The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Yesterday was the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Around these parts, we’re big fans of hers!
To observe the feast, I pulled down this image to set up in our little oratory for veneration. I painted it several years ago when The Artist and I were hosting a party to celebrate the day of her canonization. It was thrown together quickly (on the afternoon of aforementioned party) and so it’s a modest offering, but I like it; I know that if I had thought too much about it, the result would have been that I wouldn’t have attempted anything and we would still be lacking a representation of this beloved saint in our home.
This past week was a bit of a whirlwind for us, such that I almost missed the feast entirely! Our car died on Monday (while I was driving it – with all the kids! – on the way to swim lessons). We are a one-car family, so it was fairly debilitating to be without it. Fortunately, by Friday we had a new (to us) one and we seem to be on our way. But woof.
This week’s links!
- How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet From Auntie Leila: A good article for understanding how things were before the internet. Personally, I love index cards (the ones that are heavy stock, not the cheap thin ones). After many years of being dissatisfied with various means of collecting quotes and ideas, online and off, I have fully embraced the good old index card for its flexibility and visual clarity. (If a child is reluctant to commit to a journal or commonplace book, he might find index cards, properly filed of course, more appealing.)
- I kicked my smartphone addiction by retraining my brain to enjoy being bored. The thoughts here are worth considering when it comes to children as well. According to Auntie Leila, children should not have nothing to do, but, paradoxically, it’s okay if they are bored — even good for them — within an overall structure of their day that includes productive activities. He touches on some deep matters at the end of the article; it’s a good reminder to think about where we turn when we’re upset and why. Although “turning inward” can help, as the author suggests, ultimately prayer is much more the answer than any social media feedback or distraction!
Protecting the Homefront:
- My friend and I were recently discussing the threat of CPS and how furious we’d be if some official came waltzing into our homes on the offensive (one case under discussion: a police officer upbraided the mother in question and, because he saw that the kids shared bedrooms; he labeled the living conditions unsuitable — can you imagine??). But we were also remarking that getting furious would probably make things worse. It’s helpful to read these guidelines on What To Do if CPS Shows Up At Your Door. Bottom line: no one comes in unless they can produce a properly documented warrant! This is America.
- The Odyssey is about more than a good adventure story! “Harmonious Household:” Homer’s Odyssey on the Breakdown of Marriage and Family. (Incidentally, the car we just got – [see above] gently used! for a good deal! – is a Honda Odyssey. Now I’m wondering if the designers at Honda had some insight into the idea of giving this name to a quintessentially Family car… )
- At the intersection of Church history and archeology: Scientists have apparently uncovered St. Columba’s cell on Iona.
- From my mom: “Maybe you’ve heard of Fr. James Martin, SJ; either as kindly purveyor of Catholic news and commentary in his role as America Magazine editor, or perhaps as single-minded promoter of LGBT concerns and author of Building a Bridge (a recycling of tendentious political propaganda repackaged for the age of Pope Francis and “who am I to judge?”). In this compact essay, Fr. Mankowski clarifies not only Fr. Martin’s intentions but the perennial teachings of the Church: Pontifex Minimus.
In the Liturgical Year:
- Today is the memorial of St. Bonaventure!
From the Archives:
- It’s a good time of year for a Salade Composée
- Nature Table Ideas (I love digging way back into the deep cellars of LMLD!)
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