Thursday, December 18, 2014

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars #15: Hanging Our Stockings

Christmas Stockings Haiku

Kristjaan Panneman:
Christmas stockings  
hanging above the fireplace   
awaiting presents

no fancy stockings, no fireplace...
only our everyday socks
pinned on a stuffed chair

goodies in our "stockings"...
an orange, ribbon candy, walnuts
food for the gods, no wait- grateful kids!

No stockings here, but it's one of
a few Christmas photos from
my brother's and my childhood.

Joining the fun at
Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars
with the talented 
Kristjaan Panneman
at Carpe Diem Haiku

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Loving Lupita: Virgin of Guadalupe

La Promesa holy card

I receive "Saint of the Day"  from Franciscan Media. 
Today's featured saint is St. Juan Diego.  
Here is then-Pope John Paul's homily on the day of Juan Diego's canonization

St. John Paul's Homily for the Canonization of Juan Diego 
July 31, 2002
“In accepting the Christian message without forgoing his indigenous identity, Juan Diego discovered the profound truth of the new humanity, in which all are called to be children of God.  Thus he facilitated the fruit meeting of two worlds and became the catalyst for the new Mexican identity, closely united to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose mestizo face expresses her spiritual motherhood which embraces all Mexicans.  That is why the witness of his life must continue to be the inspiration for the building up of the Mexican nation, encouraging brotherhood among all its children and ever helping to reconcile Mexico with its origins, values and traditions.”

joining others
at the radiant Rebecca's

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Loving Lupita: Mary, Gate of Heaven

image from Photobucket

Loving mother of the Redeemer, 
gate of heaven, star of the sea, 
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, 
yet remained a virgin after as before.
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, 
have pity on us, poor sinners.

joining others
at the 
radiant Rebecca's

Monday, December 1, 2014

Loving Lupita: Orphanage in Haiti

founded by Father Andre

St. Mary Parish became acquainted 
with Father Andre when he spent a summer
at our parish some years ago.
He shared his dream to house orphans
where he is based.  
Thanks to a hard-working and humble lady of our parish 
(I'm not using her name because she is so humble) and 
others, that dream is coming true.
Our ladies' Bible Study is gathering
items to send to the children 
and the adult volunteers for Christmas.
I know from previous years that 
our ladies will be generous.
Who wouldn't want to make the eyes
of these darling children shine 
on Christmas morning?

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Joining others for 12 days
at the radiant Rebecca's

Saturday, November 29, 2014