Feast of St. Padre Pio – September 23

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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!

Celebrate Constitution Week

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

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15

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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:

  1. The prophecy of Simeon.
  2. The flight of the Holy Family into Egypt.
  3. The loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple.
  4. Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary.
  5. Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified.
  6. Mary’s holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross.
  7. 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.

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Happy Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross!

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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.

Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!!

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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!

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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.

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Chicken update, Maximus our St. Bernard, and Feast of St. Roch

Well, we had some tough times with our chickens. We had a total of 7 chickens and they were doing well.

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Then one day they were free-ranging and something (we think a fox) got one of them…she was just GONE.  Now we were down to 6.

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Can You Spare 7 Minutes for Our Local Police?

Our family prays for our police every night but prayer is not enough.  St. Augustine taught that we should pray as though everything depends on God but work like it all depends on us.  We must pray for our police and, at the same time, support our local police to keep them independent of federal control.  Please take 7 minutes to watch this video, The Truth About Obama’s Push to Nationalize Police.  To view it click here. Continue reading

Some Perspective on the Upcoming Elections

Those who appreciate the liberty provided by our American system of government, always get more politically interested as a presidential election nears.  The upcoming elections are certainly important.  I urge you to read this brief article, “What Can We Learn From the RNC and DNC?”, which put the elections in perspective for me.  To read the article click here.

 

What’s Behind the Police Shootings?

We have previously posted about the attack on our local independent police.  In the wake of recent attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana, we should examine the causes.  To read a great explanation of the real causes behind this violence, click here.

It’s now more important than ever that we support our local independent police.  The first step is to stay informed and understand the reasons for these attacks.  Please go to  the links above and share them with others.

 

Happy Independence Day… But Is America Independent?

In the aftermath of Brexit, Congressman Thomas Massie (Kentucky) posted on Facebook an image of H.R. 1205.  The caption read, “Time for #amex?  I’m a cosponsor of H.R. 1205 to get the U.S. out of the UN. #brexit”.  When someone asked why it would be good to get out of the UN, Congressman Massie wrote,

In one word, Sovereignty.  As a member of the UN, we bind our citizens to decisions made by undemocratic countries, when in fact our constitution should be the supreme law.”

The Congressman is right on target.  We need to support H.R. 1205, with phone calls and emails to our Congressman.

George Washington warned, in his farewell address, that entangling alliances would rob us of our independence.  The UN creates a web of entangling alliances.  If we want future Americans to celebrate our independence, we must get out of the UN.