Monday, September 2, 2013

Rosary or Blogging?/Rosenkranz oder Blog?



I had planned to briefly talk about our day, answer comments, and look at other blogs tonight.  However, it all went not as planned because Flora asked me to pray the rosary just with her.  She got a booklet and two rosaries for us: who could deny such a sweet request?  I thought she would only make it through one or two decades, but no, she did all five with me.  So now it's too late, but I did manage to pray the rosary tonight, what a wonderful way to end the day.

Ich wollte eigentlich kurz über unseren Tag schreiben, Kommentare beantworten und bei einigen anderen Blogs vorbeischauen.  Meine Pläne wurden jedoch durchkreuzt, da Flora mich gefragt hat, ob sie nicht mit mir einen Rosenkranz beten könnte.  Sie hatte schon zwei Rosenkränze und ein Büchlein für uns geholt.  Wer kann da nur nein sagen!  Ich dachte, sie würde nur eine oder zwei Dekaden schaffen, sie hat aber die ganzen fünf Dekaden durchgehalten.  Jetzt ist es spät, aber ich habe unerwarteterweise den Rosenkranz gebetet, was für ein schönes Tagesende.  



16 comments:

  1. Oh much better use of time! Sweet Flora!

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    1. :)! By the way, Lucy, you've had some beautiful posts, I'm just so short in time right now. I hope to comment one of these days. I'm so glad your first day was so delightful.

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  2. Wie rührend, natürlich muss das Bloggen dann hinten anstehen...
    Wie schön diese Eigeninitiative von Flora, das Rosenkranzbeten hat wohl für sie schon eine ganz eigene Bedeutung und sie ist sich der besonderen Atmosphäre bewusst, die da entsteht, es hat ja Meditatives an sich.

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    1. Heute abend wollte sie wieder einen beten, aber da sie nachmittags nicht geschlafen hatte, war es dann doch schon zu spät, sie muß ja morgen früh aufstehen, damit ich nicht zu spät zum Unterrichten komme.

      Sie hat ganz genau bei jedem Mysterium ein entsprechendes Bild angeschaut und darüber später geredet. Ich habe mal gelesen, daß Menschen, die den Rosenkranz regelmäßig beten, eine viel geringere Chance haben, an Herzinfarkt zu sterben. Der Rhythmus der Gebete beruhigt das Herz.

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  3. Aw, definitely praying over blogging! Well done flora to listening to your Guardian Angel!

    Hope your first week at work is going well Eva, thinking of you

    San xxx

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    1. I was so amazed when she came to me with that. She has never done this so far and she has never made it through a whole rosary. I was quite impressed.

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  4. What an amazing end to the day! You have a sweetheart on your hands. May I ask, was the rosary in English or German? I have the German rosary prayers here, but never managed to learn them let alone pray them with the kids.

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    1. Thanks, Tina. This time, it was in English. I never speak English with my children, but since they hear the rosary more in English than in German, they prefer it that way. We only once got to pray part of a rosary in Vienna last spring. I do the rosary in German once in a while, but it takes more booklets for the children to be completely comfortable (they have to look up certain prayers). I never learned to pray the rosary in Germany, I only learned that here, although I grew up a catholic. I learned the German prayers for the rosary by heart (except the "Hail, Holy Queen"), but had never put them together for a rosary when I grew up. Does your husband pray it in German?

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  5. Danke für diesen schönen Beitrag! In solchen Momenten ist es ganz wichtig, die Prioritäten gut zu setzen. Das Gebet ist wichtiger als der Welt vorzubloggen. Da hast du richtig entschieden! Meine Tochter ist auch schon zu mir gekommen, um einen Zehntel des Rosenkranzes zu beten. Selbst wenn ich Müde war und am liebsten schon "Feierabend" hätte, habe ich jeweils zugesagt und es nie bereut.

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    1. Wie schön, daß es auch in Europa noch Kinder gibt, die den Rosenkranz beten. In Norddeutschland kennen sogar die katholischen Erwachsenen kaum diese Art des Gebetes. Wie schön, daß auch Deine Tochter Freude daran hat. Meine Großen beten den Rosenkranz auch schon mal alleine, doch die Kleinen brauchen dazu schon die Mama.

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  6. A peaceful and warm way to end your day. I also enjoyed hearing how Flora likes talking to the professor at the university while the others are doing their schoolwork. The quiet time for the children in the library sounds very nice.

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    1. Our college is really wonderful for families with children. They are part of the college family and everybody knows not just the professors, but also spouses and children. Many have seen our children growing up (when we moved here, Jonathan was 4 and Charlotte 2), so they are quite familiar with them. Flora has an easy way with people and likes to talk. Veronika is my little helper and likes to carry items to my classroom. The floor I'm on has the education and foreign language professors and Peter's floor has psychology, business, history, and political science. The two secretaries are also very fond of our children. So for our children it's like mingling with many grown-up friends. The reading room is ideal because they are under the watchful eye of one secretary, Peter is around the corner, and I'm teaching down the hallway. I just have to get our lessons planned out more. Right now it's, "Here take this book and work on it," not my usual way of doing things :).

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  7. I agree! Praying over blogging! So beautiful that she came to you and was able to pray the whole rosary! We have been learning the German rosary prayers over the last several years. Still a few prayers to go-- our rosary is an interesting combination of English and German! I love learning language through prayer. Blessings on your lovely family. -- Barbara

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    1. This is great, to have a German and English rosary! We have to do it more in German again. I don't know all the German rosary prayers by heart because I never learned to pray the rosary in Germany. When I was growing up, nobody prayed the rosary with us and it wasn't done in church either (at least not when we went). I'm making sure that the rosary is part of my children's lives. One of these days I would like to do it in French. We do have a CD with the rosary in Latin said by Pope John Paul II. That is very beautiful. Oh, and do you know the rosary musicals by Quiet Waters? My children have performed those a few times here in the area. You can buy them as CD or DVD.

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  8. Eva, the Rosary CDs look wonderful! Thank you for suggesting them. The Rosary in Latin sounds fantastic too-- I'll check into that! We've also been learning rosary prayers in Gaelic. So sometimes we do mix Gaelic and Latin into our English and German so that we learn them well as we pray. It is amazing how praying in different languages reminds me of different saints. I love feeling the communion of saints praying with us... I asked my mom, who grew up in Germany in the 1930's and 1940's, where and when she learned to pray the rosary. She thought it was after her first communion, but not at home. I was curious after you mentioned you hadn't learned it growing up. Have a blessed week, Barbara

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    1. You are welcome. They are done by a homeschooling family from our area. It must sound very neat in Gaelic!! Do you have a sample anywhere for that? My dad grew up in the 40's and 50's, he also learned it in school and not at home. Maybe you didn't pray the rosary at home then? Does your mom still remember it in German?

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