“I believe that a godly home is a foretaste of heaven. Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion.” --- Jani Ortlund
-- Jani Ortlund

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Life has loveliness to sell

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Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

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Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

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Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.

Sara Teasdale

Wishing you moments of sheer loveliness and wonder throughout your day today!

Monday, 20 March 2017

An apostolate of cheerfulness

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There is an apostolate of cheerfulness as well as of prayer and of preaching by word and example. Like a sweet, fragrant flower by the roadside, whose bright loveliness is a joy to everyone who passes by, our cheerfulness is a blessing to all with whom we come in contact.
A man, or a woman, merely by being cheerful, exerts a quiet yet potent influence for good.
Let us bear this in mind that we can be helpful to souls, that we can encourage them and strengthen them in good by our cheerfulness and amiability.
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It is well to do our duty, but sometimes this is not enough for the happiness of others and our own. We must do our duty with joy, with eagerness, with love.
Love must not keep count of what we do, nor stop strictly and sternly at the exact limit of duty.
Let us learn to devote ourselves generously, above all when there is question of fulfilling certain obligations of our state, position, etc., by which we do good to our brethren. Let us learn to show always a smiling face, although our work is distasteful to us or overwhelms us.
And after having worked hard let us take care not to recall in conversation the pains we have taken, the fatigue that we have imposed upon ourselves. Then our duty accomplished will please everyone; God first, men, and last of all our own poor heart.
Our Lord Himself has said: “Be of good cheer!” And He said this substantially many times. Jesus was indeed a Man of sorrows, but He was not a sad man. His face must always have reflected the serenity of His soul. He was meek and humble, gentle and amiable. “He went about doing good to all.”
From the Gospel narrative we can glean that Jesus possessed a cheerful temper, serenity mingled with tender seriousness, a most engaging presence, and a winning personality.
Children came to Him willingly and loved to linger near Him, and how can anyone imagine Him embracing and caressing little children without a smile of loving-kindness? Men followed Him in crowds, fascinated by His charm of manner and of speech. And into woman’s heart came the thought: What happiness to be the mother of such a son! 
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A gentle writer urging us to encourage others with cheerful kindness says: “You would not leave those plants in your window without water, or refuse to open the shutters that the sunlight might fall upon them, but you leave some human flower to suffer for want of appreciation or the sunlight of encouragement.
Utter the kind word when you can. Give the helping praise when you see that it is deserved. The thought that ‘no one knows and no one cares’ blights many a bud of promise."

Excerpt taken from...Kindness, The Bloom of Charity by Fr Lasance

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Still in an Irish mood...

My old granny and teddy are dreaming up their dinner from the Irish cook book. Looks like they settled on a fish dish today.

Sounds nice and healthy!

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On a chilly day, a fresh pot of tea and a few slices of toast topped with smoked herrings makes a really nice lunch. If I can't find fresh herrings I buy them tinned...but always just the plain smoked herrings. I don't enjoy them floating in sauces such as tomato etc. I prefer to eat them without overbearing flavours from spices or other added ingredients.
Give me a piece of plain toast and a simple herring and I'm a happy girl!

Irish kitchen prayer:

Friday, 17 March 2017

Do not grow weary..

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Ruby Anniversary

It's hard to believe...my dear husband and I have now been married for 40 wonderful years!
His precious gift to me..a gold ring set with rubies and diamonds.
I thank God for the treasure I have in this man He has given me, and pray we have many more beautiful years ahead of us! 

St Patrick's Day

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.
I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ on the deck,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me
 I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.
from St Patrick's Breastplate

Special blessings to all who will be wearing the green today.
Having red hair and green eyes and bearing the saint's name,
 and also nick-named Lucky by my Dad -
I'm in for a great day, to be sure, lol!

Happy St Patrick's Day!!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wash day..


Soaked and scrubbed in a round tin tub
with homemade soap
up and down the ribs of a wooden washboard
by hands rubbed red & raw
on a windy wash day morn.

Stiffened with starch, squeezed
and wrung to a twisted laundry rope
then hung on lines to flap
back and forth and snap dry
on a windy wash day morn.

Laid on the lawn like paper cutouts
clean shirts and sheets, towels and skirts
smelling of sun and clouds and wind
wait to be ironed and worn and dirtied
again for another wash day morn.

~ Brenda Seabrooke, American poet and novelist