..with Elizabeth Foss
I’m a little late in blogging this, but doing so anyway!
I’m nursing a sick household today, so in between washing bed linens and resting myself a bit, I’ve been internet browsing. I find the Vermont Country Store so fun to visit and reminisce with. It really takes me back to the 70s growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I never wore much make-up at all; what I did wear was usually just blush and a lip gloss (Clinique’s Black Honey was my favorite). But the make-up at the Vermont Country Store is so 70s….I do remember the make-up and hair products ( like Lemon-up Shampoo, something I did occasionally use). It’s just fun to see the older toys and games, and products of an era gone by.
Lord of All Hopefulness
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
…really and truly, I feel I am afflicted with it!
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered quite as long and hard of a winter as this one we are inching our way out of. I can’t imagine how our pioneer and pilgrim ancestors managed! I just know God knows I am a wimp!…and allowed my life span to exist on this chronological time line of some technology and machinery that helps assist to bring some comforts during terrible incredible weather events.
To say the least, hauling up at home has helped us be productive in our school work. Mark has already finished up history and soon, Latin and science. Michael is nearing the end with Algebra and Latin; still at least 10 weeks to go for a truly spectacular year for these guys. I am so pleased with their progress and how much they’ve accomplished and learned this year.
Both boys have also made great progress with their varying challenges; between autism spectrum disorder and anxiety disorder, we have done so much and both sons have made their own personal leaps.
On another note, life just doesn’t stop giving and taking away. My husband’s employer of the last 35 years passed away earlier this week after a year long battle with stomach and liver cancer. She was an only child, adopted, and the burial vault family business fell to her when her father, the founder, passed away many years ago. She left her other job position and took on the business. My husband and all his brothers and father worked for this company throughout it’s entire existence so far; my father-in-law being a foreman and retiring from the business. So my husband has put in about 38 years there. The business can continue, but there are many changes to take place as his employer was the last in line to run the business. She has left the company to my husband, one of his brothers that works there, and two other employees, to do with it as they see fit. So lots of meetings, and lots of life changing events.
In the meantime, we await the funeral. What a special and wonderful person in general, and spectacular business woman we must say good-bye to. She was an excellent employer and really looked out for her employees supplying them with good medical insurance and profit sharing and was always fair and supportive…..we are so grateful that for 25 years of our married lives with four children, my husband worked under these wonderful conditions. May this admirable person rest in the peace of Christ and comfort of heaven. I will personally never forget how good she was to those in her charge.
The mercy that we must give to others includes that of standing up for the poor, the lonely, those who have no education and cannot stand up for themselves. It means to engage in what we call social justice on behalf of our brother. That involves opening ourselves to being pushed around and crucified. This always happens to those who stand up for others…
Lent is here to remind us that the mercy of God is ours provided we embrace his law of love; provided we realize that it’s going to hurt, and hurt plenty, but that the very hurting will be a healing. That’s the paradox of God, that while you hurt, you heal. That’s true healing.
The sea of his mercy is open before us. Lent definitely and inexorably leads us to it and makes us think about what it takes to swim in it.
~ Catherine Doherty, foundress of the Madonna House Apostolate