I've been living my life, scrambling from one thing to the next, unable to do anything because I was always playing catch-up and running late and missing things completely.
For a bit I was feeling doomed to continue in this way until I was reflecting on my faith and what I love about it. Hands down, one of the greatest gifts the Catholic Church gives me is the structure and rhythm of incorporating liturgical living into our domestic church. I realized that while I had needed to discard meal planning and feast day celebrating while I was in the hospital, on bed rest, and the days that followed it was time to bring them back.
For me, feast day celebrating is usually pretty basic. I have to feed my family and life runs more smoothly with a meal plan so I just sit down with my calendar, take note of any feast days I want to celebrate, and write out a menu.
But sometimes I don't even try to have a meal that makes sense with the saint. I'm not making French food for St. Therese, for example. In those situations dessert and a holy card are enough for me. And more often than not, just dessert.
But I thought I'd share the feast days I'm planning on trying to celebrate this October. Just having these things noted on the calendar make me feel like I'm regaining a hold on my life.
So here's to living intentionally!
I'm going to sneak this first one in at the last minute but...
September 29th - Michaelmas:
Here's our menu for Tuesday's dinner + my interview with Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas.
October 1st - St. Therese of Lisieux:
Roses on the dinner table with a holy card + a simple dessert
October 5th - St. Faustina:
Pierogies + Polish sausage for dinner and the hope that we'll pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
October 7th - Our Lady of the Rosary:
Chocolate chip and mini marshmallow rosary for dessert
October 19th - St. John de Brebeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, and Companions
Burgers and french fries - all American fare for the North American Martyrs
October 22nd - St. John Paul the Great
Pierogies and Polish sausage for dinner, plus my favorite JPII jam, and some more ideas with a Knot Bad Video
October 31st - All Hallows Eve