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
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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.