Today, my post-partum mommy brain brings you 7 very random thoughts…
I’m counting down the days for theÂ Behold ConferenceÂ inÂ Peoria, Illinois in a few weeks. Behold is a conference on the dignity and vocation of women, and the 2012 theme isÂ â€œFrom the Heart of God.â€Â I love this statement by Bonnie Engstrom, Behold Associate Director:
To my knowledge there is nothing else like Behold. We are Catholic, unabashedly orthodox but open to women who are not practicing the Catholic faith . . . we are for all women, no matter if they are married, single, or consecrated; no matter how many kids they do or do not have; no matter how many candles on their birthday cakes.”Â
Much has been written about how to help siblings adjust to a new baby in the family. I must admit I had some concerns about how our three-year-old would adjust. Then I saw this masterpiece she completed, and my concerns quickly disappeared.
What we have learned since bringing Jude home two weeks ago is it’s never too early to begin talkingÂ Theology of the BodyÂ principles. (For those of you not familiar with the term Theology of the Body, in a nutshell, it is Blessed John Paul II’s teaching on love, life, and human sexuality).Â Between breast feeding and the obvious anatomical differences with her little brother, we’ve already encountered some interesting questions. It feels like we should be more prepared, but with any given moment, we’re just not sure what question might get asked. We try to treat questions seriously without giving more information than is really needed. But we’ll see how this works — and if you have good suggestions for us, we are willing to entertain your ideas!
I subscribe to the The Magnificat and given the artwork and reflections are so sacred and inspiring, it pains me to recycle the monthly issues. So I was especially excited to stumble upon a terrific idea for repurposing the magazine’s artwork. Check out this family prayer jar at Brooke Taylor’s blog.
As Brooke writes, “It’s a simple way to remember those we have promised to pray for. We just took a mason jar, cut out a few web gloss holy pictures, and taped them to the jar. The images are from Magnifikid! We cut out a few dozen paper hearts and write down our prayer intentions. Each evening at dinner we pull out a heart, read our intention and keep that person, family, or group onÂ ourÂ heart in prayer until the next day.” Â
Great idea, Brooke!Â
“All God asks us to do is open up our doors.”
Has this ever happened to you? While visiting a new city, you stumble upon a beautiful, majestic church. You are excited to step inside, observe the art and architecture, and spend some time in quiet prayer. You go to open the door and find it is . . . locked.
This was the scenario forÂ St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis — hundreds of people walked by the church on an hourly basis yet they couldn’t get inside given doors were locked during “off hours.” Â So the priest decided to make some changes, and this 2-minute video demonstrates the positive results of his decision. Not only do I find this video applicable to churches, but it got me thinking about the doors that need to be unlocked in my life, both figuratively and literally. What doors is Jesus asking me to open?Â
I spotted a nice idea for homemade Valentine cards that incorporates scripture and Saint Valentine himself.Â On one side of the card,Â the text of John 3:16 is typed out in a heart shape with letters aligned to show the word â€œValentineâ€ down the center of the heart. Then on the back, you can create a pseudo prayer card with a short story about Saint Valentine.Â
A highlight of our week was interviewing Emilio Estevez to promote the February 21 DVD and Blu-ray release ofÂ The Way, a film he wrote, produced, and directed.Â Thanks much toÂ The Maximus GroupÂ for having confidence in us and arranging the interview. Emilio was very gracious, and without giving away too much, let’s just say the interview will definitely have a strong pro-life message. We are excited to share it with you soon — please stop back on Tuesday, February 21 to read the interview. Head’s up: we will also be giving away some special prizes that day.
And finally, some Friday humor for you:
As Travis Bickle would say, “You talkin’ to me?”