Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tis the festival on which the Church venerates the humility and obedience of Mary who, though not subject to the law of Moses, which required purification and presentation in the temple, yet subjected herself to it. From this comes the name Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. It is also called Candlemas, because before Mass on this day the candles used in divine service are blessed and carried in procession. ~ The Church Year

Purification BVM


It has been forty days, we are gearing up to officially wrap up Christmastide.  Feb 2, the Feast of the Purification, is the end of the Christmas Season in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  We will be removing the Christmas tree, nativities, Christmas cards, Christmas books, etc...  We will attend Mass and observe a day of Marian simplicity.

We will work as a family in the home and yard.  All technology use will be limited.  We will set a structure for the day, centered around prayer.  Our day and prayer will culminate with a Solemn Mass.


JOYfilledfamily’s Daily Life – 2.2.12

    • Lauds*/Morning Offering
    • Angelus
    • Terce
    • Angelus
    • Divine Mercy Chaplet
    • Angelus
    • Examen
    • Rosary
    • Candle Blessing, Candlemas Procession and Solemn Mass

*Dad & Mom prayer time


O Blessed Mother of God, who went up to the Temple according to the law with your offering of little white doves, pray for me that I too may keep the law and be pure in heart like you.

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.





Heavenly Father! look down from Thy throne of mercy upon the face of Thy Anointed in whom Thou art well pleased. Behold, He is this day offered to Thee in the temple for the sins of His brethren. Let this offering please Thee, and move Thee to have compassion on us sinners. In consideration of His humility and obedience, forgive us our pride and disobedience, and grant us, that purified by His blood, we may one day, having like Simeon departed this life in peace, behold Thee as the eternal Light which shall never be extinguished in the temple of Thy glory, be presented to Thee by Mary, our beloved Mother, and love and praise Thee forever. Amen.

S. Joannis Chrysostomi

“Listen carefully to me, I entreat you. . . . Procure books that will be medicines for the soul. . . . At least get a copy of the New Testament, the Apostle's epistles, the Acts, the Gospels, for your constant teachers. If you encounter grief, dive into them as into a chest of medicines; take from them comfort for your trouble, whether it be loss, or death, or bereavement over the loss of relations. Don't simply dive into them. Swim in them. Keep them constantly in your mind. The cause of all evils is the failure to know the Scriptures well.” ~ St. John Chrysostom


St. John Chrysostom

Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the ChurSt.-John-Chrysostomch

January 27 ~ St. John Chrysostom’s feast day in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite

September 13~ New Calendar


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.




S. Joannis Chrysostomi ~ ora pro nobis

Quick & Easy


Here are two options that have helped me in a pinch—when no one in the home is up to cooking.

chicken soup collage

This is actually two meals.  My family’s version of fast food is a Rotisserie Chicken from Costco.  I make soup with the left overs, bones and all.  Nothing goes to waste!

meatball skewers

Here is another fast-food alternative, pre-made meatballs.  These meatballs are not completely clean.  They have some undesirable additives but they beat the alternative grain filled meals that I once served.  Dragonfly still refuses to eat “human” food but I continue to place every meal in front of him in hopes that he will warm up to putting something new to his lips.  In return, he gives me a smile and politely declines the offer.

Saint Valentine

February 14 -  feast of St. Valentine in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Priest and Martyr
During the persecution under Emperor Claudius II, Valentine, a zealous priest in Rome, ministered boldly to the martyr. He was arrested and taken before the prefect, who made tempting offers to induce him to apostatize. Finding that he was wasting his breath, the prefect condemned Valentine to death. The beheading took place on February 14, about the year 270. The true follower of Christ ignores worldly caution when he is called upon to bear witness to Jesus. "The inclination of the flesh is death, but the inclination of the spirit, life and peace" (Rom. 8:6)
Patron:  affianced couples, against epilepsy, against fainting, against plague, apiarists, bee keepers, betrothed couples, Bussolengo, Italy, engaged couples, greeting card manufacturers, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travellers, young people
Symbols: Birds; roses; bishop with a crippled or epileptic child at his feet; bishop with a rooster nearby; bishop refusing to adore an idol; bishop being beheaded; priest bearing a sword; priest holding a sun; priest giving sight to a blind girl.
Crafts & Activities:
Prayer to St. Valentine
Patron of Sweethearts, Young People, Love & Happy Marriages
Dear Saint and glorious Martyr, who are so popular with lovers, be kind to those whom we love and to us. Teach us to love unselfishly and to find great joy in giving. Enable all true lovers to bring out the best in each other. Let them love each other in God and God in each other. Amen.
St. Valentine ~ ora pro nobis
*updates after originally posted

Youth for Life

“I walk for life because I love babies and God.”  ~Sparkles (8)
Walk for Life WC - Fr. Frank Provone
Dad arrived early with the girls.  They were blessed to see Fr. Frank Provone.  He graciously accepted Dad’s invitation for a picture.
I tended to the life that I have been gifted.  We had all intended to walk as a family but God had other plans.  Dad and I received an early wake-up call, Dragonfly.  He was crying hysterically and sitting in pool of vomit.  We agreed that I would stay home with Dragonfly and Papi (who had not fully recovered from his cold). My season to Walk for Life will come, for now I will cherish the time I have to nurture the lives that He has given me. 
This was Sweetie’s first year on the walk.  It was perfect timing, as she is preparing for her First Holy Communion.
Walk for Life WC - collage
Sparkles was in charge of pictures.*
Rose headed to the front of the caravan to walk with the youth and friends from TAC.
walk for life wc
Rose noted that this year’s turn out was twice as large as the previous years.  She also noted that this year’s opposition was crude,  aggressive and outright diabolic.  It was clear to all my children that there are many who are lost in the ways of this world and much prayer is needed to protect against the lion who is prowling.
Here is a brief reflection from Sparkles.
“I was excited to go on the Walk for Life WC for the second time. I prayed as I walked. The crowd (opposition) made me sad because they were being mean to God. I prayed for them.
I pray that we all will love God and that He let them know that killing babies is wrong.”
see next year
We pray to help build up the culture of life, in whatever way He calls us to.  God willing, this will include walking as a complete family in 2013.
*Sparkles took all the pictures posted that do not include her.

Life is a Gift

ALL life is a gift from God, who are we to refuse it?

Cherish the gift—defend LIFE from the moment of conception!

papi 2007 collage - life is a gift


Novena Prayer for Life to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Oh Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of Life,
We honor you as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thank you for pointing us to Jesus your Son,
The only Savior and hope of the world.
Renew our hope in him,
That we all may have the courage to say Yes to life,
And to defend those children in danger of abortion.
Give us your compassion
To reach out to those tempted to abort,
And to those suffering from a past abortion.
Lead us to the day when abortion
Will be a sad, past chapter in our history.
Keep us close to Jesus, the Life of the World,
Who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.



St. Agnes

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

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

St. Agnes

Feast Day ~ January 21st in the Traditional and New Calendar

Agnes is the archetype of the virgins who throughout the Christian centuries have followed the Lamb wherever He goes, "first fruits unto God and unto the Lamb" (Apoc. 14:4). She was twelve years old when she was commanded to offer incense before the pagan altar of Minerva at Rome, soon after Emperor Diocletian began his persecution of the Christians in the year 303. The persecutors tried in vain to overcome the virgin's refusal by flattery and offers of marriage. "Christ is my Spouse," she answered. "He chose me first and His I will be." Her sentence of death was passed and the child martyr died by the sword.

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.


"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



“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


St. Agnes, Ora Pro Nobis

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





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.


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]


Walk for Life West Coast

We are preparing to depart for the Walk for Life WC.  Please join us in prayer.  You can alWFL_logoso watch the live coverage on EWTN.


Walk for Life West Coast (Live) EWTN

Sat. Jan. 21 at 2:30 PM ET & Sun. Jan. 22 at 9:30 AM ET

Join Father Mark Mary and Doug Barry for live coverage of the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, California. EWTN takes you inside this year's walk, with special interviews, participant commentary, and speeches from dynamic pro-life leaders.

EWTN Pro-Life Reources

Week 2

I just completed my last work out for the week.  I feel great.  In fact, we all feel great.  I’ve been working out with the entire family.  The workouts take about 20 min from warm-up to cool-down.  It’s the perfect length and rigor for everyone to follow.

We will attempt to test out of Module 2 on Monday.  ALL FOR!


Day 1
10 Squats
30 sec Plank
10 push ups
1 min rest
3 rounds


Day 2
15 Body Rows
10 Lunges ea leg
1 min rest
3 rounds


Day 3
10 Pull-ups
15 Hollow Rocks
15 Supermans
1 min rest
3 rounds

Rose’s {pretty, happy, funny, real}

{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!




I love the simplicity of rose’s faithfilled creations.


clean kitchen

a clean kitchen makes us all happy.  especially rose.  she takes it as her invitation to bake.


rose’s favorites—basketball, family and friends.




the boys dressed up rose.  she can’t keep out of the kitchen but refused to handle her arch nemesis—the immersion blender.


rose's finger collage

rose took a visit to the er.  needless to say, she’s off dish duty.

Nut Allergies

I suffered from many allergies as a child.  Many of which have followed me into adulthood.  I took myself off all medicine and shots when I was eleven years old.  I was fed up with my adverse side affects to the medicine.  I learned at a early age to listen to my body and find natural ways of coping with my chronic condition.

I have experienced several improvements in my health since the inception of my lifestyle overhaul.  Just recently, I was able to eat raw almonds.  This is a huge milestone. I’m not ready to say that I’m completely free from my nut allergies but I am excited about this small step in that direction.

I am also excited to try some recipes that require almond flour/meal.

I’ll continue to take baby steps.



raw sliced almonds

these are the two forms of almonds that I have experimented with.

St. Bathildis ~ Patience ~ Lily of the Valley

P1140010I met for my fifth Little Flowers meeting for 2011-2012.  We had a wonderful time coming together to celebrate Mass, learn about a new saint and study a virtue.  Eleven of the girls were with Father L for preparation for First Holy Communion.  They joined us for the second half of the meeting.  Thirty-two girls were in attendance.
We did the normal routine; grace, snack, review last month’s saint and virtue, introduce the saint and virtue of the month, listen to a talk from Father L, receive a blessing, work on a related craft,  update LF binders, and close with a prayer.
This month’s saint was St. Bathildis.
Feast Day – January 30
Paton: against bodily ills, against illness, against sickness, children, sick people, and widows.
Represented: crowned nun often performing menial tasks of giving alms to the poor, ladder extending into heaven, or standing before an altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The girls were intrigued by the story of St. Bathildis.  She was newLeonhard Beck (German, 1480-1552) . Sancta Bathildis (St. Bathilda). to us all.  I told the girls about how St. Bathildis was kidnapped in her youth.  When asked if they would be scared to be on a pirate ship without family, C replied, “No, I wouldn’t be alone.  I would have my guardian angel with me.”  Her words were such a beautiful testament to child-like faith.  The other girls agreed, God and the Blessed Virgin Mary are always with them.  The girls took turns guessing how St. Bathildis’s story unraveled from being a slave.  They were on the seat of their chairs to hear about the heroic virtue that St. Bathildis displayed.  Most noteable was St. Bathildis’s patience.
Patience – the virtue (Fruit of the Spirit) that prevents us from being disturbed by the evil around us.

We are not obliged to pray for crosses and sufferings, as some of the saints have done; but it is absolutely necessary that we should bear the trials which God sees fit to send us, with patience and loving confidence in Him.  ~ Father Lasance, Catholic Girls Guide
I extended the lesson of patience into the craft.  I chose something that would be new and a bit challenging—something that required a significant amount of patience.  I chose finger knitting.
The girls were excited to learn finger knitting.  They caught on faster than I had anticipated.  The diligently worked on their knitting as they exercised the virtue of patience.  They did not complain, say “I can’t,” yell for help, ort all together give up.  It was a bit of a challenge at times but all the girls, including my five year olds, were able to successfully acquire the skill of finger knitting.
Father L stopped by for a visit after his First Holy Communion lesson.  He reviewed the most recent feast days.  Then he quizzed the girls on St. Bathildis.  He, too, was intrigued by her story.  Father gave the girls their blessing before he departed.  Please keep father L in your prayers.
St. Bathilidis ~ ora pro nobis

Resources:st bathildis statue
Finally, look up to heaven. Behold the eternal beauty and blessedness of paradise. If for a brief period you suffer here with courage and patience, you will after death be released from all suffering and enjoy unspeakable bliss for evermore. Such are the blessed fruits of patience.  ~ Father Lasance, Catholic Girls Guide

Finger Knitting

finger knitted scarf
Sparkles took up knitting last year, thanks to Rose.  Sweetie didn’t have an interest at the time.  I desired for her to learn something in the way of knitting or crocheting.  This was the perfect opportunity, a Little Flowers lesson in patience.
Sweetie took to finger knitting.  It’s just her pace – fast craft with instant gratification.
She knitted a 49 in scarf in 30 min.  Now she is begging for more.
Finger Knitted Scarf
  • yarn*
  • scissors
  • prepare yarn (18 yards was enough for a 49 in scarf)
  • follow the directions in this video  (it’s the best video tutorial that I’ve seen)

  • 18 yards of yarn for 49 in scarf
  • 1 skin of 300 yards – $10.99
Cost per scarf - $1.52
*My yarn supply is low and purchasing more is not an option.  So, I have been making my own yarn—t-shirt yarn.  I’ve raided my give-away piles for old shirts.  I followed this tutorial to cut my shirts for t-shirt yarn.  Be certain to give all family members fair warning.  This is so fun that one can tend to go a lil’ crazy and no shirt will be let untouched.  Dad has stashed away his favorites in fear that I might shred them.

tired me - post Mass & LF meeting

What do you eat?

It’s a question that I get a lot when others find out about my family’s lifestyle change.  Here are a few pics of some of our latest dishes.  They’re tasty, easy meals—nothing fancy.

baked apple pork chopbaked apple pork chops
rose made this dish on her dinner night.  we loved it!  savory and sweet.

sweet potato soup
i love soups during all times of the year.  they’re perfect for meatless fridays.  this is so yummy that papi, my 4 year old, eats it hot or cold.

egg salad
here’s another friday meal, egg salad wraps.  sometimes we use cucumbers to dip in the egg salad.

tri-tip dinner
simple and cheap  dinner that we usually have once a week.  we generally make enough for left overs, lunch or snack.  here we served it up with baked sweet potato and a simple salad with home made dressing.  (this was the kid’s plate.  dad and I serve ourselves more meat and greens.)

oriental chicken salad
I used to make this salad with packaged seasoning and crunchy noodles.  this version is a healthier option.  we enjoy this for lunch, dinner, or snack.  the kids miss the crunchy noodles but are happy to have the crunch of the slivered almonds.

taco night
taco night doesn’t look the same these days and we’re loving it. seasoned ground beef with diced peppers and avocado, served up with organic salsa.  i prefer the lettuce shell but rose likes to turn it into taco salad.

pulled pork
dad needed a dish to take to a work party.  i wanted to be sure that he had a hearty option.  rose and i prepared this dish for dad in the mid-afternoon.  we slow cooked it in our wanna-be dutch oven.  it was ready six hours later, just in time for dad’s shift.
it was a hit and has become one of dad’s favorite.  papi ate the leftovers for lunch the next day.  it’s a bit spicy for me.
(next time i’ll remember to take an after picture.)

i've marked these meals in my new recipe book on pinterest and i'm sharing this post at the following parties.
pinning it down
pinterest to real life

here are the links to the recipes that i used or that inspired my dishes.
(I'll post my dressing for the Oriental Salad when I take measurements, the next time I make it.)

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