Today Pope Francis canonized seven new saints and one of them was José Sánchez del Río. José Sánchez del Río, a 14-year-old boy who was killed in 1928 in Mexico during the “Cristero” struggle which opposed the government’s anti-Catholic and anticlerical policies. Under torture José refused to disown his faith. A handwritten note addressed to his mother and found on his dead body read: “I promise that in heaven I will prepare a place for all of you. Your José dies defending the Catholic faith for the love of Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe”.
You can read more about José here. And you can watch the movie For Greater Glory that tells the true story of the 1920s Cristero War and José Sánchez del Río.
Saint José, pray for us!
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) has introduced HR 1205 The American Sovereignty Restoration Act. This legislation would get the U.S. out of the UN. Please sign the petition, asking Congress to pass HR 1205. You will find it by clicking here.
Your tax dollars support the UN, while it promotes:
- Abortion on demand, as a “right”
- Common Core Education, on an international scale
- An end to the right to keep and bear arms
- Control of private property through Agenda 21 (now Agenda 2030)
- Sovereignty destroying trade deals (e.g. NAFTA & TPP)
- “Refugees” relocated to the U.S. by order of the UN High Commissioner of Refugees
If you don’t want your money used this way, click here and sign the petition then share it with everyone you can.
In a recent blog post, we shared the suggestion of Congressman Thomas Massie that in the wake of #Brexit, it’s time for #Amexit from the UN. Massie indicated that our membership in the UN attacks our sovereignty, by tying us to nations whose governments do not have our love of freedom.
October 24th is UN Day. It should be considered a day of shame. Our Constitution stipulates that only Congress can declare war. Yet, since we joined the UN, our President has been sending our military to police the world, under UN command. This circumvention of the Constitution is bad enough. What’s worse is that our loyal military is now associated with the UN “peacekeeping” forces. These “peacekeepers” are notorious for abusing women and children, all over the world. October 24th is fast approaching. Let’s celebrate the UN Day of shame, by petitioning Congress to pass HR 1205 The American Sovereignty Restoration Act.
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Today is another day that I wanted to pick a really great quote to post on this special Feast Day but there are SO MANY great quotes that I couldn’t just pick one…so I’ll post some of my favorites:
Never will anyone who says the Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil. ~ St. Louis De Montfort
Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother. ~ St. Padre Pio
The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary. ~ St. Francis de Sales
The Rosary is the best therapy for these distraught, unhappy, fearful, and frustrated souls. Precisely because it involves the simultaneous use of three powers: the physical, the vocal, and the spiritual.
~ Venerable Fulton Sheen
The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of the holy Virgin…The Rosary prayer rises like incense to the feet of the Almighty. Mary responds at once like a beneficial dew, bringing new life to human hearts. ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
The Rosary is a fortress against evil. It is a sign to Satan that you belong to Our Lady. ~ St. Dominic
You can read more about the history of this feast in my previous blog post.
And here’s an excellent article about praying…and contemplating…on the Rosary…not just ‘saying’ it. You can read it here.
Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He was known for his great love of animals. You can read all about the legend of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio here.
I’ve posted before about our new Saint Bernard pup, Max. He is our first dog and quite a handful. But we’ve come to love him as part of our family. Our parish had a ‘blessing of the animals’ this past Saturday in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. So, we took Max and Rex, our bunny (you can’t see Rex but Joey is carrying him in the blue pet carrier…I think Rex was a little petrified!). Max was very excited to see all his dog ‘friends’ so it was difficult to get him to sit still for a pic as he was more interested in socializing with EVERY dog there.
Max’s 1st birthday was September 18 so we got him a bunch of treats and this really nice St. Francis of Assisi medal for his collar.
All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.
~The Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi
John King, Obama’s Secretary of Education, is apparently concerned about home schooled children. He made comments to that effect, at a recent event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. I’m not sure if he’s concerned that they make the government school students look bad by comparison or if his concerns stem from not being able to control and dumb down home-educated students, as well as the government school students. You can be the judge. Read this article from the New American, by clicking here.
I signed a petition, on citizengo.org, to ask Mr. King to reconsider his comments. If you want to sign the petition go here.
Today is the Feast of St. Padre Pio. My plan was to keep this post brief and just post an inspirational quote of his. But when I was trying to find the perfect quote I couldn’t decide which one to post as there were so many thought provoking quotes made by this exceptional saint. So…I decided to post a few…or several. Which one is your favorite?
Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.
It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.
It is difficult to become a saint. Difficult but not impossible.
Don’t allow any sadness to dwell in your soul, for sadness prevents the Holy Spirit from acting freely.
My past, O Lord, to Your mercy; my present, to Your love; my future to Your providence.
You don’t have to be worthy; you only have to be willing.
Divine Goodness not only does not reject repentant souls, but even goes in search of obstinate ones.
You need to hold fast to two virtues: kindness toward your neighbor and humility toward God.
Bear in mind that the more the enemy assaults you, the closer God is to your soul. Think about that and penetrate this great and comforting truth.
Let us always keep before our eyes the fact that here on earth we are on a battlefield and that in paradise we shall receive the crown of victory; that this is a testing ground and the prize will be awarded up above; that we are now in a land of exile while our true homeland is Heaven to which we must continually aspire.
You can read more about St. Padre Pio at our blog in my previous post.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us!
On Monday September 17, 1787 our constitution was signed and offered, by the convention, to the U.S. Congress for approval, to be sent to the States for ratification. For this reason, September 17 is Constitution Day and September 17-23 is Constitution Week.
In 2004, Public Law 108-447, Section 111 was passed. It requires that:
“Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution”.
The Constitution is the solution to our economic problems and many other problems that plague our society.
Many don’t realize that, when the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was convened, our nation was in an economic depression with wild inflation, much like today. After living under the Constitution for just two years, our economy stabilized and we started on our destiny of becoming the greatest example of liberty and economic prosperity the world has ever known.
All we need is for people to understand the Constitution, then hold their elected officials to their oath to uphold and defend it. A good start on this road would be to watch “Overview of America”. Continue reading
The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, given to our Blessed Mother, refers to the seven dolors or seven sorrows of Mary which were foretold by the Priest Simeon:
And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed. (Luke 2: 34-35)
The seven sorrows of our Blessed Mother are:
- The prophecy of Simeon.
- The flight of the Holy Family into Egypt.
- The loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple.
- Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary.
- Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified.
- Mary’s holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross.
- Our Lord’s burial.
At Fatima, Our Lady asked for reparation to be made to her Immaculate Heart for all of the sins and offenses and blasphemies being committed in our world today. What better way to celebrate and reflect on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows than to recite a prayer of reparation to Our Lady of Sorrows which you can find here.
Happy Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross! On this day we recall three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena (mother of the emperor Constantine), the dedication of churches built by Constantine on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary, and the restoration of the True Cross to Jerusalem by the emperor Heraclius II. Ultimately, this feast celebrates the Holy Cross as the instrument of our salvation.
Have some cross shaped treats (cookies, rice krispy treats, cake) or make/buy a batch of cupcakes and arrange them in the shape of a cross today to celebrate. Get some fresh basil…read more about this tradition in my previous post here.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Mary…Mary’s birthday! One of the best ways to wish her a happy birthday would be to say the Rosary! And have some cake and sing Happy Birthday to her…and maybe even sing a Marian hymn such as ‘Immaculate Mary’…I’m sure that would put a smile on her beautiful face!
A few days ago, on September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was canonized a saint!
Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!
One of my favorite prayers is the Memorare. I recently read an article about Mother Teresa’s “Flying Novena”. Mother Teresa would say this when she needed a prayer answered immediately. You say 10 Memorares in a row…nine Memorares of petition and one more for thanksgiving. You can read more about it here.