Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Rosary

BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY

1. Sinners are forgiven.
2. Souls that thirst are refreshed.
3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken.
4. Those who weep find happiness
5. Those who are tempted find peace.
6. The poor find help.
7. Religious are reformed.
8. Those who are ignorant are instructed.
9. The living learn to overcome pride.
10. The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.

BENIFITS OF THE ROSARY

1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
2. It purifies our souls, washing away sin.
3. It gives us victory over all our enemies.
4. It makes it easy for us to practice virtue.
5. It sets us on fire with love of Our Lord.
6. It enriches us with graces and merits.
7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men;
and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

10 Tips on Being a Catholic Wife

Roman Catholicism 10 Tips For Being a Catholic Wife

From Jessica Steinmetz,Your Guide to Christianity - Catholicism.FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now!In Roman Catholicism and any religion, being married isn't necessarily an easy task. Catholic wives have a big responsibility. Here are some tips to help you be a better Catholic wife.
1. Pick Your Battles - Not everything is worth a fight. How important really is the thing you're mad about? Learn to know what is worth fighting over and what isn't.

2. Communicate - Husbands are not mind readers. Studies actually show that when it comes to relationships, women know much more. Tell him what you think or feel.

3. Ask for Help - If you need help with something, ask. He might not do it immediately, but I bet if you ask nice enough, he will help you.

4. Listen to Him - Give him an opportunity to talk. Listen to him. If you want your husband to listen to you, you need to listen to him as well.
5. Set a time limit on hard conversations - Men sometimes have trouble solving an issue if they don't know how long they'll have to talk for. Set a limit to conversations. It'll help.

6. Try Not to Complain - Set a day and time on a weekly basis to air out complaints. This will ease stress so you don't need to hear daily complaining. It works!

7. Be Flexible - Learn to be flexible. Life doesn't always go as planned.

8. Pray - When you feel overwhelmed, don't forget you have many people on your side. Pray to them daily and ask others to pray for you.

9. Join Organizations - Join organizations that promote marriage and support it.

10. Laugh - Laughter is a great thing within marriages. Laugh together and be happy

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

14 Tips to Being A Better Catholic Mother

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14 Tips to Being a Better Catholic Mother
From
Jessica Steinmetz,Your Guide to Christianity - Catholicism.FREE Newsletter. Sign Up Now!

Being a Roman Catholic mother is a loving occupation. Being a mother is one of the most challenging, life changing, and loving jobs ever. A mother is a woman who cares for children and raises them to be the best adults they can be.

Motherhood isn't easy. God loves and supports mothers. Mary, the mother of Jesus, prays for mothers. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you're approaching motherhood in a spiritual and faith-filled way.


1. Love - Being a loving mother might seem obvious, but there are some situations might make it difficult to speak or act lovingly. When speaking to your child, remember you are a major influence in their lives. You can speak to them and love them.

2. No Swearing - Swearing at or to someone isn't very loving or nice. No matter how angry you feel, try not to swear. You'll feel better about yourself too. If you really step back and think about what the words mean, you'll realize what you're saying is far from loving.

3. Humor - Humor is great for any relationship. Sometimes you'll just have to sit back and laugh. Children also like laughing. Treasure the sound of their laughter.

4. Kindness - A kind mother is a joy. Someone who knows when you're feeling low and wants to help you feel better. A mother should be kind to her child.

5. Prayer - Praying alone and with children is a good thing for a mother to do. Prayer gives you strength, courage, and a soft place to fall when you feel stressed. Praying opens up a two way conversation with God. He does love and care about you.

6. Education - Mothers teach their children millions of things during a lifetime. Along with academic and relationship skills, teach them about God. Teach them about their religion and why it's so great to believe. Encourage them to ask questions and be honest if you don't know the answer, but together find them.

7. Go to Church - Attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation with your children. Set an example to your children that Mass and God are important to you. Make Mass a priorty.
8. Take care of your marriage - The best way you can nurture your children is to take care of your marriage. Children thrive on a happy household with a father and mother. Don't forget that you are a wife and that is a very important role.


9. Take care of yourself - To be a good person to anyone, take care of your health and mind. Take 10 minutes a day to enjoy yourself and have some alone time. You can even spend five minutes with God.

10. Join a Group - Join a group of Catholic women and/or mothers who can support you and you can give ideas too. This group might be a great source of friendship.

11. Teach the Mass - Have a mock Mass at home to teach children about what is going to happen during the real Mass. You can teach them the times to be real quiet and have them practice.

12. Teach Participation - Teach children essential prayers that they can say during Mass with everyone else. Participation is a great thing to learn especially during Mass.

13. Stop Yelling - Constantly yelling at children isn't an ideal situation. Step back and think about why you're yelling. Are you frustrated about yourself? Yelling might be needed in extreme circumstances, but why yell constantly?

14. Role Models - Use Mary as a role model to motherhood. Ask her for advice, wisdom, and prayers.