Prolife Charities to Support this Lent

We have been focused on the importance of alms giving this week, both in my Facebook Group Lives and here on the blog. Therefore, I thought I would share one of the all-time favorite blog posts about prolife charities to support. I was going to copy and paste the list here with some changes but the comment section is extensive and the discussion is worth reading before making your decision to donate.

Of course, there are other worthy places that deserve our financial support and if you have one you would like to suggest, please leave it in the comments. I would love to check them out.

10 Prolife Charities Worthy of Support

World Day of Prayer for Vocations (This Sunday)

Just want to give you a heads up that this Sunday (April 17, 2016) is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

It is so important to pray for vocations. I am sure we all know that the Church needs more men and women in service to the Lord. As someone who spend a signficant amount of time discerning a religious vocation, I can attest that it is a beautiful and fulfilling life! I may not have had a vocation but I have never regretted my time with the Little Sisters.

And, if you are a parent, please be open to your child having a possible vocation. I was blessed to have parents who supported my decision to discern a vocation. However, during my time with the Little Sisters, I saw so many parents who disapproved (and actively opposed) their daughters’ vocation. This opposition caused a lot of pressure and angst that affected the women’s ability to truly discern God’s plan for them.

For information and prayers for vocations go here and here.

 

St. Jeanne Jugan, Pray for Us!

Jeanne Jugan

St. Jeanne Jugan is one of my favorite saints; so, even though I mentioned her on her feast day last year, I feel compelled to do so again. Not only is she the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, she is a model of humility, faith, and love of God and the poor.

You see, Jeanne Jugan grew up poor – her father being a fisherman that was lost at sea and her mother did her best to take care of Jeanne and her siblings. When Jeanne Jugan was a young adult, she worked as a maid for a Christian family and thus grew in her love for the poor. On one fateful many many years later, she took in her first old woman, thus planting the seed for her new community.

As the congregation grew, Jeanne Jugan was elected superior; but after she was elected as superior a second time, she was removed from office by a priest who was delegated as an adviser to the community. She was put in charge of “begging” (the sisters rely solely on donations for survival). As she got older she lived in the Novitiate where she “formed” the candidates and novices with her humble, faithful example.

She suffered much in her life, and at one point she was no longer even recognized as foundress of her own community. Yet, through it all she trusted in God. You can learn more about her exemplary life here. As you can see, she not only a Champion of the Aged, but a champion of faith as well!

 “My good Jesus, I have only You.” – St. Jeanne Jugan

Here is the novena prayer to St. Jeanne Jugan:

Jesus, you rejoiced and praised your Father for having revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. We thank you for the graces granted to your humble servant, Jeanne Jugan, to whom we confide our petitions and needs.

 Father of the poor, you have never refused the prayer of the lowly, we ask you therefore to hear the petitions that she presents to you on our behalf….

 Jesus, through Mary, your Mother and ours, we ask this of you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

 Saint Jeanne Jugan, pray for us.

Saint Martin de Porres

“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

This week we will be celebrating two big feasts of the church: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. However, instead of focusing this post on one of them, I want to mention another (optional) memorial that’s this week: Saint Martin de Porres.

Saint Martin has a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to him when I first got involved with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Then when I became a novice and took my religious name, it was Sister Elizabeth Martin – after Saint Martin de Porres.

He had to endure a lot of injustice in his life. He was the son of a free black woman and a Spanish Grandee; but, his father did not recognize St. Martin as his son until St. Martin was eight. He lived in abject poverty; but, never let the scars of life embitter him. He trusted in the Lord. He gave to those who were poorer than himself. He was goodness and kindness personified.

Saint Martin was also one of those saints that received extraordinary graces and even had the gift of bi-location. How cool is that? 😉 More importantly, he lived a life of prayer and penance, was charitable, and so humble that when he eventually sought entrance into the Dominican order, he didn’t think himself worthy enough to become a brother. He asked to be a lowly lay helper (although the community “made” him become a brother several years later).

We can strive to imitate many of his virtues and ask him to help us to trust in the Lord when we are faced with injustice or difficulties in life. St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!

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