"Saint Augustine was abruptly snatched from his monastery to be consecrated the Bishop of Hippo. Overwhelmed by an exhausting episcopal office, crushed by the multiplicity of his pastoral duties, Saint Augustine often considered his episcopal activity to be a sarcina episcopalis. This popular term from militar language refers to the soldier's baggage, his barda. The Bishop of Hippo had to load a particularly heavy barda on his shoulders every day. Despite his demanding ministry, and although he often had to deal with secular matters, Augustine found the time for silence and solitude in order to read, study, meditate on Sacred Scripture, pray for long hours, compose his dogmatic works, provide catechesis and teaching." - from The Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah, n. 133

Although I am a stay-at-home mom and have a lot of "secular matters" and duties, demands from little people, diapers to change, messes to clean... I am inspired by this quote and St. Augustine's example to still make time for prayer and reading. 

Here are links to my mini book reviews and favorite quotes from books I've read and recorded on this blog. They are in order of stars I've rated them with on Goodreads (see link on sidebar), for easier perusal. 

Five stars: 

He Leadeth Me - Walter Ciszek The Power of Silence - Cardinal Sarah
The Outdoor Life of Children - Charlotte Mason
The Long Winter - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Come Be My Light - Mother Teresa
Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Searching for and Maintaining Peace - Father Jacques Philippe

Four stars: 

Beloved and Blessed: Biblical Wisdom for Family Life - Kimberly Hahn Diary of Saint Faustina
Humanae Vitae - Pope Paul VI
Evangelium Vitae - Pope John Paul II

The Story of a Soul - St. Therese of Lisieux
Love & Responsibility - Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)

A Profundidade dos Sexos - Fabrice Hadjadj
At the Heart of the Gospel - Christopher West
Memoirs About Fatima - Sister Lucia

Three stars: 

On the Incarnation - Saint Athanasius  Habits - Charlotte Mason
Nurtured by Love - Shinichi Suzuki
Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton
Dark Night of the Soul - St. John of the Cross

Two stars: 

Bastard Out of Carolina - Dorothy Alison

One star:
Tess of the d'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy

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