1 - Boom. Hilarious. Thank you, Facebook.
2 - Happy Feast of St. Nicholas, everyone! Last night St. Nick came and filled the kids' stockings. Everyone got new pj's, toothbrushes, and chocolate coins. (JF got a candy cane tube filled with Skittles.)
This morning we almost blew up the Catholic Meter when Ben excitedly pulled his coins out of his stocking and said, "St. Nicholas brought me this. THEY WOULD MAKE GREAT HOSTS!" and then ran off to get his play Mass kit.
He had to call it quits when Resa ate most of his coins, snatching them off the patent.
3 - Earlier I was with four Catholic friends. One of them admitted that she couldn't do something because she was pregnant. The others of us squealed and clapped with glee. Then another one admitted that she, too, was pregnant. More cheering and clapping. Then a third friend told us she was pregnant. Even more squealing and clapping and congratulating. Then I yelled out, "I'm not pregnant!" and everyone cheered and congratulated me.
Between all these pregnant friends of mine, and a recent call from another friend about her engagement I have been getting a lot of really great news lately. Praise God.
4 - Drastically changing the subject and tone now.
So this is true:
5 - And this is funny:
my friend Kelly. She really is doing crazy runs - a bunch of 5ks to help raise money for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) research. If you're looking for a good deed to do, please consider donating to her cause.
6 - I'm really very tired.
7 - Thanks so much for praying with me for the canonization of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. I'm sorry this is so late in the day, but here's today's prayer.
Novena Day 6
“Burning the candle at both ends for God’s sake may be foolishness to the world, but it is a profitable Christian exercise for so much better the light! Only one thing in life matters: Being found worthy of the Light of the World in the hour of His visitation. We need have no undue fear for our health if we work hard for the Kingdom of God; God will take care of our health if we take care of His cause. In any case, it is better to burn out than to rust out.” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Lord, even when tired and sick, Fulton Sheen worked unceasingly for your cause. Help us to learn how to tirelessly work for You through Fulton Sheen. Help us to know that there is no rest unless it is in You.
Prayer of Canonization, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Prayer of Canonization
Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.
If it be according to your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
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