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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday Silence

At St. Peter's in Steubenville, Ohio
Latin Mass at St. Peter's, Steubenville
Easter altar St. Peter's, Steubenville

My husband took a selfie of us, Easter morning

With our eldest son at his college, Franciscan University in Ohio
A Beautiful Easter...hope yours was, too! He is Risen. He is Risen, indeed. Alleluia!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Holy Thursday at St. Peter's in Steubenville - Photo Essay

We knew we'd see a reverent and beautiful Holy Thursday Mass at St. Peter's in Steubenville.  

Twelve men came forward to have their feet washed.  I recognized many of them from EWTN, their books or as professors from Franciscan University.

The Novus Ordo Mass was said Ad Orientem to a packed Church.

The priest offers Mass facing the same direction as the people, because he and the people together are offering worship and sacrifice to God. He is not turning his back on the people to exclude them. Rather, as a Christian community, are all facing ad orientem (i.e. toward the east) waiting in joyful expectation for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who will return to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire (Rite of Baptism, 1962). (LINK)

It was an evening of great solemnity, culminating in Father washing the striped altar.
 St. Isidore of Seville and St. Eligius of Noyon say that this ceremony was intended as an homage offered to Our Lord, in return for the humility wherewith He deigned to wash the feet of His disciples. (New Advent)

The Last Supper is over.

The agony in the Garden(1) and all the Sorrowful Mysteries of the The Most Holy Rosary - the scourging at the pillar (2) the crowning with thorns (3) the carrying of the cross (4) and the Crucifixion (5) fill my thoughts.

Complete ALBUM of photos from Holy Week 2014 in Steubenville, Ohio - LINK

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Night That Changed Everything - Holy Thursday Consecration Collage

The Catholic News Agency writes,
"Except for the resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood."
The Eucharist, Our Lord truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Priesthood instituted by Christ at the Last Supper...both pinnacles of our faith....will be celebrated tonight, Holy Thursday.

My prayers will be that we honor & protect everything the Eucharist and Priesthood stand for...

Holy Thursday Prayer to Appreciate the Mass
O Lord Jesus, in order that the merits of your sacrifice on the Cross might be applied to every soul of all time, you willed that it should be renewed upon the altar. At the Last Supper, you said: "Do this in remembrance of me." By these words you gave your apostles and their successors the power to consecrate and to the command to do what you yourself did. I believe that the Mass is both a sacrifice and a memorial- reenacting your passion, death and resurrection. Help me to realize that the Mass is the greatest gift of God to us and our greatest gift to God.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spy Wednesday Mass, Pope Benedict & Franciscan University

Today, at Mass on the campus of Franciscan University, I read the following from my Magnificat missal.
“Judas is neither a master of evil nor the figure of a demoniacal power of darkness but rather a sycophant who bows down before the anonymous power of changing moods and current fashion. But it is precisely this anonymous power that crucified Jesus, for it was anonymous voices that cried, ‘Away with Him! Crucify him!’” (emphasis mine )— Pope Benedict XVI
Such clear and powerful words that speak to our time.  The sycophants and the destruction they wield...the spies among us who sell us out for their pieces of silver....and yet Our Lord rises above them all and conquers with His Resurrection....from ugliness He can bring the greatest beauty. just a few days time.

And today too, I am grateful for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  Although it was almost 3 years ago that I captured this gaze of love through my lens,   today I feel you near.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Lover of Your Soul is Waiting - St. Ann's Adoration Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration is resting in peace with Our Lord and Savior.

During an hour of silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, I had the opportunity to bring to Him all the requests of many who have asked for prayer this Lent.  An hour of silence, before His gaze calmed and refreshed me.  Jesus can not be outdone in generosity so, of course, my time devoted to Him brought graces to me in the form of a soothed spirit.

"Could you not watch with me one hour?" Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. That is scripture and that 's a holy hour.

One time-honored practice of spiritual communication is the holy hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  The origin of the holy hour is the question Christ asked his disciples in the Garden: "Could you not watch one hour  with me?"  If you are in the midst of spiritual torpor or just wish to grow in the spiritual life, you must spend time with God.  (See link above)

Do you have a perpetual adoration chapel near you? If you make the hour I KNOW you will tell me it changed you.  

The Lover of your soul is waiting....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April is National Poetry Month & It's the 25th Anniversary of Dead Poet's Society

April is National Poetry month ... ENJOY SOME!

It is also 25 years since the Robin Williams movie, DEAD POET"S SOCIETY.   

Who is you favorite Poet?

What is your favorite Poem?

I'm a fan and love to read and listen to these power-packed words that activate my imagination!  See my posts on.....

POETRY MEMORIZATION & Educational Benefits

One of my favorite Poems

Video - My 11 Year Old Son Recites CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE

Video - My 5 year old Daughter Recites Robert Louis Stevenson

What to Memorize for ETERNAL Benefits

And as it relates to homeschooling, especially Classical education with Mother of Divine Grace, see my Pinterest board with links to poetry and recitation. 

Looking forward to your comments with your picks!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Holy Communion - Quotes & Prayer

First Holy Communion season is upon us!

What a milestone of JOY!

As I anticipate this important Sacrament for my god-daughter this Sunday in Virginia, I am reminded of my daughter's day a few years earlier....

This IS the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Our Lord, 
Jesus Christ.

Come to Jesus...and LIVE. (First Holy Communion music video)

Watching an excited and pure soul come to their Eucharistic Lord always brings me to tears.

And I pray for my God-Daughter and all the children in this season and seasons to are the future of the Church. KNOW and LOVE the BLESSED SACRAMENT.

Prayer at a Child's First Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the opportunity to experience this love in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor, and fruitful in virtue, 
that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life 
and attain final union with You at death. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You Can Call Upon This Family, You Can Call Upon This Day - Video

As I watch snow flakes flutter by my window on this near end of March day...this relentless winter....I know that warmth is coming. I've enjoyed the snow, but seasons must change!

And so, I turn, in hope, to a different time. It's our favorite time of surf, sun, sand...and reggae.

Calling on this day....

Call On This Day from AllisonGirone on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Misspent Youth? Throwback Thursday - Guns, Booze &Tripping

For your amusement, scenes from my misspent youth on "Throwback Thursday."

Dead-Eye Aim. Bang. BANG.
Tanqueray...Then & Now
Psychedelic trips with the White Rabbit
Now you know how far God has taken patient, He is still working on me!