Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Did my workout, we all went to mass, I went to Adoration for around, oh, forty minutes, I've done laundry and weeding and asked kids to do some jobs and have printed my grocery list and have laminated the Pope's letter on the Year of the Priest and found a holy card of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a book about St John Vianney and my Michael Jackson Thriller CD. These last four items form our dining table centrepiece - a truly catholic mix! Part of our unschooling strewing, you know.
I consider my primary function as a homeschooling mom to be Strewing the Path. Coined by Sandra Dodd, "strewing" is a favorite term of homeschoolers, especially unschoolers, which describes the habit of leaving books, puzzles, games, curiosities, and other interesting things lying on tables and counters and in the car where unsuspecting children will find them. Here In The Bonny Glen
And ~ we have read about Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Sts Cyril and Methodius .
The icon depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a dress of dark red with a blue mantle and veil. On the left is the Archangel Michael, carrying the lance and sponge of the crucifixion of Jesus. On the right is the Archangel Gabriel carrying a 3-bar cross and nails. This type of icon is a later type of Hodegetria composition, where Mary is pointing to her Son, known as a Theotokos of the Passion. The Christ-child has been alarmed by a pre-sentiment of his passion, and has run to his mother for comfort. The facial expression of the Virgin Mary is solemn and is looking directly at the viewer instead of her son. Jesus is portrayed clinging to his mother with a dangling sandal. The Greek initials on top read Mother of God, Michael Archangel, Gabriel Archangel, and Jesus Christ, respectively. The icon is painted with a gold background on a walnut panel, and may have been painted in Crete, then ruled by the Republic of Venice. The Cretan School was the source of the many icons imported into Europe from the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance. The icon was cleaned and restored in 1866 and again in the 1940s.
Saints Cyril and Methodius brothers born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century, who became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavic peoples of Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavs, for which they received the title "Apostles to the Slavs". They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Church Slavonic language.After their death, their pupils continued their missionary work among other Slavs. Both brothers are venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church as saints with the title of "Equals to the Apostles". In 1880, Pope Leo XIII introduced their feast into the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them co-patrons of Europe, together with Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Year of the Priest .
And I will give you pastors according to my own heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and doctrine. Jeremiah 3:15 Douay-Rheims Bible
*Promote vocations .
*Sacrifice for priests. A priest is one who is to sacrifice. The hard part of the priesthood is not the offering of the sacrifice of the Mass. It is the self-sacrifice that a priest is called upon to make and the more priestly a priest is the more the people of God will use him, will wear him out. Priests need the merits of our sacrifices.
*Encourage priests and religious. Our parish women's group has committed to pray daily for the friars in our parish and we hope to encourage them in their vocation by our talk and by our deeds. Don't you love it when someone notices something you have done, gives you a gift or says something nice, helps you when you need it or when you are feeling less than happy? How nice to do that for others..
Thursday, June 25, 2009
And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him Zechari'ah after his father,
but his mother said, "Not so; he shall be called John. Luke 1.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
I was the only Western woman and gained a few stares..the taxi driver told me to take off all my jewellery and hold my bag close, as I walked to visit the Cross of Magellan and the Basilica..
The church has always been the Sanctuary of the Sto. Niño, under the custody of the Augustinians.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Relieved? Here at the Kumon conference, at the sumptious ShangriLa Resort in the Philippines?
Well, relieved because my presentation is over.
On helping a child reach potential through reading. Love of reading. Reading widely.
Our wish is to see them (children) develop the ability to think wisely. Language is the key to wise thinking; particularly a high degree of ability in one's native language. Mr. Toru Kumon.
What else have I done in Cebu? I know you are dying to find out..as if!
Last night, explored the resort, met some nice men from Tokyo who loved that I loved their city, had frozen margaritas and calamari in the bar at eleven pm for a very late dinner.
Up at five am this morning - already hot and humid! Jogged on the private beach, walked around the island, exploring the streets where the locals live...very different to the resort. Another supervisor and I visited the shrine of Lapu-Lapu, and the landmark erected to remember Majellan in 1512. Will probably post pics here or on Facebook at some stage...
Ate some dried fish for breakfast, a Cebu speciality!
Learned a lot about the English programme in particular at the conference, even though it KILLS me to sit still..Talked to lots of other supervisors and staff - some old friends, made some new friends...texted family..worried about looking fat in my presentation talk (others worried about their talk, I worried about my fat stomach!).Prayed at Mass in the Chapel..tonight is the Kumon conference dinner and then we are hitting the bar and the karaoke! And tomorrow up at 4.30 am to get ready to catch a taxi at 5.30 am mass at the Basilica del Sto. Niño - of the Baby Jesus.
Friday, June 19, 2009
And being a dag. As usual.
I watched Marley and Me at midnight on the plane..an overnight flight. And I cried, making the Chinese man next to me look up in concern, offer me a tissue, a drink, a pillow.
It is a film about love, about relationship, about marriage and family, about loss..oh, and a dog features, too!
Arrived in Hong Kong at five am local time..caught the train to Hong Kong central and met a friendly Chinese lady on the trip. Explored the city area, had breakfast at Starbucks, went to Soho, caught the bus to Repulse Beach..where I became even daggier. It poured. Literally. I became wet, bedraggled. But I had drumstick ice cream - something I would never let myself eat at home!
When did the rain stop? When I got back on the bus to return to Hong Kong city. When did the rain start? When I got to Repulse Beach, of course!
Loved the shops and buildings and scenery in Hong Kong. And on my way back to the airport, on the train ( which is where I am now, waiting for the next flight)..I was picked by a train official to complete a survey! On why I chose the train, public transport, and not the airport shuttle bus. On my impressions of the travel. Fun!
Conference registration tonight in Cebu..it looks like I can attend mass there, too, today for the Sacred Heart and tomorrow for the Immaculate Heart. Maybe I will catch up on sleep before my talk tomorrow afternoon. Five Steps of Jet Plane Progress for the Native Language Programme. In other words, five steps to help children maximise their potentual through the Kumon English programme.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My Five Best Homeschooling Tips
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
From Guerilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn.
This is how I try to live. Passionate. Engaged. Joyful. Interested.
Even in times of sorrow , in the midst of upset.
Like Pollyanna; like Pippi Longstocking; two of my childhood heroines. One could even say mentors. If fictional characters can be mentors.
Just breathing isn't living!
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out! From the original Pollyanna book by Eleanor Porter.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Mark 14: 12 - 16, 22 - 26
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, "Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?"
And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him,
and wherever he enters, say to the householder, `The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?'
And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us."
And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body."
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.
And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We have been praying a novena. And I have read smidgeons on St Anthony.
Including this quote on love.
ALL OUR WORKS COUNT FOR NOTHING FOR THE ETERNAL IF THEY ARE NOT STEEPED IN THE BALM OF CHARITY. ONLY LOVE FOR OTHERS INVITES US TO THE TABLE OF ETERNAL LIFE. Sermons of St Anthony
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
What does one do when someone doesn't want one to be there? When someone is not talking to you? Eat chocolate ( Mars Bars) and read of love.
When we receive Holy Communion, we not only receive our Divine Lord, and His love, but we love others more deeply for that indescribable Grace. We are not only joined to Him, but we are joined in love with those He loves also. I understood, for the very first time, what the Sacrifice of the Mass truly is. The spotless Victim is not only offered up for our sins, but He brings joy to us, and light, and the imminence of heaven.
On Sunday, one of the priests in our parish preached on love. On being Christ-like. On giving and giving with no thought of return.
That thought and this quote seem to fit.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
An out-of-print book. Printed in 1962, it was on the New York Times' bestseller list for six months.
An intriguing read.
"Grandmother and the Priests" is actually a compendium of short stories skillfully collected into a single plot pretext. A group of traveling priests from the Victorian-age British Isles meet around the fireside of a wealthy grandmother to a young girl visiting her. There they tell their colleagues their most remarkable test of their vocation. This amounts to an encounter with life, the most extreme test ever put to their faith in God and in themselves -- if you will, their rite of passage through life, their existential moment where they turn back defeat. The young girl listens spellbound to these stories -- all of them too earnest to suggest exaggeration, for such is the author's skill -- and recounts them in this book.
The priests could not be more dissimilar, from elegant, highborn English aristocracy to scrappy Welshmen. Each has a special encounter awaiting their strength of mind, body and love of God and neighbor -- an encounter one immediately senses could only have been devised by a loving-yet-challenging God.
This book convinced me that the most thrilling journey is not to the center of the earth, nor to the furthest limits of space, but to an unblinking fight to awaken one's sleeping soul, adrift in its comfortable, rote rituals, customs and prefudices, afraid to live out under the stars and "go for broke"...from a review of Grandmother and the Priests
I know what hell is now... It is the total absence of God. It is a hell beyond endurance-- this separation of the soul from God.
Saints rarely have friends; they are usually hated and derided, for they love and love is always rejected by hard-hearted men....saints do not advertise themselves; good men do not seek out a name in the world....the saints did what they did almost in stealth, asking nothing except that men love God.
Friday, June 05, 2009
Wednesday ~ African Curry. St Charles Lwanga and companions.
Today ~ St Boniface... Benedictine monk, born in England. He was consecrated the first bishop of Germany after only four years of preaching there. He organized the Church in this area. He was martyred while preaching among the Frisians.
Thinking of British food as the saint was borm in England about 547 - hey, why not eggs and chips? See British Food and Culture.
Lord,Your martyr Boniface spread the faith by his teachingand witnessed to it with his blood.By the help of his prayerskeep us loyal to our faith and give us courage to profess it in our lives.Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
And I am planning on making an African Curry for dinner, to read aloud about these martyrs and maybe drag out some information on Africa from our Geographical Encyclopedia.
On June 3, the martyrs were brought out, wrapped in reed mats, and placed on the pyre. Mbaga was killed first by order of his father, the chief executioner, who had tried one last time to change his son's mind. The rest were burned to death. Thirteen Catholics and eleven Protestants died. They died calling on the name of Jesus and proclaiming, "You can burn our bodies, but you cannot harm our souls."
When the White Fathers were expelled from the country, the new Christians carried on their work, translating and printing the catechism into their natively language and giving secret instruction on the faith. Without priests, liturgy, and sacraments their faith, intelligence, courage, and wisdom kept the Catholic Church alive and growing in Uganda. When the White Fathers returned after King Mwanga's death, they found five hundred Christians and one thousand catchumens waiting for them. The twenty-two Catholic martyrs of the Uganda persecution were canonized.