Thursday, May 26, 2011

Feast of St. Philip Neri, Patron Saint of Joy

" St. Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy, the whole post-Renaissance malaise."

Today's saint shows us that holiness does not have to mean serious and joyless. Today let's set aside our "have-to-do-it-now" schedules, worries and trials and delight in the Lord.

You can even get out the Pringles and have some fun like Bob did!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Becoming my mother

I was squeezing the last bit of moisturizer out of the bottle yesterday when it finally became empty. I was about to toss the bottle in the trash when I remembered that my mother used to take the top off and turn it upside down and let it drain completely empty. I smiled as I got a ramkin out of the kitchen to put my up-side-down moisturizer in. "Waste not, want not" I could hear her say in her cheery way.

Then I thought, wow, I am becoming more like my mother!

Now many of you women readers may be saying "oh please, don't tell me I am getting like my mother!" Ok, well maybe you aren't. But many of us are, and if we aren't now, we certainly get closer to becoming like our mother the longer we live. I can only hope this is true for me. I had the best mother in the world. To be even a smidgen like her would be a great gift.
My beautiful mother

So, I am going to continue turning my almost empty bottle up-side-down (works really well with ketchup) and  "policing the yard" (see blog post November 27, 2010) and trying to smile all the time (how did she do that?) so that in fact I can remember my mom, honor her memory and become more like her.

During this beautiful month of May, we do well to likewise imitate our Heavenly Mother, Mary. She who was conceived without sin and followed the will of God in every way is the best one to imitate. We can also ask her intercession to help us become the women we are called to be.

Friday, May 6, 2011

1970s Pepsi Cola crocheted hat helps 2011 X-box Live player

What can you do with a crocheted Pepsi Cola hat from the 1970s? Beyond wearing it to a throw back 1970s party?

This special hat was made with love by my husband's grandmother. The Pepsi Cola pieces are actually the fronts of cans of the soda, cut out and hole punched so that they can be crocheted together in orange, white and red tie-dyed yarn. Many of you lesser astute readers have probably thrown away all of your cola hats from the 70s, but here in our home, we have found a relevant use for this 40 year old hat--helping teenagers to play X-Box Live.

A few months ago, the headset for X-box live was left on a couch and one of our fours sons sat on it and snapped the head piece off. So the microphone still works, but there is no way to keep it on your head....unless, you have a crocheted Pepsi Cola hat to hold the microphone against your head.

And, it is hard to see from this picture below, but you wouldn't want to be limited to just playing a video game AND talking to your opponent with the headset, so of course, you would also be listening to music on your mp3 player with earplug style headphones.

Will the talents of my children ever cease??

Our third son, age 13
So Hat's Off to Grandma Musselman. You are fondly remembered on this Mother's Day weekend.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Altar

Mary Jean sets up our May altar.
Today my daughter Mary Jean and I set up our May altar. In the past we have had a single statue of the Blessed Mother with flowers for the Month of May, but today we did something a little different.

We gathered several statues of Our Lady as well as pictures of our grandmothers and even a Marian Candle. We have a statue of Mary's Immaculate Heart and Mary, Cause of Our Joy and the Pieta, Mary the Sorrowful Mother. The picture hanging over the Mirror was done by oldest son Bobby in first grade. He just finished his first year of college.

This month is a good month to recommit to the saying the Holy Rosary every day. I recently listened to a great new CD by Fr. Jason Brooks titled "Fatima, Living the Message." (Click here for more on that CD.) Hearing about the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 and her request for prayers and penance really impacted me. Her primary message is two-fold: Pray the rosary for Peace and do penance for the conversion of sinners. How very simple, yet so powerful. I love the rosary, but it is one of those things that can easily get pushed to the side lines on long busy days.

A few years ago, I heard Catholic speaker and author Johnnette Benkovic refer to the rosary as "Our Lady's Lasso." Johnnette tells of her own grandmother who prayed a rosary a day for each of her grandchildren (and I think she had 12 or 14 of them, so 12 or 14 rosaries PER DAY.) Johnnette firmly believes that those prayers of her sweet grandmother brought her back to the Catholic faith. Who do you know that needs prayers? Pick up your "lasso" and ask Mama Mary to help bring them closer to her son.

To learn how to pray the rosary click here.

For "extra credit", read Blessed Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the Rosary "Rosarium Virginis Mariae", click here for full text.