My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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The Beryl Anniversary

Once you get past 30 years of marriage (the pearl anniversary) the items that go with each subsequent anniversary are kind of unusual and rare until you make it to 40 (the ruby anniversary). This year we are celebrating our Beryl anniversary. When I told Mr. Pete he said, "Barrel? As in gun barrel? or as in you've got me over a barrel?"


I honestly didn't even know what beryl is, but I soon discovered that it is a gemstone much like emerald or aquamarine. The stuff that gives it a pretty green color is really an increase in certain chemicals. The greater the composition, the prettier the shade of green in the stone. For anniversary purposes, the emerald is the mascot for the 55th wedding anniversary - which for us is 17 years away.

I've been thinking about that a lot this week  - about the stuff that comes into and out of a marriage that increases or decreases its "color." We're not the same people we were 38 years ago. Thankfully some things have left our marriage - like insecurity and impatience. I think on my part as a wife, I've tried to grow more patient. Mr. Pete says I'm kinder. I have a settled spirit when it comes to smaller things - maybe even bigger things. And we have a lot more humor in our marriage. Not that we didn't always, but I think we can laugh at ourselves easier now and we help each other to say centered.

Over the past few years, we've become aware of something else - our marriage seems to mean a lot to other people including our children, and our friends and community. That makes me wonder if the graces that come from the sacrament weren't just for us, but for those we interact with as well? I also wonder if graces from our marriage extend to my granddaughter too? If there is something from our union that extends and protects her? Looking back at my grandparents and Mr. Pete's grandparents, I think there might just be something to consider there. We were certainly blessed by them; maybe this blessing plays itself forward.

But today is a busy weekday. Mr. Pete is going to work, I have some projects around the house, and tonight we have to play and sing for a mass for the deceased nurses in the area. We probably won't do much celebrating. I doubt we're going to be purchasing anything made of beryl for this anniversary either.  But maybe we can go to Cracker Barrel some time to celebrate.

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