The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter
This was my back hall last week, in preparation for my parish’s celebration of Corpus Christi:
Four hundred and fifty carnations to water, air, trim, and take to the church for everyone to carry for the procession! Do you have a custom of bringing flowers to lay before the altar or monstrance at the end of your procession? Or some other way of using flowers in your procession? I’d be interested to hear. We’ve been working on enhancing the procession at our beloved parish and I was encouraged that this year’s was an improvement over last year’s.
And the blossoms that were broken or popped off their stems ended up gracing our little oratory:
Enjoying the start of summer by visiting a local farm to pick strawberries with our Manchester St. Gregory’s Pocket… and checking out the interesting animals! The kids could not get enough of the peacocks. Honestly, I too could have stared all day at those colors! (Did you know that peacocks make noise with their feathers when their tails are all fanned out? I didn’t! It sounds like a rattlesnake!)
And this is our mode these days. Full-on little monkey of a 2yo boy:
This week’s links!
- As a heads up: if you were considering purchasing the MuTu Program, which I recommend, note that there will be a big sale on it coming up on the 6th of July so that will be the day to buy it (and I’ll be grateful if you do so here through my link)!
I’m doing it again, post-Chickapea. On week 5 and feeling good. I’ve noticed that more readers have been buying it recently. It’s so interesting to me to see that the demand is there; I think it really is difficult for women in our culture (especially child-bearing ones!) to take proper care of our core and posture, and I’m grateful to have found a tool that helps me so much in this struggle.
- If you’re looking for a daily dose of beautiful painting inspiration on Instagram, I recommend the new account (which I may or may not be managing – not that I’m biased) for the Rat Scullery!
- Do you know about St. Therese’s sister Leonie? An inspiring story of a difficult child who just may have been a saint as well: The Unmentioned Martin.
- Our friend, the composer Paul Jernberg, passed along this deep and delicate meditation on beauty from Father Richard G. Cipolla: “Beauty must not be divorced from truth.” Father contemplates the necessity of remembering and returning to the truth that motivates our search for beauty: “It is chant in the deepest sense that is the music of the Roman rite. As much as we love polyphony that is sung almost every Sunday at this Mass, the origins and roots of polyphony are in that austere beauty of chant that like the severe façade of the Gesù, like the earlier tower at Chartres, like the early iconic art of the Church, point in the deepest way to the beauty that is ever ancient and ever new, and that is that beauty that points to the God who has and who is and who will save the world.”
- Sometimes you just need that little toddler confined and busy in one place:
From the Archives:
- Making a shawl; thinking about things. I’m sharing this post along with some advice to any new readers: my mom has a habit of strewing her pearls of wisdom along with random chit-chat and the minutia of this blog — which is what gives it the “kitchen sink philosophy” feel — and this means that you mustn’t overlook even the smallest posts nor think that just because a post is about, say, a particular knitting project (and you may not be a knitter), that it doesn’t contain some insight for you! Read it all, people!
- Romano Guardini on how the liturgy guards truth (in reference to the article about beauty, above), in the first chapter of his The Spirit of the Liturgy, which you will remember we studied together!
- Remember that time that Suki had baby Freddie? And started the big baby trend in our family?
In the Liturgical Year:
- As you’ve heard mentioned in a recent post, today is the solemnity of the birth of St. John the Baptist! And the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (my fifth anniversary in a sense; The Artist and I were wed on this feast day!)!
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