Flos Carmeli

Flower of Carmel

Flos Carmeli was used by the Carmelites as the sequence for the Feast of St. Simon Stock, and, since 1663, for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It also appears in an ancient metrical office of Carmel as an antiphon and responsory. Its composition is ascribed to St. Simon Stock himself (ca 1165 - 1265).

FLOWER of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendor of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.

Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel's children
Thy favors bestow.
Star of the Sea.

Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us
And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.

Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns,
Bring help to the true heart
That in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.

Strongest of armor,
We trust in thy might:
Under thy mantle,
Hard press'd in the fight,
we call to thee.

Our way uncertain,
Surrounded by foes,
Unfailing counsel
You give to those
who turn to thee.

O gentle Mother
Who in Carmel reigns,
Share with your servants
That gladness you gained
and now enjoy.

Hail, Gate of Heaven,
With glory now crowned,
Bring us to safety
Where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.


Flos Carmeli perfromed by Rosa Mystica Girls' Society, for Discalced Carmelite Nuns, after a traditional Latin Mass, at the Monastery.  Circa 2008

In His JOY,

We Continue to Strive to be TRUE Friends of the Cross ~ Thanksgiving & An Update

My dear brothers and sisters, have faith in the word of God, for the Holy Spirit tells us that when we suffer cheerfully for God, the cross is the source of every kind of joy for all kinds of people. The joy that comes from the cross is greater than that of a poor man who suddenly comes into a fortune, or of a peasant who is raised to the throne; greater than the joy of a trader who becomes a millionaire; than of a military leader over the victories he has won; than of prisoners released from their chains. In short, imagine the greatest joy that can be experienced on earth, and then realise that the happiness of the one who bears his sufferings in the right way contains, and even surpasses, all of them. 

  ~ St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Letter to the Friends of the Cross


My family has been showered with countless blessings during our recent trials.  The greatest blessing has been the life that continues to grow within – I am still pregnant. Deo gratias! I continue to rely on His grace. 

JOYfilledbaby7weeks5daysduejan2015I have not miscarried as indicated with my earlier diagnosis. We were able to see our little blessing along with a heart beat at 7 weeks 5 days.

I’ve attempted, on several occasions, to give an update and share my family’s sincerest thanks for all the charity.  Here is my heart that I shared with my dear friend seeking to console me several weeks ago.

I have been so taken by everyone's generosity.  I feel completely unworthy and not entirely in need.   I realize that my family's needs are real but they seem so insignificant when I look around.  I'm left speechless but filled with emotions.  It is humility like I've never known.  I'm praying hard to remain joyful in the present moment, fighting seeds of resentment (scattered by the Evil One) for the wrongs done to us, and running from glimpses of despair as I begin to manifest what may lie ahead.   I'm left praying with every step and breath I take.  His love sustains me and his grace keeps me from becoming paralyzed.  I see clearly just how small I am.  Truly, I don't want to leave this place.   There is peace that transcends all worldly understanding.

There has been much change in my spiritual progress but not much by way of the physical.  My attempts to extend a full update and offer words of thanksgiving continue to seem so inadequate.  So little in comparison to the generosity that has been extended to us – words are not enough at this time.  The only real thanks I can offer is to continue to pray for all our spiritual and physical benefactors. 

My family will continue to pray for you in our daily rosary and family devotions. We will also be offering Masses for you.


Storming Heaven

Thank you all for the continued prayers and generous offerings. Thank you to my dear friend, Melody, for sharing my story when I could not.  She respectfully left out a special detail...I am pregnant.  Gary and I found out this blessed news on Monday morning, the same day that my family was hit with the devastating blow.  My husband and I immediately said a prayer of thanksgiving and consecrated our precious new life to Jesus, through Mary.  

I was told yesterday that I have/will be miscarrying.  Please, if you could, spare another prayer for our precious gift and us.  My family is praying for a miracle and hoping that the diagnosis was wrong, only time will tell.  

Trust that you remain in our prayers. We will continue to unite our sufferings to His Most Holy Cross for your intentions.  


In His JOY,

Prayer Requests

I am humbly asking for prayers for my family.  We have suddenly experienced a stripping of basic material needs.  We trust that the Good Lord is leading us to complete abandonment.  May we cooperate with His grace and joyfully resign ourselves to His will.  May His peace fill us and may we give glory to Him, in all things, at all times.

I also ask for prayers for a special family.  May the Good Lord grant them healing and soften their hearts so that they can become untied -- ALL FOR HIS GLORY!

My family will unite this trial to His Most Holy Cross for your intentions and the intentions of Our Blessed Mother.


In His JOY,

Used Book Sale – RELIGION & MISC.

It's time for the 4th Annual Online Curriculum Sale Blog Hop hosted by Jessica @ Shower of Roses. You can find all the details, browse books for sale on other blogs, or add a link to your own post here.

To inquire/purchase, please email (JOYfilledfamily{at}gmail{dot}com) a listing of the book(s) you would like, along with your email address.  I will send you a private email with your total, including shipping, along with my Paypal address.  

Keep checking for additional listings. 

Shipping will be a flat rate of $4.00 for 1-3 items (if they will fit in a padded envelope) and $7.00 for a box of any size, to help cover the cost of packaging and media rate postage in the United States.

Out of consideration for myself and everyone else participating in the Curriculum Sale Blog Hop, please only request items that you intend to purchase and are able to submit payment for promptly, preferably within 24 hours, unless other arrangements have been made. I've disabled comment moderation for a few days so that the comments/requests will show up immediately and will also update the post as quickly as possible with "sales pending."



Homeschool Tracts

Homeschool Live Interviews with Karen Wood & Laura Berquist  TAPES – $2

Practical homeschooling tips.   Homeschooling in a large family.  Socialization and homeschooling.  Homeschooling through high school.  Why you should consider homeschooling.  How to start and run a successful homeschool.  The importance of a classical Catholic curriculum.   How to avoid homeschool discouragement & burnout.

Legacy of Faith Through Homeschooling TAPES – $2

Karen Wood - homeschooling mother of 8 children with over 15 years of experience - shares how homeschooling can strengthen your faith and family life. She shares practical tips and advice on how to homeschool through the high school years.

· The #1 reason to homeschool your kids · What is the mission of the Catholic family? · What is Catholic homeschooling? · Seven steps for passing on a legacy of faith through Catholic homeschooling · How parents can replace negative peer pressure · How to establish parental priorities · Homeschooling teens: what about socialization? 

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$1 ea with purchase or $2 ea as sole purchase  (ALL PROCEEDS FROM THESE ITEMS WILL BE GIVEN TO MY FSSP PARISH) SOLD

  • Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor by Allen Hunt  – How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church
  • The Mass Explained by Fr. Larry Richards
  • St. Philomena by Dr. Mark Maravalle – A Saint for Our Times
  • 5 Time Major League All-Star on Winning the Game for Christ by Mike Sweeney
  • Prepare the Way of the King by Dr. Scott Hahn – Making the Most of Advent
  • Becoming the Best Version of Yourself by Matthew Kelley

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St. Joseph Confirmation Book by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.$2

This St. Joseph Confirmation Book includes the prayers of the Mass, Catechetical Instructions, The Rite of Confirmation, Highlights from the Gospels and Prayers to the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ.  The cover of this hardback book is red and has the emblem of the Holy Spirit and writing on the cover embossed in gold.  A lovely gift for a Confirmand.

Vatican Council II on Confirmation - Instruction on Confirmation - Rite of Confirmation - Catechism for the Sacrament of Confirmation - Prayers in honor of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ - Responses at Mass - Highlights from the Gospels - Excerpts from the Acts of the Apostles - A Review of Catholic Doctrine - Appendix - Duties of Catholics and Essential Prayers

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Faith and Life Series Grade 3 WORKBOOK org. $7.95$2 (4 available)

Faith and Life Series Grade 8 TEACHER’S MANUAL org. $47.95$8

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  • Receiving Holy Communion – $0.50
  • Going to Confession – $0.50
  • My Picture Missal – $0.50

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  • Holy Eucharist – $0.50
  • God Loves us All – $0.50 SOLD

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Children’s Daily Prayer 2005-2006 org. $15.99$4

The very popular Children's Daily Prayer is a lovely, step-by-step method for praying every day of the school year. At its heart is a simple order of prayer easily led by a student. After a short introduction comes a psalm, a few verses of scripture with a very brief reflection, then prayers the children write or speak themselves. Prayers ends with the Our Father, a song, and a blessing. You'll also find mealtime prayers, end of the day prayers, and numerous blessings that can be used on special days or at special times.

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The Praise Goes On by Lynn Cooper org. $15.98 NEW– $4

1) Every Move I Make  2) Days of Elijah 3) All Things Are Possible 4) Here I Am to Worship 5) Agnus Dei 6) We Bow Down 7) Trading My Sorrows 8) Shout to the Lord 9) I Can Only Imagine 10) Everyday

Reign Dance by Lynn Cooper org. $16.99 NEW – $4

I Want to Dance – Creed - It's Because Your Name is Holy - Fall On My Knees - Least of These - Go Light Your World - Holy Lamb of God - Bound in Love – Angels - Here I Am, Lord - Shepherd's Journey

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Saint John Bosco Patron of the Youth - Hosted by Bob & Penny Lord VHS – $2

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All Things Girl Journal – FREE with purchase or $2 as stand alone

The journal to accompany the ground-breaking series "All Things Girl" provides the idea opportunity for every girl to live more fully as a Princess. With 40 pages of thought provoking questions and colorful areas for personal reflections along with 6 charts for prayer tracking, this journal has become a favorite of young girls and endorsed by parents everywhere as the perfect way to teach girls the value of personal contemplation as a Daughter of the King!

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A Guide to the Passion – FREE with purchase or $1 as stand alone

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A Christian Woman’s Guide to Hospitality – $1

Your home can provide comfort, healing, friendship, rest and encouragement to all who enter it. Hospitality doesn't have to take loads of time and money. here is a creative guide to opening your home to friends, extended family, fellow Christians and those in need. This guide is full of practical suggestions for turning a house into a welcoming home.

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This Old House Fun Family Projects: Great Ideas that Mom, Dad, and Kids Can Build and Enjoy!$3

Used Book Sale - MATH & SCIENCE

It's time for the 4th Annual Online Curriculum Sale Blog Hop hosted by Jessica @ Shower of Roses. You can find all the details, browse books for sale on other blogs, or add a link to your own post here.
To inquire/purchase, please email (JOYfilledfamily{at}gmail{dot}com) a listing of the book(s) you would like, along with your email address.  I will send you a private email with your total, including shipping, along with my Paypal address.  
Keep checking for additional listings. 
Shipping will be a flat rate of $4.00 for 1-3 items (if they will fit in a padded envelope) and $7.00 for a box of any size, to help cover the cost of packaging and media rate postage in the United States.
Out of consideration for myself and everyone else participating in the Curriculum Sale Blog Hop, please only request items that you intend to purchase and are able to submit payment for promptly, preferably within 24 hours, unless other arrangements have been made. I've disabled comment moderation for a few days so that the comments/requests will show up immediately and will also update the post as quickly as possible with "sales pending."
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Harcourt Math Kindergarten, Teacher Edition Spiral-bound (462 pages) – Teacher's Edition org. $267 – $8 SOLD

K - Hardcourt Math - Practice Workbook
Harcourt Math Kindergarten, Practice Workbook  – $3  SOLD
Provides One Independent Practice Page for Every Lesson
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Harcourt Math 2nd Grade, Teacher Edition Spiral-bound – Teacher's Edition – $8 3 2 available
2 - Hardcourt Math - Practice Workbook and Supplemental Books
Harcourt Math 2nd Grade Practice Workbook & Resources  – $5  SOLD
Harcourt Math 2nd Grade Practice Workbook  – $3
Provides One Independent Practice Page for Every Lesson
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Harcourt Math Chapter Resource Binder: Grade 2 – $8 SOLD

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Harcourt Math 4th Grade, Teacher Edition Spiral-bound (585 pages) – Teacher's Edition – $8
From Contents - Understand Numbers and Operations; Data, Graphing and Time; Multiplications and Division Facts; Multiply by 1- and 2-Digit Numbers.
Book Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.
DIVE Algebra 2
DIVE Algebra 2for 2nd or 3rd Edition – $12
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Harcourt Science Resource Set Grade 1 – $2 SOLD

Harcourt Science Textbook Grade 1 – $6
2 - Harcourt Science - 4 Videos

Harcourt Science Activity Videos Grade 2 – $5

Set of 4 VHS videos including: Unit A Living Things Grow and Change - Unit B Homes for Living Things - Unit C Exploring Earth's Surface – Extension Chapters
2 - Harcourt Science - Instant Readers Collection 1-12

Harcourt Science: 5 Pack Instant Reader Grade 2  - Lot of 12 – $4 SOLD

All brand new, never used and still sealed in original shrink wrap. Complete set of 12 Science Readers for 2nd graders.
How Does a Plant Grow?  Body Parts Work Together  What is a Food Chain?  Reuse and Recycle  Water at Work  The Fossil Hunters  The Moon  The Water Cycle  Solids, Liquids and Gases  Changes Around Us  Motion  How Does Sound Travel?
The price shown is for 1 Lot of 12 readers.

Email me to inquire/purchase.

Easter Blessings


Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluia!

The Lord is risen indeed!  ~ Luke 24:34


JOY{filled}family Easter 2014


Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

~ Taken from Easter Sermon By St. John Chrysostom

2014 Lenten Calendar

+Ad Jesum Per Mariam+

We seek to be fully immersed in a life a prayer within our current state of life so that we can grow an intimate union with Christ, foster the virtues of humility and charity, and properly purge ourselves of things of this world that have been hindering our union with Him.  We hope to model the Holy Family of Nazareth with the purpose of transforming our own family into a "true sanctuary of Love".


Here is a FREE printable Lenten Calendar. 

This calendar follows both forms of the Roman Rite.  The EO saints and feast days are noted in bold.  We do not celebrate many of the feast days listed during Lent.*  They are included for private devotion and will be called upon for intercessory prayers. 

2014 Lenten Calendar - EO white2014 Lenten Calendar - EO lpurple2014 Lenten Calendar - EO purple

*In order to keep up the character of mournfulness and austerity which is so well suited to Lent, the Church, for many centuries, admitted very few feasts into this portion of her year, inasmuch as there is always joy where there is even a spiritual feast…During the last few centuries, she has admitted several other feasts into that portion of her general calendar which coincides with Lent; still, she observes a certain restriction, out of respect for the ancient practice. ~“The Mystery of Lent” - Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) from Dom Gueranger’s “The Liturgical Year”


*The calendar can be printed with a purple, light purple, or white background. The links to the calendar downloads are listed at the bottom of this post.

I print my calendar at Costco Photo in 16x20 ($5.99) for the family down stairs and 8x10 ($1.49) for bedrooms upstairs.  It can also be printed at home.


The following prayers are also included on the calendar.

O Lord Jesus! who spent forty days in the desert without food or drink, and didst permit Thy self to be tempted by the evil spirit, give me, I beseech Thee by that holy fast, the grace to combat, during this holy season of Lent, under Thy protection, against intemperance, and to resist the suggestions of Satan that I may win the crown of eternal life. Amen. ~Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year


Prayer Before A Crucifix ~ En ego, O bone et dulcissime Iesu
Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, o good Jesus: "They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all my bones." Amen.

This prayer calls to mind Psalm 21, in particular verses 17 and 18, which concern our Lord's Passion. A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful on any Friday of Lent or Passiontide who after Communion piously recite this prayer before an image of Christ crucified. On other days of the year the indulgence is partial.


You may download and print the calendar for your personal use.

Email me at JOYfilledfamily{at}gmail{dot}com if you prefer to have a JPEG file and/or PDF sent directly to you.  I will gladly send out the 2014 Lenten Calendar - JPEG file at any time in the Lenten Season.


The following chart serves as checklists/reminder for my family throughout the Lenten season. 

I print two copies of the complete chart.  One copy goes into my Lenten Binder and the other copy is laminated for durability and use with a white-board pen.  The laminated chart is displayed in a prominent spot so that we can better manage our Lenten program.

Personal Lenten Program Chart - Blank - JOYfilledfamily


Lenten Activities & Resources for Kids:


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. ~Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's, The Church's Year, INSTRUCTION ON THE FEAST OP THE PURIFICATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, COMMONLY CALLED CANDLEMAS-DAY.


Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas) – February 2 

THE BLESSING OF THE CANDLES ~ Before the Procession, the Priest, vested in a violet cope, blesses the candles, which are placed near the altar.



THE PROCESSION ~ The procession takes place, all bearing lighted candles.




GOSPEL (Luke II. 22-32.) At that time, After the days of Mary's purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Jesus to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law: he also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace: Because my eyes have seen thy salvation: which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.


PRAYER 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.

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