A couple of years ago, my wonderful priest, Fr. Rickey Valleroy, suggested that the responsorial psalm sung during Sunday mass become a sort of “mantra” for the entire week; something we can repeat to keep our minds on God and a focus on the Mass continuing long after “Thanks be to God!”
I have recently taken on Pope Francis’s recent encyclical, “Laudato Si'”, since I am off for the summer and time for reading while my 22-month-old is napping is more available. I am reading small bits at a time, and I have found that the time I am spending outdoors with my family this summer has made the Pope’s words ring with such clarity as I experience the beauty of God’s creation. Although his words warn of the fragile nature of our planet, and the fact “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God” they also bring a scriptural and traditional view of why we should appreciate God’s creation.
Movie night is a special time for my husband and I. After the kids go to bed, we sit on the couch (sometimes with a glass of wine and chocolate or chips and salsa) and watch a movie together. It is something I look forward to since we do not get many date nights, and it is a wonderful way to just enjoy being together.
Recently, we purchased some older movies recommended by the the National Catholic Register, hoping that these movies will not only entertain, but inspire as well. Some of you may remember “Jesus of Nazareth,” a 4-hour TV movie that includes a star-studded cast (at least at the time!). Abe and I decided to tackle this movie first – a movie I remember bits and pieces of when watching with my parents. The thing I remembered the most from this movie is the striking blue eyes of the actor who played Jesus in the film (Robert Powell). Yeah, so I was working from a pretty blank slate!