Sunday, August 7, 2011

Daybook: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today is:
the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
the first day of the Assumption Novena
a rainy day, but that’s o.k. because we needed it, and it kept my sister cool during her ½ marathon this morning!

Today I am most grateful for:
the gift of God’s life within me and the promise of a new week just beginning
the example of Saint Peter in today’s Gospel (Matthew14:22-33), especially as explained by the good Abbot in his homily this morning.

Some Plans for the rest of this Week:
meet with my boss on Monday about the data project which I’ve nearly finished (I think).
work on my application requirements
read the Driver’s Manual and prepare to take the written exam for a learner’s permit
engage more fully in the events of my daily life during this time of continuing discernment
limit internet and blog use; no more than 1 (one) blog post each day, according to one of the following

blog post categories:
Daybook (Sunday Night)—Following the general format of this post (see In the Heart of my Home for more Daybooks)
1000+ gifts (Monday)—Joining the Gratitude community at A Holy Experience with a simple list of God’s numberless gifts in my life
Florilegium (any day)—Quotes from readings (May be drawn from one or more of the following: Office of Readings of the day, Mass Readings, Historical Reading, or Spiritual Reading) some short reflection(s)
The Love War—a short update on how it is going

What I am reading right now:
I just finished John XXIII: The Official Biography, by Mario Benigni and Goffredo Zanchi.
Now, prompted by recent reflections on Hope, I turn to George Weigel’s 864 page masterpiece on Bl. Pope John Paul II; Witness to Hope. It seems fitting also, to read the biography of the Pope of my childhood at this time.
Also, until Thursday, at least, I will continue to prepare for the Gospel reading each day with Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis’ Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word II, which, alas, ends with Matthew 18:33. After that, for spiritual reading I may turn to I Believe in Love, by Father Jean C.J. d’Elbee, which I had started before my visit to the convent in June, but never finished.

I am creating:
a crochet blanket in orangey pink and two shades of blue...may add other colors later.
also thinking about making a cardigan, but am a little bit daunted by this idea at the moment, since I’ve never done anything more complicated than a blanket, in knitting or crochet.

Upcoming Feasts in the Catholic Church:
Monday: Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers
Tuesday: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Blessed John of Salerno, O.P.
Wednesday: Saint Lawrence
Thursday: Saint Clare
Friday: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
Saturday: Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus (who received an interesting nickname from my youngest sister this morning: “Saint Hippopotomus”).

Prayer intentions:
the Dominican Brothers who will receive the Holy Habit on Monday
 my seminarians and priests
friends serving in the armed forces
travelers, especially my father and Mr. Z
Stephanie and all who need God’s grace, strength, mercy, hope, love
and all who are ever dear to me yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Today’s Prayer (from the Liturgy for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time):
Almighty and ever-living God,
Your Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.

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