Novena for my sons

Today the Novena to Saint Anne begins at one of my favorite websites, Pray More Novenas. They point out: “St. Anne is the mother of Our Lady and grandmother of Jesus. She is a very powerful intercessor!”

I’m praying for my three sons, that they find happiness and love, as they don’t seem to have luck in finding their life partners. My youngest is the age I was when I married, and neither he nor his older brothers even have steady girlfriends, let alone have married. I’ve succeeded in refraining from interfering or making recommendations or letting the boys know what my preferences may be. I’ve shown much restraint, IMO! 😀

Now, I’m taking this opportunity to pray fervently for my boys’ happiness. Saint Anne, pray for us!

Saint Anne

Snarky atheist

This week I’m so grateful for my dear husband and I’ve been reminded of how precious our marriage is to me. We’ve been married for 35 years this June, and are so comfortable and happy together. Yes, he’s an atheist, and a snarky one at that! But, just as I’ve frequently reminded him of late that I’ve always been religious, and was when we first met (so he shouldn’t be surprised at my recent rediscovered interest in Christianity), so too I need to remind myself that he’s always been an atheist as well.

A couple of atheist commandments...

A couple of atheist commandments…

He joined us when my oldest son and I began exploring Buddhism (wow, that was about 17 years ago!) because that isn’t a theistic religion, and because Buddhism has many useful tools that anyone can use, such as mind training and meditation. But of course he’s not going to join me in my interest in Catholicism.

On the other hand, although he’s become snarky about his atheism (which snarkiness began during the George W. Bush years due to the shift within conservatism toward anti-science and toward polarizing and hate-filled rhetoric) he’s never been snarky to me. He’s been a bit puzzled, but still very respectful and sweet. 🙂

So, this week’s gratitude journal has been filled with references to Jim. He was traveling last week, and just got home Monday, so of course I missed him. And then yesterday was my birthday, we had a sweet birthday celebration, Jim gave me a new iPod Touch, and a book I’d been wanting — in book form, rather than on kindle, because it has lovely pictures — Abraham Lincoln and the Jews. Can’t wait to read!

And we had a lovely dinner with the boys. Wine and cheese and salmon, and delicious cupcakes for dessert. So delightful!

Here’s hoping for another 35 years! 😀