Friday, February 5, 2010

Words of Wisdom from St. Francis (but not really)

As a pregnant woman, I am finding that it can be easy to fall into thinking that my husband should be taking care of me by shouldering more than his “fair share” of household work. Of course, I believe that a man should show his love for his pregnant wife by understanding that she is more tired than usual, etc. and helping her where he can.

Daniel is doing an excellent job of this, yet there are times when I find myself wishing for even more, thinking that I “deserve” even more, as all of us imperfect people so often do. So, as a way of keeping myself in check I have been repeating the portion of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis (which I learned today actually originated sometime around World War I and was not written by St. Francis at all) that I have always thought was particularly applicable to marriage. I liked it so much that I even considered putting it in our wedding program, but there wasn’t space:

“…O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.”

That’s it for a very short entry this week. For those of you in the path of the big winter storm headed for the Mid-Atlantic and North-East today and tomorrow, stay safe and warm! I’m just crossing my fingers that we don’t lose power, and thus heat…


Anonymous said...

Agreed! Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace has always been one of my favorite hymns.

Stay warm!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, I stumbled across your blog while doing some preparation for the bulletin at the Church where I work as Parish Sec.

Your love for your baby and husband flows from the screen.
I wish you all the best

I also see you share my fvourite prayer. In my family (I'm pretty old and my children are mostly adult, my Emma is older than you), I've often used the first line to put family probs in perspective - "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace..."

Love your blog.
from Vin, Darwin, Australia.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping up your blog, my twin sister is getting married in August and your blog shares wonderful experiences from a Catholic prespective, I like it very much and I shared it with her!


Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

I stumbled across your blog and have been blown away by the similarities that we share! My husband and I were also joined in marriage on May 16th, 2009 and we also expecting our first child on June 9th, 2010!

While they seem to mirror my own experiences, your thoughts and insights into married life and motherhood are wonderful to read.

Blessed Lent!