Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Fall Afternoon at McCrory Gardens

After finding the beautiful Autumn tree last week, Number Six and I were craving for more fall colors, so we went for a walk in beautiful McCrory Gardens. I forgot the camera so we took these with the iPhone. For more tame, less-intense photo edits, refer to Number's Six's post on her own blog. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thoughts at Mass

At mass, the older altar boy was a teenager with Down Syndrome.

I had never been at a mass with a altar boy with Down Syndrome before.

I chatted with the lay gentleman who trains and supervises them, and he smiled as he said that the boy "does a good job, and Fr. is patient with him".

The congregation was obviously pleased and proud at the same time. So was I. My heart swelled to see a silent, yet obvious and apparent, outpouring of love.

The gentleman who trained him, and who sat behind him and nudged him when needed.

Fr., who lovingly accepted and welcomed his service.

His mother, whose eyes were swimming in a smile when she passed near him returning from Holy Communion.

And last but not least, the teenager boy, who may have been the happiest and proudest kid I have seen at mass for a long time.

In this day and age, when thinkers promote the abortion of DS babies as a moral choice, and when the taking of one's life becomes a positive good to be attained, this scene at mass at our parish in South Dakota filled the heart.

They say whatever they want to say, and the media over-inflates whatever they chose to.

Real life, real love, however, happens in the quiet of a church, away from the cameras and headlines, and people recognize it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Life of a Novice

So I am writing a letter to my little sister, and Number Seven makes a drawing to go into the envelope, based on stories we heard... Hee hee!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday is a common social media activity and today I have one! I was looking and beginning the editing of the last photos I took from Mother's photo albums from when I was in Brazil last spring.

My First Holy Communion on November 11, 1970! My parents, my homeroom teacher Sister Brigida, OSB and my beautiful godmother!