Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Today's reader question:
I've been thinking about this post - separating the practice from the person. Of course we forgive the sins of those around us, and yet the Bible says even a child is known by his actions. While a person most certainly can change, their actions show us much about their character.This thought has led me to another area I've been researching. Standards for modest Catholic dress.... can one really say that their manner of dress has nothing to do with their heart? Common sense tells us that a person's choice of clothing does tell you something about them. Colleen Hammond's book "Dressing with Dignity" has much to say about the history of women's clothes, the Church's thoughts, etc. What do YOU think, Sister? Willing to share your thoughts on this? Should women wear only dresses and skirts? Are pants ok? Inquiring minds want to know!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Excerpt from anonymous post above.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
Well, hello out there in cyber space. This is Sister Saint Aloysius. With Sister Mary Martha temporarily off to the humidity of the Midwest to help her wonderful family, she is not here to keep up with her column. I have a cheese souffle in the oven in honor of Saint Thomas' feast day so I better make it snappy.
Most of us think of St Thomas as the Apostle who doubted everything and as you can see he is usually depicted in religious art poking his finger in Christ's wounds. Jesus was very patient. But, I wonder how patient most of us are on these hot summer days, with the temperatures soaring, strange bugs biting us and rashes festering in places too private to mention. Do you find yourself flying off the handle? This is the time when we have to put ourselves in check. Offer up these little annoyances to the poor souls simmering in Purgatory. Do we find ourselves doubting Jesus loves us because we are sweating buckets and the air conditioning is on the fritz? Wasn't Our Savior a little clammy wandering around the desert in the 140 degree heat in that floor length biblical caftan? Lucky for Him it wasnt polyester like this modern habit I have on. Ooops, speaking of patience, I impatiently peeked in the oven and my souffle has fallen. I hope the Altar Guild likes a big cheese pancake. I doubt it.
Sister Mary Martha has been answering questions and making observations for an entire year. Who knew? It doesn't seem like a year. For one thing, the plumbing hasn't blown up again as it does annually, unless you count the hot water heater. Maybe after we have sewage all over the hallway once again it will seem like a year has passed. Some of us mark the days with the Liturgical Calendar. Some of us mark the days when the things that go down through the pipes stay down there. Some of us do both.
Here's how I'd like to celebrate, if you'd be so kind. Dig around in our archives and let us know which posts have been your favorites. We'd be interested to know what strikes a chord!
I think my personal favorite were the posts around Halloween. For me, they were cathartic in more ways than one, since some of the things that go on around Halloween year after year grow so tiresome....how and why Christians observe the holiday, for example. I was happy to put my two cents in. And glad to retell my story of the old man at the bank. My Norma Rae moment.
But I'd be so happy to hear from you! That would be as good as cake and I wouldn't have any way to give it up.....
Or! Pop over and give us a vote at the Blogger's Choice Awards. That would tickle Sister St. Aloysius no end. We can't believe how far we've come over there!