Christ is Risen! So often the solemness of Lent is emphasized and acts of penance, prayer, and almsgiving are observed, but then we seem to forget the unbridled joy that Easter brings. I felt bad that I didn't make it to daily Mass more often during the Easter Octave, but fortunately we have even longer to celebrate the Easter season than we did observing the fast of Lent. "The joy of the Lord is our strength!"
and all-too-aware of the emptiness between Good Friday and Christ's Resurrection to feeling loved, blessed, and cherished.
Don't Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus Vivi has decided this week that the book written by Mo Willems is one of her favorites. I can't tell you how many times I've read it to her, but she has been asking for it. I've made sure to point out buses and big trucks when we've gone on our frequent field trips, which has only increased her interest.
There's a Wocket in my Pocket! This has been another favorite of Miss Vivi this week. I find it absolutely precious when kids get old enough that they start requesting certain books, even if I end up reading the some one a bazillion times. I know the repetition helps them in so many ways with learning new words, vocabulary, rhymes, and memory, so I'll just point out new things about the book each time through in addition to reading the words,
Rest in Peace A friend got us into the habit of adding "and may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace." at the end of the prayer each time we say grace. In recent months we have had so many friends lose loved ones that we have a number of people in mind when we add that addendum prayer. Lord, You are close to the brokenhearted. Help us be loving and compassionate with those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Amen.