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. 🙁 )

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!)

The Holy Name of Jesus: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, ‘Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in His name this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:8-12

Traditionally in the Catholic Church, January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The feast has been celebrated in the church since the 15th century on a local level and was extended to the whole church in 1721. The feast of the Holy name of Jesus is a wonderful feast (optional memorial, actually) that is officially celebrated on January 3rd. The feast is overlooked, however, due to all the other celebrations of the Christmas season, which is why I am mentioning it now. 🙂 .

Here are some resources about and devotions for the Holy Name of Jesus for the month of January:

Catholic Encyclopedia

Wikipedia

Prayers in honor of the Holy Name

Fisheaters

About.com

(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures!)

Saint Paul of the Cross: Saints and Scripture Sunday

On Wednesday, the Church celebrated the optional of Saint Paul of the cross, founder of the Passionists. If you don’t know much about Saint Paul of the Cross, it would be worth it to get to know him. 🙂 You can read about him here and here.

St. Paul of the Cross had a deep understanding of the sacrifice of Jesus and the love poured off from the Cross. He had great zeal for souls and continually offered (often severe) sacrifices and mortifications for their conversion. Of course, most of us aren’t called to do severe penances or mortifications, but we (speaking mostly for myself) can all probably follow his example and sacrifice ourselves a little more!

Here are a few nuggets of wisdom from Saint Paul of the Cross:

“It is an excellent and holy practice to call to mind and meditate on our Lord’s Passion, since it is by this path that we shall arrive at union with God. In this, the holiest of all schools, true wisdom is learned, for it was there that all the saints became wise.”

“Look upon the face of the Crucified, who invites you to follow Him. He will be a Father, Mother–everything to you.”

“The world lives unmindful of the sufferings of Jesus, which are the miracle of miracles of the Love of God”

(Join us for other Saints and Scripture posts at The Kennedy Adventures!)

Angels Among Us: A Personal Witness

“For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

With Autumn comes two excellent feast days. On September 29 we celebrate the feast of the Archangels and on October 2 we celebrate the obligatory memorial of the Guardian Angels.

Image by Alexas_Fotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

I love these celebrations of the angels and I love knowing that God has given each of us our own angel to watch over us and protect us. (Between you and me, I am convinced that God gives little boys more than one guardian angel – at least to my physical, somewhat clumsy son! LOL!)

Devotion to the Holy Angels was something that was taught to me much of my life. I was taught to give my guardian angel a name and to pray to him (and all the angels) daily. I was also taught say the prayer to Saint Michael every day. To this day, I still pray to the angels and am trying to teach my son to do so too.

So, in honor of the Guardian Angels, I want to share a couple of real life examples of encounters with Angels. They may sound crazy, but I promise you, they are absolutely true.

This first event happened way back in the dark ages, when I was seventeen. {smile}

One night, when it was already dark, I was driving with a guy-friend. My friend was making a left-hand turn when his car stalled: Right in the middle of the street. In the meantime, there was another car barreling toward us from the opposite direction at full speed. I don’t know if that person saw us or not because he/she never slowed down, not even a little. Can you say panic?!

All of a sudden, when the other car was only a few feet away, our car was lifted up and out of the way! It wasn’t lifted up very high; just high enough to get across the intersection. There was no one around, our car hadn’t started, nor did that person coming toward us stop at all. It just continued speeding down the road as if we weren’t even there. It was the craziest thing!

Needless to say, both of us were quite shaken up. At the time of the incident, my friend didn’t have much of a relationship with the Lord and I was just re-discovering my faith. And I can tell you, that incident left a deep impression on me and my faith. I have never forgotten that night and I don’t think I ever will.

Another “encounter” with an angel that happened to me was in 2004. I was on a pilgrimage with my husband and some others to Medjugorje*. On the bus ride from the airport to the village Medjugorje, I saw a warrior angel in the sky. I am not sure how I knew it was a warrior angel but I had the distinct impression that this angel was protecting us during the course of our trip. And, that sense of protection stayed with me the whole time we were in the Village and surrounding areas.

I believe that there have been dozens of little ways the angels have protected us over the years; many of which, I’m sure, I never even noticed or recognized. These two events, however, have been permanently embedded in my mind and heart! It is comforting to know that God “has our backs” and sends His Angels to watch over us and protect us. Isn’t it?

What about you? Have you ever had an encounter with an angel or felt his/her protection in your life? Please, do share them with us in the comments.

**********

*Although my experience at Medjugorje was positive, and I personally believe they are true, the jury is still out in regards to the apparitions of Medjugorje and they have not yet been officially approved by the Church. I will submit completely to the decision of the Church regarding these apparitions, whatever that decision may be.

(If you want to learn more about our Catholic belief in the angels check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church numbers 328-349.)

Anniversary Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48

Welcome to this week’s Saints and Scripture Sunday! Today happens to be a special day for me, for a few reasons:

1. It is my husband’s and my seventh wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already! It feels like we just got married! LOL! (I won’t be seeing my honey because he has to work, so: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Michael! I LOVE YOU!)

2. Although it’s not celebrated this year (because Lord’s Day takes precedence), today is the obligatory memorial of the Queen-ship of Mary. The Queen-ship of Mary is a beautiful feast. Jesus has given us HIS mother to be our mother and Queen intercessor.

3. Today is also the anniversary and renewal of our (me and my husband) total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to Saint Louis de Montfort.

What makes our consecration extra special is that we made the actual consecration during our wedding ceremony! We asked our priest friend who married us if we could make the consecration during the mass and he said yes.  So, after communion, we went as a newly married couple to pray before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which is custom for us Catholics). We prayed the WHOLE consecration (it’s a bit long) and afterward (to our surprise) Father had us sign the consecration in front of everyone. It was truly a special moment for us. 🙂

Saint Bonaventure says: “Listen, all you who desire the Kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!”

Let us this week strive to deepen our relationship with Our Lady! God bless you.