The regular “little of this, little of that” feature at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
I have some great things to give away, and in the coming week I will post about them so that you have time to win or buy with a discount before Christmas! So do check back.
Today I have a really lovely edition of the Gospel for you. It’s going to take me a minute to explain it, because it’s unique, so bear with me.
You know how basically you have a choice between Bible story books for your children or… the Bible, which can be hard for them to read with its small print and myriad notations? Or you know how you get distracted by the (wonderful, in their place) footnotes and marginalia of your edition of the Gospel but have definitely outgrown the storybooks? We had this problem when suggesting Bibles for our Resources in The Little Oratory. There just seemed to be a need…
Well, William Bloomfield has produced this volume: The Holy Gospels of St. Luke and St. John, illustrated with classic sacred art, that fills a niche in there between those two things. Using the Challoner Revision of the Douay-Rheims with slight changes (mainly just replacing the thees and thous), the text is simple and uncluttered. It’s in large type, so children can read it easily. But it’s the actual Gospel, not a retelling, so nothing stands between them — or you– and Scripture.
You can see right away that there aren’t verse markings, which seemed so odd to me at first, but then I realized the devotional advantage. It’s really a lovely, simple presentation of Scripture.
Bloomfield (who also produced that Sacred Art Series Rosary Flip Book with Desktop Easel — remember? Also a great gift, don’t forget, and it comes in two sizes!) plans to add the other Gospels — and I hope, the rest of the Bible, eventually! What a marvelous idea!
If you are looking for a gift for your god-child, child, or really anyone, do not hesitate to purchase this high quality, impressive book. It’s perfect for gift-giving and it’s perfect for anyone.
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In addition, William Bloomfield has generously offered 15% off one book, 20% off an order of 3 or more! Just use the code LMLDBLOG when you are checking out.
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A few links for your weekend reading:
- Did you miss my piece in which I channeled my inner Prelate? What I Wish a Bishop Would Say About Marriage. Mainly, repentance.
- I actually get a fair number of queries to the effect of: Auntie Leila, what do you think of Santa Claus? I confess I am impatient with those who would sweep away the collective memory. Since the times when children believed in Santa were better times than ours for children and their sense of wonder, why is our first reaction not respect for this tradition? We seem very quick to call fairy tales lying, but I don’t know that our age is so truth-loving. We have the de-bunking disease and it might kill our imaginations outright. If we want to take a stand, let’s reject the mall version of Santa and call it a day. Anyway, I recommend this “Thomistic” defense of Santa. It requires a passing familiarity with the “disputatio” method — first present your opponents’ arguments to the best of your ability, then state your case, then refute the arguments. A good read!
- Speaking of marriage, I often wonder why people tip-toe around the topic of cohabitation, even when they are trying to explain why it’s not a good idea. It’s almost as if we don’t all know women who are exchanging their virtue for a false sense of security, whether emotional or material; or men who are compromising their manhood. She doesn’t realize what she’s giving up for a razor in her bathroom or the key to an apartment. Sometimes it’s the guy who’s freeloading and you just want to make it stop. It’s a terrible arrangement, no matter how it’s packaged, and I don’t get why we can’t just be honest about it. This video makes the point.
- Do your children enjoy paper crafts? I like these “Fr. Peter” cutouts — links to the downloads in the post. These are cutouts your boys will enjoy, if any!
- Speaking of crafts, remember this one that Rosie posted about? The mouse in the tin? SO CUTE AM I RIGHT??? I feel the need to do this very soon. How about you?