Adventures in Haymarsh

Month: January 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

❤️True Love❤️

Élisabeth and Felix were young and very much in love—more in love with each other than with their faith. When Felix told his soon-to-be-bride that he was practicing the Faith only to keep up appearances, she didn’t mind in the least. Neither of them expected any tension to arise from the situation.

After their marriage in 1889, however, the young couple gradually grew apart in their spiritual lives. Felix became increasingly atheistic; Élisabeth, after great confusion, was inspired to learn about her faith. The more she learned, the more devout she became. Meanwhile, Felix filled the house with atheistic books.

Husband and wife soon clashed.

Finally Élisabeth decided that the only argument that could win Felix back to the Church was intense and undistracted prayer.

For the next fifteen years, she dedicated her life to prayer for her husband’s conversion. She recorded her spiritual journey secretly in a diary. Around the same time, her health crumbled and she lived in intense physical suffering.

Just before her death, she wrote a note to Felix, saying, “In 1905 I begged Almighty God to send me sufferings with which to pay the price of your soul. The day I die, that price will be paid. There is no greater love to be found in a woman than when she gives her life for her husband.”

Élisabeth passed away in 1914 at the age of forty-eight.

When Felix found her diary, his own spiritual journey began. In 1917 he returned to the Faith. Six years later, he was ordained a Dominican priest.

Élisabeth persevered in her faith with humility and fervent devotion despite hostility and ridicule from her beloved husband. Living the Faith well can be difficult even among those who share the same beliefs: so let Élisabeth’s example be an encouragement to you in your everyday struggle towards a deep and purposeful spiritual life.  (Source: The Catholic Company)

Élisabeth and Felix

Diocesan Paper

We just walked to the mailbox and got the mail, an interesting article was in the diocesan paper.  This morning at breakfast our 4 year old asked when Lent begins… beginning to discern what to give up to help me draw closer to God.

Well Read Mom met last night. If I make it to heaven, these ladies will have helped me get there.


Got a bit of a snow shower today.

I think the school bus could use new tires…but the driver also got off the beaten path, and the squall we had made small drifts.
Took some canoiteering, but little JD 5425 got the job done!
Daddy went and blew the finger drifts out of the way.
Great song a friend just shared with me…timshel is a Jewish word for freewill.

Blessings & Gratitude 🙏

I thank God for all of the Holy Men & Women who have journeyed before us.  Such great role models!!!

Today’s Meditation:

“The shock of sorrow comes only to those who think this world is fixed and absolute, that there is nothing beyond. They think everything here below should be perfect. Hence, they ask questions: ‘Why should I suffer? What have I done to deserve this?’ Maybe you did nothing to deserve it. Certainly, Our Lord did nothing to deserve His Cross. But it came, and through it, He went to His glory.”—Venerable Fulton Sheen, p. 36


This is an excellent resource for any parent of a 9-14 year old.  It was used as part of the 4th grade curriculum at Church.  Mark Hart is captivating and held the students’ attention the whole time as he introduced them to the beloved word of God.  It’s a little dated having been made in 2013, but the best children’s Bible Study I’ve seen thus far.

End of the study booklet resources.

God Bless America!

Our power returned at 12:15 pm!  The power company called to make sure all was good.  God bless the workers that helped make that happen!  We celebrated…we won’t take the simple conveniences in life for granted!  Also, this is making Andrew’s & my wheels slowly start turning about alternative power sources… probably won’t happen any time soon, but something to think upon.

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