Behold in the cross all doth consist, and all lieth in our dying: and there is no other way to life and to true interior peace, but the way of the holy cross, and of daily mortification.
Thomas á Kempis
November 30, 2013
November 29, 2013
Advent begins this Sunday! We have a couple days left to prepare ourselves for this Penitential Season. It's the time in which we prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts. "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of the Lord." It's a good time to re-boot our spiritual lives where they have begun to lag. I was reminded during November, as I read parts of the book Purgatory, of how grave even mere faults are and how long we will have to suffer in Purgatory to make satisfaction for them if we do not do enough penance here on earth.... and hour on earth is akin to years in Purgatory. Let's get it overwith!
Here is what we are doing:
- St. Andrew Novena
- Beginning a 54 Day Rosary Novena for a special intention
- Spiritual Reading: I've chosen to read The Backbiting Tongue (and have many copies to spare if anyone else is interested, I will mail it to you for free if you like, it's a must-read if you want to curb even the slightest fault of the tongue.) and Advent and Christmas Wisdom with Padre Pio. The children will be reading various saint books.
- Prayer: Getting back to our Quiet Prayer Time in the chapel with more diligence
- Various Advent Calendars
- Setting up our Nativity Village and adding pieces each day (the children tell stories of each character and it's relationship to Jesus as they put up their pieces)
- Self-discipline: spending an extra 15-30 (each) in cleaning and organizing various areas of the house.... and getting rid of the excess
Simplicity. Nothing fancy or impossible. Just simple things to make improvements in our spiritual and natural welfare (maybe I should say warfare). In a household the size of ours, there are always ample opportunities to do penance on a daily basis.... do the math and think of just the amount of dishes at a single meal.... and no dish washing machine.
During Advent there also happen to quite a number of special feast days to celebrate as well, like St. Nicholas' Day, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Immaculate Conception, St. Lucy, Las Posadas (the Expectation), St. Thomas. Advent is a beautiful and exciting time of year. A "little lent", a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. We need to be awake and ready for when He will come again.
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena starts tomorrow on the Feast of St. Andrew.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, And of His Blessed Mother. Amen
Recited fifteen times a day from the Feast of St. Andrew-Nov. 30- until Christmas.
Thou must be willing, for the love of God, to suffer all things, namely: labors and sorrows, temptations, vexations, anxieties, necessities, infirmities, injuries, detractions, reprehensions, humiliations, confusions, corrections, and contempts. I will reward thee most abundantly; I will be with thee in all thy tribulations.
The Following of Christ - Thomas á Kempis
The Following of Christ - Thomas á Kempis
November 28, 2013
Anyone else sick of hearing the words "Black Friday"? I think I've gotten about 6,000 emails with those words in the last week. Do you go out shopping? I absolutely do not! *shudder*
Sam's first deer just hanging around.
Our milking cow is milked by Frodo by hand.
He's a milking pro.... so is she.
Meet some of the calves.
Someone needs a haircut.
Thanksgiving, St. Augustine, Florida 1565A Blessed Thanksgiving to you all!
A beautiful day to be grateful for all our blessings from the mundane necessities of life to Holy Mother Church and our Faith to family and friends and to those who persecute us... for they are the ones who will get us to heaven... if we use the graces God will give us to endure.
November 24, 2013
Sam got his first deer!
Meat's back on the menu, boys!
Great beginning to the season.
Kili during Rosary
Anyone notice "google" had a Dr. Who video game on their home page on Nov 23rd?
Anyone see the 50th Anniversary special? We did, it was pretty good, we certainly laughed quite heartily a number of times.
As a friendly reminder 1 WEEK UNTIL ADVENT!