Archive | October 2015

Book Review: Cranford

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pretty much exactly what I imagined while reading the book

If you’re looking for a witty English novel to read, Cranford is your book. It is the simple telling of all the goings-on in a mid 19th century small English rural town. It is narrated by a frequent visitor and friend of a main character, Miss Mary Smith, who, when she is not in the town, is kept up to date about it’s happenings by letters. The town is want of men, and is primarily composed of hoity-toity elderly ladies of “position”, whose prime interest is keeping Cranford free of all change, and keeping all those they admire out of the terrible plight of marriage. Different events take place, characters¬†are introduced into the town, and the whole place buzzes with excitement from it’s own small events.

Each chapter is a different little event that goes on, so to give any more detailed plot would give too much away. The main characters are rather silly (in the old British sense of politeness and snobbery), but their vices are redeemed by their virtue. If you’re looking for a chuckle, or even a “laugh-out-loud” funny, pick up a copy of Cranford – granted you understand and appreciate British humour, because this book is certainly full of it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a type of prayer not to be overlooked!

Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on exactly what you’ve been given in life by God. Often times we can become caught up in what we don’t have, in our desires for something not yet come, in how we are going to achieve our long term goals, or even in the small things we should put more into perspective on a daily basis. But to take the time to truly appreciate and be thankful for what we do have, here and now, is an important life ability

And an “ability” it really is. Not everyone has the ability to easily see the view outside their own routine perspective. If this is the case, it is something to be tried at and worked at. God gives us so much, yet there is always something more we want – whether physical or spiritual. It is human nature to look to the future – and indeed it should be, for as Catholics we strive towards the future of heaven. But on top of looking towards the future things we hope God grants us, we also need to see and be thankful for everything we currently have. The only reason we have it is because of God’s goodness to us. We rely solely on Him, our very breath is dependent on His Love for us. And so we should acknowledge and thank Him for everything we have right here and now. The future will bring whatever He wills – but the present is what He wills at this moment, and we must thank Him for it.