“The Lord cannot be at work in me if I am only allowing him the time I spend doing pious or prayerful things. I must open the whole of my life to Christ and intentionally make him a vital part of everything I do.”–Father Gary Caster
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I’ll be honest, after having kids I have found prayer difficult. I find little time to myself and am constantly interrupted. I even have trouble making it through a rosary without falling asleep! Then, as an attempt to make up for my distraction/frustration/exhaustion, I try to find a new devotion/method/motivation to kick myself back in gear. Slowly I see myself becoming a Martha and less of a Mary and the downward spiral continues.
Enter Father Gary Caster’s book, Prayer Everywhere (which was obviously sent to me by the Holy Spirit). Through his simple suggestions and wonderfully entertaining anecdotes, I was reminded about the simplicity of prayer which I’d forgotten. Devotions aside, prayer is ultimately about our relationship with Jesus and it need not be complicated. Continue reading A Review of ‘Prayer Everywhere: The Spiritual Life Made Simple
“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” – Emily Dickinson
Grades 3-5, 6-8 [Scholastic]
AR 5.4 [2 points]
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This story is about Nicholas Allen’s successful campaign to use his newly invented word, frindle.
Nick has a reputation for having very creative, original ideas – ideas that often push the limits of his teachers’ patience. Children, on the other hand, seem drawn to his plans. One of his fool proof ideas is the “teacher-stopper.” So, Nick tests his new fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Granger, with his tried and true routine of asking a question to take up class time. This plan never fails. He asks, “Why do words mean what they mean?” She explains that “a word means something because he, Nick, says it does.” Now that is food for thought. So, when he finds a pen on the way home from school, he decides to call it a different name. He calls it a frindle. And that simple decision begins Nick’s greatest scheme. He decides to call a pen a frindle while at home, at school, and he even asks his friends to join him. Continue reading An Idea Put to the Test: A Review of ‘Frindle’