Saint Martha, Pray for Us!

Saint Martha

Father,
your Son honored St. Martha
by coming to her home as a guest.
By her prayers
may we serve Christ in our brothers and sisters
and be welcomed by you into heaven, our true home.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(Opening Prayer from the Feast Day Mass)

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday)

Fearless Fridays: Prayers for Employment

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Fearless Friday is hosted by Free Spirit Haven who has committed herself to pray for the needs of others. I am so touched by this and want to add my prayers with hers.

In particular, I am praying today for all those who are unemployed. My husband has been out of work for a while now, so we can absolutely relate with those who are in the same boat as us. He has put in so many applications and went to so many interviews and at times he gets discouraged, but still carries on.

So today, I ask for prayers for my husband that he gets a good job soon and I commit to praying for the thousands of others looking for work as well.

God bless!

Will You Join us in Praying for our Country?

My friend Anne, over at Living in the Two Hearts, clued me in on the America Needs Fatima‘s crusade to get as many people as they can to pray for our country on the Fourth of July at 6pm.

Our country is facing many challenges and it is only through prayer and trust in God that these challenges will be overcome. Our Lord says in Matthew 18: 19-20:

“I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Let us take claim to God’s promise and act on it! Won’t you take 20 minutes of your time over this holiday weekend to pray the rosary and thank the Lord for the gift of our freedom and ask His mercy upon us?

And hey, for those of you reading this who aren’t Catholic, you’re not off the hook! πŸ™‚ You are welcomed and encouraged to join us in prayer for our country too! Just join us at 6pm Sunday and say whatever prayer that you feel led to pray.

Thank you in advance for your participation and God bless. “See you” on Sunday, 6pm sharp! πŸ™‚

(Find more photos like the one above here.)

10 Ways to Make Time for Prayer

clockAs Christian women, we know the importance of making time for prayer. We want to foster our relationship with Jesus and spending time with Him is the only real way to do that. As busy moms, we also know that finding time for prayer can be a challenge. We make excuses. We get caught up in all the details of homeschooling, running our homes and (sometimes) playing chauffeur for our children.

If you want to make prayer a priority but can’t seem to find the time, the trick might be to sneak it in! Here are some tips that have helped me fit prayer into my day:

1. Get up early. Yeah, that can be hard, I know; especially if your young ones are early birds. Until recently, my son would be up between 5:30-6:00am and getting up at 5:00am was HARD. Still, if you can get up even 20 minutes before your children and spend just 15 minutes or so with the Lord in prayer or reading the Bible, you will be amazed at how it can set your day right. You’ll be more focused and prepared for the day and have that extra boost to keep the Lord in your heart during the day.*

2. Make a prayer appointment. We make hair appointments, doctor appointments and all kinds of appointments so why not make a prayer appointment? When you are calendaring your other appointments, blot out a time for prayer each day or at least once a week. If you can leave your child/children with grandparents or mother’s helper for a while even better. Take that time for adoration before our Lord in the Eucharist if your church offers it. **

3. Pray as a family. Praying with your children is an awesome way to not only find time for yourself to pray, but also instill a habit of prayer in your children. It doesn’t have to be long. You can do five minutes of morning devotions before starting school or pray a decade of the rosary after dinner. Let each child take turns leading the prayers each day so that they feel involved.

4. Hide some aspirations around the house. Okay, this might sound silly, but it does help! Write little aspirations (such as “Jesus I trust in You.” or “Sweet Jesus, be my salvation.”) or scripture verses down on sticky notes and post them on the inside of your kitchen cabinets or doors, mirrors or any where around the house where you will see them frequently.

5. Pray while you work. Throw on a rosary DVD while you clean the house or tackle a household project. Or, put on some worship music so you can sing out your prayer to the Lord. (A fun homeschooling project would be to have each kid write his or her own “prayer song” to sing during devotional time.)

6. Exercise. Again, put on some worship music and dance before the Lord! You’ll get in a good workout and pray at the same time. Going for a run or bike ride? Don’t be so quick to put on those headphones. Use that time to pray and chat with our Lord, Our Lady and/or the saints. Lifting weights? Say an aspiration with each repetition.

7. Pray in the car. Going on a long trip? Listen to the Bible on tape for a while. Throw on a DVD of the Divine Mercy Chaplet or worship music while on your way to or from the store, appointments or activities. Dropping the littles off somewhere? Spend a couple of minutes in the car before driving off to your next destination. Picking them up? Get there a few minutes early and sit in silence before the Lord before it’s time to get them.

8. Turn off the TV. Believe me, I know how tempting it can be to plop down in front of the television after a busy day. You want to get off your feet and relax. Why not put off turning the TV on for 30 minutes and work on a bible study or read the Catechism or pray the rosary first? You may change your mind about turning the TV on at all. πŸ™‚

9. Pray in bed. If he’s willing, take a few minutes to pray with your husband before drifting off to sleep. Having trouble getting to sleep? The cadence of the rosary or divine mercy chaplet is very soothing and easily can put your body and spirit to rest.

10. Join (or form) a mom’s prayer group. Getting together with other moms to pray for and support each other in your journey with the Lord can be an awesome blessing. If there isn’t a group already formed, get a few of your mom friends and see if they are interested. Each mom can take turns hosting or meet at a local park (weather permitting). The kids can play while the moms can pray!

BONUS! 11. Head for the restroom. Hey, sometimes you’ve got to get creative! πŸ™‚ If all else fails and you’ve been too busy to even think, head for the restroom for a minute or two (even if you don’t have to “go”). Use that time to re-group and re-center In the Lord.

Obviously you can’t (nor should you, necessarily) do all these all day everyday. What’s important is to take time to strengthen your relationship with the Lord so take it slow and experiment with the different suggestions until you find the ones that work for you.

Do you have any creative ways for incorporating prayer into your every day? Do share! I’d love to find new suggestions for growing in my relationship with the Lord.

*If you areΒ  having difficulty getting up in the morning, you may have to re-think your evenings! Are you going to bed too late? Can you re-arrange things so you can get to bed earlier? Of course, if You are a night person, praying at night instead of the morning will work for you instead. πŸ™‚

**Another idea would be to do a “kid’s swap” with another mom. You take her kids for an hour or two one day a week and she takes your kids on another day of the week. This is a great way to give both moms a break. (Just try not to cheat and run errands or do other things when you could be praying!)

(This post is linked to WFMW and Top 10 Tuesday.)

(Photo Credit: Dennis Hill and Friends)

Our Greatest Weapon: The Rosary

I found this awesome YouTube video over @ A Woman’s Place blog and must share it. It is an absolutely beautiful expose on the beauty and importance of the rosary.

A Prayer for Fathers

“St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty.
You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands.
Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes.
They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness.
But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother.
Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.”

– Pope John XXIII

(This and other Catholic prayers can be found at catholic.org)

Prayer need for a family member with lung cancer

Yesterday, my cousin (technically my cousin’s wife) found out that she has stage three lung cancer. The doctors are giving her about two-three months. It is heartbreaking for the whole family. She is only 55. My heart is heavy and I am so sorry for her.

She’s a fighter though. She told my mom that she is going to enjoy this weekend with her family before starting chemo. She’s going to do all she can.

Please in your kindness, pray for Michelle, that God give her the peace and courage that she needs. That she be healed if it be His will and that she has acceptance, whatever the outcome. Also, please say a prayer for the family; especially her husband (my actual cousin) and her children.Β  Thanks.

Prayer to St. Peregrine

O great St. Peregrine, you have been called “The Mighty,” “The Wonder-Worker,” because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.

For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more. You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction. Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.

(Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying) – For Michelle and all those suffering with any form of cancer. –

Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity, a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.

Amen.

(hat-tip to EWTN)

Btw, Let me pray for you, too. If you have any prayer requests, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the prayer list in my journal. God bless.

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

I hope everyone is enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend. Don’t forget to say a prayer of thanks for all those who lost their lives for our freedom!

God bless our all our military men and women.

(P.S. Today is also the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through her intercession, we pray for the safety and well-being of all our soldiers who are serving our country now or who are scheduled to be deployed soon.)

Saint Philip Neri – A Day Late :)

I love learning about the saints. Do you? In raising my son, and wanting him to know and love the traditions of the Church, I’ve been getting to know more about the Saints then I ever have!

St. Philip Neri is case in point. (Yes, I know this is a day late!) I never knew anything about him until now. According to my daily missal, he is called the “saint of joy.” Who knew?! If you want to get to know him -and you should!- you can go here or here.

Let me just share with you the beautiful opening prayer from yesterday’s liturgy:

Father,
you continually raise up your faithful to the glory of holiness.
InΒ  your love, kindle in us the fire of the Holy Spirit who so filled
the heart of Philip Neri.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever.
Amen.