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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

23 March

I have been reading a wonderful book called The Mindful Catholic by Dr. Gregory Bottaro.

It would be a good book for any Christian believer to read. It doesn't apply strictly to

Catholics. There are mindfulness exercises at the end of each chapter and I have been

practicing those weekly. It talks about clearing our thoughts to make more room

for God to be present in them. 

Here in New England we had a winter that was much like spring and we are 

having a spring that is much like winter. We've had winter storm after

winter storm. This past one though, turned out to be rain and what a relief. It actually

melted some of the snow that was on the ground from the last storm!

My daughter sent me a sweet picture of a St. Patrick's day card that I had mailed last week

and some beautiful yellow daffodils she picked up at the market. 

They looked so pretty next to each other. She's been texting me a lot this week.

It makes my mother's (and grandmother's) heart happy to hear from her.

I have made it to church every Sunday this month and I have set aside time for

daily devotions and prayer every morning. I can't say I'm where I want to be yet as

I really want to have a time during the evening for prayer as well. But, I have 

begun to develop the habits that I have been working toward.

I can't say that all of my prayers have been answered...

what I can say, is that when things get chaotic or I come up against

difficult situations, I am able to find recollect my thoughts and find peace

again very quickly. I am the one who finds the calm and the path for my family

and the way to do that most effectively is to find Jesus where ever I happen to be. 

My husband and I have adjusted our diets considerably in the past 6 months.

We started out following the Paleo diet and have slowly introduced

foods that were forbidden...mostly grains. 

I have figured out which grains agree with me and which don't and it's been so helpful.

I've lost almost 20 pounds but that was an unexpected surprise!

I feel better! 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sati -mindfulness

morning practice

joy comes with the morning



Open my eyes and I shall fix my gaze 
on the wonders of your law

~ ~ ~ 

Open my lips, O Lord 
and my mouth shall declare your praise

To everything there is a season

and a time for every purpose under heaven

~ ~ ~

My planner is before me at my desk.

I map out my day

as I sip my tea.

I begin my day with devotions.

With mindfulness I do my morning chores.

I water the plants, feed the cat, do each day's housekeeping.

Each day has an pattern of its own,

a chore, a scent, a colour, a food to prepare and eat.

Monday: clean bedroom, make soup
Tuesday: clean kitchen, make a casserole
Wednesday: clean bathroom, make seafood or a veggie dish
Thursday: clean living room, make something in the crockpot
Friday, catch up, make seafood or veggies
Saturday: vacuum, market, laundry, leftovers or date nigth
Sunday: rest

I light a candle for the day.

Morning sunlight fills our home, 

it fills the fields across the way,

it glistens on the mighty Atlantic,

it glistens on the tea in my cup.

~ ~ ~

let the heavens be glad, 
and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest 
sing for joy before the Lord

I shower, and dress, I brush my teeth.

I make our bed and pick up errant clothing.

I put my breakfast dishes in the sink

and sweep the crumbs off the soapstone table.

I gather the things I will need for the day.

I blow a kiss to the cat

as I close the door.


Terce will find me at work

 well into my day of teaching toddlers...

laughter and tears and hugging,

 sweet little eyes that look to me 

to help them find the way.

for you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills
before you shall break forth into singing,
and all of the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

~ ~ ~

Saturday, 17 March 2018

seeking Sabbath

~ ~ ~


You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp 
and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father
who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

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