Word of the Year

"Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Your divine altar." ~St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
I desired to adopt a word for the year.  It was a fruitful exercise for me last year and felt that I could use a simple reminder of His call for me.

I struggled with coming up with a word.  Finally, I asked Dad to pick one for me.  He told me to go to my saint for the year, St. Mary Magdalen Pazzi.  Praise God for the headship of my family.  It was the exact place that I needed to go.  The word was immediately made known.  It’s not original or flashy--the word is PRAY.pray - crucifix

Everything starts with prayer.  Prayer is where I hear His voice.  Prayer in Adoration, in celebration of the Mass, in my work, in times of trials, in times of jubilation, in union with Dad, with my family, for others, united in sacrifice and penance, in the tears that I shed,….I must pray in all things at all times.
I desire to do all things for the greater glory of God and I trust that, through prayer, He will show me the way.

I’m not abandoning any of my previous words.  In fact, through this practice, they have been imprinted on my heart.  Perfection is not sought.  My goal is only to move closer to Him and do His will.

“Our prayer must be humble, fervent, resigned, persevering, and deeply reverent, for we must reflect that we are in the presence of a God and speaking with a Lord before Whom the Angels tremble out of respect and fear.” ~ St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi
2012 Motto
Be Charitable.
Be Useful.
Be Gentle.
Be Joyful.
Pray always.
Forget about yourself.

In His JOY, 

The Lettered Cottage


  1. oh your husband is wise, Lena!! I love your word, and your motto for the Year! God bless you.

  2. I also love your word of the year! :] My word this year is 'surrender' - painful but so worth it.

  3. What a great message...prayer is so important! Thanks for coming by my blog...I smiled when I saw your name because we just had a baby girl 2 months ago who we named Lena. So beautiful!

  4. Hello
    So nice to meet you.
    I just discovered you don't know how was looking for a knitting pattern ....
    Anyway feel deeply inspired now for a richer 2012 to do things purposefully.
    I share your motto and am working hard on it ,I struggle most with being gentle , feel I am always to busy and rushed to be gentle ...

  5. Wonderful word of the year! Thanks for stopping by via Layla's party. I have really enjoyed my visit.



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