Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday - Our Lady

Our Lady

O sanctissima, O piissima,
Dulcis virgo Maria!
Mater amata, intemerata,
Ora, Ora, ora pro nobis.

Tu solatium et refugium,
Virgo mater Maria!
Quidquid optamus, per te speramus,
Ora, Ora, ora pro nobis.

Friday, July 27, 2007

In Honor of the 90th Anniversary of Fatima

You are invited to join our Public Square Rosary Campaign, an exciting new crusade to hold 1,000 Rosaries on October 13th, exactly 90 years since Our Lady appeared at Fatima and worked the great miracle of the sun before the astonished eyes of 70,000 people.

To join a rally in your area, please CLICK HERE or call 866-584-6012.

Thank you and God bless you!
Robert Ritchie

Saintly Quote - Our Actions

St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Mahalo dear Sue!
Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Feast Day of Sts. Joachim and Anne

St. A & J
On this, the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, we ask them to intercede for the intentions of all grandparents, especially, my grandma Juanita, Joey's grandparents Carlos, Esther, and Isidore.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Today I Believe

Be Blessed
Thanks to Sue Cifelli for sharing the following:

Lord, You have always given bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor; today I believe.

Lord, You have always given strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak, today I believe.

Lord, You have always given peace for the coming day;
and though anxious of heart, today I believe.

Lord, You have always kept me safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am, today I believe.

Lord, You have always marked the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden, today I believe.

Lord, You have always lightened this darkness of mine;
and though the night is here, today I believe.

Lord, You have always spoken when time was ripe;
and though you be silent now, today I believe.

From the Daily Office - Evening Prayers from Celtic Daily Prayers from the Northumbrian Community.

Personal Reflection on Offering It Up

Jesus Picture source Joyce Images and used with permission.

Usually, I find that certain things during the day annoy me. For instance, the endless humming of the edge trimmers every Wednesday, my child answering back, being stuck in traffic, long lines at the grocery store, people who are rude for no reason at all, etc., etc. The list is endless. When I let these things, that I sometimes have no control over, bother me, the results are bad. I tend to end up in a bad mood, impatient and short with my loved ones and I am sure God is not at all pleased with me at that particular moment. After the moment passes, I then remember that I should have offered up those annoyances and unite them with Jesus' sufferings.

It is during those moments that I feel close to despair. "Oh why didn't I remember sooner to offer it up? Why couldn't I have kept my mouth shut? Why, why, why????" Until I remember God's infinite Mercy and the chance to start again.

As I read more spiritual books I seem to remember before I pass up these chances to grow in holiness. And, I do see those moments as opportunities given to us by God or permitted by God, to help us grow in sanctity.

The following are just a couple of examples. The other night, I turned in completely exhausted from a long day with the kids. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. I was asleep for maybe five minutes when I was awaken by a loud crash. My dear husband had dropped something on the floor while looking for his wallet. On any other time, I would have immediately be filled with a flood of anger and self-pity. This time however, I held my tongue and my anger. I realized it was an accident and that my husband didn't mean to do that.

Another example is last night. Again, I went to sleep very tired. However, I wasn't able to fall asleep because of a TV and radio blasting around me, and the cat jumping on me. I offered it up to God and did not complain.

These two times that I did the right thing I gained or retained something very important...peace of mind.

Now, I know the two examples are nothing compared to what some people suffer or have to endure but I am referring more to the daily annoyances in our lives.

I find that when we suffer these little annoyances for the love of Jesus, they have meaning and one could actually thank God for them.

For me, it will probably be a long struggle because I know I lack the patience but with God's help I can root out the bad habits a little at a time, each day.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Take Time

happy day

Thanks to Barb for sharing this.

Take Time

Take time to learn,
It is a sign of greatness.

Take time to think,
It is a source of power.

Take time to plan,
It is the first step to fulfillment.

Take time to work,
It is the price of success.

Take time to dream,
It is the fountain of achievement.

Take time to act,
It is an expression of belief in oneself.

Take time to give,
It is a symbol of maturity.

Take time to smile,
It is the window of the soul.

Take time to love,

It is a gift of God.

Get the Facts on Fatima - Free

Fr. Robert Fox is offering a free pamphlet which will clarify the Fatima message:
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Monday, July 23, 2007

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Saintly Quote - St. Francis

st francisPicture source: All Posters
"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way."
- St. Francis of Assisi