hoping a little participation in five faves with Hallie can help jumpstart my entrance back into blogging
(if I had a quarter for every time I started a blog post with a similar sentence...sigh)
It's May. It's the month we focus on Mothers and well, I think this is the Mother of all Mothers.
But really, I love Mary and I'm soooooo glad I have her in my court because I need constant encouragement and prayers and she has my back.
So when I heard our Holy Father, Pope Francis, had a special devotion to this particular image of Our Lady, I was all in. I mean, there she is, undoing knots and MAN, DO I HAVE A LOT OF KNOTS in my life. x16
real quick, the reason for this image is summed up here in this quote from a long long time ago from St. Irenaus:
"the knot of Eve's disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. For what the virgin Eve had bound fast through unbelief, this did the virgin Mary set free through faith." (Adversus haereses, 3, 22)
The painting depicts one angel handing Mary a ribbon filled with knots and another angel, turned toward us, taking the loosed ribbon to hand back to us.
The "I used to be the middle child and then Sophia came along and now I'm not" kid.
He cracks us up, usually.
He is my foodie.
We went out for a date a week or so ago.
I took him to confession as his First Communion was 2 days later.
(we go BIG on dates here)
Afterwards we had to eat so I talked him into my splitting my favorite sandwich at The Italian Bread Place on Noblestown Rd.
We kept saying things like "this is the best hoagie I've ever eaten" and "this is waaayyyyy better than Subway"!
yeah, I agree, Max, I agree. It was very yummy. It's the vinaigrette. so delish
And then we had ice cream, which makes it to my next fave....
we love ice cream.
my freezer is stocked for the time being with fun flavors of ice cream, sorbet and milkshake making ice cream (the big tub o vanilla).
THAT said... we love to go out for ice cream, too.
Since Max and I were in the area of my favorite sandwich a few weeks ago, we HAD to pay a visit to the homemade ice cream place, Antney's, on Poplar St.
so happy for warm weather.
And the flavor we both got was Mexican chocolate.
well, since this is kinda turning into a five favorites starring Max, I should mention this amazing milestone!
Max's First Holy Communion
And we were blessed with our former pastor celebrating the sacrament!
Max looked so charming and grown up and holy.
It was a lovely day.
Rounding out my five faves is a field trip I helped organize to take the first communicants and first graders on to St. Anthony's Chapel on Troy Hill.
This chapel is a true gem in the city of Pittsburgh.
Over 5000 relics of saints.... one of which was St. Maximilian Kolbe! Several first class relics of the true cross, and lots of beautiful things to learn about our faith.
The kids were so good and really enjoyed this trip.
I used to take my first graders there long ago when I had no children of my own and was a teacher.
I knew it would be a great place to take these beautiful little kids to commemorate their special day.
Hopefully it will become a yearly tradition!
Plus an extra....
while typing, I'm starting out my morning with this beautiful music
such beautiful music by the Benedictine sisters