St. Andrew Christmas Novena Begins Today!

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

The Saint Andrew Christmas novena starts today, November 30, and continues until Christmas day. The prayer is very short and simple. All you have to do is say the following prayer 15 times a day, every day from now until Christmas. (I promise you, it only takes a few minutes.)

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“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of his Blessed Mother. Amen.”

By the way, you don’t have to say the prayer 15 times all at once. Some years I do, but some years, I break it up and say the prayer five times in a row, three times a day. I just added it to my prayers before meals. Some years, I break it up and say the prayer two times a day (7 times and then 8 times). Also, don’t be scrupulous if you miss a day or two, I’ve done that, too!

You can get a printable version of the prayer here. No opt-in required.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS!

I wish you a truly blessed and wonderful day. Thank you for reading this blog, connecting with me, and for just being you. You are truly a gift.

 

Thanksgiving

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God Bless our Veterans

A Prayer for Veterans

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God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.

We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day.

We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger and bring them home.

Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.

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Tweetable: Prayer for Veterans

(Prayer written by Concord Pastor)

Here is a video tribute to our soldiers:

Prayer Request for Husband UPDATE

As you may or may not remember, back in August I asked for prayers for my husband.

Since then, he has been in several hospitals and two physical rehab centers. It has been a rough road, BUT, I am so happy to share that he is finally HOME and doing well. At the moment he is stable, walking with a walker, and doing a lot better all around. Now, I am just praying that he stays that way.

Thank you to all who prayed for him and us the past few months. It has been much appreciated, believe me!

St. Teresa of Avila, Pray for Us!

Today is the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila. She is a great saint and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order. She was a prolific writer and spiritual guide in her day and sometime after her canonization she was declared a “doctor of the church.”

Teresa of Avila

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Although not a prayer, per se, I want to share the following counsel of St. Teresa. We can make this our prayer today and remind ourselves that “God alone suffices.”

Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing. God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things. If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.

St. Teresa

Saint Teresa is the patron saint of those who suffers from headaches and illness so let ask her intercession for our friends and loved ones who suffer from those ailments.

St Teresa, pray for us!

Our Guardian Angels, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast of our Guardian Angels. As kids, many of us are taught the “Angel of God” prayer. Some, like myself, were taught to give our Guardian Angel a name.

Saint Michael

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However, as we get older, most of us forget or drop the devotion to our Guardian Angel altogether. Big mistake. Those powerful warriors are always by our side watching over us, praying for us, and protecting us as we journey through this crazy thing called life.

I encourage you to remember your Guardian Angel today, and every day. Have recourse to him/her who can be a great aid to you on your road to heaven!

In case you don’t know it, or forgotten it, here is the “Angel of God Prayer:”

“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

And, here is a witness that I shared several years ago: http://www.simplecatholicliving.com/devotions-2/angels-among-us

Where Were You When 9/11 Happened?

Gosh, it is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since the events on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 happened. It still feels like yesterday.

Do you remember where you were or what  you were doing when the first Tower was hit? I can tell you the exact placement of my right front tire when I heard the news on the radio. I can still hear the radio personality exclaim, “The Twin Towers has been hit!” I can tell you every prayer I prayed, every thought I had, and every fear I felt.

Like so many people, my cousin lost her husband that day. So many stories were told of those who were in the Towers who normally aren’t there and of so many people who were supposed to be there that day but wasn’t.

We will never forget and I pray for all those who were affected by those attacks, even to this day. May God bless America.

9/11 Memorial

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Pray the Rosary Every Day

This is the monthly message Our Lady gave Mirjana (one of the seers of Medjugorje*) yesterday (Sept 2, 2019):

Dear children, pray! Pray the Rosary every day – that wreath of flowers which, as a mother, directly connects me with your pains, sufferings, desires, and hopes. Apostles of my love, I am with you through the grace and the love of my Son, and I am asking for prayers of you. The world is in such need of your prayers for souls to be converted. With complete trust, open your hearts to my Son, and in them He will inscribe the summary of His words – which is love. Live in an unbreakable connection with the Most Sacred Heart of my Son. My children, as a mother, I am telling you that it is high time for you to kneel before my Son to acknowledge Him as your God, the center of your life. Offer gifts to Him – that which He most loves – which is love towards neighbor, mercy, and pure hearts. Apostles of my love, many of my children still do not acknowledge my Son as their God; they have not yet come to know His love. But you, with your prayer pronounced from a pure and open heart, by the gifts which you offer to my Son, will make even the hardest hearts open. Apostles of my love, the strength of prayer pronounced from the heart – a powerful prayer full of love – changes the world. Therefore, my children: pray, pray, pray. I am with you. Thank you.

pray the rosary everyday

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Whether you believe in Our Lady’s apparitions at Medjugorje, these words echo the words she has said in her apparitions that have been approved. Namely, “pray, pray, pray.” “Pray for the conversion of sinners.” Pray the Rosary.” “Open your hearts to Jesus.”

She wouldn’t have to keep reminding us if we would just finally heed her message. Let us endeavor to renew our commitment to pray, to pray the rosary daily, and to pray for the conversion of sinners.

Our Lady, refuge of sinners, pray for us!

*Although my experience at Medjugorje was positive (I was there a number of years ago), and I personally believe they are true, the jury is still out in regards to the apparitions of Medjugorje and they have not yet been officially approved by the Church. I will submit completely to the decision of the Church regarding these apparitions, whatever that decision may be.

Know You are Loved

You are LOVED BEYOND MEASURE

Are you going through a difficult time right now? YOU are LOVED.
Are you feeling lost, abandoned or confused? YOU are LOVED.
Are you feeling angry, rejected, or lonely? YOU are LOVED.

You are Loved

Even when others reject you, neglect you, or disappoint you, YOU are Loved beyond measure.

Truly, you are loved more than you know. You have not been abandoned. You are not alone. In your darkest days, God is with you, even if it doesn’t seem like it. As St. Paul writes, nothing can separate us from God.

We may separate ourselves from God through sin or by ignoring Him but He NEVER separates Himself from us.

So, if you are struggling or going through a difficult time, take courage. Trust in God. Believe He is there. Know that He loves you.

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And, yes, if all is going well for you, if you are happy and “living the good life,” God loves you too! Remember Him, thank Him, and know that He shares your joys as well as your sorrows!

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Queenship of Mary & Happy Anniversary to Me :)

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. It is a lovely feast day and you can find out more about it herehere and here. Instead of praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary today, pray the Glorious Mysteries. The Queenship of Mary is meditated on during the 5th decade. 🙂

Queenship of Mary

BUT, what makes today really special is that today is my husband and my wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe that we have been married for sixteen years. Time has flown by and there have been many ups and downs; but, there is no doubt or question in my mind that Michael is the man God intended for me. 🙂

To be honest, though, this year is bittersweet. Poor Michael has to spend our anniversary in the hospital and I will be at a funeral for Michael’s cousin. (His cousin was sick with cancer for a long while now and passed away a few days ago.) Hopefully, the doctors will figure out what is going on so Michael can come home and we will celebrate then.

One of the big things that stands out for me about our wedding day is that during the wedding mass (when the couple traditionally go to say a prayer at the feet of Our Lady) we publicly made the total consecration to Jesus through Our Lady according to the St. Louis de Montfort devotion. We said the prayer out loud together and then Father came to us to sign it in front of everyone. It was a special moment for us.

Anyway, please say a prayer for Michael, the repose of the soul of his cousin, and the family. Thank you!