-St. Teresa of Calcutta
Saturday, September 17, 2016
-St. Teresa of Calcutta
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and posses my whole being so utterly
that all my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul
I come in contact with may feel your presence in my
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only
you, O Lord!
Stay with me, then I shall begin to shine as you
do; so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Lord, will be all from you; none of
it will be mine; it will be you shining on others through
Let me thus praise you in the way you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by
words but by my example, by the catching force, the
sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness
of the love my heart bears to you.
- John Henry Newman
Thursday, September 1, 2016
-St. Ignatius de Loyola
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux
-St. Therese of Lisieux
-St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)
-St. Robert Bellarmine
A young blessed, Chiara Bedano, 18 was beatified sept 2010. She is a young girl who died of bone cancer in 1989. She denied morphine at the end of her life saying that her pain is all she had to offer to Jesus. “I want to share as much as possible the pain of Jesus on the cross.”
Personal note: As a cradle Catholic, you would think I embraced the saints and the benefit of studying their lives, but I didn’t really grasp this as a young person. Basically, studying them meant going through the grotesque murders and horrible torture stories of so many innocent people that I ignored this part of the Church. I get nightmares so easily and that this was just too close to nightmare material for my liking. I knew about the some of the saints…well how can you get through being a Catholic without someone telling you to pray to St. Jude to find something you’ve lost, or St Anthony for a sick or lost animal, St. Joseph to help you sell your house, or St. Michael for a safe trip somewhere. But it wasn’t until we started homeschooling our daughters and they had to do “Saint reports” each week that the started to understand the value. Each week they would read about a new saint and we would talk about them. They were intrigued about how they were tortured and killed, ugh! I couldn’t listen to them. One day, we were watching a documentary about St. Agnes’ shrines and basilica. The tour guide talked about her torture and martyrdom…she was only 12! As homeschoolers, a few families got together each week and formed a small saint society; there the girls talked about the saints that were murdered for the faith and were swapping gory details, watching this documentary was too much and I ran upstairs and started to pray/ask God why these faithful and good people suffered such horrible deaths for being good!? I was in near tears in overwhelming confusion with my hands clasped together in desperation, these words came to me, “I chose the stronger ones.” That made sense; suddenly I understood that these amazingly precious people were strong and fierce in their faith and love for Jesus.
Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena about Obedience with Our LordAnd if you ask Me where obedience is to be found, and what is the cause of its loss, and the sign of its possession……..you will find it in its completeness in the sweet and amorous Word, My only-begotten Son.So prompt in Him was this virtue, that, in order to fulfill it, He hastened to the shameful death of the Cross.What destroys obedience?Look at the first man and you will see…. It was pride, which was produced by self-love, and desire to please his companion.This was the cause that deprived him of the perfection of obedience, giving him instead disobedience, depriving him of the life of grace, and slaying his innocence, wherefore he fell into impurity and great misery, and not only he, but the whole human race, as I said to you.The sign that you have this virtue is patience, and impatience the sign that you have it notWhat caused the great obedience of the Word? The love which He had for My honor and your salvation.Whence proceeded this love?From the clear vision with which His soul saw ….. thus always looking on Me, the eternal God.He was faithful to Me, His eternal Father, and therefore hastened as one enamored along the road of obedience, lit up with the light of glory.And inasmuch as love cannot be alone, but is accompanied by all the true and royal virtues, because all the virtues draw their life from love, He possessed them all, but in a different way from that in which you do.Among the others he possessed patience, which is the marrow of obedience, and a demonstrative sign, whether a soul be in a state of grace and truly love or not.Wherefore charity, the mother of patience, has given her as a sister to obedience, and so closely united them together that one cannot be lost without the other. Either you have them both or you have neither.This virtue has a nurse who feeds her, that is, true humility; therefore a soul is obedient in proportion to her humility, and humble in proportion to her obedience. This humility is the foster-mother and nurse of charity, and with the same milk it feeds the virtue of obedience.The garments given it by this nurse is self-contempt, and insult, desire to displease herself, and to please Me.Where does it find this?In sweet Christ Jesus, My only-begotten Son. For who abased Himself more than He did! He was sated with insults, jibes, and mockings. He caused pain to Himself in His bodily life, in order to please Me.And who was more patient than He? … He patiently embraced His injuries like one enamored, fulfilling the obedience imposed on Him by Me, His Eternal Father.Wherefore in Him you will find obedience perfectly accomplished.He left you this rule and this doctrine, which gives you life, for it is the straight way, having first observed them Himself.He is the way, wherefore He said, ’He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’For he who travels by that way, travels in the light, and being enlightened cannot stumble, or be caused to fall, without perceiving it.For He has cast from Himself the darkness of self-love, by which he fell into disobedience; for as I spoke to you of a companion virtue proceeding from obedience and humility, so I tell you that disobedience comes from pride, which issues from self-love depriving the soul of humility.The sister given by self-love to disobedience is impatience, and pride, her foster-mother, feeds her with the darkness of infidelity, so she hastens along the way of darkness, which leads her to eternal death.
-St. Teresa of Avila
How does one become a saint?
On 29 June 1908, the Congregation of the Discipline of the Sacraments was erected, leaving the Congregation of Rites to deal with canonization causes and it only took 61 years for the Vatican to see that a name change was in order, so in 1969 the Congregation was re-named Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
2. BeatificationLatin: ( beatus, blessed; facere, to make)
-St. Therese of Lisieux
-St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)
Sunday, July 24, 2016
At confession the other day my pastor asked me once again to pray the our father slowly, thinking about each sentence and then to pray the Hail Mary and offer it up for those who have no one to pray for.
As I was praying each sentence of the Lords prayer, I thought about what that sentence meant and what Jesus wanted us to pray for.
Our father who art in heaven: that means that he is somewhere our Lord and Creator is somewhere he is he exists and he's there for us.
Hallowed be thy name means that he is holy, he is set apart; that he is so much more than we know or can comprehend.
Thy kingdom come thy will be done: his kingdom exists and he's in charge! Our holy, amazingly more than we could ever imagine creator, and holy father is here and he's in charge! We don't have to worry about being here by ourselves because our holy father will care for us.
On earth as it is in heaven: means here and there....wherever heaven is. Again, he is in charge and we don't have to worry!
Give us this day our daily bread: our holy father knows what we need. We don't need to worry about our needs, God has our backs.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
Boy, this one is the most difficult phrase of all! We Will be forgiven AS we forgive those around us.
As we forgive those who trespass against us..... Hard, but a must. I had s priest tell me once that if I have a problem forgiving that person how can you expect to be forgiven yourself? Oh yeah....
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. God will protect us snd we only need to ask!.
Amen, simply means so be it, in other words, it is so, I believe
There's a great deal to think about in this one prayer. It also sums up all that we need, too.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
So our middle child got married a month ago and since then has had to do all the name changing stuff to get her new life started. It really has been a transition for the whole family, even if she lives across town, it's a big change. My ability to move with the times isn't my forte and even my boss told me that earlier this year with my review...."You don't do well with change." speaking about all the new rules of retail incentives in the job. Anyway, my daughter getting married while still in college at the young age of 21 has been a struggle for me, but we supported her as you can see by my previous post and wish them well in their lives together.
The other day she invited me to take a zumba class with her at the gym her husband and she joined. I accepted and met her there ready to zumba away. She was all made up and pretty, so I asked her, you wear make up to work out? She said, "No, i had to get a new license and today I had my picture made." Oh, you are now officially (our last name and her new married name)! She said no, I dropped my last name and kept my middle name. My jaw dropped, my heart went into my throat.....I was floored. I asked her why would you do that? She said, I'm not discussing this with you, it's my decision." I stood there for a moment, feeling blown away, speechless, and then realizing I couldn't go through with the class, picked up my stuff and left.
Over the past 4 days I have been struggling to understand why she would drop the name that is her history, that represents her grandfather, her own daddy, as well as the family of her origin. Why she would be happy with removing a name that was her home, family, and the love she received from it. My husband wasn't as upset as I was, but still he was upset. I don't know....I just can't get this way of thinking. She says she didn't want 2 last names and that a name doesn't mean the same anymore...that she will always be from our family, she just doesn't have to have it as her name.
I don't get it......I really don't......
Saturday, June 11, 2016
|Princes Grace (Kelly)|
It was so refreshing to see Kate Middleton in her lacy wedding gown with such class and femininity. Princess Grace was breathtaking in her lace and cumber-bun gown. Both these ladies were in the public eye and in positions of royalty, class, prestige, but most of all wanted to be gracefully feminine. Our daughter is a stunning, tall young lady with brains and common sense, so when she got engaged, she knew just what she wanted....a small simple wedding and a special dress that describes her to a "T". She has never been a show out, her talent behind the violin was enough revealing a skill that surpassed many, she played at weddings, funerals, nearly every Sunday Mass for years and occasionally at the senior living communities where her grandmothers lived. Have I already mentioned that she is stunning?
Anyway, she isn't the type that had details up the hilt, driving everyone crazy with wanting this and that....oh isn't that being a bridezilla? No, she doesn't have that need to be a walking nightmare, quite the opposite. In fact, sometime in January, I said to my husband, isn't there supposed to be a wedding this year? Tracking our daughter down, who was in the midst of a 3-year trek in college, achieving a 3.875 GPA, with a boyfriend, and a couple of part-time jobs, was hard enough. We finally sat down with her and all she wanted was a simple wedding with family some friends and a Mass. Oh and..."Mom, could you make the cake?"
When the bridal party was decided upon and the priest on the calendar, we began to figure out what needed to be planned for the invitations and reception. Our daughter sat down and designed her invitations and had them printed, lists gathered from both families and we ended up inviting nearly 100 people, which was a lot....given they just wanted a small wedding. A cake for 100 people!! For decorations, our daughter came up with a shabby chic style and we bought all the paper goods from the dollar store, table cloths included and she was happily saving us money...it was so easy! Burlap, canning jars, and ribbon with a flair of peacock feathers were the decor; a dear friend who knew a lady who owned a peacock brought me 40 feathers, all amazingly gorgeous.
My husband decided to brew a couple of beers for the reception, and surprised us with special labels for them for each bottle, I baked the cake a month ahead of the wedding and decorated it the day before the wedding.
Everything came together from the rehearsal and dinner to the wedding and reception. We were most surprised to have our relatives from Germany come for the event which was an event all in its self! We enjoyed meeting Kurt and Brigitte and celebrating family memories with them. My cousin came with her husband and lots of out-of-town family on the grooms side attended, too. It all couldn't have been a more wonderful, hectic, but wonderful time for our family. It was a wonderful day.
|Our youngest daughter, my husband, our bride and groom, me, our daughter-in-law, and our son|