Friday, August 11, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Truly, the Son of God

The host fed all
Saw them off
12 boated away
He climbed the mountain
for evening prayer alone
3 am He began walking
toward them
down the mountain, plains
and onto the water
over the tempest sea
"Take Courage, it is I
Do not be afraid"
He called to those terrified.
He called to Peter, who then
walked with Him
over waves
then sinking due to
little faith,
Peter cried out
"Lord Save Me"


Monday, August 7, 2017

August 6, The Transfiguration

The Transfiguaration by Raphael

Go Figure

They figured
they were taking a walk
up a mountain
with friends
not expecting Him
to be transfigured.
They had to
reconfigure their plans.
St Peter knew "it is good that we are are here."
Only later when He was
at the cross
and then refigured in resurection
could St. Peter say he was
"an eyewitness of His majesty. For He received honor
and glory from God the Father."(1)

Poem based on the gospel of St. Matthew 17:1-9
(1) 2 Peter 1:16-19

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday Gospel

The Catholic liturgy is a three year cycle. We are currently in year A which focuses on the gospel of St. Matthew. Year B focuses on St. Mark, year C focuses on St. Luke. St John's gospel is part of each year A, B and C and does not have it's own year.

Over the last several years, the kids and I have created artwork with a bible verse from each of Sunday's gospels. We rotate these weekly to try to memorize a verse, as well as to see the connection between each Sunday's gospel.

This year, since the artwork and verse cards were finished, I started writing a poem for each Sunday's gospel.

Both of these are ways to meditate and understand more the gospel.

July 30, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
St. Matthew 13:44-52


Oh Pearl!
I have found you.
You are of great price
So I joyfully
sell all,
all I have,
to buy you.
I have been searching
searching for fine pearls.
Like the treasure,
I sell all
to buy that field.
Oh Pearl of great price!
This is the kingdom of heaven:
-All Given

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Catholic Mom Conference- ONLINE!

Join the FREE online conference for moms about MERCY on October 20-23, 2016.  It’s the Faces of Mercy
Each day of the conference you will be invited to watch your choice of featured presentations from popular speakers and authors . . . . at any time. . . . on any device. . . . even to download and listen to as an MP3. 

Comment, discuss, and pray for our families, our friends, our world, and each other, as we learn about and experience God’s mercy in our lives.

Experience More Mercy in Your Life
as the Year of Mercy comes to a close.
October 20-23, 2016
We will send one reminder email a few days before the conference begins.  Next, on each day of the conference, we will send you an email with links to the online conference page and password.  
Welcome and Thanks for Joining with Us!
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Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 Christmas Letter

The Musselmans L to R: Jen, Bobby, Julie, Bob, Kate, Mary, John. Back Row: Will, Joey
On December 19, 2015  Bobby married Jennifer Rose Palacios at St. Martha Catholic Church in Sarasota. A reception followed with family and friends feasting at the Powell Crosley Mansion overlooking Sarasota Bay.  We are so happy to have Jen as a part of the family.  She and Bobby will live nearby in Riverview, FL.  Jen will commute to work as a civil engineer in downtown Tampa, while Bobby will drive south to finish his second year of dental school at LECOM in Bradenton.  

John, 21, a senior at FSU, was the best man.  He will graduate in the spring with a degree in biochemistry and hopes to attend medical next fall.  In Tallahassee he is also working at Proof Brewing Co., bartending in the tasting room and learning a bit about the chemistry and manufacture of his favorite beverage.

Fellow groomsman Joey, 18, ran off to join the circus.  Sort of.  He attends FSU with John and he parlayed his juggling skills into a position in the famous FSU Flying High Circus.  He will be begin performing in the spring.  Joey is majoring in computer science.

Will, 16, was the tallest groomsman at nearly 6’4”, which also precipitated his movement in the fall from marching band to football tight end (probably the first time that happened at St. Pete High).  Will is doing well in the International Baccalaureate program and loves to shoot skeet. He will get his driver’s license in January.

Mary, 14, unfortunately for dad, got a lot of good ideas from Bobby and Jen’s wedding (apparently food by Chick Fil A and the reception at parish center is now off the table for her wedding day.)  Mary will graduate 8th grade in May and will follow her brothers into the IB program at St. Pete High next fall.  She loves to read and if playing basketball and volleyball.

Kate, 11, is in fifth grade at St. Raphael.  She continues to be her mother’s best buddy but is also an excellent sous chef in the kitchen for her dad.  She is happy to have Jen as another big sister. 

September 1, Julie transitioned from regional manager for Lighthouse Catholic Media to Program Coordinator for Fr. Michael Gaitley’s Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs (HAPP).  Then November 19, Lighthouse merged with the Augustine Institute in Denver.  So Julie will be travelling a bit to Denver and the HAPP home base of Stockbridge, Mass., spreading the Gospel and doing what she loves.  

Our propeller business, thanks to low gas prices and low tides, did well in 2015. 
We wish all our friends and family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bob Musselman                                                      
St. Petersburg, FL                                                            
December 2015     

Thursday, October 1, 2015

St. Thérèse

Today is one of my favorite feast day's St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus also known as St Thérèse the little flower.

St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus lived from 1873-1897. She was just 24 when she died. Later this month Pope Francis will canonize her parents Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.

I love getting out my copy of Story of a Soul, her autobiography and reading it from it this day each year. Additionally, here are a few great other resources to learn more about this "Little" Doctor of the Church.

Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger Great book for school age children 5-8th grades.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My newest hobby, gardening

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,--
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

I've known this gardening verse for many, many years. It is often engraved on plaques or stepping stones in gardens. However, I've not been very interested in gardening until this spring. Sure, I've always pulled weeds, and I love buying 10-20 bags of mulch and spreading them around, but this year, I started creating a couple of garden areas that I hope will give beauty through the years and become places of reflection and prayer.

I put together this Pentecost Garden in May 24. The azaleas were already there, but totally overgrown. I pruned them back and added the red caladiums. Caladiums, I learned are perfect for a shady spot. 

This garden is anchored by 2 oak trees, so it is in the shade almost all day. The pavers around the garden have been there for a long time. I had to clean them off and straighten them out. Then I took red paint and lettered them with this prayer:

Come Holy Spirit
Fill the Hearts of your Faithful
Enkindle in us the fire of your love
Send Forth your Spirit and we shall be created
And you shall renew the face of the earth.

 Last touch was to put the red lawn chairs around the garden to highlight the color!
Musselman Family in front of the Pentecost Garden. 
 Next project started on Father's Day weekend when we purchased a stone statue of St Joseph holding the baby Jesus. It became very obvious that we needed to put it near the outside workbench Bob and Will built at the barn.

By clearing a LOT of weeds and pruning the over grown viburnum a nice St Joseph garden was created, using pine straw as the mulch. This garden has 3 pine trees and the pine straw is constantly falling, so all I needed to do was rake it up in a circle to encompass the garden.

Next I will make a plaque with the prayer of St Joseph the Worker:

Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God; to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever recoiling before weariness or difficulties; to work, above all, with purity of intention, and with detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, O Patriarch Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death.
I treated myself to a new book on gardening that I am really enjoying A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac by Margaret Rose Realy. Ms Realy takes each month of the year and share our beautiful Catholic Faith through:

  • Theme of the Month
  • Traditions and Saints of the Month
  • Gardening/Planting for the Month
  • Biblical Reflection for the Month
  • and Prayer Focus for the Month

Whether or not you actually garden, or are an "armchair gardener" you will really enjoy this book!

The Gardening prayer in full is:

     God's Garden

      by: Dorothy Frances Gurney
      THE Lord God planted a garden
      In the first white days of the world,
      And He set there an angel warden
      In a garment of light enfurled.
      So near to the peace of Heaven,
      That the hawk might nest with the wren,
      For there in the cool of the even
      God walked with the first of men.
      And I dream that these garden-closes
      With their shade and their sun-flecked sod
      And their lilies and bowers of roses,
      Were laid by the hand of God.
      The kiss of the sun for pardon,
      The song of the birds for mirth,--
      One is nearer God's heart in a garden
      Than anywhere else on earth.
      For He broke it for us in a garden
      Under the olive-trees
      Where the angel of strength was the warden
      And the soul of the world found ease.
      7-19-15 Reader comment: Your blog post was tremendous you have inspired me to do a humility garden with constant attention to weeding the deep roots of pride
      Right now it is so overgrown that I'm almost fearful of the bees that are lurking as I try to prune it 🌷🌷🌷
      Detachment from all forms of pride is what the Lord has said to me is what I am must focus on for myself and to lead others.
      He gives me no less than 100 opportunities to practice it every day. The 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration is the best fertilizer and training ground for this virtue
      -Marybeth, St Pete FL