impurity

Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you have given our family!

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LeAnne Vanderputten of Finer Femininity has begun to publish a "mag-let" (magazine booklet) for those who either do not have Internet connection or who just like the old-school feel of a book in their hands. 

Her mag-let is available here and you can subscribe to the blog to get announcements of when each issue is available.  Great to purchase for daughters who are approaching young womanhood to have around.  I will put it on the sidebar for quick reference. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Reflecting on Grandparents -- Articles on Their Importance in Our Lives

My mother sent me links to the following articles.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do. 

10 Ways to "Go Green" Like Our Grandparents

25 Life Lessons We Learned from Our Grandparents

20 Questions Grandparents Never Get Sick of Hearing

Grandparents Matter More Than Ever

And as the age of forty begins to approach for me, it is time for me to reflect on the fact that half of my life is over (at least as far as I know).  I am getting past the denial stage.  Already several people of my acquaintance have died suddenly at young ages.  I am still here, but for how long, who knows. 

So, how will I spend the years remaining to me?  How many years have I left?  Most people around us seem to be chasing the elusive fountain of youth and wasting precious time doing so.  I am finding that I just can't eat the way I did when I was twenty.  I could skip breakfast and lunch and make do with Girl Scout cookies that were always in our break room at the school -- a tendency that has caught up with me, unfortunately....but it's a fact.  That's what I did.  I have learned that you can't do that without consequences, and  sometimes those come a number of years down the road.  I have to change my diet and my exercise habits if I want to live the remaining years in productivity, inasmuch as I have control over that.

So in addition to much-needed changes, it's time to reflect on the fact that I am now the age my Mom was "back when" -- and my children are the age I was "back then" -- and I will one day be in my seventies if God sees fit to leave me on this earth that long.  So here is this good article:

10 Best Things About Growing Old

Monday, November 3, 2014

RIP Brittany Maynard -- Remembrance on All Souls' Day

Today I learned -- and the rest of the family learned -- that Brittany Maynard went through with her original plan to commit suicide.  As Catholics, we know deliberate suicide is cause for tremendous fear for her eternal soul, and we pray mightily that hopefully she was not fully aware of the exact ramifications of her act.

We were very happy to learn on October 31 that she had planned to postpone it, but apparently that was not the case in the end.

Today being All Souls' Day for those of us observing the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, let us remember her especially, in the hopes that she repented while she still had time and saved her soul. 

NOTE:  Wasn't yesterday All Souls' Day?  Why are you commemorating it today?

In the traditional Missal, All Souls' Day is indeed on November 2.  However, it was always the custom, if November 2 fell on a Sunday, to transfer the commemoration of the faithful departed to November 3.

Special indulgences, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, are attached to visiting a cemetery to pray for the dead for the first week of November, so if you can manage to visit any local cemetery near you (it doesn't have to be a Catholic cemetery) and pray, you will be doing a great work of charity.

We plan to visit a local cemetery today in which is buried an acquaintance who passed away suddenly at age 47, only a few months before his twelfth child was due to be born.  His little daughter is the same age as Miracle Boy, so we have opportunity to think of him frequently.  Near our church we also have a pioneer historical cemetery in which are buried many notables from territorial days and so forth, so we'll go there on another day.

Please especially remember on this day Fr. Kenneth Walker, our deceased assistant pastor.  Our parish is striving to be sure someone is praying for him continually throughout the day. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

UPDATE: The Power of Prayer for Brittany Maynard

The prayers of many are helping.  Never doubt its power; Brittany Maynard has now said that she is rethinking her deadline of November 1 to end her life.  Let us thank God for His Infinite Mercy and pray that she will continue to persevere. 

Brittany Maynard Decides: Death Can Wait a Little Longer

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Prayers for Brittany Maynard

We have all by now probably heard of Brittany Maynard, the 29 year old wife and mother who plans to end her life by physician-assisted suicide on November 1 -- which is most ironically the feast of All Saints.

The saints became saints by one common thread -- humility and submission to God's Will, whatever it was.  It was different for each of them, unique to their own particular states in life, unique to their own circumstances.  But the commonality was submission to God's Will.

And for some, it is God's Will that they suffer.

My mother-in-law suffered several years with leukemia.  Her last year in particular was filled with suffering, the unexpected death of her husband before her, painful and exhausting treatments.  She never saw our children.  Dad In The Shoe gave me my engagement ring in her hospital room, we were dressed in our Sunday best and arranged to have family members present.  But she passed away before our actual wedding, and never saw it. 

Here follows a beautiful explanation on the mystery of suffering according to God's Will by a seminarian in the diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.  He has the same type of brain tumor as Brittany Maynard:

Raleigh Seminarian with Terminal Brain Cancer Responds to Brittany Maynard

Please pray for Brittany that she will change her mind and surrender to God's Will for her life.  And please also add seminarian Phillip Johnson to those prayers for his perseverance and health. 

With November 1 being the Feast of All Saints, it is also appropriate to think of those saints who suffered from cancer and other illnesses.  To that end, I would like to recommend a book by Catholic author Joan Carroll Cruz:  Saints for the Sick: Heavenly Help for Those Who Suffer.  My husband purchased this book while visiting his dying uncle three years ago and read parts of it aloud to him.  It has been a great addition to our family library, and I hope you'll find that it is for yours, also.