KITCHEN TABLE CHATS

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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Prayers for Chile

Please offer a few prayers for all the people of Chile and my in-laws in particular. My in-laws had just arrived in Santiago yesterday as part of a tour group. Early this morning Chile was rocked by an 8.8 earthquake. We have heard indirectly that they are doing okay. Their hotel is still standing with no major structural damage. Fortunately, Chile seems better prepared to withstand such an earthquake than Haiti. The force of this earthquake is 1000 times greater than the force of the earthquake in Haiti. There are still many people who are injured and homeless. There will soon be a great need for corporal works of mercy. Right now, the spiritual work of mercy of prayer is the best we can do.

Friday, February 26, 2010

USCCB says no health care reform unless it is moral health care reform

It is truly significant that the USCCB states emphatically that it will not support health care reform unless basic moral criteria are met. Read more here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It is all about the salvation of souls

This past Sunday, our priest mentioned that the final entry in the Code of Canon Law, entry number 1752, states that the purpose of all the laws of the Church must ultimately be the salvation of souls. Read here how the decision by the Archdiocese of Washington to transfer its foster care and adoption program to another agency was required to fulfill this purpose.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Light is on in the Diocese of Arlington and Archdiocese of Washington

I've been doing a bit of traveling recently. I was visiting a parish and the deacon gave a lovely homily on the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He urged those present to often avail themselves of the grace of this sacrament. Yet looking at the schedule in the bulletin, it was clear this sentiment was not part of the parish ethos. Confessions are heard for thirty minutes on Saturday afternoons.

I know that the pastor of this parish probably thinks that is all he needs to do since the lines on Saturday are not very long. No one is being turned away. However, confession is very much like the movie Field of Dreams. Open it up and they will come. My own parish began scheduling daily confessions about four years ago. Confession is offered twice daily on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Instead of the lines getting shorter since there are so many times for the penitent to confess, the lines are getting longer and longer.

The Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington have joined in an effort to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. Every parish in each of these diocese will be open for confession from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. You can read more about this endeavor here.

At the beginning of this Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI exhorted priests to be generous with their time in the confessional. He held up for them St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, who anchored his pastoral care with endless hours spent hearing the confessions of his flock. Let us offer our prayers for our priests that they will follow the model of St. John Vianney and the direction of Pope Benedict XVI and be generous with their time in the confessional. Keep the confessional light on and the penitent will come.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Back in the blogosphere!


Between the snow, and traveling, and teaching, and mothering, and all the other things going on in my Domestic Church, blogging has taken a far back seat. Just thought I would catch folks up.

First of all, I finally updated Pope Benedict's prayer intentions on the right side bar. I am embarrassed it took me so long to get February's up.

Last week I traveled to Texas. I attended the third session in the Converging Roads Catholic bioethics program. As always, it was a joy to be in San Antonio. It was made more joyful by the fact that the weather was 61-degrees with clear blue skies. My family at home was digging out of one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the DC area. After the conference I traveled back to Houston and visited my parents. My daughter and my oldest son and his bride joined us for Mass and breakfast on Sunday. I was supposed to fly out on Sunday, but the snowstorm at home nixed that. The airline rescheduled me for Monday, but my husband said there was nearly two feet of snow in our street and no snow plow expected for days. I moved the flight to Tuesday. Of course, round two of Snowmageddon was predicted for Tuesday. The airline moved my flight to Wednesday. Monday afternoon my husband called and asked how soon I could get on a flight. The neighborhood folks (including my husband and two sons) armed with snow shovels had cleared a one-car-wide path that enabled egress from the neighborhood. God bless them! There was a flight leaving Houston in three hours. My parents and I were on our way to the airport in less than an hour. Of course we had to drive through a driving rain accented by thunder, lightning, and hail to get there. But I made it. By midnight I was back in DC and meeting my husband at the airport. I am so fortunate to have been able to take advantage of that window between storms. On Tuesday, the airline suspended all flights into and out of DC until at least Thursday. By Tuesday night, the path that the neighbors had so diligently carved was just a memory as fresh snow filled the void. But we are all together and warm so life is good.

The class I teach at the community college has been canceled all week. We will resume on Monday. (though they have snow in the forecast for Monday!) Human Anatomy and Physiology is a tough class in the best of times because of the sheer volume of information that must be memorized. Now that we are on a compressed schedule, it will truly be a challenge to cover the material in the time remaining. I have posted all kinds of study aids for the students to get a handle on the topics. If they took advantage of this down time to study, they should be fine. Otherwise, they can expect a wild ride.

It looks like the public schools will be in session until the end of June. This is going to be a very short summer.

As a side note, I told my family back in October or November that I thought we were going to have a hard winter. The squirrels in the area were positively rotund. They sat on their haunches and they looked like they had major beer bellies. Next fall, if I see such fat squirrels, I think I will head south. Or maybe just invest in a snow blower.

In any case, I hope everyone is staying warm, healthy, and happy. Hopefully, life is settling down enough for me to get back into a regular writing routine.