Fearless Friday: Prayer for Cancer Patients

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It seems like every time I turn around lately somebody I know and love (or know of) has been recently diagnosed with some form of cancer: lung cancer, colon cancer, throat cancer.

So, I am dedicating today to pray for those with cancer, for their families and caretakers. I pray that the Lord heals them if it be His will, or comfort and strength as they deal with their disease.

Prayer to St. Anthony for Those Suffering with Cancer

Dear St. Anthony, you recognized Our Lord Jesus as the Divine Healer. In your goodness and kindness, please intercede for all those who are suffering from cancer.

If it is God’s will, I ask that this day, the gift of healing be granted to them. Comfort them during times of unbearable pain, and ask our Lord to grant them peace and patience in suffering.

May God give them the fullness of life here on earth, or call them home to eternal glory forever. Amen.

(H/T to saintfrancis.net, where I found this prayer.)

Come join us every week for Fearless Friday where we commit to praying for one another!)

How to Make a Good Confession

I came across a link on Twitter the other day and wanted to share it with you. It’s Father Z’s 20 Tips for making How to Make a Good Confessiona good confession.

Confession is a sadly misunderstood sacrament within and without the Catholic Church. It’s such a shame, too. The Sacrament of Confession (now widely known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation) is a tremendous gift from God to the Church.

I remember years ago reading in the book Pierced by a Sword (aff link) confession being described as “whispering into the ears of Jesus.” And, in faith, we know that is exactly what confession is. When we confess our sins we are whispering (or talking) to God through the priest, who is an instrument of God’s grace.

From personal experience, I can say that Confession is a very powerful and healing sacrament. I have often been deeply touched by God’s grace in the confessional and always come out strengthened in faith and ready to do battle for the Lord.

Anyhoo, getting back on point: Father Z offers very practical tips, from waiting in line patiently to how to confess any mortal sins. Do take a moment to check those tips out. 🙂

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Tweetable: How to Make a Good Confession

Tasty Fruit Tarts

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been offering a different recipe each week.  Today’s recipe is one of my favorites. It is a fruit tart recipe that my aunt has been making for as long as I can remember. Traditionally she always made them for Thanksgiving and Christmas; but, now that I’m an adult and have the recipe, I don’t have to wait as long to get them. :mrgreen: Enjoy!

Recipe: Individual Fruit Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 package individual graham cracker crusts
  • 1 can of your choice of fruit (pie) filling

How to:

  1. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with hand-held mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla until well mixed.
  3. Spoon mixture into the tart shells and chill until firm.
  4. When ready to eat, spoon the fruit filling on top of the tart and enjoy. 🙂

Quick Notes

  • We usually have a few fruit filling choices available and allow each person to pick their own. Our favorites are cherry and blueberry.
  • For an extra sweetness, add a dollop of whipped cream on top!

(P.S. I haven’t made this in a while, so I don’t have a picture. Sorry!)

Other recipes you might like:

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cookies

Corn Pone

Deviled Eggs

(Linked to Recipe Roundtable. Go link up your recipe, too!)

Our Family’s Top 10 Children’s Books

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Books, books, books! We LOVE to read in our house! If Andrew had it his way, we’d sit and do nothing but read all day! So, inspired by Crystal’s recent read-aloud series, I thought I’d share 10 of the books Andrew loves the most. Enjoy!

1.The Children’s Book of Virtues. I’ve mentioned this before, but this is hands-down one of our favorite books. It is a conglomerate of short stories, tales and fables that teach many valuable lessons.  Andrew’s favorite story, of course, is “St. George and the Dragon!”

2. A Small Child’s book of Verse. Like the above book, this is a conglomerate of known and not-so-known rhymes and poems. Some teach a lesson and some are just plain fun! They are a great way to begin instilling a love of verse in your children.

3. A Child’s Treasury of Bible Stories. This is a large, picture-filled beginner’s bible. The bible stories are short and easy for little ones to understand and there are big, colorful pictures to reinforce the stories. As expected, David (and Goliath) and Jonah are Andrew’s favorites and I love how they easily portray the stories of Jesus.

4. Picture Book of Saints. This is the perfect book for learning about some of our great Saints. The biographies are short and include the opening prayer for the saint’s feast day mass. We often read this at breakfast time on each saint’s feast day; but, also, Andrew likes to pick up the book anytime and look through the pictures and “read” about them himself.

5. Thunder Cake. This is a sweet, true story of a young girl who was afraid of thunderstorms and how her grandmother helped her overcome her fear by making a “thunder cake.” There is even the grandmother’s recipe for the cake in the back of the book. (I’ve never made the cake yet – maybe someday!)

6. Guess How Much I Love You. This tender story is our ultimate-favorite bedtime book. Little Nutbrown Hare tries to show bid Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. We often expand on the story ourselves trying to top each other in expressing how much we love each other. We usually get pretty silly doing this and ending up laughing up a storm!

7. McDuff and the Baby. This tells the story of a family who brings home a baby from the dog’s perspective. It is a short, very cute book. Very well illustrated.

8. Goodnight Moon. This is, I believe, a well-known classic. Need I say more. 😛

9. My Special Dinosaur Adventure. This is a personalized book that was given to Andrew a couple of Christmases ago my an Aunt. His name, address and three of his cousins are written into the book. There are several “My Adventure Books” but in this particular story, Andrew is taken back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This is a fun book that Andrew loves me to read over and over again!

10. My Big Rescue Book. This is a large picture book with colorful images of emergency vehicles, trucks, boats and people in uniform. The perfect book for a little boy! Andrew will spend up the 45 minutes looking at each picture and talking about being a fire fighter, police officer, etc.!

11. BONUS 1! Spot Goes to the Park. Andrew is learning to read and can recognize many of the words in this simple story. The print is very large and the images are bright and big.

12. BONUS 2! Green Eggs and Ham. Andrew specifically asked me to add this in! Who doesn’t love this classic story? “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am!”

I had a real hard time picking and choosing the favorites of our favorites. I may have to do a part two post! What books do you love to read to your children? Do share in the comments! I am always on the lookout for new books to read!

(This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)

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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Image in Public Domain

(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.)