St. John Bosco

"It is not enough that you love them, they must know they are loved."  ~ Don Bosco

SAINT JOHN BOSCO

Confessor

Traditional & New Calendar January 31

St. John Bosco was born on August 16, 1815, in a small town not too far from Turin, Italy. His father died when he was two years old. He was raised with tender love, yet firm discipline, by his mother, Margaret. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1841 and went to work in Turin, where the industrial revolution was attracting waves of young people to the city. The misery and abandonment of these youngsters moved John Bosco deeply.

He dedicated his life to them and began youth clubs for them. He then started hostels and boarding schools, where he taught them trades.  In 1854 he founded the Salesian Society and in 1872, the Salesian Sisters to work for girls. Three years later, he sent the first missionary group to Argentina. His work spread throughout the mission world and today more than half the Society works in mission lands.

The educational philosophy of John Bosco can be condensed in three words: reason, religion, and kindness. The basic principle of his system was a deep understanding and love for young people and their problems.

John Bosco died on January 31, 1888. Today the Salesian Family numbers 40,000 members working in over 100 countries.

Patron: Apprentices; boys; editors; Mexican young people; laborers; schoolchildren; students; young people.

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"Receive the sacraments often; be devoted to the Blessed Virgin; consider bad books worse than a plague; avoid bad companions even more than poisonous snakes." ~ Don Bosco

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Prayer To Our Lady, Help Of Christians

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, 
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you, 
your perpetual help in all my necessities, 
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. 
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

~ St. John Bosco

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Never send negligent pupils out of the classroom. Be patient with their light-mindedness." ~ Don Bosco

"The Salesian way of educating the young is quite simple. Basically, I insist on letting boys be boys. Let them play and enjoy themselves as much as they want as long as God is not offended. But if I have a philosophy of education, it consists in discovering a boy’s best qualities and then exploiting them to his advantage. You must admit, sir, that any person is at his best when he is doing what he likes and does best. Children are the same. Promote their positive qualities and they will thrive. As for discipline—love and respect for the young is the answer. In the 46 years I have worked among children, never once have I had to resort to corporal punishment, which by the way is very much in vogue. And if I may say so, all those children who have come under my care have always continued to show me their love and respect." ~ Don Bosco

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 "Make the Exercise for a Happy Death every month; make it well, make it unfailingly well!" ~ Don Bosco

St. Peter Nolasco

Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ~GOSPEL  Luke. 12. 32-34

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SAINT PETER NOLASCO
Confessor

Traditional Calendar January 28

Saint Peter Nolasco

Peter Nolasco was born of a noble family at Recaudun, near Carcassonne, in France, and lost his parents while still young. In consequence of his horror of the Albigensian heresy, he sold his estates and withdrew into Spain.  Here, as he was praying one night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him in a vision, and gave him to understand that it would be most pleasing to her Son and herself, if he would found an order of religious men, whose chief duty it should be to effect the redemption of Christian bondsmen out of the hand of the infidels.  And so, together with St. Raymund Pennaforte and King James I of Aragon, who had been told the same thing by the Mother of God on the very same night, he founded the Order of the Blessed Mary of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives.  The members add a fourth vow that they will be ready to remain as hostages in the hand of the infidels if this were needed to free Christians.  He was refreshed by frequent apparitions of his Guardian Angel, and of the Virgin Mother of God ; and when he had attained a good old age, he died a holy death at midnight between the 23rd and 24th of December, in the year 1256. ~Roman Breviary

REOURCES

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Practice of Merciful Charity - The passion for freedom creates in Mercedarians the mystique of the liberation of those brothers and sisters who are in the power of the enemies of the faith. The first Mercedarian Constitutions insist repeatedly on affirming that the mission or goal of the Institute is to visit and to free Christians who are in the power of the Saracens or other enemies of the faith. In order to liberate Christian captives, this mystique encourages the use of every licit recourse, including the one inspired by the greatest charity: Giving one’s own freedom and life!

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St. John Chrysostom

"He became what we are, that we might become what He is." ~ St. John Chrysostom 

St. John Chrysostom Holy Card

SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Traditional Calendar January 27 ~ New Calendar September 13

Archbishop of Constantinople in the fourth century, John was surnamed Chrysostom, "the golden-mouthed," because of his moving eloquence. His gifted pen, as well as his sermons drew many to Christ. The saint's courageous condemnation of sinfulness brought him exile and all manner of ill-usage from his persecutors. Solicitous for the poor of Constantinople, St. John also looked beyond the boundaries of his episcopal see, and sent out missioners among the Scythians, Persians, and Goths. With the praise of God on his lips, this great Doctor of the Eastern Church died in exile on September 14, 407.

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“Prayer is the light of the soul, giving us true knowledge of God. It is a link mediating between God and man. By prayer the soul is borne up to heaven and in a marvellous way embraces the Lord. This meeting is like that of an infant crying on its mother, and seeking the best of milk. The soul longs for its own needs and what it receives is better than anything to be seen in the world.” ~ St John Chrysostom (Hom 6 on Prayer)

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“True Peace comes from God” ~ St. John Chrysostom, PG 61:14

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"When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar." ~ Saint John Chrysostom

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Music for LIFE

We are preparing to attend the 7th Annual Walk for Life WC

Here is a Playlist of some Pro Life music with a powerful message. 

Please note that some of the content is graphic. 

turn off the music (located in the bottom left column) before playing the music or video


Pro Life ~ ALL FOR!

Mexican actor pledges to build largest pro-life women's clinic in US.

“I will not use my talents except to elevate my Christian, pro-life and Hispanic values.” ~ Eduardo Verastegui

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Mantle of Guadalupe

 

St. Agnes ~ Love of God

"Jesus Christ is my only Spouse." ~ St. Agnes

St. Agnes' Feast Day is January 21st in the Traditional and New Calendar 

Patron: Affianced couples; betrothed couples; bodily purity; chastity; Children of Mary; Colegio Capranica of Rome; crops; engaged couples; gardeners; girls; rape victims; diocese of Rockville Centre, New York; virgins.

Symbols: Lamb; woman with long hair and a lamb, sometimes with a sword at her throat; woman with a dove which holds a ring in its beak; woman with a lamb at her side.

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"This is a virgin's birthday; let us follow the example of her chastity. It is a martyr's birthday; let us offer sacrifices; it is the birthday of holy Agnes: let men be filled with wonder, little ones with hope, married woman with awe, and the unmarried with emulation. It seems to me that this child, holy beyond her years and courageous beyond human nature, received the name of Agnes (Greek: pure) not as an earthly designation but as a revelation from God of what she was to be."  ~ St. Augustine

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“May God’s little lamb, St. Agnes of Rome, intercede for us that we would be loyal to the faith she professed!  And should we ever be disloyal, may God’s grace bring us to repentance!”

~ Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA 

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St. Agnes is the patroness of young girls and her symbol is, naturally, a lamb.

This month’s Little Flowers meeting was on St. Agnes and Love of God.  There were 27 girls in attendance.  The girls attended Mass with their families. A few were accompanied by Mrs. K and Mrs. C.

Father L was not available this week. He was missed by all.

I opted out of coordinating stations this month. It turned out great.

We recapped last month’s saint and virtue – St. Catherine Laboure & Humility.

The girls then learned about this month’s virtue, Love of God. It is the third theological virtue.

"If I . . . have not charity," says the Apostle, "I am nothing." Whatever my privilege, service, or even virtue, "if I . . . have not charity, I gain nothing."103 Charity is superior to all the virtues. It is the first of the theological virtues: "So faith, hope, charity abide, these three. But the greatest of these is charity.” ~ CCC 1826

We recalled the two previous theological virtues that were studied. I drew the flower, stem and root diagram to help the girls better understand the three theological virtues.

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Theological Virtues Flowers

“Every flower has a root, a stem, a blossom; this last is the fairest of the the three. And it is just the same with the glorious flower which the three theological virtues combine to form. From the root, which is faith, springs the stem, which is hope, and the lovely flower of charity crowns them both.” ~ Father Lasance’s Catholic Girls Guide

The girls also took some time to recollect on ways that they show their love for God. I emphasized God’s call for young children, as stated by Father Lasance.

“If you do not now, in the golden days of youth, obtain the mastery over the devil, the world, and the flesh, you will find it difficult, if not impossible, later on to gain the victor’s crown.” ~ Catholic Girl’s Guide

We also went over how to know God’s will.  Father Lasance states, “Sermons, religious instructions, and pious books, will teach you what His will is.”

I tried to hone in on God’s love for us. We discussed the most profound way that He shows His love for us, each day, the sacrifice of the Mass. We also reflected on the fact that Jesus would have been sent to this earth to die for each one of us, even if we were the only one on earth – that’s how much He loves us.

Mrs. S graciously offered to read the brief bio of St. Agnes. The girls were enthralled with Agnes name meaning Lamb in Latin and that she was 12 when she was killed. Her pious youth and profound Love for God was not easy to convey in such a short time. I encouraged all the girls to go home to further discuss the life of St. Agnes with their families.

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We made edible heart bracelets for the craft of the month. The hearts were to represent the virtue of Charity – Love of God. The girls enjoyed sewing their bracelets together. They were instructed to perform an act that showed their Love of God, in order to eat a heart from their bracelet. I’m sure their bracelets were gone in no time!

Thank you to all the moms who lent a helping hand. It is a wonderful blessing to be able to serve you and your girls. I appreciate all you do!

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St. Agnes, Ora Pro Nobis

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"Christ made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace and virtue. I belong to Him whom the angels serve." ~  Saint Agnes

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RESOURCES FOR KIDS

CRAFT:

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Prayers to St. Agnes of Rome

O glorious St. Agnes, you served God in humility and confidence on earth and are now in the enjoyment of His beatific Vision in heaven because you persevered till death and gained the crown of eternal life. Remember now the dangers that surround me in the vale of tears, and intercede for me in my needs and troubles. Amen.

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O sweetest Lord Jesus Christ, source of all virtue, lover of virgins, most powerful conqueror of demons, most severe extirpator of vice! Deign to cast Thine eyes upon my weakness, and through the intercession of Mary most blessed, mother and virgin, and of thy beloved spouse, St. Agnes, glorious virgin and martyr, grant me the aid of thy heavenly grace, in order that I may learn to despise all earthly things, and to love what is heavenly, to oppose vice and to be proof against temptation; to walk firmly in the path of virtue, not to seek honors, to shun pleasures, to bewail my past offences, to keep far from the occasions of evil, to keep free from bad habits, to seek the company of the good, and persevere in righteousness, so that, by the assistance of thy grace, I may deserve the crown of eternal life, together with St. Agnes and all the saints, forever and ever, in thy kingdom.  Amen. [St.+Agnes.bmp]

8 months

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crawling.  standing.  monkey walking.  teething (again). likes to play at  night when all he’s siblings have gone to bed.   quite except in in church.  dumps mom in a sec. to play with dad.  dimples that melt his mama’s heart. no longer interested in table food.  drinks water from a sippy cup.  loves his bedroom (dad’s large walk in closet).  still prefers all males to women.  waves bye bye (when he wants to).  has his sister, sweetie wrapped around his finger.  exercises with mama and dada.  not fond of grass.  enjoys a a long run in the stroller.  loves the outdoors.  is pure JOY!

Love of God Bracelet

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These bracelets were made for our last Little Flower’s meeting ~ St. Agnes & Love of God.  The girls were thrilled to have an edible craft and motivated* to find new ways to show & grow in their Love of God.  

I found my inspiration from Brown Paper Packages.

supplies

SUPPLIES:

  • candy hearts ($1.99/bag.  ea bag yields 4 - 8 piece bracelets)
  • dental floss ($0.88/55 yards of floss.  55 yards yields 30+ bracelets)
  • needle, with large eye ($0.97/18 needles)
  • ribbon ($0.57/yard.  16 yards needed for 30 bracelets.  8 – 3in ribbon cuts/bracelet)
  • scissors

$0.88 per bracelet

DIRECTIONS:
1. cut a long piece of floss.  thread the needle.

2. insert the threaded needle into the heart at the widest part of the candy.  these candies are firm and it takes some effort to push the needle completely through the hearts.  push the needle down on the table to fully insert it through the candy.  continue to pull the needle completely through and push the candy further down the floss.  don’t worry about the floss and needle getting sticky.  it’s all part of the fun.bowl of hearts v2

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3. repeat the above step until there are enough hearts threaded for the desired length.  be certain that the bracelet will be able to fit over the hand once tied.  girls 5-7years old needed 8 hearts on each of their bracelets. hearts on a string
4. tie the two ends of floss together to make a bracelet.  trim the ends. cut floss
5. tie short pieces of ribbon in between the hearts. Love of God bracelet

each girl was encouraged to wear their bracelets often. 

*they were instructed to complete an act to show their Love of God, before eating a candy (and checking with mom).

love of God bracelet on little girl By charity, we love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for love of God. Charity, the form of all the virtues, "binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Col 3:14). ~ CCC 1844

 

 


The Just Person Falls Seven Times A Day

MC Profession 2010 Charity Litany

by Father Sebastian Vazhakala M.C.
Charity is the queen of all virtues. “If you see Charity, you see the Trinity” says St. Augustine. Without it even if one speaks the language of angels it is like “sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” (Cf. 1 Cor 13: 1-13). It is a very delicate virtue which is like salt in the food. No wonder saints like St. Thérèse of Lisieux resolved to do ordinary things with extraordinary love and not the other way round. The following is a litany to ask forgiveness for the many daily failures in charity, as we know that even the just person falls seven times a day.


For all my uncharitable thoughts,                                                        Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable looks,                                                              Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable behaviors,                                                      Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable attitudes,                                                        Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable dealings,                                                        Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable words,                                                            Lord have mercy on me
For all my uncharitable telephone conversations,                              Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable judgements,                                                   Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable criticisms,                                                        Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable conversations,                                                Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable actions,                                                          Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable reactions,                                                       Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable works,                                                            Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable charity,                                                           Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable prayers,                                                          Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable undertakings,                                                 Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable works of mercy,                                             Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable service to the poor,                                       Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable feelings,                                                         Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable omissions,                                                      Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable cares,                                                            Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable preoccupations,                                            Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable anxieties,                                                       Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable sharing,                                                          Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitable encounters,                                                    Lord have mercy on me.
For all my uncharitableness,                                                                Lord have mercy on me.
For all my negligence,                                                                         Lord have mercy on me.
For all my anger and bitterness,                                                          Lord have mercy on me.
For all my lack of forgiveness,                                                             Lord have mercy on me.

Let us pray:
“Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work too may be holy.
Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy.
Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy”.

God bless you.

Sancta Familia

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THE HOLY FAMILY

January 9

Why is this Feast celebrated today, instead of closer to Christmas? Because in Old Testament Law, a child wasn't a son of Abraham or a true part of the family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event of Christ's life that we celebrated on 1 January (from 25 December to 1 January are 8 days). ~ Fisheaters

GREATER DOUBLE/WHITE

From eternity, the Son of God had lived the family life of the Blessed Trinity. At Nazareth, as the Redeemer both of individuals and of families, He lived and made holy the home life that guards divine life in every baptized person.

Problems of family life center mainly in personalities. But social pressures and poverty also add disturbing tensions. Happily, God made marriage a sacrament, which is ministered by husband and wife to one another. Through the sacrament, they communicate to one another those special graces they need for living their enduring and sometimes difficult obligations.

God remains the third partner in every marriage, with His own inalienable rights. In the Holy Family, God Incarnate was the third member. In a Christian family, anywhere in the world, the father is the spiritual head who takes the place of Christ.

INTROIT (Prov. 23:24, 25)

The Father of the just one greatly rejoices. Let your father and your mother be joyful, and let her who bore you be glad.

Ps. 83:2, 3. How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul yearns and faints for the courts of the Lord.

V. Glory be . . .

COLLECT

O Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified home life with untold virtues by being subject to Mary and Joseph. May they assist us to imitate the example of Your Holy Family, so that we may share with them their eternal happiness; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .

Commemoration of the First Sunday After The Epiphany

O Lord, mercifully hear the plea of those who call upon You, that Your people may understand their duty and be strengthened to fulfill it. Through Our Lord . . .

EPISTLE (Col. 3:12-17)

Brethren: Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience: Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another. Even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

GRADUAL (Ps. 26:4; 83:5)

One thing I have asked of the Lord; this will I seek after: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. V.Happy they who dwell in Your house, O Lord! They shall praise You forever and ever.

Alleluia, alleluia! V. (Isa. 45:15)

Verily You are a hidden king, the God of Israel, the Savior.

Alleluia!

GOSPEL (Luke 2:42-52)

And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: "Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." And he said to them: "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my father's business?"

And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and grace with God and men.

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON (Luke 2:22)

The parents of Jesus took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.

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O Lord, we offer You this sacrifice in atonement for our sins. May the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God and blessed Joseph, ever bestow Your peace and grace upon our families. Through our Lord . . .

Commemoration

May the sacrifice we offer You, O Lord, bring us new life and keep us safe. Through Our Lord . . .

COMMUNION ANTIPHON (Luke 2:51)

Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them.

POSTCOMMUNION

We are refreshed by Your heavenly Sacrament, O Lord Jesus. Help us always to follow the example of Your Holy Family, that Your glorious Virgin Mother and blessed Joseph may meet us at the hour of our death, and find us worthy to enter with You into Your eternal home; who lives and rules with God the Father . . .

Commemoration

Almighty God, we humbly ask that those who are nourished with Your Sacrament may live a life of worthy service pleasing to You. Through Our Lord . . .

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Prayer to the Holy Family

Domine Iesu Christe, qui Mariae et Ioseph subditus, domesticam vitam ineffabilibus virtutibus consecrasti: fac nos, utriusque auxilio, Familiae sanctae tuae exemplis instrui et consortium consequi sempiternum: Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, Who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both, may be taught by the example of Thy Holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.

A Much Needed Consolation

Dad and I have been prayerfully persevering through a week of new goals,  illness, fatigue, physical aliments, delayed school start and the normal daily grind.  We have kept our 2011 motto close to us during it all.

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

We found this gem at the thrift store.  It was brand new, still in the wrapper and only $2.  It was sitting on the CD rack, facing and waiting for us. 

GIFT OF LOVE, MUSIC TO THE WORDS AND PRAYERS OF MOTHER TERESA

GIFT OF LOVE is a unique CD is the only recording authorized by Mother Teresa. It is a collection of songs and music written to her own voice, prayers and words.

The songs, written over a period of ten years, are some of the songs written by the composer and performer, Bradley James, for Mother Teresa and her Sisters, the Missionaries of Charity and are sung by the Sisters in their homes and convents all over the world. The recording contains Mother's voice, which is blended into the moving and inspiring songs. The liner notes contains Bradley's stories of how each song came about. There are also copies of some of Mother's personal letters to the composer. This contemporary collection features original songs including MOTHER'S BUSINESS CARD, DRAW MY HEART, a new and inspired AVE MARIA written for Mother on one of her trips to her native Albania with Pope John Paul II, and a new and completely original gospel version of Mother's favorite prayer of Saint! Francis of Assisi, PRAYER FOR PEACE.

Thank you Lord for this consolation.  We will continue on the journey to grow and serve you.  Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, Ora Pro Nobis.

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"Each sigh, each look, each act of mine shall be an act of love divine, and everything I shall do, shall be, dear Lord, for love of you. Take this my heart and keep it true: a fountain sealed to all but you. What is there that I would not do today?"

~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Meditation On The Epiphany OF Our Lord

THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD

According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord.

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The mystery of the Christ-birth is a rich and glorious beginning, splendid with promise. Today we worship a partial fulfillment when Jesus, as an Infant King, is manifested to wise men of the Gentile world and through them to all peoples. His royalty is neither frightening nor pompous, for the kingly majesty of the sovereign Redeemer is robed in babyhood. Coming in the simplicity of true greatness, Jesus makes Himself acceptable and at home to the little and the great of every nation under heaven.

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The Introit of the Mass brings us at once into this spirit, presenting Jesus to us in the full majesty of His divinity. "Behold the sovereign Lord is come; in His hands He holds the kingdom, the power, and the empire." The Epistle (Is 60, 1-6) breaks forth in a hymn of joy, announcing the vocation of the Gentiles to the faith; they too will acknowledge and adore Jesus as their God: "Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come.... And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and the kings in the brightness of thy rising.... All they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense, and showing forth praise to the Lord." We no longer gaze upon the lowly picture of the shepherds at the manger; passing before us now is the resplendent procession of the Wise Men from he East, representing the pagan nations and all of the kings of the earth, who come to pay homage to the Child-God…...

You have shown me that You want my poor cooperation in order to bring about the coming of Your kingdom. You wish me to pray, suffer, and work for the conversion of those who are near and of those who are far away. You wish that I, too, place before the manger of gifts of the Wise Men: the incense of prayer, the myrrh of mortification and of suffering borne with generosity out of love for You, and finally, the gold of charity, charity which will make my heart wholly and exclusively Yours, charity which will spur me on to work, to spend myself for the conversion of sinners and infidels, and for the greater sanctification of Your elect…..

O my loving King, create in me the heart of an apostle. If only I could lay at Your feet today the praise and adoration of everyone on earth!

O my Jesus, while I beg You to reveal Yourself to the world, I also beseech You to reveal Yourself more and more to my poor soul. Let Your star shine for me today, and point out to me the road which leads directly to You! May this day be a real Epiphany for me, a new manifestation to my mind and heart of Your great Majesty. He who knows You more, loves You more, O Lord; and I want to know You solely in order to love You, to give myself to You with ever greater generosity.

~Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, OCD

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