O Jesus Living in Mary

I’m in the middle of the 33 day of preparation for the renewal of my Marian consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort. I’m starting the final week and one of the recommended prayers is “O Jesus Living in Mary.”  It has been a long time since I’ve done the full 33 day preparation, and to my shame, I don’t remember this prayer!

It is such an awesome prayer I’m going to make a point of committing this to memory:

O Jesus Living in Mary

“O Jesus Living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries;
subdue every hostile power
In Thy Spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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August 14 is the obligatory memorial for Saint Maximilian Kolbe. He had a strong devotion to Our Lady, so it is fitting that his feast falls on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe has quickly become one of our favorite saints and it all started a few years ago. You see, we have this custom in our family (which we “stole” from Saint Faustina’s Diaryaff link) every New Year’s Eve  to pick a special patron for the New Year.  What we do is: I write a bunch of saint names on little pieces of paper, fold them up and put in a hat or other container. Then we take turns picking out a saint. Whoever we pick becomes our special patron saint for the New Year.

During the course of year, we spend time getting to know our special patron by reading up on him/her doing crafts related to him/her and praying to him/her every day. One year, Andrew picked Saint Maximilian Kolbe out of the hat for his special patron and we started getting to know “Saint Max” and celebrating his life.

Most people know Saint Maximilian as the Franciscan Priest who gave his life for another man in the Auschwitz concentration camp; but, he is so much more than that!  In spite of bad health, he was a missionary and champion of the faith; he published a magazine and used the radio to “illuminate the truth and show the true way to happiness” to the people of Poland and elsewhere. He had a great zeal for souls and great love for Our Lady, attributes we should all imitate!

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

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(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures’s Saints and Scripture Sunday posts!)

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

Here’s this week’s Sunday Snippets:

Sunday brought us a challenge from the gospels: Where does Your Treasure Lie?

Monday gave us an easy and super tasty chocolate cookie recipe.

Tuesday brought us to the bible where we shared our favorite Top 10 Scripture Verses to Memorize with Your Children.

Wednesday went wordless (sort of!) as I showed off a couple of pictures from Andrew’s sticker fun!

On Thursday we had tea with Saint Clare.

Fearless Friday gave us another opportunity to pray for each other.

I pray that today, on the feast of the Assumption, Our Lady will intercede for you and all your intentions and that the coming week brings many blessings upon you. 🙂

Fearless Friday: Prayer for our Families

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Today is my brother’s 36th (I think!) birthday. He’s a great guy who has had to deal with lots of “stuff” over the years. He struggles a lot and I’m not really sure where he stands in regards to his faith. Still, I love him dearly and so grateful to have him as my brother. Please, if you can, do say a little prayer for him.

I am also praying for all of our families. Those who are far from the Lord, those who are close to the Lord and those who are somewhere in between. I am praying for all our family members who are struggling with difficulties, those who are sick and for those who are rejoicing. In short, I am praying for all the special intentions of our families!

Prayer for a Family

O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings.
We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst fill the holy House of Nazareth with Thy presence. Keep far from us, above all else, the blemish of sin, and do Thou alone reign in our midst by Thy law,
by Thy most holy love and by the exercise of every Christian virtue. Let each one of us obey Thee, love Thee and set himself to follow in his own life Thine example, that of Mary, Thy Mother and our Mother most loving, and that of Thy blameless guardian, Saint Joseph.

Protect us and our house from all evils and misfortunes, but grant that we may be ever resigned to Thy divine will even in the sorrows which it shall please Thee to send us. Finally give unto all of us the grace to live in perfect harmony and in the fullness of love toward our neighbor. Grant that every one of us may deserve by a holy life the comfort of Thy holy Sacraments at the hour of death.
O Jesus, bless us and protect us.

O Mary, Mother of grace and of mercy, defend us against the wicked spirit, reconcile us with Thy Son, commit us to His keeping,
that so we may be made worthy of His promises.

Saint Joseph, foster-father of our Savior, guardian of His holy Mother, head of the Holy Family, intercede for us, bless us and defend our home at all times.

Saint Michael, defend us against all the evil cunning of hell.

Saint Gabriel, make us to understand the holy will of God.

Saint Raphael, preserve us from all sickness and from every danger to our lives.

Our holy Guardian Angels, keep our feet safely on the path of salvation both day and night.

Our holy Patrons, pray for us before the throne of God. Yea, bless this house,

O God the Father, who hast created us;

O God the Son, who hast suffered for us upon the holy Cross,

and Thou, O Holy Spirit, who hast sanctified us in holy Baptism.

May the one God in three Divine Persons preserve our bodies, purify our minds, direct our hearts and bring us all to everlasting life.

Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost!

Amen.

(Prayer found at catholic.org)

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A Spot of Tea with Saint Clare

Yesterday was the St Clare’s feast day – the foundress of the Poor Clare Nuns. And, since Andrew has been asking for another tea party, I decided to combine the two!

First, Andrew “invited” some of his stuffed animals (!), and we set the table with our table cloth and china. Then we made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we cut into shapes. While eating lunch I read about the life of Saint Clare and talked about it for a bit.

St. Clares Teatime

St Clare Andrew

After lunch, we ate homemade sugar cookies and I read to Andrew from two of his favorite books: “Guess How Much I Love You” and “Children’s Book of Virtue.”

Sugar Cookies

Andrew and Sugar cookies

Teatime books

He loves the stories in the “Children’s Book of Virtues! If you are familiar with the book, his favorite story is ‘Saint George and the Dragon’; which is so typical of a boy! lol! 🙂

Wordless Wednesday: Sticker Fun!

Andrew stickers

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Andrew is proudly showing off  a picture of  an ocean sticker set sent to him from his nanny (maternal grandmother) a while back that he finally decided to put together. He did a great job, didn’t he? (Me, biased? Nah! lol!)

(You can check out more Wordless Wednesday pictures here.)

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cookies

chocolate cookiesThis fantastic chocolate recipe (with a hint of peanut butter!) can be found on page 23 in “Jiffy’s” recipe book. My son and I made these on Friday and so enjoyed them! They are perfect if you need a little chocolate fix. 🙂

Recipe: Quck and Easy Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 package “Jiffy” chocolate muffin mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and peanut butter together.
  2. Add the sugar and egg to the butter/peanut butter mixture and beat until creamy.
  3. Stir in muffin mix and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop by tablespoons on ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 10-12 minutes.

Quick Notes

Check the cookies after 8 minutes. I have an electric oven, which may have baked them quicker, but 8 minutes was sufficient to bake them through.

Here’s a picture of Andrew enjoying some cookies. Trust me, they are quite good!

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Other recipes you might like:

Peanut Butter Play dough

Peas and Macaroni

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

Where does Your Treasure Lie? – Saints and Scripture Sunday

Saints and Scripture Sunday
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“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” Luke 12:34

I was challenged by these words today. I felt personally asked, “Where does your heart lie?” Truth be told, it hasn’t been lying where it should be.

Why is it so easy to get caught up in all the busyness and craziness of everyday life? Why is it that our relationship with God is always the first to go by the wayside? (For me, at least.) Even when I make time for prayer, it is often distracted and rushed through, just to get done.

What I want is a deep, meaningful relationship with the Lord. This is only possible if I take the time for deep meaningful conversations with Him. I have follow my own suggestions for taking time for prayer, to listen to Him, and to let the Holy Spirit guide me.

That’s my resolution for this week. To focus on deepening my relationship with the Lord. To make the time to pray and focus my heart on the Lord.

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

I am happy to be participating in my first Sunday Snippet. A big thanks to This That and the Other Thing blog for hosting!

Here is a brief synopsis of this week’s posts:

On Monday, I offered suggestions on how to honor the Blessed Mother during the Month of August, as it is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

On Tuesday, I shared my entry for the Simple Woman’s Day Book.

On Wednesday, it was all about organization – organizing kitchen utensils, to be exact. How do you organize yours?

On Thursday, we learned a little bit about Lectio Divina, which is is Latin for praying the scriptures.

On Friday, we were fearless. It is the day dedicated to praying for each other. It was also the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, so my prayer theme was “Listen to Him.”

That was it for this week. I hope you all have a Blessed Sunday and a fabulous week. God bless you.

Fearless Friday: “Listen to Him”

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Today is the feast of the Transfiguration. In reading the mass readings for today, these verses particularly stand out:

“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.”

Today I am praying for the grace to be able to hear the voice of Jesus. I am praying for the grace to not let the the many cares of daily life from getting in the way of listening to His voice. I am praying for the grace to make time for prayer and reading His Word. I am praying for a deepening of my relationship with the Lord.

I am praying for this grace for each of you today, as well. I am praying that you have a deepening of your relationship with Jesus, that you grow ever closer to Him with each new day.

May our minds and hearts be transfigured unto Jesus.

What is your prayer intention for today? For this week? Please share at Free Spirit Haven so that we can pray with you.