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

Thursday, October 29, 2009

In Honor of the Saints~~

In the Honor of Our Great Saints..
We are having Saint Hair Bow Giveaway!

Last Month St. Teresa's Giveaway was a great success as we had two winners..
Here is another chance to win another Saint Bow!

with your favorite saint for chance to win.

We will pick one winner a week for the month of November in Honor of All Those who lived great heroic lives
for the love of Our Church!



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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1440 minutes a day for LOVE!

Once again the everyday living takes a toll.. the washing of the clothes, the cleaning of the bathroom, the changes of diapers, the washing of the dishes, the sweeping, and it just goes and goes.. and this everyday.. 365 days a year

This is without those moments you have to do errands, teach children to clean up after themselves, you own eating, showers, making of beds..and just seems there is no end to this madness

But I know that we can turn this madness into the most glorious love of all... Love for God. This is one of the main reasons why I love our dear friend.. JoseMaria... He gives us the knowledge and wisdom to use all those moments.. all of those little things.. that no one sees or even cares.. no one that is besides the most important person.. God himself

I know that this might sound nuts.. but the other day as I was cleaning the toilet.. as it was flushing away the water.. I thought that one is for those souls that don't know or feel HIS LOVE. When I was folding the 1000 socks without pairs.. I thought how many are without God..

There are days that you have 10 mins. if you are lucky of some what a peace time to pray or read something spiritual and BAM.. its gone but you have 1440 minutes in a day that you have to offer your love to God for the salvation of souls and the whole world...WOW..that is powerful.. I just hope to recall that every time a child needs this or that.. when you need to do A , B and C just before you forget ! Or stop writing this to go to a needed child or two.

But that's it folks.. That is what God has given me to find my holiness .. my way of life.. Loving HIM in all little things of this day.. to rest those few hours to start over again with 1440 minutes a day to love HIM again

May the Love of Christ bring fourths your holiness!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Favorite Films Fridays-- Immortal Beloved

Favorite Films on Fridays
Our Great Friend JMJ.. has this new ..
Favorite Films on Fridays..

Want to join us on Fridays? Copy the Movie Marquee and link back to me and we'll share some of our Favorite Films of Fridays.
Below is one of the my favorite..

Favorite Films of Fridays

With God.. All is Possible

This is amazing.. One thinks that it has to be a certain person to play music or to be great leader.. that need to have it all.. but its in these Children that God seeks his kingdom and who are extraordinary.. to show them all the Face of God on earth ..

I am always telling my daugther over and over.. nothing in Life is easy.. but God's love is so and with His love for us.. we can do the impossible..


But What I like most about this.. the street player..

Don't you see the Face of Christ?

Monday, October 19, 2009

–“May the Passion of Christ be always in our hearts”–

Today is the feast day of St. Paul of the Cross...I never knew of him until 6 years ago today.. I always felt the Passion of Christ.. at the lost of our son.. Pablo de La Cruz.. Yes.. nothing in the world perpares you for the lost of a child but only the Passion of Christ perpares you for the rest of your life to live with that lost.


There is a great day to read about him but I found the following ....

In 1714 a young northern Italian, Paul Danei, had a striking experience of God. It happened during an ordinary sermon in an ordinary church, preached by an unknown parish priest. "Go, sell all you have and come follow me." A sense of God and a desire to serve him filled his heart. Over the years, the experience grew, and it centered on the Passion of Jesus Christ. From the sermon he heard in church, the young man gained a life-long respect for preaching. In his early years he taught catechism in churches near his home; later he became a powerful preacher of God’s word.


The Danei’s were a devout Catholic family. Large families were not unusual then. They had 16 children; Paul was the second child, born in the town of Ovada, January 3, 1694. Only 6 children survived into their adult years; the majority died as infants. So Paul Danei became acquainted early on with the mystery of death, and from his mother especially, he learned to see it through the lens of the Passion of Christ.

Anna Maria was blessed with a deep devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ; meditating on the Passion of Christ every day. So her children, especially Paul and John Baptist, were given an early introduction to the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is understandable that the Passion of Christ dominated Paul's spirituality.

It didn't hurt either that she wasted no opportunity to admonish Paul, in order to stimulate him to virtue, by pointing out the sufferings of Christ.

Two examples:

In times of pain or discomfort, she would show Paul the crucifix (which I'm sure was always handy and available) and say; "See how much he has suffered for you."

Or, when she would try to unravel his curly hair (and Paul probably crying about it), would point to the crucifix and say: "See the crown of thorns on his head?"

“We are aware that the passion of Christ continues in this world until he comes in glory; therefore, we share in the joys and sorrows of our contemporaries as we journey through life towards our Father. We wish to share in the distress of all, especially the poor and neglected; we seek to offer them comfort and to relieve the burden of their sorrow.

"The power of the cross, which is the wisdom of God, gives us strength to discern and remove the causes of human suffering.”


“The world is sliding into a forgetfulness of the most bitter sufferings lovingly endured by Jesus Christ our true good,” he said.


The Passionists

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Priestly Thursday...Il Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest",

In 1703 Vivaldi became a priest, soon nicknamed Il Prete Rosso, "The Red Priest", probably because of his red hair. In 1704 he was given a dispensation from celebrating the Holy Mass because of his ill-health (he suffered from asthma), and became a violin teacher at an orphanage for girls called Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. The orphans little after started to gain appreciation and esteem, abroad too; Vivaldi wrote for them most of his concertos, cantate and sacred music. In 1705 the first collection (raccolta) of his works was published. Many others would follow. At the orphanage he covered several different duties, with the only interruption for his many travels, and in 1713 became responsible for the musical activity of the institute. He was indeed a prolific composer.

We praise thee, we bless the, we worship thee, we glorify thee..

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celebrating Feast Days with little hands!

For the Feast of the Guardian Angel, I had found these wooden Angels at the Dollar Tree (thank God for this place) and so they painted them and We put the Guardian Angel prayer on one side and the St. Michael prayer on the other side.
We made this angel food cake, which is harder than I thought. My husband says it looks more like a fallen angel.. But when you add ice cream and strawberries.. it all taste good!

For the Feast of St. Francis , besides those great wolf cookies,
we have been working on our
St. Francis Bird feeder..
We painted it (hah..that was too much fun..) and than we
took St. Francis Peace Prayer and a picture of
St.Francis with Birds and sealed it on the feeder.


Last but not least, yesterday..

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary,
we made our candy rosary, and are making our Rosary book. (I will share pictures once we are done!)

We used roses and heart candy mold..
It was a great deal of fun..
(we haven't eaten any of the candy just
yet we are trying to hold off for Little Flowers on Friday!.ha..)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall Brings... Football.. Here is why I love the game! :)

A heart-warming story of true sportsmanship last week turned what might have been a dismal defeat into an extraordinary victory for both teams and everyone who witnessed Matt Ziesel's touchdown run.

Matt, who has Down syndrome, is a freshman at Benton High School in St. Joseph, Mo. Despite his disability he suits up for every football game and cheers on his teammates from the sidelines.

The crowd clapped and cheered their approval, and after the game, Matt Ziesel enthused, "I scored a touchdown! 60 yards, I go for touchdown for us!"


It was a great opportunity for our kids to kind of realize that while, yes, winning is a big deal, there's bigger life lessons out there," McEnaney said.

Can read the full story http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/sep/09092106.html

Sunday, October 4, 2009

CANTICLE OF BROTHER SUN

“Come hither, brother wolf; I command thee, in the name of Christ, neither to harm me nor anybody else.”


Today, we celebrated St. Francis of Assisi, we check out a few books from the library such as this one , More Saints Lives & Illuminations, which is so beautiful illustrated. And then we made these very cute wolf cookies!


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My Shower of Roses!

Today is the Feast of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus.. Many know that her novena is a powerful and one full with Roses.. I remember about 9 years ago my oldest sister told me about her novena and it was a time in my life that I need! I was at the moment in my life that I wanted to start my vocation to marriage yet I hadn't found my soul mate! I decided to venture out into the wide world of the web and I join Ave Maria Single Catholic in hopes to find my soul mate or for him to find me!

God always know what he is doing.. so it be... I found him! We spoke on the phone and wrote emails (long ones, short ones.. all the time) for about 3 months before we finally met at St.Patrick in NYC.. It sure was love at first time and I recalled to this day, the moments leading up to it. So without the knowledge of my leading man in this play of life, I decided to take my sisters advise and give St. Theresa a try! I did the 24 days novena, since I wanted to be so sure ! I was so sure not to miss a day and I did the novena prayer always in front of the Christ (I lived so close to a Church that was always open!!) I actually remember coming back from a soccer tournament at the beach and just so tired for it was a long day but I made sure I went and did my novena...

Than the day came.. actually almost not really putting much thought into it.. a busy day, teaching, studying, and working my second job and I come home, Nov. 22 2000, and I found at my doorsteps...


ROSES!!

But you know.. not just 12 Roses... 24 ROSES sent from my one and only true love!! He was just sending them for my saint Day but had no clue of my novena..

To this day, I have a special place in my heart for St. Theresa...


Govern by all Thy Wisdom, O Lord,
so that my soul may always be serving Thee as Thou dost
Will,
and not as I may choose.
Do not punish me, I beseech Thee,
by granting that which I wish
or ask if it offended Thy Love,
which would always live in me.
Let me die to myself,
so that I may love Thee.
Let me live to Thee,
Who art in Thyself,
the True Life.

Dear St. Therese,
guide me in your Little Way,
so that I may ascend to the heights and happiness of
Heaven.