Saturday, March 23, 2019

My first guest post... I think!

Hello friends!!

It's almost been a month since my last post but I'm still here.  There has been so much great stuff happening on my other 2 blogs!

For instance, Maidens for Mary is now on Facebook!!  Please drop by and give us a like!

Also, I posted two new posts on His Voice is Sweet.  The first was a meditation on prayer and God's thirst for us.  The second was a video from the Investiture of a Dominican Nun.  I hope you enjoy these!

But for reals, I'm here to share some exciting news with you!  I wrote my first guest post!!  πŸ˜„  I don't think I've ever done that before.  Another amazing thing that I've never done before is writing a post on the significance of veiling in the Catholic Church.  So now we can check 2 things off of the blog bucket list.  (Is that even a thing??  Well, now it is. 😁)

So now I'd like to introduce you to my dear friend, Mary!!  She has created her very own brand new blog: Rambles With a Southern Gal!!  Please go check her blog out and follow her!  I was honored when she asked me to do a guest post on veiling for her.  Stay tuned to her blog because she'll be posting a Catholic man's perspective on the topic too!

Enough of my chit-chat though.  Please go read and enjoy Veiling in the Presence of Our Lord and Savior.  πŸ˜Š

Copyright His Voice is Sweet/Rambles With a Southern Gal 

Pax Christi!!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Liebester Award Tag

I thought of opening this post with a funny little bit of dialogue like, "Oh, hello there!  *smiles and waves* You didn't expect to see me here, did you?" but that seemed clichΓ© to me.  What do you think?  Instead, let's open it with....

...Mr. Collins dancing at the ball.  Yeah, there we go.  Much less clichΓ©. 😜

I thought I had published this tag.  I'm sorry it's been so long since you've seen anything here.  I've been very busy at Maidens for Mary and tutoring Latin.  I'm glad you're here though.  Well, I'm not 100% sure any more where this award came from, but I'd still like to answer the questions to share them with you all! Without further we go!

1. Are you a dog-person, or a cat-person, or both?

I'm really more of a dog person. Cats can be cute, but dogs are man's best friend. I love my dog!

2. Do you have a song stuck in your head right now? If so, what is it?
The Story of the Tucks was stuck in my head this morning playing over and over!!  "'You can lead a horse to water'... 'I think she knows the phrase!'"  I love the Tucks... *sighs*

3. How big is your TBR pile? (TBR= To Be Read)

Oh. It's big.  (So far it's 258 titles on GR.)  I have the rest of the AoGG series, books on faith and discernment, MANY Jane Austen books, fun books that are probably below my reading level, new novels my grandma has given me, Mrs. Willows by the lovely Emma Forbes (I don't actually have a copy yet, shame on me,) and oh so many others!! (Here's my TBR shelf on Goodreads. πŸ˜‰)

4. Do you like blogging?

Yes, I love blogging. It's a way I can connect with friends, like minded people, and share what I love with others.  I have sort of moved on from this blog, but I still mean to finish up some old draft posts. You can find more of my recent work here and here!!

5. If you could live in any time period, which would you choose?
Ooooh... I think the early 1900's. The culture was refined, dresses were gorgeous, faith and morals were held in high esteem. And the hairstyles were beautiful! :D 

6. Girly-girl, or t-shirt and jeans?
Girly-girl, all the way! I love my heels, skirts, dresses, lace and pretty jewelry!

7. What are a few of your favorite books? (you can list ten, if you really, really have to)
Well, since you asked!  ;) In no particular order...
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • A Lantern In Her Hand
  • Mary Was Her Life: The Story of Sister Maria Teresa Quevedo
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • He is My Heaven: The Life of Elizabeth of the Trinity by 
  • The Narnia series
  • Emma
  • The Rose and the Sword
  • The Story of a Soul

8. Do you have any pets?
Yes, my big red dog, Clifford.

9. Do you like to travel by plane?
I do!  I very much enjoyed it when I was little.  I've gotten a little more motion sick during turbulence on more recent trips, but I still enjoy the whole experience. Especially the snacks!  ;)

10. What is your least-favorite food, and why?
Oh boy... I can't name one.  Maybe orange chicken especially in the frozen packages.  It tends to be too chewy or gristly for me.

11. When you're not reading/writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to color my adult coloring books, chat with friends on Skype or Google Hangouts, and when the weather's nice, I like to ride my bike.  Pinterest is also a big thing. 😊

I so wish this was me!!

I know it was sort of short, but, what a fun tag!  Feel free to answer your favorite questions below in the comments!  Thanks for stopping by!!  God bless!

(Sorry, just had to.  Ben Cook makes any post better.  You're welcome.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Oh Infant Jesus, how I love Thee!

Hello everyone!  Here's another draft post for you!  I wanted to share something today about the Infant Jesus.  He has always held a special place in my heart, especially the infant Jesus of Prague, but it hasn't been until recently that I am finding the connections He has to my other devotions!  I apologize that this post is sort of short and unorganized.  It's sort of a collection of pictures and selections I have compiled over the months.

St. Teresa of Avila and the Child Jesus

The following is a history of the devotion to the child Jesus from the Institute of Christ the King.

History of the Devotion

Devotion to the Child Jesus dates back to the early Church. However, it really began to develop during the Middle Ages. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony promoted it in the 13th century. Statues of the Infant Jesus then were made in various parts of Europe. In the 16th century and during the Baroque period which followed, the popularity of the Child Jesus grew in Spain under the influence of St. Teresa of Avila, the reformer of the Carmelite Order. St. Teresa would carry around with her statues of the Infant Jesus and enshrine them in the new convents which she founded. In Baroque Spain it became the custom to dress these statues in special robes as a sign of the royalty of Christ. From Spain, statues of the Infant Jesus were brought around the world. Missionaries brought the statue of the Holy Child to the Philippines where it is stilled honored at Cebu. A Spanish princess brought a statue of the Infant Child to Prague when she married a Czech nobleman. She gave the statue to the Carmelites in Prague, who loved this devotion, and miracles happened.
Like these historic statues, the Infant King statue venerated at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago originates from late 17th century Spain. Thus this statue is not meant to be a copy of another, but it is truly an original statue which came forth from this wave of devotion to the Infant Jesus during this time in history.

I find it very interesting that the devotion to The Infant Jesus was spread in part by Carmelites, whom I have a special closeness with.

The statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague in St. Therese's convent in Liseux, France.

The infant Jesus of Prauge told St. Cyril, a carmelite, "The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you."

The Infant of Prague clothed in a Carmelite habit at the Carmel of JMJ in NE.

"In 1741, the statue was moved to its final magnificent shrine on the epistle side off the church of Our Lady of Victory. It became one of the most famous ,and popular shrines in the world. In 1739 the Carmelites of the Austrian Province made the spread of the devotion a part of their apostolate. The popularity of the little King of Prague spread to other countries in the eighteenth century. Pope Leo XIII confirmed the Sodality of the Infant of Prague in 1896 and granted many indulgences to the devotion. Pope St. Pius X unified an organizing membership into a confraternity under the guidance of the Carmelites which increased the spread of the devotion in our own century."
Excerpt from the book
A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals
By Ann Ball
Full excerpt can be found on EWTN here.

A relic replica of the statue at Prague that visited our parish.

Our family's newest statue of the Holy Infant.
"Learn of the Infant Jesus to be little and to believe without doubt, to obey without reluctance, to be in want without murmuring, to work without presumption, to live in a spirit of humility and simplicity, and to strive for nothing else than to please God."
~Fr. Faber

To Jesus, through Mary.  Most Precious Blood FSSP parish in OK.

I thought it very appropriate to share this special devotion so close to Christmas because we celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus.  May you all have a blessed Christmas season.  If you'd like, there is also an absolutely wonderful meditation on Jesus in the crib here.  
May the Christ Child bless and keep you!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Homeschooler's Guide to Thanksgiving!

Hello friends!!!  Happy Fall!!  This is one of my favorite seasons and I am so excited that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  How about you?

I was making a list of things for our family to do to prepare for this Thanksgiving Day when I thought to share a list with you too!  Aside from the usual house cleaning chores, here are ways a homeschooler can help their family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1.   Clean your room.  Sometimes, the bedroom doors get closed when company comes over, but sometimes we need the extra space of a bedroom or playroom to play with the kids.  It's a great idea to keep your room clean even a week before Thanksgiving prep so that when your mom asks you to clean your room, it's already done!  You never know when you'll have extra surprise company who will need to stay in your room either.  This is a great task to do well before the crazy food prep begins.

2.   Make place cards and festive decorations.  This is another fun task to do well in advance because you may be busy helping in other areas the week of Thanksgiving.  You can even get all your siblings involved in this one.  You can come up with fun designs of your own or find adorable and free printables on the internet!  (Like this one!)

3.   Be available to run errands.  Do you have your driver's license?  If so, that's great!  I'm sure your parents would love if you're available to make a last minute run to the grocery store.  Even if you're already out and about with your own plans, try to check and see if they need anything before you head home.  

4.   Wash and press table linens.  This is something I forget about.  If you have some free time, it would be great to wash and iron a tablecloth that's been folded and wrinkled in a box or drawer.  This is a quick task that can enhance the look of your Thanksgiving table by another degree!

5.   Find things for the kids to do.  Because my sister and I are often helping my mom in the kitchen before Thanksgiving dinner, sometimes the visiting children are left to their own devices in the playroom.  Try to find and set out a few things they can stay occupied with such as board games, coloring pages, and activities.  For bonus points, create a fun game or craft that is Thanksgiving themed!  (There are lots of great ideas and quick printables on Pinterest.)  One other fun thing to have is a paper tablecloth on the kids' table.  Put some crayons in a cup and let them create a fun, festive, fall, design!

6.   Put together a Thanksgiving music playlist.  If you don't listen to Christmas music this early, put together a playlist on your iPod, Spotify, or find a station on the radio to play in the background during the evening.  

7.   Give Thanks and be charitable.  The holidays can be a stressful and hectic time but let's try to do our best to be helpful and charitable.  A lesson I learned many years ago in the Little Flowers Girls Group was to complete assigned chores and tasks cheerfully, promptly, and completely.  Let's try to do all our chores this way for the love of God and in thanksgiving for all the blessings we've received. 

8.   Finally, have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!


If you'd like to find more festive and fun Thanksgiving ideas, please check out my Pinterest board here:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Books, Books, and Even More Books!

So a long, long, long time ago, I set up a poll to see which draft posts you would all like me to finish.  This post received the most votes!!  Thank you all for voting on the poll!  It is probably one of my earliest drafts that I've been putting off.  I'm not sure where or who it came from, but I know it made its rounds in the blogging world!

So without further ado, I give you...

The Bookshelf Tag~

Describe your bookshelf (or wherever it is you keep your books-it doesn't actually have to be a shelf!) and where you got it from:  

I have to say, before starting this post, that my bookshelf in my room is a work in progress.  I grew out of my bookshelf long ago, but haven't gotten a new one yet, so I actually have two, my sister's old one and mine! πŸ˜„  Because they are so small, I've had to remove some of my childhood or family favorites that I might otherwise have kept on the shelves.  Most of my books are also double stacked.  My bookshelves are beautiful dollhouse shaped with windows on the sides and are painted with green and pink accents on a white background.

Do you have any special or different way of organizing your books?

Overall, my books are separated by subject and then organized by height.  The top shelf of my green bookshelf is nick-nacks, statues, and other items.  Then, the next shelf holds most of my Catholic, Saint, and Life of Faith series books.  The third shelf holds some of my favorite books and series including Anne of Green Gables, Narnia, books written by Jane Austen, and other girly novels. 😊  The bottom shelf is all of my tall books, magazines, yearbooks, old paper dolls, and such.  My pink bookshelf has journals and notebooks on the top shelf.  The second shelf has devotionals, the Little House on the Prairie series, and my folded AoGG book.  The third shelf holds miscellaneous books and folders.

What's the thickest (most amount of pages) book on your shelf?

My Christian Prayer book (The Liturgy of the Hours) has 2080 pages.

What's the thinnest (least amount of pages) book on your shelf?

I have a small booklet on St. Therese called With Child-like Trust: The Spiritual Childhood of the Little Flower which has 23 pages.

Is there a book you received as a birthday gift?

I received Downright Dencey for my 16th birthday.

What's the smallest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

A small booklet titled How to Choose Your Vocation in Life measures 5½" tall and 3⅜" wide with 24 pages.

What's the biggest (height and width wise) book on your shelf?

Therese and Lisieux measures 11⅜" tall, 9 and 3/16" wide, 1" binding, and 336 pages.

Is there a book from a friend on your shelf?

The Dominican Rosary Novena Book

Most expensive book?

My Christian Prayer book.

The last book you read on your shelf?

An Unexpected Role, by Leslea Wahl.  You can find my review here.

Of all the books on your shelf, which was the first you read?

Oh, I have no idea. πŸ˜ΆπŸ™Š

Do you have more than one copy of a book?

Yes, haha.  I have 2 copies of  The Catholic Girls Guide, Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Rainbow Valley, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Do you have the complete series of any book series?

Yes, I only have one complete series on my shelves right now.  I completed collecting my Anne of Green Gables series a while ago.

What's the newest addition to your shelf?

Most recently, I received An Unexpected Role.  The most recent book I've purchased is Emily's Quest at the thrift store a few months ago.  Since it's the third book in the trilogy, It'll probably be a while before I get to read this.

What book has been on your shelf FOREVER?

Probably some of my childhood Saint books.  The small tan one on the right in the picture below might be the oldest currently on my shelf.  It's a book of Saints for Girls. πŸ’• (Oh, maybe The Most Important Story Bible is the oldest.  I was around 5 or younger when we got that. πŸ’• It's pictured below with Great Expectations.)

What's the most recently published book on your shelf?

An Unexpected Role was published in 2016.  The next most recent (since I've used that book in 3 answers now) is Moments of Grace by the Carmelite Sisters, copyright 2014.

The oldest book on your shelf (as in, the actual copy is old)?

I can't tell for sure since many old books are only printed with the original copyright date, but I believe the oldest book I have is Month of Mary: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament by St. Peter Julian Eymard.  The copyright is 1903 and the author is called Fr. Eymard so this copy is presumably from before his canonization (1962).

A book you won?

40 Days for Life - Discover What God Has Done...Imagine What He Can Do

A book you'd hate to let out of your sight (aka a book you never let someone borrow)?

I've let many people borrow dear books so I wouldn't say I'm overly protective of any books.  However, I use my copy of The Catholic Girls Guide so much that I don't think I would be able to loan it out for an extended period of time.  I do highly recommend getting your own copy to every girl and young woman!!

Most beat up book?

My first copy of Anne of Avonlea, which I bought at a small thrift store in Washington State, was pretty well loved when I bought it and I have since read it a few times and loaned it to my grandma, so it's been very well loved.

Most pristine book?

The Imitation of Christ.  Isn't it pretty?!  I received it for my Confirmation and it is a great book, but since I read a lot of excerpts from it in my Manual for Total Consecration to Mary, I haven't used this copy as much, but I certainly want to read it in full soon.

A book from your childhood?

St. Angela Merici: Leading People to God.

A book that's not actually your book?

He is my Heaven: The Life of Elizabeth of the Trinity is actually a book I bought for my sister who, after reading it, insisted that I read it.  I kept it on my shelf ever since.

A book with a special/different cover (e.g. leather bound, soft fuzzy cover etc.)?

Great Expectations (Also, The Imitation of Christ above.)

A book that is your favorite color?

The Duck Commander Devotional

Book that's been on your shelf the longest that you STILL haven't read?

I've had Kathleen's Shaken Dreams for a long, long time now.

Any signed books?

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl!  Ha!  I (sort of) won it in a giveaway.

If you still have time, Movie Critic tagged me for the Book Tag! (again, so sorry it's taken me sooo long...)

The rules:
1. You must be honest.
2. You must answer every question.
3. You must tag at least 4 people.

1.) What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Probably The Most Important Story Bible (as mentioned above).

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 

Currently reading: The Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of LisieuxThe Catholic Girl's Guide: Counsels & Devotions for Girls in the Ordinary Walks of LifeJesus, King of Love by Fr.  Mateo Crawley-Boevey, and Tuning In to God's Call.

Last read: The Austen Escapeby Katherine Reay.

Next read: Maybe In This House of Brede by Rumor Godden  (Here's my whole TBR shelf link.)

4.) What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?  

I can't say for sure, but probably Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Last Novel, Completed, by Julia Barrett.  I checked it out at the library months ago and still haven't read it.  I'm probably just going to end up returning it.

5.) What book are you saving for retirement?

Retirement?!?!  I've never ever thought that far ahead, girlie! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ  

6.) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end?   

Definitely wait 'till the end!  I do not like spoilers.  I'm especially glad I waited to go looking at Pinterest or read part of the end of Emma because it's written like a mystery and the book unfolded ever so nicely before my eyes as I read. πŸ’–

7.) Acknowledgment: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

It depends on how long it is.  It's never really crossed my mind that those (or any other pages) could be considered a waste of ink and paper.

8.) Which book character would you switch places with?  

Again!  I can't choose!!  Anne of Green Gables, firstly.  Maybe Emma, Molly from Young Pioneers, or I'm sure there's another book character I'm forgetting. 🀷

9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)  

Place: My first copy of Anne of Green Gables reminds me of the first chiropractic office my family went to.  I always loved reading it while waiting in the waiting room and telling the receptionist about it.

Time: Saint John Bosco and Saint Dominic Savio reminds me of the time in my life when I first wanted to become a sister.  St. Mary Mazzarello was just a small part of St. John Bosco's story, but I liked reading about her and she was a great inspiration to me.

Person: The books that my grandmother gave me always remind me of her, even when I just glance at them.  I love you, Granny!πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

10.) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.  

I can't think of anything super strange.

11.) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Recently I gave two friends my last two copies of The Story of a Soul because we were talking about St. Therese, Carmelites, and simplicity.  I had originally purchased 5 copies to try and start a book club with girls in my Little Flowers group, but it never panned out so over the years I've slowly given them away.  I'm so happy I'm able to share them with friends and share the "Little Way" of St. Therese.
12.) Which book has been with you most places?

The Catholic Girl's Guide: Counsels & Devotions for Girls in the Ordinary Walks of Life  I take it all sorts of places to use it as a prayer book.   My first copy is so small that I can take it anywhere in a purse!

13.) Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?  

If I don't like a book (hate is a strong word), I don't pick it up later.  Books like Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton and Beorn the Proud by Madeline A. Polland were some I just couldn't read.  My sister, however, really liked them and finished them.

14.) Used or brand new?

I love both!  Please don't make me choose.  Used books have a charm and a look that they've been loved.  New books often act like a magnet.  They sit there on the shelf all new and pretty just begging to be cracked open, read, and worn.

15.) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?   

I can't think of one right now.  I always appreciate a movie that's really well done.  Maybe you could count The Hobbit as it was a little boring when I tried reading it but I like the movies.

16.) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?

One didn't come to mind right away, but now that I think about it, A Little Princess has beautiful descriptions of food that I'd love to eat!

17.) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?

I mostly judge for myself although I love recommendations from many people.  I don't think there is any one person though.  My mom and sister are probably the ones who help me choose most of my books.

18.) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?  

Maybe The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.  I'm not a fantasy, futuristic, or SiFi person, but I really enjoyed The Time Machine in every aspect.

I tag those who have ever read 5 or more of the books I have mentioned in this post!  You can do 1 or even both tags!

I hope you enjoyed reading this super long post!  Have you read any of the books I've mentioned?  Let me know in the comments.  God bless!