Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The courtyard, filled with people, looked to the spectators at the windows like a vast sea into which five or six streets, like the mouths of so many rivers, constantly disgorged new waves of heads. The billowing crowd, growing ever greater, dashed against houses projecting here and there like so many promontories in the irregular basin of the courtyard. In the middle of the lofty Gothic facade of the Palace was the great staircase, up and down which flowed an unending double stream, which, after breaking upon the intermediate landing, spread in broad waves over its two side slopes; the great staircase, I say, poured a steady stream into the courtyard, like a waterfall into a lake. Shouts, laughter, and the tramp of countless feet made a great amount of noise and a great hubbub. From time to time the hubbub and the noise were redoubled; the current which bore this throng towards the great staircase was turned back, eddied, and whirled.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Indeed. The Lord has, and is continuing to, prepare us and shower us with grace. We appreciate all your love and prayers.
Addendum: Jeffrey officially came under the care of hospice on Thursday and all treatments, other than pain management, have ceased. My prayer is that the Lord will draw near to him and that he will be comforted...especially regarding his family's future. That is the one issue that brings him great sorrow.
Friday, May 1, 2009
1. Consider their condition. Are you solicitous that their bodies be fed? You should be more solicitous that their souls may not go without the Bread of Life. Are you solicitous that their bodies may be clothed? You should be more solicitous that their souls may not be naked, without the garments of righteousness.
2. Improve their baptism. Do not let it be done as an empty formality...no, but let the serious language of your souls in this action be that of Hannah - "I have given this child unto the Lord, as long as he lives he shall be given unto the Lord." You must, as soon as you can, show them that when they were baptized:
7. Pray. Address heaven with daily prayers that God would make your children the temples of His Holy Spirit, the vessels of His glory. Often in a day dart up this prayer to heaven: "Lord, let this child be Thy servant forever." If your prayers are not immediately answered, do not be disheartened.