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Happy and Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost!

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Happy Pentecost Sunday!

Praying you are having/had a beautiful day!

For today I am posting a copy of the Psalm and Sequence from the Mass.

Responsorial PsalmPS 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34

R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
the earth is full of your creatures;
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
or:
R. Alleluia.
If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Sequence — Veni, Sancte Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from your celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best; You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below; In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat; Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine, Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught, Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew; Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation, Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.
Alleluia.

Some of the Saints for this week: St. Boniface, St. Norbert, & St. Ephrem!

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

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Happy Feast of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth!  Mary was very early in her pregnancy at this time.  Because of her Yes, she knew she was pregnant before any signs were present.  When she greeted Elizabeth, John the Baptist leaped for joy at the presence of Jesus!

The Canticle of Mary.46v And Mary said:*

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;w

47my spirit rejoices in God my savior.x

48For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;

behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.y

49The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.z

50His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.a

51He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.b

52He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.c

The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.d

54He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,e

55according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”f

56

Our Lady of Fatima Centennial!

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Today 2 of the children who received the visits of Our Lady in Fatima, Jacinta and Francisco were named Saints!

A few of the prayers taught to the children at Fatima:

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee! I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

Most Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit- I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.

 

 

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

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Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday!

Reading 1ACTS 2:42-47

Reading 21 PT 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you
who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
you may have to suffer through various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith,
more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The Word of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

GospelJN 20:19-31

I copied the 2nd Reading for today and copied the links for the 1st Reading and Gospel.

I was meditating on the Mercy of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  I see His Mercy countless times working in the broken children we serve.  I love the Divine Mercy image and have a picture of it in the dinning room.

What I see is the Mercy of Jesus works slowly over time.  The brokenness and trauma that the children have can happen overnight, however it does not heal overnight.  Sometimes the trauma can seem very healed, but as the child grows older and begins to gain understanding, the trauma can return.(Of course it was always there.)  I believe that this is so the child can be healed on another level.  The child heals on a very simple level when they are very young and can’t even put words to what happened.  They need to heal at a deeper level as they grow into the teen years and the memories of the trauma return or resurface.  This is the Mercy of Jesus in his healing the heart and memories of the broken.

Jesus, in His Resurrection did not have His wounds removed.  They were still there in glorious form. (See today’s Gospel) In a form that people could look at Jesus and be drawn to Him.  We will continue to see this as we go through the Easter Readings.  We see this in the Divine Mercy image!

May you have a Glorious Week!  Jesus I trust in You!

Happy and Blessed Triduum!

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The Holy Week concludes with the Triduum which begins on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Last Supper and washing of feet.  Good Friday Service of the death of Christ.  Then on Holy Saturday there is nothing until dusk or dark and the Holy Saturday Mass begins with the holy fire outside the church.  This is the Mass where the Easter water is blessed and the Catechuman’s enter the Church.  It is a long Mass and the most Beautiful!

2nd Sunday of Lent

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It’s the 2nd week of Lent already!!!  How is your Lent going?  Are you letting Jesus transform a part of your life?  Am I taking time to be quiet and listen to what Jesus has to say to me?

GospelMT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Lord, it is good that we are here.
If you wish, I will make three tents here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
Jesus charged them,
“Do not tell the vision to anyone
until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Eucharistic Adoration…a sure way to letting Jesus transform my life!  Even if you can only spend 15 minutes each week in front of Jesus, please take a little time each week to spend with Him!

Ash Wednesday

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Reading 1JL 2:12-18

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart,
with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;
Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.
For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness,
and relenting in punishment.
Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing,
Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
proclaim a fast, call an assembly;
Gather the people, notify the congregation;
Assemble the elders, gather the children
and the infants at the breast;
Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber.
Between the porch and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep,
And say, “Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach,
with the nations ruling over them!
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?'”

Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people.

The Word of the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

GospelMT 6:1-6, 16-18

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

World Day for Consecrated Life & 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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It is the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time and World Day for Consecrated Life!

To all those in Vows as Priest, Brothers, Sisters Consecrated Widow’s and Virgins Thank You!

Our Readings for today are:

Reading 1IS 58:7-10

Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed; your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.

The Word of the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

GospelMT 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

 

This weekend is the weekend for Consecrated Life!  Those who lay down their life for Christ as Priest, Brothers, Sisters, Consecrated Widow and Virgin are in a big way the Light of the World.  They have a little more freedom then married families to go where they are needed and serve those in need as well as devoting their life to prayer!

I know in my life as a Consecrated Woman that the strength to do the ministry the Lord has laid on my heart for Children in need comes from my prayer life, daily Mass and Holy Hour.  It is beautiful to house children in need and to help them heal.  It can also be very taxing emotionally, physically and spiritually if one does not keep themselves strong in prayer and close to the Trinity and Our Blessed Mother!  The image for the Children is Jesus the Good Shepherd, as He is the one who carries us and leads us!  The image for the Sisters is Mary holding baby Jesus and a Lamb.

Do you feel called by Our Lord to live a life of community prayer, wear the habit and help children who are broken and traumatized heal!?  Please contact me!

We who are baptized carry the Light of Christ within us.  The Light of Christ shines forth when we live our lives as Christians in our homes, places of work and the people we are with.  The 1st Reading tells us how to let the Light of Christ shine through.  I love the children’s song “O be careful little eyes…”  to me it is also an adult song as we are often the ones who stray in what we see and what we do.

Happy 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time & Catholic Schools Week!

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Happy Catholic Schools week!  What a legacy of Education the Catholic Church has!  We have had some key Saints in this month of January, who have been very instrumental in getting Catholic Education going in more then one continent, such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis de Sales, St. Angela Merici and St. John Bosco; and those are just the one’s for January!

I am blessed to have attended Little Flower, St. Michael’s and Pensacola Catholic High and to have taught at St. Anthony’s in Robstown, Our Lady’s Montessori in Kansas City and St. Ann’s in Belcourt!

I am grateful to those who provide Catholic education to those who can afford it and those who provide Catholic Education to those who cannot afford it, for it is an education for everyone rich and poor. Also for those who provide Catholic Home school curriculum and Catholic On Line Schools!

Catholic Schools and Catholic Home schools educate the whole child; spirit, mind and body, realizing that God doesn’t separate the intellect from the rest of the created person.  We also know that learning should lead us closer to God as we learn about the world He created for us!  Learning should excited not just our mind but also our spirit!  Who could come up with the infinite number, the perfect number, but God.  The study of Science, how the body is put together and works, biology, chemistry, etc.  Reading and being able to comprehend what is read, how language and sentences go together so we can communicate.  Social Studies and History, looking at the golden thread that God weaves through the history of man and how we relate to one another.  And lets not forget music, art and physical education to round it all out!

The Gospel Reading for today, I love the Beatitudes!

GospelMT 5:1-12A

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Happy 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time!

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Here is the Gospel for today:

GospelMT 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,
he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea,
in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali,
that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet
might be fulfilled:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people.

The Gospel of the Lord!  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

January is also Right to Life.  Find more about the 9 days of Life on the Catholic Bishops website: www.usccb.org

 

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