|One week left of school!|
Although we didn't do much work around the house yesterday Sid did manage to mow around the trees in the back orchard and was able to till another row in the garden. He had to rush a little because the rain was about to drop from the skies. While he was working Randi and I decided to attend the 4pm Mass at St. Aug's rather than wait for the 5pm Mass at St. Mary's. Sid wanted to finish up his work so he decided to wait until the 7am Mass at the Mission Church here in New Roads. That worked out just fine for everyone.|
Fr. John gave an excellent homily yesterday differentiating between "like" and "love" as per the Gospel message that we should "love one another as He loved us"--As Fr. John explained liking someone involves feelings whereas LOVING someone involves commitment to doing what is best for that person. He alluded to fact that a lot of people today get confused by these two sentiments thinking that they are "in love" with someone when they are "in like" with that person. So often when problems occur in a marriage or when "feelings" change in a marriage people see this as falling out of love; actually they are falling out of "like" instead and just need to start working on their relationship.
When feelings change one has to realize that the commitment to doing what is best for the other person comes into play. That "feeling" may be turning into a mature love the kind of love that lasts forever the kind of love that Jesus was talking about when he tells us to "love one another as HE did". To make a lasting marriage or any lasting relationship we must LOVE the person not just LIKE them. Naturally it helps to like a person first and it is much harder to love someone we do not like; however THAT is what God expects of us--to love even when we do not like. Whew! That's a tough row to hoe huh but that is what we must do to follow in His footsteps.
I wish I could explain this concept as well as Fr. John but I think you can get the idea from what I've written. Commitment is the key!
Today was great--after a breakfast of grits cooked by my dear husband the three of us took off for Baton Rouge. We had several projects in mind for the day and we actually accomplished all of them.
First of all Sid wanted to get some shoes that he had heard about from a friend shoes that were extremely comfortable and LONG LASTING. The brand is one I had never heard of--Merrill--and he was told where to look for them. So we went to the Mall of Louisiana at Dick's Sporting Goods where he was able to find what he wanted. These shoes costs a lot more than Sid usually spends on shoes but if they really last like he was told they'll be worth it.
While there we happened to see something else that we got--some kind of large umbrella that we can set up near the ba
I had hoped to go to Lane Bryant to get a couple of shirts but they didn't open until noon so we continued on to our next stop--the new DON's near Cabela's and Tanger's. We arrived there around 11:30 or so and were seated immediately. The service was very good; the prices were about the same; the food was OK but the menu did not include a number of the regular items that we like. Also the traditional hush puppies were not brought to the table automatically--we had to BUY them! That was not anticipated. The waitress said that lots of folks had been asking about that and they were going to probably start doing with them like is done at the DON's we usually visit. She also said that the menu was changing regularly that they were starting off slowly and would be adding things after a while. She also mentioned that they would be having an "all you can eat" buffet at some point so that's different.
Randi got a hamburger steak with mashed potatoes; Sid got red beans/rice with fried fish; I got grilled catfish with mashed potatoes; I also got a salad which I shared with Sid. They did NOT have the tilapia so the waitress recommended the grilled red fish after I mentioned that I did not like "fishy-tasting" fish. After a little while she returned to our table and said that the chef recommended I get the grilled catfish instead because some people seemed to think that the red fish had that "fishy" taste and the catfish did not. I went with his advice and was very pleased.
When we left DON's we went to Tanger's because I was looking for a specific kind of purse leather with a long over-the-shoulder strap. If you know me at all you know that I HATE using a purse and haven't used one in years except of certain occasions. We went to WILSON's Leather Goods at Tanger's and was able to find just what I had in mind thanks to a very helpful clerk. Oh before going there we noticed that there was a LANE BRYANT'S store in the outlet mall so I was able to get several shirts there--kept us from having to stop at the Mall of LA again on the way home.
Our final stop of the day was at Wendy's--Randi needed another drink and we all needed a pit stop. Soon we were on our way back home and arrived safely in spite of the rain we encountered almost all the way.
Our day over we have been relaxing with movies on the LMN channel. All of us were sleepy but nobody slept. Sid has been working on his final exam keys so I guess I can't say that ALL of us have been relaxing but he wants to get that done--and I don't blame him. This is his last week of the year so he is motivated to get it done.
That's it for today. Hope you had a great weekend and the coming week is filled with all things good. Please remember to keep Beau's family in your prayers as they go through their grieving process.
QUOTE: "What passes as love between man and woman can be many things. Promiscuity possessiveness misuse of sex for purposes of power are all highly disintegrative...But love between man and woman that is the relationship in depth the 'marriage of true minds' is a drawing to wholeness. Each calls up in the other the deep center the seed of the Self. It is by such love that the 'real being' grows and lives." --P. W. Martin
NOTE: Does this not confirm what I said at the beginning of this entry? To love someone is to bring them--and you--to completeness. "Love one another as I have loved you" is the crux of our religion our faith our belief in the foreverness of life after life!