2. I've been finding that this quote from St. John Vianney is so true. It was in our bulletin this week:
Never forget that it is at the beginning of each day that God has the necessary grace for the day ready for us. He knows exactly what opportunities we shall have to sin...and will give us everything we need if we ask him then. That is why the devil does all he can to prevent us from saying our morning prayers or to make us say them badly.
I find that if I don't get up early enough to have my morning prayers well done before the babies *might* start waking up, I have a much harder time dealing with an infant and sometimes high-maintenance toddler. However, if I do have my morning offering and meditation done, I feel like I have a store of grace upon which I can draw when I need it most during the course of the day.
3. Here are a couple of Clare quotes Tom or I have posted on Facebook, but they are so funny that I have to repeat them here:
To Tom who was putting her to bed one night: "Daddy, I have a rough day."
To me one night when James was getting fussy: "That monkey's hungry, Mommy."
Saying grace before lunch all by herself yesterday: "God bless you. Hail Mary, full of grace. Jesus. Father, Son, Spirit. Amen."
4. Lent is going really well. I have decided that if one of my chosen sacrifices becomes comfortable, I need to figure something else out. So far, so good.
5. Mary and the boys arrive this weekend!!! I'm so excited to see them, and Clare has a pair of PJ's all picked out and set aside for Dom Dom when he comes here. Don't ask me why she thinks that Dom needs to wear a pair of her PJ's...
6. Tom gave a talk on the Theology of the Body last night to our parish RCIA participants. While he was preparing, I went through a ton of my old TOB study materials and remembered how much I love them. I think I should spend some time going through them again.
7. I gave up talk radio during the day as part of my lenten sacrifices. Being kind of a talk radio nerd, this is really hard for me. I've contented myself with watching the news only when the babies are napping (I am really beginning to love Glenn Beck) or during the night-time news run. Strangely enough, I don't feel that out of touch with the world.