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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pope's Prayer for Parents to Pass on Faith to Children

Romans 10: 14-17 Faith comes from what is heard.


REFLECTIONS ON THE POPE'S MONTHLY INTENTIONS - December 2014

The following comes from ... Apostleship of Prayer receives monthly prayer intentions from the pope and urges Christians throughout the world to unite in prayer for those intentions. The reflections below seek to illuminate the Holy Father's concerns.

Evangelization Intention - Parents



That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.


When parents shirk their responsibilities to their children, society tries to step in to ensure that neglected children receive the necessary care. Children needs include physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual. We tend to focus on the physical needs, but, though important, those needs are temporary, affecting a child’s earthly life. Neglecting children’s moral needs threatens the future of society which depends upon citizens adhering to upright moral values. That’s important, but neglecting a child’s spiritual needs endangers his or her eternal destiny.


 Pope Francis said: “No one becomes Christian on his or her own! Christians are not made in a laboratory. We have received the faith from our parents, from our ancestors, and they have instructed us in it. We are able to live this journey not only because of others, but together with others. In the Church there is no ‘do it yourself’, there are no ‘free agents’.”



Parents are the first and most important catechists. According to Pope Paul VI, “since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.”



Evangelization begins at home. If children have not been raised in the faith and with moral values, it’s often too late for schools and the larger society to make up for the neglect. As we pray with Pope Francis that parents may be true evangelizers, we ask that they not only speak about the faith but live it in a way that speaks even louder than their words.


 Lord, we pray for Your help in this MOST IMPORTANT endeavour!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent is Here ~ Doable #DailyAdventDevotional

"Instead of doing more, more, more...what if we stepped back...took a deep breath...and decided this Advent instead of doing more - we would just be...more?"

I read those words today in my friend Jenny's Daily Advent Devotional for Women and I thought about how the Advent season can slip by without leaving a mark on our souls.


This is a time of year when moms can feel weary and rushed.

Here it is... already Advent... and I going to get sucked in to so much "other" stuff that I forget to prepare my heart for Him? How can I make this Advent different...leaving a mark on my soul?


Jenny has a way of putting things simply and has a love for Scripture and already I am finding peace and direction in her brief meditations.
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christians Are Born For Combat


Today is the feast of Pope St. Leo the Great who turned back Attila the Hun from the gates of Rome...yes...but I am thinking of another Leo.  

Another LEO....another evil at the gate.....
“To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe.” The only ones who win when Christians stay quiet, he says, are the enemies of truth. The silence of Catholics is particularly disturbing because frequently a few bold words would have vanquished the false ideas.

Christians are,” Leo continues, “born for combat.” It is part of their nature to follow Christ by espousing unpopular ideas and by defending the truth at great cost to themselves. One of their main duties is “professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine”; a second is “propagating it to the utmost of their power.” As many today insist, they should preach the Catholic faith through personal example; at the same time, though, they should also preach the faith “by open and constant profession of the obligations it imposes.” A negative reaction from the public, far from being a sign of mistaken ideas, can serve as evidence of exactly the opposite fact. “Jesus Christ,” the pope points out, “has clearly intimated that the hatred and hostility of men, which he first and foremost experienced, would be shown in like degree toward the work founded by him.” Source

Pope Leo XIII, I will pray the prayer you wrote to St. Michael the Archangel...to defend us in battle... and pray as well for the words and the actions that would serve our faith in a world of hostility towards it. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Catholic Gifts for Christmas - Lots of LINKS

Giving a gift that supports religious Monasteries, Convents, Abbeys and Hermitages is giving a gift that gives TWICE!


"Gentle" reminders keep coming to me that there are only a few weeks until Christmas.  While I didn't want to get ahead of myself, I did count...gulped...and decided I did want to be proactive. I asked a Facebook group of Catholics...
Besides the Mystic Monk coffees what other monasteries or nunneries can we support by shopping their gift catalogs this Christmas?
I had purchased the Monks wonderful coffees last year and I am hoping to expand my Catholic repertoire of gift-giving this holiday season.  


Here below are the links of those Catholic Religious Catalogs that came recommended.


Holy Spirit Monastery Gifts  -  At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit we produce our own fudge, fruitcake and biscotti with the highest quality ingredients. From our moist, Southern-style fruitcake to our light and flaky biscotti, there is a treat for everyone! Also, rosaries, books, mugs, soup, grits, nuts and seasonal gifts are available from this Abbey in Georgia.


The Nun Gift Shop benefits Mother Angelica's nuns of EWTN. There you can buy many items like Mother Angelica Tea, art, CDs, veils, calendars, apparel, jewelry and more!
Then there's MONK ROCK for the cool and hip gifts...something different.  These buttons caught my eye. 
PINT, PIPE & CROSS BUTTON
In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the cross can all fit together. - G.K. Chesterton
(1" Button)


And there are many more buttons, manly t-shirts - necklaces - scapulars for the Catholic gentlemen in your life and coffee...like MONK is the New Black blend!

Besides having an extensive collection of CDs and MP3s to download from vespers and more, there are also soaps, scrubs and lotions at  Monastery Creations
 "We Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are a contemporary monastic community living according to the Rule of Benedict. We serve the Church through a ministry of prayer and a dedication to the Eucharist. We strive to witness to God's presence in our world through our community life and by offering a welcoming space for silence, prayer, and spiritual hospitality in a shared environment of monastic peace." - Mission Statement

Chocolates from a peanut free Factory...that'sTrappistine !
Enduring the test of time.  Pure.  Wholesome.  Unadulterated.  Infused with Love and Prayer. These words symbolize not only the lives lived by those in our order, but also, our candy. This fruit of our labor, work of our hands, financially sustains our life of prayer, spirituality, and simplicity, and it, too is infused with our love and prayer.  It is part of the Trappistine tradition – one that has endured and thrived since 1098.


Who doesn't want cookies at Christmas?  SimplyDivine Cookies are beautiful and varied and can come in assortment boxes.
At the monastery, baking cookies is a hands-on process with a personal touch and a divine dimension. Sister Barbara Jean Luebbehusen considers working with the dough “a sacred experience. I feel closer to God when I’m preparing the cookies,” she says. Our bakers are artisans of the monastery, who are living out the words of St. Benedict: “Then are they truly monastics when they live by the labor of their hands.”



Brigittine Monks - Founded in 1370 and dedicated to a life of prayer and work, the Brigittine Monks are completely self-supporting. In our Monastery located in the lush Willamette Valley in Oregon, the monks quietly go about producing some of the most delicious candy in the world.

Our Gourmet Confections have received hundreds of accolades from candy experts and customers alike. Numerous television programs, including the ABC Nightly News and CNN, have featured segments about our candy. We have also been featured on the game show Jeopardy.
Perhaps you read about our delicious products in Town and Country Magazine, Bon Appetit, People magazine, US News and World Report, Chocolatier, or The New York Times. 


Thinking feast of St. Nick, December 6th
Room sprays, art-carved soaps, lotions, lip balms, pens, statues and candles are some of the truly lovely offerings I noted in the Cloister Shoppe
About Our Monastery
The Cloister Shoppe is the online shop of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, New Jersey. 
All our soaps contain glycerin to soften combined with shea butter or goat’s milk to moisturize and nourish skin. Best of all, because the soaps are made and packaged by our nuns each bar is wrapped with prayer! The Story Behind the Soap’s Name Translated from the French as the “Sign of God”, the “Seignadou” (pronounced “Seh-nya-doo”) was seen by our founder, St. Dominic de Guzman on July 22, 1206, as he kept vigil on a hilltop in Southern France. In answer to his prayers for guidance, a large fireball descended from the heavens and hovered over the the Church of Saint Mary of Prouilhe. His prayers were answered. He would establish the the first shoot of the “Holy Preaching” at this sacred site marked out by God, the first community of Nuns of the Order of Preachers. We chose this name, so beloved to Dominicans, for our soap in honor of the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Nuns.

Monastery Greetings has the goods of many religious orders, monasteries, convents, abbeys under one roof.  ONE STOP SHOPPING. Baked goods, seasonings and sauces, mixes, popcorn, jams-honey-syrup, chimes, pet items, cards, water from Holy Sites and more, more, MORE! They even sell many beers and ales!

I've got LOTS of ideas now....hope you do, too.  PLEASE share any other links you recommend in comments.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Prose, The Poetry of Autumn

Many see it as a time of death, the death of summer and leaves. I can only see it as glorious, a beautiful blazing.... 

Autumn is deserving of Poetry and Prose...


That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
~ Shakespeare, Sonnet 73 

 And yellow is the woodland bough; And every leaf of bush and weed Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now. 
 And I do love the varied hue,
And I do love the browning plain;
And I do love each scene to view,
That’s mark’d with beauties of her reign.
 ~ John Clare, Autumn



Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold — Come change — and human fate! Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound, Can ne’er be desolate. 
- The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browing


O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow. Make the day seem to us less brief. Hearts not averse to being beguiled, Beguile us in the way you know. Release one leaf at break of day; At noon release another leaf; One from our trees, one far away. Retard the sun with gentle mist; Enchant the land with amethyst. Slow, slow!
- Robert Frost, October

Saturday, October 18, 2014

To Give Light To Them That Sit in Darkness

Franciscan University ~ Latin Mass ~ Fr. Dan Pattee - Feast of St. Luke

To give light to them that sit in darkness 
and in the shadow of death, 
to guide our feet into the way of peace. 
(St. Luke, 1. 79)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another Son to Franciscan University!

My 2nd homeschooler received his acceptance letter to college today. So proud of his hard work!


He'll be joining his brother at Franciscan University.  Deo Gratias! 
"There’s no place quite like Franciscan University of Steubenville, and its students’ enthusiasm for serving God both during and after their college years is most refreshing and exciting.
"Few institutions share Franciscan University’s reputation for strong Catholic identity… a thoroughly Catholic environment that prepares servants of God for every walk of life, while offering a solid education and vibrant campus life."
—From The Cardinal Newman Society write-up of us in their 2015 Guide to Choosing a Catholic College

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photo Walk of Delaware City - What a Quaint, Waterfront Town!


Sometimes you can find enchantment in your own backyard....

There's a paved trail along the canal in Delaware City that will eventually grow to 16 miles long. "The 6.1-mile paved shared-use recreational trail provides visitors with a spectacular view of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal."

On my 2nd photo walk with my local "Clickin" group we visited Delaware City. What a charming and quaint town, with buildings from the early 1800s.  Being by the water is its crowning feature.


It looks out upon Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware and sidles up beside The C&D Canal.


At the center of it is the historic Central Hotel, which now holds offices for the American Birding Association.


Our guide on this sun-drenched day was Christine, the owner of Cordelia's Cafe.  Besides the wonderful lunch she walked with us and shared much about the history of the area and its resurgence.


This is a spot to return to...great tea sandwiches and dessert delights!

But I would also like to sample the offerings at the local gastro pub, too.  It's touted as gourmet pub fare and a tour inside highlighted the recovered tin ceilings and walls. Adorning the walls are old photos of the town's history. Prepare yourself for the name...I kid you not...Lewinsky's on Clinton.  Reminder to self...do NOT go there on Thursday nights wearing a blue dress.


 I hope to walk these streets again soon and check out some of the other shops. This is a spot that encompasses charm, exercise, history and good food!


Images on FLICKR.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014