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

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.


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."


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

Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne...November 18

"Humility is the virtue that requires the greatest amount of effort."

St. Philippine Duchesne

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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Beautiful Communion...........November 15

"O My children,
how beautiful will that soul be in eternity,
who makes frequent and good Communions!"

The Cure' of Ars,
St. Jean Vianney

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

In Love With Blessed Mary...........November 13

"Someone truly in love with Mary
finds time to turn to her as often as possible,
to stay as long as possible at her feet.
We would entrust our troubles and worries,
and our whole life to her."

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Helping Others............November 11

"Our greatest duty and our main responsibility is to help others. But please, if you can't help them, would you please not hurt them. "

Dalai Lama

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We Are The Sheep..........November 10

The lamb of God
takes away the sins of the world.
I believe that you are my Shepherd
I shall not want.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Precious Blood of Christ..........November 9

"Jesus Lord, kind Pelican,
Cleanse my filth with Thy blood,
One drop of which can save
The whole world from all its sin,"

- St. Thomas Aquinas

In case you are wondering what a "Pelican" has to do with our Lord, please
click for one of my earlier posts here:
click here

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Port of Heaven................November 8

"To reach the port of heaven,
we must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it,
but we must sail,
and not drift,
nor lie at anchor."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Grandparents of Jesus..........November 6

St. Anne (St. Ann) and St. Joachim,
parents of Mary,
Grandparents of Jesus,
pray for all parents
that they may provide the loving home
and faithful teaching
that you provided your daughter.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mary w/ Jesus..........November 5

"Christ saved men not with thunder and lightning,
but as a wailing babe in the manger
and as a silent sufferer upon the cross."

St. Jerome

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Walk With God........... November 4

"I would rather walk with God in the dark
than go alone in the light."

Mary Gardner Brainard

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Eucharist................ November 3

"Any time spent before the Eucharistic presence,
be it long or short,
is the best-spent time of our lives."

St. Catherine of Genoa

Monday, November 2, 2009

Feast of ALL SOULS DAY.......November 2

"On the Feast of Corpus Christi
a person enveloped in fire suddenly stood before me.
From the pitiable state the soul was in
I knew it was in Purgatory
and I wept bitterly."

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Feast of ALL SAINTS DAY.............November 1

The Saints are the sinners who keep on trying.

The picture to the right is from the dust jacket of a book by my very good friend, Fr. Eugene Carrella. The book is titled PATRON SAINTS by Barbara Calamari and Sandra Dipasqua.

Fr. Gene's holy cards are
the source of all the saints pictured in the book.

There is another new book out featuring Fr. Gene's holy cards. It is by Thomas Craughwell and it titled "THIS SAINT'S FOR YOU."