Of Note–May 2020

Don’t you just adore our new format? It has been an arduous labor of love for our foundress, Martina, but I think it is absolutely gorgeous. If you agree, give her some love in the comments today.

Spring has finally sprung and it is beginning to look like the many restrictions we’ve been under during the Covid crisis are going to ease over the next several weeks. I’ve been scouring blogs looking for uplifting content worthy of linking in this monthly Catholic Sista series. Let’s dive in.

Liturgical Living

Julia of Purple Civet puts together kid friendly catechesis for each Sunday Gospel. Linked here is her May 3 Sunday Gospel lesson, but be sure to sign up for her weekly emails for subsequent Sundays.

Every month I turn to Catholic Icing for liturgical living ideas and Lacey never disappoints. May is dedicated to Our Lady and she has a lovely craft to celebrate.

Speaking of May being a month devoted to Mary, Joe Paprocki has a great Pop-Up Catechesis post and video on how to do a May crowning at home.

Hidden Gems

We are living in an unprecedented historical event. Elena of My Domestic Church promotes a terrific idea for journaling during this crazy time. What memories will you have of this time during Corona? What memories will your children have? Write it down. I bet our grandchildren will want to know what it was like living in 2020.

Leila, of Like Mother, Like Daughter, created the sweetest little doll quilt for her granddaughter. Her creativity, photographs, and writing always inspires me.

My beautiful friend, Ellie, wrote a profound reflection on not squandering this time on her blog The Bleeding Pelican.

The Professionals

If you are a lover of traditional hymnody and Gregorian Chant it is likely you have heard of CCWatershed, a website dedicated to promoting, documenting, recording, and composition of traditional liturgical music. The site also features a blog and produces some very fine articles on music and liturgy. This particular article by Andrea Leal really made an impression on me. As a Church musician I’ve greatly missed being able to sing during Mass. Her article inspired me to learn the lovely Stella Caeli Extirapvit and I’ve been singing it as a part of our family’s Sunday practice of Missa Sicca.

Anxiety, hormones, excitement . . . what ever the reason we might suffer from insomnia Philip Kosloski has a perfect prescription in a beautiful night prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

I am a huge fan of Anthony Esolen’s writing. In this piece for The Catholic Thing he takes on the controversial practice of making biblical language gender neutral. His arguments against the practice are some of the best I’ve read.

Ink Slingers

Writing on her personal blog, Tales From the Side of the Tub, Ink Slinger, Michelle, tackled the troubling, emerging idea of who is considered essential during a crisis. You may be surprised who she thinks is truly essential.

From the Archives

May seems a perfect time to revisit a post penned by Misty in 2013. There’s Something About Mary is a lovely article on how to cultivate a relationship with the Blessed Mother.

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