Pray, Play, Think, Link and Sew...


For Peggy Bowes, the author of The Rosary Workout. She is undergoing surgery today to repair a broken nose (ouch). But for that unfortunate setback, she'd be joining Team ALL FOR! in the Nun Run in March. (personally, I think she needs a better excuse, don't you?) ;-)

Loving Father, we entrust Peggy to Your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who will care for her. Grant that every obstacle to success be removed and that she may be restored to soundness of health and continue to grow ever closer to Your Sacred Heart.
Into Your hands, we commend her body and soul. Amen.
(adapted from a Prayer before Surgery at Catholic Online)


The Dirt Pile has finally found it's purpose. I'm still dreaming of a grassy lawn. For now, this will do.
(There is no sound because I was inside. by the fire. in my fuzzy socks.)


Related to the teacher protests underway in Wisconsin...

Only 39 percent of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools are proficient or better in mathematics, according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest. (more here)


Poland's cassock-clad priests vie in "papal" ski race

Slaloming down the slopes in billowing cassocks in the tracks of their late compatriot Pope John Paul II, Polish priests vie for the "papal cup" prize in the annual clergy ski championships.

Each year ski-mad priests flock to Poland's southern Beskid Slaski mountain range bordering the Czech Republic to indulge their passion, as bemused fellow skiers watch them whiz by in their priestly garb....

(I can't even imagine. If I have a long skirt on, I trip going up stairs. These men are good.)

So far no nuns have taken up the challenge but Father Damian says the slopes are open to them too."If at least three show up one day, we'll create a special category," he vowed.
(I think all the nuns are running in the Nun Run, Father)
"Skiing in cassocks is also a way of demonstrating that the spirit and the body always go together, like the Latin expression 'Mens sana in corpore sano' (A healthy mind in a healthy body)," Sontag told AFP.
"We can do both, hold the rosary and ski poles, get down on our knees and on our skis," he said.
(Thanks for the link, Father B.!)


Bob Books zipper pouches.
We don't own the Bob Books sets but I know many who do. I can also think of several other book/school related items that are crying out for pretty pouches like these.
Head on over to Small Things to see Ginny's genius at work. 

Posted on February 24, 2011 .