Friday, August 31, 2012

Prayer to our Lady of Guadalupe


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary, and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance.

 Amen.


One Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father...in gratitude for the Miraculous Portrait as a continuing miracle and testimony.

Holy Mysteries of the Rosary

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. 

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar


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. 

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) 





Thursday, August 30, 2012

Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary



O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially...

 (special intention).


We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer. We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those whom we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting. Help all of us, Holy Mother, to bear our burdens in this life until we may share eternal life and peace with God forever.
Amen.




Sacred Heart of Jesus Candle Craft


Today I will be showing you how to make a Sacred Heart of Jesus Candle. Its a fun activity that your kids will love and its a great way to remind your children of Jesus' "Burning Love" for us. Some steps in this activity are adult only and should only be preformed by you the parent. But the rest is up to you and your kids! Have Fun!

Supplies: 

2 wax candles
Glass jar with metal lid
Large Pot
Colored Paper
Scissors
Tape
Glue
Tape measure
Black Sharpie


Instructions:

How to melt wax (adults only):

To melt wax first take a sharp knife and cut a small groove in the middle of the candle. Using your hands, snap the candle in two and pull the top part off leaving you with half a candle and a wick. Now cut another groove about an inch or two above the bottom of the candle and crack it in half. Pull the top piece of the candle off and finally grab hold of the wick and the small piece of candle remaining and pull until the wick has come out. You should now have a wick and some wax. Repeat those steps for the other candle.

Unscrew the metal top off the glass jar and place the pieces of wax in it. Place the jar in the pot and now put enough water in the pot so it comes up about half-way on the jar. Place the pot with the jar inside on medium to low heat, heat until the water is boiling and turn it down just enough to keep it at a controlled boil. Do not allow the water to get on the wax!! Heat until the wax is completely melted and carefully take it out of the pot and place it on a paper towel using a hot pad.

Place the wick in the jar and allow to cool until hardened. When it is hardened cut the wick so it is about one inch above the wax.

How to make the wrap:

Print two pictures of your favorite picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and print them small enough so they fit on your jar. The size of each jar will be different, so take a quick measurement and print the picture accordingly.

Take one of the pictures and place it on the blue construction paper, next using the black marker trace His Sacred Heart and Halo with a black sharpie and color it in until the black ink shows up on the construction paper. Using scissors or cut out around His Sacred Heart and the Halo. Paste the other picture of Jesus over the area you just cut until His Sacred Heart and Halo match up with the openings you just created.

Next wrap the construction paper around the jar to get the correct measurement for the height of the paper. Unwrap it and cut to the desired height. Using tape, tape the construction paper around the Jar and to the jar so it doesn't fall off. Next go into a dark room and light the candle and turn off the lights and enjoy!






Congratulations!! You just made a Sacred Heart of Jesus Candle! Hopefully you will do a better job than I did! :) Thanks for participating and I hope your kids liked the project!

Day 30: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary



My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

Amen.


Wow! Can you believe it has been 30 days since we started this? Congratulations to all of you who participated. I hope you feel closer to our Blessed Mother. May God Bless you and uphold you. Amen. 

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

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)

Lesson: We truly receive the Most Holy Spirit when we are baptized. 

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)

Lesson: By Jesus' presence weddings became a Sacrament. 

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)
 
Lesson: Listen to the words that Jesus said and define your life by them.

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)

Lesson: Someday we too will see the Glorified Body of Christ. 

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)

Lesson: When you receive Holy Communion you are truly receiving the Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Don't take Communion lightly, make sure you understand what you are receiving before you go up. When the priest says "The Body of Christ" and you respond "Amen" just remember that by saying Amen you believe in what you are receiving. The Eucharist is a gift from God, a chance to receive Him make sure you are ready to partake in this amazing gift. 










Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rice Crispy Crosses Recipe

Finished Product :)


I am well aware of how many of you are home schooled and I decided that over the next few weeks I will be posting recipes and crafts for you and your kids to make and create while you go through your daily routine. Today I was inspired to create Rice Crispy Crosses, a fun way to keep Jesus constantly on your children's mind as they learn Math, Reading, Science, Music, etc. I know that it is very important to give thanks to the Lord during school and always keep him in your mind, he will give you strength and courage. 

These yummy treats are just like Rice Crispy Treats but instead of hand cutting them into a square I decided to use a cross cookie cutter. If you do not have a cross cookie cutter you can use a knife that has been greased. I hope you and your children enjoy making these as much as I did! Have fun!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz, about 40) Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
or 4 cups Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows. 
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 cups Rice Crispy cereal

Directions: 

In a large saucepan melt 3 tablespoons of butter, next add 4 cups of marshmallows (mini) and stir with a spoon until they are completely melted. Remove from the heat and add 2 teaspoons vanilla, stir until combined. Using a oven mitt or hot pad pour the marshmallow mixture into the bowl with 6 cups of Rice Crispy Cereal. 

Stir with a wooden spoon until it is combined and everything is sticky. Place wax paper on an oven tray and tape it to each end (make sure to grease it). Next pour the mixture onto the wax paper and using a greased spoon or knife flatten it down until it is 1/4 inch thick. Next using your greased cross cookie cutter, cut out as many crosses as you can and place them on a large greased plate. With the left over mixture form it into a ball and using a greased spoon spread back down into a square or circle and cut out the crosses. Repeat this until don't have any more mixture to make a cross. 

Makes about 20 with a small cross cookie cutter.

Place them in the refrigerator and allow them to cool for 1-2 hours. Store them in an airtight container. But most importantly enjoy!!

God Bless You and Your Family!  

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity



Glory be to the Father,
Who by His almighty power and love created me,
making me in the image and likeness of God.

Glory be to the Son,
Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell,
and opened for me the gates of heaven.

Glory be to the Holy Spirit,
Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism,
and continues to sanctify me
by the graces I receive daily from His bounty.

Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity,
now and forever.

Amen. 

Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament Prayer


Drawing of the Blessed Sacrament in the Monstrance courtesy of Archival Art

I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.

My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here, Your light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.

O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy.
 Amen. 

-St. Faustina 

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. 
Amen.

Daily Readings

Jeremiah 1: 17 - 19

17But you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
18And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land.
19
They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you."



Psalms 71: 1 - 6, 15, 17
1In thee, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame!
2In thy righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline thy ear to me, and save me!
3Be thou to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for thou art my rock and my fortress.
4Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
5For thou, O Lord, art my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
6Upon thee I have leaned from my birth; thou art he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of thee.
15My mouth will tell of thy righteous acts, of thy deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge.
17O God, from my youth thou hast taught me, and I still proclaim thy wondrous deeds.

Mark 6: 17 - 29
17For Herod had sent and seized John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Hero'di-as, his brother Philip's wife; because he had married her.
18For John said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
19And Hero'di-as had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and kept him safe. When he heard him, he was much perplexed; and yet he heard him gladly.
21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and the leading men of Galilee.
22For when Hero'di-as' daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will grant it."
23And he vowed to her, "Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom."
24And she went out, and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the baptizer."
25And she came in immediately with haste to the king, and asked, saying, "I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter."
26And the king was exceedingly sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.
27And immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard and gave orders to bring his head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.
29When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.




Day 29: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary



O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary.

O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion fill my soul when I pronounce thy sacred name, or even only think of thee. I thank God for having given thee, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely pronouncing thy name: let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual Help. 

Amen



Holy Mysteries of the Rosary

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. Jesus conquered death and made it possible for us to have eternal life. 

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. One day when we die our souls will be collected to Christ. 

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 our Blessed Mother. 

Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation


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


Lesson: Eternal Happiness




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Morning Surprise

I thought I would share something that happened to me and my family this morning concerning my dog! My mom woke me up around 6:15 and said that there was a banging noise, I listened and heard it and went to search for my dog to see if she knew where it was. But the thing was, we couldn't find her we searched the entire house and couldn't find her but we kept hearing "Bang" "Bang" and we knew that she had to be somewhere. We check the garage, outside, all the rooms, under blankets and every possible place we could look.

It was starting to get serious and we thought that she had be dog napped, but my mom made one more check in the spare room and found my dog in the closet. Somehow in the process of trying to hide her bone from all of us that she locked herself in the closet. She rushed out, demanded to petted and ran downstairs to get water, and soon after demanded to be petted again! :)

Dogs are so silly! Hope you enjoyed this! God Bless You!

Temptation




Do you avoid situations where you might be tempted to sin? Feelings can be controlled. Ask God to help, but also do what you can to avoid places where you will be tempted.

"Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires." Romans 6:12

Daily Readings


Reading 1 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17

We ask you, brothers and sisters,
with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our assembling with him,
not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly,
or to be alarmed either by a 'spirit,' or by an oral statement,
or by a letter allegedly from us
to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.
Let no one deceive you in any way.

To this end he has also called you through our Gospel
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm
and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught,
either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,
who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement
and good hope through his grace,
encourage your hearts and strengthen them
in every good deed and word.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 96:10, 11-12, 13

R. (13b) The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.
Before the LORD, for he comes;
for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Gospel Mt 23:23-26

Jesus said:
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean."

Day 28: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary


I beg you, O holy Virgin, that I may have Jesus from the Spirit from who you conceived Jesus.  My my soul receive Jesus through the Spirit, through whom your flesh conceived the same Jesus. Let it be granted to me to know Jesus from the Spirit, from who it was given to you to know, to have and to bring forth Jesus. May I in my lowliness speak exalted things of Jesus in that Spirit, in who you confess yourself to be the handmaid of the Lord, choosing that it be done unto you according to the angel's word. May I love Jesus in that Spirit in which you adore him as Lord, contemplate him as your Son. 
Amen

Holy Mysteryies

Well..sorry everyone! It seems that I posted the mysteries for today yesterday, I guess I had one of those what time of the week is it day. If you wish to see the rosary mysteries all you have to do is just scroll down and you will see it! Thanks for your understanding!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 27: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary


Most holy Virgin, by your divine motherhood you merited a share in your Divine Son's prerogative of universal kingship, and to be called Queen of Peace. May your powerful intercession guard your people from all hatred and discord among themselves and direct their hearts in the way of peace. You Son came to each us this way for the good and well being of all. Enlighten the rules of our country and off all countries on earth to follow the path to peace. Grant that there may be peace in our hearts, in our families, and in our world.
 Amen.

First Day of School

Hello readers! Just wanted to make it know that today is my first day of school! I am homeschooled but I still need to focus on my classes and other things so my posts will either be super early in the morning or later in the afternoon! I hope all of you understand! Thank you for reading my blog, I really appreciate it!

Christ Peace,

Nicholas

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

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. Just think, the thought of the sins we committed led our Savior into suffering and pain..think about that next time you sin.

Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar



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

Lesson: Exterior Mortification. Jesus suffered scourged for us, what will you do for him?

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. After being brutally scourged, Jesus is crowned with a crown of sharp thorns. Jesus is ridiculed and beaten and doesn't say a word, he suffers on the inside because of His love for us. 

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. After being scourged, beaten and crowned with thorns Jesus is forced to carry his cross to the place of his death. Next time you face a difficulty, push through and remember the Jesus' love for you. 

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. After carrying his cross to Golgotha Jesus is nailed to a cross and suffers 3 agonizing hours while asking His Father to forgive them. Next time someone wrongs you remember how Jesus forgave the people that caused him to suffer and die. 




Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 26: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary


Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Seat of Wisdom, help us in the great endeavor that we are carrying out to meet on a more and more mature way our brothers and sisters in faith, with who so many things unite us, although there is still something dividing us. Through all the means of knowledge, of mutual respect, of love, shared collaboration in various fields, may we be able to rediscover gradually the divine plan for the unity in which we should enter. Mother of Unity, teach us constantly that ways that lead to unity. 
Allow us in the future to go out to meet human beings and all the peoples that are seeking God and wishing to serve him on the way of different religions. Helps us all to proclaim Christ. 
Mother of Good Counsel, show us always how we are to serve the individual and all of humanity in every nation, how we are to lead them along the ways of salvation. How we are to protect justice and peace in a world continually threatened on various sides. Let us entrust to you all the difficult problems of the societies, systems, and states--problems that cannot be solved with hatred, war, and self-destruction but only by peace, justice and respect for the rights of people and nations. 
Amen

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

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: 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: The 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 our Blessed Mother
Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation


Mary is crowned as Queen of heaven and earth, Queen of angels and saints.
Lesson: Eternal happiness.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hard times





Is it hard to believe that anything good can come from disappointment or pain? Just like road construction leads to a better road, God can use hard times in your life to make you stronger, wiser, more patient and more compassionate.

"No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening--it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." Hebrews 12:11

St. Louis King of France




St. Louis was the King of France and is the patron of Tertiaries. He was born at Poissy, France in the year of 1214, his father was Louis VIII and his mothers name was Blanche, the daughter of Alfonso VIII of Castille. When he was just twelve he lost his father and his mother became regent of the kingdom. From his infancy she had inspired him with a love for all holy things. 

In 1234 he married a woman named Margaret, the virtuous daughter of Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, two years later he took the reigns of the government into his own hands. During the year of 1238 he led a crusade in which he was taken prisoner among the Mohammedans, soon a truce was set up and he was set free and he returned to France. In 1267, he again set out for the East at the head of a crusade but he never again beheld his native land again. During 1270 he was stricken by the pestilence at the siege of Tunis, after receiving the Last Sacraments he died.

Day 25: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary




The Regina Caeli is said in place of the Angelus during Easter time.

V. Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia.
R. For he who you did merit to bear. Alleluia.
     Hail Mary...
V. Has risen, as he said. Alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
     Hail Mary...
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.
     Hail Mary...

Let us pray: O God, who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life, thought the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Day 9: Rosary Novena for Jennifer Strong

I would just like to say thank you to all who participated in this Novena for Jennifer Strong. I am sure she is very appreciative of your prayers and so far it looks as if she is getting better. Thanks everyone and I hope that you had fun participating with me! Have a wonderful weekend!

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.

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.

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. 

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: Obedience.

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.


Special Intention Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we implore you to protect and help Jennifer Strong on her road to recovery and help insure that she is safe. We come to you because we trust and love you and know that you will watch over her for your mercy is endless. We humbly thank you for answering our prayers and blessing us and our families each day of our lives. Please guide us and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.





Friday, August 24, 2012

God is my rock

Do you realize that the rules in your family protect you from sin? Do you appreciate the shelter that your home and church give you? Today would be a good time to thank God and your parents for all the help they provide you.

"My God is my rock, in whom I find protection." Psalm 18:2

EWTN Interview with Mitt Romney


I don't think I have ever seen a better interview with Mitt Romney than the one where he is interviewed by EWTN. I personally like how the interviewer Mr. Arroyo does not ask any derogatory questions or makes any rude comments, he is very professional and conducts a wonderful interview. I noticed that Mr. Romney had great answers to ever question that he faced about faith, he seems like a God fearing man and understands the needs of religious people. He is far better than our current administration and I am sure glad that his running mate is Paul Ryan, what an excellent team!

If you haven't seen this interview you have to watch it above, it is probably one of the most honest depictions of what Mr. Romney is going to do when he is president and it shows what kind of person he is. I think he will make a great president and that he will help us Catholics and other people of faith be able to express our religious freedom.

God Bless you all.

Day 24: 30 Days of Prayer with Mary



The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
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. 
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary . . . 
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary . . . 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen.