Sunday, July 01, 2018

Communion Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ, 
I firmly believe that I am about to receive, in Communion,
Your Body, Your Blood, Your Soul and Your Divinity.
I believe it because You have said it
and I am ready to give my life to maintain this truth. 

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Someone is Praying for Me

     Saint Monica's enduring prayers for her son, Saint Augustine, are memorable. Our Church history reveals the Almighty Father's glorious response to her ardent supplication.
     As Mother Theresa's prayer filled life has taught us, praying the Rosary is "loving Jesus with the heart of Mary". I trust in Jesus and in Our Blessed Mother's constant intercession. All mothers' prayers for their children and loved ones reach Heaven. Upon review of my own life with all of its trials and spiritual upheavals, I have no doubt that someone is praying for me.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Only God

Whenever something wonderful would happen
My grandmother would say "Only God!"
Whenever there was a great need
My grandmother would pray "Only God!"
Whenever, in the midst of tragedy, miraculous transformation emerged
My grandmother would praise "Only God!"

Sunday, April 01, 2018

A Story of a Mother Praying for Her Children

         My mother recalls that when she was a little girl, there was a woman at Church who she always saw quietly praying her Rosary~before Mass began, and again after Mass. My mother described the woman as being serene and focused, only occasionally glancing to smile briefly at others. My mother often wondered for whom this woman was praying so intently~perhaps she was praying for her children.
     So impressed by this story, I've had my mother tell it to me again. I can almost visualize the quiet praying woman. 
     Recollection of this story occupies my mind more frequently with time. Whenever friends at church converse asking each other to lift our loved ones in prayer, the woman in my mother's story comes to mind. I never actually saw her, yet I have a perception of her~quietly kneeling and completely focused as she devoutly prays her Rosary. 

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Who are the Moms?

     Moms are birth moms, adoptive moms, spiritual moms, grand moms, aunts, big sisters, best friends, teachers, mentors, Mother Superiors and Patron Saints. A mom might be the kind person we chatted with while traveling on the train, or someone whom we haven't heard from in a long, long time.
     Our Loving Father cherishes every woman's heartfelt prayers for her children and loved ones. 

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Mothers and Prayers

     Our Blessed Mother's constant intercession is a beautiful example of praying throughout all circumstances.
     Watching the late Mother Angelica's facial expression as she prayed the Saint Michael's Chaplet, I realized the power of every determined, praying mom. Birth moms, adoptive moms, spiritual moms, grand moms, aunts, sisters, Mother Superiors and mentors are all women whose prayers are more powerful than we realize. I am sure that the adversary does anything possible to distract, divert and derail the prayers of these most powerful warriors. When we pray we are on the "front lines" of battle. That's why so many times, our best efforts seem to be thwarted by the unexpected. Saint Teresa of Avila advised "In time of sorrow and trouble cease not from the good works of prayer and penance which thou art in the habit of doing, for Satan is striving to make thee uneasy, and then to abandon them: on the contrary, do thou apply thyself thereunto more earnestly than before, and thou shalt see quickly our Lord will come to thy succor."

Sunday, January 07, 2018

months and days

Day of the Week
Dedicated to:
Mystery of the Rosary
traditionally prayed:
Resurrection & the Holy and Undivided Trinity
MondayThe Holy Ghost & the Souls in Purgatory
TuesdayThe Holy Angels 1
WednesdaySt. Joseph 2
ThursdayThe Blessed Sacrament 3
FridayChrist's Passion and His Sacred Heart 4
SaturdayThe Blessed Virgin and her Immaculate Heart. 5


Dedicated to:
JanuaryThe Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus
FebruaryThe Holy Family
MarchSt. Joseph
AprilThe Blessed Sacrament
JuneSacred Heart of Jesus
JulyThe Precious Blood
AugustImmaculate Heart of Mary
SeptemberSeven Dolours (Sorrows) of Mary
OctoberThe Holy Rosary (and, less formally, the Holy Angels)
NovemberPoor Souls in Purgatory
DecemberThe Immaculate Conception