Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Please consider reading St. Louis de Montfort's works. They set lightbulbs off atop my head and led me to consecration to her immaculate heart.
Daily I make an prayer to Jesus through Mary consecrating myself and making an offering of my day. I plugged it into MemoToMe.com so that I receive it every morning, as a reminder...
O Jesus, my God, infinitely deserving of love, I love you above all things. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Heart of my Mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I offer to you all the actions of this day. Accept every beat of my heart as a fervent prayer, as an act of perfect love: for your sole honor, for the conversion of sinners, for the perseverance of the just, for the deliverance of the holy souls, for the sanctification of our benefactors, and for all who have asked for our prayers and for whom we have a special obligation to pray; also for the propagation of all holy works, and for deliverance from all evil. I offer the indulgences I receive today for the holy souls in Purgatory, especially those for whom I should pray and for those souls who are forgotten.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us. Mother of Divine Grace, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Dear Saints attached and beloved by us, pray for us. Dearest Guardian Angels, keep us safe today in God's love and Mercy. AMEN.
Friday, April 23, 2010
In our 4 years of homeschooling, studying religion EVERY day, we ALL have learned so much from the Baltimore Catechisms, the Bible, Faith & Life books and Fr. Laux books. The boys remind me that sadly in their former school, a Catholic school, they had religion class rarely. If any program or assembly happened that week, religion was bumped to make room for it. Why? Because religion wasn't on the Terra Nova standardized tests....
So I am so grateful for God's persistence on my heart to homeschool. In homeschooling, I believe we are praying more, we are studying our faith more and frequent more Sacraments than we had before. And "my students" have absorbed Catholicism..so much so that at times they challenge my faith to grow.
Today, our last item to review was the Effects of Confirmation, the final one being that it SEALS one in Christ, creating a INDELIBLE MARK imprinted on their soul. My oldest replied that seal will make all the difference. It would protect him from the mark of the beast.
In a Spiritual Work of Mercy he admonished me, "You've got to try harder with your brother (who he had wished could be his sponsor) and sister, Mom. What could matter more? How are you going to feel someday when you are all before God and they ask you why you didn't try harder to convince them to be confirmed?" He believes, thank you Lord.
He believes in the gifts of the Sacrament and wants my siblings to have those gifts. So do I.
It makes me sad and introspective. He makes me aware of the responsibility we all have to evangelize...and it's difficulties. He reminds me that God who is merciful is also just and will judge me and what type of effort I expend in gratitude for the gifts I 've been given.
They have their own ideas about faith and it's place/portion in their lives. It leads to anger or retreat when the topic is brought up and although we are close, it is the reason why we aren't as close as I pray my children will be to each other.
Everyone thinks their own way is "right." I can only continue to live my faith. I publically made professions and promises to this faith when I was married, when my children were baptised and so when I say I am Catholic I mean that I accept it and all it's teachings. I pray my children see that example as I train my children up in the way I think they should go. (Proverbs 22:6)
And I pray.
Pray... that others embrace their Catholic faith in it's fullness.
Acts 8:14-17 "Now, when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For he was not as yet come upon any of them: but they were only baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them: and they received the Holy Ghost.
Ephesians 4:30 "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption."
What is Confirmation (also called "Chrismation")? What does Confirmation do?
* indelibly seals us to the Holy Ghost, hence its name, "Sacrament of the Seal." Because this seal is indelible and leaves a permanent mark on the recipient's soul, the Sacrament, like Baptism and Holy Orders, may be received only once.
* gives us the sanctifying grace to become perfect Christians and true soldiers of Christ, well-armed to defend Christ as King, His Mother as Queen, and the Church Militant as His Kingdom on earth. God confirms us (strengthens us) so we may do spiritual battle.
* imparts to us the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost, as in a "personal Pentecost":
- Fear of offending the Lord
In any case, just as Abram became Abraham, as Jacob became Israel, as Simon became Peter, and as Saul became Paul, the confirmand takes on the name of a Saint when he is sealed to the Holy Ghost and receives an increase in the sanctifying grace received at baptism.
More. More grace..strength for the journey.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major.
Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the Gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.
This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going on to a seminary. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class.
One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him.
"How many push-ups can you do?"
Steve said, "I do about 200 every night."
"200? That's pretty good, Steve," Dr. Christianson said. "Do you think you could do 300?"
Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow.
Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time.. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.
Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, "And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, 'Into thy hands I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten. "
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Noah was a Drunk
Elijah was Suicidal
Peter was a Coward
Jacob was a Deceiver
Rahab was a Prostitute
Samson was a Womanizer
Moses had a Self-esteem problem
David was an Adulterer/Murderer
The Samaritan Woman was Divorced (a lot)
With God, all things are possible...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I had to smile at his number.
Every at bat he made a solid hit on the first pitch and even ran across home plate for a run. We all enjoyed seeing him so excited. It was his chance to shine. There's a season of baseball ahead of us... Hey batter batter!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
There something about taking Christ to the streets. While moving certainly, there is a vulnerable aspect too. Sometimes the onlookers resemble the Via Crucis and like those moments towards Golgotha the evil one's presence is noticed...
God bless our dear Fathers, both special gifts to our Diocese. They bring us Christ and model sacrifice.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thank you, Lord, for your Divine Mercy....
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Every isssue has been a "saver."
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If you're thinking about getting it, don't hestitate. Make it a Mother's Day gift to yourself!
I really don't believe you'll be disappointed...and it's THE ONLY Catholic homeschooling magazine I am aware of.
In what profession does one not subscribe to their industry magazine for continuing education and to "stay up on things?" Mater and Magistra is support for our lifestyle and profession as homeschooling educators.
And, I'm not affiliated with them in any way....
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Only one student in the room when I get my reminder email to pray the Noon Angelus.
We begin praying together, aloud.
Three other students from other parts of the house hear us and abandon their "recess" to join us, unrequested, in prayer.
I get so farklempt tears spring forth as I lead....
Is this devotion now their own?
Thank you Lord for their faith.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Pictures below tell a bit of the story of those days.
A day of tending my flowers....
APRIL FOOLS! I wish these were my flowers. But below...these are the flowers I attended to, my children and their cousins as we enjoyed days together.
"Littles" painted eggs together.
Truly blessed day. I see Him in the beauty and flowers. I see Him in the eggs and new beginnings. I see Him in family love. I see Him in His Church and the Mass of His Saints.
"No one has ever laughed at a pun who did not see in the one word a twofold meaning. To materialists this world is opaque like a curtain; nothing can be seen through it. A mountain is just a mountain, a sunset just a sunset; but to poets, artists, and saints, the world is transparent like a window pane - it tells of something beyond....a mountain tells of the Power of God, the sunset of His Beauty, and the snowflake of His Purity." ~ ArchBishop Fulton J. Sheen
Or, when we can build forts and chisel away at quartz rocks in our wader boots.....
Until someone done falls into that dern slimy swamp!
Friday, April 2, 2010
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 263. (Mary Vitamin #24)