Tuesday, July 31, 2012

St. Ignatius of Loyola



Today we celebrate St. Ignatius, a man born in a castle in Guipuzcoa, Spain. He was the youngest of 13 children and was frequently called Inigo. When we was older he became a page and soon became a solider of Spain to fight against the French. A cannon ball and a series of bad operation ended his short military career in 1521. When he recovered he read about the lives of the saints and decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of the Catholic Faith. Soon after he dedicated his life, he experienced many visions but a year later suffered a trial of fears and scruples, driving him almost into despair. After this experience he wrote his famous "Spiritual Exercises." He traveled studying in different schools and finished in Paris where he received his degree at the age of 43. Most hated him because of his humble lifestyle, but aside from this he attracted many followers including St. Francis Xavier and he soon created an order called the Society of Jesus, or more commonly known as the Jesuits. There are 38 members of this society who have declared blessed and 38 who have been canonized as saints. He died at the age of 65 and is still remembered this day for his extraordinary gift to us, the starting of the order of the Jesuits.  



Holy Mysteries of the Rosary

Happy Tuesday everybody! I hope all of you are enjoying your week! If you have any requests on what you would like me to post please comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden


The thought of our sins and His coming suffering causes the agonizing Savior to sweat blood.
(Luke 22:39-44)

Lesson: Contrition for our sins. That we all may be truly sorry for what we have done. 

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging 


Jesus is stripped and unmercifully scourged until His body is one mass of bloody wounds.
(Matt. 27:26) 

Lesson: Exterior mortification.

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns


Jesus' claim to kingship is ridiculed by putting a crown of thorns on His head and a reed in His hand.
(Matt. 27:28- 31)

Lesson: Interior mortification.

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross


Jesus shoulders His own cross and carries it to the place of crucifixion while Mary follows Him sorrowing. (Luke 23:26- 32)

Lesson: Patience under crosses. Let us take up our crosses and follow Jesus. 

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion


Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies after three hours of agony witnessed by His Mother.
(Matt. 27:33-50) 

Lesson: That we will die and go to heaven. 


Helpful prayer:


Lord, teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart . . . Psalm 90


Help us do today the things that matter,
not to waste the time we have.


Yes, the moments we have are precious, Lord,
see that we count them dear.
Teach us to number our days aright.
Fill us this day with your kindness,
that we may be glad and rejoice all the days of our life.
Glory to the Father. . .








Monday, July 30, 2012

Divine Mercy Coloring Page

Not my best drawing! I'm sure your kids can do better! 


A great way to teach your children about Jesus is with a Divine Mercy Coloring Page! Your children will learn something while they have fun coloring. All you have to do is print and give it to your kids so they can color it! This is sure to be a great addition to your children's lessons on faith! I hope your kids enjoying coloring this page as much as I did! :)

You will need: 

Scissors
Colored Pencils
Pencil Sharpener 



Instructions:

Print out Divine Mercy Coloring Page and give your kids colored pencils. Have them color it in! Make sure to teach them about Jesus! Have fun!! (When they are done use scissors to cut off white border)

Hope your kids have fun! Sorry no lesson this time! I am sure all of you will be able to pull something out of your hat! But here's a tip to help you out! Before you have them color, sit them down and talk to them about Jesus either using scripture or a story. Kids love learning and if you ask they constantly about Jesus while they are drawing by the end they should know more about Jesus than they did before! Have fun!! :)

St. Peter Chrysologus




Today, July 30, we celebrate St. Peter Chrysologus a Bishop and Doctor of the Catholic Church. He was born in Imola, Italy in 406 and was baptized, educated and ordained a deacon by a Bishop names Cornelius. St. Peter earned being called Chrusologus which means golden-worded from his excellent oratorical eloquence. In 433, Pope Sixtus III consecrated him bishop of Ravenna where he practiced corporal and spiritual works of mercy. He ruled his flock of sheep with exceptional diligence and care. He extirpated the last amount of paganism and other abuses that sprouted among his flock and cautioned them especially against indecent dancing. A famous quote from this Saint is "Anyone who wishes to frolic with the devil cannot rejoice in Christ." He also counseled Eutyches a heretic to avoid causing division but to learn from the other heretics who were crunched when they threw themselves against the Rock of Peter. He died in Imola, Italy when he was around the age of 70 in 450. Some few hundred years later in 1729 he was made Doctor of the Church, mainly because of his beautiful sermons which have come down to us, nearly all being about the gospel subject.

St. Peter Chrysologus lived from 380 - 450.

Let us all be like St. Peter Chrysologus  and preach the good news of the Lord!



Gospel Songs

During our fast paced lives it can be sometimes hard to keep Jesus at the center of it, but a good way to make sure you remain thinking about him is listening to gospel music. I know that whenever my family goes somewhere we always listen to a CD by Johnny Cash, who had a wonderful selection of great gospel songs. It hard not to sing along to these songs and I hope you enjoy that as much as my family does. Below are some great gospel songs for you to enjoy!






Why me Lord
Johnny Cash





My God is Real
Johnny Cash




The Old Account
Johnny Cash



When the Man comes around
Johnny Cash




I have listened to these wonderful songs ever since I was a kid, I really love them and I hope that you do too. There are many more great gospel songs but these are some of my favorite, if you would like to hear more please click here. If you would like to share some of your favorite please do so below!




Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

Happy Monday! I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and I hope that all of your had a wonderful Sunday! And to all of you who participated in my Rosary Novena; thank you so much! I hope that all of you are enjoying your week so far and are enjoy my posts! Hope you enjoy today's mysteries as much as I did!

Thought I might add that if you are someone who prays the Rosary constantly and just loves this magnificent prayer then I thought you might want to check out the The Rosary Confraternity, a world wide movement of prayer entrusted by the Dominican Orders by the Holy See more than 500 years ago. If you join your personal obligation is to faithfully recite the Rosary's 15 mysteries weekly (20 mysteries now) if this intrigues you click here! :)

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation 


Mary learns from the Angel Gabriel that God wishes her to be the mother of God and humbly accepts.
(Luke 1:26-38)

Lesson: Humility. Let us all humbly accept God's plan for us.

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation 


Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among women."
(Luke 1:39-56)

Lesson: Charity. Let us all be charitable to each other and perform charity works, just like Our Savior.

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity


Mary gives birth to Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.
(Luke 2:1-20)

Lesson: Poverty, detachment from the world. Let go of material things and grasp hold on the teaching of Jesus. 

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation 


Mary and Joseph present Jesus to His Heavenly Father in the Temple of Jerusalem forty days after His birth.
(Luke 2:22-39)

Lesson: Purity of heart, obedience. God knows what in your heart, be obedient to him and follow his path for you.

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple


After searching for three days, Mary and Joseph find the twelve-year-old Jesus sitting in the Temple discussing the law with the learned doctors.
(Luke 2:42-52)

Lesson: Piety. 


Helpful Prayer: 

The Light of God surrounds me.
The Love of God enfolds me.
The Power of God protects me.
The Presence of God watches over me.
The Mind of God guides me.
The Life of God flows through me.
The Laws of God direct me.
The Power of God abides within me.
The Joy of God uplifts me.
The Strength of God renews me.
The Beauty of God inspires me.
Wherever I am, God is!
 

May the Almighty God Bless You! 



Sunday, July 29, 2012

St. Martha





Today we celebrate St. Maratha, the patron of cooks and had Jesus as a frequent guest in her home. In the gospel it tells us the Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus, this shows that Jesus had a special relationship with Martha and the others. Martha always made room for Jesus and disciples in her home and was always ready to go to work for them. Her hospitality towards Jesus and the disciples is paramount in the Middle East and Martha believe in its importance. She became frustrated when her sister Mary ignored the rules of hospitality and her work in order to sit and hear Jesus speak in their home. She asked Jesus to intervene instead of herself speaking to her sister, and we get a response from Jesus which is not unkind which gives us an idea of his affection for her. He observes Martha's worry and the many things that distract her from being present to him. He reminds her that the only important thing is to listen to him and that's exactly what Mary had done. This happens to us sometimes and we forget to spend time with Jesus, and another helpful note  is that Jesus still loved her the same even though she was busy doing other things. 
After the death of her brother she is grieving in her house with a group full of mourners when she hears that Jesus has just come into the area. She leaves the guests and goes out to meet him. Her conversation with Jesus shows that she has strong faith and courage, and that she clearly states that she believes in Jesus' power, in the resurrection and most importantly that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus tells her that he is the resurrection and the life and then goes on to raise her brother from the dead. 
Our final picture of Martha in the Scripture is the one that sums up who she really is. When Jesus had returned to Bethany to share a meal with his good friends, we hear how brother Lazarus caused a stir when he was brought back to life. We learn that Mary causes a commotion at the dinner table by anointing Jesus with expensive perfume and all we hear from Martha is: "Martha served." She isn't in the spotlight, she doesn't do showy things, and she doesn't receive spectacular miracles, but she simply serves Jesus her Master. 
According to legend Martha accompanied Mary to evangelize France after Pentecost, please note that is in an untrustworthy legend. Martha is the patron saint of servants and cooks! 
Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen

Day 9: Colorado Massacre Rosary Novena

Congratulations everyone!! Today is the last day of our Rosary Novena! I hope all of you have been having fun praying for the victims in Colorado and I hope that if this was your first novena that you had some fun! Thanks to all of you who participated, I know that your prayers are greatly appreciated. Make sure to still pray that rosary today and once you have your done! Thanks to all who participated!

First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection 


Jesus rises from the dead on Easter Sunday, glorious and immortal, as He has predicted.
(Matt. 28:1-7)

Lesson: Conversion of heart. 

Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension


Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His resurrection to sit at the right hand of God the Father.
(Luke 24:50-51)

Lesson: A desire for heaven. 

Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit


Jesus sends the Holy Spirit in the form of fiery tongues on His Apostles and disciples.
(Acts 2:2-4)  

Lesson: Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption


Mary's soul returns to God and her glorified body is taken up into heaven and reunited with her soul.
Lesson: Devotion to Mary

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation 


Mary is crowned as Queen of heaven and earth, Queen of angels and saints.

Lesson: Eternal Happiness.

Prayer: Lord, we offer you the saying of this Rosary Novena for all the victims who were killed and wounded in the Colorado Massacre. We humbly ask you to be with them in their time of need and send down your Most Holy Spirit to comfort them and to guide them. We ask that all their souls may be led to heaven where they might find eternal rest forever and ever. Please guide us on the path of goodness. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gone to heaven..



Has someone that you love gone to heaven? When you feel sad and lonely, remember that the separation is not forever. You can see you loved one again. What a wonderful Family Day that will be!

"Do not...grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13

St. Innocent I





Today, July 28, we celebrate St. Innocent I who was born in Albano, Italy. In the year of December 22, 401 he succeeded Pope St. Anastasius I, thus becoming the new Pope. During his pontificate, he emphasized papal supremacy, commending the bishops of Africa for referring the decrees of their councils at Carthage and Millevis in 416, condemning Pelagianism, to the Pope for confirmation. It was during the confirmation of these decrees that caused Augustine to make a remark that was to be remember for centuries: "Roma Locuta, causa finitas" (Rome had spoken, the matter is ended.) Innocent had stressed earlier to Bishop St. Victrius and the Spanish bishops that matters of high importance were to be sent to Rome, so they could be resolved properly. Innocent highly encouraged and supports clerical celibacy and fought the unjust removal of St. John Chrysostom. He sought help from Emperor Honorius when the Goths under Alaric captured and sack Rome. Innocent died in Rome on March 12. 

Day 8: Colorado Massacre Rosary Novena

Only one more day until the end of our Novena! I hope all of you have been having fun and I hope you have been enjoying praying for the victims of this massacre. Some people in this world believe that prayer isn't going to work or its not real. Well I say that prayer is one of the best ways for us to help and prayer is real because I know whenever I say my prayers God listens. Thank you all for coming so far into this Novena! Peace of Christ be with you!

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation 


Mary learns from the Angel Gabriel that God wishes her to be the mother of God and humbly accepts.
(Luke 1:26-38)

Lesson: Humility. Let us all accept God into our lives and follow his plan for us. 

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation 


Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth and is praised by her as "blessed among women."
(Luke 1:39-56)

Lesson: Charity. Let us be charitable to others and help those in need.

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity 


Mary gives birth to Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.
(Luke 2:1-20)

Lesson: Poverty, detachment from the world. Let us give up the want for material things and follow the path to eternal life.  

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation


Mary and Joseph present Jesus to His Heavenly Father in the Temple of Jerusalem forty days after His birth.
(Luke 2:22-39)

Lesson: Purity of heart, obedience. Let us all be obedient to our Heavenly Father. 

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple



After searching for three days, Mary and Joseph find the twelve-year-old Jesus sitting in the Temple discussing the law with the learned doctors.
(Luke 2:42-52)

Lesson: Piety.



Prayer: Oh Jesus, we offer you the saying of this Rosary for the victims of the Colorado Massacre. We pray that their souls may be guided into the light of your kingdom where they may have eternal rest. Look kindly upon us all lord and lead us on the path closest to you. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen





Friday, July 27, 2012

Sin is "dirt"




The gospel message is simple. Sin is "dirt" and cannot be allowed in heaven. God wants to clean sin out of your life so that someday you can live with him in heaven. Do you have friends who need to know about that? Share the message with them!


"Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin." Psalm 51:2

Divine Mercy Chaplet




How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross.

2. Say the (Optional) Opening Prayer on the first bead: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a 
fount of mercy for us, I trust in You! (Repeat this line 3 times)


3. Say one Our Father: OUR FATHER, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy 
kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this 
day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who 
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from 
evil. Amen. 

4. Say one Hail Mary: HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among 
women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of 
God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

5. Say the Apostles Creed: I BELIEVE IN GOD, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. 
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the 
Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate; was 
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell. The third day He 
rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right 
hand of God, the Father almighty. He shall come again to judge the living 
and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the 
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, 
and life everlasting. Amen. 

6. Say one Eternal Father: 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. 

7. On each of the 10 beads of each decade say: FOR THE SAKE of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

Repeat step 6-7 till you have completed 5 decades. 

8. Say this after you have completed 5 decades: HOLY GOD, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat 3 times)

Say the (optional) Closing Prayer:  Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, 
and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and 
increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, 
nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to 
Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen

9. End with the Sign of the Cross. Done! :)

Origin of Divine Mercy: 

In 1935 Our Lord appeared to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and revealed a powerful prayer that He wanted everyone to say, and it is called the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy. He Promised extraordinary graces to those who recited it and said whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death.

Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were 
a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would
receive grace from My infinite mercy.... I desire to grant unimaginable graces
to those souls who trust in My mercy ... (DIARY 687).

"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" (Diary, 1541).

Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with
My will (1731).

"By this novena [of chaplets, before the Feast of Mercy], I will grant every possible
grace to souls" (Diary, 796).

"I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy"
(Diary, 687).



St. Pantaleon




On this fine day of July 27, we celebrate St. Pantaleon who was from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea in Asia, who was born in 275 AD and died in 303 AD. H he was such an amazing doctor that the Emperor chose St. Pantaleon as his personal doctor. Although he was a Christian the bad influence from the pagan court caused him to give up his faith entirely. 


A priest named Hermolaos made his understand what an awful sin he had committed, Pantaleon listened and joined the Church one more. To make up for his sin he greatly desired to suffer and die for Jesus, but in the meantime he imitated the way Our Lord helped others and he took care of the sick without any charge for his expert skill.

When Emperor Diocletian began his persecution of Christians, Pantaleon gave everything he owned to the poor. Not long after he was accused of being a Christian and was given the choice to deny his faith or be put to death. Nothing could force him to give up his faith so he was put to death.

In the past there has been strong devotion to this Saint and even in the East he is called the "Great Martyr and Wonder-worker."

He is the patron saint of Physicians, midwives, livestock, invoked against headaches, consumption, locusts, witchcraft, accidents and loneliness and helper for crying children.

Let us all try to be like St. Pantaleon, whose faith in our Lord was strong and was willing to give up his life for Him.

Day 7: Colorado Massacre Rosary Novena

Wow! Can you believe it? Day seven, only two more days until our novena ends! I hope you have enjoyed it so far and I hope you have enjoyed praying for the victims of the shooting in Colorado. I would just like to say that last night with some friends I went to see the Dark Knight Rises and let me tell you I couldn't stop looking at the emergency exit and in my mind I kept on figuring out if a shooter came in what I would do. I remember thinking about 15-20 minutes into the show how off caught of guard the people would be. I kept having to remind myself to keep checking the door just in case! So moral of the story, I have a new perspective on what happened and I understand now how chaotic it must have been! Below are the mysteries and of course the prayer! :)

First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden


The thought of our sins and His coming suffering causes the agonizing Savior to sweat blood.
(Luke 22:39-44)

Lesson: Contrition for our sins. We have to have sincere remorse for the sins we have committed against our Savior.  

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging


Jesus is stripped and unmercifully scourged until His body is one mass of bloody wounds.
(Matt. 27:26) 

Lesson: Mortification of our senses. "Lord let me suffer or let me die." St. Teresa of Avila 

Third Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns


Jesus' claim to kingship is ridiculed by putting a crown of thorns on His head and a reed in His hand.
(Matt. 27:28- 31)

Lesson: Interior Mortification. 

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross


Jesus shoulders His own cross and carries it to the place of crucifixion while Mary follows Him sorrowing. (Luke 23:26- 32)

Lesson: Patience under crosses. Let us bear our crosses like Jesus and push through till the end. 

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion 


Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies after three hours of agony witnessed by His Mother.
(Matt. 27:33-50) 

Lesson: That we may die ourselves. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we humbly implore you to gaze upon the victims of the Colorado Massacre and let them know that it will be okay. We beg you that you save those souls and lead them into eternal rest in heaven to be with you. We pray that a terrible tragedy like this doesn't happen again and that your staff might led those people along the path of goodness. Oh Blessed Redeemer who died on the cross for our sins, have Mercy on us! We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 



 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Don't be entangled by sin.




What do you watch on TV? What do you read or listen to? Do you hang around with people whose values and standards are not those that God gives in his Word? Things that don't look so bad are bad if they tempt you to do things that are wrong. Be careful! Don't allow them to entangle you in sin.

"Let us strip off...the sin that so easily hinders our progress." Hebrews 12:1

St. Joachim & St. Anne



Today, July 26, we celebrate the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Although there is no historical evidence about any elements of their lives, including their names. Everything we have heard about her parents come through legend and tradition. The oldest story about her parents comes from a document called the Gospel of James, though in no way this document should be trusted to be factual, historical, or the Word of God. Legend in this document states that after years of childlessness an angle appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. St. Anne promised that she was going to dedicate this child to god. 
Even though we know nothing about or how we can honor them we must focus on why they are honored in our church. Whether their names are factual or not the truth still remains that it was the parents of Mary who cared for her, taught her and brought her up to be a worthy mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was by their teaching that led her to respond to God's request with faith, "Let it be done to mas as you will." We know that it was there parenting that Mary followed as she brought up her own son, Jesus. It was her parents faith that laid a foundation of courage and strength that allowed her to stand by as her only son was crucified and still believe. 
Prayer: Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen

The 15 Promises of the Rosary




The Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary. These were given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell; it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
4. It will cause virtue and good work to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of Rosary shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred Mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune.  God will not chastise him in His justice; he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plentitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10.The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Day 6: Colorado Massacre Rosary Novena

Can you believe that we are 6 days into our Rosary Novena? How amazing is this! I hope your are all enjoying praying the rosary for the victims of the Massacre, I am sure that all of the victims are very appreciative of your prayers. We only have 3 days until the end of our Novena, so enjoy this time while you can! A tip for those of your who pray the rosary daily, make a journal and record your feelings and what you learned that day while praying the rosary and every so often go back and read to see your progress during your life. Have fun!

First Luminous Mystery: The Baptism in the Jordan


After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the Heaven were opened for him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to Him.
And a voice came from Heaven saying "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
(Mt.3:16-17)

Second Luminous Mystery: The Wedding at Cana


On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there... When the wine ran short Mary said toHim, "They have no wine." Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."
His mother told the servers, "Do whatever He tells you."
 (John 2:1-11)

Third Luminous Mystery: The Proclamation of the Kingdom 


After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
 
(Mark 1:14-15)


Fourth Luminous Mystery: The Transfiguration 


While Jesus was praying His face changed in appearance and His clothing became dazzling white. And behold two men were conversing with Him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His exodus that He was going to accomplish in Jerusalem."
 
(Luke 9:28-31)

Fifth Luminous Mystery: The Institution of the Eucharist 


"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
 
(John 6:51)


Prayer: Oh Good Shepherd, look gently upon your sheep, especially those killed in the recent massacre. We humbly implore you to guide those souls to heaven where they may be granted eternal life. Keep us safe from harm we pray and watch over us as we graze in the field. We ask that you to guide us into all things that give praise to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 




Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Love your enemies




Is there someone who doesn't like you? Who mistreats you? Do you try to get even? Don't! Instead, pray for that person and try to find something nice to do for him or her. Even if nothing changes right away, keep praying. Leave the results up to the lord.

Scripture: "But I say, love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you!" Matthew 5:44

St. Therese of Lisieux Chaplet

Finished Chaplet! 


This is a fun project to do and is sure to please your friends and family. This is a small chaplet consisting of twenty-five beads, twenty-four representing the short life of St. Therese and one bead for an opening prayer. In case you didn't know, St. Therese had a very strong call to the religious life and was granted permission to become a cloistered Carmelite Nun with her two sisters who had joined earlier. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 24 and was canonized a Saint, May 17 1925, by Pope Pius XI. She is the patron for missionaries, France, Russia, florists and gardeners, children without parents and tuberculosis. This would be a perfect gift for a missionary or it would make a great addition to your rosaries and chaplets you already have. but most importantly it would be a great surprise for your kids! I hope you enjoy making this! Below are instructions, a list of materials and how to pray the Chaplet. 



Materials: 

25 8mm beads
25 3/4 in. eye pins
1 large jumpring
3 in. of chain
St. Therese Medal
Flat nose pliers
Rosary Pliers

Instructions:

1. Begin by holding the looped end of the eye pin with the flat nose pliers. 

2. Slide bead onto eye pin. Use the rosary pliers and place them right next to the bead, tighten the pliers and twist the end of the eye pin away from you. (If you have your pliers directly over your work space bend the end of the eye pin towards the table.) Step 1-3 Video
3. Now, using the rosary pliers grab the end of the eye pin (which is now facing down) and start rolling the pliers in a circular motion towards yourself to form a loop or (O). Make sure to close the loop. 
4. Make another bead using this technique and don't close the loop. Leave a little room to hook the other bead on, then you can close it. 

5. Continue this until you have created a chain of 24 beads. Now cut two pieces of chain (3 links total), open the loops on either end of your chain of 24 beads. Hook one piece of chain on either end and close the loops. 

6. Now take your large jumping and open it, hook both pieces of chain on it and close the jumpring. 

7. Cut another piece of chain (3 links total) and make another bead leaving one loop slightly open. Hook chain on the loop and close. 

8. Open jump ring and hook this piece of chain with the bead attached to it. Make sure your chain with the bead hooked to it is in the place as shown in the picture. 

9. Make another piece of chain (3 links) and hook it to the other side of the opening prayer bead. 

10. If you medal all ready has a jumpring just open it and slide the end link of the chain onto the ring and close it. Your done! 

How use this Chaplet:

This Chaplet commemorates the 24 years of St. Therese's life on earth. 

Opening Prayer: 
St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more.

On the first bead, say:
Saint Therese of the Infant Jesus, Patroness of Missions, pray for us.

On each of the other 24 beads, say one Glory Be:
Glory be to the Father, the, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Hope you enjoyed making this Chaplet! I hope your kids or your family love it! 

May God Bless you!
















St. James the Greater





Today, July 25, we celebrate the Apostle James, one of the first Apostles to join Jesus. James sat and was mending his nets in his boat with his brother John and his father Zebedee, when he saw his partner Simon brought in nets full of fish at the command of Jesus. "Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Mast we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake." Luke 5:4-6 
As Jesus walked toward them he didn't pass by him, but stopping at their boat he called James and his brother John to leave their boats and fish and follow him, leaving their father behind. James and John left their boats and followed Jesus. The first thing James noticed after he followed Jesus was how he taught with authority in the synagogue and how he had healed Simon's mother-in-law. Jesus was James' main focus from them on, but it remains clear that James held a special place in the life of Jesus. 
Jesus chose James to be one of the twelve apostles and he was given to mission to proclaim the good news and was given the authority to heal and to cast our demons. Being named one of the twelve meant that James had faith and commitment in Jesus. It seems that even among the twelve apostles that James held a special place. When Jesus raised the daughter of Jairus, the only apostles allowed in were James, John and Peter, even when he went up to the mountain to pray he only was these three to go with him. On that mountain they were privileged enough to witness what no one else had ever seen, the glory of the transfigured Jesus speaking to Moses and Elijah, with the voice of God speaking from a cloud. 
Simon Peter, James and John were the only apostles to receive a special name directly from Jesus, which was Sons of Thunder. It seems that being singled out in these ways the James must have been a close and respected friend of Jesus. No wonder James and John asked Jesus to give them whatever they wanted, because they felt they had the right because Jesus held James in a special way. But Jesus didn't rebuke them, but as a mark of his love asked them what they wanted. They asked if one of them could sit on his right and the other on his left when he came to glory, this showed they had complete lack of understanding of his mission. And Jesus responded to them saying they didn't know what they were asking. Because they didn't see his crucifixion in the near future, they saw an earthly throne where they thought they would be able to sit on his left and right. All the other apostles became furious with this request, but Jesus used this time to teach them that in order to be great you must be a servant. 
James and his brother John showed further lack of understanding of Jesus when he was turned away by Samaritans. They wanted to used their new authority as apostles to send fire upon the town instead of healing. Perhaps this is why Jesus gave them the name "Sons of Thunder" because of their passion and their temper. But aside from all these misunderstandings, Jesus chose James, Peter and John to join him in prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane for Jesus' final prayer before his arrest and his eventual crucifixion. It must have hurt Jesus terribly when they all fell asleep on his most agonizing evening.
All too soon James drank the same cup that Jesus drank after his Resurrection. In Acts 12:1 we find that James was the first martyr of the Church, and that it was King Herod Agrippa I that killed him with a sword. It is told that the man that arrested James became a convert after hearing James speak before his execution. James is called James the Greater became another apostle was named James. He should not be confused with James who is a relative of Jesus or the James who was and elder of the Church in Jerusalem. 
James is the patron saint of hatmakers, rheumatoid sufferers, and laborers. 
Prayer: Saint James, pray for us that we many be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did.  Help us to become special friends of Jesus and you were. Amen
If Jesus knew you what nickname would he give you? Make sure to post it in the comments below. 
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