Please say some prayers for the newest baby Peklet. He’s had a rough start in life and is presently in the ICU after some surgeries. He was in my prayers at St. Francis de Sales tonight. Perhaps he can be in yours, too.
Seamus Heaney died today at the age of 74. He was an Irish poet who seemed to have had quite the following.
I knew of him because my best friend in college got to spend time with him during an off campus program in Ireland. I emailed her today to inform her of his death, which I saw on Twitter, specifically Business Insider’s feed. She wrote back an email that I thought I would share with you as it made me nostalgic…and laugh.
One of the benefits of living close to St. Francis de Sales Oratory is that when I vote I run into people like this guy just after voting!
(This story is pretty much for JJR):
I live in a close-knit neighborhood and I always see at least 10 people I know when I vote. One of the women I saw today was JJR’s former landlady. She saw me and said, “Oh, hi, Mothercrab! Are you pregnant? Ha ha ha ha!” I told her no, but that I had just had a baby. She about fell over laughing as she hadn’t known I was expecting.
Yesterday was Summer at the Oratory at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in good ol’ St. Louis, Missouri!
I am posting a few pics, but I didn’t have any really great ones as 1) I wasn’t feeling great and 2) I was manning the duck pond for 1 of the 3 hours I was there. 🙂
Yesterday we played our first annual Home Run Derby. Not only did I not hit one home run, I didn’t even get up to bat. However, there were others who were able to hit home run after home run. The lesson I learned from this is that I need to get my kids into more sports so they can play them when they are older. I love when I learn things from Home Run Derbys.
Blogger decided it hated me and wouldn’t let me post any more photos as I had reached my limit (as in 14 schnitzengruben is my limit kind of limit). Hence, my lack of posting. I am better with pictures than with words.
However, in the course of one month I will have said good-bye to 3 very dear friends who are moving on to new adventures. It is always difficult to say good-bye, especially when one of the farewells may be forever. I have regrets that I didn’t spend more time with these people, that I didn’t do more for them. But, what can I do now? I suppose all I can do is pray, spend quality time with the friends who are still here, and scour the web for friendship quotations…
In human life nothing holier can be desired, nothing more useful sought after, nothing is harder to find, nothing sweeter to experience, nothing more fruitful to possess than friendship. For it bears fruit both in this life and the next, showing forth all virtues in its sweetness and in its strength destroying vice. It softens the blows of adversity and moderates elation in prosperity.
Without friendship there can be hardly any happiness among humans; they may well be compared to animals if they have no one to rejoice with them in good fortune or sympathize with them in sorrow, no one to whom they can unburden themselves in time of trouble, or with whom they can share some especially uplifting or inspiring insight.
Alas for anyone who is alone and has no one to lift him up when he falls. Without a friend one is indeed alone. But what joy it is, what security, what a delight to have someone to whom you dare to speak as to another self; to whom you are not afraid to admit that you have done something wrong, or shy of revealing some spiritual progress you have made; someone to whom you can entrust all the secrets of your heart and with whom you can share your plans.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx