Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All Saints Day Reading Challenge

When I was trying to schedule posts for the week, I realized that Tuesday is Nov. 1, All Saints' Day, and I didn't want to have the day pass me by without some reflection and intention on my part. St. Rose of Lima is my namesake (middle name), and I chose St. Catherine of Siena as my confirmation name. A couple of years ago, yes years, I purchased this book in order to delve deeper into the life of one of "my" Saints.

It's one that has been on the old nightstand for quite some time. I began it. I dog-eared a few pages it's got a bookmark in it. I just didn't make much progress.

Today I rededicate myself to starting over and finishing this book before I read another. I've also got Fr. Alban Butler's Lives of the Saints to make part of my daily reading. I was so good about keeping up while teaching because I'd do it before work, but apparently something about motherhood makes me push these things aside. For what, I wonder. Blogging? Television? It's time for me to redirect my free time, and this is one small way I can do that and see the wonders God works through the amazing men and women who give their entire lives to him.


Erin said...

I think this is a great idea! Hope you find the time to get some reading in. It's crazy as a mom how 24 hours just isn't enough!

Natalie said...

I know sometimes we do need to prioritize things in our life...I'm one that also has books on my bedside that need more attention and devotion.

Nicole said...

Great idea, Jenn. I have Butler's Lives on my nightstand too. I have gone through phases where I have read it monthly. I really enjoy Small Steps, it has a daily Saint quote and this month focuses on gratitude.

I have committed to reading One Thousand Gifts next. Then starting a gratitude journal. Maybe we should try a Holy Hour every other week.

Sometimes I spend so much time trying to make sure the kids know about the Saints that I am not focusing on my learning as well. need to fix that.

Grace martin said...

I chose Mary Magdalene as my saint, it's kind of interesting to know that about other people!

I'm thinking of doing a faith based linkup for Catholic moms since we're kind of the minority and this would be an interesting question! Me actually sitting down and planning one is a different story though haha