Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Little Things

1st Sunday of Advent
I was standing in line at Subway in Walmart, on my way to buy some poinsettias for my front door entry. Ahead of me was a young solider in uniform purchasing his lunch. I smiled and he smiled back. I ordered a soft pretzel because they are just so soft and buttery. I anxiously waited for them to make one for me. I hadn't had one in a long time and was a little treat before I went to shop.

The solider beside me turned after paying for his meal and said "I hope you have a good day." I went to pay for my pretzel as they handed it to me, and to my surprise it was already paid for. I was so surprised because I didn't realize the solider had included my pretzel on his tab. There he was headed across the store. Should I try to go thank him? Or would it look like I was running after him? 

I decided to chance it and caught up to the young man. I thanked him for buying my pretzel and said he didn't have to do that. His response? "Just trying to do good things" with a smile. I thanked him for his service and shook his hand. He turned away and I went off to find my poinsettias. 

Little did he know how much that meant to me, a simple act of kindness on a hard day. Let's try to think of others this holiday season and remember that it's the little things that matter.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

St Andrew Novena Devotion

Chaplet available over at my shop!

This is by far my all time favorite devotion after the rosary. The St. Andrew novena is traditionally recited beginning on the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30th) until Christmas Eve. It is a beautiful devotion for the season of Advent in preparation for the Birth of Christ at Christmas.

Pray the following prayer fifteen times 
(either in a row or throughout the day):

“Hail and blessed by the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.”

I love the simplicity of this prayer and yet how powerful the request is. We are asking God at the very moment of His Incarnation to grant the desires we so earnestly seek. What better moment in history than to petition our King from! He could show no greater love than His birth in the stable and His death on the cross. 

Let us make the most of this holy Advent season (which begins next Sunday!) to prepare our hearts for the Infant Jesus! Christmas will be here before we know it!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Making the Most of Memories


"We didn't realize we were making memories, we just realized we were having fun." When you lose someone, you don't realize how all those moments you spent together become the best memories. At the time, you are simply enjoying each other's presence, but you forget that they can all too quickly become merely memories. 

I recently lost my Nana, who lived to a beautiful age of 89 and died so peacefully with receiving the Sacraments of the Church. While that is the greatest gift, it's still hard. Hard because that person is no long a part of your day to day in this life. You can't hug or kiss or smile. It will never be the same. 

I try to think of how she is an angel in Heaven watching out for me now. I pray for her, I pray to her, I know she still smiles at me from her special place with God. But those moments, those gifts of being with her will be engrained in my heart forever. 

I can still hear her laugh, I can picture her smile, I can feel her warm words of encouragement. She was a light in my life. We have to make the most of our memories and treasure those moments so that we will never let go.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Molasses Cookies


Looking for an easy dessert to bring for Thanksgiving? Search no longer! This recipe is sure to be a hit and make it hard to eat all you desire on this delicious food and family day!

Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1 t ginger
1/4 t salt
3 T granulated sugar

Directions:

Preheat over to 325 degrees. Mix brown sugar, butter, molasses, and egg until blended. Then add remaining ingredients except the granulated sugar. Mold dough into 1 inch balls and dip tops of the dough into granulated sugar. Place cookies on an un-greased pan, sugar up, 2 inches apart. Bake 12-16 minutes until cookies are set and look dry. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Pardon Crucifix

Pardon Crucifix available at
handmadecatholicshop.com
as a one decade rosary.

November marks the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory in which we especially remember the faithful departed in our prayers and sacrifices. I recently discovered this beautiful sacramental through a friend called the "Pardon Crucifix." Granted by His Holiness, Pope Pius X to the Pius Union of the Pardon Crucifix, the aim of this devotion is to obtain pardon of God and to pardon one’s neighbor. This crucifix must be blessed by a priest to gain the indulgences.

1. Whoever carries on his person the Pardon Crucifix may thereby gain an indulgence.

2. For devoutly kissing the crucifix, an indulgence is gained.

3. Whoever says one of the following invocations before this crucifix may gain each time an indulgence: “Our Father who art in heaven, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” “I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray to the Lord our God for me.”

4. Whoever habitually devout to this crucifix will fulfill the necessary conditions of Confession and Holy Communion may gain a plenary indulgence on the following feasts: the Five Wounds of Our Lord, the Invention of the Holy Cross, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Immaculate Conception, and the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

5. Whoever at the moment of death, fortified with the Sacraments of the Church, or contrite of heart, in the supposition of being unable to receive them, will kiss this crucifix and ask pardon of God for his sins and pardon his neighbor will gain a plenary indulgence

I wanted to share this unique sacramental as an idea for the Poor Souls this month, but also the last one for ourselves when we may be in the hour of need! May we be diligent in obtaining indulgences to usher the departed into everlasting life.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Christus Vincit

St John Newman Oratory in Birmingham, England
Today we traditionally celebrate the glorious feast of Christ the King. It is one of my favorite feast days because it reminds us of the reign of Our Lord over heaven and earth. The thought that we serve so great a Lord is such a comfort that He is concerned with all our affairs, large and small. It is one of the feasts that I least understand why it was moved with the new calendar. Pius XI instituted this feast and speaks of its placement in his encyclical Quas Primas (On the Feast of Christ the King):

"It is not necessary, Venerable Brethren, that We should explain to you at any length why We have decreed that this feast of the Kingship of Christ should be observed in addition to those other feasts in which his kingly dignity is already signified and celebrated. It will suffice to remark that although in all the feasts of our Lord the material object of worship is Christ, nevertheless their formal object is something quite distinct from his royal title and dignity."

"We have commanded its observance on a Sunday in order that not only the clergy may perform their duty by saying Mass and reciting the Office, but that the laity too, free from their daily tasks, may in a spirit of holy joy give ample testimony of their obedience and subjection to Christ. The last Sunday of October seemed the most convenient of all for this purpose, because it is at the end of the liturgical year, and thus the feast of the Kingship of Christ sets the crowning glory upon the mysteries of the life of Christ already commemorated during the year, and, before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of Him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect.

"Make it your duty and your task, Venerable Brethren, to see that sermons are preached to the people in every parish to teach them the meaning and the importance of this feast, that they may so order their lives as to be worthy of faithful and obedient subjects of the Divine King."

Sunday, October 21, 2018

100 Items and a Feature


I am so excited to share that my little business now has 100 items for sale! Over the course of two and a half years, my shop has grown so much! There are 45 chaplets, 30 rosaries, 16 veils, 6 crucifixes, and 3 scapular options! I am so grateful to God for how He has led this shop for His glory. May these prayer items bring many graces to those who use them!



One of my veils was also featured by Etsy this past week in an email they sent to buyers. We also reached "super seller" status by quick shipping, number of sales, and five star reviews. Thank you to our customers for your support over the years! You are in our daily prayers.