Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Garbage Follies

So I have a 15 year old who is, shall we say...garbage challenged.

It's simple really - the "garbage man" (not garbage-person, sorry ladies) comes on Wednesday and Saturday. The "recycle man" comes on Saturday too. So I ask my oldest, #1 son, fruit of mine loins, to please bring in the garbage can because today is Wednesday, and the empty can has been sitting out there all day, waiting patiently for him to bring it in. "And while you are going that way," I ask, "could you please take the recycles from under the sink and put them in the recycle bin?" Pretty standard request really. Recycles live in a bucket under the sink. Simple. Number One Son comes back in the house and goes back to doing teenage boy things. All is well with the world.

So my husband and I go out front for a moment and low and behold...could our eyes deceive us?...maybe I'm not seeing right since I don't have my glasses on? I squint. I walk over. Yep, here it is a Wednesday night and this is what I see:

It is the Saturday recycle bin sitting at the curb...he did bring in the garbage can, and in the recycle bin, amongst the plastic milk bottles, soup cans, and aluminum soda cans that were supposed to be separated from the rest, sits the bucket from under the sink. In the the curb...on Wednesday.

Can't you just see the neighbors panic as they get up and leave the house for work and think..."Oh no! It's recycle day! Crap! I forgot to put it out again!" And either be annoyed, OR turn around and put their recycles out! It could affect the whole neighborhood. Alternately, the neighbors think it is Saturday and turn around and go back to bed, missing a whole day of work. The thought is hysterical and all I can do is laugh.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

"Come My Lovely" - The Assumption of Mary

My love lifts up his voice, he says to me, ‘Come then, my beloved, my lovely one, come’. (Song of Songs 2:10)
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, when we celebrate the Blessed Mother of Jesus being assumed body and soul into heaven.  It is a beautiful, tender moment and a lovely feast for a lovely lady.

If you are interested in the basis for this feast please read these two sources (there are lots online, these are just two):  
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Marcellino D'Ambrosio and
Assumption of Mary into Heaven by Msgr. Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington

Update:  You should find the Women for Faith & Family Assumption page to be very informative also.  It includes the history, readings for the day, prayers and devotions and more...

Also:  Fr. Z's wonderful Meditations of the Assumption as part of his excellent Patristic Rosary Project

Image:  The Assumption of the Virgin, Peter Paul Rubens, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
More Info:  Shafe 

Is Your Decision God's Will?

How do you go about making decisions or trying to decide what God's will is for you.  If you are a young person and are deciding which college to go to, are you going against God's will by choosing one over the other?  If you are deciding between cities to move your family, if you choose Chicago over Kansas City, is one of those not God's will? 

I find this topic, as probably most people do, to be fascinating.  So when I discovered Peter Kreeft's latest article Discernment – (How can I learn God’s Will for me?)  I was hot to trot to read it and I'm glad I did, because it really clarified for me some questions I had and it is probably the best article I have read about this subject.  

God gives us free will, not to watch us screw up but to really give us choices.  Neither Chicago or Kansas City - or Harvard v. Yale are sinful or bad choices.  They are just choices.  If we have prayed to know his will and know what the church teaches about a certain topic and our consciences are clear, we should pick the one we want with no fear.  Yes, Yale might be good, but if you are leaning to Harvard because you like the town better, the girls are prettier or you have friends there, that is just fine.  Go with what you want.  It's common sense, really.  God gave it to us - let's use it.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

You've Got Questions?

I've recently discovered a gold mine of great info that I thought I would pass on.  Aggie Catholics, a service of St. Mary's Catholic Center at Texas A&M University, is a great blog.  They have a fantastic Question & Answer section dedicated to the questions they have received from the ordinary Catholic.  The list is extensive and the questions people have asked are answered in a knowledgeable and compassionate way. You'll probably learn a lot by just browsing through to take a look.