Friday, July 31, 2009

What we saw....

When we went to Skinner State Park.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Review of Thank God Ahead of Time

Thank God Ahead of Time, The Life and Spirituality of Solanus Casey by Michael Crosby, O.F.M is exactly what it describes itself to be: a book about the life of Solanus Casey.
Prior to reading this book, I had been hearing the name of Solanus Casey frequently. Fr. Benedict Groeschel had mentioned him on Sunday Night Live, and I had heard him spoken of on several different podcasts. My curiosity was piqued. As I read about what a humble man Fr. Casey was, and about his sincere belief that all prayers are answered, I found my own way of praying changed. I found myself thanking God for answering my requests as I prayed instead of waiting for a result.

Solanus Casey often referred to himself as a poor sinner and requested the prayers of those who sought him out. He believed that God's power was available to each and every one of us if only we had the faith. He lived his life in the service of the Lord as a Capuchin Friar, and he lived the corporal works of mercy by example. He sought to help those in poverty, whether spiritual poverty or a lack of wordly means. He was obedient to his superiors and sought to accept criticism with grace and humility. While he sought justice for those who were downtrodden or wronged, he never sought it for himself, and it is said that he never spoke ill of another.
I pray that his example of how to draw closer to Christ will help me on my journey, and I recommend this wonderful book to any who would also seek to be closer to God.

Solanus Casey is Venerable Solanus Casey. His cause for canonization is being reviewed.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Thank God Ahead of Time The Life and Spirituality of Solanus Casey by Michael H. Crosby, O.F.M., Cap.

Monday, July 06, 2009

wrapping up

I am still processing all the end of the school year stuff. You know what I mean. The essays and papers that still need to be corrected, the portfolio that still needs to be assembled. I am also waiting for the standardized test results for my 3 children who are at home. We are also thinking about next year and planning for curriculum. We are venturing back into a co-op for many of our classes next year after staying home for all of our classes this past year. I love the co-op as far as opportunity to be with other families goes, however, I am afraid my children see only the social opportunity, and do not understand that this is a wonderful learning opportunity.

I am wondering about how to balance the co-op with the rest of the week. I am also trying to determine if I will continue to attend the Ladies Bible Study that has been a part of my life for so many years. I am not sure if I can justify another day out of the house with 2 co-op days.

In the mean time, one of my dear homeschooling friends is taking classes and talking about becoming a public school teacher. I will miss her if and when she starts teaching in brick and mortar schools.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for opportunities and changes. May we follow Your will for us. Please help us to discern the way You would have us follow.


Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Have you ever thought about what would happen today if a group of people decided to oppose the government in the way our forefathers opposed the government in 1776? Or even what would happen if there was a true "Boston Tea Party" in today's world? Those involved would be considered treasonous and terrorists.

Just some to think about.

Happy Fourth of July!