Thursday, June 30, 2011

Small Success Thursday June 30

Many of you know of the big success I was able to be part of but even my Small Successes feel big:

1. Registered my three youngest for public school without tears or confusion. I remembered all the papers, ID's and blood samples needed. (OK not really but it was almost as much work as the homeschooling paperwork.)

2. Pulled piles of Math and Science supplies to donate to the cause of a great new teacher-- My son's girlfriend.

3. Straightened out summer music program for the girls, wrestling club for David, driving school for same son, babysitting hours for Sarah, my work schedule, and travel back and forth to my MIL's on the calendar and in my brain (I think?)

At the same time DH and our brother in law were able to arrange for us to buy a great used car so David can end up with our second car. DH's even getting the mower fixed so the boy can mow. (Not sure David realizes that....)

Anyway enjoy your 4th celebration.

And join Sherry at Chocolate For Your Brain.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why Novenas?

We humans are so dense - it takes practice and the formation of good habits to undo our bad habits. Daily prayer has been difficult with my schedule out of wack. Time alone is scarce. But computer time is easy in my too modern world.
So don't forget to join in our novenas, God's gift to us.
Today is Day 8 of the Novena for Priests with the Faith and Family community and Day 7 of the dedication of Sophia Press to the Sacred Heart with the Thomas More College community.

Christ and the New Media-- something to consider.....

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Our confence is over! It was amazing but boy did I crash when I finally came home from clean up and picking up my kids!

Pictures and talks will be posted this week. Numbers will be crunched. The change of date and the continuing bad economy hurt us but we came through OK.

We were able to make our big announcement! Thomas More College will host and RUN the 4th New England Catholic Homeschool Conference in Merrimack, NH! Now the stress is off homeschool families to make this effort and next year we can just go enjoy.

On a sad note it was my last official day as a homeschool parent. Its very bittersweet to know that opening this new chapter in my life will give me less contact with the amazing families I've met and made friends with over the years.

But we just never know what joy the Lord has prepared for us next.

Don't forget the Novenas below-- the weekend made me lose track of the days but I did pray them each morning.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 2 Novena to the Sacred Heart (Don't forget the other novena for our priests)

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
offered on behalf of Sophia Institute Pres
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, united substantially with the word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, king and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father is well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, saturated with revilings, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, crushed for our iniquities, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Let us pray
Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end. Amen.

Sophia Institute Press is the publishing division of
The publishing division of Thoma More College of Liberal Arts and of Holy Spirit College.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dedication of Sophia Press to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Another Novena I'll be doing:

From the desk of
William Fahey, Ph.D.
President, Thomas More College
Publisher, Sophia Institute Press

Like many in New England, we heat our house with wood.
On winter mornings at dawn — and sometimes before dawn — I carefully place kindling and wood into our heavy iron woodstove.
On its front, I see the image of St. Hubert the hunter, kneeling in praise before a mighty stag whose horns are topped with the Cross.

As I, too, kneel, that image reminds me each morning to recite the old Scottish prayer:
I will kindle my fire
this morning
in the presence
of the holy angels
of Heaven.

God, kindle Thou
in my heart within
a flame of love.

In a few minutes I hear the pleasant popping and crackling of the new fire and smell the delightful scent of burning oak and maple: logs we labored all summer to stack and split.
That wood, transformed into pure flame and heat, then transforms our chilled morning rooms into a warm and cozy home.

Isn't this what we each desire? To have our lives transformed? Filled with pleasant things, protected from bitterness.

It can happen,
and it can happen now:
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
is the furnace of God's love.
If we allow it, that Heart will transform each of us and all our works. It will fill our days with joy and keep bitterness and sin at bay.
We need only embrace His mercy:
Heart of Jesus,
burning furnace of love,
have mercy on us!

Into its flames
we throw our troubles.
They are burned up.

We throw
our weaknesses.
They are burned up.

We throw
our human frailties.
They are burned up.

When we give over even trivial cares to the Sacred Heart, His mercy burns them up and leaves us with a sustaining warmth and consolation. His mercy restores our hope.
Just nine days from today is the Solemn Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: July 1st. On that day, priests at the chapels of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts here in New Hampshire and at Holy Spirit College in Atlanta will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Sophia Institute Press, for her staff, for her friends and benefactors, and for all who have purchased solid Catholic books from her.
You and your intentions will be remembered at both altars, as we ask that our work here at the Press as well as all those associated in any way with the Press may be blessed and transformed by the Sacred Heart.
After those Masses, we shall formally consecrate Sophia Institute Press to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and enthrone His image at the Press offices.

Blessed John Paul II once noted that when it’s recited and meditated upon, the Litany of the Sacred Heart is a "true school of the interior life."
Each of us needs a strong interior life. Without one, the best intentions, the best mission statement, the best staff, the best resources will never have the impact they should. With a strong spiritual life, Christ can move in us and guide all our actions according to the Father's will.

You know, when I assumed the Presidency of Thomas More College, problems were manifold, the work exhausting. Poverty and strife threatened soon to destroy us.
We consecrated the College to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and enthroned in the College chapel an Icon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
And that has made all the difference!

Visitors acquainted with our troubled school remarked on the peace that had settled on the campus, the quiet transformation that could be felt.
A new heart was beating.
Whose heart was it?
Who was the real agent
of the transformation
at the College?
None other than the burning furnace of love, the abyss of all virtues, the King and center of all hearts: the Sacred Heart of Jesus!

God be praised, dissension, strife and turmoil are not among the troubles here at Sophia Institute Press. But years of money troubles have wearied her small staff, leaving them dispirited at times
. . . spiritually chilled like a house struggling through a cold New Hampshire night.
It's time to warm their hearts and those of all who benefit from her and support her with the fire of God’s love that burns in His Sacred Heart.
As I said, July 1st is the Feast of the Sacred Heart. In the nine days between now and then, will you join us in throwing all our troubles and concerns into that blessed furnace of Divine Love?

Will you, on each of the next nine days, make time in your day to pray with us this Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? (At this link you can print out a copy for your pocket or purse.)

When we pause to consider our limitations and confront our sins and weakness (especially our forgetfulness or even neglect of God's power and glory and mercy), we restore our souls. That repair work -- reparation -- is central to devotion to the Sacred Heart.

So please join me as I work to repair my own soul; please join me in assisting others through prayer to repair their souls; and let us all together seeks God's help in repairing Sophia Institute Press, through the power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Please join me in praying this Litany for nine days, and by going to Mass on July 1st, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In corde Jesu,

William Edmund Fahey, Ph.D.
President, Thomas More College
New President and Publisher
Sophia Institute Press

Sophia Institute Press | Box 5284 | Manchester | NH | 03108

Small Success Thursday Two days till the onference

so I have to make this quick:
1- interview Monday went well, won't hear for a while
2- Had coffee with a friend today
3- turned in paperwork on my last year homeschooling and picked up paperwork to enroll my girls

Next week I must:
1- Enroll the girls
2- Plan my Program of Study contract for my Master's in English
3- pull our homeschool books to sell.

go visit Sherry!

Day 2 Prayer for Priests

O Almighty Eternal God, Look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him, Who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
O Jesus, I pray to Thee, for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests, for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests; for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in purgatory.
But above all, I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me or helped and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly [name a particular priest of your choosing here]. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Recommended Reading

These are required or recommended for Holyoke students. I think I'll use this to start my summer reading. This includes Honors and standard class lists but not the AP classes. Blue indicates I've already read it (and remember!)

Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison
The Human Comedy William Saroyan
Never Cry Wolf Farley Mowat
The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

 Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder
Death Be Not Proud John Gunther
Light in the Forest Conrad Richter
The Sea Wolf Jack London
The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Call of the Wild Jack LondonLet the Circle Be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor
Watership Down Richard Adams
Summer Edith Wharton
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul Jack Canfield
Hometown Tracy Kidder
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury
All Creatures Great and Small James Herriot
My Left Foot Christy Brown
Irish Folk Tales Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Dracula Bram Stoker
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
The Time Machine H.G. Wells
Little Big Man Thomas Berger
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Ernest J. Gaines
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
The Joy Luck Club AmyTan
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Sad State

our church is in.....

Catholic Homeschooling and Traditional Catholic Blog Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints: Father John Corapi, The Black SheepDog and the Sac...: "Let me start with this.....a CATHOLIC FACT: Once a man's hands are consecrated he is always a priest...because it is a SACRAMENT....priestly..."

Shared this from a new friend I follow,

Also go to Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Small Success Thursday June 16

I missed last week for a very good reason-- I spent three days with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. It was wonderful. I bought a book but barely touched it then-- just sat and talked and cuddled my girls. It was a BIG success to just stop. I didn't bring the computer at all.

So here are my Small Successes for the last two weeks:

1- shopped on my lunch hour and bought a nice outfit for my interview Monday.
2- Read The Shack! Awesome! (Its a good thing Jesus is a carpenter because he has plenty of two by fours to hit me with to remind me what I already know.)
3- Made the switch back to half caf coffee. (only one migraine)
4- Welcome Bags made for the conference
5- Door Prize list posted
6- Pulled out my guitar-started teaching the kids and practicing again-- Its like riding a bike, all came back to me.

So to Chocolate For Your Brain for Small Successes and don't miss her post about big families.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Door Prizes for the New Eng Catholic Homeschool Conference

Registrants are eligible:
4 Gift Certificates from Emmanuel Books (catalogs available in Welcome Bag) each
valued at $10.00
2 books- Cathedrals in the Wilderness by J. Herman Schauinger
from Our Lady of the Rosary School valued at $6.95
1 CD- Media Vita - A Liturgical Devotional Journey Through Lent to Easter
from The Christendom College Choir and Schola Gregoriana
1 Faith Folders For Catholics CDRom: The Sacrament of Confirmation
from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts, LLC valued at $14.00
1 Magazine from St. Mary's Messenger- a new magazine for kids!
2 Books-- We Have a Pope! by Karen Congeni from New Springtime Press valued at $16.95
1 Top and Rosary- Moisture wicking Black size Medium from Mamas Movin' with Mary
valued at $25.00
1 set- Little Flowers Wreath 1 and 4 Badges -anon donor- from Ecce Homo and Quiet Waters valued at $10.00 each

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cried for the whole day...

and God wants me to tell you: He's especially fond of you.

Now go read The Shack. Really.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Reading Books 2, 3 and 4

      I was surprised to like the Dean Koontz book The Darkest Evening of the Year. I had never read his because I thought it was all horror. This certainly had bad guys who were truely evil but the couple who are protagonists were wonderful characters. Central to the story are several Golden Labs and some decidedly not Catholic spiritual happenings. However it was inventive and hopeful and worth the short read.
     Hold Tight was a very interesting read for those with teens but for some it may hit too close to home. A neighborhood recovering from the suicide of a teen is the setting for the question of secrecy, privacy and modern technology for spying and tracking teens (and parents!) Harlan Cobin is another author I had not read before now. The book was very well researched and the main characters well developed.
      I finished both by last Monday and on Tuesday had the chance to go spend three days with my mother-in-law. There was a time she was the one who kept me supplied with books. Since then she's weeded down her collection at the Cape and found other interests.
      That's OK - I always forget to pack something (this time it was underwear) so I hit Stop and Shop early. I bought The Shack. Its been out forever but I hadn't read it yet. So far I've hardly started. Mom and I had so much fun watching the girls explore the beach, we had so many conversations to catch up on, that I held the book but didn't open it often.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cape Cod!

I'm sitting here on my father in laws computer waiting for my little girls to come home from a friend's house to good news: We have a date to go to the Cape! I haven't seen my MIL (and she hasn't seen the girls) since September 2009. We get to meet the new dog, the new windbreaks at the beach, a favorite aunty and most of all Grandma.
(Oh and she's buying cheese! We all know what that means.)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Small Success Thursday (a day or two late)

Forgive me but Thursday was spent making sure everyone I knew survived the tornados that hit Massachusetts on Wednesday.
3 schools are condemned including one of the Catholic High Schools.
2 new homeschoolers I helped this year: one started a clothing drive and one had her car demolished.
1 friend of a sister lost her entire home just weeks before her Jack and Jill and months before her wedding.

Some great reflections from friends:


In Confessions- I missed Ascension. Totally. Lack of sleep is partly to blame. DH is working 4Pm to 2AM plus a Saturday shift.
We. Aere. Not. Sleeping.


But lets see if I can find 3 Small Successes:
1. I remembered to make a beer run for DH-- a day late but I found his favorite: Berkshire Brewery Steel Rail Pale Ale. Nummy!
2. I bought actual groceries and plan to cook and actual meal tomorrow. (At least on Sunday an early supper seems normal.)
3. I paid for my Preliminary License to teach 5-12 English!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We're fine!

Tornadoes cause heavy damage in WMass:

But its been a long afternoon. Only one death reported. Praise God.

Book one down

Last night I finished Pride and Prejudice and thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Bennett sisters. The girls aren't entirely in the summer mode to let mom read uninterrupted for hours so there was a certain amount of rereading paragraphs to understand everything.
On to Dean Koontz- I have never read anything of his. Think I'm up to scary. We'll see.