Thursday, August 6, 2009

Small Successes


Honestly, with three children ages three and under, just getting through four days as well as we did with daddy away at a conference was a big enough success to last weeks. But here are some small ones to appreciate:

1. I haven't done a thorough cleaning since May. Being nine months pregnant and having a newborn put cleaning on a far back burner. So I was thrilled this week to get both upstairs showers re-caulked (where they needed it) and both upstairs bathrooms scrubbed, mopped, wiped and sanitized. Two clean bathrooms down.

2. I dusted, polished and vacuumed the girls' room. Yeah for clean rooms!

3. I finished reading Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco from his Biographical Memoirs. It was quite an interesting read. I love how, when Don Bosco wanted to evade a question, he simply answered  it by saying that it was a matter of "Otis Botis Pia Tutis," a completely meaningless phrase. Some of his dreams are about his Oratory and the like, but many deal with the devils and how they strive for the ruin of human beings. One thing I hadn't really thought about was really struck home with his dreams: while it is true that God can forgive and erase any of our sins, once we commit a grave sin, we lose an innocense that is impossible to completely get back. Innocense is something that, once lost, can never be completely recovered. It is priceless and irreplaceable. In a few of his dreams, he sees the road to heaven easiest and swiftest and the reward most glorious for those who have never lost the glory of their Baptismal innocense. It hammers home how jealously we should safeguard the innocense of our children. Once lost, it is gone. He also emphasizes how exposing oneself to inappropriate books (and in our day music and TV and films) and wicked companions can lead to very grave offenses against God. A very inspiring read.

There was one other point from Bosco I wanted to share: He writes of a dream in which he sees his boys don't feel loved and aren't keeping their hearts open to their superiors and do not enjoy Mass or the Sacraments. In his dream he is told:
Let [their superiors] love what the boys like and the boys will come to love what the Superiors like and this will make their work easy. ... Without familiarity no love can be shown, and without this manifestation of love there can be no confidence. He who wishes to be loved must first show his love. ... The teacher who is seen only in the classroom, and nowhere else, is a teacher and nothing more; but let him go with his boys to recreation and he becomes a brother. ... If this love reigns, all will seek only the glory of God and the salvation of souls. It is when this love cools down that things begin to go wrong. Why do you want to replace charity with the rigidity of a few rules?

I thought this was wonderful advice and just wanted to share. God Bless! Visit Faith and Family Live! for more Successes!


  1. Wow...can I say wow?

    Thank you for this post. I so appreciated it!!! what important thoughts for the day!

    I'm really proud of you for keeping the family going this past week alone. I have SUCH respect for you!!!

    Much love!

  2. domesticaecclesiaAugust 6, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had to post it in case anyone else might benefit from it like I did and this way I can remind myself of it too.