This room is for general discussion that doesn't specifically fit into one of the other CatholicMatch rooms. Topics should not be overly serious as this is to be more of a "cafe setting."
Saint Peter's Square was created so that more people could be in the presence of the Pope and was named after Saint Peter, one of Jesus's apostles.
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As this Christmas season is winding down I would like to share a couple of Christmas memories. It wasn't Christmas until this two story house put up the giant Angel made out of rods with lights wrapped around them up. The Angel was as tall as the house. I can honestly say even when Andrew was older he still wanted to see certain houses and this was one of his favorites. Then there was the house with thousands of wooden cut-out figures and some of them depicted the true meaning of Christmas. Santa handed out candy canes with the legend attached, and if you talked to him he made sure he told the kids about Jesus birth. Then there was always the man dressed in red robes similar to a cardinal who came on December 6th to talk to the kids at Catechism about Saint Nicholas and why Santa Claus came to be. And of course afterwards we helped wrap gifts for the Saint Nicholas project that provided gifts for kids that might not get any. One of my favorite projects is still helping provide funds for this. Since it is family oriented I haven't actually gone and helped the last couple of years, not sure the kids would understand if the memories of Andrew helping would cause my tears to flow....I do want to volunteer my time to this worthy cause someday soon.....
Thank you John for your prayers for all of us, for this I am grateful and for all of the CM prayer warriors. May God bless you all. I am most thankful for daily Mass and Holy Communion. I do offer prayers for all of CM during my Mass each day.
As I went to sleep last night, I remembered all the wonderful ways my mother showed she loved us. She was very dutiful and always tried to do everything perfectly. Our house was immaculate, meals were prompt, doctor and dental appointments always regularly scheduled and she prayed. She still prays for us a lot.
She taught me the Faith. Twice a week we would have religion class, Balitimore Catechism memorization assignments and discussions. Duty towards God and family was her mission statement. She also taught us how to behave as ladies.
In my younger days, I remember she would play the piano--beautiful music such as "My Rosary" or "Tales From Barcolle" while waiting for Dad to come home from work for dinner. To this day I adore good piano music. The smell of Ponds Cold Cream and Emeraude perfume flood me with those feelings of 'there is no one like my mother." The sound of her voice leading us in the family rosary and her laugh when she heard something funny...She had a passion for goodness and good people.
Thanks, John. I think you inspired me to remember those things, with the description of your mother.
My goddaughter/grandmother died a holy death and I feel the same about her.
I think we should do it, John.