I can't believe it has almost been a week since my last post-not for want of material, believe me. Thursday I spent the day at Huntington State Park on the ocean with the family and friends. (This time I did bring a manuscript.) The ocean was very rough, but the conditions were great for body-surfing. We saw alligators sitting on the rocks next to the causeway on the way into the park. Comment from number 4 son, "I'm not swimming at this beach!"
Friday it was back to work-nothing too exciting.
Saturday I house-sat for friends in Columbia whose daughter was getting married because of an incident earlier in the week which suggested the house was being cased for burglary. (While I was gone, Mrs. Curley was commenting to my 6 year old son how pleased 'Daddy' would be when I got home by how helpful he was. His response: "If he doesn't get shot!"). The day was very quiet. I got started on some work I needed to do to prepare for the fall. I read yet another biography or sketch of St. Thomas More (who can ever read enough?-which is why we may publish this out of print gem). I started a bio of St. Margaret Clitherow. (One reason for these last two are that we are hoping to do a couple short plays this year with the CCD class: one about St. Thomas in the Tower and one on the Pearl of York.)
Sunday we celebrated Corpus Christi by hearing Mass. While we don't generally celebrate Father's Day, I did get a card from one daughter and got a song from the older children-sung in parts. Got more of Margaret Clitherow's life read. This book is great on facts, but it is a real trudge to get through.
Some of this work/reading done over the weekend will result in a few new posts today and tomorrow.
A post later today about Corpus Christi celebrations in Yorkshire of days gone by, but for the moment a quote from Cresacre More, great-grandson of Thomas More on the latter's vocation:
"...yet God had allotted him for another estate, not to live solitarie, but that he might be a patterne to married men, how they should carefully bring up their children, how daearely they should love their wives, how they should employe their endeavour wholly for the good of their country, yet excellently perform the virtues of religious men, as piety, charity, humility, obedience, and congugal chasity."
From Bethany, the small holding in Bethune...Oremus pro invicem!