Archive for September 14th, 2006

Triumph_of_the_holy_cross_ceiling_lady_c_2 Today is the feast of the Exultation (or Triumph) of the Holy Cross and tomorrow is the memorial  of Our Lady of Sorrows….how beautiful the two should be celebrated together on the Church calendar!

Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likenes of men. And being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

— Philippians 2:5-11

Month_9_sorrowsFlower Symbols of Mary’s Sorrows  

"One plant legend of special relevance to Christ’s Cross is that of
the herb, basil (Ocimum basilicum) which was held to be of such
close association with the Cross that St. Helena was able to find
the location of the True Cross by digging for it under a colony of
basil plants.  We know of the association through St. Helena, but
just what the legend, the "fallen petal", was is not known to us.
Possibly it was one of the plants which was reputed to have sprung
up at the foot of the Cross where Christ’s blood drops or Mary’s
tears fell, as is reported in legends of other plants.  Or it may
have been offered to Christ as a soothing herb.  Another "fallen
petal" is the use of "basilica" as the name for the cross-shaped
floor plans of church  buildings.  Also, from the practice in some
areas of strewing branches of basil before church communion rails,
it came to be known as "Holy Communion Plant"." ~from mgardens.org

Here is a representation of a Sorrowful Mary Garden

"each station is associated with a flower or
flowers whose popular Mary-connection may prompt a devotional
insight into that station’s significance in the saving paschal
mystery of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ.

Extending the practice of meditating on the Stations of the Cross,
the flower symbols of the Sorrowful Mysteries, planted around the
garden cross, provide a mosaic of meanings for continuing
meditation on the passion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

At Catholic Culture we read :"The Sign of the Cross we make over ourselves before prayer helps to fix our minds and hearts to God. After prayer we make it to keep close to God. During trials and temptations our strength and protection is the Sign of the Cross. At Baptism we are sealed with the Sign of the Cross, signifying the fullness of redemption and that we belong to Christ. Let us look to the cross frequently, and realize that when we make the Sign of the Cross we give our entire self to God — mind, soul, heart, body, will, thoughts."

O cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus.

Stabat_mater_1On the menu today: Hot Cross Buns

For the Liturgical Year Notebook:
Catholic Mosaic: The Tale of Three Trees

Print out and learn these 2 songs:

Lift High the Cross
212 Stabat Maters??
Stabat Mater

google search for crosses with the dc and paste into a Word document collage

also make a notebook sorrowful Mary garden with the appropriate googled clip art flowers surrounding this picture

review the 7 Sorrows of Mary and their Scriptural references

ask the dc if they want to do any other projects based on the above links!

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It is that time of year!

The end of week 2 of school! 

and you know what that means!

…you do, don’t you? 

I want to redo my whole life, but!  before I get started I thougt I had better get things down on paper.  I need to throw away MORE THAN EVER BEFORE!!  YES!  I mean it and if I only had some chocolate, I would be determined AND happy….lol!

I have 1092 sq ft to fit my whole world into…a full basement that is damp and a walk up attic…and a 3 season porch in full view of the world.

please, please send me your tips hints and hugs….and will someone puleeze come over here and help me?  I am sooo tired of being excited to clean on my own….I mean ..ahem…I would like adult company…lol

so what about it?  What things do you have in place in your home that work for you? 

I will try to compile your answers and come up with a blog post or something to  help other organized wanna-be moms that do not want to be buried alive in their homes….

I am thinking…chores, consistency with kids, natural consequences…organization and how to KEEP it…etc….can you help me? 

I figure crawling under my bed sucking my thumb is not a very good alternative so let me try this first….haha! ;o)  jk! 

I am thinking…peaceful home, peaceful mom and dad.  I am sooo tired of pulling everyone to do what they need to…shoes, teeth, laundry, rooms, chores….you name it…they are waiting for me to pull and push…not any more boy!  I have done so much and it is good…but now because of the ages of my kids, it needs to be great!  Now the list will help….I need more of a backbone….lets put our heads together…be outnumbered no more!!  ROFL!

whadda ya say?  …the day in and out…the dawn to dawn nitty gritty….what do YOU have to say?!  Doesn’t anyone else face this too??

I know we have talked about this a bit in the past, but do you have a good perspective that would help others that feel like me feel more like a director of a prepared environment and less like a lion tamer/acrobat/sword swallower extrordinaire!  Share your thoughts!!

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