Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Mother's Rule of Life

In comments on an earlier post Amy asked what I thought of this book by Holly Pierlot. I've decided I'm going to blog about it bit by bit.

One may wonder what a Protestant is doing reading a Catholic publication. ;) Mrs Pierlot grew up in a Catholic home... Went astray for a bit... Had a "born again" experience and started attending Protestant churches where she felt people understood her experience more... Then, at her mother's pleas she started attending Mass again... And found Jesus was there, too, and so she returned to her Catholic roots. I think Mrs Pierlot is well positioned to speak to the heart of all Christian women, be they Catholic or Protestant... And touch that heart profoundly.

I've always found Catholicism to be a comforting religion. Growing up my best friend was Catholic... We had fun comparing our Bibles and seeing which books hers had that mine didn't. I loved how her fiery Mexican grandmother, who lived with them and spoke only Spanish, had that gentleness that would come over her when she'd return from Mass, wearing her mantilla and clutching her rosary. I was confused at how all their Christmas presents would be under the tree for days before Christmas, how they'd go to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and come home and unwrap gifts before going to bed... I wondered why Santa didn't visit Catholic houses. ;) In her book Mrs. Pierlot mentions having questions about life that she couldn't find answers to in the Protestant church.. Questions I have... And she mentions finding those answers in the Catholic church. And that's what I love about the Catholic church... The Catechism holds tenets of faith that have been tried and tested over hundreds of years... So much of it based on solid Bible teaching. Everything is black and white. While in Protestant churches there seems to be so much division... So many people still seeking... So many people discovering "new" truths... And you read the Catechism and find they are OLD truths and I find that very comforting. It's comforting to realize that some profound revelation I have had about God and Christian living is not something of my own imagination... but something that many other people through history also knew.

It's not that I'm about to convert.. ;) My husband is decidedly Protestant and I have promised "wither thou goest, I will go" so I'm decidedly Protestant too. Though I have to admit, Steadfast has a Protestant colleague with a Catholic wife and we often joke "we could do that!" ;) The fact is there are some things in the Catholic church I can't wholly embrace. But yet, I feel that "kinship"... I identify with Catholic writers like Danielle Bean and Holly Pierlot... My heart recognizes theirs. But it also recognizes the hearts of Beth Moore and Elizabeth George. ;)

Anyway... In this book, Mrs Pierlot creates a guide for moms to create priorities in their lives. She focuses on the five P's... Prayer, Person, Partner, Parent, and Provider. Over the coming weeks I will blog my thoughts on each "P" -- they will probably be rambling as my thoughts usually are (as you see here) ;) And there will probably be random blogs/photos/quotes in between the P's... But I do intend to cover them all. While I was reading "A Mother's Rule of Life" I was also reading "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, "A Woman's High Calling" by Elizabeth George, and "Created to Be His Help Meet" by Debi Pearl. (See Thing #1 in "5 Weird Things About Me") An amazing thing is that so many times I would read some truth in Mrs Pierlot's book that I had read, or would later read, in one of the other three books! It really made some things click for me, so don't be surprised if I draw pearls from those books, as well, while blogging on the first book. ;)

Friday, February 24, 2006

"Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing?" - Michael Caine as Robert Spritz in The Weather Man

Jane - born in Holland, land of the tulips.

Jane is nearly sixteen (gasp) so I took her to take the exam for her drivers permit yesterday. She passed, missing only two questions. To celebrate we went to lunch at O'Charleys... one of her favorite restaurants and amazingly inexpensive when you don't have the entire crew along. ;) I love watching her grow into a young lady, and I love spending time with her. All you moms of only littles, longing for grown-up conversation in your day-to-day lives... hang in there... almost far too quickly they're old enough to engage in charming, witty and intelligent conversation. It makes for a pleasant ladies day out.

More Mary

Friday, February 17, 2006

You can never have too many flowers.... or babies! Take a look at this gorgeous bouquet of giggles:

Thursday, February 16, 2006

"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone?"

- from What's Wrong With the World? by G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

"How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose . . !
You drove them from me,
You who are the true, the sovereign joy.
You drove them from me and took their place,
You who are sweeter than all pleasure, ...

You who outshine all light,
yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts,
You who surpass all honor,
though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves...
O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation."
-St. Augustine, The Confessions, Chapter 9

Church signs revisited

A couple of weeks ago I drove to my dentist in The City and I saw a sign on a church that said:

If your Bible is in good shape, chances are you're not.

Yesterday while driving the same route for the same purpose, I saw a sign on a church a little further down the road that said:

If your Bible is worn out, chances are, you're in good shape. ;)

(And yes, the winky smiley was there too!)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

5 Weird Things About Me

I was tagged by Paula at full of life.

Five weird habits of yourself:

“The first player of this game starts with the topic ‘five weird habits of yourself,’ and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says ‘You are tagged’ (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”

1. I often read 4-5 books at a time, but usually on the same topics or in the same genre.

2. I hate ketchup and I hate eggs... But I love the two together.

3. I can only eat meat if it's fruity. I love Indian curries with fruit in them. I really don't care for meat, unless it's cooked with fruit... I love pineapple chicken... And this I'll serve with Orzo with cranberries and apples... And baby spinach salad with raspberry vinaigrette. I think I'm a Fruitarian.

4. I have to wash dishes in a certain order, and I have to wash my dishes before I can clean anything in the house. If I've washed all the glasses and I've started on dishes, and someone brings me a glass, it completely throws me for a loop. (I don't visibly show it, but really, it does!)

5. I'm always creating schedules and lists and organizing things, but I'm not organized... But I think I will get organized by osmosis or something... If I keep making schedules and lists...

Now, I'm not going to tag anyone in particular... I'd tag Penni but I see she just did another tag... And I'd tag Amy, but I don't want to interupt her meltdown at a bad time... So if you read this and you want to play, consider yourself tagged. Leave a me a note in my comments so I can come read what you wrote. ;)

Just an aside... I have a question. (Thinking of Penni and Amy reminded me.) I'm reading an excellent book called "A Mother's Rule of Life" written by a Catholic woman, Holly Pierot... In it she often includes footnotes that refer to CCC followed by a number (usually three digits). What does CCC stand for? Is it perhaps the Catechism?