Sunday, April 29, 2007

Something to carry in your pocket

There are many, many Holy Cards that contain prayers, poems, novenas, and reminders. Yet the one I'd probably remember and keep forever, is this one:

"The Cross in My Pocket
I carry a Cross in my pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be.
This little Cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm.
It isn't meant to protect me
From every physical harm.
It's not for identification
For all the world to see
It's simply an understanding
Between my Saviour and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or key,
The Cross is there to remind me
Of the price he paid for me.
It reminds me too, to be thankful
For my blessing day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.
It's also a daily reminder
Of peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.
So, I carry a Cross in my pocket
Reminding no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I'll let Him be."

A great blog containing Holy Cards is:
Holy Cards for Your Inspiration

Darth Vader invades Earth!

Or the food drive downtown at least! ;-)
Cyd and her brothers got to meet him and his escort - uh, not that he needs one...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Saints meme

Yahooo! :-) Tagged again by A Catholic Mom in Hawaii!

I lost track of how many saints were my favorite. So here are the saints that came to mind right away. Not counting St. Therese of Lisieux (no offence!) who our group is dedicated to since it's already obvious.

List your four favorite saints, one favorite blessed and someone who think should have been a saint.

St. John Bosco
He could juggle, run races, turn cartwheels, perform magic tricks, and still attend to his duties as a priest! His main goals were helping out the youth. He wrote about the Faith, explaining it in a way that children could understand, then printed his work with his own printing press. For a time, because of his success, some men wanted to get rid of him. As Don Bosco went on his usual walk searching for homeless and unwanted boys to shelter, they ambushed him. Surprising the men and Don Bosco, the rescuer was a huge dog! In thanks for the rescue, Don Bosco offered the dog a home and dinner, but the canine hero had vanished. The dog accompanied Don Bosco on many more dangerous missions of sheltering, teaching, and comforting homeless boys, until the dog left and was never seen again.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

She's a favorite, but not because she was a princess -ok, maybe a little,-but because of what she did while she was one. We've always been fascinated by the medieval ages. I always liked the story when she would sneak into the chapel to pray when she was little. Even if it was smack in the middle of a game, she went. One of her favorite sayings was "Everything for God"

St. Francis of Assisi

Patron saint of animals! Simplicity, humility, and peace, it's amazing what he achieved. My favorite story is the one when he preached to the birds...or was it fishes?

St. Paul the Apostle

Admirable for his passion in preaching the Christian faith, especially since it was newly founded. That reminds me, I've got to start reading his letters....

Bl. Damien

Of course who could forget Father Damien? Especially since his feast day is on May 10th! CT, no doubt will have a special post that day. A recent book bought at the Pauline Bookstore renewed our admiration for him. Did you know he got together the children of Molokai, made some musical instruments and started a marching band? The marching band later performed for the visiting princess of Hawaii.

Louis of Thungria
He was the husband of St. Elizabeth. Contrary to what many people think, he was actually very supportive of St. Elizabeth. Everyone in his court disagreed strongly, but he let St. Elizabeth give to the poor and often nurse the ill back to health.

Now, I tag:
or anyone else who wants

...and also found in Mrs. Esther's blog

Which Saint Are You?

You are Saint Francis of Assisi! You don't care what you look like (or smell like) as long as you can live simply and help the poor. You should be receiving your stigmata any day now.
Take this quiz!

Thank goodness, I've been doing something right!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Tour the Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

...virtually. Washington D.C. is too far away for us to travel, so seeing it on the internet is the next best thing! Magnificently decorated with facinating paintings of the mysteries of the rosary, numerous saints, and of Our Lady, it's easy to get lost. :-)

St. Therese's Poems

While searching for inspiration
For a prayer to write,
My marvelous Mom
Came across this website.
What joy, what wonder,
That was for her in store.
Just click here,
Need I say more?

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from our family to yours!
We've been refraining from singing Alleluia for what seems like so long, we can't stop singing it!

Alleluia! Alleluia!
This is the day to shout and dance
to be so joyful and to proclaim God's liberty for us,
to praise and extol him for his mercy and saving grace!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Rejoice in the Lord now and always!
Proclaim God's goodness and greatest love for us:
victory from death to give us new life in him!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Now and forever
to Jesus Christ, our Savior!

A Special Easter Blessing to all of you from our Risen Christ!