31 Days of Prayer – Prayer Before a Crucifix

Did you know that every Friday during the year is dedicated to the Passion of Jesus, not just during Lent? As we near the end of October and head into All Saints Day and All Souls day, I thought I would share this beautiful prayer before a Crucifix:

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

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

Prayer Before A Crucifix

Look down upon me good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me and calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee my Jesus, ‘They have pierced My hands and My feet, the have numbered all My Bones.’ (Ps. 21: 17-18)*”

The church offers a partial indulgence when said before a crucifix after receiving communion and a plenary (complete) indulgence when said during the Fridays in Lent.

I love this prayer so much that I have developed a habit of praying this prayer whenever I receive communion, either on Sundays or daily mass. It is a poignant reminder of the suffering that Jesus endured for our sakes.


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*As far as I can tell, the author of this prayer is unknown and it is in public domain.

31 Days Writing Challenge

First Communion Joy

Andrew made his communion this past Saturday. I can’t tell you how excited he has been the last few weeks coming up to the day. It was like waiting for Christmas! After church he tells daddy and me, “Finally, finally, I can receive Jesus with the rest of the church!” If only we all had that same joy and anticipation when going to mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist!

During the mass, Andrew had the job of bringing up a candle during the presentation of the gifts. I couldn’t get a good shot, but I wish you could see a picture of his face. He was so concerned about not dropping the candle and setting the church on fire. He was so serious and you could see the determination and carefulness right on his face!

I had a lot of problems with my camera so I only got a few pictures. Thankfully my father-in-law and sister and mom were able to get some better pictures. I can’t wait to get them. At least I can show him off wearing his communion suit:


The altar:


And some family pictures at the communion party. We had lunch at the Royal China Buffet and I have to say they did a marvelous job. The waiter and waitress were very attentive, the party room was lovely and the food was great. We got there right when they were opening, so the food was not only very fresh but piping hot, too!

My husband, Michael, being goofy.

My husband, Michael, being goofy.


Not the best picture, but shows my niece and two sisters-in-law.

Not the best picture, but shows my niece and three sisters-in-law.


7 Quick Takes: “God is Good!” Edition

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We own a house in Ohio that we are currently renting out. On Tuesday night I got a call from the tenant saying that when he replaced the batteries for the carbon monoxide detector it kept going off repeatedly so he had to evacuate the house. We got someone in there on Wednesday and I am happy to report that the problem was with the detector itself. The guy tested everything and there are no problems. I have to pay $85 for them to go over there, plus the cost of the new detector but that’s better than possibly paying thousands!

— 2 —

Tomorrow (Saturday) my son is making his first Holy Confession in preparation for making his first Holy Communion at the end of April. It is such a blessing to see God work in our children, yes? Up until about two months ago my son told me that he wasn’t going to go to confession because he is too nervous. Now he is so excited and can’t wait to go that he has been counting down the days.

— 3 —

We had rain/wind on Wednesday night into Thursday which caused us to lose power. It seems like every time there is a little wind our area loses power. We lost power at 2am and got the power back around 11am, so I won’t complain. Thankfully it was just for a few hours rather than two weeks like it was out during Superstorm Sandy.

— 4 —

Just a reminder: Today is First Friday and Tomorrow is First Saturday if you practice those devotions. If you aren’t in the habit of doing those devotions, today would be a good day to start. 🙂

— 5 —

With all the writing I’ve been doing, by following my “5 minutes a day” program, I finally finished a short story and two flash fiction pieces. I’m not sure If I’ll share them publicly or not, but it feels good to actually finish a writing project. Up until I finished these, most of my 5 minute writings have been mostly snippets of ideas and scenes and character development. Maybe the next time someone asks me what I do I’ll be able to say. “I’m a writer!” 🙂

— 6 —

If you are wondering what flash fiction is and how it compares to writing a short story, here’s a little introduction. For me, someone who can be rather wordy, writing flash fiction is real difficult. But I am liking the challenge and by writing flash fiction I am forced to be more careful with word choice and plot development. I figure that if I can master, or at least get pretty good at writing flash fiction, then all of my other writings will be better too. That’s my hope anyway.

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Here’s a fun song, “God is Good” to bring a smile to your face for this First Friday: (it’s a little over five minutes)

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Book Review: Catholic Update Guide to Communion

Catholic Update Guide to Communion

From the back cover description:

“What is Communion? Why did Jesus give us this extraordinary gift? How do we receive Communion? The Second Vatican Council described the eucharistic sacrifice as the ‘source and summit of all Christian life.’ Using the most current translation of the Roman Missal, our bestselling authors explain this great mystery.”

My comments:

For those of us who are well-versed in Church Teaching, many of the points in “Catholic Update Guide to Communion” are going to be a review of what we all ready know – and that’s a good thing. 🙂 It is good to go back and remind ourselves of the richness of our faith and the Sacraments, especially the gift of the Eucharist.

For those of us who are not well-versed in Church Teaching, the “Catholic Update to Communion” is the perfect “handbook” for being introduced to the profound gift of the Sacrament or the perfect supplement to a course of study on the Eucharist. As a matter of fact, I am planning on using this book as a supplement for helping my son prepare for his First Communion coming in April (2013).

Sprinkled throughout the book are reflection questions that help the reader dig deeper into their understanding and love of the Eucharistic. And I love the practical aspect of the book in the way the authors lay out how to receive Communion. They even explain, in a clear and direct way, why Catholics can not share communion with other non-Catholic Christians.

I give this book three (3) stars and will easily recommend this book to others.

This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Catholic Update guide to Communion. The Catholic Company is also a great online store for all your Catholic gift needs, such as baby baptism and christening gifts. You can also find a wide selection of Catholic Bible Studies for both parish groups and individuals, as well as a variety of other Catholic Bible study resources.


My lovely niece made her first Holy Communion this weekend:

Communion dress

with Father

with friend

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