Mary Mother of God and Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a blessed, happy and grace-filled New Year!

Today is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which is a wonderful feast to bring in the new  year. Let this solemnity be an incentive to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Mary because the closer we are to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus!

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here’s how I did last week:

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. Get ahead with some school projects.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Finish reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link) (Will be posting review this week.)

Here are my plans for this week:

1. Pray the rosary at least twice.

2. Get up by 7:00 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least twice.

5. Post review for the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link).

6. Take Andrew to CCD and homeschool Co-op.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Not much done other than school work this week but I am mostly caught up…

1. Pray the rosary each day. (Only got it in a couple of times this week.)

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning. (Missed a couple of days, but did okay.)

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. (Still waiting on one of the books I need for a class, so I will have to do some major catch-up when it comes in!)

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew. (Still looking…)

6. Keep Andrew on track with his home school.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class. (Didn’t even get a chance to open it. 🙁 )

Here are the few goals I have for this week:

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew.

6. Take Andrew to doctor’s appointment for well visit.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

 

31 Days With Mary: Day 30

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Mary: Channel of Grace

“Since the fullness of the Divine Nature dwelt in Mary’s womb, the Blessed Virgin thereby, acquired a kind of jurisdiction over all graces, for the all the streams of Divine grace flow from her womb as from the ocean of Divinity which was within her.” –St. Bonaventure

Offering: A prayer, such as the Hail Mary, for someone in need of prayer.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 29

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Mary: Queen of Heaven

“She lives now and is protecting us. She is there in heaven, body and soul, with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit…But we should never think that this sublime greatness of hers makes her inaccessible to us. She is the one who is full of grace and the sum of all perfections…and she is also our Mother.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Praying the Hail Holy Queen, devoutly and with attention, several times during the day.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 26

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Mary: The Way to Jesus

“Many conversations, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Encouraging someone to begin a relationship or grow in his or her relationship with Mary, and through her with Jesus.

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(P.S. The ninth -last- day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 23

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Mary: Queen of the Apostles

“In their booklet, Devotion to Mary, Queen of Apostles, the Daughters of St. Paul express, beautifully, the meaning of this title : ‘ Mary is Queen of Apostles because she was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ and to give Him to the world; she was made the Apostles’ Mother and our own by Our Savior on the cross; she was with the Apostles while awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit, obtaining for them the abundance of supernatural graces they received on Pentecost.'” — www.vocations-holyfamily.com/mary.html

Offering: A kind word to someone with whom we live or work.

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(P.S. The sixth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 22

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Mary: Ever Virgin

“”We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of all things, both visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God . . . who for us men and for our salvation came down and took flesh, that is, was born perfectly of the holy ever-virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.” –St. Epiphanius of Salamis

Offering: Reciting devoutly the “Blessed be Your Purity” prayer below:

“Blessed be your purity, May it be blessed for ever, For no less than God takes delight, In such exalted beauty. To you, heavenly Princess, Holy Virgin Mary, I offer on this day My whole heart, life and soul. Look upon me with compassion, do not leave me, my Mother.”

-Author unknown

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31 Days With Mary: Day 21

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Mary: Prayer

“Let us ask the Blessed Virgin to make us contemplatives, to teach us to recognize the constant calls from God at the door of our heart.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 19

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Mary: Her Faith

“If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. St. John tells us that it was because of the miracle that Christ performed, at his mother’s request, at the marriage feast at Cana, that ‘his disciples learned to believe in him’ Our Mother is always interceding with her Son, so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us in such a way that we can cry out, ‘You are the Son of God!'” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: The Memorare prayed well and carefully for the person in our life who most needs the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assistance.

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(P.S. The second day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)