Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mary-Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. The priest talked a little bit about how it came to be and why this feast day came to be in 1950.

It is also the 30 year anniversary of my maternal grandfather dying. My uncle was suppose to take me and my cousin to a baseball game, but that got canceled. Mostly I enjoyed being with one particular cousin that day because we were children and not at all close to our grandfather. My mom kept crying and hanging onto me. I was uncomfortable with her grief and clingy-ness. I do remember all of us trooping to Church that day because it was a Holy Day of Obligation.

Today in church, one of the readings was from the Book of Revelations. The first two lines sounded like a description of Our Lady of Guadalupe (sp?). I thought "oh, this is about OLOG." Well, I didn't think OLOG the acronym. Then I remembered that Revelations and the Bible was written centuries before OLOG appeared before J. Diego in Mexico.

Today's feast day is about Mary's body and soul going up to Heaven as if in an invisible elevator.

The day for Our Lady of Guadalupe is in December and celebrates her appearance to Juan Diego. I believe his name is Juan. Now I am going to research OLOG. Luckily, I'm in the library right now, a perfect place for research.

God Bless Everyone.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joyful Music and Clutter

Hi, it is a sunny day today, so that made this morning's mass all the better since a lot of sunshine came through the windows. My church has a lot of clear glass windows. Yes, it has stained glass windows too.

Before Mass was I was scrapbooking and feeling overwhelmed by all the paper and stickers I have. In my ideal life, I would use it all up and buy no more. In reality I buy more and get annoyed by the stuff taking over my living room.

Today's homily was about hoarding, giving our possessions away, and that relationships are more important. Amen to that. I feel inspired to give things away. After Mass I visited my friend in the hospital. I gave her a wildlife book, and some stickers and paper to play with. Last night I was up until 3:00 a.m. making advent calendars (to give away) trying to use up my Christmas papers. My advent calenders look very, very homemade, which they are.

Our closing hymn was "Sign Me Up." It's a clapping your hands joyful song. I like that kind of music in church.