My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II




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Why Blog? And what happened on Wednesday?

Well it's official - my other three children all tested positive for strep as well! Samthesecondson woke up with a sore throat yesterday but still felt OK enough to serve mass. While he was gone I made an appointment for him at the doctor's office which I almost regretted as soon as he came back looking spry and healthy. No fever? Yet, I had made the appointment and I just thought I should keep it. After finishing my transcription, and delivering it to the doctor, I got my little girl dressed for her dance class, dropped her off at mom's and then took Sam to the doctor. His test showed immediately that he had strep but he lucked out - since he wasn't seriously ill he got the pills instead of the shot! The office really encouraged me to bring in the little ones - who weren't exhibiting any symptoms yet so I drove Sam back home, and picked up my youngest son Noah, but I had to wait a bit for my mom to get back with my daughter. As soon as I had them both we trekked over to the doctor's office once more and sure enough - both cultured, both positive.

Of course, as every mom here knows, that's not the end of it. There is the drop off at the drug store, and the wait, and then finally getting the prescriptions! I finally had everyone dosed and ready for bed by 8:00!

Gabe - my scarlet fever kid, still had a slight fever last night but he no longer looks like a strawberry. His butt hurts from the shot but as of this morning he was looking and feeling pretty good. Calvin, judging from his appetite, is feeling pretty good too! According to the pediatrician, since they are on these antibiotics, they should be good to go to the medieval feast this afternoon.

Of course at 5:00 I woke up with my throat on fire and I'm hoping getting into the doctor won't be too big a deal for me today. I have lots of typing to do, the house is a wreck, Izzy's costume isn't done yet, plus I'm supposed to fix something to take for the feast - and I feel a bit like Typhoid Mary!!

Well, one day at a time.

Now, I want to say a bit about blogging, and the controversy "To Blog, or not to Blog. Whether it is better to Blog or to spend all of our time in prayer? That is the question?"

Two blogs that I really like have something to say about it. The Might Barrister (who is back after an absence but apparently not really liking it,)and Elcaminoreal. I get the sense from both gentleman that there is a feeling that blogging may be in a way sinful and a waste of time, keeping us from other things that are more important spiritually like prayer.

In some ways I think they are correct. The Barrister hit what I was feeling right on the head:

I began doing this to explore and defend my faith, but I noted that getting hits, page views, and readers was gaining greater importance. I began to lose focus. I spent hours every day scouring web sites and news sites for ideas worth writing about and stories worth linking to. I spent even more time lurking on other sites, entering who-knows-what into who-knows-how-many comments boxes in the hope that someone reading the comments would then come to my site to gain wisdom from my pithy writings. What an ego trip.


Yea, getting the site meter up is exciting - no question! Even my husband can't believe over 2000 people have come here - on purpose!!

So I've had to examine for myself, why blog?

Well, for starters, it's better than message boards! No really! On a message board you are playing by someone else's rules and its just annoying. AOL was particularly bad when they would have a Catholic Parent or a Christian Parent Debate board and they would allow non-Catholic and Non-Christians, some of whom weren't parents either, to come and disturb the discussion. The Birth Control and Catholic Church board was also disappointing in that you posted there on the whim of the "Editor" and if you displeased her or supported Church teaching too rigorously - you were gone. I should know- she banned me at least four times!!

Here, I have my own soap box, my rules, about things that interest me - heck I don't even have that in real life!!

I've been at this since November. I think I'm still finding my own style. I am no Amy Welborn. I have no desire or interest to spend hours a day looking for news stories. I enjoy reading the ones she finds, but I simply don't have the time or the opportunity to do that myself. And I don't want this blog necessarily to just be a mini-Drudge report.

I also, at this point (although this post is an exception) am not going to be a prolific writer like Dave Armstrong, Mark Shea, and some of the other blogosphere gentlemen. And frankly, I probably won't read long posts in depth elsewhere either although if they are particularly interesting to me I might print them out and then read them throughout the day.

I'm not funny like Jeff Miller either - although I wanna be!!

Yet, I love the blogosphere and am glad to be part of it. I found out about Terri Schiavo for example from the Catholic Bloggers - my local newspaper didn't have anything about her until they pulled the tube out! I learn about Catholic perspectives and controversies- again something my diocesan newspaper leaves out! I feel a strength in the orthodox, obedient practicing Catholics that I just find inspiring. I don't think it is evil or "propaganda" and I strongly disagree with the blogger here who said as much on the elcaminoreal comments. The fact that there are strong, intelligent Catholics out there who are fighting for their faith and obedient to the magisterium gives me great hope, encouragement and joy!

Lastly, I love blogging and being part of the blog community because it gives me adult interaction of a higher intellectual level then I would ordinarily get during my day. All of my lady friends are either holding down a job and a family, or homeschooling. That makes it rather tough to just pick up the phone to talk whenever I feel like it. My husband, God love him, is gone most of the time with work and side jobs. So blogging is something I can do when I have a minute and feel like I'm not completely out of the loop.

I also think that blogging does keep me centered on God - the blog is after all, "My Domestic Church." The purpose is to explore how my family and I can deal with issues of the world while keeping faithful to what God calls us to by living in a Catholic household - Our Domestic Church! I'll try harder during Lent to tie those things together.

So if this is rambling - be nice - lady with a fever, sore throat and too much to do here! Hell week continues!!!

now off to get a doctor to give me antibiotics!!



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