October 10, 2009
September 10, 2009
Our Rosary Guild on Etsy has had so much fun watching these Job's Tears seeds grow!
On July 26, Carm, of Unbreakable Rosaries, told us all that she had some left-over job's tears and was wondering if any of us had any experience growing them (which we did not.) Despite her confession that she had a black thumb, she decided that she would soak them to "soften them up a bit" then "stick 'em in the dirt and wait."
Four days later, on July 31, she sent us the first picture with questions of whether we thought it was a weed or a sprout. By the thirty-first of July, we all agreed that it was definitely a sprout!
A couple of weeks later, she sent us the photo of those little sprouts transplanted and thriving in their new home. (So much for the "supposed" black thumb.)
On August 29, we were all amazed at how "our" little sprout had grown and wondered when the "tears" would appear. (I think we have all adopted this little sprout.)
Well, look at the picture we received today! Isn't it beautiful!
I kept telling Carm that she needed to journal the journey of this little sprout and post it on our blog. Since I am so good at coming up with ideas for others to do, I decided that I would do it with Carm's blessing.
I'll keep you posted... :)
July 30, 2009
July 24, 2009
Andrew C. Thompson has posted an interesting article on his experiences at Duke Youth Academy. In particular, he writes about the Praying the Rosary Workshop he attended. Because of the information Andrew's blog, I gather that he is a practicing Methodist. Andrew writes:
I admit that I found praying the rosary to be very comforting and peaceful. It even allowed me a disciplined way to pray for family members, friends, and church members who I knew needed God's care. It also strikes me that the real ecumenical work that needs to be done within Christ's broken body might best be done when Christians of different communions come together and join in common worship of our Lord and Savior using the particularities of our different traditions.
One of the things that I love about the rosary is that it is something in which all Christians can participate. It can be an Ecumenical practice, as the Catholic Church does not limit the Rosary only to Catholics.
Andrew goes on to quote John Wesley on the Virgin Mary from his irenic tract, A Letter to a Roman Catholic:
'I believe [Jesus] is the proper, natural Son of God, God of God, very God of very God; and that he is the Lord of all, having absolute, supreme, universal dominion over all things ... I believe that he was made man, joining the human nature with the divine in one person; being conceived by the singular operation of the Holy Ghost, and born of the blessed Virgin Mary, who, as well after as before she brought him forth, continued a pure and unspotted virgin.'
A Methodist doctrine of the perpetual virginity of Mary?
Who would've thunk it?
Maybe the Fathers of the Reformation were more open-minded. Interesting!...