Hold Your Eyes on God and Leave the Doing to Him

I love this quote by Saint Jane Frances de Chantal:

Hold Your Eyes on God

It is a great reminder that God has everything under control, even when it doesn’t seem like it! And, it is a reminder that I need often. I struggle with anxiety issues and sometimes I get frustrated by the fact that I get worked up over such little things. This quote makes me realize that worrying will not get me anywhere. God will. He is present in all the craziness of life and will help pull us through!

By the way, did you know that today is the optional memorial of St. Jane Frances de Chantal? She was an incredible woman. She was also blessed with a double vocation in that she was married with six children and then became a religious sister some years after her husband’s death. St. Jane is also the foundress of the Visitation of Mary Sisters.

St. Jane is a wonderful role model for mothers, wives, and religious. I hope you will take some time to get to know her a little bit.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us!

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Saint and Feast Days in May 2016

Boy, May came quick! There are a lot of fun and wonderful feast days this month such as Ascension, Pentecost and the Visitation of Mary. I am hoping to make an effort to fully celebrate these days, both liturgically and at home.

Saint & Feast Days in May 2016

Image by Dwilliams (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

In addition to these days, we are getting a new bishop in my diocese (Metuchen) tomorrow, May 3. I will definitely be watching the installation! Anyway, here are the saint and feast days for May:

Saints and Feasts

May 4: St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

May 3: Sts. Philip & James, Apostles (feast)

May 5: Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity & holy day of obligation) Some dioceses transfer feast to the following Sunday.

May 6: First Friday Devotions (optional)

May 7: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

May 8: Mother’s Day & Ascension of our Lord celebrated in some dioceses.

May 10: St. Damien de Veuster, priest (optional memorial)

May 12: Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 12: St. Pancras, martyr (optional memorial)

May 13: Our Lady of Fatima (optional memorial)

May 14: St. Matthias, apostle (feast)

May 15: Pentecost (Solemnity)

May 18: St. John I, pope & martyr (optional memorial)

May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (optional memoria)

May 21: St. Christopher Magallanes, priest & Companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 22: Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)

May 25: St. Bede the Venerable, priest & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

May 25: St. Gregory VII, pope (optional memorial)

 May 25: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin (optional memorial)

May 26: St. Philip Neri, Priest (obligatory memorial)

May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury (optional memorial)

May 29: Corpus Christi (Solemnity)

May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast)

Other Dates to Note

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

May is traditionally dedicated to The Blessed Mother

May 1: 6th Sunday of Easter

May 5: National Day of Prayer, Holocaust Remembrance Day, & Cinco de Mayo (USA)

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 21: Armed Forces Day (USA)

May 23: Victory Day (Canada)

May 30: Memorial Day

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31 Days With Mary: Day 31

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Mary: The Visitation

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” –Luke 1:41-45

Offering: Praying the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary with devotion and love.

Thank you for praying this month-long devotion with me. I hope you have been blessed and graced during this time with Mary!