Sunday, August 31, 2008

Angel Adoration..........August 31

O, Sacrament most holy,
O, Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment Thine.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Guardian Angel..........August 30

Angel sent by God to guide me,
be my light and walk beside me;
be my guardian and protect me;
on the paths of life direct me.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Marian Title "Star of the Sea"..........August 29

"Look to the Star! Call Mary!"
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

If we do this we will NEVER be lost
for she will always lead us to safe harbor,
and that harbor is Christ.

above shared from
Fr. Scott Bailey, C.Ss.R.

Here is his "Evening Devotions" BLOG

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Feast of St. Augustine..........August 28

There quickly surfaces the intensity with which he lived his life,
whether his path led away from or toward God.
The tears of his mother,
the instructions of Ambrose and,
most of all,
God himself speaking to him in the Scriptures redirected Augustine's
love of life to a life of love.

"When we pray, we speak to God. When we read, God speaks to us."

St. Augustine

Icon painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna (Siena)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Feast of St. Monica..........August 27

St. Monica
Patroness of Mothers and Widows

St. Monica is remembered as an example of patience and perserverance in prayer. Through her constant prayer, her pagan husband became a Christian before his death, and her son, St. Augustine, became one of the greatest saints of the Church.

When this holy card was produced her feast day must have been May 4th (the printers published that on the left side of the card) but now, it is celebrated on August 27th.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

St. Cesario..........August 26

I'm sure this is an unknown saint to many of you.
He is special to our family and I therefore had to
put the card on the blog. I ask you all to join me
in asking St. Cesario to pray for all of us.
Some Saint Books say his last name is spelled
Caesarius and his feast day is said to be August 26th.
Other books say it is spelled the way it is on this holy
card with a feast day of August 27. I'm sure our
prayers will be answered on either day.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Confess..........August 25

O breathe on me,
O Breath of God,
My will to yours incline,
Until this selfish part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

O breathe on me,
O Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

St. Columba

French words mean ..."I shall penetrate your heart with a great abhorrence of sin."

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Feast of St. Bartholomew........August 24

"In heaven I shall live amid joy since all trial will be gone forever, but here, below I must live by love."

St. Therese of Lisieux

Chosen by our Lord Himself
to be one of the Twelve Apostles.
He suffered martyrdom,
some say, by
being flayed alive.
The relics of the Saint are preserved
in the church of St. Bartholomew
on the island in the Tiber River near Rome.

The Latin words on the book mean, "The Gospel According to Matthew," who names Bartholomew as one of the Apostles.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Laundry Day..........August 23..... EXTRA BONUS

Because there has been interest in images of
Mary and Joseph doing
household chores....I'm showing these
They are copies printed somewhere on the internet.
I just bring them here because of the interest.
Hope you enjoy.

Feast of St. Rose of Lima..........August 23

Patroness of South America

"Without the burden of afflictions
it is impossible to reach the height of grace.
The gift of grace increases
as the struggles increase."

St. Rose of Lima

Read more about St. Rose

Friday, August 22, 2008

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.......August 22

"God has established Mary as a bridge
that leads to salvation.
By making use of this bridge,
we pass safely over the stormy sea of this world
and reach the happy harbor of heaven."

St. James of Nisibis

Queen of Angels .....pray for us

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Feast of Pope St. Pius X..........August 21

"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven."

Referred to as the "Pope of the Eucharist", he advocated frequent Communion for adults, sacramental preparation for children, and instruction in catechism for everyone. It was by his desire that the Eucharistic Congress of 1905 be held in Rome.

Pius X reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies, and brought Gregorian chant back. He reorganized the Roman
curia, worked against the modern antagonism of the state against the Church. He helped to draft the New Code of Cannon law, issues in 1917. He encouraged Scripture reading by all the faithful.

Pope Pius X died on August 20, 1914 at Vatican City from natural causes aggravated by worries over the beginning of World War I and was buried under the altar of the Chapel of the Presentation, Saint Peter's basilica.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Trees..........August 20

A society grows great
when old men plant trees
whose shade they know
they shall never sit in.

Greek Proverb

Heavenly Father,
We thank you for the blessings
of nature.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pardon Sins..........August 19

"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 grieviously offended
by the sins of men."

Our Lady of Fatima

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mary My Treasure..........August 18

"Mary is my great treasure.
She is my All after Jesus
She is my honor, my tenderness, and the storehouse of my virtues!
I do everything in and through her."

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort

French words mean this ...In Our Lady's halo: "Fear nothing."At the bottom: "The Pilgrim. 'O Mary, I will walk with confidence under your protection.'"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Abraham..........August 17

Genesis 22

"The Heavenly Father's sacrifice of His only Son rescues us--as surely as if we'd been whisked from under a knife."

The Illustrated Word

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Three Angels..........August 16

You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day...
For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.
With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

Psalm 91:5,11-12

German couplet is this ..."In Trier, of you I thought,and to you this souvenir I've brought."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Feast of the Assumption..........August 15

Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
declared by Pope Pius XII on Nov. 1, 1950.
"the Immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven."

In a very early message given in Medjugorje,
(private revelation not officially approved
or disapproved by the Catholic
Our Lady states in response to a question asked
if she went to Heaven before or after death:

"I am the Mother of God and the Queen of Peace.
I went to Heaven before death."

(October 12, 1981)

(not a holy card but a wonderful bookplate picture)
(double click picture to enlarge)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Feast of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe..........August 14

"No one in the world can alter truth.
All we can do is seek it and live it."

St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe

"Knight of the Immaculata"
Mary appeared to him when he was ten years old and offered him the choice of two symbolic crowns, the white of chastity and the red of martyrdom. He chose them both.
Mostly known for offering his life in the Nazis concentration camp in place of a condemned fellow prisoner who had a family. He died two weeks later of a cruel death by starvation.
(from Biography of B. Maximilian Kolbe)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mother of India..........August 13

From Mary we learn to surrender
to God's Will in all things.
From Mary we learn to trust even when
all hope seems gone.
From Mary we learn to love Christ
her Son and the Son of God!

Pope John Paul II

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Singing of Birds..........August 12

"God gives every bird a worm,
but He does not throw it into the nest."

Swedish Proverb

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mary Dearest Mother..........August 11

"Mary, my dearest mother,
give me your heart so beautiful,
so pure,
so immaculate,
so full of love and humility,
that I may receive Jesus as you did--
and go in haste to give him to others."

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

St. Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea, Ireland
artist - Michael Healy
photographer - Fr. Gene Plaisted, OSC

(This is not my personal holy card...used with approval)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

World in His Hands..........August 10

Come to Me for I am meek and humble of heart
and you will find rest for your souls.

"He's got the whole world in His hands....." (from a 1958 popular song)

French words are taken from Matthew 9:29 -- in English ... "Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of Heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)..........August 9

Martyr of Auschwitz
Scholar of the Church
Daughter of Abraham
Daughter of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Canonized in Rome on October 11, 1998

"Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God's hands, and let yourself be guided by the Lord just like a little child."

Edith Stein was born to a Jewish family at Breslau on October 12, 1891. Through her passionate study of philosophy she searched after truth and found it in reading the autobiography of St Teresa of Jesus. In 1922 she was baptised a Catholic and in 1933 she entered the Carmel of Cologne where she took the name Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She was gassed and cremated at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942, during the Nazi persecution and died a martyr for the Christian faith after having offered her holocaust for the people of Israel. A woman of singular intelligence and learning, she left behind a body of writing notable for its doctrinal richness and profound spirituality. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II at Cologne on May 1, 1987, and canonized at Rome twelve years later.
(above taken from here)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Feast of St. Dominic..........August 8

Founder of the Order of Preachers , commonly known as the Dominican Order.

"Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes. "

St. Dominic

To read about St. Dominic go here

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hugs..........August 7

A hug delights and warms and charms,
it must be why God gave us arms.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Heavenly..........August 6

"It is heaven,
it is Jesus when the tabernacle opens
and the Sacred Host is there."

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Evening Prayer..........August 4


"Watch O Lord,
with those who wake, or watch,
or weep tonight,
and give your angels and saints
charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones,
Bless Your dying ones.
Soothe Your suffering ones.
Pity Your afflicted ones,
shield Your joyous ones.
And all for Your loves sake."

St. Augustine

French words have the following meaning:
(At the top:)The Sick-bed
(At the bottom:)O Jesus, Thou hast undergone much suffering here below.
Help me to suffer with Thee and for Thee.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Let the Storm Come..........August 3

"Be firm in your resolutions;
stay in the ship in which I placed you
and let the storm come.
Long live Jesus.
You will not perish.
Walk the way of the Lord in simplicity;
do not tormet your spirit.
Say the truth,
always the truth."

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

(At the top:)The Master's Boat(At the bottom:)"My daughter, speak thus in every situation: "Lord, so be it, if it is Thy will. Lord, I am in Thy Hand. Turn me to and fro, in every direction, as Thou pleaseth."[Based on words in "The Imitation of Christ," Section III, Chapter XV.]

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Prayer for Priests..........August 2

Let us always remember to pray for our priests.

Double click the prayer below to see it in larger print.

Thank you Father for those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve. We are blessed with their dedication.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Thank You Lord..........August 1

"We must never fail to thank our Lord
after we have received some sign of goodness,
some benefit, from Him.
For God loves grateful hearts
and heaps blessings on them.

St. Mary Euphrasia