Friday, November 20, 2009

Everythings greening up!

We are excited with all the things that are growing in the garden at the moment. The beans and sunflowers that the boys and their dad planted, the statice , the hydrangeas. Everywhere you look outside lately its greening up. Please let it last through our long hot summer!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

We have been having a lot of leggo days lately!! Here are some of the creations

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Anglicanorum Coetibus

Check out this blog post for a good synopsis (I think) on what ponderings one might expect in the minds of those Anglicans considering Anglicanorum Coetibus

Here is a quote from said blog:
“An Anglican entering the Roman Catholic Church today has to make peace with living in a world where there are others whose Masses are higher than his and where an entire television network and a legion of periodicals and blogs flank him to the theological right. The reasons for the pride that may have sustained him in recent years are greatly diminished on this side of the water, even if we have our own extensive muddy patches. He must lay down his claim to being his own Holy Office and play sheep to its former head. He must give up politicking global alliances and reconcile himself to being a small if colorful fish in a very large pond where his customs are only one set among many. He must live in a world where, should his experiment fail, external factors will be harder to blame than they are today. Though undoubtedly the members of the ordinariates will suffer their share of unwarranted indignities, those who have often felt themselves to be the victim are now being offered the opportunity to show their skill at being the vinekeeper.

It is a fearful task that requires ongoing striving for a fundamental transformation of the self. The ordinariates will be judged a success not to the degree that their members show they embrace the Catechism, that's rather easy, but to the extent they show they have converted their hearts, that fundamental thing that the Father asks of us all. Converting the heart is a hard business, but it is in this internal struggle rather than the battlefields of the culture wars where saints are most likely to be made and it is in showing success at this where the Anglican ordinariates will give a greater gift to the wider Church than any text or tune by offering many of us who are a bit too pleased with ourselves a necessary corrective and good example.”

Saturday, November 07, 2009

an excellent memory

Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Go and find him when your strength and patience are giving out, when you feel lonely and helpless. Say to him: "You know well what is happening, my dear Jesus. I have only you. Come to my aid..." And then go your way. And don’t worry about knowing how you are going to manage. It is enough to have told our good Lord. He has an excellent memory!(St. Jeanne Jugan)

African drumming workshop

What a fabulous morning the boys and their friends had at Sam's drumming workshop. Master 12 was delighted to learn a fun way to clean his teeth and the home-made toys got the boys talking when they came home.All in all it was a fabulous learning experience.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

my Father's World

This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker's praise.
This is my Father's world:
he shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father's world.
O let me ne'er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father's world:
why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Thy will be done

I came across this site today in my wanderings and in particular this essay. These quotes I am meditating on.

"I believe it is very easy to build God in your own image and very hard to rebuild Him when you crumble.

This I know: I believe in the Lord’s Prayer, all of it, but particularly where it says, “Thy will be done.” For me, that’s one clear channel to God. That one belief, “Thy will be done,” carries me through each act of each day. It teaches me to live with all that is given me and to live without what is taken away. It rescues me from the idea that happiness for myself is either important or desirable. But it doesn’t at all destroy happiness as a gift I can give, miraculously, from an empty vessel.

I noticed something: you may notice something quite wonderful in most everybody you meet, even in those who annoy you or frighten you. But each, in his way, is truth–neither to be rejected nor run from. If you believe “Thy will be done,” there is less temptation to run away from yourself. You can’t escape, anyway."