St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

“Love Mary! She is loveable, faithful, constant. She will never let herself be outdone in love, but will ever remain supreme. If you are in danger, she will hasten to free you. If you are troubled, she will console you. If you are sick, she will bring you relief. If you are in need, she will help you. She does not look to see what kind of person you have been. She simply comes to a heart that wants to love her. She comes quickly and opens her merciful heart to you, embraces you and consoles and serves you. She will even be at hand to accompany you on the trip to eternity.”  ~Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
Traditional February 27
Gabriel, born at Assisi in Umbria, and called Francis in memory of his seraphic fellow-citizen, gave evidence of great intelléctual gifts.  As a young man, when by the gift of God's mercy he had already been called to a more perfect life, he fell ill and began to weary of the vanity of the world.  Entering the Passionist congregation, he chose the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, in order to keep in mind continually both the joys and the sorrows of the Virgin Mary.  Honouring her in every way, he was accustomed particularly to contemplating her as worn out and afflicted by Jesus' sufferings, with such sorrow that he shed a flood of tears.  He kept his virginity intact, and, following the strict usage of his congregation, he lived wholly crucified to the world, for God alone.  Thus he completed his short life in the exercise of all virtues ; consumed by the fire of charity rather than by the force of his illness and refreshed by the aid of God's Mother, he went to heaven in the year 1862.  Pope Pius X numbered him among the Blessed ; Benedict XV, among the Saints ; and Pius XI extended his Office and Mass to the Universal Church.
“I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s Holy Will, not my own!” ~Saint Gabriel Possenti
 Patron: Abruzzi region of Italy; Catholic Action; clerics; students; young people in general.
Also known as:  Francesco Possenti ~ Francis Possenti ~ Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother ~ Gabriel Possenti ~ Gabriel Marie Possenti
Gabriel Possenti (1838-62), the son of a distinguished Italian lawyer, entered the novitiate of the Passionist Fathers, receiving in religion the name of Brother Gabriel of Our lady of Sorrows. The story of the remaining six years of this young saint's life is largely a record of an extraordinary effort to attain spiritual perfection in small things, but his devotion to Mary was exceptional. Pope Leo XIII said of him: "Because of his filial love for Mary at the foot of the cross, he deserves to take his place by St. John, the beloved disciple, to whom Jesus in His dying hour commended His Mother."
O God, You taught blessed Gabriel to meditate constantly on the sorrows of Your most sweet Mother, and You exalted him by glorious virtues and miracles. Through his prayers and example may we share the sorrows of Your Mother and come to eternal life under Her motherly care; who lives and rules with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
Prayer to Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother
O good St. Gabriel, God inspired you to love the passion of Jesus as it was reflected in the heart of Mary, his mother. By her side, you stood beneath the cross of Jesus, gazing on him as she did, and sharing her compassion.
O St. Gabriel, we wish, like you, to grow in love for God and all his people. Remember us in the trials of our life. Remember especially those who are young and in need.
Support us, all our days, by your holy prayers. And when this life is done, may we join you in heaven in the joyful company of Jesus and Mary.
st gabriel and our lady of sorrows
Saint Gabriel, Ora pro nobis

Sexagesima Sunday




This Sunday moves deeper into immediate preparation for Lent. It is a day of testing the soil of human hearts, to find out how ready everyone is for the good seed of grace that God is sure to offer. Has our vision enlarged to see all men as our brothers? Has our love reached out to all the world's sufferers, at least by sympathy and prayer? Is our hand open to the needy of our local community?

The Prayer recalls that in old Rome this Mass was always said at the "stational" church of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls.



The sixtieth day before Easter, and the second Sunday before Lent. Terminology not used since the revision of the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council.   ~Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life.


The seed is the word of God.

Sexagesima Sunday GOSPEL ~ Luke 8. 4-15
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

   At that time, when a very great multitude was gathered together and hastened out of the cities unto Jesus, He spoke by a similitude: The sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And other some fell upon a rock: and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other some fell among thorns, and the thorns growing up with it choked it. And other some fell upon good ground: and being sprung up yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, He cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked Him what this parable might be. To whom He said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables: that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand. Now the parable is this. The seed is the word of God. And they by the wayside are they that hear: then the devil cometh and taketh the word out of their heart, lest believing they should be saved. Now they upon the rock are they who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no roots: for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation they fall away. And that which fell away among thorns are they who have heard and, going their way, are choked with the cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and yield no fruit. But on the good ground are they who in a good and perfect heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in patience.


Sexagesima Sunday
From Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

Presence of God - O Lord, I am here before you. Grant that my heart may
be the good ground, ready to receive Your divine word.

1. Today Jesus, the divine Sower, comes to scatter the good seed in His
vineyard the Church. He wishes to prepare our souls for a new blossoming of
grace and virtue.

"The seed is the word of God." Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate,
eternal Utterance of the Father, came to sow this word in the hearts of men;
it is, as it were, a reflection of Himself. The divine word is not a sound
which strikes the air and disappears rapidly like the word of men; it is a
supernatural light which reveals the true value of things; it is grace, the
source of power and strength to help us live according to the light of God.
Thus it is a seed of supernatural life, of sanctity, of eternal life. This
seed is never sterile in itself; it always has a vital, powerful strength,
capable of producing not only some fruits of Christian life, but abundant
fruits of sanctity. This seed is not entrusted to an inexperienced
husbandman who, because of his ignorance might ruin the finest sowing. It is
Jesus Himself, the Son of God, who is the Sower.

Then why does the seed not always bring forth the desired fruit?
Because very often the ground which receives it does not have the requisite
qualities. God never stops sowing the seed in the hearts of men; He invites
them, He calls them continually by His light and His appeals; He never
ceases giving His grace by means of the Sacraments; but all this is vain and
fruitless unless man offers God a good ground, that is, a heart, well
prepared and disposed. God wills our salvation and sanctification, but He
never forces us; He respects our liberty.

2. Today's Gospel mentions four categories of people who receive the
seed of the divine word in different ways.

THE HARD GROUND: souls that are frivolous, dissipated, open to all
distractions, rumors and curiosity; admitting all kinds of creatures and
earthly affections. The word of God hardly reaches their heart when the
enemy, having free access, carries it off, thus preventing it from taking

THE STONY GROUND: superficial souls with only a shallow layer of good
earth, which will be rapidly blown away, along with the good seed, by the
winds of passion. These souls easily grow enthusiastic, but do not
persevere and "in time of temptation fall away." They are unstable, because
they have not the courage to embrace renunciation and to make the sacrifices
which are necessary if one wishes to remain faithful to the word of God and
to put it into practice in all circumstances. Their fervor is a straw fire
which dies down and goes out in the face of the slightest difficulty.

THE GROUND COVERED WITH THORNS: souls that are preoccupied with
worldly things, pleasures, material interests and affairs. The seed takes
root, but the thorns soon choke it by depriving it of air and light.
Excessive solicitude for temporal things eventually stifles the rights of
the spirit.

Lastly, THE GOOD GROUND is compared by Jesus to those "who, with a good
and upright heart, hearing the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit in
patience." The good and upright heart is the one which always gives first
place to God, and His justice. The seed of the divine word will bear
abundant fruit in proportion to the good dispositions it finds in us:
recollection, a serious and profound interior life, detachment, sincere
seeking for the things of God above and beyond all earthly things, and
finally, perseverance, without which the word of God cannot bear its fruit
in us.

O Jesus, divine Sower, rightly do You complain of the arid, sterile
ground of my poor heart! What an abundant sowing of holy inspirations,
interior lights, and grace You have cast into my heart! How many times You
have invited me to come to You by special appeals, and how many times have I
stopped, after following You for a short time! O Lord, if only I could
understand the fundamental reason for my spiritual sterility, my instability
and inconstancy in good! Will Your light fail me? No, for You are
continually instructing and admonishing my soul in a thousand ways. Oh! if
so many souls living in error and not knowing You had received but a
hundredth part of the light which You have given me so profusely, how much
fruit would they not have drawn from it!

Will Your grace fail me? Is not Your grace my strength? O Lord, I see
that neither Your light nor Your strength will fail me; What I lack is the
perseverance which can faithfully withstand temptations, difficulties, and
darkness; which can face courageously the sacrifices and austerity of the
Christian life. It is easy to make sacrifices and to renounce oneself for a
day, but it is hard to keep on doing it always, every day of our life. Is
this not the reason that You said, O Lord, that the good heart brings forth
fruit "in patience"?

O Jesus, who endured with invincible patience your most sorrowful
Passion and death, give me the patience I need to keep up the struggle
against my passions and my self-love, patience to embrace with perseverance
all the sacrifices required by total detachment, to be able to live without
personal satisfactions and pleasures, to do everything that is repugnant to
me, that hurts me, that crosses me and is displeasing to my self-love.
O Lord, You know that I desire total purification because I long for
union with You; but You cannot purify me entirely if I cannot accept
patiently Your work: the trials, humiliations and detachments that You
prepare for me. O Jesus, divine Sufferer, give me Your patience; make me,
like Yourself, humble and patient.







Pre-Lent - Sexagesima: Introit

Arise, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off to the end. Why turnest Thou Thy face away, and forgettest our trouble? our belly hath cleaved to the earth: arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us. Vs. (Ps. 43: 2) We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us. Vs. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Arise, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off to the end. Why turnest Thou Thy face away, and forgettest our trouble? our belly hath cleaved to the earth: arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us.

Exsúrge, quare obdórmis, Dómine? exsúrge, et ne repéllas in finem: quare fáciem tuam avértis, oblivísceris tribulatiónem nostram? adhaésit in terra venter noster: exsúrge, Dómine, ádjuva nos, et líbera nos. Vs. (Ps. 43: 2) Deus, áuribus nostris audívimus: patres nostri annuntiavérunt nobis. Vs. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saécula sæculórum. Amen. Exsúrge, quare obdórmis, Dómine? exsúrge, et ne repéllas in finem: quare fáciem tuam avértis, oblivísceris tribulatiónem nostram? adhaésit in terra venter noster: exsúrge, Dómine, ádjuva nos, et líbera nos. ~Chantblog

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I am all yours, and all I have is yours. I welcome you into all my affairs and concerns. Show me your heart, O Mary. ~ St. Louis de Montfort

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I am all yours, and all I have is yours. I welcome you into all my affairs and concerns. Show me your heart, O Mary. ~ St. Louis de Montfort


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St. Matthias

Matthias, one of the seventy-two disciples of Jesus, was chosen in the place of Judas. St. Matthias preached the Gospel more then thirty years in Judea, Cappadocia, Egypt, and Ethiopia. He was stoned by the Jews in 80.

212_Trier Statue at St. Matthias Abbey in Trier, where relics of the Apostle are kept



Traditional Calendar – February 24 ~ New Calendar – May 14


After the Ascension of Jesus, St. Peter proposed to the assembled faithful that they choose a disciple of Christ to fill the place of the traitor Judas in the first missionary band. Lots were drawn, with the result in favor of Matthias. According to one ancient tradition, this missioner labored in Ethiopia and was martyred there. Thus did St. Matthias receive "the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him" (James 1:12).


bw matthiasSymbols: Halbert; lance; carpenter's square; sword held by its point; axe; saw; scroll; scimitar and book; stone; battle axe; two stones; long cross; hatchet.

Patron: Alcoholism; carpenters; reformed alcoholics; smallpox; tailors; diocese of Gary; Indiana; diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.


matthias588Preface of the Apostles

It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, to entreat Thee humbly, O Lord, that Thou wouldst not desert Thy flock, O everlasting Shepherd, but, through Thy blessed Apostles, wouldst keep it under Thy constant protection; that it may be governed by those same rulers, whom as vicars of Thy work, Thou didst set over it to be its pastors. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:



The Apostles cast lots to choose a replacement for Judas



O Saint Matthias, glorious apostle and martyr of Jesus Christ, who, by the special providence of God, wast added to the eleven apostles in the room of the traitor, I humbly beseech thee to obtain for us the grace of Him Who chose thee from all eternity, that, assisted thereby, we may, after thy example, keep the commandments of God, practice good works, and thus merit to be numbered with the elect. Through Jesus Christ our Lord,... Amen.


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JOY Journal

22- the sound of papi sleeping with me

23- Gregorian chant

24- Catholic Church

25- Catholic blogs

26- Catholic businesses (The Rosary Workout, Romantic Catholic & Mama’s Moving with Mary)

27- Lenten season

9 months

9 months

a sweet boy…..

9 months silly face

with a silly side.


dragonfly has decided that food is not his thing.  we’ll see how long he’ll hold out and mama will hold up.

he is quite but playful. 

he enjoys his night time alone with mom and dad. 

he his lovable but does have his threshold and will let you know when you’ve crossed it.  just ask sweetie.

he can be rough and tough with the guys and oh so cuddly with mom and the girls.

he still prefers men to women and will leap out of my arms to go with any male, as long as it’s not feeding time, of course.

his hair is curly and wispy.  rose likes to put bows in his hair when dad’s not looking.  i’ve promised him that i will not take pictures of him with bows.

he loves his papa and is warming up to his nana.

he is monkey walking everywhere.  he has even been spotted, on a couple of occasions, taking a quick step without hands.  sparkles is certain that he will be just like her and walk by the end of 9 months.

we’re enjoying all dragonfly has to offer.

Deo gratias!

9 months sephia

Sneak Peek…..

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Here are the current countries and states represented in NUN RUN 2011
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Canada
To cover every state in the USA, the NUN RUN needs shadow participants from the following states: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming!
So, pass the word to those you know in these states - and lets do the NUN RUN in every state of our beautiful country!!! 

Chair of St. Peter



1st. Class Feast for FSSP and CSP

This feast commemorates the seven years during which Pope Peter ruled the Church from Antioch before he went to Rome. Since the majority of the Jews had rejected Christianity, Peter left Jerusalem and founded the see of Antioch among the Gentiles. In that large Eastern city, Christianity took deep root, and it was there that the faithful were first called by the name of Christians. After seven years the Vicar of Christ transferred his see to Rome, the very center of the ancient world, so that from it the messengers of salvation might radiate to the uttermost ends of the earth.


"Blessed art thou, Simon BarJona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven." ~ Matt. 16:13-19



Confraternity of Saint Peter


The Apostolic Penitentiary, by virtue of the faculties granted to it by Pope Benedict XVI, has kindly willed to grant (by decree of June 7, 2008, for 7 years ad experimentum as is customary) to the members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter at the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer at the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff).









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ALL FOR! blue logo Join Team ALL FOR! - 2nd Annual NUN RUN 2011 - March 12, 2011. 

We will be running the race as a shadow running team.

It’s not too late to register.  More info can be found here.

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All proceeds from the Nun Run benefit the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration as they build a cloistered Monastery and place of retreat in the beautiful Arizona desert!

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Septuagesima Sunday




The emphasis today has ceased to be upon the joys of Christ's coming or upon the peace and wonder of possessing Him. Now the stress is on what it cost Our Lord to atone for the sins of men, on how much everyone needs His atoning death, and on what everyone can do to have a part in atoning for sin.

Every Christian without exception must enter into the warfare between Christ and Satan -- the warfare that begins to be dramatized and lived anew in these weeks.


Septuagesima Season

This Season, then, is a prelude to the penitential mortifications of Lent -- a time that ends with the Passion of Christ and leads to the glorious Resurrection and Ascension that end our exile. It's as if during Septuagesima, we recognize our exile and the reasons for it; during Lent we repent of those reasons; during Passiontide, Our Lord assuages the Father's wrath at those reasons; and then, during Easter, we rejoice that, through the Cross, we can avoid the eternal price of sin.
For now, though, exile it is, and to indicate this, we eliminate the alleluia -- which means "All hail to Him Who is" -- from the Mass. Just as at Requiem Masses (and also the Mass for the Holy Innocents), the alleluia isn't heard and will be heard no more until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. ~Fisheaters


Gospel Reading on Septuagesima Sunday

Matthew 20:1-16

The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market place idle. And he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just. And they went their way.
And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner.
But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle?
They say to him: Because no man hath hired us.
He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard. And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.
When therefore they were come, that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny. And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, Saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.
But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good? So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.


“But if it be thy will to be busy about the things of other men also, busy thyself about their good works, not their sins, that both by the memory of our negligences and by our emulation for the good works they have done, and by setting before ourselves the judgment-seat from which no prayers can deliver, wounded each day by our conscience as by a kind of goad,we may lead ourselves on to humility, and a greater diligence, and attain unto the good things to come, by the grace and love towards man of our Lord Jesus Christ; with whom be to the Father, together with the Holy Ghost, glory, might, honor, now and always, and world without end. Amen.” ~ St. John Chrysostom on Matthew 20:1-16



Pre-Lent - Septuagesima: Introit

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St. Bernadette

“I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.” ~ St. Bernadette Soubirous

February 18

Traditional Calendar - St. Simeon, bishop and martyr; St. Bernadette Soubirous, virgin; St. Flavian, bishop and martyr (Hist)

New Calendar – April 16 (Pope Benedict XVI  Birthday)



Patron: Bodily ills; illness; Lourdes, France; people ridiculed for their piety; poverty; shepherdesses; shepherds; sick people; sickness.

Symbols: Young girl kneeling in front of a grotto, before the Blessed Virgin ("The Immaculate Conception") who wears a white dress, blue belt, and a rose on each foot. Bernadette is sometimes pictured after she received the habit.


“I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.” ~St. Bernadette Soubirous




O dear little St. Bernadette, humble little shepherdess, who wonderingly beheld the Lovely Lady of the Grotto, pray for us to our Lady of Lourdes that she may heal us of our ills. St. Bernadette, pray for the sick and the afflicted.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

~ Novena to St. Bernadette

You’re Invited To Run FOR A Cause

I am all yours, and all I have is yours. I welcome you into all my affairs and concerns. Show me your heart, O Mary. ~ St. Louis de Montfort


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You are invited to run/walk with Team ALL FOR!

We will be participating in the 2nd Annual NUN RUN 2011 - March 12, 2011.

NUN run in desert

The Nun Run will be held in Tempe, AZ.  It will benefit the Our Lady of Solitude Monastery and the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (Mother Angelica’s Order) in AZ.

Team ALL FOR! will be participating as a Shadow Team and will NOT be running in AZ.  As a member of Team ALL FOR!, you will run wherever you are are and participate as a Shadow Runner.** 

You can select to run a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, or 1 Mile Walk.

Just register as normal, check the Shadow Participant box and they will mail you a fun Nun Run t-shirt! (Click here to register now)

Be certain to register as a Shadow Runner and select that you have a team.  Enter my name, Lena F, as the team captain.  Your form should look like this:

 Shadow team - registration

 Register by February 23 to guarantee that your shirt and race number will be mailed to you in time for the race.

They are going to recognize and award the largest team outside of Arizona. So, sign up today, and invite your family and friends, and even strangers too!***

Leave a comment and/or email me {JOYfilledfamilyATgmailDOTcom} to let me know that you will be joining Team ALL FOR!

Donate here, if you are unable to register for the race but would like to support the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Tempe, AZ, via Team ALL FOR!  You will be a part of the team.

Be sure to invite others!  You can link back to this blog post.

Lets come together to glorify God with healthy bodies and support His faithful, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in AZ.

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*Team ALL FOR! was created to bring together Catholic families to glorify God while becoming healthy & fit.  It is a fruit of my current journey.  The first official activity will be our participation in the NUN Run.

** Shadow Runners are offsite runners.  You will run the desired distance in your own locale on the scheduled date.

***I will randomly giveaway any gift that is received, to a member of Team ALL FOR!

JOY Journal

12- handwritten notes.  i recently received a sweet consolation.

13- modern medicine.  without it, papi and I would not be here.

14- accountability partner who unbeknown to her, has been a saving grace to me as I walk an old journey with a new fervor. 

15- gregorian chant.  it is peacefilled and leads me closer to Him.

16- a husband who humbly and lovingly leads me and the kids closer to our true home.

17- rose.  a beautiful gift that was and continues to be a saving grace to dad and i.

18- dinner out with the entire family.

19- papi’s smile and excitement when he saw his food catch fire, right before his eyes.

20- dragonfly’s late night play hour.

21- water.

Deo gratias!

A Sweet Consolation

I’m slowly making progress with my spiritual plan, regaining order and trying to get fit.  I have committed my journey to Jesus through Mary.  My husband, children and friend/accountability partner have all helped me along the way.  ALL FOR!

I’ve experienced some setbacks which have brought me to my knees.  My most recent plea to Him was to give me a boost so that I could continue to move forward on my journey.

Here is what He gave me.

JOY journal homeschooling

I found this note buried in a box far removed in the garage.  I can’t even recall why I was digging in the boxes. 

This was a note from Rose, written when she was only 7 years old.  She was in third grade and it was my first year homeschooling.  We’ve been homeschooling ever since.


2011 Motto

Be Charitable. love others, especially our family the way He loves us.

Be Useful. serve always.

Be Gentle. have the loving heart and hand of Mary.

Be Joyful. stay rooted in the true JOY – JESUS.  share the JOY with all.

Forget about yourself. die to self, live for God alone.

ALL FOR!…Jesus through Mary with the intercession of St. Joseph.Wordle: ALL FOR

JOY Journal

I have been graced to be stripped.  I was drawn close to Him.  I was given the grace to see each day as my last.  To find true JOY in all things around and within. 
I have been slowly learning how to share this internal JOY with others, especially my family.  I fail daily but find His grace is sufficient to move forward and try again.
My gifts are not for me alone.  I desire to share with all.  My most recent motivation was found here and here
This gratitude journal is not for me alone.  It is for my children, my husband, and for all who desire to find Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
This is my gift of love to you, from Him above.
"To me Jesus is the Life I want to live, the Light I want to reflect, the Way to the Father, the Love I want to express, the JOY I want to share, the Peace I want to sow around me.  Jesus is my everything."  ~Bl. Mother Teresa of  Calcutta

1- Adoration
2 - high school sweet heart, best friend, spiritual advisor, …..husband
3- sleeping baby so i can take care of my sick papi
4- pictures that help me remember just how precious time is
5- the air we breathe.  I'm finding a new-found appreciation for the outdoors despite my severe allergies
6- saints whose feast days we love to celebrate.  orate pro nobis!
7- parents that help where help is needed
8- faithful priests that speak truths for love of God not mammon
9- a working vehicle that gets us to Mass
10- gracefilled Sacraments
11- forgiveness

Candy Rosary

We prayed our rosary today at 12 pm for the intentions of the unborn and innocent candy rosaryWe decided to use Sweethearts candies for the Hail Mary’s.  Each child placed a candy in their dish upon the completion of a prayer.candy rosary girls(sweetie and sparkles dressed themselves for school.)

WARNING:  This candy rosary is not intended for children 3 and under.

papi candy rosary

Papi had a meltdown several meltdowns.

The children only received a candy when they were actively prayed.  They were not allowed to eat the candies until the completion of the rosary.  Papi did not think the rules were just.  He did eventually recover.  Praise be to God!

St. Valentine’s Day Vigil & Prayer Intentions

Thank you Melody for sharing a prayer request and call to to action.

"Vigils for Victims" of underage sex trafficking are being organized outside Planned Parenthood offices coast-to-coast on Monday, February 14, from Noon to 1 PM in each U.S. Time Zone ...

More info at Expose Planned Parenthood.


We are unable to attend a Planned Parenthood for vigil since my boys are sick but we will be praying a rosary at noon for the innocent victims.



Blossoming Joy: St. Valentine's Day Vigil for Victims...

St. Valentine’s Day

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