Sunday, November 23, 2014

Being Creative With the Sacraments

*** the lighting in my house is poor on a good day.  Compound that with torrential rains and cloudy skies and you get dark photos.  Please excuse the first few of these pictures******

" it was one of the best baptisms I've ever seen"

That comment was made by many parents and guests when between the years 1987 and 2004 a priest at our parish allowed the father of the child to pour the water during baptism.  Had the father also said the words there wouldn't have been a problem, but Canon Law 849 states this practice renders the baptism invalid. " the person pouring the water and the person saying the words must be one and the same, who also has the intention to Baptize".

Twenty six years later my daughter received a phone call followed by a letter stating she would need to be re- baptized and confirmed.  Since she is in the middle of marriage prep she was moved to the top of the list!

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual graces. Since the beginning of the Church, these rites have been performed with the same ritual all over the world. But when any priest decides to be creative with the rite, it creates havoc, which is what has happened in our parish.  Kind of like letting the father cut the cord at delivery.   Looks good and feels nice, but not really the best thing to do.

So a handful of us gathered this past Saturday ( there are over 200 affected) to begin the process of bestowing these two sacraments again.  It was quiet and holy.  Mary's godparents were present in spirit, but her oldest sister stepped in as the witness. It was an amazing sight to see your daughter you had once held in your arms as water was poured, now lean her own head over the font for another washing of the Holy Spirit. How poised and in control she was of her own choices.

There have been many questions as to why this has to be done again.  After all, the Church states
 " one baptism for all".  We all believe that Mary was baptized as an infant.  We all believe that the Holy Spirit was there and present in the sacrament. But, the Catholic Church does not hold Sacred Scripture as the only authority."Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit. Holy Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of Truth, they may faithfully reserve, expound, and spread it abroad by their preaching."   Because of this, both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and acceptance.

So, in order for the baptism to be valid, both the Spirit and the Tradition must be followed.  Initially, they were not,  Now they have been!

This post is not about theological debate.  Please don't fill the com box with division.  After reading this, maybe you agree or disagree.  Free will allows that.  But maybe you will take away thoughts that lead you to reexamine your own faith. I trust that to God.

I pray for our parish as they navigate through this problem.  Some have chosen to make issues of it and it has created even more sadness for our pastor.  We accepted it with grace.  Another opportunity for the Holy Spirit to bring our family once more before the foot of the cross.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Little Color

Most of us have experienced very cold weather within the last few weeks.  Even here in North Texas the temps have been frigid.  Plants have withered and drawn into their winter shells.

So imagine my utter surprise when I stumbled upon this as I walked to the mailbox yesterday!  A little bit of God's color on a dreary day.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, November 20, 2014



Lilah's sweater is finished and she loves it!  The sleeves were a little long, but she will grow into it. I used those same little vintage buttons that were on Rachel's.  They were just too cute .


I attended Evelyn's Thanksgiving feast at her Preschool.  Chicken nuggets became turkey:))). I'm not sure why that tongue kept popping out, but she was clearly happy I was there!


Patrick has a cute friend at his school.  I have become friends with her mother as we wait each day for the littles.  His drawing shows how special he thinks she is:). Cue chuckles.....


I have shared with you the story my my daughter Caitlin's piano.  The one she received from Make A Wish 12 years it ago.  For her own reasons, it has now found a new home, a former elementary student of mine.  It arrived in Colorado yesterday after weeks of travel and weather delays.  I think the setting is beautiful!  Many happy years to Caroline!

Linking up with Aunt Leila today!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Yarn Along

 Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading (though not at the same time!), and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Lilah's Sunday Sweater is finished!  I face timed her tonight and she was so excited.  I love being able to see and talk to my grandchildren between houses.  Especially at bedtime.  There have been lullabies sung over iPads.:))

This sock was begun last year before the onslaught of baby blankets began.  I sat down Sunday night and completed it and then cast on the second. The pattern is Cookie A's Monkey Sock turned into the No Purl MonKey Socks.  Purling is not my favorite stitch on socks, so the opportunity to knit this pattern with all knit stitches was great! The yarn is Hazel Knits is the Emerald City color way.

That Drawstrings bag fabric is a real seller in the shop!  I'm having to order another yardage of it.  Love all the colors, don't you?

No book reading this past week. I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest doing wedding planning.  We are reassessing flowers and  beginning the bridesmaid dress search.  There are some deadlines I have set for the happy couple coming up, so I am gently prompting them to be on task.:)))

Linking up with Ginny!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Cold Monday

Blogging everyday last week just was tiring and remembering to take pictures of things I normally wouldn't was crazy as well.  I had fun though linking up with people I might not normally see.  Thank you to those who stuck with it.  By Friday I was done!

The weekend before, Mr. Golfer and I had kept Patrick and Rachel.  It was our daughter Julia's 6th wedding anniversary.  She and her husband took a little overnight trip and we were blessed to have the grandchildren!

I missed all the outside pictures.  We were so busy playing golf on the driveway and puttering through the garden.  But most of the time that Patrick is here we bake cookies.  It has been a tradition of ours since he was old enough to stand at the mixer.  This time it was Snickerdoodles.  I almost always have the ingredients.

Patrick was also very interested in cleaning. :))) I gave him paper towels and cleaner and he spent close to an hour wiping down every piece of glass he could reach.  Not a bad deal for me!

Not much knitting time, but that purple sweater for Lilah is complete and it gets a good washing and blocking today.  I picked up an unfinished sock and finished it last night and have cast on the second.
Rachel is here today with a little fever and cold, so no pictures just yet.  Come back tomorrow!

Drawstrings received a large order this past week and Elizabeth and I are busy sewing!  Remember these bags as Christmas approaches.  I have new knitting fabrics due in this week and if you don't see what you want then message me.  I will try to find what you want!