Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. I think the following scripture (the 2nd reading from the feast day’s mass) from Philippians 2:6-11 sums up this feast perfectly:

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Though He was in the From of God, Jesus did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at.

Rather, He took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.

He was known to be of human estate, and it was thus that He humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross!

Because of this, God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name above every other name,

So that at Jesus’ name every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father:

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

I cannot even begin to fathom the awesomeness of God’s mercy in giving us His son, Jesus, to suffer, die and rise for our salvation. It is simply mind-boggling. What an amazing love God has for us! What lengths He went to in order to assure our place in heaven and to bring us into relationship with Him!

May we today, and every day, remember that great love, especially when we go through struggles and difficulties. There is no suffering that we go through that will compare to the sufferings of Jesus. He knows the feelings of desolation, despair, and agony. And because of that, He is able to assist us and be with us in our suffering. Let us try to live in trust and hope knowing God will always be there for us!

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (06/14/2015)

Sunday Snippets

It has feels like it has been forever since I’ve participated in Sunday Snippets! Now that I have graduated, I am happy to be back. Hopefully, I will be able to get back into regular and consistent blogging and participating here. I missed it!

So, to play catch up, here is the rundown of my post from the last few months:

Book Review: Together With You

Book Review: An Amish Cradle

The Saints and Feasts in June 2015

You Are Marvelous in His Eyes (Some encouragement for those who are struggling)

Book Review: Not Cool

The Sacred Heart = Compassion (must watch video!)

Blessings!

The Saints and Feasts in June

Now that I am done with school, I want to get back into celebration the various saint days and feasts of the liturgical year. Therefore, I decided to type up all the feasts of the month. Then I got the ideas of sharing them here with you, in case you want to print it out as a reminder to celebrate these feasts, too. So, even though it is there days late, here ya go! πŸ™‚

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Saints and Feasts

June 1:Β  St. Justin, Martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 2: Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs (optional memorial)

June 3: St Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs (obligatory memorial)

June 5: St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr (obligatory memorial)

June 6: St. Norbert, Bishop (optional memorial)

June 7: Solemnity of Corpus Christi (date varies year to year, depending on date of Easter) – Holy day of Obligation

June 9: St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 11: St. Barnabus, Apostle (obligatory memorial)

June 12: Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (movable feast)

June 13: Immaculate Heart of Mary (optional memorial – movable feast – day after Sacred Heart)

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 22: St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop (optional memorial)

June 22: Sts. John Fisher, Bishop and Thomas More, Martyrs (optional memorial)

June 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (optional memorial)

June 29: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 30: The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church (optional memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 14: Flag Day (USA)

June 21: Father’s Day ( always 3rd Sunday of June)

June 21: 1st of Summer

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10 Saints in Heaven You Should Get to Know

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(Inspired from RAnn’s latest Question of the Week, and because it is All Saint’s Day (again), I am re-posting this list of saints you should get to know. This list is still relevant and if you haven’t gotten to know them yet you should now. πŸ™‚ )

In honor of All Saint’s Day, I thought I’d share some well-known and not-so-well known saints that would be worth getting to know. πŸ™‚ These saints have been lifted up as examples for us by the church because of their faith, love for God and heroic virtue.

1. St. Joseph. The foster-father of Jesus and husband of Mary is the patron of workers, families and fathers. We need his example in today’s world where families are under (spiritual) attack.

2. St. Jeanne Jugan. I’ve talked about Saint Jeanne Jugan several times before. Her humility, faith and forbearance in difficulties during her lifetime is truly a testimony to God’s goodness. I’m not sure if she is an “official” patron of the elderly, but she should be. πŸ™‚

3. St. Jose Maria Escriva. St. Jose Maria is the founder of Opus Dei, a Catholic institution devoted to helping people grow in the relationship with God through their everyday lives. He had written many books in his lifetime and I love his practical, common sense way of lifting the soul up to God in the midst of all that we do in our lives.

4. St. Faustina. Saint Faustina is known as the “Apostle of Mercy” due to her revelations of Jesus and His infinite mercy. If you haven’t done so, you should really read parts or all of her diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul.”

5. St. Martin de Porres. When I was discerning a vocation, years ago, a sister I knew had great devotion to St. Martin de Porres. She lent me a book about his life and from then on I’ve developed a devotion to him as well. He was one of those saints who practiced severe penances and received extraordinary graces, which most of us are not called to; but, we can imitate his love of prayer, sacrifice and love for the poor. (FYI: His feast day is this Thursday.)

6. St. Bridget of Sweden. A wife and mother of 8 children, St Bridget had great devotion to the Passion of the Lord. She is the one who received the “15 Prayers” found in the Pieta Prayer Book.

7. St. Vincent de Paul. Did you know that the body of St. Vincent de Paul is somewhat incorrupt? It is and when I lived in France years ago, I was able to pray at his shrine. He is known for his great love for the poor and the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues his work today.

8. St. Agnes. St. Agnes is a great saint for your daughters. She is an example of purity and love of God and gave her life rather than sin!

9. St. Dominic Savio. Where Saint Agnes is a great saint for your daughters, St. Dominic Savio is the saint for your sons. He, too, is an example of great purity and custody of the eyes. He also had a deep devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. His motto: “Death, but not sin!”

10. St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque. Saint Margaret-Mary was the apostle of devotion of the Sacred Heart. She suffered much in her life; and yet, she acted with charity, humility and prayer toward those who persecuted. When we are wronged, especially deeply, it is SO HARD to forgive the person (or persons) who have hurt us. So maybe, besides devotion to the Sacred Heart, prayer and silence, St. Margaret can teach us how to forgive.

(P.S. I purposely left out the Blessed Mother because, well, it should be a given that we honor Mary and try to live by her example!)

Who’s your favorite not-too-well-known saint? Do share in the comments so we can get to know them. πŸ™‚

****All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation so don’t forget to make time to go to Mass!

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival ( June 10, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

10 Saints I Can’t Wait to Meet in Heaven

Guest Post: How to Encourage Your Husband to be Leader of the Family

7 Quick Takes: Random Edition

10 Saints I Can’t Wait to Meet When I get to Heaven

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This is one of those random thoughts that came to my mind as I was going about my day. I was thinking about the saints and I started to recall some of my favorites – the saints that I pray to often and whom I wish I had known while they were on earth. Then it came to mind that this would be a fun Top Ten Tuesday post to share. πŸ™‚ In no particular order, here are some saints who fascinate me and whom I can’t wait to meet (I’m not including Our Lord or the Blessed Mother, as they are a given!):

1. St. Joseph. I had to put St. Joseph first on the list because he is truly my all-time favorite saint and I have great devotion to him. Not only is he the husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, he has never let me down. πŸ™‚ His feast days are March 19 (St. Joseph, husband of Mary) and May 1 (St Joseph the Worker).

2. St. Peter. I love St. Peter! Yes, he was our first Pope; however, when I read about him in the bible I can relate to his humanness. St. Peter shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Paul.

3. St. Paul. There’s not a lot I can say about St. Paul. He’s awesome and someone I can’t wait to meet for sure. πŸ™‚ St. Paul shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Peter.

4. St. Josemaria Escriva. St. Josemaria is the founder of Opus Dei. I had “adopted” him as my spiritual father several years ago because I appreciate his practical nature that comes through his many writings. His feast day is June 26.

5. St. Martin de Porres. I was introduced to St. Martin de Porres by a sister back when I was discerning a vocation. He grew up poor and had a great charity and love for the poor. He is a wonderful example of prayer and holiness. His feast day in November 3.

6. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Margaret was an apostle to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of my favorite devotions. She suffered much in her life and yet prevailed in great virtue. Her feast day is October 17.

7. St. Faustina. The apostle of Mercy, St. Faustina, is pretty well-known, so not much introduction is needed. I have relied on her intercession many times and I look forward to seeing her in heaven. St. Faustina’s feast day is October 5.

8. St. Monica. Oh, St. Monica is a wonderful model of perseverance! For many years she prayed for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine and her own husband. She encourages me when I get sad or discouraged about the family members who are far from the Lord. Her feast day is August 27.

9.Β  Saint Jeanne Jugan. I’ve mentioned Saint Jeanne Jugan before, twice. πŸ™‚ I have great admiration for Blessed Jeanne Jugan’s humility, deep faith and prayer life. Her feast day is August 30.

10. St. Bridget of Sweden. St. Bridget had great devotion to the passion of Our Lord and it is from her that we get the controversal 15 Prayers. She is known for great visions but what I admire is her said devotion to the passion of Our Lord and her example of prayer. St. Bridget’s feast day is July 23.

I have to say it was hard just picking just ten! I could probably do a top 100 list of saints I want to meet – and I probably will do another one of these lists. πŸ™‚ Til then it’s your turn. Who are some the saints you can’t wait to meet when you get to heaven?

(Linked also to Saints and Scripture Sundays.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 1 and 2

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May is traditionally devoted to Mary, so I decided to do the 31 day devotional that is found in my all-time favorite prayer-book, Handbook of Prayers.

How this devotional will work

Each day there will be a mini reflection to read, a short quote (from St. Jose Maria Escriva, another saint or the Bible), and a practical way to honor Our Lady for the day. The whole prayer should take about 3-5 minutes, so it’s not long, but hopefully will enrich your devotion to Mary. πŸ™‚

In this post, you will find day one and day two’s prayers. For the rest of the month, you will one prayer for each corresponding day.

Day One

Mary: the Mother of God

“The greatest praise we can give to the Blessed virgin is to address her loudly and clearly by the name that expresses her very highest dignity: ‘Mother of God’.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Frequent aspirations of love, such as: “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us.”

Day Two

Mary: The Most Perfect Creature

“She who is full of grace, the object of God’s pleasure, exalted above all the angels and the saints, lived an ordinary life.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Place an image or picture of our Lady in a prominent place in our home and reciting an aspiration whenever we glance at it.

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My Latest Top Ten Favorite Blogs

It’s been a long time since I shared the Ten Blogs I love and Recommend and Ten More Blogs I love and recommend, two years in fact! I still love those blogs, but since it’s been so long, I thought I’d give a little link love to some other blogs I read regularly.

By the way, most of these blogs I found through Sunday Snippets, Saints and Scripture and Top Ten Tuesday. It’s so worth checking out link-ups!

1. Money Saving Mom. A great blog by a young Christian mom who offers great advice on living frugaly

2. Savvy Blogging. A multi-contributor blog that offers advice on blogging and growing your blog.

3. Thoughts on Grace. Colleen posts awesome and thought-provoking meditations on the spiritual life.

4. Kathleen Basi. Kathleen about a variety of subjects. I absolutely love her writing style!

5. Plot Line and Sinker. Ellen Gable is a Catholic novelist (I’ve reviewed one of her books and currently reading another). She writes about writing, natural family planning, among other topics.

6. The Jammie Girl. I found Angie’s blog through participating in The Kennedy Adventures! Saints and Scripture Sunday link-up and have been reading it every since. πŸ™‚

7. Cinhosa. He writes well-written, informative reflections. I always come away from his blog learning something.

8. Our Good Family. A Christian mom-blog about a variety of family-related topics.

9. Eclipsed. This is a weight-loss blog written by a Christian woman named Kris. Reading her posts each week inspires me and encourages me in my own journey of weight-loss.

10. Rosary Mom. Noreen blogs about different Catholic-related topics.

What are your favorite current blogs you are reading nowadays? Do share in the comments.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

 

Prayer for Educators and Students

Monday is the memorial of Saint John Bosco, who was a great friend and defender of the youth and an outstanding educator. You can watch a short Youtube video that I found about his life here. (WP won’t let me embed the video for some reason. πŸ™ )

In his honor, I want to dedicate this weekend to praying for all our educators and students.

Educators have a big responsibility and will have to account for their service before God and I thank God for the many wonderful educators and teachers who work hard at teaching our children. But, then when I read of all the things that go on in schools today, such as pushing the homosexual and birth control and other liberal agendas, guns and shootings, and everything else, it can be disheartening.

Students have a responsibility, too, of course. They also need to be encouraged to learn, to overcome whatever circumstances or difficulties they are in, and need to be in an environment that is conducive to learning. They have to deal with all sorts of bullying, peer pressure, and other issues that were not so prominent when many of us were growing up.

So, let’s pray together for our primary, secondary and university teachers and students. Also, let’s not leave out those who are homeschooling. As I’m learning very quickly, that’s not an easy job either – for the mom or dad doing the teaching or the children!

“Eternal God,
Bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning,
new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn
may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

(This prayer was found, and more prayers can be located, at churchyear.net.)

(Linked to Fearless Friday and the Kennedy Adventures!)