I recently completed yet another revolution around the sun. My younger son is small enough that his age is still communicated in months. I thought it would be fun to enumerate my life in months, too.
--2--"Hour of Power"
Drew Mariani from Relevant Radio usually prays the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the 3 o'clock hour. I pick up my older son from school around that time, so I usually catch a bit of it. Captivating. It's such a good reminder to pray during that time, and it's uplifting to hear stories of the answered prayers. I highly recommend tuning in to Drew's program either on the radio (stations & affiliates), the web, or the app.
This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend a craft fair at our church. I happened upon an artisan who was selling some lovely, fabric-covered notebooks. I've since done some writing in the one I bought, and I realized how much I enjoy putting the pen to the paper. I think the very act of scribbling may be more therapeutic for me than typing. What do you prefer: The keyboard or paper and pen?
I've been thinking a lot lately about the people who make the stuff I buy. Every once in a while, I wonder what I can do to contribute to a fair wage--ever since college when I was part of a group called the Sweatshop Action Coalition. Unfortunately, coming away from that experience, I did not feel very empowered. At that time, alternatives to buying items made in sweatshops or factories which used questionable work practices were slim. Now, besides buying second-hand goods, there are many more options for purchasing "fair trade" items. Catholic Relief Services offers an online list of retailers who sell fair trade products--clothing and beyond. Perhaps you will find some Christmas gifs for your loved ones in these online shops!
On my drive home after meeting a friend for lunch, I caught a Matthew Kelly talk on the radio. He touched on several themes; however, one idea stuck with me. According to Kelly, people in thriving relationships engage in "carefree timelessness." I thought about my fondest memories involving my husband, children, family and friends. Many of these moments of carefree timelessness were spent on vacations, but just as many were activities that cost little to nothing. For example, several of the activities that have strengthened our bonds include taking leisurely hikes through the woods or strolls around the neighborhood.
I am currently listening to another Lighthouse Catholic Media talk--this time on the theme of suffering. I am looking forward to listening a second time, while taking notes, because the speaker, Matthew Leonard, weaves inspirational scripture within his storytelling and explanation. I plan on revisiting this talk, so I won't reveal too much, except that you have to listen to it just to hear the magnificent words his young daughter said to him during her own time of suffering. Absolutely breathtaking.
--7--Really Good Quote
While on the subject of suffering, I wanted to share with you a quote from Mother Assumpta Long. I was blessed to be able to see her speak at the latest Behold Conference. She said,
"Suffering will make you bitter or better."
Thank you, Mother Assumpta.
Today, Kelly from This Ain't the Lyceum, is hosting 7QT. Head on over there for more Quick Takes!