Thursday, April 28, 2016


There is a comfort in my sins
They know me, and I know them.
And know where I'm going with them.

There is terror in God's Love.
Unconditional love and forgiveness scares me.
I don't know how to handle that.
Nor how to respond to it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Birthday prayer at the Adoration Chapel

Dear LORD,

Thank You for today, my birthday. Today I pray especially for Sandy Saba, Nora Sailor's son and husband, Annie Rex, Misty Pounder's aunt, Emily, Myah Gormley, and discerning 4ever's paryaers that her family return to Mass and confession and that she discern and follow her vocation.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Birthday treasure hunt

m'gurls went all out for my 49th birthday, unwrapping the morning like a very special present.

Let's just follow along with what they did.

Waiting for me on the dining room table this morning:

Huh! I wonder if I should pay attention to this card? The cipher reads:


What could it mean?

Inside there was a card:

Hm. Cooker. I went right to (eventually, after I tried to look in the oven. "PAPA! DON'T LOOK THERE!" ... *ahem*) the rice cooker.

Ooh! Korean Crispy Rolls! My Favorite! I haven't had these in a year! Present 1. On it was posted a note:

It reads:


  • Gravity makes you go _____.
  • Nana Upstairs; Nana _____. (Tomie DiPaola)
Look in:

  •  I like _____, I like tea ... đźŽ¶
  • Miami Sound _____. (Gloria Estafan)

EM was shocked – shocked, I say! – that I knew the clue about Miami Sound [something]

Well, – shockingly! – this clue lead me down-stairs to the coffee-machine, and there by it was this:
Yay! My favorite! Present 2. And on it was this note:
I don't know about your Elvish script sight-reading? But mine isn't so good. So my dear EM, who had incidentally been studying the language, for, you know, that just-in-case need, volunteered to translate it for me.

It's amazing. God works in mysterious ways, doesn't He?

The translation ended up to be something like this:


So, off to the laundry room we go (me: wince-wince-wincing on my wimpy feetsies, having just run a 5-miler.) (Oh, poor me!) and, not in the washer! but in the drier was this:
Geddit? Dried cranberries in the dried ... um, drier? GEDDIT?

I haven't had dried cranberries in a while, either. Yay! Present 3. This was turning out to be a cool birthday, particularly with all the fun the kiddies were having.

On the dried cranberries (geddit?) was this note:
"COATRACK" if you read down, not across. sry. So off to the coatrack we go, and there I found Present 4:
Ooh, mmm! Dark chocolate fruity-thingies! On this was the next clue:
The 'yogurt incident' was that EM had preheated the oven ... with my yogurt fermenting in there.

PSA: check your ovens before you preheat them, your yogurt, and all the cookie sheets stored in there! Sheesh! So, the oven had the last gift:
... which I am now wearing! A green, Jack Frost, collared tee and Captain America jammies! YAY!

Happy birthday, everyone! YAY!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lorica of Saint Patrick

St Patrick Breast Plate Prayer "Faeth Fiada”
from Sparky681 on


Atomriug indiu
niurt tréun:
togairm TrindĂłit
faĂ­stin Oendatad,
i nDúlemon dáil.

Atomriug indiu
niurt gene CrĂ­st cona bathius,
niurt a chrochtho cona adnacul,
niurt a essérgi cona fhresgabáil,
niurt a thoíniudo fri brithemnas mbrátho.

Atomriug indiu
niurt gráid hiruphin,
i n-aurlataid aingel,
i frestul inna n-archaingel,
i freiscisin esséirgi
ar chiunn fochraicce,
i n-ernaigthib uasalathrach,
i tairchetlaib fáithe,
i preceptaib apstal,
i n-iresaib foĂ­smedach,
i n-enccai noebingen,
i ngnímaib fer firén.

Atomriug indiu
niurt nime,
soilsi gréne,
Ă©trochtai Ă©scai,
áni thened,
déni lóchet,
luaithi gaĂ­the,
fudomnai mara,
tairismigi thalman,
cobsaidi ailech.

Atomriug indiu
niurt DĂ© dom luamairecht.
Cumachtae nDé dom chumgabáil,
ciall DĂ© dom inthĂşs,
rose nDĂ© dom remcisiu,
cluas DĂ© dom Ă©tsecht,
briathar DĂ© dom erlabrai,
lám Dé dom imdegail,
intech DĂ© dom remthechtas,
sciath DĂ© dom imdĂ­tin,
sochraite DĂ© dom anacul
ar intledaib demnae,
ar aslagib dualche,
ar forimthechtaib aicnid,
ar cech duine mĂ­dĂşthrastar dam,
i céin ocus i n-ocus,
i n'uathud ocus i sochaidi.

Tocuiriur etrum indiu inna uili nert-so
fri cech nert n-amnas n-Ă©trocar frista-i dom churp ocus dom anmain,
fri tinchetla sa-ibfh-aithe,
fri dubrechtu gentliuchtae,
fri saĂ­brechtu heretecdae,
fri imchellacht n-Ă­dlachtae,
fri brichtu ban ocus goban ocus druad,
fri cech fiss arachuille corp ocus anmain duini.

Crist dom imdegail indiu
ar neim, ar loscud, ar bádud, ar guin,
condom-thair ilar fochraicce.
CrĂ­st limm, CrĂ­st reum, CrĂ­st im degaid,
CrĂ­st indium, CrĂ­st Ă­sum, CrĂ­st uasum,
CrĂ­st desum, CrĂ­st tuathum,
CrĂ­st i llius, CrĂ­st i sius, CrĂ­st i n-erus,
CrĂ­st i cridiu cech duini immumrorda,
CrĂ­st i ngin cech oĂ­n rodom-labrathar,
CrĂ­st i cech rusc nonom-dercathar,
CrĂ­st i cech cluais rodom-chloathar.

Atomriug indiu
niurt tréun:
togairm TrindĂłit,
cretim Treodatad,
faĂ­stin Oendatad,
i nDúlemon dáil.

Domini est salus,
Domini est salus,
Christi est salusñ
salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum.


I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me:
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.
I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.