All Saints Day

All Saints Day is this Sunday, November 1. It is a glorious solemnity wherein the Catholic Church celebrates all of the saints, known and unknown. It is definitely one of my favorite Solemnities in the liturgical calendar. This year, since it falls on Sunday, it is a holy day of obligation (as are all Sundays).

Celebrating All Saints Day

Image by kropekk_pl (2009) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Sadly, here in the United States, if All Saints Day falls during the week it is no longer a holy day of obligation. I almost wish it was always a holy day of obligation because it is a wonderful thing to celebrate all the saints, whether they have been officially canonized or not. Why? Because they are where we want to be! They “fought the good fight,” won the battle, and now live forever with the Triune God. That’s worth celebrating if you ask me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One way to celebrate (besides going to Mass, of course!), is to pray the Litany of the Saints. It is such a beautiful prayer – and even more beautiful when sung! Here is a lovely version that I found on YouTube:

Another great way to celebrate is to read up on a saint (or few) that you do not know about yet. The Church has lifted up many saints as examples for us and when we read about them we can get inspired. Here are a few of my favorite saints.

For information about the history of All Saints Day, go here and here. Speaking of history, did you know that the word Halloween came from “All Hallow’s Eve?” It originally was a day of fasting and preparation for all Saints Day; however, over the years it unfortunately evolved to the scary, spooky, commercial day it is now.

(Yep, I am not a fan of Halloween. I don’t like all the emphasis on ghouls and scary things. I know it is supposed to be fun but I don’t see anything fun about glorifying evil in any way – even in jest – because there is nothing glorious or good about evil. Anyone with me or am I the only one?)

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Tweetable: All Saints Day

Keeping Kids Safe on Youtube

Hat tip to Money Saving Mom for pointing me to this post by Jenae! As soon as I discovered this tip I knew I had to share it with you, especially for those who allow their children to watch YouTube videos.

kidssafe

I use YouTube videos several times a week during Andrew’s homeschooling, and it can be such a burden. I am constantly having to beย  so diligent that he won’t see something inappropriate in the ads, suggested videos, etc. It is time-consuming, and sometimes I am not always successful in blocking everything.

So, what is this recommended resource? It is called “Viewpure.” I have used the site a few times already in the last couple of days, and I am very, very happy with the results! That’s not to say that I’m not cautious anymore, because I am, but Viewpure make the job just a little bit easier.

By the way, do you have any tips or ideas for keeping kids safe on YouTube or online in general? Do share in the comments!

No Controversy? Yeah, Right…

Have you seen this yet? Melinda Gates and the big-time abortion providers are trying to force contraceptives on the poor women of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To learn more andย  share the facts, go to the Human Life International website.

7 Quck Takes: Random Stuff Edition

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I accidentally missed the voluntary blackout to stop SOPA/PIPA on Wednesday. ๐Ÿ™ Are YOU familiar with SOPA and the possible consequences it could have for you? For your blog? For your freedom of speech? Or your access to many different sights on the internet, such as Youtube, Wikipedia and popular mainstream sites?

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If not, I URGE you to take a look at the following sights. Or, do your own research. Consider writting to your representatives and ask them to STOP SOPA or PIPA from passing into law.

Stop Online Piracy Act

PDM Editorial

Video ( A little over the top, but explains SOPA very well.)

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Another thing weighing on my heart is the plight of this little girl. Apparently she is being denied a transport to save her life because she is disabled. I don’t know all the details. I don’t know both sides of the story. And know that many people are denied transplants for many different reasons. But, if what this girl’s mother is saying is true, than shame on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To deny a person the chance to live or to to have a better life because he or she has a disability is sick.

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I think I’m a little over sensitive to the above because I am disabled. I have mild Cerebral Palsy. I’m fortunate. My condition is more mild than most. At first glance, you wouldn’t even notice that I have CP. But I do, and Iย  have physical issues that I have to deal with. So, I guess the thought of any disabled (or “challenged” person – be it mental or physical) person being denied care strikes close to home.

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On a happier note, I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday! It arrived on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been wanting a Kindle for a while now. I’m having a blast finding books upon books to download. It’s going to take a lot of discipline NOT to snuggle in a corner to read all day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My son starts back up with karate tomorrow. Well, if we don’t get the freezing snow and sleet we are supposed to get. I hate driving as it is and I won’t drive in snowy, freezing weather unless I.HAVE.TO. And with karate, I don’t have to! In any case, it has been hysterical listening to him practice: jumping around the house “karate chopping” everything within reach, and screaming “KEEYI!”

Karate stance

Taken a few months ago after one of his Karate classes

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Finally, I’d like to wish one of my closest friends, Terry, a happy birthday today. ๐Ÿ™‚ We have been friends since the summer of 1982. (Yep, that’s almost 30 years we’ve been friends, folks!)ย  She is a great gal and I am blessed to have been her friend for all these years.

Terry & Jen

Terry is on the left and my other friend Jen is on the right

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7 Quick Takes: (Almost) Ephiphany Edition

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Although here in the US we celebrate the feast of Epiphany on the Sunday between January 6th and 8th, today is the “official” or traditional feast day of Epiphany.

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As I was looking for suggestion on how to make the feast of Epiphany special for my family, I came across this house blessing on the USCCB website.

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On the Youtube home page there was a link to a video of a young man of 18 who died of a serious heart condition on Christmas Evening. He uses flashcards to tell his story (no words), but I got tears in my eyes watching this video:

No matter what a person believes in regards to near-death experiences, one can still be touched by this young man’s spirit. My heart and prayers go out to his surviving family and I am praying for the repose of his soul.

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I can’t believe that I am actually going back to college! For a long time I have wanted to go back to school to get a bachelor’s degree in English, and the Lord has opened the doors for it to happen. I am taking two online courses to start: “Business Writing” and “The Short Story” starting January 18.

It is very exciting but I’m kind of nervous, too. I won’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve been in a classroom, but let’s just say it’s been a long while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Please say a quick prayer for my six-year-old son who isn’t feeling well. He has a cold and an upper respiratory infection. He is definitely on the mend, and sounds worse then he says he feels; still, he has had some severely painful sinus headaches. Thanks!

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Are you familiar with paperback swap? I joined recently and loving it.

It’s kind of a book club where you earn credits that you can use to get other books for “free”. When you join the site and upload 10 books, you get 2 credits to get you started. You can use these credits to choose a book from the hundreds of choices. When someone orders one of your uploaded books, you earn one credit when he or she confirms that the book has been received.

The only payment is the shipping. You pay the shipping to send the books to those who requested them and when you request a book, the sender pays the shipping to you. Using media mail, the shipping is around $2.82 and upwards, depending on the weight of the book.

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My “theme” or “word” for 2012 is “peace“. My scripture reflection for the year is John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.โ€

My prayer for you is that you be filled with God’s peace and joy in the midst of any and all struggles and challenges you may face (or are facing) in your life.

Peace(Photo Credit.)

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Be Still and Know That I am God

Need a few minutes to refresh your spirit and quiet your heart? Then take a few minutes to listen to this beautiful YouTube video and rest in the Lord:

 

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (July 10, 2011)

Hereโ€™s this weekโ€™s contributions toRAnnโ€™s weekly Sunday Snippet meme(As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Ten Family Fun Things to do in New Jersey

Going Back in Time (Wordless Wednesday)

You are Precious (my first YouTube video for Simple Catholic Living)

Finding Joy, Week Two

You are Precious (My First Video)

I posted my first video to YouTube recently. It is a little encouragement from Isaiah 43: 1-4. I pray that this little video touches your heart.

(P. S. I look so serious, don”t I! I didn’t mean to, but I was nervous doing my first live video. I was going to re-do it; but, I had already done the video several times so I went ahead and left it as is. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully the videos will get better in time.)

Here are the verses written out, in case you didn’t understand my reading of the passage. Again, It is from Isaiah 43: 1-4. I read from the New American Bible, Personal Edition:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the holy One of Israel, you savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in return for you. Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you.”

Ten Online Knitting Resources for Beginning Knitters

In spite of having been knitting for a year, I am still a beginner. So far, all I’ve been doing is the garter stitch to make scarves. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll move on to something a bit more challenging soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favorite knitting resources that I’ve found over the last several months.

In no particular order, they are:

1. Knitting Tips by Judy.

2. Cyberseams.com.

3. The Knit Witch.

4. Vogue Knitting. (For free patterns.)

5. Ravelry.

6. Knitty.

7. Knittinghelp.com.

8. Interweave.

9. Fiber Arts Online.

10. YouTube. (A quick search brings up LOTS of videos related to knitting; as a matter of fact, many of the above sites I found through Youtube.)

What’s your favorite knitting resource?

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)

P.S. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my eBook giveaway! The drawing is on Thursday.

The Crowd or the Cross: Which will You Follow?

On Friday, Off the Beaten Trek wrote a touching post on Voices for Fearless Friday. In the post she shared a beautiful YouTube video that I want to share with you.