Saturday, September 01, 2007

Pax et Bonum!

From St. Francis of Assisi:

“It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.”

Peace and all good things, lovies. It's time to celebrate life! I'm grateful that God has granted me 43 years. When I had that car accident on the eve of Easter, there was a moment there that I thought my time with you was over, but Our God was kind to me and my children. He was merciful, as He always is.

It's 2 in the morning here in The House of Love (that's what I call my new place.) I'm surrounded by my family, we've drank cold white zin, and earlier Ken abducted me and took me to the Detroit Jazz festival where we got to hear the last sweet notes Herbie Hancock played. I bought some venetian glass beads to make a couple of Anglican rosaries with from one of the vendors. In the last few weeks I've found a Franciscan and Benedictine community to fellowship with as I discern whether or not I have a Franciscan "calling." And it is my sincere prayer that I do, and that I can give the remainder of my life in service of "the least of these" loving the poor Christ through them. Maybe I'll figure out what "Blessed are the poor in spirit" means after all.

This is an exciting time my life, full of delicious Gospel and life affirming possibilities. I feel like I'm practically levitating--and it isn't the white zin! I assure you.

I'm so happy.

So, let's start the fun. I'm putting on my rough brown cloak now. With the white three-knotted cord, each knot representing the virtues of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Hey, stop laughing! I'm serious about this! And yeah, the chastity and obedient parts, too!

But, we can still have plenty of poor, chaste, obedient fun! We're troubadours today, each and ever one of us. Sing, dance, be happy, and write a canticle or something! It's also the start of the calender year in the Eastern Orthodox church. So happy new year, y'all. May God grant us all many years!

I've got some virtual champagne and cavier for everybody! There are several party platters overflowing with food. Fine meats. Yummy fresh veggies.
I've got a delightful marinated tofu for you vegetarians, and veritable Garden of Eden worth of fruit--and none of it is forbidden. In the spirit of St. Francis I didn't have to spend a dime on any it! That leaves more resources for us to give to the poor.

Now, I'm going to share my St. Francis quote, which is surely my testimony. Bobbie gifted me with this one, and I'm going to give it back, with much love, to you all.

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

Ain't that the truth!? Hallelujah!

Thank you all for sharing my journey of faith, fear, doubt, life, everything.

I love y'all.

And now I will give you the blessing St.Francis often gave to his lovies.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and have mercy.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord bless you!

Peace, and all good! (Pax et Bonum)
claudia mair francis<--this one is new. Ha!,
fool for Christ and whirling troubadour.

Thanks for coming! Now, eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we fly!


Hattigrace said...

What a journey I have been on tonight! I have been traveling around the Bloggy Awards! I love your blog.

I find this calling so fascinating. I have never known someone on their way to Holy Orders before.

I weeeel be bach!

laundrygirl said...

Happy Birthday!

Here's my favorite quote. I have heard it many times before and yet did not realize it was by St. Francis of Assisi..
"Preach the gospel at all times -- If necessary, use words."

ragamuffin diva said...

Welcome, hattiegrace! Girl, have some food and grab yourself a glass of champagne. We'll have plenty of conversation about St. Francis around here.

ragamuffin diva said...

Hello, my friend, Kristine. Come on in, and grab a plate and some good spirits. Monks invented champagne. When they realized how good it was they said, "We've found a way to bottle the stars!"
You can drink a constellation today. Cyber-champagne has no painful side-effects that involve vehicular homicide, breathalizer tests, jail, or even hangover! And if we run out we'll just ask Jesus' mom to ask Him to make more.

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I think it's going to be a wonderful party - thanks for the invite.
This is the quote I like - I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

Lots of love to ya on this special day! The goodies all look yummy!
PS. Did you get that little thing in the mail I sent you last week?

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I think it's going to be a wonderful party - thanks for the invite.
This is the quote I like - I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

Lots of love to ya on this special day! The goodies all look yummy!
PS. Did you get that little thing in the mail I sent you last week?

spwriter said...

I stopped by in a previous post to drop off my present. But I thought I'd hand it to you again right here in the middle of the party so I can enjoy some food and drink and frivolity and the communion of saints.

So here it is again. And Happy Birthday once again, St. Mair.

St. Francis' Prayer before the Crucifix:

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the shadows of my heart, and grant unto me right faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and understanding, Lord, so that I may accomplish Thy holy and true mandate.

ragamuffin diva said...

Hey, Dany! I've been meaning to write you but I got absorbed in the black hole called "deadline". I did get the lovely gift! Thank you so much.

Yeah, girl. That I have been all things unholy one is freakin' awesome."

Come on in and mingle.

ragamuffin diva said...

Wooooo weee, Steve! That was a really good one! Left me breathless like most of the word gifts you give me do.

:::to the ladies:::: "Hey girls, my lovie, Steve is here. He's a rascal, so... enjoy him!

:::to Steve:::: "You're free to flirt at this one, Troubadour. As long as you stay gentlemanly to the Brides of Christ, present."

Isn't this fun.

ragamuffin diva said...

Speaking of St. Francis' prayer before the crucifix, here's some great information about the San Damiano cross. That's the one St. Francis stood before when Jesus spoke to him and said, "Go and repair my church, for it has fallen it to ruins." St. Francis took Jesus at His word and begged for stones to literally repair the church, which he did! And then he begin to repair the church spirituallly, inspiring us by his example of ardent God passion and service even today.

Here's the link:

slb said...

here's one: “True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”

he also said, "We are looking for what is looking."

but i'm afraid i'm not quite sure yet what the latter means.... lol

ragamuffin diva said...

Hey, Stacia!

I saw that quote and I didn't understand it either. That means we need more champagne!

Marie said...

Happy birthday, Twinnie :) You are loved today and always!

M. :)

Joey Quinton said...

Happy Birthday, my wonderful sister! May you have an enjoyable day filled with love and joy!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you,
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His eternal peace!

Dany said...

Ohhhh good, glad you like it! Thought it would match the purse.
This is a great party - I love the fact that I'm still in my PJ's, no fancy clothes or make up required.
Although, it's 12:20 here in Galveston TX so I really should get busy.
I've been reading Murder, Mayhem and a Fine Man. On the plane here yesterday and this morning. I LOVE it - been laughing out loud at some of the lines. Will have to let you know some of the similarities w/my life one day. Loved N&Z too, I'm glad it ended the way it did....
OK - I'm off to put my face on and do some running around. Will check back later. Love Ya, Dany

Candy said...

What a feast! I'll take a little glass of champagne, nix that - fill 'er up! I'll skip the caviar but try all the rest!

Here's my favorite - you started out with it but nevertheless, my favorite quote:

“It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.”

When I stop and think of all the gloomy faces and chilling looks I've had I am repentent for sure. What about either of those would draw another person to Christ? Nothing! So, in the interest of celebrating the birth of Mair and drawing others in, I cast aside gloom and chill and embrace love and joy!

I also saw the "We are looking for what is looking." quote and I think it means we are all looking for Him who is constantly looking at (watching) us.

Excellent party my friend! Throw another soon. Don't wait a whole year! Happy Birthday and float on!

lisa said...

"It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look."
St. Francis of Assisi

I brought another bottle of champagne just in case there was a gloomy face left in the room.

Happy Birthday, friend!

ragamuffin diva said...

Wooo!Hooo! We're having a time, now! Thanks for clearing that up, Candy. I thought it would be one of those life mysteries for me to try to solve.

Hey, Twinnie! Thanks for the birthday wish!

Joey, do a little poetry for us!

More champagne! Yay! No gloomy faces up in here! Thanks, Lisa!

Dany, you look great in those Jammies, all plain faced and pretty!

Shanna said...

Happy, happy, joy, joy! So glad you're in my life, Mair! And what a good good feeling to see you surrounded by so many friends.

I didn't do my homework, teacha, but I finally did get that post up for you. Does that count?

Glad to be here! (Where'd Lisa's champagne go...?)

bobbie said...

oh girlfriend - you are quite the hostess! wonderful part-ay! happy, happy birthday!

so glad you liked the quote - this unholy one just loves that redemption!

Dany said...

Can't be any gloomy faces in here - that just wouldn't be right! This is a great party - my first virtual party! I would like you to know though, that I am dressed and have my "face" on. I'm here for a another quick glass of champagne - then I'm meeting some friends for dinner. La Brisa, a great Mexican place. Mair, Birthday Girl, we will be having a toast for YOU on this, YOUR special day!

spwriter said...

Hey, I brought some Italian Creme Cake...hope that's okay. Who wants some?

ragamuffin diva said...

Shanna!!!! So, good to see you! I thought you'd be to busy grading papers to stop by.

Have some fruit. Nobody's eating it!

Yeah, Lisa brought the good stuff.


ragamuffin diva said...

You're the bomb, Bobbie. I'm glad you stopped back through.

Pax et Bonum!

ragamuffin diva said...

Dany's taking the party to the streets y'all. Now there's an idea. Maybe next year we can hook

ragamuffin diva said...

Look at this cake Steve brought, y'all. I think they eat these in Assisi!

How do you say peace and all good in Italian?

Pace e bene! Hey, it sounds pretty cool that way, too!

Joey Quinton said...

A Ragamuffin Haiku

Birthday wishes to
a ragamuffin diva
on her special day!

ragamuffin diva said...

Ha! Joey, you surprised me with that one. You had to count all those syllables! I've got a new respect for you.

I love it!

Have some of these veggies, my friend. They're gonna go to waste and I don't want to be eating this stuff for the next week!

Elysa said...

Dear Mair---

Due to all the upheaval going on around here lately, I've not been able to come up with anything super spiritual, deep, or even Fransican, but I wanted to post anyway. I couldn't let your birthday go by without posting you a greeting.

I only "discovered" you a few months ago and our friendship is still in the beginning stage, but already I am so thankful that God blessed the world with you 43 years ago. When God made you, He made a mighty fine woman indeed!

Praying tonight that your 44th year on this planet earth will be full to overflowing with love, grace, and mercy....and of course, with lots of laughter and CHEESES!



spwriter said...

Hey, I've got a solution for the veggies. I brought along a deep-fat fryer and some vegetable oil. Give me a moment to whip up some sort of breading and soon those veggies will be flying off the table (and right to our arteries). Who wants deep fried cauliflower? broccoli? Twinkies? (oops, how'd that get in this list?)

ragamuffin diva said...

pace e bene, Elysa! I can't believe you made it with the week you have.

Come on, every! Group hug for Elysa, who is back from a work of mercy, and burying those asleep in the Lord.

Steve brought an Italian Creme Cake, and we're finishing Lisa's champangne.

We love you, Elysa. Welcome home.

ragamuffin diva said...

I dunno, Steve. Those deep fried veggies sound good! I'll try a fried twinkie, too! Hey, it's my birthday. Why not splurge.

Good thinking, Steve.

Candy said...

You sure know how to throw a great party girl! It's the day after and I don't even have a hangover after all that champagne.

Alison Strobel Morrow said...

Just popping in for a sec...will try to come back with a quote...just wanted to say HI! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! and *hughughug* and hm...if there should be no gloomy faces then I think you need to replace the pic that shows up next to your blogger comments. ;)

And when I come back all that fruit is mine! Preggo lady needs the vitamins!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a spead, thanks for the invite, I love the food, I have given up the sauce these days. Happy birthday little sister. I love you.

Shanna said...

Yes, but I won't tell you what all those deep-fried veggies did for me...

Anyway, it was a delight to zip by. I'm back to teacha-ing, now...

Elysa said...

Thanks for the hug, Mair, and if there are any leftover fried goodies, I'll have some. This southern gal will eat 'em up even the day after! Its just in my blood...literally!!!! LOL!

Anonymous said...

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
- St. Francis

Happy Birthday you young thing!
Could only wish to be savoring some of this great food alongside the jazz pouring from the stage while we party and celebrate your life. Much love,

Wes said...

Peace...and more good things than you've ever dared to dream of!!!

ragamuffin diva said...

Hey, Don and Wes! I was hoping some more menfolk would show up.

Wes, that book Simplicity is changing my life in the most radical ways. Thanks so much for blogging about it, and sparking my interest again.

Ali! Ha! I tried to change the piccha, but I couldn't figure out how. And then I remembered Heather put it there in the first place. As soon as I take another one I'll replace it.

And hey, check out the somber face of Francesco himself on the icon I'm holding. LOL

pace e bene!

Wendy said...

Eeek! It's your birthday and I don't have an appropriate gift. (I'm just coming home from vacation and my books are still 400 miles away.) I can't give you St. Francis but since everyone appears to be just this side of inebriated, may I gift you with the third step of St. Augustine's Seven Footsteps of Christ’s Coming into our Lives?

From Step Three: The New Inebriation

"Oh! That I might repose on Thee! Oh! That Thou wouldest enter into my heart, and inebriate it, that I may forget my ills, and embrace Thee, my sole good!"

(Why do I always come to the party with the off gift?)

ragamuffin diva said...

Wendy!!! :::::hug:::::

I love it! It goes with my "all the saints" name!

Get on over there and have some__

:::frantically trying to get the last few drops of champagne out of the bottle.

uh oh. Looks like we're gonna haveta call Jesus. In the words of Lupe Fiasco, "We need champagne"

Elysa said...

BTW, I want to hear all about this FRANCISCAN CALLING thing (I'm so articulate) and what it might "look like".


Robin said...

I'm waaaaaaaaaaay late to the party, but is 't it fun to have some late revelers? I've been a bit disconnected from all things "net", so give me some time to ease back into the land of tecnology.

Happiest of all birthday wishes CMF ;)...I'll be back for a slice of Italian Cream Cake, Fried Twinkies (Steve is so original) and with a gift for the coolest birthday girl in the blogosphere!

My, your party is off to a swingin' start--you throw the best :).

ragamuffin diva said...

Robin! You made it.

There's one fried Twinkie left and it's got your name on it. Welcome, lovie.

Come on in here and mingle before you go get that present.

Robin said...

Have you seen what little Stevee Wonder has been up to at my blog? I doubt you've had time (look for "Nice Thrice...yeah, that's over 200 comments for a less-than-remarkable'll see what's been occupying Twinkie Boy), but WHEN you do, check it out. Or maybe save it for when you're blue...maybe comin' down from your birthday sugah high...he's got a little tete a tete going with another friend o' mine, and it's some of the most random, funnest insanity in the blogosphere...I'm still weeding through it (maybe they were punishing me because I was out of town) (nooo, that's not it, I think they're well past noticing whether or not I'm in the room).

Got one load of laundry in...I peeked back here but was a bit surprised you saw me "walk in" I'll meet some of your other guests before I "go out to my car" to bring in my gift for ya.

Hi quoted the only one I know by heart :).

What about some Peroni? Or a nice Italian wine? I'm not a champagne girl, even if the monks invented it...

I'll be back.........:)

ragamuffin diva said...

Hmmm. We're all getting pretty wasted, but, what the heck! This is all virtual, although some of us have probably stepped over the bounds of "virtuous."

Bring on the Peroni *and* the Italian wine.

Pace e bene!

Hey, I know! Let's all go to Assisi together! Now that will be some real St. Francis celebrating!

Donna said...

Sorry Diva girl that I missed your B'day party!
I see that you had heaps of fun.
Did you do some exercises to work off all that food?

ragamuffin diva said...

Hey, Donna,

I'm just doing a little clean up now after all the reveling.

Nah. No exercising. Cyber food doesn't have any calories, so you can eat as much as you want.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, all.

I'm grateful for your presence.

Pax et Bonum! Pace e Bene! Peace, and all good things to you!

Robin said...

Oooo, why didn't I think of poetry, for goodness sakes?

Here...a limerick:

"Let's party," said Claudia Mair
(whose name, spoken right, rhymes with fire).
We'll party all week,
We'll dance cheek to cheek.
She's darn cute as a Franciscan friar."

I'll be back...I never know when to leave ;).

ragamuffin diva said...

Hey Queeny! Thanks for coming. Ha! On your comment. You got me good!

paula clare said...

Dear Soul Sister (that title works on SO many levels!)
I AM SO GLAD you have found OEF...and we have found YOU...and you and I have found...EACH OTHER! YAY GOD! Blogdom is always a gift of serendipitous a fully professed sister in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, I am grateful that our group of ragtag, loving misfits "fits" for talented, gifted, spiritual souls such as yourself! HUGGLES!

sr Paula Clare, OEF

nathan Hov said...

Mair- read about book deals congrats