"Your body is the first thing any child of man ever wanted. Therefore dispose yourself to be loved, to be wanted, to be available. Be there for them with a vengeance. Be a gracious, bending woman. Incline your ear, your heart, your hands to them.... To be a Mother is to be the sacrament - the effective symbol - of place. Mothers do not make homes, they are our home." from Bed and Board, Robert Farrar Capon

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today's Quote from "Our Calling"

"[W]e would, I believe, search in vain through Luther's whole preaching about the call for a 
single place wherein he seeks to encourage zeal in one's calling by referring to 
great cultural achievements or the like, which are the results of working in a call. 
On the contrary he always chooses the most humble work as examples, and makes hardly any attempts to reveal links between them and some great common goal to which they are meant to contribute.

The radiance which surrounds them does not come from in front, from their goal, 
but from behind, from their source.

In all striving beyond those tasks which are given directly through the guidance of God, 
[there could be] serious disobedience and beneath that, a relapse into... self-righteousness, 
and beneath that, again, lack of faith, a reliance upon oneself instead of God."

Our Calling, by Einar Billing, page 6

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Our Calling," Radiating from the Forgiveness of Sins

I just started reading through "Our Calling," by Einar Billing. It has so much in it that I believe can be of comfort to us in our calling of motherhood. So as I read through it I will post passages that I find encouraging for the day. Here's one of the the first things I found myself meditating upon:

"Whoever knows Luther, even but partially, knows that his various thoughts do not lie 
alongside each other, like pearls on the string, held together only by common authority or 
perchance by a line of logical argument, but that they all, as tightly as the petals of a rosebud, 
adhere to a common center, and radiate out like the rays of the sun from one glowing core, 
namely, the gospel of the forgiveness of sins....

We could take all of them in order and say something like this: 
the church is the forgiveness of sins, the sacraments are the forgiveness of sins, 
liberty is the forgiveness of sins, and the call is the forgiveness of sins."
page 4

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Toddler Instruction

Hmmm. I guess toddlers should learn to read before they learn to peel stickers...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quote for the Day

“Wherever you are, be all there....”  

Jim Elliot

Fun with Baby, by Giuseppe Magni