It is possible that my readers are laughing just as hard as did my husband when today I approached him with excitement, "Look honey, did I show my new list of books?"
"Really?" (mock surprise) "You have a list?!"
I say that if there is anything to make this girl more giddy than books or lists, it is a list of books.
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The Catholic Church traditionally assigns a devotion to each month, as in the following list (source here):
|January||The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus|
|February||The Holy Family|
|April||The Blessed Sacrament|
|June||Sacred Heart of Jesus|
|July||The Precious Blood|
|August||Immaculate Heart of Mary|
|September||Seven Dolours (Sorrows) of Mary|
|October||The Holy Rosary (and, less formally, the Holy Angels)|
|November||Poor Souls in Purgatory|
|December||The Immaculate Conception|
I took said list, sat down in front of the children's bookshelf, and assigned nearly all my Catholic books to an appropriate month. (One could also include in the list secular books, such as one on Thanksgiving to November.) Now, when I am assembling my weekly book baskets to read to the children, I will have a list of Catholic titles which would be especially appropriate for that month (and I will continue to include literature as well, which is outside the subject matter of Catholic devotions). I don't consider myself limited by this list--as if it is a required assignment--but that this is a list of useful ideas. Anyone could do this with their books at home!
|I tacked the list above the children's bookshelf.|
|A close-up of book titles for this month of June devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus|
|Also, I can write the devotion of the month above the family calendar I keep on the giant white board in the kitchen.|