Friday, October 13, 2017

Upcoming Feasts

A quick reminder of some upcoming feasts in the Church with links for prayers to say on these days.

St. Teresa of Avila

St. Margaret Mary Alocoque

A prayer to St. Joseph (The following prayer was prescribed by Pope Leo XIII to be prayed after the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Litany of our Lady during the month of October.)
I pray you are having a blessed day on this holy 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.

May we remember to pray the rosary daily and do much penance for the conversion of sinners and reparation for sins committed against the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

God bless!

Friday, October 6, 2017

100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

I apologize to everyone for not posting for so long.  2017 has been a busy year, but we have been very blessed also.  I will try to start posting regularly again soon.  Today, however, I just wanted to re-post a prayer to our Lady of Fatima, with the 100th Anniversary of our Lady of Fatima.  I also encourage everyone to pray a rosary everyday as our Lady requested.

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 (link) Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima 

May God bless all of you on this most marvelous feast day!  Please pray and sacrifice, as our Lady requested.  Pray also for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

God bless!

Friday, April 21, 2017

For Divine Mercy Sunday

"I am Love and Mercy Itself. There is no misery that could be a match for My mercy, neither will misery exhaust it, because as it is being granted – it increases. The soul that trusts in My mercy is most fortunate, because I Myself take care of it."  
--Jesus to St. Faustina

In 1933, God gave Saint Faustina a striking vision of His Mercy.  Sister wrote, "I saw a great light, with God the Father in the midst of it.  Between this light and the earth I saw Jesus nailed to the Cross and in such a way that God, wanting to look upon the earth, had to look through Our Lord's wounds, and I understood that God blessed the earth for the sake of Jesus."
Of another vision on Sept. 13, 1935, she wrote:
"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just punishment...."
The following day St. Faustina was taught the prayers we know as the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Jesus said later to Sister Faustina, "Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy... .  When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior."

Divine Mercy Chaplet

***On rosary beads begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

***Then on the Our Father Bead recite the following prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

***On the 10 Hail Mary Beads recite:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

Conclude by reciting three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

God bless!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Prayers Requested

As you probably realized by now, my schedule did  not remain as I thought it would.  Instead of birthday and feast day posts, I have a prayer request.  Last week I delivered our newest blessing from God ten weeks early by emergency c-section.  (I have not chosen an online nickname for him yet).  He is in the NICU but is doing well.  Deo gratias!  Please keep him in your prayers that he may daily grow stronger and healthier and be able to come home to our family as quickly as possible.  Please also pray for a speedy recover for me and for my entire family to have extra strength and patience during this time.  May God reward you for your kindness.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, pray for us!

God bless!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Consecration to One's Children to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!  I pray you are having a holy, joy-filled Christmas season!
I did not mean to stop blogging for so long.  The last few weeks have been busy, but very blessed.  I plan to post more regularly again and hope to write a few extra posts in addition.  I do have two birthdays coming up--one this week and one next--so hopefully I can keep up with my plans.  😊
Remember you can find prayers for Epiphany and other related posts here, here, here, and here.  I also have a prayer request I would greatly appreciate you to include in your prayers.  I am currently expecting our seventh child, a boy, and until now this pregnancy has been going wonderfully.
However, I had an appointment with my doctor today (a week early because I have been experiencing quite a few headaches lately) and discovered my blood pressure has begun to climb again.  My doctor prescribed blood pressure medicine (labetalol), which I took with Erin.  Please pray the pressures improve or remain steady and do not develop into preeclampsia as they did with Moira and Erin.  My due date is mid-March, so please pray I can make it to term and our newest addition remains healthy.  Thank you so much!  May God reward you!
As I was thinking of our little one, I thought this post would be a perfect time to provide a prayer to consecrate one's children to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  What could be more helpful to the spiritual life of our children than to consecrate them to the Holy Family, asking them to watch over and guide them!  January seems a very fitting time to pray this consecration.  It is recommended that parents pray a consecration for their children at least once during their lives, but it would also be a wonderful tradition to pray this consecration for your children yearly.

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Consecration of One's Children to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
(Adapted from a prayer by St John Eudes.)

O Jesus, only Son of God, only Son of Mary, I come to Thee as an unworthy parent, and I humbly consecrate to thy Most Sacred Heart, now and for eternity, the soul of my child (name). I surrender him/her to Thy sweet yoke and place him/her at the foot of Thy Cross. I offer Thee for him/her the most loving Heart of Thy Most Holy Mother Mary, which is more precious and pleasing to Thee than all hearts, and I beg Thee by her merits to show Thyself to him/her a Savior.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus, I come to Thee as an unworthy parent, and I humbly consecrate to thy Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, now and for eternity, the soul of my child (name). I offer Thee for him/her the most adorable Heart of Thy Son Jesus, who is the life, love and joy of Thy own Heart, and I beg Thee by the infinite merits of the Divine Son, Thou who art our Mother in the order of grace, to obtain the grace of salvation for my child.

O glorious St. Joseph, I come to thee and ask thee to take under thy special protection my child (name). I consecrate him/her to thee today, that through this consecration he/she may become your foster child. Guard him/her, guide his/her steps in life, and form his/her heart after the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. O glorious St. Joseph, who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent when the child Jesus was lost, protect him/her for time and eternity. May you be his/her father and counselor. Preserve him/her from the corruption of this world, and obtain for us the grace to be united in heaven forever. Amen.

Blessed be the Most Sacred and Loving Heart of Jesus and the most Immaculate Heart of Mary in eternity and forever.  Amen.  St. Joseph, pray for us.  Amen.

God bless!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wishing You a Blessed Advent!

I hope to get the remainder of my birthday posts finished up over the next few weeks as well as this year's St. Nicholas ornament post.  Until then, however, I wanted to share a beautiful Advent hymn.

"O Come, Divine Messiah" stems from the old French Christmas hymn, "Venez divin Messie." It is a popular hymn generally sung in Traditional Catholic churches during  Advent.  You can listen to (most of) this beautiful Advent hymn here.

O Come, Divine Messiah

1. O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Dear Savior, haste! Come, come to earth.
Dispel the night and show Your face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.
O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

2. O Christ, Whom nations sigh for,
Whom priest and prophet long foretold,
Come break the captive fetters,
Redeem the long-lost fold. [Refrain]

3. You come in peace and meekness,
And lowly will your cradle be;
All clothed in human weakness
Shall we Your Godhead see. [Refrain]

God bless!

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