Have You Heard About Nineveh 90?

I am a little late on this because I just recently found out about it – but not in enough time to get a blog post about it until now!

Have you heard of Nineveh 90

This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. The exact date is May 13, 2017. Therefore, in preparation of the anniversary, Fri Heilmann is hosting a 90 day challenge which he is calling Nineveh 90.

The challenge is called Nineveh 90 after the story of Jonah in the Bible. If you haven’t read the book of Jonah, you should take the time to read it. It is the story of the prophet Jonah who is called by God to go to Nineveh to warn them about their sins. Of course, as you may know, Jonah resists, gets swallowed by a whale for 3 days, but finally goes to Nineveh. For their part, when the people of Nineveh hear the message, they cry out to God in prayer and penance. God hears their prayers, has mercy, and does not carry out the punishment on them.

Thus, the Nineveh 90 is a 90 day challenge to convert our hearts and minds and bodies to God. It consists of the 54 day rosary novena, the 33 days of preparation for Marian Consecration, and the consecration itself on May 13. In addition, participants are called to exercise regularly, get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, and offer prayers and mortifications daily.

The recommendations are all laid out on the Nineveh 90 website but some suggestions include daily Mass, frequent confession, daily holy “hour,” and fasting from alcohol, sweets, television, etc; and accountability. If you can’t do all the suggestions, don’t get overwhelmed. Like it says on the website, just pick one or from each category and commit to doing those. Starting this challenge now will be a good segue into Lent which starts in only a couple of weeks, March 1.

Now, the challenge started Monday, February 13, but it not too late to join in! Go to the website to sign up, join the Facebook group, and get going. You in?!

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Do You Want a Healthier You in 2017?

(I am interrupting my Christmas break to give you some news from one of my favorite bloggers, Money Saving Mom. 🙂 )

15 Days to a healthier You

One of the biggest resolutions people make each year is to lose weight. I’ve made that a goal of mine many a year! But what if you could do it differently? What if you could focus on the “whole you” and not just the diet and exercise bit of getting healthy?

Well, Crystal Paine is on a mission to do just that. She has created a course aptly named, 15 Days to a Healthier You. In this course, Crystal will take a holistic approach and help you make realistic goals, make health a priority, and boost your energy.

In this 15 day course you will get a daily 15 minute live video with Crystal (will be recorded), daily lessons and projects, access to a private Facebook group, accountability and more! It is a great opportunity to get the new year off to a great start.

And guess what? Your investment is only $15. That is a dollar a day. Not bad, huh?! I suggest you go sign up now because sign ups CLOSE on January 3. Then, access to Facebook group opens January 6th and the program starts January 9th.

For more information go here.

31 Days of Prayer – Guardian Angel

If yesterday hadn’t been a Sunday, it would have been the feast of the guardian angels. Sunday always takes precedence over any other memorials, feast days, and even most solemnities. However, I think it is important to remember our guardian angels.

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Most of us who are cradle Catholics are taught about angels at a young age. We picture angels who are sweet cherubs watching over us as we sleep. We are taught the prayer to our Guardian Angel. But, as we get older, devotion to our guardian angels fall by the wayside.

I would love to change that. I think we could all do well to remember our guardian angels (and all the angels). They are great protectors and guides that God has given us to help us on the way to salvation. And let’s be real. Some angels may be sweet and cherub-like but angels are spirits  and powerful warriors and defenders of the faith!

Additionally, whether we recognize them or not, our guardian angels are by our side always, not just while we are kids. Your angel is with you at this very moment.

So, today, let us pray the prayer to our guardian angel with devotion and fervor. Let us remember to talk to our angels and ask for their assistance. (It may sound crazy, but I had a personal experience with an angel that I share here.)

“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.”

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31 Days of Prayer – Glory Be

For many Catholics, the first prayer that is taught is the Sign of the Cross. Another prayer learned early is the Glory Be to the Father. Before long, both prayers become mindless. This is especially true for the Sign of the Cross because we say that prayer before (and often after) most other prayers.

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However, have you ever thought about the power behind those prayers? Think about the Glory Be. When we say that prayer, we are offering our praise and love to God. We are proclaiming His sovereignty from the beginning of time to eternity. We are glorifying the holy and Blessed Trinity every time we say that prayer.

The Glory Be is a powerful prayer of adoration. So, let us say this short prayer with attention and devotion.

“Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.”

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31 Days of Prayer – St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Today is the memorial of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus (The Little Flower). It is fitting that I am starting the 31 Days of Prayer on her feast day because St. Therese had a great love of prayer.

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I have to be honest, while growing up and during my young adult life, I didn’t really understand St. Therese. I thought her spirituality was too sentimental and “flighty” for me. Then, in 2002, I read a book called The Trial of Faith of St. Therese. It completely changed my view of St. Therese!

Was St. Therese a “girly, girl?” Yes, in some ways she was; however, she was also a brave, strong, and determined woman. She was a headstrong child. She threw her fair share of temper tantrums. And, yet, as she let God mold her and lead her according to His ways, she became a great saint. She suffered through terrible sufferings: mental, spiritual, and physical. The difference for her was that she suffered patiently. She trusted in the Lord. Even when she was tempted to despair, she choose to trust in God.

Believe me, her “Little Way” may be been simple but it was very difficult to live!

That book gave me a new appreciation and respect for Saint Therese. She is an amazing model of faith and trust and I pray that she will intercede for all of us during the Write 31 Days Challenge.

Now for the prayer. I found this lovely prayer on EWTN. I hope it will bless you and give you the courage to leave all your deepest needs in God’s hands. She put her life in God’s hands like a child does to a parent and we must do the same. 🙂

A Prayer to St. Therese

O little St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own – speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were – to that Queen of heaven “who smiled on you at the dawn of life.” Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity. Amen

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I found the prayer here.

31 Days Writing Challenge

Write 31 Days Challenge – 31 Days of Prayer!

Do you remember when I wrote that I was going to cut down on my blogging schedule? Well, it looks like I will be writing {almost} for the next 31 days. LOL!

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After some reflection, I have decided to participate in the Write 31 Days writing challenge. I participated in this challenge last year on my other blog; however, this year, I feel lead to take the challenge here on Simple Catholic Living.

And, the focus of this challenge will be prayer.

Therefore, for the next 31 days, I will post a prayer of some sort *{almost} every day. Some prayers will be traditional prayers, some will be lesser known prayers, and some will be prayers that I write from the heart. I will link to each day’s prayers here for easy reference.

Why am I doing this?

If you spend any time here at Simple Catholic Living, you know prayer is important to me. I’ve mentioned this before: prayer is essential if we are to live a Christian life. It is the foundation of our relationship with God. Without prayer, our relationship with God will be mediocre, at best or nonexistent, at worst.

Besides that, the world desperately needs prayer. It needs God. Sometimes, it seems like the world, and everyone in it, has gone completely nuts. And, the only effective way to have a real and lasting change is through prayer. Jesus says that with the faith of a mustard seed we can move mountains. I truly believe that, with prayer and faith, we can make a difference in this world.

Will you join me? Each day, come back to the blog for a new prayer. Or, save this post and come back to it daily. Like I mentioned above, I will link to the day’s prayers here so they are all in one place. Together, let us pray for ourselves, our loved ones, and for everyone.

God bless.

Day One: St. Therese

Day Two: Glory Be

Day Three: Guardian Angel

Day Four: Saint Francis

Day Five: Healing and Protection

Day Six: Saint Bruno

Day Seven: Our Lady of the Rosary

Day Eight: The Hail Mary

Day Nine: Lectio Divina

Day Ten: Thanksgiving Prayer

Day Eleven: Armour of God

Day Twelve: Prayer for Daily Neglects

Day Thirteen: Our Lady of Fatima

Day Fourteen: Abandonment to God’s Providence

Day Fifteen: Saint Teresa of Avila

Day Sixteen: Pray for Peace

Day Seventeen: Saint Luke

Day Eighteen: Saint Paul of the Cross

Day Nineteen: Our Father

Day Twenty: Prayer for Patience

Day Twenty-one: Saint John Paul II

Day Twenty-two: Saints & Feast Days in November 2016

Day Twenty Three: Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Day Twenty-Four: Act of Faith

Day Twenty-Five: Act of Hope

Day Twenty-Six: Act of Love

Day Twenty-Seven: Prayer Before a Crucifix

Day Twenty-Eight: Saint Jude

Day Twenty-Nine: Prayer for Vocations

Day Thirty: Prayer for the Deceased

*I may or may not post on Sunday. I try to honor the Lord’s Day as much as possible so unless I have the opportunity to pre-post, there will be no live posts on Sundays.

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