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Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family

Date

May 3, 2010

This morning…

…I have heard the soft coo of a mourning dove and the raucous call of a red-wing blackbird…

…I have felt the warm sun on the back of my neck and the cool breeze caressing my skin…

…I have seen fair-weather clouds skittering across the brilliant blue sky…

…I have inhaled the scent of lilac, mint and cilantro…the latter two, wild-seeded and crushed under foot, edging ever closer to the clothesline…

…I have watched the comical antics of chickens and roosters, robins and wrens, all in a post-rain feeding frenzy as the earthworms emerge…

These beautifully intoxicating sights, sounds and smells…all because I have a clothesline and enough sun and wind to make a difference.  Praising God for the morning wash…

Blessings,

The “Mary” Month of May: The May Altar, again!

At yesterday’s mass, our good priest heartily encouraged his flock to embrace the tradition of the May Altar.  How thrilling to hear him say this!  It has been a tradition for many years, and as I had just posted on the very subject the day prior, it seemed confirmation that this action is truly pleasing to God and worthy of undertaking. Ours is not at all elaborate…we utilize the mantle in our family room, due to its position of prominence…it is the first place the eyes rest upon when entering the room.  A garland of artificial flowers surrounds our Lady, making up for the lack of fresh blooms.  Two vases holding fresh lilacs flank each side of the statue (and, hopefully very soon, peonies, irises, roses and a host of wildflowers as they bloom).  Two tall tapers and our paschal candle, along with the ‘Alleluia’ blocks complete the effect.  Any little niche you have, will do. I’d say, most families already have a little side table or shelf that is currently holding a statue of our Lady…this is perfect.   Intention is everything…love makes up for the rest!                                                                                                                                                                                            Blessings,

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