Saturday, November 10, 2007

Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

One of the pictures that hangs in our home

Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been
blessed and favored by God. You became not
only the Mother of the Redeemer, but the
Mother of the redeemed as well.

I come to you today as your loving child.
Watch over me and take care of me. As you
held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so
take me in your arms. Be a mother ready at
every moment to help me. For God who is
mighty has done great things for you, and
God's mercy is from age to age on those
who love God.

Intercede for me, dear Mother, in obtaining
pardon for my sins, love for Jesus, final
perseverance, and the grace to always call
upon you, Mother of Perpetual Help.

"Make Our Mother of Perpetual Help Known Throughout the World."

From the Redemptorists prayer card.

Que Bella!

My family and I were not able to attend the Bella movie and dinner fund raising hosted by a local prolife group. Happily, we found that the movie was going to be shown at the same theater where the fundraiser was held, for a very limited time. Yesterday afternoon, we jumped at the chance.

There was only three of our friends there when we arrived. I sat there and prayed that others would show up to support a prolife movie of such quality! God answered my prayers. For a late Friday afternoon, the theater was well filled.

Other than glancing at reviews of the movie, I tried to avoid reading any reviews or commentaries because I did not want to be disappointed by the hype.

I wasn't.

From beginning to end, the movie captured my attention and my heart. It was a very well done movie considering it was what most of Hollywood would consider low-budget.

Since many of you still have not seen it, I will not go into any details. But as I was sitting at the theater as the credits went rolling by at the end, I asked myself why I liked it so much. It was for the following reasons:

1. It was Catholic.
2. It was pro life.
3. It was Hispanic.
4. It was about traditional family values.
5. It was about adoption.
6. It was about the NYC/NJ area.
7. It was about cooking. :-)

All of the above things are dear to my heart.

The only problem I had with the movie and which most of you only English speakers will not even be aware of, is the constant use of one particular curse word in Spanish. It was just so unnecessary. I wonder if it was given the PG-13 rating because of that word usage. It made me bristle every time I heard it.

Lastly, and BTW, The choice of the main actors had to be divinely inspired.

Local Event - Bella

Hawaii, here is your chance to watch Bella. It is only here for a very limited time. It is being shown at the Regal Theaters (Dole Cannery).

11/09/2007 (11:50 AM), (2:20), (4:50), 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/10/2007 (11:50 AM), (2:20), 4:50, 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/11/2007 (11:50 AM), (2:20), 4:50, 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/12/2007 (11:50 AM), (2:20), 4:50, 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/13/2007 (1:30 PM), (4:15), 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/14/2007 (1:30 PM), (4:15), 7:05, 9:30 PM
11/15/2007 (1:30 PM), (4:15), 7:05, 9:30 PM

Please support this movie by taking your friends and family. (Click here for Dole movie listings)or visit Movie Tickets.

I saw an interview with Eduardo Verastegui the lead actor and (also producer of the movie) on the O'Reilly Factor yesterday. He stressed that ticket sales this weekend will be very critical to the successful of this pro-life/family movie.

Please make an extra effort to go. You won't be sorry.

Also, if you do go, remember to thank Regal Theaters for bringing another good and decent movie to us. If you recall, they also showed Therese and the Nativity Story.

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Loveliness Break


Our cat. I tell my boys, she can do whatever she wants...she's beautiful.

Humor Break - The Twenty and the One

Mahalo again to John.

A well-worn one dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.

The twenty dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country.

'I've had a pretty good life,' the twenty proclaimed. 'Why I've been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.''Wow!' said the one dollar bill. 'You've really had an exciting life!'

'So tell me,' says the twenty, 'where have you been throughout your lifetime?'

The one dollar bill replies, 'Oh, I've been to the Methodist Church, the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church ...'

The twenty dollar bill interrupts, 'What's a church?'

A Lesson For All of Us

This reminded me so much of Archbishop Fulton Sheen who spoke up again and again against communism.

Mahalo to John for sharing.
Subject: Wild pigs

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some Exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist government.

In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke.

"You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. When the pigs (who are used to the free corn) come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms - just a little at a time.

One should always remember "There is no such thing as a free lunch!"...

68 Hawaii Teens in National Honor Merit Scholar Competition

Article and list of schools and students

and one of them is a former Catholic homeschooler....Christopher Ballesteros (Damien)and an old friend of Joey's...

another old friend of Joey's from his public school and Catechism days...Leslie Kim (Iolani)

and two are members of Joey's current homeschool honors society...home-school Kenji O. Fukunaga and Emily K. Metcalf

Addressing Those Homeschooling Concerns

Catholic Homeschooling
H/T to Fr. Daren a teacher who respects the choice to homeschool.

Original Source: HERE
1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, would we admit it?

2 Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way you do now. Socializing means hanging out with other people for fun. Socialization means having acquired the skills necessary to do so successfully and pleasantly. If you're talking to me and my kids, that means that we do in fact go outside now and then to visit the other human beings on the planet, and you can safely assume that we've got a decent grasp of both concepts.

3 Quit interrupting my kid at her dance lesson, scout meeting, choir practice, baseball game, art class, field trip, park day, music class, 4H club, or soccer lesson to ask her if as a homeschooler she ever gets to socialize.

4 Don't assume that every homeschooler you meet is homeschooling for the same reasons and in the same way as that one homeschooler you know.

5 If that homeschooler you know is actually someone you saw on TV, either on the news or on a "reality" show, the above goes double.

6 Please stop telling us horror stories about the homeschoolers you know, know of, or think you might know who ruined their lives by homeschooling. You're probably the same little bluebird of happiness whose hobby is running up to pregnant women and inducing premature labor by telling them every ghastly birth story you've ever heard. We all hate you, so please go away.

7 We don't look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they're in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we're doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.

8 Stop assuming all homeschoolers are religious.

9 Stop assuming that if we're religious, we must be homeschooling for religious reasons.

10 We didn't go through all the reading, learning, thinking, weighing of options, experimenting, and worrying that goes into homeschooling just to annoy you. Really. This was a deeply personal decision, tailored to the specifics of our family. Stop taking the bare fact of our being homeschoolers as either an affront or a judgment about your own educational decisions.

11 Please stop questioning my competency and demanding to see my credentials. I didn't have to complete a course in catering to successfully cook dinner for my family; I don't need a degree in teaching to educate my children. If spending at least twelve years in the kind of chew-it-up-and-spit-it-out educational facility we call public school left me with so little information in my memory banks that I can't teach the basics of an elementary education to my nearest and dearest, maybe there's a reason I'm so reluctant to send my child to school.

12 If my kid's only six and you ask me with a straight face how I can possibly teach him what he'd learn in school, please understand that you're calling me an idiot. Don't act shocked if I decide to respond in kind.

13 Stop assuming that because the word "home" is right there in "homeschool," we never leave the house. We're the ones who go to the amusement parks, museums, and zoos in the middle of the week and in the off-season and laugh at you because you have to go on weekends and holidays when it's crowded and icky.

14 Stop assuming that because the word "school" is right there in homeschool, we must sit around at a desk for six or eight hours every day, just like your kid does. Even if we're into the "school" side of education — and many of us prefer a more organic approach — we can burn through a lot of material a lot more efficiently, because we don't have to gear our lessons to the lowest common denominator.

15 Stop asking, "But what about the Prom?" Even if the idea that my kid might not be able to indulge in a night of over-hyped, over- priced revelry was enough to break my heart, plenty of kids who do go to school don't get to go to the Prom. For all you know, I'm one of them. I might still be bitter about it. So go be shallow somewhere else.

16 Don't ask my kid if she wouldn't rather go to school unless you don't mind if I ask your kid if he wouldn't rather stay home and get some sleep now and then.

17 Stop saying, "Oh, I could never homeschool!" Even if you think it's some kind of compliment, it sounds more like you're horrified. One of these days, I won't bother disagreeing with you any more.

18 If you can remember anything from chemistry or calculus class, you're allowed to ask how we'll teach these subjects to our kids. If you can't, thank you for the reassurance that we couldn't possibly do a worse job than your teachers did, and might even do a better one.

19 Stop asking about how hard it must be to be my child's teacher as well as her parent. I don't see much difference between bossing my kid around academically and bossing him around the way I do about everything else.

20 Stop saying that my kid is shy, outgoing, aggressive, anxious, quiet, boisterous, argumentative, pouty, fidgety, chatty, whiny, or loud because he's homeschooled. It's not fair that all the kids who go to school can be as annoying as they want to without being branded as representative of anything but childhood.

21 Quit assuming that my kid must be some kind of prodigy because she's homeschooled.

22 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of prodigy because I homeschool my kids.

23 Quit assuming that I must be some kind of saint because I homeschool my kids.

24 Stop talking about all the great childhood memories my kids won't get because they don't go to school, unless you want me to start asking about all the not-so-great childhood memories you have because you went to school.

25 Here's a thought: If you can't say something nice about homeschooling, shut up!

The Battle of Lepanto

by G. K. Chesterton

White founts falling in the Courts of the sun,
And the Soldan of Byzantium is smiling as they run;
There is laughter like the fountains in that face of all men feared,
It stirs the forest darkness, the darkness of his beard;
It curls the blood-red crescent, the crescent of his lips;
For the inmost sea of all the earth is shaken with his ships.
They have dared the white republics up the capes of Italy,
They have dashed the Adriatic round the Lion of the Sea,
And the Pope has cast his arms abroad for agony and loss,
And called the kings of Christendom for swords about the Cross.
The cold queen of England is looking in the glass;
The shadow of the Valois is yawning at the Mass;
From evening isles fantastical rings faint the Spanish gun,
And the Lord upon the Golden Horn is laughing in the sun.

Poem in its entirety can be found HERE


One More Mass: The Great Novena

I picked up a little pamphlet entitled "The Redeeming Power of the Mass". The following excerpt really spoke volumes to me, me a person who is not a big fan of novenas because I don't think my prayers have ever been answered by least not yet. I hope it speaks to you too.
"How often have I head young ladies say to me: 'Father, we are making novena after novena for certain conversions, but to no avail.' Do you know what I reply? I do not blame that: That is all right, but instead of annoying the saints with novena after novena, why do you not make a novena of Masses? THAT IS THE GREAT NOVENA. After all the saints will applaud you, for they realize the greatness of Holy Mass. I do not blame your novenas to the saints but I say, transform your novenas into something divine, omnipotent...the more Mass...two...three or four more Masses..if possible, daily Mass. You are asking for a miracle; I approve. But I tell you that you must pay the ransom for the conversions you make. You have a right to ask for such miracles. Do you know what a conversion is? It is the resurrection of a soul. It is far greater to see the resurrection of a soul than the resurrection of a corpse. Oh, one more Mass! more Mass! Pay the ransom with the Chalice. One more Mass! If you have anyone at home sick or dying, oh pay the ransom with the more Mass!"
Words form Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey, SS.CC

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The True Meaning of Christmas Preparation

Please help yourselves to the following Santa Claus blinkies which my friend Layla has shared.sc4
I like the fact that so many blogs are promoting the true meaning of Christmas this year. In other words, they do not want to contribute to the commercialism of Christ's birth day. Instead, many folks will be giving homemade gifts this year.

My brothers, sisters and I will also be doing something special for Christmas. We all mutually agreed not to spend so much money on buying gifts for one another. Instead, we have send old family videos to our one brother. He is going to create a DVD of a collection of family videos for each one of us.

Another sister has collected old family photos. She wanted to have a photo album ready for our Dad's 80th birthday on Monday. But she didn't have sufficient time to get it ready. So, instead each one of us will be receiving a copy of the album.

We also need to remember the homeless, the elderly, the lonely, the homebound and all those less fortunate than us. There are so many ways to help make their Christmas a little more brighter. I hope we do more than our share this year.

One way we start the Christmas season is on Thanksgiving. One of my good friends signs my family up to help deliver meals with the Meals on Wheels program. It is always touching and also heartbreaking to see those elderly people who grateful for a little meal and a little human contact.

So, there are some ideas that our family will doing. Let's really get into the spirit of the Christmas Season. After all, we all know that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Saintly Quote - Praying for the Dead

Shared by Sue of Half the Kingdom

It is an important duty of ours to pray for the dead because although they may have died in grace and in friendship with God, they may still be in need of a last purification in order to enter into the joy of heaven. Prayer for the souls of the dead can be expressed in various ways, including a visit to the cemetery. Going to these sacred places provides an auspicious occasion to reflect on the meaning of earthly life and to nourish, at the same time, hope in the blessed eternity of paradise.
Pope John Paul II (All Souls Day Nov. 2, 2003)

To Find The Grace Of God, We Must Discover Mary

Shared by SueMary
6. It all comes to this, then. We must discover a simple means to obtain from God the grace needed to become holy. It is precisely this I wish to teach you. My contention is that you must first discover Mary if you would obtain this grace from God.

7. Let me explain: (1) Mary alone found grace with God for herself and for every individual person . No patriarch or prophet or any other holy person of the Old Law could manage to find this grace.

8. (2) It was Mary who gave existence and life to the author of all grace, and because of this she is called the "Mother of Grace".

9. (3) God the Father, from whom, as from its essential source, every perfect gift and every grace come down to us , gave her every grace when he gave her his Son. Thus, as St Bernard says, the will of God is manifested to her in Jesus and with Jesus.

10. (4) God chose her to be the treasurer, the administrator and the dispenser of all his graces, so that all his graces and gifts pass through her hands. Such is the power that she has received from him that, according to St Bernardine, she gives the graces of the eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to whom she wills, as and when she wills, and as much as she wills.

11. (5) As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother. If he prides himself on having God for his Father but does not give to Mary the tender affection of a true child, he is an impostor and his father is the devil.

12. (6) Since Mary produced the head of the elect, Jesus Christ, she must also produce the members of that head, that is, all true Christians. A mother does not conceive a head without members, nor members without a head. If anyone, then, wishes to become a member of Jesus Christ, and consequently be filled with grace and truth , he must be formed in Mary through the grace of Jesus Christ, which she possesses with a fullness enabling her to communicate it abundantly to true members of Jesus Christ, her true children.

13. (7) The Holy Spirit espoused Mary and produced his greatest work, the incarnate Word, in her, by her and through her. He has never disowned her and so he continues to produce every day, in a mysterious but very real manner, the souls of the elect in her and through her.

14. (8) Mary received from God a unique dominion over souls enabling her to nourish them and make them more and more godlike. St Augustine went so far as to say that even in this world all the elect are enclosed in the womb of Mary, and that their real birthday is when this good mother brings them forth to eternal life. Consequently, just as an infant draws all its nourishment from its mother, who gives according to its needs, so the elect draw their spiritual nourishment and all their strength from Mary.

15. (9) It was to Mary that God the Father said, "Dwell in Jacob", that is, dwell in my elect who are typified by Jacob. It was to Mary that God the Son said, "My dear Mother, your inheritance is in Israel", that is, in the elect. It was to Mary that the Holy Spirit said,"Place your roots in my elect". Whoever, then, is of the chosen and predestinate will have the Blessed Virgin living within him, and he will let her plant in his very soul the roots of every virtue, but especially deep humility and ardent charity.

16. (10) Mary is called by St Augustine, and is indeed, the "living mould of God" . In her alone the God-man was formed in his human nature without losing any feature of the Godhead. In her alone, by the grace of Jesus Christ, man is made godlike as far as human nature is capable of it.

from: The Secret of Mary, by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

Monday, November 05, 2007

Jack Chick and Jimmy Akin

It has slipped my mind what I actually was searching when I came up with the following interview. It must be an old blog post but it was new to me. Usually, a blog post of this length would not keep my attention as riveted word for word. But this one sure did. As soon as I read the words "Jack Chick Tracts" it brought back memories from my childhood of those evil minded cartoons that would tell such horrible lies about the Catholic church.

I hope you take the time to read Jimmy Akin's incredible interview with the infamous Jack Chick:

Meet Jack Chick

How to Help the Holy Souls

H/T to Sue

Source: How to Help the Holy Souls

To him therefore who knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin (James 4:17)

There are a variety of ways to help the Holy Souls. We have listed them in order of effectiveness (i.e. the methods which gain the most grace with the least effort).

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Sacrifice is the greatest help we can offer, because its effect depends on itself, and not on the piety of the priest who offers it...If we cannot have a Mass said, we should at least hear Mass for our dear departed. A Mass has infinite merit...(My Catholic Faith; 1949-1954; Sealed)

In addition to the Requiem Mass following death, a Mass for the departed may be arranged for just about any day of the year. The following are days of traditional significance for Masses for the Departed:

1. All Souls Day

2. Third (Christ's time in the tomb); Seventh (symbolic of eternal repose; St. Ambrose) and 30th (St. Ambrose)from death or burial

3. Yearly anniversary day from death or burial

4. Gregorian Mass: 30 consecutive Masses following the repose (burial) popularized by 6th Century Pope St. Gregory the Great

5. Purgatorian Society Masses: daily masses said for souls those enrolled.


Indulgences are very effective in relieving the Suffering Souls in purgatory.

Feast of the Holy Relics

If it weren't for Barbara of Praying for Grace I would not have realized today was the feast of the Holy Relics. Click here to learn more about this feast day

This is interesting for two reasons:

1) The ironies in my daily life. Today I finally decided to just toss a souvenir we received when the Relics of the Passion tour that made its way to Hawaii. Yes, I fished it out of the trash. This is a good reminder NEVER to toss out anything remotely Catholic. You will regret it. Yuck!

With regard to the relics of the Passion tour, for more information, please check out their website
"For over a thousand years, the faithful have gone on pilgrimage to venerate the relics of Christ's Passion and Death, and this tour has been designed to make such a pilgrimage possible to the people of the Twenty-first century America..."

-Relic of the True Cross
-Relic of the Crown of Thorns
-Relic of the Holy Nails
-Relic of the Burial Shroud
-Relic of the column of flagellation
-Relic of St. Longinus
-Relic of the Veil of Veronica
-Relic of the Table of the Last Supper
To view photos taken in Hawaii, Here

2) I have been meaning to post on our modest little relics because I found another one the other day.

I found a relic of St. Jacinta to add to our display of relics which include:
-Relic of John Paul the Great
-Relic of St. Padre Pio
-Relic of St. Faustina

These relics are displayed in a frame along with a portrait of our Holy Father Benedict XVI given by him to Fr. Eugene Palumbo for us and a miraculous medal blessed by our Holy Father at the request of my dear mom through Fr. Palumbo.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Online Book - Handbook for Altar Guild

When I posted on caring for the Altar Linens people left comments requesting information on making altar linens. That is how I found the following online book. It is a complete handbook and should be a valued resource for parish churches, sacristans, altar servers, etc.

Handbook for Altar Guild Episcopal Diocese of Texas

3000 Days of Indulgences

for the relief of the Poor souls in Purgatory to be obtained by saying the following ejaculations/aspirations:

1. The sign of the cross.
(50 days each time. Pius IX, July 28, 1863)

2. The sign of the cross if made with holy water.
(100 days each time. Pius IX. March 23, 1866)

3. May the Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.
(100 days once a day, Pius IX, Pr. Ma., Sept. 23, 1860).

4. Praised be Jesus Christ forevermore.
(50 days each time. Clement XIII, Sept. 5, 1759)

5. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart unto Thine.
(300 days each time, Pius IX, Pr. Ma. Jan 25, 1868, Pius X, Sept. 15, 1905)

6. Sweet Heart of my Jesus, make me love Thee ever more and more!
(300 days each time, Plenary, once a month, Pius IX, Nov. 26, 1876)

7. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God, of Hosts, earth is full of Thy glory, Glory be to the Father, Glory be to the Son, Glory be to the Holy Ghost.
(100 days once a day, and three times on Sunday, and during the octave of the Holy Trinity, Clement XIV, June 6, 1769)

8. Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
(300 days once a day. Leo XIII, May 21, 1892)

9. Sweetest Jesus, be to me not a judge but a Savior.
(50 days each time. Pius IX, Aug. 11, 1851)

10. My Jesus, mercy!
(100 days each time, Pius IX Sept. 24, 1846)

11. O Jesus, my God, I love Thee above all things.
(50 days each time. Pius IX, S Pr. Ma. May 7, 1854)

12. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!
(300 days each time, Pius IX, Sept. 30, 1852)

13. Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception of the most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
(300 days each time. Leo XIII, B. Sept. 10. 1878)

14. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us.
(100 days each time, Pius X, Br. July 9, 1904)

15. Blessed and praised every moment be the most holy and divine Sacrament.
(100 days once a day, three times on Thursday, and during the octave of Corpus Christi, Pius VI, Mem. May 24, 1776)

16. May the Heart of Jesus, in he most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.
(100 days once a day. Pius IX, Pr. Ma. Feb. 23, 1868)

17. The Cross is my sure salvation. The Cross I ever adore. The Cross of my Lord with me. The Cross is my refuge.
(300 days once a day. Pius IX, Pr. Ma. Jan. 21, 1874)

18. O Mary, who didst enter the world free from stain, do Thou obtain for me from God, that I may pass out of it free from sin.
(100 days once a day. Pius IX Bfs. March 27, 1863)

19. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ in satisfaction for my sins, and for the wants of the Holy Church.
(100 days each day. Pius VII. Res. Sept. 22, 1817)

20. May the most just, most high, and most adorable will of God be in all things done, praised and magnified for ever.
(100 days once a day. Pius VII, May 19, 1818)

21. Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Blood, Passion, and Death of Jesus Christ, and the sorrows of the most holy Mary and St. Joseph, in payment for our sins, in suffrage for the holy Saints in Purgatory, for the wants of our holy Mother the Church, and for the conversion of sinners. Amen.
(100 days once a day. Pius IX, Pr. Ma. April, 1960)

22. Angel of God, my Guardian dear! to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
(100 days each time. Pius Vi., Br. Oct. 2, 1795)

23. My loving Jesus, out of the grateful love I bear Thee and to make reparation for my unfaithfulness to grace, I (INSERT NAME)give Thee my heart, and consecrate myself wholly to Thee; and with Thy help I propose never to sin again.
(100 days once a day Pius VII, Mem, June 9, 1807)

24. St. Joseph model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.
(100 days once a day. Leo XIII, Dec. 19, 1891)

25. Dear Lord Jesus, grant them (him or her) eternal rest.
(300 days each time. Pius X. Off. March)

From Novena for the Relief of the Poor Souls in Purgatory by a Missionary of the Sacred Heart, Rev. J.F. Durin, 1980.

How Can We Love Jesus as We Ought?

The following is an excerpt from the Nocturnal Adoration Society's February 2006 newsletter.

To love the Lord Our God with all our heart, and with all our strength as He commanded us we need to do the following:

1. Keep in the state of grace and foster a hatred for all sins and affections for them. If we have the misfortune to fall into any grievous sin make all efforts to go to Confession as soon as possible. St. Alphonsus says that if we entertain any affection for a certain sin, we will fall.

2. Attend daily Mass and receive Holy Communion.

3. Never omit morning and night prayers.

4. Have recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary by the daily recitation of the Holy Rosary.

5. Do not neglect the practice of the virtues. In this you will be imitating Our Divine Savior, Jesus Christ.

6. Respond to all holy inspirations to grace and especially those that come to us through the instructions given us in the Holy Scriptures, the writings of the Saints and the teachings of Holy Mother Church.

7. Adjust the priority of your daily schedule to include all we can for the love of Jesus Christ.

Sir Stephen's Manor

As I was organizing my bookmarks, I came across a website I had saved. It looks like a lot of fun for Catholic boys and girls.

Sir Stephen's Manor Be sure to explore the manor thoroughly. The archived question area is also a lot of fun. How many answers to you know?

This site will be posted on the Catholic Homeschooling in Hawaii website

Prayer for Our Young People

We pray for our young people,
growing up in an unsteady and confusing world.
Show them that your ways give more life
than the ways of the world,
and that following You is better
than chasing selfish goals.
Help them to take failure,
not as a measure of their worth,
but as a chance for a new start.
Give them the strength to held heir faith in you
and to keep alive their joy in Your creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.