>Marching today

>It’s the annual March for Life.

 Of course, Doc and the big girls are there.
It’s their thing, they love to go. Ok, Marta loves to go because she gets to be one on one w/ dad.

 {all pics in this post are from last year…of course}
Hannah loves to go because she has the heart of a warrior and this is one of the causes that gets her going…so she goes and marches and adds her presence and her voice.

Plus she gets a weekend in DC with her BFF, Anna.

They are marching for life.
It’s crazy cold, they are exhausted after staying up to the wee hours at the vigil….beautiful and exhilarating but exhausting.

 I want my kids to be courageous enough to stand up for what they believe, I want them to have the courage of their convictions. 

There are many ways to make a difference in this cold world; this march is a good one for life.  Every life  has value.  Always.
So my dear ones are out there….they are bundled up, they are marching and I’m proud of them.

>Intro to the Saint of the "Devout Life"

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It is the feast of St. Francis de Sales!
He is one of my favs…one of the ones I turn to when I need to get back on track, or discern, or remind myself how to pray better, more fully.  Thus, I’m reposting this from last year…he has been a favorite and a biggie for a heck of a lot longer than I’ve been blogging.  And some things don’t change, happily so.  Therefore, read on for a reminder of this super saint:

This saint, this man has been deemed one of the Doctors of the Church, meaning one who’s writings and ideas are formational; the depth and understanding of their faith and the orthodoxy of their theology is held in highest esteem.

His book, “Introduction to the Devout Life” is a classic and a challenge – to my way of life and thinking and being. It humbles me: when I read (or reread) it, I tend to hang my head and think, “dang, right, gee whiz….oh, very good, man!” (It is initially difficult to get past his literary device of addessing his writing to “Philothea” {student} but once you do, you’re good to go/read/soak it in.) I recommend it to anyone, it’s very well worth the effort.

This saint is one of my favorite writers and a gentle soul. He was known for his gentle kind ways
and his simple clear explanations. He was great friends with another saint I love, St. Jane de Chantal. He taught her to be a saint ‘where she was’, in her station in life….she didn’t have to go be a desert hermit or do heroic acts, but rather quietly live a holy life, where she was (which is of course, SO much easier said than done!).

Although he earned degrees in both law and theology, he realized he had a vocation to the priesthood and ultmately even became Bishop of Geneva. He is the patron of writers and journalists, so he is also a timely saint, in this era of crazy media and bloggers all taking up their own little mini journals…like me. This prayer below, from his Treatise on the Love of God, shows why he is so good, and why I hang my head and see, once again, just how far I have to go. sigh.

Prayer of Dedication by St. Francis de Sales

Lord, I am yours, and I must belong to no one but you. My soul is yours, and must live only by you. My will is yours, and must love only for you. I must love you as my first cause, since I am from you. I must love you as my end and rest, since I am for you. I must love you more than my own being, since my being subsists by you. I must love you more than myself, since I am all yours and all in you. Amen.