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. 


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spinach Stuffed Shells


Ingredients: 

1 ~ 1 lb. ground meat
1 ~ 10 oz. package frozen spinach
1 ~ 12 oz. box jumbo shells
1 ~ 32 oz. container ricotta cheese
1 ~ 8 oz. package mozzarella cheese
2 ~ 24 oz. jars of tomato sauce


Directions:

I browned a pound of ground meat in a saucepan and seasoned with salt, black pepper, red pepper, and garlic powder. Depending on your spinach, my box said to heat the spinach (within the plastic bag, weird right?) for 30 minutes in a pot. Then I boiled jumbo shells for 12 minutes, until soft. I mixed the ground meat (after draining) with the ricotta cheese, cooked spinach, and mozzarella cheese in a large bowl. Then I put tomato sauce on the bottom of the two pans (7 x 11"). I stuffed the cooked shells with the meat, spinach, and cheese mixture and then placed in the pans. I drizzled tomato sauce on top of the shells and then heated the entire serving for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the cheese melts. Your spinach stuffed shells makes 35 pieces or serves 7. (More likely serves 5 because everyone will keep grabbing more)! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fifteen Promises of the Rosary

An excellent reminder for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary! Check out the new gold rosaries available on handmadecatholicshop.com! A variety of colors and centerpieces!

FIFTEEN PROMISES OF THE ROSARY
(Words of Our Lady)

1. Whoever faithfully serves me by the recitation of the rosary shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who recite the rosary.
3. The rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresy.
4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish. It will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God. It will withdraw the hearts of people from love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul that recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice. He shall not perish by an unprovided death. If he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever has a true devotion to the rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to reciting the rosary shall having during life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces. At the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
10. The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
12. All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the rosary are my children and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
15. Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.

--> St. Teresa of Avila: “I would be willing to return to a life of suffering until the end of time to merit the degree of glory which God rewards one devoutly recited Hail Mary.”

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Staying Little


"If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts." ~ St Therese

St Therese always had the goal of remaining little. She wanted to be a great saint, but by doing small things with all the love in her heart. She is such a heroic saint, but easily imitable. When you think about how difficult it is to be consciously offering each moment of our day to God, all the sufferings, joys, and events, you realize just how amazing St Therese really is.

St Therese is famous for her little way of "trust and self-surrender" which teaches us to give our wills to God and know that He will take care of everything. Her spiritual childhood is made up of "very ordinary things." We forget how powerful those ordinary things can be. She says "to pick up a pin for love can covert a soul." Picking up a pin? How simple that is and yet God looks only at the love behind it.

When our trials seem to feel heavy, it helps to remember God is only asking for our love and trust. He cares for us like a loving Father and will never abandon us, but carries the cross alongside, feeling all our pain too.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Sky Is Falling


"The Sky is Falling" are iconic words of Chicken Little but are an idea we adopt to mean our world around us is falling apart. A contrast to the peaceful look of leaves falling from trees in a quiet wood to show that all things are made new. Even though things are falling, we can have tranquil hearts that are stable in the storm.

I find that the sky often feels like it's falling when big decisions come around or tragic events happen in our lives. Why do those moments have to be so much more different than the simple parts of what make up our day? But they are. We can try to simplify them but they are going to be bigger and matter more. We can only change our approach to them. 

God gives us the grace at the time, not before and not after, both for the big and little things that matter as much to Him as they do to us. We just have to lean harder on Him when we are climbing taller mountains. If it is weighing on us heavily, perhaps we aren't praying enough. God is always right there with His love and care. 

Padre Pio says, whose feast day we celebrate today, "In this life, Jesus does not ask you to carry the heavy cross with Him, but a small piece of His cross, a piece that consists of human suffering."