Sunday, March 30, 2008
advice yesterday and celebrated the day at her parish. It was wonderful. I floated home after praying (in a full church) the rosary, stations of the cross, the Chaplet of Mercy, Confession and hearing a wonderful talk on Divine Mercy by her wonderful priest, all in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I was not able to stay for Mass, as the afternoon away by myself was all I could afford away from my little ones. (I will go at my own parish, of course) Blessings to you all, have a wonderful day!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.
Recitation of Divine Mercy Chaplet....
Tomorrow is Divine Mercy Sunday!! My favorite day of the year!!! This is why:
...tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My Mercy.
The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.
My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout eternity. Everything that exists has come from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity.
The Feast of mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the firs Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My mercy.
The Second Sunday of Easter was changed when Pope John Paul II made the surprise announcement of this change in his homily at the canonization of Sr Faustina on April 30, 2000. There, he declared: "It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called 'Divine Mercy Sunday.'"
On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow.
Wow, that is powerful, like being re-baptised, That means all possible graces are given to us on this very special day.
Many blessings to you all, have very grace-filled weekend!!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Since I have 30 lbs to lose before hopefully getting pregnant again, this might be great motivation, I'm going for it, will you join me? (I actually need to lose 50, but will settle for 30)
Not that YOU need to lose any weight, I have not seen any overweight bloggers yet. Just sayin' check it out!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Recitation of Divine Mercy Chaplet...
place marshmallow in crescent roll triangle, and wrap up tightly. Top with cinnamon & sugar, and bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Yes, the marshmallows will melt all over, even if you seal those edges, but the aluminum foil helps.
Can you tell the top one is an opened, empty tomb? (for a marshmallow) But you get the symbolic idea, right? The kids loved making these and they were easy enough to make Easter morning before Mass. They re-heated them Easter Monday for breakfast too.
For more newly posted recipes go to http://jamieskitchenblessings.blogspot.com/
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.
Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
So please leave your petitions in my comment section and I will pray for you, I will even pray for you if you don't leave a comment!
- feet washing with the kids
- make homemade pretzels with the kids
- color some Last Supper pictures (with the kids)
- Stations of the Cross with the kids
- Start watching Jesus of Nazareth and hopefully get to the Agony in the Garden, so we can finish it tomorrow. (with the kids)
- Pick up white shoes for Ballerina Rosie along with tights for her...she's growing!
*Remember: The Divine Mercy Novena/Chaplet begin Friday. Get yours ready or come here, I will have it posted every day of the Novena.
I posted another recipe on my kitchen blog http://jamieskitchenblessings.blogspot.com/
Thank You Lord, for all my readers. I ask You to bless them in a special way. Please pour Your Graces and Mercy upon them. Amen.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
This is our Irish Brown Bread we made yesterday. It was delicious. It had a crunchy outer layer and dense inside. It was also very easy to make! You can get the recipe on my kitchen blog http://jamieskitchenblessings.blogspot.com/ I also posted my green bread recipe there today.
Our green meal for St Patrick's day. Green bread (pistachio sweet bread), broccoli w/dip, green parmesan noodles, kiwi, cheese sticks and key-lime pie yogurt, eaten on green plates, in our green kitchen wearing our green clothes!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Please Lord, soften Katie and her husbands hearts, help them to see what they are doing. Help them to see the grace and beauty of this precious gift You have given them.
We live in a neighborhood that is the highest part of our city, so our view at the top of our stairs is beautiful! We can see almost all of our city from there. We looked out and 1/2 of our city was blacked out.
This opened so many fun questions for the kids! I'd say Ballerina Rosie had the most questions. "Are candles electric?" "I wonder if the lights work upstairs?" "Does the bathroom light work?" "I guess we'll just have to watch a movie tonight instead of reading stories!" "Oh, no what will we do in the morning? How will I see my clothes to get dressed?" With Jedi, it was more about which clocks we'd have to reset and about batteries vs electricity, water and water heater questions. They both had questions about cooking, freezers, refrigeraters and stoves.
After about half an hour the power came back on, I admit I was a little disappointed. It was kind of exciting and fun to see and hear their questions. I felt like a child again. We talked about how things would be different if there were no power. Everything from washing clothes to the food we would eat, like milk straight from the cow and no ice or ice cubes. No tv's, radios, computers. I was proud of Jedi when he said "We really don't NEED those things anyway." so matter of factly. Our bedtime prayers were full of thanksgiving for living in our times, in our modern world.
During this short time, different things went through MY head. I couldn't help but think about it being Palm Sunday. Such an important day. Such an important week. "The Week That Changed Everything!" I thought about God and our world. I thought about all the visionaries and warnings. I thought about Fatima and Medjugorje. I thought about how in an instant our world as we know it, could change. It could stop. I even caught myself looking out the window a second time to see if the other half of the city was still on.
Am I ready for something like that to happen? Is my soul where I want it to be? God gives me a choice, to choose Him, or the world. Every day.
I choose You, Lord, I choose You. But I still need help doing this. I am weak. Lord make me strong. Help me to be always ready. Lord, help me. Lord, make me a saint.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Lord, help me to do what You want me to do this Holy week, help me to make it as Holy as I can for me and my family.
PS for great Holy Week activities go to http://prayingforgrace.blogspot.com/ Barb has something for everyone there!
Also for palm crosses go to www.fisheaters.com/customslent11.html
Scroll down and there are easy instructions!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Lord have mercy on Katie. Guide her, lead her. Pour Your graces upon her. Help her to see the gift she has. Help her to see the good in this hard, hard situation.
Thank you all for any prayers for T and Katie.
I hope to get an update as soon as T meets her.
To be fair, we will listen to my mom's favorite tomorrow...can you guess?
This is Thursday, well...I think it is actually Friday now, I am posting very, very late, I had my holy hour with our Lord and I am so very thankful to have this time with Him. He gives me so much. I am so blessed and I am so thankful.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
This Novena to The Divine Mercy starts on Good Friday (only 2 weeks) and goes until Divine Mercy Sunday. (the Sunday after Easter) Won't you please do it with me this year? I have been praying this novena for 14 years and the graces are so abundant. On Divine Mercy Sunday, after receiving Jesus, I feel as if I could float home. I cannot even put it into words to do the feeling justice. So much grace. Starting on Good Friday, I will be posting the novena here so if you do not have the novena, you can still do it. If you want the novena either go to a Catholic book store, where they would have pamphlets, or your church might have them in the back, where prayer cards are or go to http://www.thedivinemercy.org/ and check it out! Or, just come here and do it with me!!
From St Faustina Kowalska's Diary Divine Mercy in My Soul: (Jesus' words to her)
I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fount of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever graces they need in the hardships of life and, especially, at the hour of death.
On each day you will bring to My Heart a different group of souls, and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy, and I will bring all these souls into the house of My Father. You will do this in this life and in the next. I will deny nothing to any soul whom you will bring to the fount of My mercy. On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My bitter Passion, for graces for these souls.
First day: Pray for all mankind, especially all sinners.
Second day: Pray for souls of priests and religious.
Third day: Pray for all devout and faithful souls.
Fourth day: Pray for those who do not believe in God and do not yet know God.
Fifth day: Pray for the souls of separated brethren
Sixth day: Pray for the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.
Seventh day: Pray for souls who especially venerate and glorify God's mercy.
Eighth day: Pray for the souls who are detained in Purgatory.
Ninth day: Souls who have become lukewarm.
Pg. 286 of St Faustina's Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul : (Jesus' words to her concerning the graces available to all on this great Feast of Mercy)
My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout all eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.
Powerful, huh? All sins and punishment, it is like being re-baptised!!! It is my favorite day of the year!
I will be busy these next couple days with birthday doings so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! God bless you all!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I am thankful that my own beautiful tulips will be coming up in about 2 months!! (OK, yes, I have spring fever!!)
- I am thankful for my husband and all he does so we can stay home and do all we do!
- I am thankful for new friends I have met through this blog, Nerm, Paula, Jill, Tracy and anyone else who is reading. I pray for all of you! (ok, I'm still not good at linking, but you know who you are!)
- I am thankful for my neighbor Jeanne, God knew I'd love a neighbor I could pray the rosary with!!
- I am thankful for theme birthday parties, I am planning Jedi's lego party for Saturday, it is SO MUCH FUN!
- I am thankful for Jedi. I can't believe he's already almost 8! How did he grow up so fast? Thank You God for all things BOY, he brings a little balance to our home!
- I am thankful for ALL my children, all the chaos, screaming (the girls), laughter, playing and loving in our home.
- I am thankful for my Holy Hour tonite, I can't wait to see Jesus again!
- I am thankful for this long, long winter, because I know it will help me to appreciate Spring that much more, and Summer and Fall!
- I am thankful for my friend Christine, who I love more and more each day! (she will be at my son's birthday party this weekend, maybe she will let me take her picture? To show?)
Happy Thankful Thursday everyone!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
This craft was actually done at Ballerina Rosie's Little Crown meeting, so it is not my original idea, but I'm going to steal it and do it every year!! It is a tin can, filled with sand, 2 sticks hot glued together and then tied together with string, the can is decorated with a purple piece of paper and cross draped with a purple ribbon. The girls had so much fun making these and they are very pretty, as far as children's crafts go that is!
There are so many symbols to discuss with this craft too, the sand, Jesus in the desert, the purple color, pennance, sacrificing, almsgiving and royal purple, the color of kings, Jesus being the greatest King of all. The cross itself too, of course.
Aren't Mary's happy people the greatest? We also made homemade green, since we were out, so it was a learning lesson in mixing colors, which turned out to be great!