Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fruits of Attending Holy Mass


Because the value of Holy Mass is infinite, we can never truly know the wealth of grace available to us by attending Mass. Here are but a few of the beautiful gifts God bestows on those who attend devoutly!

Through attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass . . . 

. . . your greatest consolation at death will be the Masses you have heard devoutly.
. . . when you are judged each Mass will be with you and plead for your pardon.
. . . you can diminish your temporal punishment due to sin according to your fervor.
. . . you give the greatest homage possible to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord.
. . . Our Lord supplies for your negligences and omissions.
. . . the venial sins you are determined to avoid are forgiven.
. . . all your unknown sins never confessed are forgiven. 
. . . the power of Satan over your soul is diminished.
. . . you offer those in Purgatory the best possible relief.
. . . one Holy Mass heard during your lifetime is more beneficial than many offered for you after your death.
. . . you are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise have befallen you.
. . . you shorten your Purgatory by each Mass heard devoutly.
. . . you kneel amid a multitude of angels present at each Mass.
. . . you are blessed in temporal goods and affairs.
. . . when offering in honor of a saint or angel you give that saint or angel a new degree of honor and joy, drawing his special protection and love on yourself.

(Info courtesy of St. Benedict Center Still River, MA saintbenedictcenter.com)

"For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death." ~ revelation of Christ to St. Gertrude the Great

                                                                            ~ Therese

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Be At Peace


I am Polish and I have this sign hanging on my fridge to remind me of these simple yet powerful words "Be at Peace." In a world that is suffering and always needing to "de-stress," peace is something that is very much sought after. It is hard when we feel like "our world" is falling apart around us and there seems to be no answers to our problems, but Our Lord said, "I have overcome the world."

St. Therese talks about suffering from moment to moment, which was the only thing that brought her peace. True peace comes from God. I know when things are upside down in my life, it's those quiet moments before the Blessed Sacrament that bring peace to my heart. Our Lord said again, "Come to Me all you who labor and find life burdensome and I will give you rest." Rest is that peace that He alone can give.

Acceptance helps us be at peace as well. There may be things we simply cannot change that are overwhelmingly challenging in our lives. We may have to accept them without understanding. It is then that we must look to Christ Crucified which is the only place that suffering makes any sense.

I love this quote of St. Francis de Sales: “Have no fear for what tomorrow may bring, the same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.”

                                                                               ~ Therese

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wholesome Writing


The words "wholesome writing" might deter some folks who are only looking to be amused by things that are not necessarily good. But writing can be genuinely interesting, entertaining, and fun, while remaining wholesome at the same time but without being what is considered "preachy." 

For example, I absolutely love mysteries. So many of them however are twisted, weird, or just depressing. So why can't they be lighthearted and uplifting? Why can't the books we read be clear of all offensive content and enjoyable for any age range? 

Writers have a tremendous responsibility. You can either make someone a better person for having read your creation or a worse person. Every little thing matters. The simplest sentence can have a powerful impact on a person. This means that writers have the beautiful ability of touching hearts and making someone see something in another light.

Stories of heroes are what encourage us in our own lives. Fiction can only encourage us to a certain extent and the stories that are true resonate even deeper. But beneath the fiction of a narrative are messages and themes that apply to our day to day life and inspire us to go forward. Writers can never forget that more important than their stories are the people who read them.

Let's make our writing wholesome in the sense that when readers walk away from our books, they are better and happier people--ready to face troubles in their lives with courage.

                                                                      ~ Therese

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Apple Pie Cake with Cinnamon Glaze


It doesn't get better than this right? Love apple pie? Love cake? So you have to make an apple pie cake! This is also awesome because it's gluten and lactose free! 

Ingredients for Cake:

~ 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
~ 1/2 cup honey
~ 1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff not Aunt Jemima's guys)
~ 1 T orange juice
~ 1/2 t salt
~ 8 eggs
~ 3 cups GF flour
~ 2 t cinnamon
~ 1 T vanilla extract

Ingredients for Glaze:

~ 2 cups confectioners sugar
~ 1 T cinnamon
~ water to desired consistency (see below)


Directions for Cake:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10" springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper, which can also be greased with oil. Combine the apples, honey, maple syrup, and orange juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Bring down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the apples are tender. Put the eggs, flour, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla in a mixer and stir till combined well. Add the apple/honey/syrup mixture and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes or until knife/fork comes out clean. Let cool for half an hour and place on a serving plate. Spread the glaze over the surface of the cake and allow to drip down the sides. Ready to enjoy! Can also put into the freezer for fifteen minutes to harden the glaze.

Directions for Glaze:

Combine the sugar and cinnamon. Add water slowly. Start with 1 T and stir. Depending on if you want a thick or thin icing, add more water slowly to desired consistency a teaspoon at a time. If it gets too thick add water, or too thin add sugar. Pour over the cooled cake. This cake serves 10-12 people.

Now you can try this out and have it all ready for the Fall! 

                                                                                                             ~ Therese

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Precious Blood Devotion

Pall from Holywell in England
The devotion to the Precious Blood is one of my favorites. The simple prayers below offer such beautiful promises and give much glory to God. Most of us will not likely be actual martyrs, but these prayers offer in the fourth promise that it will be as if we had died martyrs by honoring the Precious Blood through this devotion. How amazing! Let us not miss these simple opportunities of strengthening our Faith and consoling the Heart of Jesus. 

Devotion to the Drops of Blood Lost by Our Lord Jesus Christ
on His Way to Calvary

St. Elizabeth, Queen of Hungary, St. Matilda, and St. Bridget, wishing to know something of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, offered fervent and special prayers, upon which Our Lord revealed to them: 

To all the faithful who shall recite for 3 years each day, 2 Our Father's, 2 Hail Mary's, and 2 Glory Be's in honor of the drops of Blood I lost, I will concede the following 5 graces:

1. The plenary indulgence and remittance of your sins.
2. You will be free from the pains of Purgatory.
3. If you should die before completing the said 3 years, for you it will be the same as if you had completed them.
4. It will be upon your death the same as if you had shed all your blood for the Holy Faith.
5. I will descend from Heaven to take your soul and that of your relatives, until the fourth generation.

(Blessed by Pope St. Leo XIII in Rome April 5, 1890).

Happy Feast Day of the Precious Blood of Jesus!

                                                                            ~ Therese