Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – September 14

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You.

Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

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This ancient feast honors the cross, as the instrument of Christ’s redemption of the world. The cross disappeared after the Crucifixion and was discovered by St. Helena, mother of Constantine, around the year 327 while she was on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Continue reading

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary – September 12 (AND a new Name Day tradition in the Affleck family begins)

“O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of Her devout clients!” ~ St. Anthony of Padua

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Today we celebrate the Holy Name of Mary. Eight days after the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in accordance with Jewish law, her parents, Saints Joachim and Anne, were inspired by their visions of angels to name her “Mary”. Continue reading

Remember 9/11 by Supporting Local Independent Police

Following the 9/11 tragedy, local police, firemen, and all “first responders” were seen as heroes.  However, today local police are not respected and supported, in their communities, as they should be.  The events in Ferguson, Missouri are a key, to this lack of respect and Continue reading

Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary – September 8

Today we celebrate the birth of our Holy Mother, Mary! We don’t usually celebrate the birthdays of the saints but rather we celebrate the day they died, because that is the day they were born into the joys of heaven. But the birth of Mary, our Blessed Mother, is special. We celebrate her birthday because she came into this world full of grace and because she was to be the Mother of Jesus. If we have Mary, we have Jesus. Whoever is very faithful to her is very close to the heart of Jesus. We honor Mary’s birth and life as the new Eve and co-redemptrix in our salvation history.

I found out about a great devotion to “Maria Bambina” or “Baby Mary”. In Milan there is a beautiful image of the Infant Mary referred to as “Maria Bambina”.  A Franciscan nun made the statue out of wax sometime before 1730. She later gave it to others and after passing through many hands it was finally given to the Sisters of Charity in Lovere, Italy. In 1876 they brought it to their motherhouse in Milan (where it has stayed ever since). By this time, the statue had become worn and gray.

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Back to School Schultuetes

Happy Labor Day! Well, it’s the last day of summer vacation and I am a little sad. So, I decided I wanted to start a new tradition…it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally got around to doing it this year!

I made the (little) kids Schultuetes!

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta – Feast Day September 5

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County Clerks Need Support from State Officials

God gave us marriage and defined it.  Now the Supreme Court re-defines marriage and we’re supposed to accept it as “The Law of the Land”.  

County clerks refusing to accept this as law and denying marriage licenses to same sex couples are being told to resign or face penalties.  The truth is they should be supported by state officials and applauded by God-fearing Americans.

I want to put this in perspective, on several levels: Continue reading

September – Month dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows

September is the month of Our Lady of Sorrows. We remember Mary’s suffering and broken heart as she watched her son mocked, beaten, scourged, and put to death. She is our model for uniting our suffering to Christ on the cross. This month would be a great time to practice the Seven Dolors Devotion.

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Seven Sorrows of Mary:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:34-35)
  2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:45-51)
  4. Mary meets Jesus Carrying the Cross (Luke 23:27-31)
  5. The Crucifixion (John 19:25-27)
  6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross (Luke 23:50-56)
  7. The burial of Jesus (Mark 15:46-47)

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