Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Something is Working

We normally go to a local monastery for Sunday Mass, but lately one thing or another has come up and we have gone to one of the local parishes. All of the parishes were built in the "church in the round" style, which I don't particularly care for. However, this style seems especially good for us because we can sit in the front or next-to-front row, but don't have to walk down the main aisle in front of everyone in case there is a noisy child.

I have been trying to get Happy Boy to pay attention to the Consecration by pointing out Our Lord's presence to him, but I didn't know if it was working. The a couple of weeks ago I saw him lift up his cup at dinner and say, "Aaaaameeen." A few days later he said while holding a piece of bread, "This is my body - take and eat this all up." Needless to say, this made my husband and I very happy. The icing on the cake, however, came this Sunday. As the priest elevated the consecrated host, Happy Boy pointed and said, "Jesus!"

Although I am not anti-Traditional Latin Mass, something makes me think that in this case the English Mass is better. I just can't see my three year old saying, "Hoc est enim corpus meum."

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Swinging Alphabet

We recently saw this Three Stooges clip and now Happy Boy sings this song all the time. He got very excited when he saw a picture of some students graduating because he associated the cap and gown with the movie. I wonder if he thought the picture was going to burst into song?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Ubiquitous Meme

I don't know if there are any blogs that I read that haven't done this yet, so I guess I get to take my turn now. :)

1) Take the nearest book of more than 123 pages.
2) Find page 123.
3) Find the fifth sentence.
4) Post the next three sentences.
5) Tag some folks.

The nearest book is The Daring Book for Girls which Reeda and I were given for Christmas. My husband and I weren't thrilled with it, especially the occult elements, so it is sitting here waiting for us to decide what we are going to do with it.

So, without further ado, here are the sentences:

She began working odd jobs, including driving a truck and working at a telephone company, to earn money for flying lessons with female aviator Anita "Neta" Snook. After six months of lessons, she bought her own plane, a used yellow biplane that she nicknamed "The Canary," and in October 1922 she flew it to an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for women pilots. In May 1923, Earhart became the sixteenth woman to be issued a pilot's license by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).
So if there is anyone out there who hasn't done this, you are hereby tagged.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Lenten Trivia

Everybody is talking about how early Ash Wednesday is this year. I looked it up and discovered that this will not only be the earliest it will fall in our lives, but also in our children's and grandchildren's lives as well* since the next time isn't until 2160. Happy Boy's birthday falls during Lent this year, but fortunately it won't ever again.

Someone asked me what the cycle was of repeating Easter dates. I had to look it up and learned that it repeats exactly every 5,700,000 years. I suspect that having leap years greatly complicates things.

The Eastern churches calculate Easter differently due to still using the Julian Calendar, so it will never fall this early for them, but their Easter can sometimes fall as late as May.

* Assuming that our grandchildren are in existence now, which mine aren't, so they probably will not see Ash Wednesday ever this early unless they live to be Very Old.