"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, May 8, 2015

1st Communion, Spring, and Mom.

My Slow Takes

1. Sunday at 8:30 Mass, was First Holy Communion for some of the children of our Parish. Monsignor Shreve was the celebrant and his Homily was excellent. The children are sitting in the first few rows and he stands in front them talking and walking back and forth from one end to the other. It is all about them and his conversation with them shows his patience and love for the children. There are a series of questions that Monsignor asks the children. He always makes sure they are asked in such a way that the children understand and are able to answer them. After Mass there are “goodies” in the “Commons” and the volunteers on staff make sure the children get “first dibs.” I enjoy watching the interaction between the children and Monsignor Shreve. It makes for a beautiful “God moment” for me.

2. The Capitals won Monday evenings game 1-0 against the Rangers. They are now 2-1 in the series. Next game is Friday the 8th.

3. “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

4. This is a poem for “all the Mothers” on Mothers Day.

May God bless all the Mothers
That give of themselves
And tend to their household needs
Before the needs of 'self'
For they are there with comfort
For each child's broken heart,
Bringing them to God in prayer,
With His love to impart.

5. NBC News had a spot on the allergy season. The title was “Pollen Tsunami” Causing Misery in the Northeast.” Apparently they haven’t spent anytime in Richmond, Virginia. My nose runs, my eyes itch and my cough has not gone away. Pollen knows no boundaries. 

6. On Saturday, May 8, 1971 Dolores Siracusa and Paul Forgette were married by Father Patrick Dineen. The ceremony took place at St. Leo the Great in Amherst, New York. Today, Friday May 8, we celebrate our 44th year of Holy Matrimony.

7. This is “Early Morning Rain,” by Peter, Paul & Mary.

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