Wednesday, July 18, 2018

To Cherish the Little White Rose

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The four rose bushes in my Marian garden represent each traditional color of the Mysteries of the Rosary: yellow/Glorious, red/Sorrowful, purple/Luminous, and white/Joyful.
Over the years, I’ve attempted to learn how to grow roses so they thrive. In the process, I’ve discovered that they take more care than other plants in my yard, and—which was news to me—each rose classification also has specific needs.
When the long-stem yellow rose blooms, it is beautifully formed and the picture of perfection, though it lacks fragrance. Of all the bushes, it is the most delicate

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Reach Back Towards The Silence

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Too often we find ourselves missing from the mix of our own lives.
Like a spectator anxiously awaiting the rains to clear, we indulge one postponement after another until the game is finally called.
Most of us crave the arena for its noise, not its camaraderie. The silence in our heads is best muted by the severing of our hearts. Once accomplished, we easily find ways to sidetrack our brains through worthless rhetoric and arrogant bargains

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To Desire Only Jesus, Tuesday’s Prayer for Sisters and Nuns

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Beloved Mother Mary,
Take the hand of your daughters, our Sisters and Nuns, and guide them to remain outside their personal wants and to desire only the repose in your son’s loving arms. Help them to place their hearts in his eternal joy, and protect these holy women when the hardness of this world tries to draw them away from his peace. Through your example of trust in God, may our Sisters and Nuns always persevere in fulfilling their call to consecrated lives.
Amen
Image Pixabay.com, CCO Creative Commons

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If John the Evangelist Had Blogged Revelation….

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(While A Catholic Misfit is off enjoying a well-deserved vacation, please enjoy an old AoftheA post!) YOM SHLISI, SIMANU, 96 Another Vision Of An Angel [Sorry about the delay between posts, everyone. It’s been storming the past few days, and … Continue reading →

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This Moment Is Enough For Me

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We seized upon that first moment like a child attacking a sweet. While searching for commonalities, we discovered ways to celebrate our distinctions.
Soon enough, we bundled together a life. A rickety yet workable one, a commonplace yet singular arena. While two families quickly blended, two souls at first resisted

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Recent Reading: Historicals, Monsters, and DNA

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Been doing a lot of reading of late; here are some capsule reviews.
Black Chamber, by S. M. Stirling. This is a WWI-era spy novel set in an alternate America in which Teddy Roosevelt was elected instead of Taft and was able to implement his progressive policies with a free hand

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Letters from Armorica- The Sky Wagon (3 Août 34AF)

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First Letter
Dear Journal,
Yesterday and today Jacques and I continued our work on our first sky-wagon. We built it on the foredeck of Le Rubicon, not the most congenial spot for such activity: the deck of the sloop has a distinct curve to it, and is cramped besides. The curvature makes it tricky to get things square, and we had no proper workbench. Still, a sky-wagon is a necessity in order to continue to build up our encampment here on what the others are calling L’Isle de Grand-Blaireau, or simply Grand-Blaireau for short.
It is ironic, truly

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Raising girls with a healthy self-image

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Like a gazillion other people in the world, I have low self esteem. There. I said it. It’s not just for teenage girls, apparently. I posted before about legacies, but this is a “legacy” that I do NOT wish to pass on to my children…

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Dust

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You are but a single creation, alone among the billions that have preceded you and the uncounted numbers now standing at your side.
You are in every way as distant and unique as you are the same as all the others.
Whether accepted as beloved and cherished or as despised and expendable, the created self can still hide much.
Especially all that is beautiful and true.
Yet know that there is neither lack nor deviation, one from the other, when reflected back through divinity’s residue

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We’re all going on a summer holiday

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So, it’s summer time. The girls have been off school for two weeks now (45 days to go, not that I’m counting or anything…) so we’ve already had two weeks of fun, frolics and…. f….ighting. Okay, they haven’t been that bad! (sometimes)  We’ve been in the middle of a heatwave (by Irish standards — I can hear the collective bless-your-hearts from here) and nobody has been sleeping well which never helps

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