Hello Saturday Food for Thought readers. Once again, I apologize for skipping last Saturday’s meal. I’ve been busy reading two other books instead of blog posts. I would highly recommend them –
The first is Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker. This is my short review:
Dress to be attractive, but not provocative.
But I also liked how she set the responsibility of modesty for the woman and the men –
Yes, we have to respect human nature being what it is. But, we aren’t animals. We aren’t a slave to our hormones and passions. We have to be prudent and decent and discreet and wise, but we can’t just say “oh, I can’t help myself so every girl around needs to cover up.” Modesty is a two way street..and it’s not just up to the girls.
Here’s a funny one about confession – remember to keep it quiet and respectful!
Lastly, here are some genuine and practical words and advice about Wisdom from the Pope. I loved the whole article and his explanation of the Holy Spirit’s gifts. But, as a mom who struggles dealing with frustrations with my family with grace, I zoned in on this part:
Think of a mother at home with her children. One does something and the other thinks otherwise and the poor mother is torn between the two with the children’s problems; when the mother is tired and she shouts at her children, is that wisdom? I ask you is that wisdom – what do you say? No! Instead when the mother takes her child to one side and gently rebukes him, and explains this is God’s wisdom! Yes! And this is what the Holy Spirit gives us in life.
In a marriage for example, the couple argue, then they won’t look at one another, or if they do it is with anger…Is that God’s wisdom? No! Instead when they say let the storm pass, let’s make peace! That’s wisdom, that’s the gift of wisdom, that comes to our homes, to children, to all of us! And it cannot be learned, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit! This is why we must ask the Lord to gift us the Holy Spirit and the gift of wisdom that teaches us to see with God’s eyes, to feel with God’s heart to speak with God’s words! And with this wisdom we can move forward, build the family, the Church and we can all be sanctified.Let us ask for this grace of wisdom today. Let us ask Our Lady, who is the Seat of Wisdom, for this gift.