Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scapular Stories

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July 16th is the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel! Our Lady said to St. Simon Stock: “Take this scapular, it shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire . . . wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”

Sabbatine Privilege:

1. Wear the scapular devoutly and continually.
2. Observe chastity according to one’s state in life.
3. Recite daily the Little Office of Our Lady, or abstinence on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or the rosary with permission from a priest to substitute.

Our Lady promised to liberate the soul from purgatory who fulfills these requirements upon the Saturday after their death.

Here's just one miraculous story of Our Lady's protection of those who wear her scapular: "A French priest on pilgrimage was on his way to offer Mass, but realized he forgot his scapular. He knew he would be late if he went back for it, but he could not accept offering Mass at Our Lady’s altar without wearing her scapular. The priest returned with it and was in the middle of offering Mass when a man approached the altar with a gun. He shot the priest in the back, but somehow the priest continued to say the Mass prayers as if nothing happened. The faithful thought the bullet miraculously missed the priest; however, they discovered afterwards the bullet had been found ADHERING TO THE BROWN SCAPULAR, which the priest had refused to be without." While this story is truly amazing and inspiring, most importantly, Our Lady helps those who wear her scapular receive eternal life.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Parents of the Little Flower

July 12th is the feast of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese, the Little Flower. If you are looking for good reads on them, the books above are excellent! Both parents originally wanted to enter religious life, but God called them to marriage. They raised up a family of saints and became saints themselves! Their heroic virtue in family life is an inspiration and example of how we are to live.

"To the love of God, to the spirit of faith and hope was joined in my father's character an immense charity toward his neighbor. That was his outstanding virtue." ~ Celine Martin

"Our mother was abnegation personified, gifted with great courage, and an extraordinarily energetic character. She had a very sensitive and very generous heart, turned always to God, in whom she had a truly heroic confidence." ~ Celine Martin

"My parents always seemed to me to be saints. We were filled with respect and admiration for them. I sometimes asked myself if it were possible to find their equals on earth. Around me I could see nothing like them." ~ Pauline Martin (Mother Agnes of Jesus)

"God gave me a father and a mother who were more worthy of heaven than of earth." ~ St. Therese Martin (the Little Flower)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Precious Blood Chaplet

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The 33 beads symbolize the 33 years of Our Lord’s life. The seven mysteries honor the seven principal sheddings of the Precious Blood of Jesus. Pope Pius VII granted a plenary indulgence to those who recite this chaplet daily for a month.

Begin with the ejaculation: “O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me.”
One Glory Be.

First Mystery: The Circumcision
Pray for chastity of soul and body.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Second Mystery: The Agony in the Garden
Pray for the spirit of prayer.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Third Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar
Pray for the grace of mortification.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Fourth Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns
Pray for the grace to despise worldly honors.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Fifth Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross.
Pray for patience.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Sixth Mystery: The Crucifixion
Pray for true contrition of your sins.
Five Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Seventh Mystery: Piercing of the Side of Jesus
Pray for the grace of perseverance.
Three Our Father’s and one Glory Be.
V. We beseech Thee, therefore, help Thy servants. R. Whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.

Conclude with: 
“Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Savior of the world, and hast willed to be appeased with His Blood; grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate this Blood, the price of our salvation, and so to be defended by its power upon earth from the evils of this present life, that in Heaven we may enjoy its everlasting fruit. Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.”

“The more you shall have contemplated My Painful Wounds on earth, the higher shall be your contemplation of them in Heaven.” ~ Our Lord to Sister Mary Martha Chambon

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Need a Quick Dish?

This has to be one of the simplest dinner dishes that actually appeals to the sweet tooth. Get two or three chicken breasts (cut into 1 inch cubes) and cook in a frying pan. Cook a cup of rice in a separate pot. Use a cup of riced frozen broccoli to heat up. Mix all together when chicken is cooked. Add some salt, pepper, garlic salt, and (a lot) of brown sugar. 

A colorful arrangement awaits your dinner table, fit to serve five hungry mouths. And I might add, that a root beer float doesn't hurt to accompany it (or any dish). :-)

Hope you enjoy this easy meal that can be accomplished in 15 minutes! 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pray for Priests

One of the most noble tasks we can accomplish in this world is prayer. Prayer is our direct link to God. When we pray before the tabernacle, it is better than being granted an audience before a king, for we are beholding the King of Kings. He is ready to hear our every request and answers them all, even if not in the way we expect. 

We forget though that this privilege of praying before our King is brought to us only by His priests. Without the priest, we would not be able to adore Jesus in the tabernacle, nor receive Him at Mass, nor attend Mass at all. A priest is another Christ and as such holds such a great dignity in his vocation. These days it is hard to find truly holy priests, but that is where prayer comes in.

Today is Fathers' Day and our priests fall under that title in the spiritual sense because they guide us as children to reach Heaven. We must pray for them that they may be holy and that there may be more priests who give their lives to such a praiseworthy mission. There is no greater goal than winning souls for Christ. Let us support our priests and be grateful to them for helping us in our path of sanctity by remembering them daily before the tabernacle, especially today as our spiritual fathers. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stroll in the Park

What is your favorite form of exercise? There are so many ways to rejuvenate yourself by spending time in exercise. Lots of people enjoy hiking or running on trails, some bike riding or kayaking, others with indoor equipment. I'm certainly not one for "working out", but I think getting a daily half hour of recreational exercise is really good for you. It's healthy for your body and your mind and lets out some of that extra steam. 

Thoughts on weight loss? Well, to me that's secondary. I mean who doesn't enjoy feeling more fit and going down a size in clothes? But I think the experience of the exercise (especially outside in nature) is much more satisfactory than the results or lack thereof. 

Personal favorite: I really enjoy bike riding, kayaking, and walking. Each offers a unique setting. Bike riding can be stationary, kayaking on a beautiful lake, and walking down your home street are all pleasant in themselves. There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishing something when getting where you want to go, and a healthy life brings much content.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More Blessed to Give

They say it's more blessed to give than to receive and if you've never had the opportunity of volunteering, let me just share how amazing an experience it can be. You think that you are going into something trying to make a difference in someone's life by giving your time, but you realize very quickly that in making that sacrifice you are receiving so much more yourself than you could ever imagine. 

When we give our ourselves it takes us out of ourselves and let's us focus our energy on other people. Our problems seem so small when we see what others have to go through. And even if you are going through more than others, it at least makes the burden lighter by alleviating someone else's pain for a day. Volunteering doesn't take away your suffering or someone else's suffering but it reminds us that "life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."

Some great volunteer ideas are perhaps at your church, nursing homes, crisis pregnancy centers, soup kitchens, schools...the opportunities are limitless if you are really looking. On a personal note, I've really enjoyed volunteering at a horse farm that teaches children. I love both horses and kids so it's the perfect combo for me, and you see clearly that what truly matters in life is serving God and serving our neighbor.

You may say that there just isn't time to volunteer if you're working full time and taking care of a family, but maybe if it's only just once a month on a Saturday that you give a couple hours to something, it would be possible. Believe me it makes all the difference to them and to you.