Your duty is to sanctify yourself. Yes, even you. Who thinks that this task is only for priests and religious? To everyone, without exception, our Lord said: Be ye perfect, as my heavenly Father is perfect. St. Josemaria

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Moving with Suffering and Blessings!

We having been packing, which has been a mess of a thing. One doesn't notice how much you have until you start packing it and we are moving from a small house to a larger one.. Oh.. bother! What is a bit of suffering here is that being 34 weeks pregnant doesn't give you all the strength you really need to one, pack, two clean, three take care of 3 other children and try not to go crazy all at one time! This picture really says it all..

But with all that said... I am so grateful to God and to my husband , who just keeps giving and giving, who works so hard to give us a bit more in life. He sure is a St.Joseph in this world!

Friday.. we have two closing , so close in time that you can just reach out and touch! Than rush to let movers who are just waiting for us to have a key and let them in... But thank God for great Friends.. Our Devines for watching our 3 children along with their own 6. And of Course for our friends who give us encouragement with their prayers!

Being so far away from family makes life more gentle with a community of faithful friends!

Thank you and May God keep Blessing you and your family!

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Princess in the Making

Princess Girl , wanted to do a lapbook on Cinderella, a Princess indeed. We had some left over wrapping paper to be able to cover the book.

Here she is showing off her hard work!

This part gives them ideas on how a Princess acts, such as she is kind, caring, smart, honest, and gentle. Then we took the virtue of Kindness and saw How God wanted us to be kind towards others and what truekindness is!

Here are some Pumpkin Facts & The Lifecycle of the Pumpkin. She had to paste pictures in its correct order.

In this section, she wrote her own Cinderella story. She had a great time doing this and she want to make sure that I wrote word for word her story!

Here she measured every one's feet and wrote the data onto a chart. Blondie was not fond of this activity. I guess she didn't like having her feet touch! Drama!

We look up the flag of France and where France is on the world map since the story Cinderella came from a French Author!

Here she had to make her clock that stroke at midnight!

A Princess in the making. God bless them, All!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It wasn't even my Birthday but it sure felt so!

On Saturday it was our God
daughter's 1st birthday party at a park. This park had a train that the children can ride as much as they would like. As you can see, it was dream come true for TrainBoy. He rode the train until it was over! It was a great party with great weather and wonderful friends.

Riding the Train with friends and my beloved sister!

"I am not getting off until its over or cake!"

"I can actually stand on the tracks! This is so cool! Are you sure isn't my birthday?"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Its Quiet... Where are they?

It was very quiet. I was wondering where are those little ones up to. I found them watching with great aww by the windows as the workers upload a great orange scooper! It sure made Bob the Builder come alive!

Look, Mama.. its scoop! This is great!

Its going and its gone! That was worth those 20 minutes of pure quietness!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

'See the beauty of the daughter of Jerusalem, who ascended to heaven like the rising sun at dawn.'
-- Benedictus antiphon from Daily Office

There is an important difference, of course, between the ascension of Jesus into Heaven after His Resurrection, and the assumption of Mary. To ascend is to rise up under one's own power; while to be assumed means something that is done to one. Jesus, being the Second Person of the Trinity, had no need of assistance; whereas Mary did not have this power. (A pastor once demonstrated this difference in an unusual way. He asked two children to come to the front of the church. He told one child to walk from one side of the sanctuary to the other; and the other child he carried across.)

According to one tradition, Mary was warned of her approaching end by Saint Michael the Archangel, who conducts souls to Heaven, and was surrounded on her death-bed by the apostles, who were miraculously transported to her bedside from their various mission-fields. It was said that Jesus appeared, bore away her soul, and returned three days after her burial, when angels carried her body to Paradise where it was reunited with her soul under the Tree of Life.
The Ark which God has Sanctified
The ark which God has sanctified,Which He has filled with grace,Within the temple of the LordHas found a resting-place.
More glorious than the seraphim,This ark of love divine,Corruption could not blemish herWhom death could not confine.
God-bearing Mother, Virgin chaste,Who shines in heaven's sight;She wears a royal crown of starsWho is the door of Light.
To Father, Son and Spirit blestmay we give endless praiseWith Mary, who is Queen of heaven,Through everlasting days.
(from Stanbrook Abbey Hymnal)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe: “"I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what would happen to me. She appeared, holding in her hands two crowns, one white, one red. She asked if I would like to have them—one was for purity, the other for martyrdom. I said, ‘I choose both.’ She smiled and disappeared."

After that he was not the same. He entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans in Lvív (then Poland, now Ukraine), near his birthplace, and at 16 became a novice. Though he later achieved doctorates in philosophy and theology, he was deeply interested in science, even drawing plans for rocket ships. Ordained at 24, he saw religious indifference as the deadliest poison of the day. His mission was to combat it. He had already founded the Militia of the Immaculata, whose aim was to fight evil with the witness of the good life, prayer, work and suffering. He dreamed of and then founded Knight of the Immaculata,, a religious magazine under Marys protection to preach the Good News to all nations. For the work of publication he established a City of the Immaculata”—Niepokalanow—which housed 700 of his Franciscan brothers. He later founded one in Nagasaki, Japan. Both the Militia and the magazine ultimately reached the one-million mark in members and subscribers. His love of God was daily filtered through devotion to Mary. In 1939 the Nazi panzers overran Poland with deadly speed. Niepokalanow was severely bombed. Kolbe and his friars were arrested, then released in less than three months, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In 1941 he was arrested again. The Nazis purpose was to liquidate the select ones, the leaders. The end came quickly, in Auschwitz three months later, after terrible beatings and humiliations.

A prisoner had escaped. The commandant announced that 10 men would die. He relished walking along the ranks. “This one. That one. As they were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Number 16670 dared to step from the line. “"I would like to take that mans place. He has a wife and children." “Who are you?” “A priest.” No name, no mention of fame. Silence. The commandant, dumbfounded, perhaps with a fleeting thought of history, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine.

In the block of death they were ordered to strip naked and the slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. He was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.

I was always found a great respect for this priest, How to give up your life for a stranger is the most charitable thing. It is the same as Christ did for us! Yet, Christ knows us, we are His Beloved. I see Father Kolbe as I would like to see my son and all. To give up our life daily for our family, friends and strangers!

Pray for Us!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Special Delivery!

Blondie and Trainboy are getting ready to be shipped out. I wonder how much it will cost to have it Federal Express them ! I can't even imagine the thought of trying to fit in the box.

Don't you just love them small and cute!

All great things come in little packages!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Jewish Saint!

A brilliant philosopher who stopped believing in God when she was 14, Edith Stein was so captivated by reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila that she began a spiritual journey that led to her Baptism in 1922. Twelve years later she imitated Teresa by becoming a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Born into a prominent Jewish family in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), Edith abandoned Judaism in her teens. As a student at the University of Göttingen, she became fascinated by phenomenology, an approach to philosophy. Excelling as a protégé of Edmund Husserl, one of the leading phenomenologists, Edith earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1916. She continued as a university teacher until 1922 when she moved to a Dominican school in Speyer; her appointment as lecturer at the Educational Institute of Munich ended under pressure from the Nazis. After living in the Cologne Carmel (1934-38), she moved to the Carmelite monastery in Echt, Netherlands. The Nazis occupied that country in 1940. In retaliation for being denounced by the Dutch bishops, the Nazis arrested all Dutch Jews who had become Christians. Teresa Benedicta and her sister Rosa, also a Catholic, died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942.

Quote: In his homily at the canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II said: “Because she was Jewish, Edith Stein was taken with her sister Rosa and many other Catholics and Jews from the Netherlands to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where she died with them in the gas chambers. Today we remember them all with deep respect. A few days before her deportation, the woman religious had dismissed the question about a possible rescue: ‘Do not do it! Why should I be spared? Is it not right that I should gain no advantage from my Baptism? If I cannot share the lot of my brothers and sisters, my life, in a certain sense, is destroyed.’” Addressing himself to the young people gathered for the canonization, the pope said: “Your life is not an endless series of open doors! Listen to your heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things! And when the time is right, have the courage to decide! The Lord is waiting for you to put your freedom in his good hands.”

This quote is amazing, How our Beloved Pope really understood this saint and brought her to the 20th Century to the youth or youth at heart! Do not stay on the surface but go to the heart of things... That is something we do, just do things on its surface without much thought into. But the best is when he says.."And when the time is right, have the courage to decide!"

Are we give our children the right tools to go beyond the surface, to go into the heart of things, such as ones vocation, friends, and do we give them the tools to have the courage to decide!

I was always interested in this Saint, to see how one goes from a Jewish to not believing in God, to a Catholic and to Saint , just shows ones a true example of God's grace, The Holy Spirit!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

In the Spirit of the Olympics

"I have noticed at times how an athlete's eyes light up at the sight of the obstacles he has to overcome. What a victory there is in store! See how he conquers the difficulties! God Our Lord looks at us that way. He loves our struggle: we will win through always, because he will never deny us his all-powerful grace. "(St Josemaria Escrivá, Friends of God, 182 )

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It was a Train of a Day

It was a train of a Day for Trainboy birthday party. It was his dream come true. He was just so happy all day long. God bless this little Boy! May He be true to his vocation! That's some cake!

A train pinata fill with lots of goodly. This is the most fun watching the children trying to hit it and waiting for the gold to come!

A Thomas balloon to bright up the day!

Friends to share the beauty of the day.

Nothing like a Thomas outfit to complete the package.

To make a wish is just the trick.

To share the cake with all is a dream come true!