Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pray for our leaders

Do you find it difficult to pray for your leaders? You should not only pray for you President and congresspeople, but also for your governor, mayor, and other local officials. Be specific. Maybe it would help for you to make a list of things to pray about in regard to your leaders. 

"I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead God's mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority." 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Pray for the Carmelite's


Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

After yesterdays Hurricane Sandy a Carmelite Convent on the East Coast was destroyed due to the destruction that Hurricane Sandy brought with her. It seems that the only thing standing at the Convent after it had been destroyed was a statue of Our Lady. In addition to the Carmelites, people along the east-coast were displaced from their homes, killed, injured, stranded and some are now without some of their family members or home. Let us all pray for the Carmelites and all the people effected by Hurricane Sandy.

If you wish you can submit your prayer intention here at the Little Flower Society where Carmelite Nuns will remember your intentions in Daily Mass and in their prayers for thirty days.

Praise the Lord and remember to pray for those who were afflicted by this hurricane.

Monday, October 29, 2012

St. Therese sacrifice beads


Sacrifice beads, also called the good deed beads are a set of 10 beads that a strung on a piece of string or twin in a ladder fashion with a St. Therese or Miraculous Medal on one side and a crucifix on the other. The idea of these beads is whenever you perform a good dead or a sacrifice you can move one bead up, but if you you act selfishly or perform a bad deed you move one bead back. The idea is to keep track of all the good deeds you have done during the day and they serve as a reminder to constantly seek out goodness and mainly to help grow your relationship with God. When you move up a bead it is nice to offer that good deed up to God.

To make these sacrifice beads start with a piece of string about 14 inches in length.

Next fold the string in half and make sure both tails of the string are neck and neck so that you have 7 inches of string on either side.

Now slide a Miraculous or St. Therese Medal onto the string so that it is at the U on the the piece of string.

Next taking a bead in your fingers slide on side of the twin through the hole and slide the other piece of string through the hole going the opposite direction. When you have done this you will have two tails sticking out of both sides of the bead.

Next grasp each tail and pull the twin so that the bead makes its way down the string until it touches the jumpring on the medal.

Repeat this process of threading the beads until you have 10 beads securely on the twin.

Next tie a knot with the remaining string, but make sure to leave a centimeter or two between the knot and the last bead so you can slide the bead up.

Now take a crucifix and slide it onto one of the tails until it reaches the knot, tie it in place and cut off the excess string.

Fantastic! You just made a pair of St. Therese's Sacrifice Beads!



Safety is in the Lord

Are there times where you're afraid? Maybe it's the dogs, the dark, strange sounds, or bullies in the neighborhood that frighten you. God is greater than anyone or anything. He can help you to be "careful not fearful."

"Safety is the Lord." Proverbs 21:31

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How to Pray the Franciscan Crown Rosary




The Franciscan Crown Rosary is a Rosary that consists of 7 decades, and during each decade a mystery from the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary is meditated on. The Seven Joys are:


1) The Annunciation
2) The Visitation
3) The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ
4) The Adoration of the Magi
5) The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
6) The Appearance of Christ to Mary after the Resurrection
7) The Assumption and Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven

Although it is customary to pray a Glory Be and a Fatima prayer after each decade it is omitted in this version of the rosary. 

Using a 7 decade rosary this is how to pray the Franciscan Crown Rosary:

Begin with the Sign of the Cross.

Announce the first mystery and then on the bead before the medallion pray an Our Father.

Pray ten Hail Mary's then announce the next Mystery and pray an Our Father. Continue this until you have completed all 7 decades.

After the last Mystery pray one Hail Mary on the fourth and third bead from the Crucifix to complete 72 year's of Mary's joy. 

Pray an Our Father and a Glory Be on the second bead from the Crucifix for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Finally pray a Hail Mary on the bead before the Crucifix. 

End with the Sign of the Cross. 

The Seven Joys of Mary

The Annunciation 

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38)

The Visitation 

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." ... Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home. (Luke 1:39-45, 56)




The Nativity 

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)

The Adoration by the Magi

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage."
...And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11)

The Finding of Our Lord in the Temple

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Luke 2:41-51)

The Resurrection 

But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day." And they remembered his words. (Luke 24:1-8)

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heave and Her Coronation as Queen of Heaven

Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.
And so we may hope that those who meditate upon the glorious example Mary offers us may be more and more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father's will and to bringing good to others. Thus, while the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings threaten to extinguish the light of virtue and to ruin the lives of men by exciting discord among them, in this magnificent way all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined.
The Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus , 41. 42. Pope Pius XII





Followers of Christ

Do you have friends who are not followers of Christ? Do you think of them as runaways from God? He wants them to come to Him, and He may want you to be the one to tell them. Will you help point the runaways toward home?

"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith." Philemon 1:6

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rescued 1959 Bible

Just recently on my visit to the thrift center I found a big old Bible sitting in the back of the thrift center sitting on a shelf. I decided I would rescue this Bible and bring it back home so I could clean it and make the musty smell go away. Upon further inspection when I got home I found out that it is a bible from 1959 containing the Confraternity and Douay Texts. Not to mention an encyclical by the Pope, artist sketches and drawings of scenes throughout the Bible and the Sermon on the Mount is in all thick paper and has gold leaf and fancy designs. 

I am so happy that I found this Bible, it contains so many extra things like prayers, maps and indulgences that it brings joy to my heart to know that it found its place in my home. It still has a musty smell but I am trying to get rid of it by putting it in a box with baking soda. So far it seems to be working very slowly, if you have any ideas or suggestions please comment! 



Here is one of the indulgences:

Those, however, who read at least a few verses of the Gospel and further kiss the book of the Gospels, devoutly reciting one of the following invocation: Through the Gospel's words may our sins be blotted out—May the reading of the Gospel be our health and protection—May Christ the Son of God, teach us the words of the Holy Gospel, are granted: An indulgence of 500 days;

A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if they perform this act daily for an entire month, as given above;
A plenary indulgence at the hour of death, if they frequently performed this devout exercise during their lives, provided that they have made their confession and received the holy Communion or are at least contrite, and invoke devoutly the most holy Name of Jesus with their lips, if possible, otherwise in their hearts and accept death patiently form the hand of God as the just penalty for sin.





Praise the Lord! God bless you all. 


Jesus' Love


Beauty is Jesus’ love for the world and his willingness to be crucified for us so that our sins might be forgiven. His crucifixion represents the passion and the suffering that He went through for our salvation, for three hours he suffered and suffocated on a cross as people mocked him and cast lots for his clothing.  Jesus’ three hours of agony on the cross can represent many things including the forgiveness of our sins, our salvation, forgiveness and love.

Many people would stand up for their friends in their time of need or help protect them from harm, but are true friends willing to risk their lives for one another? That is exactly what Jesus did as he accepted that he must be tortured and be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. A simple prayer to the Father would have been enough, but he allowed this to happen so that Scripture could be fulfilled. We needed a savior because man-kind had drifted farther and farther away from God by the sins which we committed. This caused our connection to God to grow farther and farther apart. Jesus came to be the Passover Lamb which would ransom us with his own blood, because if a Lambs blood was enough to keep the Hebrews safe from the Angel of Death then imagine what the Blood of Jesus Christ could do when offered as a sacrifice to the Father.

Over the course of our lives we bond with people and in some cases find love, this love is an intense desire to be with one another and to be together for the rest of their lives. In Holy Matrimony couples experience love which represents the smallest experience of the love that God has for us. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” John 3:16. This passage from the New Testament is a perfect example of God’s love for us, and it also shows the Jesus followed and trusted in the will of His Father. His love for us was so strong and his eagerness to follow his Father will that he allowed himself to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. Now imagine if there was a major sickness that had broken out in other countries and by some peculiar reason it finally made its way to the United States, and the government needed certain blood types to cure the sickness. And it just so happens that your son has the blood type they need but they will need all of it, would you give up your son to save millions of people from death? That is exactly what God did; he loved the world so much that he offered His Son to die so that we might be saved from the stain of sin.

In our day to day lives we face many times when we have arguments with people or say something or do something that offends someone. Most of the time we are not ready to forgive, we rather hold a grudge and be mad at a person than forgive them and go on with our lives. But Jesus on the other hand was ready to forgive instantly, because as he was being crucified he cried out to his Father saying, “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34. He had just had nails driven through his hands and feet and  then was raised into the air for people to mock him as he slowly suffocated to death.  How many people would be so forgiving that they would forgive someone as they were killing them? Not many, but as followers of Christ we must make an effort to follow in his footsteps and be forgiving towards others.

As you can see God loves us very much and if he didn't give his only Son to us we wouldn't be able to able to enter the Kingdom of God. So let us reflect on the passion of our Lord and remember that what he did for us was because he loved us, He didn't come to be served, and He came to serve. With that in mind let us take up crosses and follow Jesus. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Serve God

Do bad habits, improper thoughts and attitudes, or sinful actions bind you? Is it hard to change? God wants to free you from those things. Ask him ti help you study his Word, and then obey his leading in making choices. Determine to serve God, not sin.

"Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law." Galatians 5:1

Hello World

It is always interesting to see what you can do when the storm keeps you inside but here is what I did with my day.

~Prayed the Rosary~
~Went to Morning Mass~
~Worked on School~
~Played my Viola~
~ Buried a dead squirrel that~
~Recited the Liturgy of the Hours~
~Drew a picture for my schools art contest~

What I plan on doing for the rest of my day

~Read the bible~
~Make dinner~
~Watch a movie with my family~
~Make a rosary~
~Say my prayers~
~Go to bed~

"Until the spirit is poured out on us from above, and the desert becomes an orchard, and an orchard that seems like a forest. Fair judgement will fix its home in the desert, and uprightness live in this orchard, and the product of uprightness will be peace, the effect of uprightness being quite and security for ever." - Isaiah 32:15-17

Monday, October 22, 2012

Daily Readings


Reading 1 Eph 2:1-10

Brothers and sisters:
You were dead in your transgressions and sins
in which you once lived following the age of this world,
following the ruler of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work in the disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the desires of our flesh,
following the wishes of the flesh and the impulses,
and we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest.
But God, who is rich in mercy,
because of the great love he had for us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
raised us up with him,
and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus,
that in the ages to come
he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
it is not from works, so no one may boast.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works
that God has prepared in advance,
that we should live in them.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4ab, 4c-5

R. (3b) The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Sing joyfully to the LORD all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
his courts with praise.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.
Give thanks to him; bless his name, for he is good:
the LORD, whose kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R. The Lord made us, we belong to him.

Gospel Lk 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
"Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me."
He replied to him,
"Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?"
Then he said to the crowd,
"Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one's life does not consist of possessions."

Then he told them a parable.
"There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.
He asked himself, 'What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?'
And he said, 'This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones.
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, 'Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!'"
But God said to him,
'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?'
Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself
but is not rich in what matters to God."

Be honest




What words do you use? Be honest! If you swear of use foul language, ask God to help you change that bad habit. You can't change yourself, but he can change you.


"Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you always do evil." Jeremiah 13:23

Bl. Pope John Paul II

Bl. Pope John Paul II

The Church has made today the official Feast Day of Bl. Pope John Paul II. 
  • Was Born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920
  • Was Ordained a Priest on All Saints Day in 1946
  • He was elected to the Papacy in 1978 in October
  • July 4th, 1958 he was appointed auxillery bishop of Krakow
  • Died on April 2, 2005
  • He is the patron of Word Youth Day
Prayer for Bl. Pope John Paul II Intercession

 Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having
graced the Church with Blessed John Paul
II and for allowing the tenderness of Your
Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of
Christ, and the splendor of the Spirit of love,
to shine through him. Trusting fully in
Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession
of Mary, he has given us a living
image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has
shown us that holiness is the necessary
measure of ordinary Christian life and is
the way of achieving eternal communion
with You. Grant us, by his intercession, and
according to Your will, the graces we implore,
hoping that he will soon be numbered
among Your saints. Amen.

With ecclesiastical approval
AGOSTINO CARD. VALLINI
Vicar General of His Holiness
for the Diocese of Rome

For graces received, contact:
Postulazione della Causa di Canonizzazione
del Beato Giovanni Paolo II
Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano, 6/a - 00184 Roma
Foto Grzegorz Galazka


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Daily Readings


Reading 1 Is 53:10-11

The LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

R. (22) Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Our soul waits for the LORD,
who is our help and our shield.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
R. Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

Reading 2 Heb 4:14-16

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.

Gospel Mk 10:35-45

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said to him,
"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?"
They answered him, "Grant that in your glory
we may sit one at your right and the other at your left."
Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the cup that I drink
or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?"
They said to him, "We can."
Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink,
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;
but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give
but is for those for whom it has been prepared."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John.
Jesus summoned them and said to them,
"You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Believe

When bad things happen, do you continue to trust God? For example, if you're treated unfairly, a loved on is sick, or you're having trouble with schoolwork, do you see beyond the problems and remember that God care about you and is in control? We must walk by faith in Jesus--not by sight. 

"We live by believing and not seeing." 2 Corinthians 5:7

Sunday Fun

~Prayed the Rosary~
~Went to Church~
~Made a seven decade rosary~
~Cleaned out a closet~
~Stepped on a tack~
~Prayed the Little Crown of Mary Chaplet~
~Made whole wheat bread~
~Going to Family Dinner~
~Say my prayers~
~Sleep time!~

"How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the Lord. Blessed are those who observe his instructions, who seek him with all their hearts, and, doing no evil, walk in his ways." Psalm 119:1-3

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Visit to the Trappist Monks

After we had driven down a long country road lined with acres of fields and tall trees we finally reached the Trappist Monastery in Huntsville, Utah. The Monastery was unlike anything I had ever seen, instead of the buildings being square with triangle roofs these buildings were like half circles; they were so amazing. My Mom read on the sign that the Monks would be praying the Liturgy of the Hours in 5 minutes so we hurried into the Church and took our seat in the pew and waited as the Monks filed into their seats in a separate set of pews. They began and I was instantly in awe, I had never heard Monks do the Liturgy of the Hours let alone in chant!

I listened with eagerness and looked around the Church and saw the stain glass window which had the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the Child Jesus. It was an amazing stained glass window and it almost went from the ground to the top of the building. After they finished they filed out and walked through the door.

My Mom and I left the Church in utter amazement, and after a few pictures we headed into the bookshop and went searching for books and gifts for Christmas. I walked into the tightly packed room and noticed that a Priest (who I assume is a Monk) was sitting at a small desk blessing people and their items they have bought. I searched through the store and found some very interesting books and some gifts for my Mother and Father. But what really caught my eye was the Medal of St. Benedict, I had learned and heard so much about it that I walked over a carefully grabbed one and studied it with great interest.

After looking at the medal and deciding that I would purchase it we made our way to the front of the store. The man immediately asked if he could bless our items and we said yes and after a moment of silence he looked up and greeted us and began talking to us. He was the nicest person I have met, he was so kind, honest and very humble. He asked us what parish we were from and he actually knew our Priest, and we began to talk about my schooling and other  kind questions. Taking notice of the St. Benedict Medals he took out a small sheet with a prayer on it and began to bless the Medals. After this he rung up our items and placed them neatly into bags. And after paying he stood up and blessed my Mom and I and gave us both a hug. The hug was appreciated and I left with the thought of how nice he was and how much I wanted to go back in and talk to him.

This was such a great experience and I will always cherish it in my heart.

Christ Peace,

Nicholas

Tag I'm it (Again) :)

I have been nominated again by Grace! Thanks Grace!


Questions for those I tagged to answer:

What is your favorite program on EWTN?
My favorite program on EWTN is Mother Angelica's program. It is the best! I also like Catholicism with Fr. Robert Barron!
What Saint do you have a special devotion to?
The Saint that I have a special devotion to is St. Benedict. Have you ever visited a monastery or convent? 
I have visited the Trappist monastery and the Carmelite convent! :)Favorite time of the year?
Christmas for sure!I Love Lucy or The Dick Van Dyke Show?
I Love Lucy!!

Since I have no one else to tag I am just going to have you (if you want) answer the following questions in the comments please! :)

1. What is your favorite part of Mass?
2. What is your favorite thing to do?
3. Can you drive?
4. What is your favorite Sacramental (Miraculous Medal, St. Benedict Medal, etc..)?
5. Do you have a prayer space in your room or home?
6. What is your favorite Catholic TV Channel?
7. What is your favorite Psalm?
8. What is your favorite quote from the Gospel?
9. Do you have a relic?
10. Do you have a St. Joseph's Cincture?
11. Who is your favorite Pope?

Answer the questions in the comments! :)

Tag (I'm it) :)

Wow! I have never been tagged before! Thanks Raychill! Here are the questions I am supposed to answer:

1~ What is your LEAST favorite singer/band?
Justin Bieber
2~ What food do you HATE?

Spinach and Brussels Sprouts, I know they are healthy...but they taste awful.
3~ What is your favorite board game?

Monopoly, it is the best! 
4~ What 3 places/people would you visit if you could go anywhere?

The Vatican, Paris, and The Divine Mercy Shrine!
5~ Who is your favorite saint?

St. Therese!
6~ Where do you tend to go when your upset? (The kitchen, favorite closet, ect.)

My room..
7~ Where are you sitting right now?

My desk which is in my living room.
8~ What are you gonna do when your done here?

Going to the Christian Center
9~ Who is your Mother's-Sister's- Aunt's-Nephew's-Neice's Cousin? (no name required, I'm just trying to get you to think :) who knows? You may need this info someday!)

Um...4?
10~ Would you prefer to find a poisonous tranchula or a poisonous snake in you bed?

Poisonous snake for sure...I am terrified of spiders. 
11~ How much wood could a wood-chuck chuck if a wood-chuck could chuck wood? 

uh...17234?

People I nominate:

Grace
Alyianna
Jennifer

I could only nominate 3! I don't have 11 people to nominate!

Questions to answer:

1. What is your favorite Feast Day?
2. Who is your favorite Saint?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. Are you afraid of spiders?
5. What is 5 x 7 - 3 x 100 / 3 + 2?
6. Why did you start blogging?
7. What is your favorite devotion?
8. What color is your rosary?
9. What does the sky look like right now?
10. What is the weather like?
11. Do you like fishing?

Ready......set......GO! :)

-Nick


Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


O most pure heart of Mary, full of goodness, show your love towards us. Let the flame of your heart, O Mary, descend on all people. We love you immensely. Impress on our hearts true love so that we may long for you. O Mary, gentle and humble of heart, remember us when we sin. You know that all people sin. Grant that through your most pure and motherly heart, we may be healed from every spiritual sickness. Grant that we may always experience the goodness of your motherly heart, and that through the flame of your heart we may be converted. 
Amen. 

Daily Readings


Reading 1 Eph 1:15-23

Brothers and sisters:
Hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and of your love for all the holy ones,
I do not cease giving thanks for you,
remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,
and what is the surpassing greatness of his power
for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise of his great might,
which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead
and seating him at his right hand in the heavens,
far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet
and gave him as head over all things to the Church,
which is his Body,
the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 8:2-3ab, 4-5, 6-7

R. (7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
O LORD, our LORD,
how glorious is your name over all the earth!
You have exalted your majesty above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
you have fashioned praise because of your foes.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place?
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet.
R. You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.

Gospel Lk 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.

"Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say."

Psalm 23



I thought it would be nice to post one of my favorite Psalms..I know this is like everyone's favorite but its special to me because I recited this to my grandfather right before he died. Enjoy..

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk

    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life, 
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Update

Sorry everyone for not posting for a while, with my grandpa's death this past week my family was very busy and I couldn't find any time to write on here. But don't worry, I will be posting again! If you guys would like to see anything particular on my blog please comment and let me know.

Today:

My mom said that she is going to take me to visit the Trappist Monks! I am so excited to see them and go to their monastery. I will make sure to take pictures and share my experience!

God Bless,

Nicholas

Shock to your roots




Have you had to move recently or had some other "shock to your roots?" It's normal to be sad for a while, but be patient and learn to trust God to help you adjust to your new situation. Trust in Him because nothing is impossible with God.

"I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go." Genesis 28:15

Monday, October 15, 2012

Joseph Shool Obituary





Joseph Shool November 15th, 1915 - September 13th, 2012



Having enjoyed his last meal “ham and eggs,” visited by dear friends and family, with a Lebanese song sung by his sister playing in his ear and wearing his white cap and glasses, Joe Shool breathed his last breath.
Joseph J Shool born on the 15th day of November 1915 to his beloved Lebanese parents Bolos and Martha Shool, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends Saturday the 13th day of October 2012 at 1:22 that afternoon, just one month prior to his 97th birthday.

Joseph J Shool was born in Portland Oregon, to Lebanese parents that immigrated to the United States of America for the freedom and opportunity of this great land, leaving behind a sister he had never met as she was forced to return to Lebanon because of an illness.

In the early 1900 Joe and his family moved to Utah settling down in Salt Lakes City’s west side to find opportunity and work near the Rio Grande, Rail Road. Joe learned from a very young age that necessity was the mother of invention, so he learned how to work hard and appreciate what God blessed him and his family with. Joe’s father Bolos created a discount grocery store with affordable provisions that all could afford. His father taught Joe about giving by offering charity to many of the immigrants that could not afford the basics. At the young age of 5 years old Joe sold newspapers on the street corner for 2 cents per paper, Joe would holler out the daily headline with “Get your newspapers here,” with the money he earned he gave it to his parents to help support the family. As a young Catholic boy Joe loved singing in the youth choir and sometimes he had the pleasure of singing at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. He was also an Altar boy and had a deep love for Catholicism throughout his life and expressed that love with a helpful hand and through charity. Joe attended Judge Memorial and West High school and was honored to be the first in his family to attend a university, the University of Utah. When Joe was not studying he made time for a special lady, Ruth Pia or Ruthie, Ruth loved Joe and together with a little one, Florence, he had a family of his own. With a loving family, an education and the street smart talent he learned from his youth, Joe opened a store inside a barn on 1st south and 400 east selling items he purchased from the railroad. From a humble store to a grand store at 359 So State Street Joe opened “Shools Railroad Damaged Furniture,” Joe found treasure in what some called junk. With a little vision, Ruth’s creativity, hard work and the dream that all things were possible, Joe became a very wise and successful businessman. Joe made life fun and exciting by taking chances, having a great sense of humor and keeping positive through challenging times.  During Joe’s successful years he had the largest animated Neon sign in Utah on top of his store. Every 24th of July Joe had a float in the Parade representing his store; he was an ambassador and gave tours to VIP’s visiting Utah, people like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Joe worked with RKO studios and had the opportunity to have a small part in Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Kruger’s Christmas and a part in the movie, Noah’s Ark. Joe had a passion for life, a deep love for his family and for religion and old world tradition. Being Lebanese he shared his love from the kitchen, he and Ruth, Sister Alice, Helen, Dorothy and daughter Florence created and shared wonderful Lebanese foods. In January of 1970 Joes Ruthie passed on from a long battle with cancer, Joe’s world stopped but life marched on and Joe would marry again to a kind lady in California. Near a place close to his beloved brother Ben, Joe married Mary Malouf a wonderful and kind hearted Lebanese women that shared many of Joe’s passions. Unfortunately once again another sad ending, Mary soon passed away. Staying positive Joe took pleasure in his daughter’s grand children remembering the joys of family and all the love that came his way.  Joe found love once again with Susie Martin and her three wonderful children; Joe loved Susie’s children and they loved and admired him. Susie was Joes loving companion and friend and shared many special life experiences together. Susie was always there standing by her man with enduring dedication continuing steadfast until his departure.

Generations of kindness and love Joe was a caring husband, a dear friend, a father figure, a dotting grandfather, proud great grandfather and amazed great-great grandfather; Joe touched many lives seeing everyone and everything as special and unique and making others feel good about themselves through knowing him.

Joe’s dear mother and father Bolos and Martha and ever present brother Ben, sister Helen, Alice and Dorothy have all past on but were spiritually present in his departure from this life. Joe is survived by Ruthie’s daughter, Joe’s special little girl Florence Halliday, her children Debbie, Tommy, Ricky, Dana, Susi and Mikey and many loving grand and great grand children. Survived by Susie Martin and her children David, Wendy and Christopher and their loving children, Joe is remembered as special person in their lives.  He is also Survived by generations of his loving Lebanese families,  including the Anton’s, the Zalet’s, dear nieces and nephews, relatives from all around, and friends and families from the old world .
Kind thanks to all the staff and care givers at the Silverado Alzheimer’s Care center for their acts of kindness and generosity during Joe’s short stay and to all the Hospice care givers that helped Joe keep his good looks and happy smile.

Thank you Father Stan and Father Andrew, Rev Gebran Bou-Merhi for your blessings that you gave to Joe.
Services will be held at the Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Viewing will be held at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church Tuesday October 16th 2012 Viewing at 6PM Vigil  at 7PM
Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church Wednesday October 17th 2012 at 10AM with visitation meeting with the families prior to the mass at 9AM in the church.


Photos:
His daughter Florence (left), Rickie (2nd left), Debbie (next to Ruth), his wife Ruth (Right) and finally Joe. 

Saturday at 12:01 am. Nick praying with grandpa.




The Neon sign above the door of his store. 
Me, Joe ( kissing his rosary), and his late partner Susie Martin.
Debbie and Joe. 
Joe in his truck with his signature "White Cap and Glasses."


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