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You’re St. Melito of Sardis!

You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!


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All I’ll add is DITTO!  😉

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We’ve been caught up with living life lice around here. That’s not a typo. We really have been fighting a major lice infestation as much as I hate to admit it. I’d like to be able to tell you we got ourselves into this pesky predicament serving in a third world country or ministering in our local homeless shelter, but, alas, it was our vanity that precipitated this mess. We got it trying on hats at the Goodwill store. (Quick! Run! Right now before you read any further and tell your kids there is to be NO TRYING ON OF HATS AT THE GOODWILL STORE! Ever!!!)

Now I’m sure there are some reading this blog who are dealing with much more serious medical conditions and I don’t want to make light of that. But I don’t think there’s anyway you can appreciate how consuming lice fighting can be until you’ve experienced it. It is utterly exhausting and (although I’ll spare you the gory details) humbling. We have thought often of Corrie Ten Boom who chose to be thankful for the lice flea infestation in her barracks at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. God used the lice fleas to keep the guards away while Corrie and her sister shared the Word of God with other prisoners.  (A friend alerted me that it was actually fleas in the prison barracks and not lice as I originally wrote.) While I’m not sure I can go so far as to thank God for these annoying pests, there are definitely some good things to be learned from an experience such as this.

For starters, there’s great family conversation time to be had whilst sitting around in the evenings “nit picking”. Secondly, when most of the house is quarantined and therefore off limits, including the rooms where the favorites toys are stored, you really have to get creative about how you use your time. Since lice don’t like books, board games or playing cards, we’ve had some really rousing games of Old Maid. 😉

Another thing I’ve gained from this experience is an appreciation for structured prayers. I tend to pray spontaneous prayers rather than structured prayers. In my exhaustion of dealing with our current circumstances, I have found myself with a heart full of sentiments but no words to express them. One recent morning, I sat myself in my favorite chair (off limits to the lousy crowd of which I’m NOT one) with my bible, Magnificat, and Handbook of Prayers.

If you’re not familiar with the Handbook of Prayers, it’s quite a handy little resource. It’s full of not only pages and pages of various prayers, but also includes the Order of the Mass, many wonderful devotions, and an excellent Examination of Conscience. (The link is just an example and not nearly as thorough as the one in the book.) It has been a great “how to” guide for me.

Here is one of the beautiful prayers I found in my Handbook…..

“O my God,

I love you above all things,

with my whole heart and soul,

because you are all-good and worth of all love.

I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.

I forgive all who have injured me

and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. “

and one more to close…..

“My Lord and my God:

into your hands I abandon the past and the present and the future,

what is small and what is great,

what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot,

things temporal and things eternal.


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Hey, I’m all for different styles of worship! 😉

HT: Standing on my Head

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Let’s say your daughter, hours and hours after attending morning Mass, happens to mention that some of the wine may have splashed onto her dress when she received the Eucharist this that morning. The chalice used for Daily Mass is a good bit heavier than the one used on Sundays. (I guess they figure the Daily Mass goers have built up the upper body strength to handle the heavier vessel!) Dd, not yet being used to the heavier weight of the weekday chalice, may have tipped it a bit too far. In fact, she’s pretty sure the wine, otherwise know to Catholics as “The Precious Blood”, did indeed splash onto her dress because she recalls sniffing her dress immediately after Mass and it having the distinct scent of…..wine!!! So when she told me this, I was overcome with horror. Think about it. If you say you believe the Eucharist really is the true body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord, then a spill, or even a little splash onto one’s garment, might result in a scene reminiscent of the movie Monsters, Inc. when George undergoes CDA (Child Detection Agency) decontamination because he unknowingly re-enters Monstropolis with a child’s sock clinging to his backside. I guess the Church’s version of a modern day HazMat (hazardous materials) decontamination would be a SalvMat (salvific materials) decontamination?!? 🙂

All kidding aside, there are very specific ways to deal with accidents such as this. I’m just not yet sure what those ways are. I have a call in to Fr. D and am anxiously awaiting his reply.

So, anyone care to make a guess as to how he will advise us to deal with the “blood-stained” dress?!?

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On My Nightstand…

Roamin’ Catholic from Answering the Berean Call has inquired about what’s on my nightstand. The timing of her question is great because I have been looking for an opportunity to plug this book. 😉 We Look For a Kingdom: The Everyday Lives of the Early Christians was a gift to me recently. It’s about Ancient Roman culture and how the first believers lived in that setting. What has been wonderful about this gift is that we are also currently studying Ancient Rome in our homeschool. What my children are reading about in their assigned history readings, I’m tackling at a much deeper level in this book. The first portion of the book covers all of the aspects of Roman culture. The second half, which I have yet to read, has the subtitle “Christians as Salt and Light in the Roman World”. I highly recommend this book.

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THANK YOU to the kind reader (even though I don’t even know who you are!) who nominated this blog for the Blogger’s Choice Award category of religion. To say I’m shocked would be an understatement. It’s an honor to be named along with so many other more “heavy hitting” blogs….truly an honor.

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