This evening we attended a beautiful Missa Cantata for All Souls’ Day. It was a Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr. Altman.
If you’ve never attended a traditional Requiem Mass, I promise it’s worth whatever sacrifice one needs to make to get there–time, travel, enduring tired children, etc. The prayers alone are striking and heartrending. I’m thinking in particular of the Sequence, or the Dies Irae (Day of Wrath). Tonight, I was struck by verse 14, “Worthless are my prayers and sighing, Yet, good Lord, in grace complying, Rescue me from fires undying.”
For those of you who are interested, I will post a few photos and captions below.
Favorite New Parish:St. James the Less in La Crosse, WI. Seriously, we couldn’t have landed in a better place for kind families, beautiful Latin Masses, and heavenly scholas. I’ll telling you, this place has got it going on. They even have potlucks every Sunday after the 11am Mass. It’s all such a blessing.
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Hiking. The weather seems so much more mild here that it makes it easy to be out-of-doors.
I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t mention all the sledding going on. The boys drag their sleds almost every day to the park and sled down the steep sides into the baseball field.
Favorite Cocktail: The Copyright, which is a signature drink from the La Crosse Distilling Co. and consists of Barrel-aged Fieldnotes Potato Vodka, Orange Liqueur, Honey, Lemon, and Angostura Bitters. Here a picture of it:
This place was hopping last Saturday night. We can’t wait to go back and try more local drinks. Click HERE for their website and more pictures.
Family Game of the Month: Last month was Catan, and indeed, the children are still at it, but lately Chess has captured more attention. This is because the 4 older children played in a local Chess Tournament, wherein The Eldest actually took the championship. She claims it was all luck. My husband said it was all his doing with his careful and attentive teaching at home. Her brothers say that she owes it all to them for spending hours playing with her, and I say it was all due to her grandpa’s expertise and guidance.
Most Enjoyable February Book:Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I’m revisiting it again, probably for the 4th or 5th time. If you’ve never read it, you’re missing out. Mr. Rochester is my all-time favorite male character in a novel. Yes, he even beats Mr. Darcy from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. HERE’S my favorite Audible version.
My Kids’ Favorite February Supper: Hot dogs. Yuck. Just yuck. But I was desperate the other day. We were in Survival Mode.