Make A Wish!

Sweetie turned 5 the day after Papi turned 3.  They both opted out of our birthday tradition, to have a date with mom and dad.  They wanted to continue their yearly pool party.  We have scaled back tremendously over the years – trying to simplify. 

Papi and Sweetie hardly got out of the water.  Although, Papi is the only toddler I saw get out to use the restroom.  I lost count after the 4th visit to the bathroom.  I couldn’t believe it, this from a boy who makes his mark on the carpet in our home.

Sweetie swam till her eyes were burning.  She didn’t even care to open her presents (at the pool). 

bday pool 2010

They both opened their presents at home.  They were delighted with their new treasures.  Sweetie received a lovely costume jewelry necklace that she was so pleased with.  However, she did not know where she was going to “put it.”  Sparkles immediately offered, “you can put in my jewelry box.  You can have it.  It’s your present.”  My heart leaped.  Sparkles ability to be detached and give at anytime always proves to be a great witness to us all.

I give thanks for our children (GFG) and each day You grant us.  I pray that all of our GFG walk in Your light and be filled with Your JOY. 

100th In Review

We celebrated Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday with great JOY & simplicity.

indian fried bread

Indian Fried Bread – Catholic Cuisine

 stuffed mother teresa joymother teresa 100th bday celebration JOY Mother Teresa Embroidery Pattern – Waltzing Matilda

Mother Teresa Novena

3rd Day

“I Thirst”

“Follow His footsteps in search of souls.  Carry Him and His light into the homes of the poor, especially to the souls most in need.  Spread the charity of His Heart wherever you go and so satiate His thirst for souls.”

~ Mother Teresa

4th day

Our Lady Will Help You

“If we stand with Our Lady, she will give us her spirit of loving trust, total surrender and cheerfulness.”

~ Mother Teresa

God Speaks In Silence

“In the silence of our hearts, God speaks of His love; with our silence, we allow Jesus to love us.” ~ Mother Teresa

We are starting a novena to Bl. Teresa of Calcutta today, Aug. 27.  It will end on September 5, her feast day.

© Photo by Michael Collopy

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
(August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997)

Beatification - October 19, 2003
Optional Memorial
September 5th


Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Prayed each day of the Novena

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,

you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you,

and so became the light of His love to all.

Obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request).

Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too,

may radiate His light and love to others.


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for me.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

“Jesus is my All in All”


Complete meditations for this novena can be found here.

The bolded quotes are Mother Teresa’s words.


First Day – Know the Living Jesus

Thought for the day:

“Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.”

Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Second Day –Jesus Loves You

Thought for the day:

“Do not be afraid - you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.”

Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Third Day – Hear Him Say to You: “I Thirst”

Thought for the day:

“Just think! God is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.”

Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Fourth Day – Our Lady Will Help You

Thought for the day:

“How close we must keep to Our Lady who understood what depth of Divine Love was being revealed as she stood at the foot of the Cross and heard Jesus cry out: ‘I thirst.’

Ask for the grace to learn from Our Lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Fifth Day – Trust Jesus Blindly

Thought for the day:

“Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude.

Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in the God’s power and love for you and for all.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Sixth Day - True Love is Surrender

Thought for the day:

“Allow God to use you without consulting you.”

Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to God.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Seventh Day – God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Thought for the day:

“Joy is the sign of union with God, of God’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.”

Ask for the grace to find joy in loving and to share this joy with all you meet.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Eighth Day – Jesus Made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One

Thought for the day:

“Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.”

Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of Life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa

Ninth Day – Holiness is Jesus Living and Acting in Me

Thought for the day:

“Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.”

Ask for the grace to become a saint.

Recite the prayer to Blessed Teresa



Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

For the Greater Glory of God

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Centenary Reflections ~ Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


by Joseph A. Corrado

Posters have appeared in churches and senior citizen centers around Hoboken in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mother Teresa.

MOTHER TERESA (1910–1997) was born in Skopje (present-day Macedonia), and joined the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin in 1928. She left the Loreto order in 1948 to begin the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. Her service to the poorest of the poor became her life’s work. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was beatified in 2003.

Prayer to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, longing to love Jesus as He had never been loved before, you gave yourself entirely to Him, refusing Him nothing. In union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, you accepted His call to satiate His infinite thirst for love and souls and become a carrier of His love to the poorest of the poor. With loving trust and total surrender you fulfilled His will, witnessing to the joy of belonging totally to Him. You became so intimately united to Jesus your crucified Spouse that He deigned to share with you the agony of His Heart as He hung upon the Cross.

Blessed Teresa, you promised to continuously bring the light of love to those on earth; pray for us that we also may long to satiate the burning thirst of Jesus by loving Him ardently, sharing in His sufferings joyfully, and serving Him wholeheartedly in our brothers and sisters, especially those most unloved and unwanted. Amen


God, who called blessed Teresa, virgin
to respond to the love of your Son thirsting on the cross
with outstanding charity to the poorest of the poor,
grant us, we beseech you, by her intercession,
to minister to Christ in his suffering brothers.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen



Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center – Official Site go to the bottom of the screen to stop the music player before selecting this link

Mother Teresa of Calcutta – EWTN

Mother Teresa Biography – Vatican

Where There Is Love, There Is God: A Path to Closer Union with God and Greater Love for Others – New Book by Mother Teresa

Misc. News – View From The Domestic Church

Prayer Card

Coloring Page 1– Waltzing Matilda

Coloring Page 2 – Waltzing Matilda

Children’s Embroidery Pattern – Waltzing Matilda

Paper Doll – Paper dali

All Saints' Day  --Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Blossoming Joy

Food Ideas & Crafts – Family at the Foot of the Cross

Mother Teresa Tea – Catholic Cuisine

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Mother Teresa You Tube

Mother Teresa's Commencement Address and Press Conference, delivered at Thomas Aquinas College in June of 1982. 

“You and I and every single human being in this world is a child of God, created in the image of God, created for greater things, to love and to be loved. That is why today we have so much suffering in the world because we forget that we have been created for greater things, that we have been created to love and to be loved. So it is very necessary for us to pray, for prayer will give us a clean heart and a clean heart can love. For the fruit of prayer is love and the fruit of love is service; and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the giving.” 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Holiness is not the luxury of the few.

…Holiness is not the luxury of the few. It is a simple duty for you and for me. Take the trouble to keep your family together. Let peace, joy, unity and love be always there. Bring prayer, bring the rosary into your family. Bring the consecration to the Sacred Heart into your family and you will free the love and joy and presence of Christ right there in your own heart and the hearts of your family.

And pray for us as we continue our work. For as you know, we have consecrated our lives to sharing God's love and compassion to the poorest of the poor, to people who have nothing, who have nobody. Our sisters are now all over the world — God has blessed us with many vocations. I hope some of your sons and daughters will join the Missionaries of Charity and give that love and joy to many more people. 

~ Words of Mother Teresa © Mother Teresa Center of the Missionaries of Charity

LMC 11 29 2009

Father Sebastian Vazhakala ~Superior General of priests of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and founder of the Lay Missionaries of Charity

Full Of Thanks!!!

Today, August 24 was a joyous celebration.  Papi turned 3.  We have much to be thankful for. 

papi 2007 collage

Unfortunately, we kept the celebration low key.  Papi and sweetie, once again, opted out of our birthday tradition

The littles (we believe) have a mild case of salmonella due to a bad batch of eggs. 

We visited the zoo on Monday.

papi 2010 collage

Tomorrow we will celebrate Papi’s baptismal anniversary, Sweetie’s 5th birthday and our wedding anniversary.  I’m a bit overwhelmed but full of thanks!

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Thank you Heavenly Father for the all the JOYs that you have brought to us through Papi.  We give thanks for Your abundant love - to bring us to our knees, to draw us closer to You.  We thank you for giving us the graces to persever and trust in Your providence.  Your mercy has overflowed unto us and we pray to follow You always.

School Is In Session…

 …soon!  We have not officially started our school year.  We finished up in June and will start back up in September.  However, we have begun our usual school readiness – where we gradually add a couple of “school items” to our daily routine.  This is probably more for me than for the kids.  They’re always ready to school and in fact, they do but they don’t consider it school unless all the new school items are in place.  I on the other hand, need a gradual transition.  The transition helps me to  work out scheduling conflicts, rev up to an early rise time, train the littlest ones so that they’re somewhat used to a more structured day once school is completely in session, and lastly – I love schooling!
Really, I do!  Once, when Rose was about 7 she asked me, “mom, what did you want to be when you were a kid?”  I replied, “ a teacher.  I was always playing school in my home.  I would set up my bedroom for school and my stuffed animals were the students.  I even had a school-like chalkboard/whiteboard that was on rollers.  I loved pretending that I was a teacher.”  She quickly chimed in, “Mom!!!  Your dream came true…you are a teacher…you teach me at home!!!”
I had never put the two together like that before.  It was a consolation that I needed at that time and one that I often need to reflect back on.  God is good! 
2010 – 2011
Rose – 10/11  *  Sparkles – 1/2  *  Sweetie - K 
Papi – Pre-K  * Dragonfly – Teacher’s Pet
joyfilled gfg on desk
3 littles with chalkboard papi collage 8.5x11 sweetie collage 8.5x11sparkles collage 8.5x11rose collage
dragonfly and big sis collage
    Dragonfly is shaping out to be a lovely teacher’s pet. 
joyfilled gfg in desk with apples
previous 2 school years
2009 - 2010
Rose – 9/10  *  Sparkles – K/1  *  Sweetie - (whatever Sparkles does)  *  Papi - school mascot
I’m not sure what happened last school year (09-10), I did not take “school” pictures.  These pictures were taken at the start of the school year, a field to the Sisters of the Cross.  School 2009-10
2008 - 2009
Rose – 8/9  *  Sparkles – K  *  Sweetie - (whatever Sparkles does)  *  Papi – teacher’s pet
I love the uniforms.  So do the children.  In fact, when I asked the little ones to get a dress on for this school year’s (2010-11) pictures, they returned with their uniforms on.  Thus, I postponed school pictures. I would have moved forward but Rose does not have a uniform anymore and I wanted to have “free-dress.”school 2008-09


Baby Celebration

Our little Dragonfly is 3 months old!

he has…

darling dimples…a sweet disposition…a soft goo…a head full of curly hair…the ability to sleep through the night…his sisters wrapped around his little finger…his brother anxiously awaiting to “fight”…a knack for fitting his whole fist into his mouth…us all on our knees giving thanks to God!

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Melody at Blossoming Joy is giving away a baby carrier. 

Check it out here.

(Photo source and other images here)

Prayers For My Vocation

JOYfilled - Academy

"Parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children... the right and duty of parents to give education is essential... incapable of being entirely delegated  to others or usurped by others."  Pope John Paul II

I’m still planning for our next school year and was edified when I came across the prayer below. 

May Our Heavenly Father hear the prayers of all homeschooling moms and families at this very anxious time, the start of a new school year.

My friend and I jokingly acknowledged that God is probably the most busiest during the start of a new school year thanks to homeschooling moms.  I’m sure I add my share.


Prayer of a Homeschool Mom  ~ Heather Miller

O Lord, my Father, hear my prayer. Hear the sorrows and the joys intermingled that I lift to You. Hear my praise and thanksgiving as well as my pleas. Listen to my words, Lord God, and answer with Your own.

Bless my family, Lord, the lot of them, loud and crazy though we may be. Bless me, Lord, for I cannot be a blessing to them if I am too tired and stressed myself. Bless my husband, for he is truly a wonderful man, worthy of admiration as he strives to be like You. Bless my children, each one, in their unique little personalities, in their amazing little lives, bless them, Lord. Bless our home: it is not grand or worthy of a magazine, but it is home, Lord, and we love it.

How wonderful You are, Lord! How amazing Your creation! How I thank You for these precious children You have placed into our lives and our care and our teaching! I stand in constant amazement at the world around me, Lord, the world that You created. I am caught up in the beauty of even the smallest, simplest thing—the ladybug, the butterfly, the tulip just emerging. I am awed by the glory of the sun and the twinkling vastness of the night sky. I am amazed beyond words at the tiny, intricate details You have worked into everything. How amazing the human body! How fragile we are, and yet You have made us so strong! How truly miraculous the conception of a human soul, and the growth of that soul inside me, emerging as a blessed child! I am amazed at the workings of plants, the immensity of the solar system, the instincts of animals; of the love between husband and wife, parent and child! You are truly great, O Lord, truly amazing and powerful, and yet so loving and patient. You are the perfect parent, Father God, and how I wish I could be more like You!

Give my children the Christ-like attitude I so want them to have, Lord. Grant them the precious honor of a relationship with You. Help me as I try to bring them to You, Father, as I try to introduce them to the wonder that is You. Give them each a spirit of obedience both to us, their earthly parents, and to You, the ultimate authority. Give them each a spirit of cheerfulness as they go about their daily duties. Help them learn the joys of helping others, even if it is only a little brother. Give them each a spirit of compassion, of kindness, of joy. Help them see the miracle in each new day, the miracle of life, of nature, of salvation! Give them each a love for learning, a childlike curiosity that will not fade as they grow older. Give them Your love, O Lord, give them You. Give them safety and health and happiness, Lord. Give them good childhoods and good memories.

Give us a happy home, Lord. Let our beds always be warm and snug in winter, cool and dark in summer. Let our TV remain turned off most of the time, and our brains turned on. Let our kitchen always be filled with good food and our table with good dinner conversation. Bless our little home, Lord. Bless us all!

Help me realize always the great privilege of teaching my children. Help me keep in mind always that teaching them is also a great responsibility, a responsibility that You have commanded of each and every Christian parent. Help me take that responsibility with all seriousness, for it is so very important that our children are brought up according to Your commands and statutes. Help us bear in mind always that these children are only ours for a little while, that they are truly Your children, Lord, whom You have given to us for a season of life. Help me be willing, Lord, to give my all for the children's sake, because they truly are "the least of these," and so whatever I do for them, however I speak to them, however I act toward them, in these same ways I speak and act toward You.

Help me, Lord, to remember to see each of my children as You do. Help me to see the beauty in each one, their potential but also the beauty that resides in them right now, this moment, beauty in them because they are my blessing from You.

Help me to have patience, God. Patience with sticky messes and with bed-wetting, patience with frustrated learners and with cabin-fever whining. Grant me patience when emotions overflow and they lash out in hurt or anger toward me or toward each other. Grant me patience when asked to explain that same thing . . . again.

Grant me peace, Lord. Peace among the chaos that is our life. Help me to know the difference between peace and quiet, for sometimes the most truly peaceful moments are also the loudest. Give me peace when the children are sick or the day seems just too long. Give me peace when plans fail and days go horribly wrong. Give me peace when the critics mount against us and doubt and uncertainties begin to creep in. Give me peace, Lord, the peace that passes understanding. I don't need to understand it, Lord, I just need peace.

Bless me, Lord, with a true servant's heart. Help me find the joy in all the little ways I can serve my family. Give me a heart that loves to teach, even at the end of a trying day. Give me a heart that finds satisfaction in washing the dishes or doing the laundry, because in doing these things I care for my precious family. Give me a heart that swells with love when asked to read a book, sing a song, view an art project, read something my child has written, play a game, or just hold a small one on my lap. Help me, God, to die to myself and to heed the high calling of the servanthood of mothering. Help me, Lord, to realize what a privilege it is to be a mother to these wonderful children, to love them, care for them, and teach them every day.

Teach me humility, Lord God. Chastise me as a loving Father should when my heart and head stray and I do things out of selfishness or conceit. Show me where I am wrong, God, and help me to do what is right. Help me to do it for the right reasons. Help me always to remember that I am not perfect, that I am not even the best at what I do. Help me to humbly acknowledge that every good thing I do is done because You have graciously blessed me with the ability and knowledge to do it. Help me always to remember that I can do nothing without You—but all things are possible with You!

Help me to remember that sometimes children know more truth than I do and to listen and learn from these little blessings You have given me. Help me never to place myself above anyone else, or to think that I know it all, because pride goeth before a fall, and Lord, You know how proud I can be sometimes. And I'm awfully tired of falling.

Grant me wisdom, God. You know I need it! For though I may be knowledgeable by this world's standards, I know that true wisdom comes from You alone. Give me wisdom in choosing the things to teach my children, in knowing what books to use and what subjects to teach. Give me wisdom to discern when my children are ready for more solid spiritual food. Give me wisdom to answer the questions they ask, even the hard ones.

Above all else, give me love, Lord. Give me Your love when I'm weary. Give me enough love that it spills over, out of me onto the people around me. Give me love for my husband and children all day, every day, even on those days, Lord. If I have not love, I am nothing, God, but I have You, and You are love, so grant me a piece of You, this Holy Spirit that lives inside me. Help me to let You shine forth through me to my family.

In Jesus' name, amen. 

*This article published on April 26, 2010.

Heather Miller lives in northeastern Oklahoma with her husband, three kids, and five pets.  She and her husband have been homeschooling their children since 2004 and loving (almost) every minute of it.  In her spare time (what there is of it), Heather also enjoys reading, quilting, gardening, and baking.

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San Lorenzo


August 10
Father,you called Saint Lawrence to serve you by love
and crowned his life with glorious martyrdom.
Help us to be like him
in loving you and doing your work.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Today was a double feast in our home.  We celebrated the Feast Day of St. Lawrence and the Namedays for Mr. and Baby G.  St. Lawrence is also the patron saint of librarians, at which I have been working as for the past 2.5 school years.  I guess that makes it a triple feast day.

We grilled!  It’s what Mr. enjoys and since it was his nameday, why not.  He grilled tri-tip and corn.  I made his favorite salad, apple-feta lawrence dinner  Rose and I made cupcakes for desert.  They were cinnabon cupcakes with buttercream frosting.  We got our decorating inspiration from lawrence cupcakessan lorenzo feast dayBaby G is 86 days old today – almost 3 months..
I’m embarrassed to share this picture due to Mr.’s shirt.  However, Sparkles reminded me that it’s dad’s “holy” shirt.  Rose chimed in, “it’s his gridiron shirt.”  Mr. has had this shirt since we’ve been together, over seventeen years.  I’m not sure but it may be a world’s record.
We will go out late tomorrow night to view the Tears of St. Lawrence* and celebrate St. Clare’s feast (Sweetie’s nameday) on the traditional feast day – Aug 12.

*Tonight, or especially tomorrow night and up to the dawn of 12 August, 1 if you look up at a clear sky in the Northern hemisphere, you may be blessed to see the Perseid meteor shower, 2 debris of the comet Swift-Tuttle whose "radiant" (point of apparent origin) is in the constellation of Perseus. This meteor shower is known as "the tears of St. Lawrence" because it is most visible at this time of year, though these streaks of light can sometimes be seen as early as 17 July and as late as 24 August.


O glorious St. Laurence, blessed deacon of the church, filled with compassion for those who invoke you, with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I kneel at your feet and humbly beg you to take my present need under you special protection... (mention here). Vouchsafe to recommend it to our Lord who gave you the grace to withstand great torture before being burned to death in His name. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace to one day meet God face to face, and with you and Mary and all the angels and saints praise Him through all eternity. O most powerful Saint Laurence, do not let me lose my soul, but obtain for me the grace of winning my way to heaven, forever and ever. Amen.
Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be...

High School Space

Rose had her school room revamped last school year.  It is a bedroom downstairs turned school room, office and craft space.  We’ve been organizing it bit by bit.

She doesn’t mind that it is a work in progress, she is just happy to have a private school room away from the little ones. 

Here’s how it looked a couple of weeks ago.  Thank goodness it’s summer!office before

We did a clean sweep today.  We even got some crafting/decorating in.  We turned a $5 canvas we recently bought at a garage sale into map art.  We also adhered our Dollar Store find, chalk board decals.  Lastly, we hung 2 shelves that were on clearance at Target.steals

Rose was thrilled to have her $6 Costco map up on the on canvas 

Rose wanted one of the chalk board decals on the door.  She plans on using it as a “do not disturb” sign.  We’ll see how it goes.  The little ones have not figured out that it is a chalk board.  The second decal was placed on the green wall under the map.  It will be used for the saint of the day, date and other reminders for doorroom bThe black frame holds a fabric covered bulletin board.  Rose prefers to store her books in the IKEA magazine holders.   (Sparkles and Sweetie use the inexpensive version of IKEA mag files.)  She takes each file out as she works on the particular subject.

room v3This little area on the green wall will be Rose’s gallery wall.  She selected Sparkle’s Marian Grotto and Sacred Heart of Jesus Tile.  I surprised her with a picture from her pre-homeschool days when she started preschool in 1997.  The picture is a family portrait that she created when she was 5 years old, the end of her Kindergarten school v2 Rose’s mouse pad adorned with a favorite saint, St Thérèse of Lisieux.

mouse pad

The closet is still a catch-all.  It houses the go to supplies, Little Flower supplies, file cabinet (given away for free on Craigslist), wrapping supplies, sewing machine, and other misc. items.

room closet

Check out Heart of the Matter for more homeschool rooms.  Edie created my favorite school room of all time.  I can’t wait to see her new homeschool space at her lake home.



8.10.10 - I hope to add my k-3 school room this week, God willing.  I also wanted to share another favorite “learning space” that I’m sure is loved by all.  Nicole has created an awesome schoolroom.  I think I’ll be adding the rain gutters (to a room in my house, any room) this year.

Inviting Christ

“May He strengthen you inwardly through the working of His Spirit. May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, and may charity be the root and foundation of your life" (Eph 3:14-17).20100804105011 

We organized our 5th National Night Out NNO (3rd  in this neighborhood).   It almost didn’t happen.  I had attempted to find another event organizer  earlier in the year since I new baby G was due in May, Mr. would be swamped in clinicals and long work hours, school prep would be taking place…..the list goes on.  I waited but there were no willing parties.  I thought that we would just forgo this year’s event.  However, Our Lord had other plans. 

I believe that that Our Heavenly Father is prompting my family to form community.  We are still discerning this call and pray to obediently follow.  Currently, we attempt to witness to those physical neighbors that have been put before us.  We do this in several ways, NNO being one of them.

Just as I was ready to be at peace with not coordinating the event and being able to help the community come together, a gentle reminder was placed.  This reminder came in the way of Catholic radio.  More specifically, Teresa Tomeo. Teresa Tomeo mentioned National Night Out in her morning news segment on Monday, August 2. 

I took the prompting and began to send emails and print fliers for distribution – all for an event that was to take place the following day.  There’s nothing like last minute! (it’s all in God’s timing, right.)

The kids canvassed the neighborhood, posting signs on Monday afternoon and early Tuesday Morning. 

The turnout was perfect. The event was simplified from the years past but probably the most joyous of all.  I was able to relax and connect with neighbors.  Mr. was also able to join us for the last 30 min.  Papi kept his pants on the entire evening (that’s a story for another time).  It was a success ~ praise be to God!

Simplify is another prompting from the Holy Ghost that has been placed on our hearts.  We are a work in progress but definitely feel the call to SIMPLIFY in ALL areas of our lives – words, material possessions, food, extracurricular activities, spiritual practices……to better follow Him.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers him out of them all.  Psalms 34:19

Simplify; repair; love

Please keep the following neighbors in prayer:

Addie, mom and family.  Addie was born via c-section on Monday, August 2

Two moms who are expecting.  One in September, the other in December.

Those in law enforcement who are facing cuts in pay due to the State budget.

The young (and not so young) who are finishing school. 

A young couple that is separated, possibly seeking a divorce.


O my God, come to me…

St. John Vianney Prayer ~ "O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in You."


Feast Day – August 4

In life, St. John Vianney was a revered 19th-century French clergyman who was said to be blessed with the ability to read the hearts of worshippers. In death, his own heart has become an object of worship.  St. Vianney’s body is incorrupt (never decayed), and his heart and body each have been encased in separate glass reliquaries in France since his death 150 years ago.


The relic of the heart of St. John Vianney was brought to the U.S. for the first time since 2006.

My family is on pilgrimage (an item on my List), a Relic Pilgrimage.   We are visiting relics throughout California.  Our finances are tight, our time is stretched, and our little ones are a priority – that leads us to find allStJV_big spiritual opportunities in our “back yard.”

Our first official stop on our pilgrimage was on July 15, a visit to venerate the heart of St. John Mary Vianney . 

My blessed Mr. took time off from his clinical and prepared to lead the way on our pilgrimage.  Mr.  had no sleep.  He came straight from his night shift.  Sparkles and Sweetie were  filled with excitement as they anticipated this glorious opportunity to  grow closer to Our Heavenly Father, through their veneration of the relic of St. John Vianney.  Rose remained prayerful and was deeply touched by her visit.

Upon our return home, the little girls have continued their devotion to St. John Vianney.  They have even created a special shrine in their bedroom for their newly beloved Saint.  In fact, they have taken it upon themselves to adorn all bedrooms with St. John Mary Vianney’s holy card.

St. Jean Marie Vianney ~ Ora pro nobis



St. John Mary Vianney Quotes

"All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."

"I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and its pleasures."

"Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil. Fertilize the soil ever so richly, it will remain barren unless fed by frequent rains."

"Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself."

"Man is a beggar who needs to ask God for everything."

"When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant."

"All our religion is but a false religion, and all our virtues are mere illusions and we ourselves are only hypocrites in the sight of God, if we have not that universal charity for everyone - for the good, and for the bad, for the poor and for the rich, and for all those who do us harm as much as those who do us good. "

"Upon receiving Holy Communion, the Adorable Blood of Jesus Christ really flows in our veins and His Flesh is really blended with ours."

"We should consider those moments spent before the Blessed Sacrament as the happiest of our lives."

"If we could comprehend all the good things contained in Holy Communion, nothing more would be wanting to content the heart of man. The miser would run no more after his treasures, or the ambitious after glory; each would shake off the dust of the earth, leave the world, and fly away towards heaven."

"When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other."

"Christian wife! Follow in the footsteps of the ideal of all womanhood, the Blessed Mother of God; in joy and in sorrow, she will be your advocate at the throne of her Son."

Litany in Honor of St. John Vianney

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Saint John-Mary Vianney, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, endowed with grace from thine infancy, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, model of filial piety, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, devoted servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, spotless lily of purity, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, faithful imitator of the sufferings of Christ, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, abyss of humility, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, seraph of prayer, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, faithful adorer of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, ardent lover of holy poverty, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, true son of St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, exemplary Franciscan tertiary, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, tender friend of the poor, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, penetrated with the fear of God's judgment, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, fortified by divine visions, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who was tormented by the evil spirit, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, perfect model of sacerdotal virtue, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, firm and prudent pastor, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, inflamed with zeal, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, faithful attendant on the sick, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, indefatigable catechist, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who didst preach in words of fire, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, wise director of souls, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, specially gifted with the spirit of counsel, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, enlightened by light from Heaven, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, formidable to Satan, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, compassionate with every misery, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, providence of the orphans, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, favored with the gift of miracles, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who didst reconcile so many sinners to God, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who didst confirm so many of the just in the way of virtue, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who didst taste the sweetness of death, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who dost now rejoice in the glory of Heaven, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, who givest joy to those who invoke thee, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, heavenly patron of parish priests, pray for us.

St. John Vianney, model and patron of directors of souls, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, blessed Jean-Marie Vianney, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

Almighty and merciful God, Who didst bestow upon blessed John Mary Vianney wonderful pastoral zeal and a great fervor for prayer and penance, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his example and intercession we may be able to gain the souls of our brethren for Christ, and with them attain to everlasting glory, through the same Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.




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May we be open to all Your promptings and completely soften our hearts to You so that we can become transformed, to do Your will alone.

“…so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in You."

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