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Feast of Padre Pio

 

Oh how I love my Padre Pio! He has prayed for me when I ask and as shown me that my prayers were answered in wonderful ways!  He is such a powerful intercessor in my life. He has helped me to see my weaknesses and has helped clean me up for my Lord. I am learning more and more to die to myself and live for  Christ and what he wants for me. 

Here is a excerpt from the beatification homily of his Holiness Pope John Paul II for Padre Pio on May 2 1999. This helps me to understand obedience

Bl. (Now Saint) Pio of Pietrelcina shared in the Passion with a special intensity: the unique gifts which were given to him, and the interior and mystical sufferings which accompanied them, allowed him constantly to participate in the Lord’s agonies, never wavering in his sense that “Calvary is the hill of the saints”.

4. No less painful, and perhaps even more distressing from a human point of view, were the trials which he had to endure as a result, it might be said, of his incomparable charisms. It happens at times in the history of holiness that, by God’s special permission, the one chosen is misunderstood. In that case, obedience becomes for him a crucible of purification, a path of gradual assimilation to Christ, a strengthening of true holiness. In this regard, Bl. Pio wrote to one of his superiors: “I strive only to obey you, the good God having made known to me the one thing most acceptable to him and the one way for me to hope for salvation and to sing of victory” (Letter I, p. 807).

When the “storm” broke upon him, he took as his rule of life the exhortation of the First Letter of Peter, that we have just heard: Come to Christ, a living stone (cf. 1 Pt 2:4). He himself thus became a “living stone” for the building of that spiritual house which is the Church. For this we today give thanks to the Lord.

Read in full beatification here and the canonization here. His biography here and info here.

Here are a couple of prayers Padre Pio recited that I enjoy.

O Jesus, impart to me also that same strength, when my weak nature foreseeing future evils rebels, so that like Thou, I may accept with serene peace and tranquility all the pains and distress which I may meet on this earth of exile. I unite all to Thy merits, to Thy pains, Thy ex­piations, Thy tears, that I may cooperate with Thee for my salvation and flee from sin, which was the sole cause of making Thee sweat blood and which led Thee to death. Destroy in me everything that does not please Thee, and with the sacred fire of Thy love write Thy sufferings into my heart. Hold me so closely to Thee, with a bond so tight and so sweet, that I shall never again abandon Thee in Thy Sufferings. May I be able to rest on Thy Heart to obtain comfort in the sufferings of life. May my spirit have no other desire but to live at Thy side in the Garden and unite itself to the pains of Thy Heart. May my soul be inebriated with Thy Blood and feed itself with the bread of Thy suffer­ings. Amen.

Also this prayer for after Holy Communion

Padre Pio’s Prayer After Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You; You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life and without You I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light and without You I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and alway be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and life passes, death, judgment and eternity approaches.

It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You.

It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.

O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.

Amen.

We are going to Feast today on this Italian dish in his memory! Padre Pio pray for us!

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Yesterday was the Feast of the birth of Mary.

I would love to one day be able to plant a Mary Garden.  If you don’t know what that is (like me just a few hours ago) then click here and learn all about it 🙂

I was out running errands all day yesterday, but next year I hope that we are able to make a nice birthday cheesecake like this.

Thank you St. Anne and Joachim for raising our Mother Mary! Pray for me to be a good mother to my children.

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St. Anthony’s Feast Day

Here is a great prayer :

Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the saint of Miracles.

O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.

Amen. (Say 13 Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glorias)
Prayer Source: Prayers from Various Holy Cards

 Here are some great links about St. Anthony and great ideas and activities to do with your family. I am going to try to bake some bread to teach about how St. Anthony’s bread came about.

I especially like to read the list about the gift of miracles God gave him.                                           

     Among these miracles:

  • In Rimini, an ass which hadn’t eaten in three days refused the oats placed before him, till he had knelt down and adored the Blessed Sacrament held in St. Anthony’s hands. 
     
  • Some Italian heretics offered him poisoned food which he rendered harmless by the sign of the cross.
     
     
  • On Holy Thursday, while preaching in the Church of St. Pierre du Queriox at Limoges, he remembered he had to sing the Divine Office in the choir. He bilocated, appearing among the friars to sing, and continued on with his preaching.
     
  • Again while preaching in Limoges (in the square des creux des Arenes), he miraculously kept his audience dry from the rain.
     
  • During the sermon at St. Junien, he rightfully predicted that the devil would cause the pulpit to break, but that everyone would be safe.
     
     
  • Either in the province of Limousin at the Castle of Chateauneuf-la-Forêt, between Limoges and Eymoutiers or at Camposanpiero, near Padua, the Infant Jesus was seen by fellow friars visiting with St. Anthony in his room.
     
  • On his way back to Italy after the death of St. Francis (3 October, 1226), he travelled through Provence where, tired from travel, he and his companions entered the house of a poor woman, who placed bread and wine before them. She had forgotten, though, to shut off the tap of the wine-barrel — and as the wine was running out, one of Anthony’s companions broke his glass. Anthony prayed, and the wine barrel was filled up again and the glass was made whole.
     
  • Among his last sermons were those preached during Lent of 1231. Huge crowds of people — 30,000 and more — gathered to hear him. His powerful oratory — and the fact that Athony would appear to many of the people in visions urging repentance — caused so great a number of people to want to repent, that there weren’t enough priests to deal with them. These visions — often taking place in dreams — occurred after his death, too.
     
  • In Padua, a young man named Leonardo kicked his own mother in a fit of anger. He confessed his fault to St. Anthony who said to him: “The foot of him who kicks his mother deserves to be cut off.” Leonardo ran home and cut off his foot. Learning of this, St. Anthony took the amputated foot and miraculously rejoined it.

Near Padua took place the famous “sermon to the fishes” when, to impress heretics, he preached the word of God and the fishes poked their heads out of the water to listen.

 

  fisheaters.com

Have a blessed day!

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St.Rita

St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well. Rita wanted to enter the convent when she was fifteen, but her parents decided that she should marry instead. The man they chose for Rita turned out to be a mean and unfaithful husband. He had such a violent temper that everyone in the neighborhood was afraid of him. Yet, for eighteen years, his wife patiently took all his insults. Her prayers, gentleness and goodness finally won his heart. He apologized to Rita for the way he had treated her and he returned to God.
Rita’s happiness over her husband’s conversion did not last long. One day, shortly after, he was murdered. Rita was shocked and heart-broken. But she forgave the murderers, and tried to make her two sons forgive them, too. She saw that the boys, instead, were determined to avenge their father’s death. Rita prayed that they would die rather than commit murder. Within several months, both boys became seriously ill. Rita nursed them lovingly. During their illness, she pursuaded them to forgive, and to ask God’s forgiveness for themselves. They did and both died peacefully.
Now her husband and her children were dead. Left alone in the world, Rita tried three times to enter the convent in Cascia. The rules of the convent did not permit a woman who had been married to join even if her husband had died. Rita did not give up, however. At last, the nuns made an exception for her. In the convent, Rita was outstanding for her obedience and charity. She had great devotion to the crucified Jesus. Once, while praying, she asked him to let her share some of his pain. One thorn from his crown of thorns pierced her forehead and made a sore that never healed. In fact, it grew so bad and gave off such an odor that St. Rita had to stay away from the others. She was happy to suffer to show her love for Jesus.
St. Rita died on May 22, 1457, when she was seventy-six. Like St. Jude, St. Rita is often called “Saint of the Impossible.”

Great prayer: O God, You were pleased to grant to St. Rita the great grace of loving her enemies in very truth, and both in her heart and on her brow to bear the stigmata of Your Passion; grant us, we pray, by her merits and prayers, so to show mercy to our enemies and so to meditate on the pains of Your Passion, as to make our own the blessedness promised to those who are meek and who mourn. Amen.

Great info here also

St. Rita Please pray for me to have more patience, love and obedience.

 

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Everyone in the house is coming down with a cold or something.  So far I am ok, thank God! Hubby is home sick, so everyone has been camping out in the living room glued to the T.V unfortunately! 

We did manage to get some school work done and do some fun activities 🙂 I had my eye on this cake to do, but we are still eating our cake from St. George’s Day.  So, I looked in the pantry to see what I could come up with for lunch. I shocked myself with an original idea! But, I admit I was Inspired a bit by Jessica’s day and a post by Mary on Catholic Cuisine.

We started the day with our regular school day lessons and chaos routine. We read today’s Gospel reading–  and focused on Mark 16:15-20

We talked about what we read about this feast day and how much we learned!

I didn’t know that the Gospel of Mark was written mostly for the Roman Gentile converts, that is why in his Gospel he is careful to explain Jewish customs, rites and words. The Evangelist Mark is represented as a lion because he begins his Gospel in the wilderness, “The voice of one crying in the desert: Make ready the way of the Lord,’ or because he presents the Lord as the unconquered King.”

Our lunch was PB&S (peanut butter and syrup instead of jelly) My nanny gave this to us in our school lunches when we were sick of PB&J’s. They are very yummy! You just add a bit of syrup to the peanut butter to make it creamier and easier to spread.

I looked at what we had and thought…hhmmm this could work! I used a cookie cutter to make the shape after I made the sandwich. I spread the peanut butter mixture on, some in the middle of the bread and some on top also. Then the goldfish, pretzels, granola, chocolate chips and twizzlers. It turned out sooo cute! I couldn’t get a great pic of it though, my camera battery was dying and had to snap quick! They were actually very yummy for such a strange combination!

 

 

 

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After lunch builder drew a pic of this symbol. We haven’t been able to use our printer forever a while now, so we are limited as to what we can draw or color. He can copy from sight pretty good I think. He loves to draw! Here is is drawing.

So, that was our day! I hope you all had a good day. I am going to go make my family gargle with salt water and stick vicks up their nose!! OH the fun a friday night brings to my house 😉

 

 

 

 

  

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 Last week was a busy week!  We didn’t do so much outside of the house, it was just all the activities at home.  We are bringing our 3rd quarter to a close next week so we are doing allot of review, book reports and testing. So it was a big week with school work!  

Plus I tried some new recipes last week. I had a few coupons and the same items were on sale at our grocery store, so everything was in line to try a few  recipes that had some ingredients that aren’t so common for me to use.  Though most of  the recipes were pretty easy to make, it still threw loop in my routine some how.  This is one that I tried that turned out to be a big hit with everyone! 

stir fry

  

CHICKEN & BROCCOLI STIR FRY INGREDIENTS:

 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, flattened

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

 2 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons dry sherry

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons cornstarch

12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Cooking oil for deep-fat frying

1 tablespoon cooking oil

3 cups broccoli flowerets

DIRECTIONS: In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and flattened garlic; let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, 2 tablespoons water, dry sherry, minced garlic, and cornstarch; set aside. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into 1 1/2×1/2-inch strips. Add to flour batter. In a wok or 2-quart saucepan heat 2 inches of oil to 365 degrees. Remove chicken from flour batter, allowing excess to drain off. Fry chicken strips, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil for 30-60 seconds, or till golden. Drain on paper towels. Pour 1 tablespoon cooking oil into a large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes, or till crisp-tender. Arrange broccoli around the edge of a serving platter; keep warm. Stir honey-soy mixture; add to the skillet. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Return cooked chicken to skillet; heat through. Pour chicken and sauce into center of broccoli-lined serving platter. Yield: 4 serving

Please note: If hubby is watching a basket ball game and you have a toddler trying to follow your every move and help…this is not good to try because it will scare the pants off of you because of the hot grease. Not, easy to make with kids in the kitchen!  But, yummy and the kids will eat it!

On Saturday we had a great after noon at church helping set up for the St. Joseph’s Feast Table that our home school group put together.  Many of the families in our home school were there and we had a great time! This is what we made as our bake/craft last week for St.Joseph’s Feast Day. (normally is celebrated 3-19 but was moved up due to Holy Week)  We used the same recipe for our crown of thorns and just painted it this time with water colors. I got a few pics of the table but I couldn’t get them to upload!  rats!

  staff and lily

Saturday was a good day, but I was hoping to catch up on my house-work and lesson plans.  I was hoping to have hubby watch the kids Saturday night so I could do some catch up work. This was the plan until hubby had a call from a friend, then hubby decided to ask him over for a few beers as they changed the spark plugs on our Jeep.  aaarrrgghh!

It needed to be done badly so, my plans were put on the back burner.  The kids and I watched August Rush instead.( I watched it first then let builder watch it with me, there were a few scenes that I forwarded through…but it is PG and was just fine for my 9 yr old to watch.  He was very inspired!

Sunday we had hubby’s dad and grandparents over.  We always enjoy their company and had a great time.  The grandparents don’t like to drive much, so when they are here we try to drive them to see granny’s brother in a retirement home in downtown. He is the retired Bishop of our city.  The kids love to go there because he gives us a special blessing and they get to see the nuns there that help take care of him.  He is not doing very well so please pray for him.

I had some fun activities planned for St.Patrick’s Day yesterday but did not get to do one of them due to having to run some unexpected errands all day!  I feel sad that we basically missed it, builder did do a creative writing assignment on St. Patrick but that was about it. No fun at all yesterday….bummer.

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Saint John Bosco

St. John Bosco

(click on the image and it should link you to a page about the life of St. John Bosco) 

We love St. John Bosco in our house.  We began a special love for him on all Saints day this past year.  EWTN aired a movie about him that was wonderful! (I think this same show may be on EWTN tonight)My son said that same night, he prayed for God to show him if it was his will for him to become a Priest.  Then, when he woke up, he felt that he did want to become a Priest. He told me this the next day, and of my heart skipped a beat with joy and excitement!   When he told me I was so happy and supportive, but at the same time let him know that he has a long time to choose what he wanted to become, but that I would be so proud if he served God as a Priest.  I told him just always pray for God’s will.   A few weeks earlier, we had a visiting Priest that was so reverent, inspiring and sang mass so beautifully.  After Mass we waited in line and shook his hand.  He looked at my son and said “and are we going to have a little Priest here?”  My son just giggled his shy little laugh and didn’t say anything. I told him we have a long family history of Priests.  Several Priests and even a Bishop, whom is now retired but we visit him still in the nursing home. We also have other ministers and preachers from the other side of the family.  So this has been a prayer of mine, for God to show me how to nurture and feed that seed if it is planted in my son.  So my husband and I were pleased to hear he thinks of it. 

Recently, hubby and I were telling my son to participate in Mass more by singing.  During the hymns, I always have to nudge him and tell him to sing.  And then he does nothing….  He still wont sing in Mass!   My hubby then said ” You know, priests sometimes have to sing in Mass, so you better get some practice in.”   Now, my son has told us he is back to wanting to be a Carpenter…..   (sigh) I guess a mother can still dream.

Any who, Say a prayer asking for St. John Bosco to pray for my boy. It was he that inspired him in the first place.  Say a prayer of thanksgiving for this wonderful Saint that did so much with so many obstacles.

HAPPY FEAST DAY ST. JOHN BOSCO!!!!!

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