Thursday, January 16, 2014

Reporting in from the infirmary, and some thoughts on prayer and consecration...

Well, we now have 2 diminished family members, and only 2 healthy ones. :0 Henry came home from school yesterday with chills and a fever. The poor babe ended up in bed for the rest of the day. He's home from school sick today, though he is definitely much improved over yesterday. I've been nurturing him by baking (or at least attempting to, please don't inquire about the finished products :0) and trying to feed him. He is not complaining.

As for me, I'm still sore, but healing well. My jaw has gone from swollen to bruised pretty quickly, so the "bar brawl" look is going to be lingering for some time. :-\ I'd actually rather have the bruising over the swelling though, truth be told. Swelling rather distorts your face, making you a stranger to yourself. With bruising, I look like me, just with bruises. :) We're getting there. I'm still working on making "punched!" seem like a cute new look. (I just tried to take a photo of myself to show off my bruises, and let's just say that didn't go so well. *hits delete button on camera*)

Other than that, I've just been doing things around the house and tending to the kids. Not very exciting, but the time has been quite nice, since it's so different from my usual office routine. Each day I have been reading from Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus Through Mary With Blessed John Paul II. I have been praying alone with Cristina, and it has been wonderful. It's a 33 day process, and our consecration day is set for February 11th, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The book is downloaded to my Kindle, making it cumbersome to flip between the daily prayers and the readings, and so Cristina made me some prayer cards and sent them to me:

Isn't she fabulous?! That's my cute journal in the background, part of the prayer process with this particular book. Although I was never very good at keeping a paper journal, I have always loved picking one out. I feel very inspired by the beautiful cover that I select for about 3 days. :0 Blogging has been a much better source of journaling for me. But a prayer journal is much easier. You can just write whatever words come to mind while you are praying, and voila! Instant fodder for future contemplation time. I'm loving it.

A Marian consecration following the formula of St. Louis de Montfort (of which Totus Tuus is one of many) can be started on any number of dates throughout the year, all scheduled to synch up with a Marian feast day. I like this January/February timeline since it's a cozy time of being inside, leaving lots of quiet time for reflection. Last year, February 11th, the date I finished my consecration for 2013, was the date Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to step down from the papacy, a big day! I was so glad that I had been in a formal time of prayer leading up to that. One of the words that I keep writing in my journal is "silence." Winter is a time of silence to me. Reflection while the world and nature are sleeping.

All right, Henry is on his third episode of "G.I. Joe", which means it's time for me remember that I'm a mother and wrap this up. I'll be back tomorrow for 7 Quick Takes Friday. I hope that you all have a lovely Thursday evening!

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