It’s All About YOU…

but here’s a bit about me!

I’m accepting Dawn’s invitation to meme. 


1. What's your middle name?

carmenleta.  (little carmen.  i was named after my paternal grandmother and my maternal great-grandmother)

2. What's your favorite magazine?

i don’t subscribe to any and can’t justify the cover price.

3. What are you wearing right now?

dark denim skirt, mauve sweater/shirt, no shoes.

4. What color are your bed sheets?

dark red.

5. Who was your third grade teacher?

mrs. schwenger

6. What is the weather like right now?

HOT (low 100s).

7. Do you know how to ski?

yes – water skiing, somewhat – snow skiing.

8. What was the last thing you drank?

jamba juice (st. michael, ora pro nobis.)

9. Dream vacation?

anywhere were daily mass (in the traditional roman rite ) is available and meals are provided with no clean-up required.

10. Favorite article of clothing?

black anne klien jersey skirt (from the thrift store).

11. Do you prefer baking or cooking?

cooking (my husband prefers the baking).

12. Is your hair above or below your shoulders?


13. What drink do you order when out?


14. What book are you reading?

chosen and cherished: biblical wisdom for your marriage by kimberley hahn.

15. What did you dream about last night?

no dreams last night - i was out cold.

16. What was the last movie you went to?

it’s been awhile.  the last movie i can remember is fireproof.  i went with hubby.

17. Any injuries at the moment?

nope.  unless you consider post baby weight a handicap – i do.

18. What color is your bathroom?

gray sand with dark red accents.

19. What's the state of your laundry right now?

normal state – a mess.

20. Do you take vitamins?

sporadically take pre-natals.

21. Where do you love to shop?

thrift stores, Kohl’s clearance racks (especially for shoes).

22. How often do you buy groceries?

depends on the budget.  my husband does the grocery shopping when my father isn’t bring us food.  it has been a rough 3 years.

23. Do you have a pet/pets?

papi has a blue-belly lizard that he named Mickey Mouse.

24. If you are married, when is your next anniversary?

wedding aug 25.

together oct 9.

25. How do you take your coffee and/or tea?

not a coffee drinker.  love chamomile tea.

26. Mac or PC? Desktop or Laptop?

prefer mac but settle for pc.  laptop is the best.

27. Favorite month of the year?

love the lenten season.

28. Do you have a hobby?

crafting, blogging, jogging (trying to get back in the groove) and anything for the kids.

29. What salad dressing do you prefer?

homemade apple salad dressing.

30. Live or fake Christmas tree?

fake.  i’m allergic to real.

31. Did you walk or take a bus to school?

(1 hour) bus ride to grammar school.  got a ride to hs.

32. Do you have any phobias?


33. What's your favorite snack food?

air popped popcorn.

34. When do you take your shower/bath?

i take a relaxing bath generally in the late evening when husband has put all the kiddos to bed.

35. What time did you get up this morning?

3am for prayer and any unattended business, and again at 7am.

36. What's your favorite animal?

it used to be a skunk when i was a kid. 

37. Have you ever broken a bone?

3 hairline fractures in my left arm.  dislocated and broken my thumb.

38. Do you wear makeup?

yes.  consider it a favor to all i meet.  : )

39. Do you speak any foreign languages?

unfortunately, no.

40. Have you ever played a sport?

soccer (s, mf), softball (tb, p, of), volleyball (ds)

41. Your last UPS package contained ...

rose’s hs books from kolbe academy.

42. What's on your desktop?

a pic of husband, dragonfly and me in tahoe.

43. What is your home page?

my family yahoo’s group/page calendar.  i need all the reminders i can get.

44. Extrovert or introvert?

ex-introvert, somewhere in the middle of extrovert and introvert.

45. Favorite board game?

it used to be chess.

46. What class did you like best in high school? In college?

hs – trigonometry.  college – entertainment law

47. What would you do with an extra hour each day?

i would need an extra hour of energy to go with it…..clean/organize.  my house is due for some major organization.

48. Do you have allergies?

YES.  everything outdoors.  animals.  nuts (not peanuts).

49. Are your nails painted?

only my toes.

50. Where are you right now?

on the rocker in the living room, cutting into my nap time.


Michaelmas Day

September 29


Feast of the Archangels -  Saints Michael (who is like unto God), Gabriel (God is my strength), and Raphael (God has healed)

Old Calendar*: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas Day)

*This feast commemorates the dedication to St. Michael of an ancient church at Rome at a date earlier than the sixth century. St. Michael the Archangel is honored as the supreme guardian spirit of the universal Church. In heaven Michael led the good angels against Lucifer and his rebel angels. The fallen angels pursue on earth that same war against the Man-God Christ which they began in heaven. Therefore Michael continues to direct the battle against them here on earth. The standard-bearer of the Church, he introduces the departed souls of her children into God's holy light (Offertory Hymn of Requiem Mass). He also presents our prayers to God (Incensation at High Mass), conquers demons (Prayers after Low Mass), and pleads for us sinners (Confiteor).


This is a special feast day to our family, in a sobering way.  My dear husband went to naming our first lost child, Michael.  The process of naming our beloved soul came years after our loss.  Nonetheless, it provided a great deal of healing for both my husband and I.

Since then we have named two additional babies that have joined Our Heavenly Father, Raphael and Gabriel.

We will be silently reflecting on our angels and the archangels.  We will also join the 40 Days of Life prayer vigil at a local abortion mill, to end the evils of abortion.



- Children’s Activitiesmichaelgagano

St. Michael Paper Doll

Guardian Angel Coloring Page

Feast of the Archangels - Games

More Archangel Activities

- Prayers

Sermon on The Angels Feast of St. Michael - Audio

St. Michael Prayer Card

Angelus Prayer

Archangels Feast Day Info & Prayers

St. Michael Chaplet

Chaplet of St. Michael - EWTN

Consecration Prayer to St. Michael

Michael of the Morning - Story of a Solider

Last Year’s Post

- Pro Life

Pro-life Novena for the Unborn

40 Days for Life for unborn

Michael, Michael of the morning
Fresh chord of dawn adorning,
Keep me safe today,
And in time of temptation
Drive the devil away. Amen.



Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

This prayer was composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and is offered for the private recitation of the faithful in accord with the decree of Inde Ab Aliquot Annis of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, September 29, 1985.

Glorious Prince of the Celestial Host, St. Michael  the Archangel, defend us in the conflict which we have to sustain against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places (Eph 6:12). Come to the rescue of men whom God has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. It is thou whom Holy Church venerates as her guardian and her protector; thou whom the Lord has charged to conduct redeemed souls into heaven.  Pray therefore, the God of peace, to subdue Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive nor do injury to the Church. Present our prayers to the Most High, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us. Seize "the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the devil and Satan," bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit..."that he may no longer seduce the nations"  (Rev 20:2-3).

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Just 4 Fun

4 months

Dragonfly turned 4 months on Sept. 17. 

He just broke his first 2 teeth this week (9.20). 

gio 4 mo joy 

He is one happy baby boy.  IMG_0092 4 months 2 teeth 9.24

The kids call him Scooter because he scoots all over the floor.

Have Pity On Me

Old Calendar: Our Lady of Ransom

September 24


This feast was extended to the whole Church in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin, for having in the thirteenth century inspired St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymond of Pennafort to found a religious order for the release of Christians captured by the Saracens. The Mercedarians vowed to give themselves up as hostages for the imprisoned Christians when ransom and military means failed. Their heroism saved countless souls from apostasy and despair.

 mary0013 bw

Prayer To Our Lady Of Ransom

O God, Who by means of the most glorious
Mother of Thy Son
was pleased to give new children to Thy Church
for the deliverance of Christ's faithful
from the power of the heathen;
grant, we beseech Thee,
that we who love and honor her as the foundress
of so great a work
may, by her merits and intercession,
be ourselves delivered from all sin
and from the bondage of the evil one.
Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen


jaic38-02-001-fig006 Mateo Pisarro (at.), Our Lady of Mercy with Saint Peter Nolasco and Saint Ramon Not Naturally Born, and the Trinity.


Our Lady’s Feast Days

Traditional Catholic Liturgy


St.Peter Nolasco Bio

St. Peter Nolasco  - Order of Mercy

Coloring Page - St. Raymond of Penafort, co-founder with St. Peter Nolasco of the Order of Mercedarians

   - St. Raymond of Penafort


Mary, My Mother, how shall I stand before my Judge at the day of judgment? How shall I answer for the wasted days and years which God has given me to serve Him alone? I look to you, Mother of Mercy. You are all-merciful that you may obtain for me pardon and mercy. You are kind and loving for you have a mother's heart, full of pity for the erring. You are a Mother of Mercy to the sinner and the fallen; have pity on me! ~ Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.

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St. Pio, Ora Pro Nobis

September 23 - Memorial of St. Padre Pio   Ppio10

Prayer to St. Pio

O God,
You gave Saint Pio of Pietrelcina,
Capuchin priest,
the great privilege of participating
in a unique way in the passion of Your Son,
grant me
through his intercession
the grace of
which I ardently desire;
and above all grant me the grace of
living in conformity
with the death of Jesus,
to arrive at the glory
of the resurrection.
Glory be to the Father… (three times)


"Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces which we, ourselves, do not know...It is easier for the earth to exist without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!" Padre Pio

"Pray, pray to the Lord with me, because the whole world needs prayer. And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray. Pray to the Lord, because even God needs our prayers." — St. Pio of Pietrelcina


 Padre Pio's Five Maxims for Living a Devout Life

"The first one I desire you to cherish is from St Paul: 'All things work together for the good of those who love God' (Rom 8:28).

"The second maxim that I desire you to keep for ever engraved on your heart is that God is our Father; and what do you have to fear as the daughter of such a father whose providence would not let a hair of your head be harmed?

"The third maxim is that you must observe what the divine Master teaches his disciples: 'What do you lack?' The disciples answered that they lacked nothing. When you were troubled even at the time when you unfortunately did not feel much confidence in God, tell me, were you never oppressed by anxiety? You will answer, 'No'. So, I will reply, 'Why do you not have the strength to overcome all the other trials?'.

"The fourth maxim concerns eternity. Living these brief and fleeting moments should not matter much to the children of God, since they will live for eternity in glory with God."

"The fifth maxim that I implore you to keep fixed in your mind is that of the Apostle St Paul: 'Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ' (Gal 6:14). Treasure in your heart the crucified Jesus Christ and all the crosses of the world will seem like roses. Those who have been pricked by the crown of thorns of the Saviour, who is our Head, do not feel the other wounds.

"All I am asking you at the moment is to help me with your prayers to God; and know that I will always do the same for you and for your family and for all the souls who worked for my liberation. My gratitude and acknowledgment to God for them will be eternal".

9_23_pio2Litany of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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 Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified,
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.
God our Father,  You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.



Padre Pio Bio

Padre Bio – The Man

Padre Pio Timeline

Relic Shrine

Email to receive St. Pio prayer card

Audio Presentations on Padre Pio

Audio – He Bore Christ’s Wounds

Coloring Pages

Stigmata Treat

Submit Prayer Intention

Picture Gallery

Padre Pio Links

Padre Pio Movie (viewable online with subtitles)

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6      Part 7     Part 8     Part 9     Part 10     Part 11     Part 12     Part 13     Part 14     Part 15     Part 16      Part 17     Part 18     Part 19     Part 20     Part 21     Part 22


Prayer of Pope John Paul II to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Teach us, too, We pray you
Humility so that we may
Be among the humble to whom the Father
In the Gospel promised
To reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom.
Teach us the look of faith that will help us recognize
The face of Jesus Himself in the poor and suffering.
Support us in our hours of trouble
And trial and, should we fall,
Let us feel the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness.
Teach us tender devotion
Towards Maria, mother of Christ and our Mother.
Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage
Towards the blessed Homeland,
Where we, too, hope to arrive
To contemplate eternally
The Glory of the Father,
The Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

~ recited by Pope John Paul II, on the occasion of the canonization of Padre Pio, 06-16-02.

The Little Flower


For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. - St. Thérèse of Lisieux

We will start this novena to St. Therese of LIsieux and the Glory Be to the Fathers Novena(with the little ones) on Tuesday, September 22.  The novenas will end on September 30, the eve of her feast day in the new calendar.  St. Therese’s feast day in the Old Calendar is Oct. 3. 

st therese and holy family thumb O Lord, You have said: Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven; grant us, we beg You, so to follow, in humility and simplicity of heart, the footsteps of the Virgin blessed Thérèse, that we may attain to an everlasting reward. Amen.


saint_therese icon

Litany of the Little Flower of Jesus

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face
Lord, have mercy on us,
Christ, 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, Pray for us
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us
Our Lady of Victory,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  servant of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of the merciful love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  spouse of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gift of Heaven, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  remarkable in childhood, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  an example of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  resigned to the Divine Will of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of peace, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of patience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of gentleness, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  heroic in sacrifices, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  generous in forgiving, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  benefactress of the needy, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Jesus, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  devoted to the Holy Face, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  consumed with Divine love of God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  advocate of extreme cases, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  persevering in prayer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  a powerful advocate with God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  showering roses, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  doing good upon earth, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  answering all prayers, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of Holy Chastity, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of voluntary poverty, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  lover of obedience, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  burning with zeal for God's glory, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  inflamed with the Spirit of Love,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  child of benediction, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  perfect in simplicity,  Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  so remarkable for trust in God, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  gifted with unusual intelligence, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  never invoked without some answer, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  teaching us the sure way, Pray for us
Little Thérèse,  victim of Divine Love, 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, graciously hear us, O Lord Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us.
   Let us Pray:
         O God, Who didst inflame with Thy Spirit of Love the soul of Thy Servant Therese of the Child Jesus, grant that we also may love Thee and make Thee much loved.   Amen.

therese pict


St. Therese Bio 

St. Therese Bio

The Little Known Saint Therese Bio

Miraculous Rose Novena

St. Therese – Way of The Cross

St. Therese e-post card

Shower of Roses Mass Enrollments

Coloring Pages – Waltzing Matilda

Coloring Page - Young Lady

Sacrifice Beads


Little Flower & Her Little Way

(must hear)

Reflection Through Art

The girls worked on coloring this page while dad and I reflected on our family’s patron saint for 2010, St. John Chrysostom



Rose stepped it up a notch and created an icon.  I got the inspiration from iconography found here and an icon project found here via Shower of Roses

We took the printed coloring sheet and transferred it using a pencil-rub technique to the wood plaque (that was pre-painted with gold tempera paint).  Rose then used paint pens and markers to color the image.  She preferred the markers.  They created a subtle aged look.  

She had her first go at iconography in March of 2009 from a “real” art teacher.  I posted a few photos here.

I plan to have her try other iconography techniques this year.2010-09-19 sept 13-19 20102

St. John Chrysostom exclaimed: "Nothing is equal to prayer; for what is impossible it makes possible, what is difficult, easy" (Catechism, 2744).


Little Flowers

This pile of yummy goo was made to celebrate Dragonfly’s 4 month mark.  It was ultra sweet.  Mr.  didn’t care for it.  He prefers a plain brownie.  I didn’t mind, it meant more for me and everyone else.  We love anything with marshmallows.  It was best once cooled.

I found the recipe here.

Growing Like a Weed

  2010-09-19 sept 13-20

Our little Dragonfly turned 4 months old on September 17.

16.5 lbs

26.25 in

rolls over  sweet disposition  sleeps through the night  teething  loves his fist  enjoys being put to sleep by sweetie  darling dimples  does not like loud voices (that rules out basketball games) content wears size 6 month  curly hair takes cat-naps if away from his bed  loves outdoors  bionic nails that grow by the min.  JOY

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Permit me, O Mary, to remain near the Cross, that I may share with you in the Passion of Jesus.

OL%20Seven%20Sorrows-thumb-300x311 John 19:25-27

At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: "Woman, behold thy son." After that, he saith to the disciple: "Behold thy mother." And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

Seven Sorrows of Mary:

  1. The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
  2. The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  3. Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
  4. Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
  5. Crucifixion and Death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
  6. The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Psalm 130; Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
  7. The burial of Jesus (Isaiah 53:8; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)

The Seven Graces:

As revealed to Saint Bridget by the Blessed Mother

  1. I will grant peace to their families.
  2. They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
  3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
  4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
  5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
  6. "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
  7. I have obtained (this grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.


Fr. Faber on the Seven Sorrows

God vouchsafed to select the very things about Him which are most incommunicable, and in a most mysteriously real way communicate them to her. See how He had already mixed her up with the eternal designs of creation, making her almost a partial cause and partial model of it. Our Lady's co-operation in the redemption of the world gives us a fresh view of her magnificence. Neither the Immaculate Conception nor the Assumption will give us a higher idea of Mary's exaltation than the title of co-redemptress. Her sorrows were not necessary for the redemption of the world, but in the counsels of God they were inseparable from it. They belong to the integrity of the divine plan. Are not Mary's mysteries Jesus' mysteries, and His mysteries hers? The truth appears to be that all the mysteries of Jesus and Mary were in God's design as one mystery. Jesus Himself was Mary's sorrow, seven times repeated, aggravated sevenfold. During the hours of the Passion, the offering of Jesus and the offering of Mary were tied in one. They kept pace together; they were made of the same materials; they were perfumed with kindred fragrance; they were lighted with the same fire; they were offered with kindred dispositions. The two things were one simultaneous oblation, interwoven each moment through the thickly crowded mysteries of that dread time, unto the eternal Father, out of two sinless hearts, that were the hearts of Son and Mother, for the sins of a guilty world which fell on them contrary to their merits, but according to their own free will.

Fr. Frederick Faber, The Foot of the Cross.



Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary

Discourse IX Of The Dolours Of Mary  by St. Alphonsus Ligouri

Meditation from Divine Intimacy

Feast of the Seven Sorrows – New Advent

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

How to pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

     Rosary of the Seven Sorrows - Part 1 of 3 – You Tube Video

     Part 2 of 3 - 4th - 6th Sorrowful Mystery

     Part 3 of 3 - 7th Sorrowful Mystery

Stabat Mater – Various versions

English Propers for the Tridentine Mass

Mother Angelica on the Seven Sorrows – Click on the audio link for Sept. 15, 1998

Coloring Pages

Seven Sorrows – a page for each sorrow

Our Lady of SorrowsWaltzing Matilda

Our Lady of Sorrow Crafts – Catholic Icing


The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin

Pieta - Michelangelo

Pieta  - Van Gogh

Pieta – Bellini

Presentation at the Temple – Various

Flight into Egypt - Various


Stabat Mater Dolorosa
At the Cross Her Station Keeping

Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Lk 2:35).

AT, the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.

O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.

Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.

Is there one who would not weep,
whelmed in miseries so deep,
Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother's pain untold?

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
she beheld her tender Child
All with scourges rent:

For the sins of His own nation,
saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.

Holy Mother! pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my Savior crucified:

Let me share with thee His pain,
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
mourning Him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live:

By the Cross with thee to stay,
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of thee to give.

Virgin of all virgins blest!,
Listen to my fond request:
let me share thy grief divine;

Let me, to my latest breath,
in my body bear the death
of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with His every wound,
steep my soul till it hath swooned,
in His very Blood away;

Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
lest in flames I burn and die,
in His awful Judgment Day.

Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
by Thy Mother my defense,
by Thy Cross my victory;

While my body here decays,
may my soul Thy goodness praise,
safe in paradise with Thee. Amen.

Memorial of St. John Chrysostom


Feast: September 13

“Golden Mouth”

We will be silently reflecting on the life and works of St. John Chrysostom.

His intercession has been faithfully sought since the moment that he was given to us as our family’s patron saint for the year 2010.

He is also a patron saint of education.  God knew I would be in need of this particular intercession this year as I have faced many struggles.  I trust St. John Chrysostom has been with my family through it all.

St. John Chrysostom, Ora pro nobis.



"...Everything is carried out joyfully and one can educate their children to virtue. When the first child is born, this is “like a bridge; the three become one flesh, so that the child links the two parts (Homily 12:5 “On the Letter to the Colossians”), and the three make up “one family, a little Church” ~ Chrysostom (Homily 20:6 “On the Letter to the Ephesians”).

"From the tenderest age, arm children with spiritual weapons and teach them to make the Sign of the Cross on their forehead with their hand" ~ Chrysostom (Homily, 12, 7 on First Corinthians).

"This is the principle of our social life... not to be solely concerned with ourselves!" ~ Chrysostom (Homily 9, 2 on Genesis).

“Do you fast? Prove it by doing good works. If you see someone in need, take pity on them. If you see a friend being honored, don't get jealous of him. For a true fast, you cannot fast only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear, your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body.” ~ St. John Chrysostom

“You can call happy those who saw Him. But, come to the altar and you will see Him, you will touch Him, you will give to Him holy kisses, you will wash Him with your tears, you will carry Him within you like Mary Most Holy.”  ~ St. John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom instructed women of all times about dress (modesty) when in the fourth century he declared:  "You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment. ... When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body but the soul. And it is not to enemies you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride."  ~ St. John Chrysostom

“What the soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.”  - St. John Chrysostom



Office of Readings for the Memorial of John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor


Life of St. John Chrysostom

Audio – St. Anthony’s Saint of the Day 

Coloring page (insert into a word document and resize for coloring)

(turn off music at the bottom of screen before playing)


 Glory to God for all things. 

~ St. John Chrysostom


 Prayer of St. John Chrysostom According to the Hours of the Day and Night

1. O Lord, deprive me not of Thy heavenly blessings;

2. O Lord, deliver me from eternal torment;

3. O Lord, if I have sinned in my mind or thought, in word deed, forgive me.

4. O Lord, deliver me from every ignorance and heedlessness, from pettiness of the soul and stony hardness of heart;

5. O Lord, deliver me from every temptation;

6. O Lord, enlighten my heart darkened by evil desires;

7. O Lord, I, being a human being, have sinned; do Thou, being God, forgive me in Thy lovingkindness, for Thou knowest the weakness of my soul.

8. O Lord, send down Thy grace to help me, that I may glorify Thy holy Name;

9. O Lord Jesus Christ, inscribe me, Thy servant, in the Book of Life, and grant me a blessed end;

10. O Lord my God, even if I have done nothing good in Thy sight, yet grant me, according to Thy grace, that I may make a start in doing good.

11. O Lord, sprinkle on my heart the dew of Thy grace;

12. O Lord of heaven and earth, remember me, Thy sinful servant, cold of heart and impure, in Thy Kingdom.

13. O Lord, receive me in repentance;

14. O Lord, leave me not;

15. O Lord, save me from temptation;

16. O Lord, grant me pure thoughts;

17. O Lord, grant me tears of repentance, remembrance of death, and the sense of peace;

18. O Lord, grant me mindfulness to confess my sins;

19. O Lord, grant me humility, charity, and obedience;

20. O Lord, grant me tolerance, magnanimity, and gentleness;

21. O Lord, implant in me the root of all blessings: the fear of Thee in my heart;

22. O Lord, vouchsafe that I may love Thee with all my heart and soul, and that I may obey in all things Thy will;

23. O Lord, shield me from evil persons and devils and passions and all other lawless matters;

24. O Lord, Who knowest Thy creation and that which Thou hast willed for it; may Thy will also be fulfilled in me, a sinner, for Thou art blessed forevermore. Amen.

St. Catherine of Siena ~ Faith

St. Catherine of Siena meeting table

I held my first Little Flowers meeting for the 2010-2011 year on Saturday, Sept, 11.  My parish’s Little Flowers groups has doubled.  I now have 27 girls, 23 of which were present. 

LF group blur

I have decided to complete Wreath I this year.  Our first meeting was on St. Catherine of Siena & Faith.  As always, we attended mass prior to our meeting.

 st catherine faith craft pageThis is a virtue memory page.  My inspiration was taken from Jessica. 

The meeting started with some social time and snack.  They ate their sunflower seeds as we discussed the significance of the sunflower.

sunflower lookin gat the sun“Our faith may be compared to this flower, since its gaze is ever fixed above, and turned towards the glorious sun of divine truth.” ~ Fr. Lasance - Catholic Girl’s Guide

St. Catherine of Siena was then introduced.  She was the last one standing.  That is , she had the most siblings out of all the Little Flowers present, 24.  CP was a close second with 11 siblings.  The girls were amazed with this little fact about St. Catherine of Siena. 


Saint Catherine of Sienna Exchanging Her Heart with Christ " by Giovanni di Paolo, part of a three part altar panel, hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

We covered; St. Catherine of Siena’s early call to serve God at age 6;  her joyful demeanor and willingness to please; her nick name – Joy; her parents’ wish for her to marry; her hair cutting episode in response to her parents constant desire for her to marry*; St. Catherine’s private visions; the ring that was placed on her hand by Mary and Jesus which was invisible to all; her call to inform the Pope to move back to Rome; and the stigmata that did not become visible until the time of her death at age 33.

father l blur

Father L visited the girls.  He spoke of the LF’s patron saint, St. Therese and St. Catherine of Siena.  He clarified a concern that one of the Little Flowers had regarding St. Catherine cutting her hair to show her parents that she was not going to marry.  The Little Flower questioned if this act was disobedient.*  Father explained that we are all to follow God’s call and that parents are supposed to lead us to God’s will.  Parents are not supposed to force their children into a vocation.  He of course, put it much more eloquently.

Father gave the girls a special blessing (that extends to their family) before departing.  We are blessed to have devoted shepherds.  Please continue to keep Father L and all the FSSP priests in your prayers.

Before moving on to our craft we played a a nice game of musical chairs.  We used the Little Flowers Memory Verse CD as music.  MB, AA, Sweetie and EH were the winners (displaced from their chairs first).  They were awarded the privilege of taking the craft supplies to their table. 

Faith key tag necklace

I chose a simple craft to start with, Key Tag Necklace.  The girls did a great job assembling their necklaces and were pleased with their creations.

Little flowers blur

LF Wreath I binderEach new member received their Little Flowers binder.  This binder is to be used for their entire stay as a LF.   All members were given the handouts for Faith.  They are to work on the activity sheet as mom sees fit.  If participating, each girl will report back to me once their mom/father deems them worthy of having earned the badge for the virtue of Faith. 

The binder is an Avery Durable 1.5 inch binder.  I purchase the binders at Wal-Mart once the school items go on clearance.  I do not pay more than $2.50 per binder.  I’m able to find them there every year in a variety of colors. 

The meeting was wrapped up with a treat, sunflower cupcakes.  They speak for themselves…..YUMMY!  (Just ask EH!  She loved them so much that she wanted to eat the paper.)

sunflower cupcake  JOY

The meeting was a success!

I give all thanks and praise to GOD.

Handouts (in order)



Additional Sunflower Activities:


Patron: Against fire; bodily ills; Europe; fire prevention; firefighters; illness; Italy; miscarriages; nurses; nursing services; people ridiculed for their piety; sick people; sickness; Siena, Italy; temptations.

Symbols: Cross; heart; lily; ring; stigmata.

St. Catherine of Siena, Ora pro nobis.

Faith Necklace

My Little Flowers group has started their 2010-2011.  There are 27 girls ranging in ages from 5 to 8.  My returning girls are skilled crafters.  However, I wanted to gauge the skill level of the new LF girls.  This was the perfect craft, key tag necklaces.  I found my inspiration from another blog.

Faith key tag necklace

Craft Level:  1-2 (1 being the easiest)

Majority of the prep is done by the parent ahead of time.

Cost per craft*:  $.80/necklace  $21/30 necklaces

*this does not include the crafting tools


1 in circle punch

hole puncher

Xyron sticker maker or glue

Key Tags (Avery 11025) -  $8/50 tags  $0.16/tag

Sunflower pictures (represents the virtue of faith)

Faith Sheet on decorative yellow paper

Bright Yellow Ribbon (represents the virtue of faith) - $0.50/10 yards  $0.05/necklace

St. Catherine of Siena medal - $0.60/medal


1.  Print sunflower sheet

Sunflowers Sheet

1.a.  Cut out 1 in circles of your desired sunflower clip

2.  Print Faith Sheet on decorative yellow paper

Faith Sheet

2.a.  Cut out 1 in circles around “faith”

stickers for craft3.  Create stickers of the cutouts from steps 1.a. and 2.a.  I used the Xyron create a sticker tool.

4.  Adhere the stickers to the key tag.  Faith on one side and the sunflowers on the other.

5.  Punch a hole in the top of stickers where the original key tag hole is located

6.  String a pre-cut yellow ribbon through the St. Catherine of Siena medal and the created key tag.

7.  Tie a knot at the end of the ribbon, fit-to-size.


“Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1

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