Thoughts

Pooh Thinking

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”
Winnie the Pooh
The House at Pooh Corner

:: living the liturgy

There is so much to chew on with this devotion to The Liturgy of the Hours. I’m taking it in bites. This excerpt from today’s Readings was like a snag of gristle and I needed to chew on it bit longer.

From the book of Sirach
11:12-28
Put your trust in God alone

My son, hold fast to your duty, busy yourself with it,
grow old while doing your task.
Admire not how sinners live,
but trust in the Lord and wait for his light;
For it is easy with the Lord
suddenly, in an instant, to make a poor man rich.
God’s blessing is the lot of the just man,
and in due time his hopes bear fruit.

…when a man dies, his life is revealed.
Call no man happy before his death,
for by how he ends, a man is known.

Then the news of a shooting at a middle school in New Mexico. Two children seriously hurt and the shooter apprehended. The twelve-year-old shooter. What drives a tween to quietly hide a firearm in his school backpack and then target his classmates? What awakened in him and moved him to surrender the weapon when a teacher asked him to? The answer is more than playing or watching violent video games and movies. Deeper than pent-up anger or a misguided cry for attention.  It lies buried in the bowels of a human being broken and twisted by life. That place where no child of merely twelve years should even know about, yet alone find themselves to be.  “My son,” your “duty” was to be a child; childhood was your workplace. Who or what caused you to lose sight of your purpose?

Where was the village when the gun was within your reach?

“Call no man happy before his death, for by how he ends, a man is known.” Death can come in many forms. A twelve-year-old can become a man at the pull of a trigger. A boy-man who is now known.

:: giving thanks

For Pope Francis and his mission to serve the poor that moves him to appoint cardinals from countries not known to many of us, but nevertheless should be recognized: Burkina Faso, Mesembria, and Castries. Read about all 19 who will be officially appointed on February 22, 2014.

Also giving thanks that my sister and brother-in-law will soon have the funds needed to replace their roof. They have prayerfully waited as it collapsed from rain damage last year and the insurance check was slow in coming.

rosary

:: praying for

For family friends and their new baby. We believe the wee baby boy’s condition is called craniosynostosis. Doctors are going to wait until he is six-months-old before proceeding with surgery.

For a neighbor’s grandson who is recovering from injuries after a skateboarding accident.

For a brother-in-law as he recovers from recent surgery. As well as for a sister-in-law and a grand-nephew recovering from foot injuries.

For grandsons trying out for sports and for all the grandchildren as they get reacquainted with school life after the long holiday break. (And for their parents.)

For those struggling with hitches & glitches in their marriages.

For a dear friend struggling with family relationships. Relationships shouldn’t be so hard to grow and nurture.

How can I pray for you right here, right now, where you are?

:: watching

Picking up where mid-season finales left off last November and delving into Season Four of “Downton Abbey.” No spoilers here for those DA lovers who haven’t been able to view the first two episodes yet. Just know that this viewer nearly jumped out of her chair yelling, “No!” on Sunday night.

DA

Looking forward to — The Winter Olympics, Superbowl Sunday, and The Oscars.

:: pondering on

This interview and diggin’ what it has to say. {Yes, I said, “diggin.”}

:: currently reading

Halfway through A LITTLE SALTY TO CUT THE SWEET (Sophia “BooMama” Hudson):

“My sister and I laugh about how, when we were growing up, our polar-opposite-of-helicopter parents looked at every hardship as an opportunity to work harder and trust God more deeply. Sister and I refer to this as the ‘get after it’ approach to life, and I am here to tell you that my brother, my sister, and I inherited this mind-set IN SPADES.”

Several chapters into BREAD & WINE (Shauna Niequist):

“Why couldn’t I be one of those people who forgets to eat? When I’m stressed or sad, I eat like a truffle pig, hoping that great mouthfuls of food will make me feel tethered to something, grounded, safe. And I eat when I’m happy too — when the table is full of people I love, when we’re celebrating.”

Also, delving into THE EVERYDAY CATHOLIC’S GUIDE TO THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS (Daria Sockey) — because I need some serious guidance and instruction on making this a part of my everyday prayer life.

:: looking forward to

Beginning some new online courses in camera operation and photo taking, mixed-media journaling, and intentional living.

Celebrating Candlemas and the official, liturgical end of Christmastide.

:: loving the moments

When the five heart-strings that stretch between my heart & soul and those of my husband and four daughters are at rest.

Winter forest

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”  ~Søren Kierkegaard

Blessings, dear reader.

One comment

  1. When you pray to the Lord, our God, one feels a change over come by a joyous feeling of happiness in a very quiet way of excitement. Ask and you shall receive. I need to repent, for the Easter season is around the corner.

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