Friday, May 1, 2009

7 Quick Takes


How many parts of the Mass in Latin do you know? I know some of them. I know the Sanctus, the Pater Noster, the Angus Dei. But our pastor, God bless him, does our Sunday Gloria in Latin every week and I simply don't know it. I'm beginning to pick up parts of it but it is tough when little girls keep pulling the hymn book out of your hand or turning the pages on you. I got a print-up of all the Latin words and am slowly learning them. Maybe I'll know it by Christmas?


I have been working my way through Kimberly Hahn's Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker's Heart. I'm on page 164, but my favorite bit so far had to be back on page 95. Now, maybe it is because I'm officially in my 8th month of pregnancy and have a lower back and bladder that won't let me sleep through the night. Or maybe it has to do with having a 3 year old and a 1 year old. But I absolutely love when she says that we live an "Apostolate of Interruption" wherein God refines in us a "heart of loving service and wisdom to know how to respond to each interruption." Anything and everything I do gets interrupted whether it is a phone call, a doorbell, a 3 year old, a 1 year old or an unborn baby. I'm adopting that phrase and I need to remember it. Most interruptions I handle without any difficulty, but for the ones with which I struggle, I need to remember that phrase.


I know we all watch different shows, but as we enter May, I find myself with conflicted feelings about the few I watch. They are ENDING! Next week is the Hell's Kitchen Finale. And, I believe, Biggest Loser only has two episodes left. On the one hand, I enjoys these shows and will miss them when they are over. I look forward to watching them at the end of the day. On the other hand, I'm looking forward to a refreshing change of schedule and I know if they were on every week all year long I'd become too dependent on them. Of course, with a new baby less than 2 months away, a change of schedule would hit me whether I wanted it to or not. :)


Wednesday was April 29th! Did you know that? It was also the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. She is one of my patrons. On the chain around my neck I wear only a gold crucifix and a silver medal of St. Catherine that I bought in Siena. Despite the efforts of adoring fans, I have actually managed to pilgrimage to all the locations of her body. It also just so happened to be the 5 year Anniversary of James' and my engagement. (I'm getting older way too fast! I will graciously bow out of my 20s later this year - though my father has forbidden me from doing so.) Five years ago last Wednesday, James and I went out to a special dinner at Morton's. I kindof knew it was coming, but he thought, if we are going to have a special occasion, why not commemorate it on a special day? This past Wednesday he surprised me with two dozen red roses. They are gorgeous and make the dining room smell wonderful. Roses are my favorite flower ... although that could also have something to do with the fact that Rose is my middle name. My favorite bouquet is a combination of white and red roses as those were my wedding bouquet, but I think James understands it is best to save such bouquets for wedding anniversaries.


With my first pregnancy, I was completely unprepared for labor and nothing went the way I wanted it to. For my second, I was much more prepared and almost everything went as I had hoped. I had bought Natural Childbirth The Bradley Way, read it and used it well. (I get laughs when I inform people that I learned natural childbirth from a book and, hence, can probably learn almost anything from a book.) I had also taken hand-written notes so I would have a cheat sheet available in the hospital and for subsequent pregnancies. Except....I can't find my notes. I thought I had put them in my top bureau drawer. They aren't there. James searched every relevant medical file we have. I checked my desk and inside the book. I'm at a loss. So, I'm going back to review the book. I guess I should have scanned and saved them. :::sigh:::  I remember some basics, but would have loved to review my notes. Oh well. Maybe they got thrown out at the hospital or something - having gotten to the hospital 9cm dilated, I can't say as I used them or would have even been thinking about them at that point.


I suppose I should have added this to my Small Successes yesterday, but I've actually managed to say my morning prayer every morning this week. I do the Divine Office's Morning Prayer and then read the Readings and Reflections from the Magnificat. That is only half the miracle. The other half is that both my girls have slept long enough, and I've been up early enough, to say these prayers WITHOUT either girl interrupting me. (Contradicts #2, I know, but I assure you, it is a rarity.) That doesn't rule out my own mind's interruptions, but still, it is a success I will gladly take and it is definitely a better way to starting off the day.


I'm unsure whether it would be better to use A Beka's Phonics program or Seton's, so I'm going to invest in both and see how it goes. I ordered A Beka's in April as I could get free shipping. (Any discount is better than none.) I'm very interested in Sinapore Math, but I haven't been able to look at a friend's yet. She has 5 children and the whole family has just had illness after illness recently. I think she has had about 1 week of break between the last person finishing one illness and the first person of the next illness. Hopefully they will all be healthy again soon and maybe then I can get a peak. Unless they have swine flu and then I'll just buy the darn thing but hopefully it is nothing so serious.

One thing I've been curious about is that I've heard of Protestant programs that focus on "Character Qualities" and try to give a foundation for things like generosity, alertness, truthfulness, honor, etc. I'm curious if there is any such Catholic program out there. I realize living it is more important than memorizing it but I was curious if anyone knew of one?


  1. Learning the parts of the Mass in Latin has been one of my desires but I haven't had much chance to practice them. I know the Agnus Dei and most of the Pater Noster and Sanctus. I wish we had a pastor who'd do them in Latin. My parents' church often does and it's so beautiful.

    I also really loved the Apostolate of Interruptions. It is so very true. I'm still reading Graced and Gifted but slowly as I've picked up a novel recently that I'm having a hard time putting down (that's why I gave up reading fiction for Lent). I'm also reading Kathleen Norris' book, The Cloister Walk in which she spends a lot of time talking about monastic life (she's a Benedictine oblate). One of the things she mentions is how the monks are trained to live by the bell, to put down whatever it is they're doing, even if they're writing and in mid sentence, to answer the call to prayer. It re-emphasized to me that point of how to learn to live with interruptions gracefully, prayerfully. I'm not good at it by any means but it's something I'm also working on. The hardest is when I get mad at the girls for interrupting my prayer. How prayerful am I really being when I snap at them for asking me a question or needing my help?

  2. Oh and I was going to say I know what you mean about the shows. I'm actually looking forward to the ending of the season, much though I'll miss Lost especially, because we just may watch a movie or two once there are no shows to watch. We just don't seem to ever have time to squeeze one in when we're also following television shows.

  3. domesticaecclesiaMay 2, 2009 at 7:28 AM

    My grandmother gave me a copy of The Cloister Walk and I've wanted to read but haven't gotten to it yet. It sounds like an enjoyable read though. Hopefully I will get to it soon as she gave it to me years ago.
    My hardest time dealing with interruptions is when I'm tired. Of course, when I'm tired, I don't deal with anything as well as when I am not. I used to get really frustrated with the prayer interruptions but I have managed to get better about it - not perfect, but better. I tell/joke with God that if He wants my prayer uninterrupted, then HE needs to distract the girls. :)

    I know what you mean about the movies. It has been especially hard this semester with James teaching so much, but I think we will pick up a bit more with the semester ending. I come from a family especially attracted to movies and it is a topic some members of my family keep up with regularly. I'm always behind and "out of the loop" ever since Cecilia was born, but I try to keep up just a little.

  4. I need to read Kimberly Hahn!

    I also watch Biggest Loser and Hell's Kitchen (but a week late, since I watch them online instead) and will miss the shows, too! Then again, I probably won't have time for them anyway in just 17 days! ;)

  5. domesticaecclesiaMay 5, 2009 at 8:08 AM

    17 Days! Isn't it funny how 9 months seems such a long time and then, all of a sudden, the end is upon you? Knowing I have never made it to a due date, I'm looking at about 6-8 weeks before this little one makes his or her appearance. It feels like the little one can't possibly get bigger before then, but I know he/she will. I just started getting out the baby stuff out of the closet yesterday ... I forgot how much there was! lol. Hope the last month is treating you well ... at least as well as the last month can.