Monday, May 5, 2014

May Daybook - A Snapshot of My Life

Outside My Window
It is a gorgeous, sunny, spring day and the Cherry Blossom trees in my backyard are in full bloom. Days like this often leave me thinking that the color of my manufacturer-labeled "Sky Blue" shirt pales in comparison to the vivid depth of the blue sky outside. No one paints a landscape quite like the Lord and no man-made color, no matter how vibrant, can ever match the richness and the depth of the colors of creation!  
View from my kitchen window.
I am thinking...
of a way to be able to take my children to daily Mass each day. The parish closest to us has Mass at 9:00AM, which pushes back the start of our school day until around 10AM - not impossibly late, but challenging. However, after attending a powerful conference this week with Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher to the Papal Household as the keynote speaker, I was strongly convicted to try receive the Eucharist daily. I know that I am not the only homeschooling Mom who struggles with this - please share your thoughts, struggles and victories in this area in the comments box - I would love to hear them! 

I am thankful...
Scene from the movie "Maria Goretti"
for Seton Magazine, who just published my very first official article entitled "The Moral Theology of St. Maria Goretti." St. Maria Goretti is by far one of my favorite saints and her witness is extraordinary.  I am humbled to be able to share her story. To God be the Glory. Click here to read the article.  If you would like to learn more about St. Maria Goretti, I highly recommend the 2007 movie Maria Goretti from director Giulio Base.

I am also thankful for Jessica over at Shower of Roses who is allowing me to sponsor a giveaway of Colleen Carroll Campbell's book "My Sisters the Saints" and her Lighthouse talk "Feminine Genius." Click here to head on over to her blog to participate in the giveaway.

Many many thanks to the warm welcome I have received from the Shower of Roses readers. Your kind words, comments and encouragement have meant a lot to me!  Thanks for reading!

In the kitchen...
My husband and I both need to lose a few pounds and incorporate more fruits and veggies into our diets. In an effort to do that, we have decided to attempt to eat a salad for dinner every day for the next 31 days (with a few days off for some special occasions coming up) .I need some help here!  If anyone has some good salad recipes (our limited repertoire includes Caesar Salad and an occasional dried cranberry and walnut over mixed greens salad), I would be most grateful! We are hoping to limit our salad toppings to beans, veggies, nuts and possibly some cheese.  Please feel free to share any of your recipes in the comments box - we would be most appreciative!  

I am wearing...
Black pants, clogs which are way too hot for this spring day (waiting for my new summer sandals to arrive in the mail), and a red tee shirt. 

I am creating...
Images incorporating pictures of our Blessed Mother with various quotes from Marian Apparitions on my new favorite addiction photo-editor, Canva. Here's my first completed one: 

I am going...
nowhere. After spending the past four days away at a Catholic conference, I am in laundry lockdown today. 

I am reading...
The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper for a class on Christian Moral Principles that I am currently taking. The book draws upon St. Thomas Aquinas' teaching on the virtues and presents an in-depth, challenging view of the four cardinal virtues, their interconnectedness and their role in the Christian life. It is a great book and I am learning so much from it - most significantly, the fact that our modern day understanding of the virtues of prudence, justice, temperance an fortitude is a far cry from the classical understanding of these virtues.

I am learning...
that trying to homeschool two kids after 4 days away on a beautiful spring day is an exercise in the virtues of patience and self-control (which, I might add, are sorely lacking in this house:-) Can anyone say "good day for a nature walk?" 

I am praying...
for families, especially those who are close to me and are struggling with financial issues, difficult marriages, grief at the loss of a parent, serious illness, addictions and children who have walked away from the Lord. I pray, that through the powerful intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the Lord will touch these families with the power of his healing love and the gift of his peace. 

I am looking forward to...
my daughter's Chorale group's Mother's Day concert on Sunday featuring songs from Broadway plays such as the Sound of Music, Oklahoma and South Pacific.  What a great treat for Mother's Day! 

A favorite quote for today...
"We must ask the Holy Spirit to enkindle in our hearts a Eucharistic amazement." Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

A few plans for the rest of the week:
  • Studying for my final exam for the Christian Moral Principles class which is coming up next week.
  • Writing a blog post entitled 7 Lessons From Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, capturing the things I learned from hearing him speak this past weekend at the "Awakening the Domestic Church Conference" in Norfolk, VA. 
  • Trying to get out for a walk and/or bike ride with the kids a few days this week to take advantage of this gorgeous weather and get some family exercise.
  • Listening to Dr. Taylor Marshall's podcast on "Why did they stop teaching virtue?" which I am hoping will enhance my reading of Pieper's book. 
A peek inside my day:

Top shelf of my desk - loving my new black and white storage boxes from Target! 

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  1. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway on Jessica's blog.

    1. You are welcome, Jessica! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Came here from Jessica at Shower of Roses...I love Saint Maria Goretti, too!

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Karla! Isn't her life just amazing!

  3. Just popped over here from Shower of Roses, thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

    1. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth!

  4. Salad ideas- I make tacos or fajitas or steak and cheese subs or hamburgers for the kids and I eat the protien and veggie portions of these meals on a bed of lettuce and coordinating veggies instead of the typical bun or tortilla or taco shell. This has been working quite well for me and I am down some weight. I still sprinkle on the cheese or salsa or sour cream if the meal calls for it. It mainly just removes that carb portion and makes a salad everyday not become so mundain. -Michele from NH

    1. Thanks so much Michele - that is a great idea. I love fajitas!

  5. Great idea for Mother's day!! Thank you for all you do in the name of the Lord!!! God's blessings always.

    1. Thanks so much Michele! God bless you too!

  6. I just heard about your blog from Jessica over at Shower of Roses. I look forward to following and your reflections on our beautiful faith. May Christ bless you abundantly this Mother's Day.