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

Monday, June 29, 2009

Summer with the Saints

On Friday we had our first Summer with the Saints, being one of my favorite Saints and being on his feast day we did, St. Josemaria Escriva. We had some Spanish rice for snack, we watch cartoon movie "God's Footprints" , had a discussion on it and than we made a Children's prayer of St.Josemaria.

(thank u Jessica for the great idea)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy Feast Day of St. JoseMaria!

The photograph was taken on the morning of June 26, 1975

At mid-day St Josemaría died suddenly in Rome, after looking with immense love, for the last time, at a picture of our Lady of Guadalupe which presided over the room where he worked. Five years earlier , during his stay in Mexico, while looking at a picture of our Lady giving a rose to St Juan Diego,
he had said:
“That’s how I would like to die: looking at our Lady, and with her giving me a flower.”

There is something so special of St. JoseMaria. I grew up knowing him as a grandfather teaching me this wisdom and love for Our Blessed Mother and Our Lord.
Does it make you feel great to know that everything you do day in and day out, every time you clean the bathroom, make another sandwich, clean the dishes once more, wake up in the middle of the night to a crying child, all this and more will help you become a Saint! St. JoseMaria says that the little things and all work is a way to Heaven! That a man who picks up your garage in the early morning has just the rights to become a Saint as the great professor or Priest! While.. your work is your way to Heaven, offering it up to God is what all the Saints have done. St.JoseMaria and Opus Dei help you to see that and give you formation and wisdom to do so!

"The spirit of Opus Dei reflects the marvellous reality (...) that any honest and worthwhile work may be converted into a divine occupation. In God's service there are no second-class jobs, all of them are important. To love and serve God, there is no need to do anything strange or unusual. Christ bids all men without exception to be perfect as His heavenly Father is perfect. Sanctity, for the vast majority of men, implies sanctifying their work, sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it. Thus they can encounter God in the course of their daily lives."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Priestly Thursday...

Ordination of the first three priests of Opus Dei – Alvaro del Portillo, Jose Luis Muzquiz and Jose Maria Hernandez Garnica. That day St Josemaria said to his sons, “People will ask you, ‘What did the Father tell you on the day when the first three priests were ordained?’

And you’ll say,

‘He told us:
Be men of prayer; men of prayer; and men of prayer’.”

Priestly Thursday

Since we are in the Year of the Priest... I give Thursday to be Priestly Thursday, where I will post about Priest and I ask you to do the same on your blog, posting something about Priest and their beautiful vocation! So that we can all learn and understand and love our dear Soldiers in Christ.

God bless..

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Knights of St. Michaels' Boys Club

We had our 1st Knights of St. Michael's Boys Club at our house. We focus on Sacred Heart of Jesus, being the feast day. We had 6 boys ranging from 3 years to about 8 years old.
Mrs. Jackson read to the boys about the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Afterwards the boys work on a page craft for their Club book. They had lots of fun especially with the glitter.
Trainboy working very hard. He was so excited, first thing he said when he woke up..."Boys club!!"
Trainboys finished page!
Then we had to have cake! To make any boy happy you always feed them!
Mrs. Jackson made this great cake!

Thank you!
"The Knights of St. Michael"
And boys being boys.. off to play outside!

Thank God it wasn't raining!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sacred Heart!

True devotion to the Sacred Heart
A homily given by St. JoseMaria on 17 June 1966,
"The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus"

Let us realize all the richness hidden in the words "the sacred heart of Jesus." When we speak of a person's heart, we refer not just to his sentiments, but to the whole person in his loving dealings with others. In order to help us understand divine things, Scripture uses the expression "heart" in its full human meaning, as the summary and source, expression and ultimate basis, of one's thoughts, words and actions. A man is worth what his heart is worth...

To the heart belongs joy: "let my heart rejoice in your saving help" (Ps 12:6); repentance: "my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast" (Ps 21:15); praise of God: "my heart overflows with a goodly theme" (Ps 44:2) the decision to listen to the Lord: "my heart is ready, Lord" (Ps 56:8); loving vigilance: "I slept, but my heart was awake" (Cant 5:2); and also doubt and fear: "let not your hearts be troubled, believe in me." (John 14:1).

The heart not only feels, it knows and understands. God's law is received in the heart (Cf Ps 39:9) and remains written there (Cf Prov 7:3). Scripture also adds: "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34)." Our Lord reproaches the scribes: "Why do you think evil in your hearts?" (Matt 9:4) And, summing up all the sins man might commit, he says: "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander and blasphemy." (Matt 15:19)

When holy Scripture refers to the heart, it does not refer to some fleeting sentiment of joy or tears. By heart it means the personality which directs its whole being, soul and body, to what it considers its good, as Jesus himself indicated: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matt 6:21)

So when we talk about the heart of Jesus, we stress the certainty of God's love and the truth of his commitment to us. When we recommend devotion to the sacred heart, we are recommending that we should give our whole self to Jesus, to the whole Jesus — our soul, our feelings and thoughts, our words and actions, our joys.

That is what true devotion to the heart of Jesus means. It is knowing God and ourselves. It is looking at Jesus and turning to him, letting him encourage and teach and guide us. The greatest superficiality that can beset this devotion would be a lack of humanity, a failure to understand the reality of an incarnate God.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Group Violin

Suzuki Violin

PrincessGirl is playing her group, a suzuki violin method. Shinichi Suzuki is the founder of the this method, he has this great book called, Nurtured by Love, The classic approach to Talent Education, I highly recommend to any parent is more than just about violin its about true love for a child. But here are a few of his thoughts,

" The only concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings."

"For the sake of our children, let us educate them from cradle to have a noble mind, a high sense of values, and splendid ability."

"A true artist is a person with beautiful and fine feelings, thoughts and actions."

He had a student that lived with him for the student's parents die during 2nd world war, and the boy convert to a catholic and Suzuki saw that he went to church every day and he told Koji, "Today you should go to church and play there before Christ. If you play with all your hear and soul, He will listen." When he came back, he said "It felt very good!" Suzuki said,
" Whenever you play, always think that Christ is listening to you. All right?"

This young men became the 1st non German to be the 1st seat Violin player on the German Orchestra and that is a big deal!

"Talent is not inborn, it has to be created."

Friday, June 5, 2009

St. Josemaria: Freedom for our Children

In the respond to the Month of St. Josemaria, feast day, June 26th, here is a short clip on Freedom for our Children!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A pierce hand

Today, I cut my left hand with a knife, cutting brownies for the children and their friends. Its a deep cut, and I had to sit down, I started to feel light head. Once I got it cover, went back to normal.. but really it wasn't normal.. I believe I hurt the nerves in my hand, for my hand really hurts, aches and to bend it or use it hurts. As I sat down, trying to make good use of this, Christ came into mind.. He says.. "Now you have a very small idea of what I went through, how I feel every time someone sins, its as my hands are pierce once more with a nine inch nail." I brought this painful time back to Christ so that he can use this for the conversion of sinners. I was thinking how life is so great and that something of this sort just doesn't cut it! How I take for granted all the things God has bless me with and I need a cut in my hands to feel Christ close, to take a moment and see Him and see my Blessing and take suffering with open arms.

A Prison of Love

"I like to call the Tabernacle a prison — a prison of Love. For twenty centuries He has been waiting there, willingly locked up, for me and for everyone."

St. Josemaria

The Forge, 827

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Little Flowers-May Crowning!

We had Our May Crowning Spring Tea this past Friday.
We had a memory game, a crowning of Mary, a story of Our Lady of Fatima, with a craft of making their own Lady of Fatima Shrine, and great delights!
May Our Blessed Mother Keep blessing all of our children!

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