Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Moments - Thawing Out?

Em's DayBook - Vol. 7

"Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God."  — St. Ignatius of Loyola

Happy
Monday Tuesday All!

We are thawing out around here for the next day or so, and then we have promises of more winter weather. We'll see how it goes. My husband is picking up a few things on the way home this evening, in anticipation of being iced in. I'm praying he finds some fatwood because we need some fire starters around here.  Mama (me) likes a roaring fire if it is cold. Our order is not here yet. AACK!

TODAY, I’M…

Thankful For

  • the fact that we found firewood.
  • mail being delivered today
  • being chosen to be a guest designer on From the Heart Stamps.
  • the ability to take a mental health day and get things done.
  • the right to homeschool.
  • Our precious Pope and his spirit of LOVE!
Thinking About…

I'm thinking about people who judge. Oh we are all guilty from time to time. In case you don't know, I love Pope Francis. He makes sense and he loves the people. Here is what he said to a group of people about the readings of the day on Monday.
(Vatican Radio) It is easy to judge others, but we can only progress on our Christian journey in life if we are capable of judging ourselves first, said Pope Francis at Monday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta.

The readings of the day focused on the subject of mercy. The Pope, recalling that "we are all sinners" - not "in theory" but in reality – said that the ability to judge oneself is "a Christian virtue, indeed more than a virtue", it is the first step for those who want to be Christian:

“We are all masters, professors of self-justification: ‘No it wasn’t me, it’s not my fault, maybe yes, but not so much…that’s not the way it is…’. We all have an alibi to explain away our shortcomings, our sins, and we are often to put on a face that says "I do not know," a face that says ‘I didn’t do it, maybe someone else did’ an innocent face. This is no way to lead a Christian life”.

"It’s easier to blame others" - observed the Pope - but "something strange happens if we try to behave differently: "If we begin to look at the things we are capable of doing, at first we “feel bad, we feel disgust ", yet this in turn "gives us peace and makes us healthy”.

Pope Francis continued, “when I feel envy in my heart and I know that this envy is capable of speaking ill of others and morally assassinating them”, this is “the wisdom of judging oneself”. "If we do not learn this first step in life, we will never, never be able to take other steps on the road of our Christian life, of our spiritual life":

“The first step is to judge ourselves.  Without saying anything out loud. Between you and your conscience. Walking down the street, I pass by a prison and say: "Well, they deserve it" - "Yet do you know that if it weren’t for the grace of God you would be there? Did you ever think that you are capable of doing the things that they have done, even worse?” This is what judging yourself means, not hiding from the roots of sin that are in all of us, the many things we are capable of doing, even if we cannot seen them”.

The Pope stressed another virtue: Shame before God, in a kind of dialogue in which we recognize the shame of our sin and the greatness of God's mercy:
"To You, Lord, our God, mercy and forgiveness. Shame on me and to You mercy and forgiveness". This Lent, it would do us all good to have this dialogue with the Lord: self-accusation. Let us ask for mercy. In the Gospel Jesus is clear: "Be merciful as your Father is merciful". When one learns to accuse oneself first then we are merciful to others: "But, who am I to judge, if I am able to do things that are worse?".

The phrase: "Who am I to judge another?" obeys Jesus’ exhortation: "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven". Instead, it highlights - "how we like to judge others, to speak ill of them”.

"May the Lord, in this Lent - said the Pontiff - give us the grace to learn to judge ourselves" in the knowledge that we are capable "of the most evil things" and say, "Have mercy on me, Lord, help me to be ashamed and grant me mercy, so I may be merciful to others".
This is a pet peeve of mine. I can't stand the constant judging. That is all!

Reading…

To be honest, bits and pieces of a few things. I need to get some reviews done. I am working on lesson plans and book reports with my son. So - my list is lame-ish at best.

Wifing…

Linking Up with Elizabeth’s Marriage Monday Post - Project P31 - Doing Your Husband Good . Here is a quote from her post:
I love what author Elizabeth George says about the good wife in her book, Beautiful in God's Eyes:
Hers is a heart of goodness! How refreshing in this day of selfishness -- of self-centeredness, self-esteem, self-image and self-assertion -- to come across a selfless spring of goodness. No wonder this woman is beautiful in God's eyes! But how is her heart of goodness demonstrated?  . . . She operates her life and his home in a way that routinely benefits him with good. Her waking prayer each day is to do her dear husband good -- to love him, serve him, honor him, advance him, spoil him, and ease his life.
Um. Hi, my name is Emily and I'm gonna say I routinely fail at this. I'm critical. I'm busy and critical... but I love him and I'm good to him. But I'm not selfless... and I'm not always "soft".   Well, I have some work to do then! I will say this... I am not critical in public. That has to count for something! lol
Project P31, Mission #3:

Our mission for this week to examine our actions and attitudes to determine if we are doing our husbands good or evil?  Are we practicing contentment and unselfishness or are we letting ourselves be ensnared by comparison, criticism, covetousness and contentiousness?  Are we building up our husbands and our homes or tearing them down? What good works characterize our lives? What about the words we speak?  Do our words do good or evil to our husband's reputation?

In Our Kitchen…

Currently my rye bread is rising. That's always a good thing. We like to bake our own bread and today, I made a dark loaf and a light loaf and twisted them up and let them rise together. I'll keep ya posted.

Marque is home this week. We are finally attempting a Shepherd's Pie

  • Sunday Night - Chicken Enchirritos (you'll see)
  • Last Night – Shepherd's Pie. We loosely followed a recipe I found on Epicurious.  The meat mixture was great. HOWEVER, I really should not have made a thin layer of biscuit for the bottom (in place of a pie crust) because it didn't bake well. In fact it semi-burned. But the good news is, we didn't eat the bread part.
  • Tonight – Leftovers & salad
  • Wednesday night – Chicken in the Crock Pot
  • Thursday Night – Leftovers
  • Friday – Shrimp & Pasta
  • Saturday – Soup
Chicken Enchirritos - linking up with Try A New Recipe Tuesday!



I baked Chicken the other night and Marque challenged me to use the chicken I'd made the next night. Here is what I grabbed ...

Zucchini, refried beans (1 can - 15 oz), chicken, onions, flour tortilla, enchilada sauce (small can), grated cheese, diced tomatoes (1 can - 15 oz) and I think that is all.

So, we mixed some diced tomatoes into the refried beans to soften them. mixed the rest of the diced tomatoes in with the enchilada sauce. Then we emulsified the tomato/enchilada sauce mix, and pours some in the pyrex dish. Here is how we put the enchilada-burrito type things together:


Flour tortilla (6+-inch in diameter), refried beans first, then sliced zucchini (long ways), Chicken (that Marque cut into small pieces), grated cheese, then rolled them up. THEN we added the rest of the chicken and the chopped white onion, and the rest of the beans, sauce and cheese. And baked it for 25 minutes @350 degrees..

You can change it up, make it all veggie, etc. We called it Enchirritos as a nod to both enchiladas and burritos. They are big enough that you only need one.

Faith Matters…

Yesterday was the 2nd Sunday in Lent. It's March, and I can't believe it's already here.

Praying For…
  • Our Nation & World
  • Mental & Physical Welfare of friends & family.
  • Our Pope and Clergy.
  • For more joy in the little things…
  • The softening of people’s hearts!
Captured…

Last night, Christopher layered the Shepherd's Pie.


I love my veils and rosaries from Silver Hill Treasures.



And this is my desk in the class/craft room... My computer desk is in the living room.


I hope and pray your week goes well.

Love, Hugs & many blessings,

Em

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