Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday


Feast of St. Martha

St Martha
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr licensed cc. 

Luke 10:38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha  welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

This comment in my comment box spurred my interest:

"Surely if Jesus -- who has perfect knowledge -- reprimanded Martha, but not Mary, then I need to learn something from that, and not assume..."

I'm reminded that the scriptures are full of many layers and levels. Imagine that great scholars have poured over these passages for centuries, and yet they still hold meaning and interest for bible students. Many times there are different angles to the same story.

The story of the prodigal son comes to mind. I once heard Josh Harris speak and he reminded us that while the prodigal had the money - he was having a good time!! Very true and it's an angle that doesn't get much play in Sunday School.

I also remember the first time I heard Professor Scott Hahn speak of Abraham and his attempt to sacrifice Isaac. This occurred somewhere in Salem, which later became part of JeruSALEM. Indeed God sacrifices his son in a place where Abraham does not need to sacrifice his. The symbolism and meaning in that revelation is rich!

So I took a fresh look at Martha and Mary. I noted, perhaps for the first time, that Martha is the one who invites Jesus in. She welcomes him. She opens her home and her heart to him. Wow... been there. Many times. Part of having a Domestic Church is trying to make sure that Jesus is welcome there as well as in the hearts of each family member. And maybe that's where Martha didn't follow through. Jesus does become a deep part of Mary's heart, and certainly her mind. I'm sure that's what Martha wanted for her sister. But at the same time, maybe she was jealous that she hadn't allowed Jesus into her own heart and mind as she had intended. She let the daily things take her away instead of moving her closer. I've done that too.

Our parochial vicar gave a very educational homily on this last year. (See the archive section and look for Father L July 21, 2013). This incident with Mary, Martha and Jesus took place during the Jewish Feast of Sukkot, probably in late September or early October. It was a time of joyful celebration and abundance from the harvest time.  The home of Mary and Martha was in the town of Bethany  on the Jericho Highway and many hundreds of pilgrims were expected to travel the highway on their way to Jerusalem.
Map of Ancient Bethany
Martha and everyone else in the village was getting ready for the hundreds of pilgrims by preparing meals and lodging for them.  This was not just a simple dinner that Martha was preparing but a huge feast requiring a lot of time and effort. And I think part of what Father L was saying in his homily was perhaps that St. Martha wasn't as thankful as she could have been for the work and labors that she had to perform.

As a wife and a mother I plead guilty to that as well - and am always trying to remind myself that this busy season of life is short and even though sometimes it is a tremendous responsibility, I should be thankful for the hardship that comes even with abundant blessing and learn the lessons from it that I need to learn for my own sanctification.

The other part that strikes me is the part where she asks the Lord to "make my sister" do something. How many times I have asked God that my will be done instead of His?" Probably too numerous to count. God's not a puppet master. I'm sure prayers like that just make him shake his head.
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Mr. Pete had an interesting thought of his own on Martha and Mary. He thinks Jesus probably let the ladies work it out in sisterly love while he sought out the company of Lazarus! Maybe the Lord lets us heal ourselves that way too.

If you want to find out what happened to Martha, Mary and Lazarus after the resurrection, Fish Eaters has that legend here. Turns out, Martha the housekeeper, became somewhat of a dragon slayer!

Saint Martha

Symbols: Water pot and asperge; cooking utensils; ladle or skimmer; broom; bunk of keys at her girdle; two asperges; dragon bound with a girdle (symbolizing temptation resisted); torch (symbolizing enlightenment and zeal); censer (symbolizing prayer and worship); boat; covered table with cloth, cups, pitcher and bowl containing fruit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Homeschool Book List for 2015/2016

Book list 2015/16
homeschooling during advent

Reading and English list via Bravewriter and other sources
Prairie Primer  - Social Studies
Partnership Writing - Bravewriter
Prima Latina Full Set
Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (Young Explorer Series)
Saturday Soccer League
CYO Cross Country practice
Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op

Art Studies at Akrona Art
Exploring Creation With Chemistry
Parish Choir St. Sebastians
Basic Economics
Saturday Soccer League

A Noble Experiment: The History and Nature of the American Government Student Workbook
Math U See  and/or ALEKS - pre-calc
Basic Economics
World History - James Stobaugh
Parish Choir St. Sebastian
Bell Choir

Kate at Flickr licensed via CC

Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple Woman

Outside my window...
Sunset on a great lake.

I am thinking...

about the start of the school year, and all that I have to do to prepare for that! This will be Noah's last year and although he is my fourth child, he is the first one really looking at college - a new adventure for our family.

I am thankful...
for my second son Sam!  who starts a new job today in an upscale, grocery/cafe today.  This is a big step for him (and one that offers health care and benefits), and I know he will get a lot of great food industry experience.

I'm also grateful that he and Gabe are playing music again!

I have...
a chance to visit my favorite aunt this week!

In the kitchen...
I think superburgers on the grill tonight with fresh tomatoes!

I am wearing...
a gray long T-shirt that doubles as a night gown on hot summer nights.

I am reading...

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...
  We're enjoying a little bit of a break but Noah is still working on: 

One of my favorite things...

    I am looking forward to...

    get a chance to go on a little driving vacation this week.  Nothing too big but a chance to enjoy some nice weather and visit family and friends.

    A quote to share...

    Helena Cassadine: They don't keep people like us in hell, dear, we'd end up running the place.
    A quote from Luke Spencer's nemesis in honor of Tony Geary's last scene to be telecast today on GH. 

    A picture to share...

    Sewing Pattern
    This is the pattern of a dress I made for the first ever formal dance I ever went to with Mr. Pete.  Izzy and I are hoping to resurrect it this summer because I think it might just look great on her!

    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    Center piece for the feast of St. James

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    Feast of James the Greater!

    James the Greater was the brother of John, the beloved apostle.  They were the sons of Zebedee and Salome, and like their father, the brothers were fishermen on the Sea of Galilee.  James and John were together when Jesus called them and their friends Simon and Andrew, to be "fishers of men."  James and John together were called the "Sons of Thunder", by our Lord.

    Among the 12 apostles, James held a special place.  He was there when Jesus raised Jairus' daughter from the dead; he was present at the transfiguration along with John and Peter; and he slept in the Garden of Gethesemane.

    James was the first of the apostles to be martyred. (Acts 12:1)
    James did drink of the cup Jesus drank of, all too shortly after the King Herod Agrippa I killed him with a sword in an early persecution of the Church. There is a story that the man who arrested James became a convert after hearing James speak at his trial and was executed with him.

    Legend has it that before his execution, James preached in Spain. It is said he is the patron of pilgrims to the Holy Land, because he returned to the Holy Land after preaching in Spain, and he was beheaded on his return.

    James is the patron of hat makers. The scallop-shell is very prevalent on the shores of Palestine, so pilgrims would take these shells home and put display them on their hats to show that they had made a piligrimage to the Holy Lands.  St. James will frequently be portrayed as a pilgrim with a staff and with a scalloped shell.

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    This is the day to try oysters on the half shell!  or maybe stuffed shells for dinner! or try some fun shell crafts!

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    7-Quick Takes

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    Join the other Quicktakers at This Ain't the Lyceum.

    1. One week after the wedding, we headed up for one of our family reunions.  A lot of our family members had traveled for the wedding, so this year's reunion was somewhat sparse.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Pete's brother Joe, who usually runs the reunion, had a small heart attack while he was setting up the festivities. Luckily, he caught it early and he's going to be fine, but we were all worried about him and anxious for news.

    For the sake of the little ones, the usual games went on. They looked for eggs.

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    They had the sack races.

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    and even little Miss C. got to hop in a sack for the first time, with the help of her daddy!
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    2.  Miss C's daddy had a birthday this week too!  20 years old!

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    A simple, but delicious carrot cake to top off an evening of dinner and a card game called  Super Fight - which was actually a lot of fun to play!
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    3.  The nicest thing about having a backyard that is always party ready - are the interesting discussions that go on, and on and on!

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    4. I'm thinking of reselling these shoes on e-bay.  I originally bought them for Izzy to wear to the wedding. She needed silver shoes and when I saw them I fell in love with them immediately.

    When my sister came over I couldn't wait to show them to her.

    "Look at these gorgeous shoes I got for Izzy to wear to the wedding!" I said.

    "Izzy liked them?" enquired my sister.

    The truth was, Izzy was less than enthusiastic about them. But was obediently willing to wear them because I bought them.  When sis asked her, she admitted that they weren't her favorite, and then my sister kindly informed me that the shoes were more for a "mature" lady - i.e. me.

    So I wore them to the wedding. Sis graciously took Izzy shoe shopping and got her something that she really loved!

    My niece later explained that the strap around the ankle just isn't as "fashionable" these days. And she's right. The ankle strap does cut the line of the leg - and my leg's aren't all that long anyway.

    So in retrospect, I guess I don't like them as much any more.

    5.  I have been obsessed this week with watching The Big C on Amazon.  I own all 4 seasons and have enjoyed rewatching them.  I guess I enjoy the dark humor in the phase of a grave diagnosis, but also I really enjoy Laura Linney's performance as Cathy Jamison.

    6.  Laura Linney is also excellent in


    7.  Next week Tony Geary leaves his role as Luke Spencer on General Hospital.  I've kept up with that show (mostly via Youtube nowadays) since I was a very little girl.

    Mr. Geary is 68. I get it. He wants to retire and move on with his life.

    I just wish he hadn't trashed his relationship with "Laura" on the way out.  For those who don't know, Luke Spencer was a poor boy on the wrong side of the tracks, who grew up in a whore house and found his place in the world with organized crime. He fell in love with his "angel" Laura. Their experiences and adventures were the stuff of soapy goodness that gave General Hospital the status that it enjoys to this day. Their wedding is still the highest rated event in daytime history.

    In his exit interview, Geary said:
    I just get really tired of the whole Luke-and-Laura thing. I think Genie would tell you the same. We’ve both been dragging the corpse of that relationship around for 30 years. I was able to insist on moving away from it, but being hyphenated as Luke-and-Laura has been a real pain in my ass. It irritated me that, no matter what I did on the show, no matter how many Emmys I won, I could never unhitch from that. Every time I was introduced anywhere in the last 33 years, they’d run the clip of that f---ing wedding. It’s like having your high school graduation picture dragged out. [Laughs] Nobody wants that! And yes, this is a guy who is biting the hand that has fed him. I fully understand that. I think at age 68 I’m allowed to say these things, and certainly now that I am no longer under contract.

    As a fan, I'm sorry he feels that way. Because many of us rooted for Luke and Laura to stay together, or for them to find their way back to each other.  For it to end the way it's ending, with Luke walking away into the night, feels kind of disrespectful towards everything we lived through with these characters for decades. It was supposed to be a great love that lasted until death do us part. Instead it ends with an uninteresting fizzle.

    How disappointing.

     These are two of my favorite Luke and Laura clips.

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