keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished...
--Mary Oliver from "My Work is Loving the World"
This Week... A touch of springtime to lift the winter... and the journey of Lent!
In the Roman Catholic Church-- Tuesday was the Feast Day of the Holy Face of Jesus and Shove Tuesday, sometimes also known as Fat Tuesday/Pancake Day--traditionally the eating up of rich or fatty foods before the penitential Lenten season begins. Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent. (I deeply appreciate the solemnity of Ash Wednesday Mass and breaking the fast of the day.) And today is the Feast Day of American St. Katherine Drexel.
At Home-- Our home altar received a tidy up, as also a purple cloth and purple candle for Lent.
Out & About-- While out & about in our small town, I walk the main street/high street to and from places. There is a secondhand shop that changes their window display a lot. I like this mix of cozy things! It's a good thing I didn't have time to go in and snoop around... I might have come home with something... LOL! Must resist temptations, and especially during Lent! ;)
On the Menu-- Ash Wednesday was a day of fasting. I had fish soup and Lenten Pretzels made for breaking the fast later in the day. I make a big cauldron of the soup to freeze, which we graze on during Lent. And I usually end up making more than one batch of the pretzels too. We eat fish every Friday, and often other times during the week. I fast Wednesdays and Fridays, much like our cousins in faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church do on a regular weekly basis. We fast, we deny ourselves, that it may prepare us to receive His light and love. And that we may be in solidarity with those in need. I think of fasting as a love offering.
Reading-- Daily I'm reading Praying Lent. Next week, Monday, I will share more about other books and reading I have set aside for the month of March, including reading for Lent.
Listening-- Lent at Ephesus by The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. There are not a lot of music CDs out there dedicated to Lent, so this is very special. This group of singing nuns is AMAZING! They have other recordings available and all are ethereal collections of hymns that redirect the heart, mind, and spirit to Jesus. This is one of my favorites! I'll be listening to this until Easter... and then listen to Easter at Ephesus! ;)
Watching-- Into Great Silence a beautiful film inside the hermitage of reclusive monks of the Carthusian Order in France. It is almost a completely silent film, in that there is no dialogue. Just following the monks among their days in a year's time. I just love this beautiful silence, and I like to watch this during Lent. You can watch it here, via YouTube.
Creating-- My current rotation of 3 yarn projects--which are "slow cookers"--are inching along. No great finishes to update on yet...
Inspiration-- "The cross, this is the sign of who I am, of my actual and real identity." Ann Voskamp, from: The Broken Way.
For weeks I've been making little homemade tattoos of the Cross with a Sharpie marker, inspired by my reading of The Broken Way. (I'd like to make this a REAL tattoo!) As Lent begins, I finish the reading of this profoundly beautiful book, and carry it's messages with me to practice throughout Lent. The book and it's Study Guide contained so much food for thought, and I will be working more on the Study Guide during the Lenten season.
LUNA-- We've had Luna with us for a little over a month now. Every week, each day, has been a wonderful experience with her. She loves her plush igloo bed!
How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend ahead! :)))