Little Holy Days {Feast of St. Gregory the Great}

Little Holy Days (Green)

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Gregory the Great.

Some quick facts about him:

  • Born in Rome in 540
  • Before becoming a Benedictine monk he was a senator and prefect
  • Elected Pope at age 50
  • When he saw English children being sold as slaves in Rome he sent 40 monks to convert England
  • He kept close watch over the holiness of the clergy and maintained Church discipline
  • He did much work to develop the Church’s music
  • Gregorian Chant is named for him
  • He died in 609 and his body lies in St. Peter’s in Rome
  • He is the patron of: choir boys; educators; gout; masons; music; musicians; choirs; singers; stonecutters; teachers; popes; students; scholars; against plague; against gout; against fever; England; West Indies

To Do:

  • Coloring page with the kids
  • Listen to some Gregorian Chant (note, I haven’t, as of the writing of this post, listened to any of the recordings on this site. I found the link through Catholic Culture.) I did find a few CDs of Gregorian Chants at my parents house which I’ve borrowed indefinitely, and I’ll be playing those tomorrow.
  • Since he is the patron of masons, and that happens to be something that Jared does for work, I’m going to see if we can do a very simple project tomorrow. (That will all depend on if Jared feels better, as I have no skill whatsoever in masonry)

Collect

O God, who care for your people with gentleness and rule them in love, through the intercession of Pope Saint Gregory, endow, we pray, with a spirit of wisdom those to whom you have given authority to govern, that the flourishing of a holy flock may become the eternal joy of the shepherds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Real-life Mama-hood

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There’s a link up over at Messy Wife, Blessed Life showcasing the real life motherhood, of the variety that doesn’t normally get shown ’round the blog. It intrigued me because so much of the time I know I personally spend in the nitty-gritty of motherhood. And while, yes, there are many special moments mixed in, I like the idea of showing “Real Life” too.

So without further delay, I give you some recent glimpses into my daily life. (Some of these pictures have actually been shared in various other places, but I thought they fit the idea).

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Sometimes markers are just too much fun!

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Occasionally stickers are required

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Much of the time I referee who gets to drive the trains where. Or else relocate younger brother to the other side of the tracks.

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I have a lot of garden helpers. Sometimes they get the ripe fruit. Mostly they don’t.

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Sometimes Most of the time I can’t use my kitchen counters…

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Or my front door…

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Or the floor of my pantry area…

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I do let my kiddos watch a few minutes of TV so I can have at least a fighting chance at keeping the house picked up…. or at the very least have the dining room table (not pictured) cleared off so we can eat our next meal.

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This is one of their outdoor play areas. Note to all families wanting sandboxes AND grass: Plan on a 3 ft radius (minimum) of no grass around the sandbox.

(Link to other posts!!)