Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lenten Readings

1) Just as Lent began and Benedict XVI announced his retirement Dan and I were browsing for Lenten reading and I came across "The Pope Who Quit" about Pope Celestine V. I began to read this and finished just as the Conclave made their choice of Francis I. It is truly and wonderful look at a segment of Church history and the life of a Saint...a man who just wanted to be along with God but kept being called to do more ministry. To this day no one knows if Celestine was holy, but inept at the managerial side of being pope, or if his refusal to "play" with the curia was an open act of difiance of the political, faithless role it had become.  It is interesting that he did make way for the Franciscan Spiritualists to continue on...and now we have Pope Francis I calling us back to our own spiritual roots.
The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation by Jon M. Sweeney
2) It will be no surprise that Dan and I have been closely following the conclave and Francis I first steps in the Petrine ministry.  I have been deeply moved by his strength of character and outward signs of humility, but also his amazing ability to preach the heart of the gospel.  I will surely continue to follow and listen intently to this Holy Father's teachings! If you want to follow along too, I recommend the or ThePopeApp.   Here are a few to get you started:
Rend Your Garments -Pope Francis I --Ash Wednesday Homily
 Inaugeral Homily- Francis I

3) Francis the I has also been reminding us all to remember the poor and care for the earth.  I came across this book at the Normal Library.  It has been an easy quick read, and surprisingly insightful and enlightening reflection on charity and justice.
Generous Justice:  How God's Grace Makes Us Just by Timothy Keller

4) We also had a nice conversation centered around Jen Fulwiler's mid-life crisis. Her insight into mourning the loss of opportunities more than dislike of one's present circumstances seemed to hit the heart of the matter for anyone who is moving from one life-stage to another.  Letting go of "what coudl be" is really at the heart of embracing God's will. For His will is for us to Love in the present moment, no matter the suffering, the past, or the future.
Behind the Scenes of a Mid-Life Crisis by Jen Fulwiler

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No More Diapers in 2013!

In accordance with the New Year, I was reflecting on the fact that after 9 years and 10 months straight of changing diapers, potty training and the like, I no longer have anyone in those stages.  Leif has not had an accident in over a week.  Okay, I do have a little issue with Josie wiping poop on things where poop does not belong in the bathroom like walls, toliet paper holder, towels, or last night, feeding turds that were under her pillow to the dog...that was just weird.  She tried to tell us that they were the dog's turds, but I can tell the difference, and she finally confessed.  I hope you are totally belly laughing by now, because that is pretty much what I did...again...who does these things?

But in all, it is a strange little death and resurrection, for all the while I was diapering, I was looking forward to not having to do it anymore.  The babies were okay for the most part, but after foods are introduced, it's just so nasty. However, now I mourn their littleness passing. 

Leif is already able to read several words:  Leif, Josie, Yes, No, Stop, Devo, and Rush. His one little baby thing left is that he still wants to rub my hair in the night, and we still let him sleep with us.  As uncomfortable as it is, I'm going to let it last as long as possible just to hold onto the last vestiages of "baby" that I can. 

But the resurrection is this sense of freedom that I don't have to carry a diaper bag, that everyone can buckle themselves into their seatbelts, that everyone can use words to tell me that they want and need and no one needs to take a nap to get through the day.  I foresee a great year where fewer babysitters are needed and more daytrips can be taken, where we can do more as a whole family.

I know I'll still want more "baby", but preschool and elementary school are great ages to love too, and I've got to get my fill in before those teen years start! I figure the next two or three years will be "golden years"--no babies and no teens.  LOL

Here's to 2013!  Happy New Year!