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Sister, I went to the Nora the cat link and watched the Youtube video (you're right, she's great!), and just for fun watched the accompanying sequel...at the end of which is a quote about cats by LEONARDO DA VINCI! Coincidence...or yet another coded message?!
"the smallest feline is a masterpiece"....guess Teddy is a painting of dogs playing poker on black velvet. Although, I noticed during the intermission that Nora could drop a few pounds.
Sister Mary-Yes, the cat is a virtuoso in the animal kingdom. BTW, does your skepticism over claims of cryptic messages in Leonardo’s paintings also extend to Marian apparitions in grilled cheese sandwiches and flour tortillas? Since these claims came to light, a good rule of thumb is to check your burritos and soft tacos before consumption:0)I also believe Mount Rushmore is a natural rock formation.Tom
Not related to this article, but I have a question about scapulars. My 5 year old daughter is completely unresponsive to our Faith. She wants nothing to do with going to Mass, praying and the CFF classes I teach my kids at home. (note: my other 3 children were not excited about it at this age, but not fighting me either). Someone had mentioned a scapular under the mattress for conversion but she doesn't need conversion, she needs something else altogether. Mind you, we don't give her a choice in any of these matters, but I am hoping to see some love of God expressed in some way from her! Any suggestions?Another question: I have heard that Pope Benedict XVI is coming to D.C. and I will be trying to get the (most likely impossible to get) tickets to see him. Any saint you can suggest for intercession?I love your site! It's hilarious while being informative! Great balance.
Anonymous, my daughter was like that at first too. She thought it was all "boring". What program are you using? We did the "Who Am I?" one, and she liked doing all the arts and crafts associated with it. One thing that actually REALLY helped was doing Saint candles. We visited St. Joseph's for their patron's feast day and she loved the altar. We bought a candle and lighted it and talked about who St. Joseph was and then we said a prayer. They love lighting the candles and praying. Especially if you let them blow it out. :)
Anonymous, firstly, I'm not familiar with ANY of the programs you may be using, so certainly can't recommend anything. Living in Canada, I'm sure our material is different. I wonder if you are required to use a particular program, or do you have some latitude? I've taught programs in our parish for sacrament-preparation with material chosen by the pastor and used prescribed prgrams for my older children who attended the public school system, but for my youngest, who is homeschooled and the best catechised, I found the right approach. When she was your daughter's age, I read and told Bible stories to her and we TALKED about the people in the stories. As she got older, we began reading the Bible itself and TALKING about what Jesus taught. Before her Confirmation, we studied (a child's version of) the Catechism and TALKED some more. She has a physical disability that makes colouring or writing very challenging, so this approach allowed her to learn without the pressure of producing a piece of work every time. I took a similar approach with all my brood for helping them prepare for Mass. We read and discussed the readings for the upcoming Sunday as part of our bedtime prayers the week before - just a bit each night (Monday - first reading, Tuesday - psalm...). It was always a bit of a thrill to hear in Father's homily something we had discussed during the week. I also made sure that they knew the music we sang at Mass. As part of bedtime prayers, the children took turns choosing a hymn each night; eventually, they had a selection memorized so even non-readers could sing on Sunday.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I do teach my children from an online site from Sadlier which uses the Sunday readings. I have the older ones read the readings aloud and we discuss, very briefly, the meanings and then usually do a craft based on the whole theme of the week-hoping to hit a similar chord with the homily! We do this on Sunday mornings before Mass so the lesson is fresh in their minds when they hear the readings at church. It really takes less than an hour. And I try to be creative in the lessons and crafts to keep their interest. Maybe I need to go back to the Bible story route with her and engage her that way first. I've been trying very hard to keep my 13 year old son still "interested" that maybe she's left out of those lessons and maybe they're too advanced for her. Hmm...Thanks for helping me think this through!
Is this a convent cat?
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