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!

Prayer Request for my Husband, Please

I won’t bore you with the details but if you could say a prayer for my husband, I would really appreciate it! He has had some ongoing health issues but there are some acute things happening at the moment.

Thank you for any and all prayers for him! God bless.

 

I’m Back!

Gosh, I can’t believe it’s been so long. I never meant to not blog for so long but life took some very unexpected twists and turns. There were things that had to be pushed to the back burner and this blog (along with most social media) were included.

I posted a short video to my Facebook Group explaining what has been going on, and the plan going forward. My goal here is to at least once a week (to 10 days) and email my list at least once a week.

If you have any Christian topic that you want me to write/talk about (or have any questions about any particular topic) please let me know and I will do my best to tackle it in the future.

Here is the video I made for the FB Group:

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena Starts Today!

 

Saint Andrew, Pray for Us!

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Just a reminder that the St. Andrew Christmas Novena starts today. To participate in the novena, say the following prayer 15 times a day from now until Christmas (It only takes a few minutes to do):

“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.”

Go here to learn more about the great St. Andrew.

Assumption of Mary, Our Mother

Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother and it is a beautiful and important feast in our liturgical calendar. It is also a relatively new solemnity in that the Assumption of Mary was declared a dogma of the Church in 1950.

Assumption of Mary

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What is the Assumption of Mary?

The Assumption of Mary is the event in which God to Mary to heaven – body and soul. When you and I die, our soul will go to heaven, purgatory or hell and our bodies will decay as it waits for the final Resurrection at the end of times. Mary, however, didn’t have to wait. Right now, Mary is in heaven with her soul and body already united.

Some theologians and thinkers believe that Mary was given the grace of not having to die and was assumed into heaven without dying first. Others believe that Mary did die, in imitation of Christ who died for us, but was assumed into heaven shortly after her death. Honestly, though, it doesn’t matter whether you believe Mary died before she was assumed or not. We are required to believe that Mary was, in fact, brought to heaven with her body and soul, not how it happened.

The Assumption is NOT the Ascension.

Many people get the Assumption of Mary and the Ascension of Jesus confused. That’s completely  understandable given that both feasts celebrate Jesus and Mary’s “entrance” into heaven body and soul. Here is the difference: In the Ascension of Jesus, 40 days after His Resurrection, Jesus ascends back to heaven through HIS OWN POWER. You can read about Jesus’ ascension at the end of the gospels in the bible. In the assumption, Mary is taken to heaven by POWER of GOD. Mary did NOT take herself to heaven, nor was she capable of doing so. The assumption is a gift and a grace of God that was granted to Mary.

Why was Mary Assumed into Heaven? 

During her life, Mary had a unique share in the suffering and death of Jesus. She carried him in her womb, she raised Him, and she followed Him in the most perfect way. Therefore, it seems fitting that she gets to have a unique share of His glory. 🙂

The significance of the Assumption.

This solemnity of the Assumption should give us great joy and hope. Mary is in heaven, in her glorified body just like we will be when the time comes. Thus, her Assumption is a peek of our future destiny. When we die, we know that our souls are separated from our bodies. But, this is temporary. When Jesus returns at the second coming, our souls and bodies will be reunited again in our own glorified bodies.

The Assumption reminds us that our life on earth isn’t all there is; we have a destiny. Jesus is our destiny. Heaven is real and it is our destiny. We live in hope that we will be with the Blessed Trinity, all the Saints and Angels in heaven, FOREVER. How awesome is that?!

How can we celebrate this special Solemnity?

1. The first thing you should do is go to Mass. As a matter of fact, the feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation, so technically you “have” to go. Of course, we don’t celebrate the Eucharist just because we have to, right? We go to Mass because we want to. 😉

2. Pray the glorious mysteries of the rosary. The glorious mysteries include the Assumption of Mary. “Bonus points” if you pray as a family!

3. In times past, most parishes would have a procession in Our Lady’s honor on this day. It’s not that common anymore, however, your (or a  nearby) parish is doing a procession, consider participating in it. If there aren’t any local processions available, you can put do a small procession for yourself and your family.

4. If you have time, you can do some crafts with your kids like this one at crafolic.com or this one at catholicmom.com.

5. You can also make an Assumption themed meal or treat like I found here and here (scroll down to the Assumption) on catholiccuisine.com.

These are just a few ideas. I’m sure with a little thought you will be able to come up with your own way of honoring Our Lady. May your day be blessed!

Resources to deepen your understanding  of this great Solemnity:

New Advent

About.com

AssumptionMary.com

Why Family Time is Important

As parents, all we want is for our children to be happy and healthy. You hope that you raise your child right so that they develop into an amazing adult. An influential component of raising your child comes with spending time with them.

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Early bonding between you and your child can impact their mental health, including their communication and social skills. Your child’s values and personality traits are going to develop as they grow, and you want to have the knowledge and control to help them be the best version of themselves. Read below about how spending quality time with your child will help shape them during their significant character building years.

Your’s and your spouse’s behavior can be a model for your child

Monkey see, monkey do, right? Well, your child is going to learn a lot from seeing how you and your spouse act. Spending time together will allow for your child to model the behaviors they see illustrated in the household. This means you have to be careful about what you say and do around your child. You may think they don’t hear you or won’t take notice, but they do. Use an understanding tone with your spouse and all of your children. Build a good relationship with all family members, and use problem-solving skills when an argument arises. Your child will learn a lot about how to communicate and interact with others based on how you act, so make sure you become a good example.

Your child will feel loved

It’s important as a parent to find ways to remind our kids that we love them. While saying “I love you” every day is a big part of that, family bonding is crucial to making your child feel loved. That family time will instill in your child that they are a priority to you and your spouse, which is key for your child’s mental health as they develop. In this age of technology, it’s easy to get caught up on social media and on our phones, which can make our children feel ignored and set a bad example that they can use their phones whenever they want. Setting aside lots of family time is important to keep your child’s wellbeing in focus.

Your relationship will grow stronger

The bond that forms from spending time with your child will last a lifetime, and it’s necessary to start it early on. You want to establish a sense of trust between you and your child as they grow older. Spending one-on-one time with them is a great way to build that trust, which will only benefit your relationship. You want your child to feel like they can be open and honest with you about their feelings. Your bond will make them feel comfortable coming to you with issues or concerns they’re having. That great relationship will only continue to grow stronger as your child gets older, which is a rewarding aspect of parenting.

Ways you can spend time as a family

  • Get some exercise: Spending time together is also a great opportunity to instill healthy habits in your child. Exercise is really important for your child’s growth, so be a good example and suggest going on a daily walk together. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is a direct correlation in physical activity levels between a parent and child. When parents make exercise a priority in adolescence, the child is more likely to engage in physical activity as they get older.
  • Learn with them: Establish a routine to sit down with your child and go over their lessons so they know that schoolwork is a top priority. A great way to keep the learning going with your child even after the normal school day is over is to watch an educational movie that aligns with your home-school curriculum. A movie is something you can watch together to make learning fun and to increase your time for bonding. Watch a documentary or a show series that can teach you and your child something new!
  • Play a board game: It’s always a good time to play games as a family, so let your child pick their favorite and have a blast. Playing a friendly board game can be an opportunity to teach your child that it’s not about winning, but just important to have fun!
  • Cook dinner together: Cooking with your child is an exciting way to do something together and to teach them something they might not have known. You can introduce the concept of social responsibility, foster teamwork, and explain new vocabulary. While you might usually spend time making dinner alone, this is just another part of your day that allows you to spend time as a family. Even better, eating the meal you’ve cooked together is a great time to sit down and discuss your days with each other. You can ask what their favorite part of the day was or what they’re looking forward to in the upcoming week.