Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
A Quick Link...
not much time to write today. we're on our second batch of company in two weeks which were book ends to Easter Sunday. busy, busy, busy. but, we've taken some time off of school and i'm pleased to report that we were actually caught up before we stopped. yippee! that means so frantic catch up when we reconvene next week...just the "aw come on, are we still doing this?" :) but, i have some great hands on units planned so that should keep us coasting along joyfully until summer arrives. our oldest is also receiving her First Holy Communion in may so there are some fun hands on lessons in the works for that. anyway, i just stopped by to give you a link to a beautiful post of Michele's. she has hit the nail on the head to what i have been thinking lately and speaking with some people about who disagree. thanks Michele for putting words on screen to illustrate my thoughts!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
O God, death has been defeated today by your only-begotten Son
and the way to eternity lies open before us.
Grant that we who celebrate the feast of the Resurrection today
may be renewed by your Spirit
and rise again in living light.
(from the Liturgy of the Hours for Easter Sunday)
Happy Easter from our house to yours. May the Lord bless you in this season of great joy!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
today is Holy Saturday. i have pondered for years how to observe this day. on Palm Sunday we celebrate His triumphant entry into jerusalem. on Holy Thursday we witness the institution of the Holy Priesthood and the Most Blessed Eucharist. on Good Friday we walk with Him to calvary where He gave His very life for our sins. but saturday, Holy Saturday...what now. i believe Holy Saturday is about trust...and hope. Holy Saturday may not be marked by any big liturgy or moving stories. it only receives a mention of a few lines in the Gospels. but, i think today is the day we see what we really are made of. it's a time where we are not shown step by step what is going on and what we are to be doing. and if you are like me...that drives you crazy. so today, i must trust that despite the crucifixion and the empty tabernacle...He is still with me. today i must hope that tomorrow i will see the resurrection. the most glorious morn where our Savior rose is glory and conquered sin and death. until then, we pray the psalm from vespers for this evening...
Come quickly and hear me, O Lord,
for my spirit is weakening.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not let me be like the dead,
who go down to the underworld.
Show me your mercy at daybreak,
because of my trust in you.
Tell me the way I should follow,
for I lift up my soul towards you.
Rescue me from my enemies:
Lord, I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
may God bless your preparation, make you strong in trust and give you hope.