Prettiest Time of the Year

    The last few weeks are the prettiest of the year in Atlanta.  Flowers and blossoms exploding with wonderful color all over town.  Our metro area is the most forested in the United States, and we have lots of blooming trees and bushes! It is also the only time my eyes want to be closed shut to fight off the pollen!  I am doing a little better this year thanks to my doc…but it is really tough!

-ehw

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The balloon

The balloon

The balloon

   For the record: If Napoleon thought he could inspire Grand Armies with little ribbons I think I may be able to solve the problems of children everywhere with enough balloons.  Just one ballon for each child can solve childhood obesity, cooperation, sleep deprivation and getting behind in physics!

-ehw

Boxing

Boxing

Cooperation

Cooperation

Magical Moment

A Magical Moment

A Magical Moment

    Last night we attended a birthday party for one of the teachers at our school.  It was a wonderful night.  What struck me the most about the evening was how deceivingly simple it was.   The teacher’s family organized an iPad based karaoke machine, a sign, dessert, music, balloons, the teacher’s brother said mass (yes he is a priest), and each family brought food for themselves plus some.  Children vastly outnumbered adults, and even managed the entertainment all night long.  Many teens also assisted us parents by holding (and chasing) infants and toddlers efficiently across the school gymnasium for an hour or two.  

    Above you see my seven year old swing dancing with a wonderful spirited four year old.  Later he was swing dancing with a lovely fifth grader!     I am glad my children will have these memories, and lessons on good social graces.  I will never be able to take them to fancy amusement parks, exotic locations, and even movies are a strain on the budget.  But this type of night was both precious and priceless.  You could even say it was magical.

-ehw

P.S.  Yes the lights were out in the gym.  You can really say it was one of the few times I really wished I had a costly full frame DSLR rig with see in the night capability!

The simple things...like a sweet dance

The simple things…like a sweet dance

-ehw

Minor miracle of Divine Mercy

Stained glass window above the altar of St Pope St John XIII in Miramar, Florida

Stained glass window above the altar of St Pope St John XIII in Miramar, Florida

    As I continue to grow in my faith I strive for constant learning of new devotions and receiving apologetics.  Just before Easter, Catholic Digest arrived at the House. I read it on Palm Sunday.  During my readings I saw a few in depth articles about the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena.  I found myself impressed, and desired to say the novena starting on Holy Thursday.  I was doing other missions over the Tridium and started late…so instead of culminating my novena sunday I finished my novena yesterday.

    Yesterday I left on a trip.  I was not enthused about this trip, too much to do both at home and the office.  As is my custom, I took my camera to see what I could capture for his glory.  As my stomach growled, and light started to wane I quickly searched the map for the keyword Catholic.  Right down the street was St. John XIII Catholic Church.  I set off to visit.  I asked the office if I could take some pictures of the church, and they said yes but to please not bother people in the Adoration Chapel…of course I agreed.  I am sure the lady thought I was crazy, but most people do!

     The photo above was what I first saw when I entered the church.  It is a stained glass version of the Divine Mercy image commissioned by St. Faustina.  I went into the Adoration Chapel to complete my novena for the day.  Around the chapel I found great comfort.  I saw images and traditions from Mexico, Poland, Italy, and Western Europe.  I was at home away from home in the arms of my Catholic faith.

     I know many may not think much of my little reported miracle.  I recently read a set of comments by people about how they could never give themselves over to belief in God.  They said the science just was not there.   I will pray for them to receive the grace of Divine Mercy, so they too can see the little gifts of God’s love all around them .  The hug of a child, the kindness of a passer by, the sacrifice needed to preserve true freedom in this world all are things I want and will capture here on this blog. I hope through these little miracles I see and record using the science of light others may come to accept the Grace of God and live in his glory.

-ehw