Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Musings

A few random thoughts and ponderings to start the week...

Once again I have promised myself that I will get back into blogging more regularly. Last week was not a bad start. Let's see if I can stick with it.

With that in mind, I may also dig back into some older posts and rework them so that I can repost them. A couple of years ago I read an article about blogging that suggested (among other things) that one of the down-sides of the internet is that things have a short shelf-life. On the web people expect new content on an almost hourly basis. The author of the article I read recommended that bloggers should make it a point to periodically dust off some old posts and bring them back to the top of the pile so that good ideas don't get forgotten. Obviously this is not possible for time-specific pieces that deal with a current event or that speak to a certain moment that is now past. But posts about the Catholic faith in general, posts that are timeless and always current should not be lost and forgotten in the archives.

Plus, it lets me spend less time writing and more time with my family. ;)

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I wanted to highlight a story that I posted in the Friday round-up last week. It was a simple post from Catholic Vote that may not have caught some people's attention, but as a father it really resonated with me. It  suggests a simple way to organize your prayers of petition using your five fingers. In this way you are reminded to pray for others before praying for yourself. And it goes like this...

1. The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.” 
2. The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers. 
3. The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance. 
4. The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even that it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers. 
5. And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.
This method of prayer is attributed to Pope Francis. Over the weekend we introduced our kids to this idea of praying on our fingers, and I think it will help us to organize our thoughts a little better when asking the kids what they want to pray for...and it is a great way for them to feel a connection to our new pontiff.

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Hope everyone had a blessed Feast of the Annunciation...

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