Saturday, August 17, 2013

I Thirst


"I know you through and through. I know everything about you. The very hairs of your head I have numbered. Nothing in your life is unimportant to Me. I have followed you through the years, and I have always loved you - even in your wanderings.

...I know what is in your heart - I know your loneliness and all your hurts - the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations, I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory.

...I Thirst for You. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you. I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you - that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials. I THIRST FOR YOU. You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one any more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life - and I will prove to you how important you are to My heart."

~~from I Thirst for You by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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Today I had the joy of attending a Catholic Homeschooling Mother's Retreat. Unlike two years ago, I could only attend for the day, but I am so glad I went!

First, I saw mothers I have sorely missed since moving last summer. It was wonderful to reconnect, and felt as if I had just seen them yesterday.

Above all, it was such a blessing to have silence, reflection, and prayer.

For me, the day started off at a very early 4:30 a.m. so I could make the 2+ hour drive. I would have preferred staying the night (which is part of the retreat package) but my little Miss Z is not ready to give me up and she is definitely not retreat material (this girl screams her lungs out at a mass).

The drive was very nice: praying a rosary, singing songs, and, oh yeah, miss hitting a baby deer by an inch, and then nearly having a heart attack when a rabbit skittered in front of my van. Obviously, no harm done as I am sitting in front of my computer back home, safe and sound.

On the retreat schedule today was the rosary, followed by Mass, breakfast, a guest speaker (on the topic, "I thirst"), lunch, plenty of meditative time - sorely, sorely needed!, and finishing up with the divine mercy chaplet, which was sung and so, so beautiful. I know many are rosary fans, but the chaplet... oh, I just love it.

Anyhow... here I am, relishing the day, and sharing it with you. Thank you, Katie!!! Katie is one of the retreat coordinators who reads my blog. I know how much work you do for Opus. What a blessing for all these mothers - and our families. I sure do miss you guys.

I took no pictures. My phone/camera was off limits per my own instruction. I wanted total isolation. But I did jot a few random thoughts that I am posting for my own sake.

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I thirst.

Stillness.

Attentiveness.

Seeking God first always.

Academics are good, but not the most important.

Am I a reflection of God or of who I think I should be? Do I strive to do good or to look good in the eyes of others?

Go slowly - at their level - when sharing the faith.

Listening ... Distraction...

Sacrifice. Giving up my plans. How do I react when plans change?

Loving.

Physical pain of knowing someone I love purposefully separates himself from God. Resentment. Offering it up to God. Only He can heal, and change, this person's heart.

Oh, the gift of life. The babies... How can such sweetness cause such an aching in my heart?

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"All your life I have been looking for your love - I have never stopped seeking to love you and be loved by you. You have tried many other things in your search for happiness; why not try opening your heart to Me, right now, more than you ever have before.

Whenever you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit. 'No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake. Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved. I stand at the door of your heart and knock. Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU..."

~~More from Blessed Mother Theresa

Monday, August 5, 2013

Morning at the Shrine

The kids and I went to our local shrine for a morning nature walk and confession for Skipper and I. What a beautiful day!

In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
--St. Thomas Aquinas



Over the past month I have made so much progress in regaining my health, it really is astonishing. Only with God's help have I done this. Today I woke up for the second day in a row with no headache of any kind - truly something to be thankful for. Headaches or no, I pray daily to live out my life according to God's will and to do so with gentleness, kindness, and humility. Naturally, praying for this is much easier than doing, but life is a journey.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
--C.S. Lewis


How lovely to pray after confession in a chapel like the one above.

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.
--Pope John Paul 2


The tornado/storm we had a few weeks ago really did a number on the property. Amazingly (miraculously?) most of the damage was only to the trees. Above, a large tree fell to the right of the Our Lady of Fatima statue, damaging the pavement. It's hard to see but a kid-size crater was formed in the cement.


We visit here often and today was the first time I really saw this little chapel. It was made entirely of beautiful stained glass windows.



Ooh, look how Mary peeks in on this scene (a reflection from the opposite window).





This is one of many statues whose tree grottos were knocked down, but the statues left intact. Miss Bear insisted, "Mary! This is my Mary!"


Be brave and try to detach your heart from wordly things. Do your utmost to banish darkness from your mind and come to understand what true, selfless piety is. Through confession, endeavor to purify your heart of anything which may still taint it. Enliven your faith, which is essential to understand and achieve piety.
--St. John Bosco

Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Sale 2013

**** While the sale officially ended on the 7th, I will keep this post live and going for those items unsold. Just send me along an email if you want to buy anything. Thank you! ****


I am joining Jessica's used curriculum book sale this year, and will follow her shipping details:

Shipping will be a flat rate of $3.00 for 1-3 items (if they will fit in an envelope) and $6.00 for a box of any size, to cover the cost of packaging and media rate in the continental U.S.

If interested in any books, please email me at nmlove.123(at)gmail(dot)com with your name, email, and shipping address and I can send you a money request via PayPal. Thank you!


  • SOLD..A Catholic How-To-Draw, like new (red pen mark on p.14, does not interfere with drawing) -- $8 ...SOLD

Math-U-See
  • SOLD... Primer: cd + teacher's manual -- $15 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... Alpha: test and activity booklet, new -- $5 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... Beta: cd + teacher's manual -- $15 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... Beta: test and activity booklet, new -- $5 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... MCP Mathematics: Level K Teaching Guide, like new -- $5 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... MCP Mathematics: Level B Teaching Guide, new -- $5 ...SOLD
  • SOLD... MCP Mathematics: Level B student, new -- $10 ...SOLD
  • Sold... Nature's Wild volume 1: Whales and Dolphins, good condition -- $2 ...Sold
  • Nature's Wild volume 3: Sharks, good condition -- $2
  • Nature's Wild volume 7: Birds of Prey, good condition -- $2
  • Nature's Wild volume 9: Spiders, good condition -- $2
  • Nature's Wild volume 11: Snakes, good condition -- $2
  • Sold... Nature's Wild volume 15: Fish, good condition -- $2 ...Sold