Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Berta and Elmer

Well, I'd sure like to know more about this artistic team, Berta and Elmer Hader, the authors and illustrators of the beautiful picture book, The Big Snow. What is in a name? On another funny note, number 3 child has decided to really suffer this Lent. He has given up corn, yes, corn. No, he does not eat corn everyday. There is no love affair with the vegetable.

I was temporarily in Heaven today as my husband worked from home, and we all prayed the Noon Mass together. Number 2 child kept whispering to me if she could just go to the bathroom for a sec to see how her ashes looked...I quietly whispered back to wait until Mass was over. She was ok with that.

What a sweet life this is. Full of ups and downs and ins and outs. I would not trade it for anything. Just when we needed to step back and take stock, Mother Church opens Her arms wide and receives us as we are. Acceptance and love are intertwined. Our Lord demands so much of Himself and so little of us. At the same time, we must strive to be holy because it pleases Him so much. It is so unoriginal to say this, but....God does not need our effort. It is truly a "love thing" -- meaning that He desires our goodness because He loves us so much that He wants to see us happy and content. As Fr. Mike said as much today, a high price was paid for our salvation. I hope my dear children will grow to understand the compassion of our God.


Rachel R. said...


Just read your last few days of posts. I couldn't agree with you more about Jesus' redemptive work being a 'love thing'. How I want that for my kids too. I don't want them scared, shamed, forced into our beautiful faith. I want them LOVED into it.
There is so much talk of love yet so few really try to live it out.


Anonymous said...

I like your "number 3's" participation in Lent this year. He is obviously shaping up to be a very intelligent young man :-)