Monday, March 10, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Lenten Season is almost upon us! It provides the perfect opportunity for each one of us to grow in our spiritual life. This time is such a gift from God. :)
I'm going to be reading A Story of My Soul by St. Thérèse, and I seriously cannot tell you how excited I am! I love St. Therese soooo much, she's my confirmation saint and such a great role model. I've read various books about her life, but not the one she wrote herself yet, so it's time to do that during Lent! If I have time I'm also hoping to read The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena.
Recently I saw these great C.S. Lewis quotes, and I thought they were perfect to read in regards to Lent.
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that he is building quite a different house from the ones you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." ~ C. S. LewisIsn't that a beautiful analogy? <3 And then this next one is so true...
"Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress mean doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and stupid." ~ C. S. Lewis
You just have to love C. S. Lewis. :)
Also, as we get ready for Lent this post and the one before it by a fellow MODG blogger really made me stop and think. How true that we should even be continuing our sacrifices and Lenten habits once the 40 days are over. And simply surrendering to God is just so, so important.
Read this lovely post too. Thank you, Sarah. <3
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Current book in progress: Jane Eyre (and don't ask me how it is because I'm only on the fourth chapter. ^_^)
Next book in line: A Tale of Two Cities (YES. Everyone seems to be mentioning it lately and it appears I'm the only one who hasn't at least started it. So that's next.)
And what can I say about Lord of the Rings that hasn’t already been said? I just read all three of those this fall/winter (I'm a latecomer, I know. :P Can't believe I didn't get around to reading them sooner!). In January there were some lovely Lewis/Tolkien blog parties (hosted by Peregrin and Aspirer) that really cemented Lewis and Tolkien’s genius for me – made me appreciate them so much more. It’s really great to hear a discussion of a work just after you’ve read it, and those amazing girls did exactly that for me. :) I didn't participate myself because I felt I was too new to the LotR (and actually haven't seen the movies yet...), but I really enjoyed reading what everyone else had to say!
Here's one part I loved from Iris's answers.
Second, what really matters? One of my favorite passages at the end of The Hobbit takes place when Bilbo meets with Thorin once more before they go their separate ways. Thorin tells Bilbo that "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." Amen.
And finally for now, I think one of the most valuable lessons from these books/movies is that mercy is strength. Gandalf thinks mercy is the thing that keeps evil in check. "Many live that deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
And Aspirer had lovely answers as well. :)
Lessons learned from LotR:
Do God's will. I guess that's a bit more straightforward than the Narnia message. Tolkien writes about Frodo who doesn't want to do this task of destroying the Ring... it's too hard, too tiresome, too different than the life he knows in the Shire. Yet when Frodo accomplishes this task that no one else could do, he has this unexplainable joy.The journey to Mt. Doom was undeniably his and if he couldn't do it, no one could. God gives us each our own thing we have to do, and if we miss that chance, we miss out bigtime. Middle Earth would have been a different place had not Frodo done his job, or Sam his, or Gandalf or Legolas or Gimli or Aragorn... We were born with a purpose, so it only makes sense that we fulfill it.
Amen. Those are true words of wisdom.
But anyway, aren't the Lord of the Rings just so amazing? You could seriously go and on about them. Why, I haven't even touched on Samwise! But I guess that's for another day. :)
(just a note, even though more than half of this post talks about LotR, that doesn't mean I'm crazier about it than any other of my favorites... and least I don't *think* so :P. It's just that it was discussed more recently. If there was an Anne of Green Gables blog party I'd ramble on and on too...)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
You can click here to view an online collection of his works, and while you're at it make sure to read this one.
The Things That Haven't Been Done Before is probably my favorite. Well, at least it's one of my many favorites. :) So I have included it below for you to enjoy as well. It really makes one think and ponder... are you one of the few who will head out into the unknown and blaze a path for the many, who never try anything new? It rings of courage and character, and I find it so uplifting.
The Things That Haven't Been Done Before by Edgar Guest The things that haven't been done before, Those are the things to try; Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore At the rim of the far-flung sky, And his heart was bold and his faith was strong As he ventured in dangers new, And he paid no heed to the jeering throng Or the fears of the doubting crew. The many will follow the beaten track With guideposts on the way. They live and have lived for ages back With a chart for every day. Someone has told them it's safe to go On the road he has traveled o'er, And all that they ever strive to know Are the things that were known before. A few strike out without map or chart, Where never a man has been, From the beaten path they draw apart To see what no man has seen. There are deeds they hunger alone to do; Though battered and bruised and sore, They blaze the path for the many, who Do nothing not done before. The things that haven't been done before Are the tasks worthwhile today; Are you one of the flock that follows, or Are you one that shall lead the way? Are you one of the timid souls that quail At the jeers of a doubting crew, Or dare you, whether you win or fail, Strike out for a goal that's new?