Sunday, July 20, 2014

Disneyland!

While I was in Arizona seeing Aaryk these last two weeks, we took a few days and went to California. I'll have LOTS of pages to share later, but here's the one I did for the Progressive Scrap at theStudio this month.
Kit: Beach Days Monthly Mega Kit from the delightful and fabulously talented designers at theStudio

It was such a wonderful day, and it happened to be Disneyland's 59th birthday! Keep checking back here and on Facebook for the rest of my Arizona Adventure! 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Corporate =/= Conformity

I was having a discussion with a dear friend this week on the topic of the change n music style at her parish. She was overjoyed by the new style but one of her friends who is in the choir is not a fan of the music director or the new songs. (Caveat- I don't have an opinion on the music, it's not my parish and so my point is not to discuss the particulars of this issue)

My friend was having trouble because she did not feel that she was given time to adequately present her point of view to the group, and mostly because she views corporate worship as contradictory to saying "I'm going to enjoy this no matter what the people around me think of it".

We discussed it ad nauseum in another forum, but I am still troubled by the idea that we must all conform to the same tastes in worship in order to be...what...community?

Corporate worship, that one hour a week where we gather as Church is a time to focus on the Creator, to WORSHIP Him. It's not a time to be focusing on the music, the homily, or the kid fussing two rows up unless these things bring us closer to God. If, on the other hand, they DO bring us closer to God as a form of worship, then they are very good. But you will NEVER get a group of more than 10 people together (and 10 is a stretch) who all worship the same way.

Unlike our protestant brothers who split off and form new churches because the pastor doesn't wear a tie, or over the music leader being a woman (two splits in my parent's church in the last decade), we have something that holds us together as Catholics~ the Eucharist. THAT is why we gather for corporate worship, and for no other reason. To receive Jesus, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity at Mass. Everything else is just to bring us to the Table.

Whether or not it was St. Augustine who originally said- In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, charity it's a good reminder that the essentials are what make us Catholic, and that even in corporate worship we have the liberty to worship God as best we can even if it is differently done from the person sitting next to you.

Now, having said all this, what my dear friend was describing, a corporate worship where we are all of one mind in how we worship the King of Kings is something that I long for. But I know that we will only sing with one voice on the other side of Glory. The Angels and Saints are doing it right now, and one day I will join them in that glad song.

But for today, I will gladly stand next to you and worship with you, praising God with all my heart even if we do it differently.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Round Robin Week 4- My Nana

When I started this page today I didn't know that it would have been my Nana's 99th birthday today.

Happy Birthday Nana, we miss you...

Kit: Days Gone By Collab from The Urban Fairy and ADB Designs
Font: CK Bella
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Mark resources for Chapters 3 and 4

I hope to get a post up about the last couple of sessions, but for now here's an assortment of links that I used to find more information for our study-

http://www.bibleplaces.com/mounttabor.htm
http://www.bibleplaces.com/mtbeatitudes.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_4
http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=8963
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11460a.htm

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mother-Daughter Tea

Mom and I had a wonderful time in Geneva at the Little Shops and the Mother-Daughter Tea. It was so much fun to see all of the other Moms and their girls, of all ages!

Kit: Hidden in a Book Collab by The Urban Fairy and Jilbert's Bit's of Bytes
Font: Marketing Script

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rooter's big adventure

Rooter left today with Aaryk's folks to go live with his sister and her family in Idaho. They can't wait to see him! I'm sad to see him go, but happy that he will be well loved and get lots of attention!
Destination Idaho- Rooter's trip to his new home!

Kit: Destination Anywhere Collab by The Urban Fairy and Manu Scraps
Available here
Fonts: Calvin and Hobbes and Poplar Std
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Copyright 2014 by Kyrie Drake

Friday, May 9, 2014

finally....Spring!

Kit: Butterfly Gardens Collab by The Urban Fairy and Valentina's Creations
Font: Caflisch Script Pro
Available from #theStudio here
Week One of the May Round Robin Event!
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Divine Mercy Chaplet

In keeping with the Feast of the Divine Mercy today, here's how to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet-

http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/dmmap.htm

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sanctuary vs. Worship Center

Driving to work today I was bugged when I saw a sign on a church directing people to the 'Worship Center'. This has been brewing in me for some time and I think I finally figured out why.

It used to be that most all protestant churches, even 'low church' denominations called their worship space a sanctuary. More and more though I'm seeing them renamed as 'worship centers'. This bothers me as it seems to me that we lose some of the holiness of gathering as 'church' this way. It's a mindset. Sure, whenever two or more are gathered in His name He is there and all, but Church is more than gathering together.

Even before I was Catholic, I always felt there was something special about the sanctuaries of traditional style churches. The pews, the weathered songbooks, the podium, the choir loft, the baptismal area, and the communion table all gave the feel that this place was special, set apart specifically for the worship of God. That's the very definition of holy or sacred.

Today's 'worship center' has none of that. It could be any room with chairs and a stage. While, again, we can certainly worship God in ANY place and should be doing so in all times and all aspects of our lives I think we really lose something by getting rid of the 'sacredness' of our churches.

The thought that concreted this in my mind this morning was that when we do this we risk church being about what WE do for God, and less about honoring what God has done for us.

Just my thought for today!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Battle

The other day I started to pray the St. Michael prayer but in my mind I said, 'St. Michael the Archangel protect us from battle'.

But that's not how it goes, is it?

St. Michael the Archangel, DEFEND us in battle.

That is what we cry out in prayer. For the battle is here and now and all around us. God never promised us release from the battlefield, only that we could call upon His aid and that of His holy angels in our times of deepest need.

I do battle tonight, with my weakness, my anger, my desolation.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend me in battle,
Be my protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him I humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
By the power of God
Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
Who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of my soul. Amen

All you Angels and Saints, pray for me!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Resurrection

Today was all about preparing us for the Resurrection. I wonder how the Saducees viewed the passage from Ezekiel in today's reading. It's pretty clear on a bodily resurrection at the end of time. I don't recall ever having read or heard that passage before! I love seeing how the Old Testament and the New Testament mesh so beautifully.

I was also struck by the thought in the reading from Romans today about how we are 'in the Spirit' while still being physical beings...in the flesh. When Paul talks about living in the Spirit he is not suggesting that we give up our physical bodies. This meshes so nicely with the Catholic understanding of John 6 . There is no false dichotomy between the body (flesh) and the Spirit.

That's a thought I want to develop further, but not sitting here at Einstein Brothers this morning!  ;)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Who Do You Say That I Am?

I really, really wanted to embed a player here to show off this song, but I can't make it work. >:(

So, go here- Who Do You Say That I Am to listen to the song that keeps running through my head as the 'theme' song for the Gospel of Mark bible study I'm involved in right now.

It's by Tim & Julie Smith off their album A Eucharistic People available here (along with all of their other fabulous music!).

It's been going through my head for weeks, and thanks to my friends Andra and Tom Booth I was finally able to locate it!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gospel of Mark Bible Study Chapter 1:29- 2:12

Today we spent a good bit of time reviewing the themes of Chapter 1, and answering the questions in the book.

We pick up at Verse 28 in Chapter 1 where Jesus, having cast out the demon, to the astonishment of the crowds ("What is this?! A new teaching?!") IMMEDIATELY leaves the synagogue and goes to the home of Simon and Andrew. His fame is spreading, but he doesn't bask in it, or continue to teach, but immediately goes to the home he will use as his homebase. There he encounters Simon's mother-in-law who is sick. She is the first one that Jesus heals in Mark's gospel. This healing (albeit a private one) took place during the Sabbath, and begins Jesus's ministry of healing by TOUCHING the afflicted. It's not until that evening, after the Sabbath that the entire town of Capernaum comes to the house with their sick and possessed. How many people would that have been? According to Wikipedia about 1500!

The next morning he went out alone, to a solitary place to pray. We see this cycle throughout the gospels. Jesus dealing with the crowds; healing, teaching, and preaching and then going out alone to pray. How human of him! :) Taking time to be alone with God, to recharge, gather strength to face the next day, the next challenge.

When Simon and the others come to find him and tell him that everyone is looking for him, he says basically, 'Let's get this thing started, this is why I'm here, to preach the gospel throughout the land'. So they went, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons. Those two are linked often. Did the demon possessed gather around the synagogue? Were they brought there for healing? Were they drawn there by the demons? Interesting questions.

In 1:40 we see the first time we see Jesus heal some one who is considered 'unclean' by Jewish law. Jesus reaches out and touches the man to make him clean. Mark brings home the point later that Jesus' touch makes the other person clean, it does not make him unclean. The power of that touch. Likely the first human contact the man had experienced in years. It shows how approachable Jesus is, that he identifies with us. It shows his power over the Old Covenant rules, how that his holiness conquers the uncleanliness of the leper. He has the man still go through the proscribed steps to show himself to the priest so that he can again be part of the community. And...tells him to tell no one what he had done.

This is Mark's emphasis on the Messianic Secret. It's a thread that runs throughout the first half of his gospel. Why did Jesus do this? There are several thoughts on this-
1) He wanted to avoid the reputation  that he was merely (merely!) a miracle worker or healer
2) He wanted to steer away from the popular ideas of the time of what the Messiah would be like- a military leader and great warrior.
3) He didn't want to give his enemies time until the appointed time to fire up their wrath.
(paraphrased from the Gospel of Mark Ignatius Catholic Study Bible notes)

(CH 2:1-12 will be added soon...hopefully!)


In looking at Chapter 2 through Chapter 3:6 we see 5 scenes in which Jesus' actions lead to encounters with the Pharisees. Here are a couple of links to more information about the Pharisees from both a Jewish and Catholic perspective-

Jewish Encyclopedia
Catholic Encyclopedia

I think that reading about them from the perspective of modern Judaism is absolutely fascinating!

(More to come later!)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thought from Mass March 9,2014

God knew that Adam and Eve would choose to sin, but He made them anyway. He had to give them the freedom to choose or they would be nothing more than the angels. He already had all the angels He wanted.

He wanted us, created us, to choose to love Him.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Gospel of Mark Bible Study Chapter 1- 1:1-28



Our Prayer today-


Here are some links we'll talk about in Bible Study Today-

Peter's home (Jesus' HQ) in Capernum

The Interlinear Greek New Testament

Here's a link to more about Lectio Divina, the method we used to read scripture at the end of our session- Lectio Divina

My thoughts and commentary to follow, after we meet today. I look forward to your thoughts, comments, and insights (even if you're not part of our Bible Study!)!


Who Do You Say That I Am?

A study on the Gospel of Mark, from the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible with Commentary, Notes, and Study Questions by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch

My thoughts and comments on Mark 1:1-28 from Sunday March 9, 2014