Today is the feast of Saint Andrew. He was the first of the apostles of Jesus. Andrew had been a disciple of John the Baptist, he recognized Jesus as the Messiah. He brought his brother, Simon (Peter), to Jesus. They fished and lived together. They went with Jesus. "As [Jesus] was walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is now called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him" (Matthew 4:18-20). As Jesus, they too, were crucified. Jesus on some sort of T, Peter on an upside down T, and Andrew on an X, hence the shape of his flag. The date of his martyrdom was 30 November 60, in Patrae, Achaia, Greece.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Today was really a wonderful day. Most moms know that holidays can often be more stressful than relaxing. But today flowed really smoothly for us as we balanced spending time with both families. I really was able to savor the day and enjoy my family. Now at the end of the day, I am so thankful to God in this crazy world that I am surrounded by so much love, comfort and happiness. Hope all your Thanksgivings were just as joyful.
Posted by Robina at 8:22 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here are some great Thanksgiving crafts. Most of these except for the Coffe FilterTurkeys will have to be put in my saved folder to use next year or later on because I think they may be too young for Reese, but some of you with older young children would love these. Holiday Gratitude Can Paper Bag Turkey (we could possibly do this one on a god day) Coffee Filter Turkeys Turkey Table Favors Counting Down to turkey Time (We may do this one but on Thanksgiving Day write on each feather what we are thakful for. I'll call it Thankful turkey Feathers. i'll try to do it and post a picture.) I am sure there are so many others out there but these are just a few I found. Have fun. Gobble, Gobble.
I was forwarded emails by a few friends about this article about one of President Bush's last acts in a persistent battle to protect the lives of unborn children. The emails also gave a wonderful suggestion of writing to him to thank him for all he has done for these babies. It is hard to find anyone who agrees with all his policy decisions myself included, but it is undeniable the commitment he has shown to the pro-life movement during his two presidential terms. For all the criticism he gets in the media it would probably be a welcome gift to be told "Thank you." You or even better your children also can write to President Bush at President George W. Bush, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500.
Posted by Robina at 8:20 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
Advent is right around the corner and in our house we are starting some new traditions this year. One of these is a Jesse Tree. My project this weekend is going to be to find a great stick to use for our Jesse Tree. Here's some background of what a Jesse Tree is and then I'll tell you the rest of our plans.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I was so excited to read this article about the U.S. bishops approving a liturgical service for blessing children in the womb. What a wonderful way for parents and members of a parish to recognize the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception. I also love the idea of being able to say this blessing when at an abortion clinic to bless the unborn babies about to be aborted as the mother's walk in the clinic. But it maded me think if it is possible to baptise a baby in the womb, say in a case where a mother has been told the fetus wouldn't survive to birth or be born alive and would never consider abortion and fears her baby won't survive to be baptised alive. I'm not sure what the answer is to that. It seems to make sense to me but I am not sure what the Church believes. Here is the concluding rite for the blessing: May almighty God, who has created new life, now bless the child in your womb. The Lord has brought you the joy of motherhood: May he bless you with a safe and healthy pregnancy. You thank the Lord today for the gift of your child: May he bring you and your child one day to share in the unending joys of heaven.
Posted by Robina at 5:52 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I am a little late at posting about our celebration for All Saints Day. Reese is too young to do so many of the things I want to do to celebrate our holy days and feast days throughout the year, so I have to keep reminding myself that this is the year or me to "research," and that in the coming years we can bring them to life. This was the first Halloween that he understood the concept of dressing up and even that was a stretch until the final moment, so I didn't want to confuse the child by having him dress up as a saint also. Not to mention our church's All Saints dress up party was too late on Halloween night. So until he is a little older, the most I could come up with to do for this day was to read the book "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God." We have been reading it every night since. I have been trying to teach him the concept of what a saint is and that ordinary people can be saints too. I tell him he can be a saint if he makes Jesus very happy. He likes this book because he likes to search for the crosses and the swords. He likes the end with the All Saints dress up party with cake. I'm guessing if we do a saints dress up party next year, he'll need to have a sword.
Today Reese and I enjoyed a beuatiful crisp fall day playing in the back yard. We've been reading the book "We're going on a Bear Hunt," so we ran through the yard on different adventures singing, "We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day..." He was so excited. He was running with his sticks in his hand and he was on a great adventure. I was a little jealous I couldn't see the moment from his eyes again, just for a moment.
Posted by Robina at 9:02 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have been writing this in my head for the last few months as I have been praying for the future of the unborn during this election season. I had hoped to post this before the election, but I could never finish it, so I can only imagine that God has a purpose for this little poem other than swaying a vote. I hope that even just one person will read this (maybe someday even president Obama) and realize that life really does begin at conception. I wish I had great literary talents but writing simple little poems is a happy past time for me. My poems can't ever be compared to Dickinson or Poe but that isn't my goal. I just want to touch a heart or open a mind. I'm always nervous to share things like this so please be kind in you judgement and take it for what it is. A Child's Farewell Your soft and steady heartbeat is all I know, the sonata to which in this womb I grow. Before you knew of me, I looked upon you from heaven, but I'm already forgetting so I can befriend you again. I am growing and awaiting the day we will meet when you'll hold me and realize your life is complete. Now your pulse is wild, your heart is beating so fast, Sweet mother don't be frightened, this worry will not last. I promise with time you will be happy I am here that my life will give you life, never a regretful tear. But something is happening, I see my angel of light, She tells me not to fear the dawn of the night. It's suddenly so cold and the scalpel is coming near We were two now we're one, Goodbye mother dear I never saw your face but your beauty I know and His forgiveness will rediscover it underneath your sorrow If you think of me someday know I will love you forever, for regardless of your Choice, you are evermore my mother.