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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Lover of Your Soul is Waiting - St. Ann's Adoration Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration is resting in peace with Our Lord and Savior.

During an hour of silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, I had the opportunity to bring to Him all the requests of many who have asked for prayer this Lent.  An hour of silence, before His gaze calmed and refreshed me.  Jesus can not be outdone in generosity so, of course, my time devoted to Him brought graces to me in the form of a soothed spirit.

"Could you not watch with me one hour?" Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. That is scripture and that 's a holy hour.

One time-honored practice of spiritual communication is the holy hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  The origin of the holy hour is the question Christ asked his disciples in the Garden: "Could you not watch one hour  with me?"  If you are in the midst of spiritual torpor or just wish to grow in the spiritual life, you must spend time with God.  (See link above)

Do you have a perpetual adoration chapel near you? If you make the hour I KNOW you will tell me it changed you.  

The Lover of your soul is waiting....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April is National Poetry Month & It's the 25th Anniversary of Dead Poet's Society

April is National Poetry month ... ENJOY SOME!

It is also 25 years since the Robin Williams movie, DEAD POET"S SOCIETY.   

Who is you favorite Poet?

What is your favorite Poem?

I'm a fan and love to read and listen to these power-packed words that activate my imagination!  See my posts on.....

POETRY MEMORIZATION & Educational Benefits

One of my favorite Poems

Video - My 11 Year Old Son Recites CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE

Video - My 5 year old Daughter Recites Robert Louis Stevenson

What to Memorize for ETERNAL Benefits

And as it relates to homeschooling, especially Classical education with Mother of Divine Grace, see my Pinterest board with links to poetry and recitation. 

Looking forward to your comments with your picks!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Holy Communion - Quotes & Prayer

First Holy Communion season is upon us!

What a milestone of JOY!

As I anticipate this important Sacrament for my god-daughter this Sunday in Virginia, I am reminded of my daughter's day a few years earlier....

This IS the Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity of Our Lord, 
Jesus Christ.

Come to Jesus...and LIVE. (First Holy Communion music video)

Watching an excited and pure soul come to their Eucharistic Lord always brings me to tears.

And I pray for my God-Daughter and all the children in this season and seasons to are the future of the Church. KNOW and LOVE the BLESSED SACRAMENT.

Prayer at a Child's First Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the opportunity to experience this love in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor, and fruitful in virtue, 
that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life 
and attain final union with You at death. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

You Can Call Upon This Family, You Can Call Upon This Day - Video

As I watch snow flakes flutter by my window on this near end of March day...this relentless winter....I know that warmth is coming. I've enjoyed the snow, but seasons must change!

And so, I turn, in hope, to a different time. It's our favorite time of surf, sun, sand...and reggae.

Calling on this day....

Call On This Day from AllisonGirone on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Misspent Youth? Throwback Thursday - Guns, Booze &Tripping

For your amusement, scenes from my misspent youth on "Throwback Thursday."

Dead-Eye Aim. Bang. BANG.
Tanqueray...Then & Now
Psychedelic trips with the White Rabbit
Now you know how far God has taken patient, He is still working on me!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We Mourn A Family Fairy Tale - The Fourth Baron, Lord Wedgwood

When I first met him, I was just a starstruck teen.

I said, "What shall I call you?"

Lord Wedgwood replied, "Well, there are many names I would prefer you not call me! (Insert warm, melodious, robust, British chortle chuckle) me Piers."

Our family recently lost a great man, LINK  and a part of our family fairy tale. See
I wish I could completely convey what a wonderful, full-of-life man Piers was. Let me try by saying he made you feel like you were the center of his attention, with jovial and thoughtful care.

He was never impressed by his title, he'd play off his english accent by pretending to be the butler when someone telephoned or rang the doorbell.

He worked tirelessly for his namesake and for his charities and loved his wife and daughter. He was an excellent role model of a man. He will be SO MISSED.

And so that my children and family may know and remember him better, I archive here many of the informative videos of his, the Wedgwood legacy.

It is MUCH MORE than mere China.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.  
May perpetual light shine upon him....the light of his Lord.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Young Priests, Seminarians and The Traditional Latin Mass

This Sunday we had a visiting priest. He is a young priest that has a love for the Latin Mass and has recently learned to say it. He was joined by 2 seminarians as he prayed the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. They, too, will learn.  Deo gratias!

It is so good and such a hopeful sign to see these young men attracted to learning and saying this Mass of Ages.

One of them was from the Diocese of Wisconsin, where his Bishop has instructed that all seminarians there learn to say the Traditional Latin Mass. Bravo!

Cardinal Rigali, former Cardinal of Philadelphia said,
 " The "motu proprio" is issued by the Holy Father for all Catholics. 
With regard to priests, any statement from the Holy Father on the liturgy or any change in the liturgical forms or formula afford the priests an opportunity for thought and reflection on the mysteries they celebrate in the liturgy. 
Many priests find in these opportunities a renewed sense of awe and appreciation for the liturgy and an opportunity for re-commitment to celebrate these liturgies in a more reflective, reverent and respectful manner
In this sense, "Summorum Pontificum" is a gift to all priests, because it encourages them, through the sacred liturgy, to draw all people into a deeper communion of holiness with the Lord"

Please join me in praying for our priests and seminarians... and for the future of our Church and the liturgy.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Film Friday - Faith Friday - Commentary on the Catholic Mass

If you can't watch the video now, save it to watch sometime during LENT.

It WILL enrich your faith life. It will renew how you participate at the Holy Sacrifice.

There is SO MUCH happening at the Catholic Mass. EVERY part is meaningful. The richness, the symbolism ...THIS is something TRULY WORTH watching.

Lent begins next week. God bless your family during this important time of preparation. Together may we ADD spiritual practices to deepen our faith...leading others to Christ.

Monday, February 24, 2014

I Look, Through a Lens, With Love at St. Peter's in Steubenville, Ohio

St. Peter's in Steubenville, Ohio is an impressive parish. Besides being traditionally magnificent in appearance, elevating one's heart and mind to heaven, it is liturgically special as well.  Both the Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form Mass are prayed there with loving reverence. This parish took to heart Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum effort and embraced the request, implementing both forms in one community. And the Beauty of both Masses is achieved at St. Peter's...fitting!

Pastor Timothy Huffman allowed me to photograph both Masses over 2 weekends.  He and Fr. Jonas Shell are a blessing to their parishioners , what dedicated priests. God bless them!

At another Mass, on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, a TOR priest gave a weekday homily about spreading the faith. His words confirmed to me something I had felt but not meditated on before, as it felt like a lightbulb moment for me. From it I understood that there are many ways that one shows their love....many ways to express love.  Some express love in words, written and spoken.  Sometimes I do that.  In my love for my Lord and the Catholic faith, more often I feel my words don't completely illuminate my endearment and wonder. Nor do my words represent the full beauty I see and feel for the faith.  Our Lord and the Catholic faith are the greatest beauty in life...the greatest Good, the greatest Beauty, the greatest Truth.

What could be more worthy of  my love?!

What gets me a little bit closer in my expression...what is my trying to capture the Good, the True and the Beautiful of our faith in images. This passion and commitment I believe comes from God. I am certainly not the most talented photographer, but what talent I have, I have from Him.

It is my love, EXPRESSED. It how I love and how I capture love.

Does a picture say more than a 1,000 words?  For me, the words and pictures belong together to complete the task.  My leanings are that words NEED pictures.

And so I ask permission and I look....through a lens...with love.

Click here to view these pictures larger

 And I commit to Catholic Social Media  to share this love, to relate the Cause of my joy. I think it was a path for me even before the Vatican Bloggers Meeting.

I hope you will look...with love...on them all, thanking God for the Good, the True and the Beautiful of our faith and praying for our parishes.

More images can be seen HERE.