Sunday, May 31, 2009

*Pentecost............May 31





Come, Holy Spirit,
Come, Divine Love,
Who once appeared
Resembling a Dove.
Come, Lord of Light,
And Fire Divine,
Come with your Might
In hearts like mine.
Faith now is weak,
Priests? They are few.
May many seek
To follow You!

From "Following the Holy Spirit"

Saturday, May 30, 2009

*Immaculate Heart of Mary........May 30







“I will never abandon you, my child. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”


Our Lady to Lucy, June 13, 1917 at Fatima.

Friday, May 29, 2009

*Sacred Heart of Jesus..........May 29






"O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary. "


Saint Gertrude



Divine Heart of Jesus,
convert sinners,
save the dying,
deliver the holy souls in purgatory.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

*An Angel to Watch Over You........May 28






"Everyone, no matter how humble he may be,
has angels to watch over him.
They are heavenly, pure, and splendid
and yet they have been given us
to keep us company on our way;
they have been given the task
of keeping careful watch over you."

Pope Pius XII

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

*Stars at Night with Mary and Jesus..........May 27





"You never think of Mary
without Mary thinking of God
on your behalf.
Neither do you ever praise and honor God
without Mary praising and honoring God
in union with you."


St. Louis Grignion de Montfort
..from AskACatholic.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

*St. Philip Neri Feast Day..........May 26



Patron Saint of Rome





"Let me get through today, and I shall not fear tomorrow."


St. Philip Neri






Read about St. Philip






Monday, May 25, 2009

*"Optional" Feast Day of St. Madeline Sophie Barat - Sr. Mary Nealis (artist)..........May 25th



"Optional"
FEAST DAY OF

ST. MADELINE SOPHIE BARAT



"To suffer myself, and not to make others suffer."

St. Madeline Sophie Barat




To read about
St. Madeline Sophie Barat go
here

Sunday, May 24, 2009

*Feast of The Ascension of the Lord..............May 24


Jesus Christ lifted up His hands and blessed His disciples. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and He was lifted up to Heaven; and soon, a cloud took Him out of their sight.


The disciples worshipped the ascended Lord and for a long time continued to stand and gaze into Heaven after Him. Then, two angels in white robes appeared before them and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Jesus, Who was taken up from you into Heaven, will come to earth in the same way (that is, in the flesh) as you saw Him go into heaven."

......He will come again to earth in a visible form to judge the living and the dead who will then rise from the dead. After this, the new life will begin, the life of the next age, another, eternal life, which for true believers and pious people will be completely blessed but for disbelievers and sinners will be a time of great torment.

Notes: See the Gospels of Mark 16:15-19 and Luke 24:46-53; Acts of the Apostles 1, 2:4-26.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

*Give, Give, Give..........May 23



"My God,
You have given me all;
behold the little that I give You.
Give me the strength to give more."

St. John Vianney, Cure D'Ars

Here is the meaning of the Latin words on this German card, which appears to be a remembrance of an ordination ...Above the crown of thorns and cross:"You are a priest forever."Partially hidden under the stole:"Upon this rock"Words from Psalm 116 [115 in some bibles] on the front of the altar:"What return can I make to the Lord? I will take up the chalice of salvation and will call upon the name of the Lord."

Friday, May 22, 2009

*St. Rita of Cascia Feast Day..........May 22



Patron Saint of Desperate Causes


Rita is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, impossible causes, parenthood, sterility, and widows.


Read about St Rita


Thursday, May 21, 2009

*In Paradisum...............May 21










May the angels lead you into Paradise.
May the martyrs come to greet you on the way.
May they lead you home to the holy city,
to the new and eternal Jerusalem.











IN PARADISUM



In Paradisum [Latin: "Into Paradise"] The title comes from the first words of the Latin text. This hymn is sung during the funeral liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, usually as the body is taken from the Church for burial. The reference to Lazarus calls to mind the story in the Gospel of Jesus raising his friend from the dead after being moved to tears by the grief of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

*What is Faith?..............May 20


"Our duty toward God is to believe in him and to bear witness to him."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, p.506


"Faith is both a theological virtue given by God as grace, and an obligation which flows from the first commandment of God."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, p.879

Latin words....Increase My Faith
taken from Luke 17:5

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

*Our Lady of Guadalupe...............May 19




INTERCESSOR OF THE UNBORN
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
I love you very much.
I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby
who is in danger of abortion.

Monday, May 18, 2009

*We are His Sheep...............May 18







My sheep listen to my voice.
I give them eternal life
and nobody shall steal them
from my hands.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

*The Gaze..........May 17








O Mary,
you remained humble
despite the great grace bestowed on you
as Mother of God.
Help me to remain humble in all situations
for it is God Who does all the good in us.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

*St. Isidore Feast Day..........May 15





Prayer

Grant us, we beseech You, O God, by the intercession of Your Confessor, the holy farm laborer, Isidore, that we may overcome any feelings of pride, and may always serve You with that humility which pleases You, through his merits and example.

Amen



See the card of St. Isidore posted last year here.

The left side-bar also has a card of St. Isidore because he was my patron saint for 2008.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

*Path of God...............May 14






The best things are nearest:
breath in your nostrils,
light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet,
duties at your hand,
the path of God just before you.



Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

*Feast of Our Lady of Fatima........... May 13




"It is necessary that they amend their lives
and ask pardon for their sins.
They must not offend Our Lord anymore,
for He is already too grievously offended
by the sins of men."

Words spoken by Our Lady of Fatima

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

*We are His flock..........May 12





"A good shepherd will calm his flock
when they are agitated.
Jesus has promised to give us his peace."


Above quote taken from this site

Monday, May 11, 2009

*Guardian Angel..........May 11





"O Guardian Angel,
fly in my stead to those who are dear to me;
dry their tears;
tell them of the goodness of Jesus
and of the benefit of suffering,
and O so softly,
murmur my name."

St. Therese of Lisieux

Sunday, May 10, 2009

*Our Heavenly Mother..........May 10


Happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's out there in blogdom.



When we who are devoted to Mary

call her Mother,
we are not using empty words
or just speaking at random.
She is our Mother - not by the flesh,
of course, but spiritually;
the Mother of our souls,
of our salvation."


St. Alphonsus Liguori


Saturday, May 9, 2009

*First Communion Weekend..........May 9


For ALL First Communicants during this
month of May.





























as Jesus comes into your heart in such a special way.
I prayed that as you take the host and
bow your head in prayer,
you'll feel His love inside you and know His tender care.
I asked that every moment be blessed
with friends and laughter,
And that you'll know true happiness--today
and ever after.

-Author Unknown



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Friday, May 8, 2009

*Death...............May 8




"The body dies when the soul departs;
but the soul dies when God departs."

St. Augustine

Thursday, May 7, 2009

*Hidden Angels of Baptism..........May 7



If we beheld a soul after Baptism with the eyes of faith,
we would see angels
taking their watch around it."


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

*Sacred Heart of Jesus..........May 6




"The true Church will always attract
the very simple and the very smart;
the simple who sense the Truth,
and the wise people who reason to it."

Father Manton, C.S.S.R.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

*Mary in Prayer..........May 5





"The Blessed Virgin
never shall fail to protect me
when I call upon her.
When I am troubled,
I quickly turn to her.
And like the most tender of mothers
she looks after me."

St. Theresa of Lisieux

Monday, May 4, 2009

*Our Lady of Good Remedy..........May 4



Our Lady of Good Remedy

"800 years ago thousands of Christians were captured and sold into slavery by Muslim hordes. No one knew how to stop them or how to save the Christians.
In 1198 St. John of Matha founded the Trinitarians to go to the slave markets, buy the Christian slaves and set them free. To carry out this plan, the Trinitarians needed large amounts of money. So, they placed their fund-raising efforts under the patronage of Mary.
They were so successful at that, over the centuries, the Trinitarians were able to free thousands and thousands of people and to return them safely home. In gratitude for her miraculous assistance,
St. John of Matha honored Mary with the title of "Our Lady of Good Remedy." Devotion to Mary under this ancient title is widely known in Europe and Latin America, and the Church celebrates her feast day on October 8th.
Our Lady of Good Remedy is often depicted as the Virgin Mary handing a bag of money to St. John of Matha. When in need - for whatever reason, but especially where you have had difficulty obtaining help - invoke the aid of Our Lady of Good Remedy, and you will surely experience the power of her intercession."
(Words taken from the back of the holy card)

"She will be our help in these times when we are again threatened by radical Islamic terrorists intent on slaughtering Christians.
She will be our help as we face an economic disaster."

Sunday, May 3, 2009

*You Are Good ..."Bonus Es Tu"..........May 3



Animals, both small and great..
they all wait for thee
to give them their food in due season.

Psalms 104:25, 27.


For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. Praise the lord from the earth you great sea creatures…wild animals and cattle, small creatures and flying birds…let them praise the name of the Lord for His name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. Praise the Lord!


Psalm 50:10; 148:7-14




"Bonus es tu" may be a Latin translation of Psalm 199:68, which starts, "You are good/Thou art good."

Saturday, May 2, 2009

*Queen of May..........May 2


Bring flowers of the fairest,
Bring flowers of the rarest,
From garden and woodland
And hillside and dale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our Glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.


O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Friday, May 1, 2009

*Feast of St. Joseph the Worker..........May 1


Prayer


Lord God, You have created all things,
and imposed on man the necessity of work.
Grant that, following St. Joseph's example,
and under his protection,
we may accomplish the works You give us
and obtain the rewards You promise.
Amen

(taken from Lives of the Saints, Catholic Book Publishing Co., New Jersey)


We ask the intercession of St. Joseph for all those in need of work, especially work that will support families.