Thursday, February 18, 2010

Theology Uncorked!

Chad and I are so blessed to have all of our family here in town.  We have amazing parents who help us out all the time with the kiddos.  Every Thursday night, and I mean every Thursday night Chad's dad and step-mom (Granddad and Netty) come over to hang with the kids while we have a date.  They offered to do this for us almost 2 years ago and unless they are out of town, they are at our house.  They are amazing!  We are so thankful to have this time to be together, just the two of us!  

Tonight, was no different, it's Thursday, so it's date night!  We had a yummy dinner at Pei Wei and then headed to St. Mary's for Theology Uncorked.

It's a new group the church is starting that pairs a different wine each week with a different talk about our Catholic faith.  Tonight we had a white wine, Beringer Chenin Blanc.  It was ok.  I'm not a huge white wine fan.  I LOVE red and I LOVE it dry.  So, this one was a little different than what I usually choose...very crisp and very sweet.  We also had a great discussion on "How to Read the Bible". 

Fr. Kastl was our speaker tonight and he's just wonderful.  He's funny, such a people person, young and knowledgeable.  He gave a nice talk about different ways to read the bible rather than just starting with Genesis and reading all the way through to Revelations.  One of the ways he talked about is called lectio devina.  It's where you read a passage of the bible, maybe the daily reading, and you read it once, then again.  On the third time around, you find a part of the passage that really grabbed your attention and you meditate on just that part and how it relates to your life.  In prayer, you ask God to help you reflect on that part of the passage throughout the day.    Another way, he suggested, is to read "Word Among Us".  I don't know if any of you have read this, or heard of it, but it's wonderful.  It gives you the passages for the daily readings and you look them up in your bible, read them and then go back to the "Word Among Us" and read the daily reflection.  Another book I love is called "Little Black Book" and it's full of daily meditations, just for Lent.  They have "Little Blue Book" for advent and "Little White Book" for Easter.  These are great ways to start your day, if you have time, between making lunches, getting children ready for school, ironing uniforms and wiping noses! 

In closing tonight, Fr. Kastl said, " Scripture is meant to move our hearts, to draw us in, to continue the mission of Christ."  So true.

Happy Lent!

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Alyssa: said...

It was great to see you last night! We had a great time at Theology Uncorked and took away so much from what Fr. Kastl has to say. Next month's lesson by Bishop Slattery should be interesting!
I'm with you, though, I'm a red wine girl.

lynette said...

Jackie! What a sweet thing to say. You know we just love hanging with our grand kids. And you and Chad are the best parents ever we just think you deserve a break. God know what he was doing when he brought you these 2 precious, precious litte darlings. I just love you all so much!!!!!!!