Tuesday, 4 July 2017

I Return to the World of Blogging

Hello there, my little chickadees!

Apologies to regular readers for my absence. One week I was in "somebody's basement in the Ottawa Valley" for journalism training and the next week my husband was told he needed another life-saving operation. You can read something about that here  

Although I whiled away the hours of B.A.'s surgery translating Italian for another article, that piece was really the only thing I was capable of writing until last night, when I wrote about the Bambino Gesu offering to take Baby Charlie. (A colleague scooped me, darn it!)

Benedict Ambrose (aka Mark) is now at home and feeling a little physically better every day. He was rather downcast yesterday, so I am trying to think of ways to cheer him up. He is as thin as water, and the only food he seems to like is green grapes. 

It was probably odd that I tried to power through the hours of my husband's surgery by working on a translation, especially as my mother-in-law was waiting with me. My Italian tutor might have found it odd the next day when I consulted him on it, having explained that I was late because my husband had had surgery the day before, etc. However, that seems to be how I coped. I still have not submitted the translation. 

My best hours last week--the only hours I was at all happy--were the ones I spent beside B.A.'s hospital bed. Sometimes we talked, but sometimes we just sat and looked at each other, which was the opposite of boring. I have been reading Cardinal Sarah's The Power of Silence, and I can testify to his claims for "full" silences, not only at Mass but in love and suffering. 


  1. I have been praying for the both of you. I like the photo of your husband in the linked article. What a kind face he has!

    I went to EF last Sunday. It has been a few years since your funny expository posts on the EF structure, which I credit for giving me the courage and incentive to try it. Attending this Mass gave me hours of contemplation and many friends.

    If vou are stumped on blog topics, I see you read The Benedict Option. Any insights?

  2. Have been praying for you and your husband for weeks since I suspected something was up when you weren't blogging. So glad you are back - because that means BA is better and you too. Will continue to offer prayers at daily Mass for you - we missed you!
    (also - you might find this interesting - when both my parents were deathly ill I read some of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa at night - all that clarity (his assertion, objections, and conclusions "then I say.." was SO wonderful in those sleepless nights - his order and calm and God's peace came through!) xxx, E

  3. I very seldom comment, as I am not your normal "target" audience, but I read regularly from Seraphic Singles-times. I looke the blog ub every day and sent a small Stoßgebet every time I saw the old blog-post, because it could not be good, this long silence. I will continue to do that, even if there are new posts....

  4. I'm also a regular reader, though not a regular commenter. I've been praying for you and your husband during the blogging hiatus. It's good to see you back.

  5. Dear Dorothy - your acquaintance from Toronto (Ewa) has been praying for you and your husband ever since you shared his health troubles on your blog. I sorely miss your blogs when you are unable to write. I do pray to God that Mark fully recovers! May God keep you healthy, safe and together!

  6. Thanks, everybody! I'll blog tonight when my work day is done.

  7. Prayers offered. +

  8. Just read the link. Poor old BA. Rosary for his health and your nerves this evening.


  9. Oh I'm so sorry to hear BA is still unwell. I'd really hoped and prayed your absence was because of your new work. Thinking and praying for you both that he makes a good recovery!