On a recent trip I took the time to honor a few family and friends by visiting the National Law Enforcement memorial in Washington D.C. So many names…and unfortunately the number of names added each year accelerated each of the past few years. Let us pray that our collective discourse and conduct begins to rise up and help reduce the names added to this wall in the coming years.
P.S. This is an example of making the best of lunch hour shooting opportunity. The light was harsh and horrible for color shots, but by carefully watching the strength of the shadows and shade I tried to set the stage for a good black and white so I had something to remember the day.
At our house school runs when school needs to run. Momma keeps a tight ship, and it really helps the family. Right now all the children love the arrangement and the results they get….us parents are highly pleased as well. What we don’t know how to help them with, we’ve sought and received the right help to meet the challenge. In a way showing the children how we research and devise strategies to help them is another education in itself of great value.
Since we started homeschooling the family displayed a greater sense of calmness, our children are helping us relearn the way of our faith every day, and we seem to attack challenges with a greater sense of teamwork. Heck I really don’t know how we’d pull all this together without their age appropriate assistance with everything we do.
For this of you interested in homeschooling and looking for resources try the http://www.setonhome.com for the Seton Homeschool program. It is one choice of many, find the right one for you. After three years I still have not found a family that after starting said it did not positively help their family life.
Coming to the water!
Coming to the water? Can you imagine how John felt when Jesus asked him to baptise him? Here was the man sent to lead us to heaven asking one of us fallen ones to lead him by example!
The good people of Victoria, Kansas have this lovely statue giving us a look into that moment of service. What I enjoy the most about these statues is the ability to walk around, below and above a scene. When I remember or read the story of John the Baptist and then view this statue, I feel that I am starting to live the moment. I find it easier to put myself in the scene, watching the interplay of these two great men…the great prophet and the one he was to announce at the River Jordan.
As with all things spiritual and artistic, the moment it clicks comes not from reading the story but rather from the moment it touches your personal soul. Maybe your mind can grasp it from the words, maybe a picture might make it stick…or just maybe this three dimensional image puts these two men into our lives with the same power those people at the river bank received. As fellow Christians we must all help each generation find the path that will connect them to Christ. There is no right or wrong way…there is just the way it clicks.
P.S. I forgot the Holy Spirit dropped down and added an audio dimension to the story the statue does not..but hey we can add that today when join the chorus to sing our praises to God on high!
Spires draw you up to God
Vertical elements in churches main function it to have you look up, hopefully towards where we perceive heaven to be. This is a reflection of our natural tendencies. I have yet to find a culture where when they are happy they look down, or when in a defeated stance look up.
Each stone you see weighs 50 to 100 pounds. Estimates say they moved over 125,000 cubic feet of rock. Some fathers and grown sons hauled as many as 70-80 loads of stone to help raise this from the ground. By the way…no automatic lifts or power tools!
PS All the info is coming from the parish information sheet…check out their website at www.stfedelischurch.com