Thursday, December 31, 2009

God Became Man.....December 31



God became man.

Christ was really incarnated for us, the Savior announced by the Prophets came, and has remained with us.


Pope John Paul II
Prayers and Devotions








Love consists in this - not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son.
1 John 4:10

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let Christ Be In Me........December 30


Mother of God, my mother,
make me love my neighbor
not only because
there is Christ in him
but also,
and much more,
because there is Christ in me.

Amen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Heaven Could Not Contain.......December 29








O holy and immaculate Virgin,
how shall I praise you as I ought?
You have borne in your womb Him
Whom the heavens could not contain.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Feast of the Holy Family.....December 27


Jesus, help us to follow the example
of your Holy Family.
May Mary and Joseph be near us
at the hour of death,
and that through You may we be found worthy to be received into our everlasting home.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
unite our families
in your love.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Feast of St. Stephen.....December 26



Called the Proto-Martyr because he was the first
to meet death by his steadfast preaching
of the truths of Christ's mission,
he must have been eloquent indeed,
since his hearers,
looking upon him,
thought they saw the face of an angel.
But he infuriated some of the people who stoned him for blasphemy.
His dying prayer obtained the conversion of St. Paul.
Saint Stephen, pray for us





Friday, December 25, 2009

O Come Let Us Adore Him.......December 25




A Child is born to us, a Son is given to us,
and the government is upon His shoulders,
and His name shall be: Wonderful, Counsellor, God, the Mighty One, Father of the world to come, Prince of Peace.


Pause to wonder, and let your heart sing, "Glory
to God in the highest.





Dear Friends,

May our loving Jesus bless each and everyone who takes a moment to look at this humble collection of holy cards. It is His grace that touched all the authors and saints who supply me with such beautiful words of grace and wisdom. The talent given to the artists who created such a variety of cards is also His gift to us. I hope you enjoy visiting as much as I enjoy bringing my hobby to you.


Thank you and Merry Christmas to all.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Greet Our King.....December 24



Let us walk with our angel
to Bethlehem to
greet our new born
King.

Today you will know that the Lord is
coming to save us, and in the
morning you will see
His glory.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mary With Child.....December 23





MARY WITH CHILD



Turn your thoughts to Jesus Christ during Advent. Contemplate Him in the womb of Mary,
where He remains hidden.





To read more about Our Lady of the Cape click here
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Time is Getting Closer.....December 22



Soon we can say.....

Let the Lord enter;
He is the king of glory.
Make room for the Divine Infant,
for He desires to grow within your soul.




Posting an early Christmas wish.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Take It To Prayer.....December 21


God leads us into fields of prayer,
where our souls find rest.

God is calling to us now,
and we don't have to wait
until Christmas to answer Him.


What do you need from God this year?
Ask and have faith that you will be cared for.
(words taken from 2009 Advent Calendar
for Catholics)



Posting an early Christmas wish.
Click HERE
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

*Someone is Coming Soon..........December 20


THE LORD JESUS IS COMING SOON


Who is Emmanuel?
Jesus Christ, the hope of the people.

Who gives the wisdom that teaches and guides us?
Jesus Christ, the hope of the people.

Who is the Savior of every nation?
Jesus Christ, the hope of the people.




Posting an early Christmas wish.
Click HERE
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Here is the meaning of the French words on this card:

"May we offer you, at this hour, o Jesus, the good will that your angels recommend to us."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Call on your Guardian Angel.....December 19



If you should be in any danger,
of soul or body;
call on your Guardian Angel;
and I assure you that he will help you and free you.

St. John Bosco


Posting an early Christmas wish.
Click HERE
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Seven Days.....December 18



In seven days we will celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's first coming into the world.

Keep working to better yourself.
Let your love increase.
Know what is of value in your life.




Posting an early Christmas wish.
Click HERE
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Be Still..........December 17




The inspiration of the holy spirit
is heard only in silence.
Are the holiday activities
making too much noise?
Be still if you will.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jesus in the Evergreens.....December 16




To fall in love with Jesus is the
greatest of all romances;
to seek Him,
the greatest adventure,
to find Him,
the greatest human achievement.

Will you find Him in ten more days?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Third Tuesday of Advent...December 15


MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE WHILE AWAITING OUR LORD


Remember your citizenship is in heaven. Don't keep your mind only on earthly things.


We eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform your lowly body so that you will be like His glorious body.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Third Monday of Advent, St. John of the Cross, December 14






What we need most in order to make progress
is to be silent before this great God
with our appetite and with our tongue,
for the language he best hears is silent love.

St John of the Cross, OCD

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Our Lady of Guadalupe.....December 12



FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE


Patroness of the Americas and Protector of the Unborn





"Am I not here, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the fountain of your joy? "



The Blessed Virgin Mary


Click HERE to read about Our Lady of Quadalupe.


To view video click HERE




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Friday, December 11, 2009

What is your Need?.....December 11







The more we share
with those in need,
the greater
our Christmas celebration becomes.




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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Boat Called Hope.......December 10


Divine Jesus
Be Our Guide.
(card dated 1878)

BOAT CALLED HOPE
Rember Advent is for preparing for the coming of Christ into our hearts, by faith, hope, and divine charity, as well as for His last Advent on Judgment Day."

Are you ready?



"waiting on the Lord,
praying for that miracle that always comes to us,
year after year, day after day!"

Thank you Gardenia

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

St. Juan Diego.........December 9


"For I am a merciful Mother to thee and to all thy fellow people on this earth who love me and trust me and invoke my help. I listen to their lamentations and solace all their suffering..........."

Words spoken to Juan Diego from the Blessed Virgin Mary



Read St. Diego's instructions from Mary regarding her wishes here

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feast of the Immaculate Conception.....December 8



FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION


"The most Blessed Virgin Mary
was, from the first moment
of her conception, by a
singular grace and privilege of
almighty God........
preserved immune
from all stain of original sin."
Pope Pius IX, 1854



O Mary, who entered the world without stain, obtain for me from God that I may leave it without sin.



Monday, December 7, 2009

Second Monday of Advent, Feast of St. Ambrose, ....December 7






“The Devil tempts that he may ruin and destroy;
God tests that He may crown.”
St. Ambrose



Read about St. Ambrose HERE


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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Starting in two days........Hour of Grace Request


THE REQUEST OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER FOR THE HOUR OF GRACE


Day and time of the Hour of Grace - December 8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception

- to begin at 12 noon and to continue until 1 pm (one full hour of prayer)

- During this hour the person making the 'Hour of Grace' either at home or in the Church must put away all distractions. (Donot answer the telephone, or answer any doors, or do anything but totally concentrate on your union with God during this Special H our of Grace).

- Begin the Hour of Grace by praying three times the 51st Psalm with outstretched arms

- The remainder of the Hour of Grace may be spent in silent prayer before God meditating upon the Passion of Jesus, praying the Holy Rosary, praising God in your own way or by using favorite prayers, singing hymns, meditating upon other Psalms, etc.

Information about the Hour of Grace available HERE



Above information came from Esther
A Catholic Mom in Hawaii: Reminder - Hour of Grace - Feast of the Immaculate Conception


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

First Saturday of Advent.....December 5


Tomorrow is the feast of St. Nicholas.



Let’s not forget the real St. Nicholas, who, like all the saints, points to Jesus.

Bless us, St. Nicholas, with the true spirit of Christmas.

We celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6. For people in some parts of the world, gifts are given on this day instead of on Christmas day.
St. Nicholas lived about 1,700 years ago, so we don't know a whole lot about his life. We have many stories and legends passed down through the years, though. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra (which is in the country we call Turkey today). He was known for secretly giving money and gifts to the poor.


Click here to read more
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Friday, December 4, 2009

First Friday of Advent...December 4






May Jesus be born anew
within our hearts
this Advent.



Here is the meaning of the German words on this card (which St. Margaret Mary Alacoque reported that Jesus spoke to her in 1675):

"Behold this Heart, which loved men so much that It spared Itself nothing, to the point of exhausting and consuming Itself to show them Its love."
Thank you John.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

First Thursday of Advent...St. Francis Xavier...December 3





"Many, many people hereabouts
are not becoming Christians
for one reason only:
there is nobody to make them Christians. "

St. Francis Xavier



Click HERE to read about
St. Francis Xavier.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

First Wednesday of Advent....December 2



As we fix our attention on Jesus
and the manger this Advent,
let's also turn our gaze
to the final home
He has prepared for us--heaven.




Here is the meaning of the German words on this card:

"BETHLEHEM
"Love of one's fellow men, a sacrificial spirit, self-surrender: This is the life of the shepherd.
"Docility, trust, faithfulness: This is the life of the flock."


Thanks John.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

First Tuesday of Advent.....December 1



"Pray for the many spiritual and material needs
of your families, your communities,
the whole Church,
and all of humanity.
Indeed,
prayer is the first and greatest work of charity
that we must do for our brothers and sisters."

Pope John Paul II
(thanks Janette)

Monday, November 30, 2009

First Monday of Advent......November 30





The candle represents Christ
who came to scatter the darkness of evil
and show us the way of righteousness.





"Be as blind as possible
to the faults of your neighbors,
trying at least
to attribute a good intention to their actions."
Venerable Father Solanus Casey

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Sunday of Advent..........November 29





Advent comes from the Latin adventus,
meaning "coming."

A season for prayer and reformation of our hearts.

A time to examine ourselves for sins. Then reconciliation and
a joyful anticipation of the Bethlehem event.

A second and final coming of the Lord is
also on our minds.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mother's Blessing.....November 28






Of all the rights of women,
the greatest is to be a mother.

Author Unknown



The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.

—Therese of Lisieux

Friday, November 27, 2009

Icon Mary................November 27




"Mother dear,
lend me your heart,
I look for it every day
to pour my troubles into.

St. Gemma Galgani

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2009..........November 26





"The greater the gifts, the greater our debt, and the more we need to have a carefully tallied receipt."

St. Gregory

"Let us be thankful for the very fact that we are chosen: chosen to exist, chosen to be baptized, chosen to know Christ in our lives. Why should God have chosen us? The less able we are to answer that question the more able we are to live a profoundly joyful thanksgiving."

Father Richard Veras,
(contributor to MAGNIFICAT)



The Cicely Mary Barker Collection
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jesus Teaches.......November 25



"If you want God to hear your prayers, hear the voice of the poor.
If you wish God to anticipate your wants, provide those of the needy without waiting for them to ask you.
Especially anticipate the needs of those who are ashamed to beg.
To make them ask for alms is to make them buy it."

-- St. Thomas of Villanova



Today is the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria. I don't always use a holy card of the "saint of the day" but you can see a beautiful picture of St. Catherine and read about her life by by clicking here.




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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Run to Mary..............November 24







"Let us run to Mary,
and, as her little children,
cast ourselves into her arms
with a perfect confidence."

Saint Francis de Sales

Monday, November 23, 2009

St. Joseph and Jesus in Snow..........November 23



The Litany to St. Joseph ends with the words
"He made him the lord of His household and prince over all His possessions."
It is believed that the same way that Jesus
was obedient to His parents during life,
and denied them nothing,
Jesus does in Heaven.
Therefore, do not ever be reluctant
to ask St. Joseph
for his patronage in any need.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christ the King..........November 22




"The Lord is our King," says Isaiah."It is He who will save us."
At the feet of Jesus, the Latin words mean "KING OF KINGS"
Under the papal tiara and keys, it appears to say "THROUGH THE ROCK"Michael on the right has a banner that says "WHO (IS) AS/LIKE GOD"
Angel on left has "GABRIEL" in his halo. His book appears to say "THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE..."
His banner freely translated, "whose reign will have no end."

CLICK PICTURE TO ENLARGE

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Presentation of Mary in the Temple.....November 21





O Mary,
your Heart was a burning vessel
of God's love.
Fill my heart with love
for God and let me
thank Him every day for
His great love in sending
His only Son
to obtain my salvation.



Friday, November 20, 2009

Sepia toned Child Jesus..........November 20









"God had one son on earth without sin,
but never one without suffering."
Saint Augustine

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Beuron Good Shepherd.........November 19








If you can't sleep, don't count sheep.

Talk to the Shepherd.








Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Grant Me O Lord................November 17



"Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you."


St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday, November 16, 2009

Feast of St. Gertrude the Great.....November 16







Prayer of St. Gertrude to release souls in Purgatory.
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen."


Read about St. Gertrude.