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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Being there

I've written before about how I want to be a more gracious letter writer, and card sender. When I lost my baby Raphael four years ago (can't believe it has been that long!) every card and letter I received meant so much to me. Even small gestures from acquaintances and strangers.

This week I found out that a lady I a acquainted with only has a year or so to live because of a poor heart. Everyone is surprised and stunned. I want to visit her, but I don't really know her that well. I don't want to impose. I was pondering what to do when I came across this note from the Wheelie Catholic. Think I'll take my cues from her!

I had a series of difficult things happen in my life - all in a row. People didn't understand and began avoiding me .
But one friend knew what to do. One day while I was out getting medical care, she stopped by my home and left a complete dinner for me with a card and her name on it. It read simply "Thinking of you".

As I went inside, my fears from the day began to dissolve and changed into gratitude. I felt better immediately. Instead of feeling alone, I realized that she, like many others who perhaps didn't know how to reach out, were with me in my emotional and physical pain. This was a sheer gift - and it wasn't about the meal (although that was , on a practical level, helpful). This kind act of my friend nourished my soul.


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