Sunday, February 25

Amazing 3D art with chalk

I recieved these pictures in an email from a friend and I thought they were really neat. Everything in the picture is drawn with chalk and yet they look so 3-D. I did a little more research and found a few websites with more pictures by this artist : Julian Beever.
Julian Beever's site
more pictures

Even the hose in this picture is painted with chalk!

Thursday, February 22

The Result of Prayers for Mr. Robinson

Update from Tracy on her Dad:
It's been 11 days since the Code Blue and my dad is alive--not only alive, but with no sign (so far) of brain damage. He was moved out of ICU three days ago and should be moved out of CCU (Cardiac Care Unit) in a couple more days.
This is really amazing considering that his chance of surviving was about 2-3% and his brain had been without oxygen during the 3 times CPR had been preformed on him (for 10-15 minutes each time). See the complete post.

As a side note: The monks now have pictures uploaded on picasa (and there are a lot of them). I have been enjoying them and I think you will too.
Pictures from CC monastery

Tuesday, February 20

Lent 2007

Here are some links you may find helpful for your Lenten journey toward Easter:


Lenten reflections on EWTN

No Mass was said on the High Altar this morning during Low Mass since the Blessed Sacrament was exposed in keeping with the Forty Hours Devotion. The monks take turns praying before the Blessed Sacrament during the 40 hours ... I think it is their prayers and the prayers being said all over the world in this devotion that stays the hand of Justice from sweeping over us this day when so much sin is commited. Here is a brief explanation of this devotion I thought you might find interesting:

“Most Americans know when it is Mardi Gras because there is a huge celebration
of this day in New Orleans. A similarly famous (or infamous) Mardi Gras festival
takes place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. These events are unfortunately best known
for their debauchery and are cut off from their roots as part of preparation to
begin Lent. In response to these abuses, which are by no means unique to the
Americas in this century, the Catholic tradition of the Forty Hours Devotion
developed. In the 18th century, Pope Benedict XIV asked the faithful to
participate in Eucharistic adoration to atone for the excesses committed during
Carnival. This devotion, which was brought to the United States by St. John
Neumann, begins at 8 am Monday and involves exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
followed by Benediction.”

From Celebrating the Faith in the Home –
The Forty Days of Lent for the Christian Family by Teresa Zepeda with Laurie
Navar Gill.

FYI: Here is the complete text for the Latin Mass.
Text of the Traditional Latin Mass

Saturday, February 17

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I think I really aught to do at least a quick post. Here are a few combined but important tidbits that I would like to share for any interested.

One of the most important Christmas presents we received this year was a subscription to two of the most awesome magazines for those want to live the self-sufficient life or who want to know what it is all about. We have already devoured our first issues of the magazines and we have a great time talking over the ideas and concepts in the articles. Here are the links for any interested:
Countryside Magazine
Stockman Grass Farmer

A very important point to share would have to be James Herriot's “All Creatures Great and Small”. I cannot say how much I enjoyed reading this book and how much it has helped me to mentally handle the constant animal health situations that come up. Some of you may have heard about one of our goats who was having difficulty birthing during one of the nights of the ice storm. Dad woke me around 3 am to come and help the mother who had already been laboring for too long. We went armed with a flashlight and I very fortunately with a few chapter of James Herriot’s book. When I knelt behind the goat and saw the small nose just sticking out I knew what I needed to do. I asked dad for the warm water and soap and washed down my arms and then began to feel out the problem. It was a strange sight. A nose and three legs all trying to come out at once … and it was obviously not working. I knew that there were 2 kids inside and I began to feel which leg belonged to the little nose. I was very afraid that the baby would be dead since it had been so long in waiting to come out but the baby began to bleat quite well and it helped me on. After I thought I had found the right legs I began to pull and nothing happened. I felt around again and was perplexed. It went on for some time … the baby was not coming. I sat back and began to think … I thought over the stories from James Herriot’s book and tried to pretend to be him and think the way he did when something was not working right. I had an idea and after feeling around a little more I found what I was looking for. Only one of the legs that was showing itself belonged to the little nose while the other two legs belonged to the baby still inside. Once I realized this, it was not long before the baby slid out very easily. It was beautiful to see and the baby was very healthy. The next morning we went to check on the mom again and she had not delivered the 2nd baby because she was too exhausted. So I washed my arms again with soap and water, reached inside and gently slid the 2nd healthy little kid out into the light. The kids are doing great and the mom has also recovered very well. God sends us what we need to accomplish his will and for me that was James Herriot’s book “All Creatures Great and Small”. I would not have had the courage to even attempt what I did without those few chapters under my belt. I have finished the first book and am about to begin the sequel “All Things Bright and Beautiful”. I would highly recommend these books to anyone who already cares for large animals or for anyone who wants to know what it might be like to care for them. I would also say it is meant for an older audience.

A more minor note: My computer had been running very slow recently because of some nasty virus and so I finally brought it into a shop in town. I should have my computer back sometime early next week which will be very nice. It is very handy in times like these to have multiple computers in the house.

For your prayers: Mr. Robinson is doing very well and seems to be on his way to recovery. I don't have more details but when I do I will share them. The family is very grateful for all the prayers they have recieved.
If you could also keep the 2 women who were shot in Kenya this past Janurary in your prayers. My cousin and friends who are at TAC are friends of the students who are relatives of these women. One of the women was their mother and the other their Grandmother. It is very sad.
Here is the story from USA Today.

As much as I love to watch the snow and be by the warm fire I really am looking forward to the spring. I have planted some irises and daffodils and am keeping a watch for when they bloom. I am also looking forward to planting our garden.

Saturday, February 10


Mr. Robinson's condition seems to be stabilizing a little. Miraculously he is able to communicate a little with his family. I spent time today with the Robinson family in the hospital and was really amazed at how well they are doing. There is a lot of prayer traveling to heaven for Mr. Robinson ... all the monks are praying for him, the community at FSP seminary in Nebraska are keeping him in prayer, and he has all 13 children and his wife waiting and praying outside his door - wow! I hope I get that much prayer if I get that sick! Please continue your prayers.

Friday, February 9

Urgent Prayer Request

I am asking for prayers for my friends the Robinson family. Mr. Robinson is in the hospital now with a serious heart and lung condition and he very possibly might not make it much longer. The Robinson family has 13 children and they are great friends of our family. They live just up the street from us and we see them at the monastery almost everyday. Tracy and Beth (Lizzy) Robinson are close friends of mine. We are just waiting near the phone and praying now. I will post an update when I can. Please pray for the family during this very difficult time. Thanks.