May 26: St. Philip Neri

St. Philip was a very happy and friendly saint who wanted only to bring the Good News of Jesus to everyone.

“Heavenly Father, you gave us St. Philip Neri to be for us an example of holy joy and mirth. We ask you as the great day of Pentecost approaches to fill us with this joy of the Holy Spirit as you did your faithful servant Philip Neri. Through his intercession, may we conclude this Easter Season with a heart burning with love for You. May the Holy Spirit so fill our heart and soul that You become our only love and desire. Enkindle in us the zeal and burning love of the disciples gathered into Upper Room on Pentecost Sunday. Then we will glorify You through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit before all the world. Amen.” (from 2 Hearts network)

May 23: Prayer Power

“Mary said a total yes to God. Thus she lived enclosure in His will fully…. All her plans for her life were put aside in favor of God’s. Mary carried Jesus within her and she gave Him to the world – thus she is the perfect cloistered heart….” (from ‘The Cloistered Heart,’ p. 60

Do we remember to say yes to God when He asks things of us? Do we often grumble and choose what we want instead. Say a prayer to Mary now asking her to help you draw closer to her and to say yes to God whatever
He asks of you.

 

May 19: Catechism Byte

Read together verse 2013 of the Catechism. How does
it relate to this month’s theme?

CCC 2013: All Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of charity.  All are called to holiness: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

In order to reach this perfection the faithful should use the strength dealt out to them by Christ’s gift, so that . . . doing the will of the Father in everything, they may wholeheartedly devote themselves to the glory of God and to the service of their neighbor. Thus the holiness of the People of God will grow in fruitful abundance, as is clearly shown in the history of the Church through the lives of so many saints.

May 15: Devotions

“Devotions are times when you focus on the person of God in prayer and/or the Bible and set your heart and mind on his divine truth.
Devotions are quiet times of reflection, confession, worship and examination. Our devotions must be Christ centered and seek to move us into a more intimate and personal relationship with our Lord.” (carm.org)

St. Louis de Montfort wrote True Devotion to Mary and it was published in 1843. He said that, “True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is interior, is tender, that is full of trust in the Blessed Virgin, like the confidence a child has in its mother. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is holy – that is, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate her. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is constant. It strengthens us in doing good and it inspires the soul to seek, not itself, but God alone, in His Holy Mother.”  For more information please visit this website: http://www.legionofmary.ie/devotion/article/characteristics-of-the-true-devotion-to-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

May 7: 4th Sunday of Easter

Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter. We hear a familiar story in the Gospel (John 10: 1-10). Jesus is the shepherd and we are the sheep who follow Him because we know His voice. We are reminded that if we spend time with Jesus, we will know His voice, or the way He speaks to us (through scripture, in prayer, through people etc.) When we don’t spend time with Him, we walk aimlessly through our day.

Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Spend time today with Jesus and really try to listen to what He is calling you to do with your life.

Prayer for Vocations
O God, you sent your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join him in praying for laborers for your harvest. May your Holy Spirit inspire men and women to continue his mission through your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry. May this same Spirit make known your will for my life.

April 29: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education.  She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and had visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430.

Prayer:
O Saint Catherine of Siena, God our Father enkindled the flame of holy love in your heart as you meditated on the Passion of Jesus His Son.  Moved by His grace, you devoted your life to the poor and the sick, as well as to the peace and unity of the Church.  Through your intercession, may we also come to know the love of Jesus, bring His compassion to all, and work for the unity of His Church.  We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen. 
(http://st-catherine-medal.com)

April 27: Catechism Byte

Please read this excerpt that follows the one from earlier this month and discuss:

CCC 562 Christ’s disciples are to conform themselves to him until he is formed in them. “For this reason we, who have been made like to him, who have died with him and risen with him, are taken up into the mysteries of his life, until we reign together with him”

April 25: St. Mark

Today is the feast of St. Mark; writer of one of the four  gospels. “Mark fulfilled in his life what every Christian is called to do; proclaim to all people the good News that is the source of salvation.  In particular, Mark’s way was by writing.  Others may proclaim the Good News by music, drama, poetry or by teaching  children around a family table.”  (www.americancatholic.org)

Prayer:

O God, who raised up Saint Mark, your Evangelist, and endowed him with the grace to preach the Gospel, grant, we pray, that we may so profit from his teaching as to follow faithfully in the footsteps of Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

April 15: Holy Saturday

Tonight we celebrate the solemn Easter vigil at church. It is a celebration that begins in darkness and ends with a jubilee!  This mass focuses on the rich symbolism of our Catholic traditions.

Solemn blessing:

May almighty God bless you through today’s Easter Solemnity and, in his compassion, defend you from every assault of sin. Amen.

And may he, who restores you to eternal life in the Resurrection of his Only Begotten, endow you with the prize of immortality. Amen.

Now that the days of the Lord’s Passion have drawn to a close, may you who celebrate the gladness of the Paschal Feast come with Christ’s help, and exulting in spirit, to those feasts that are celebrated in eternal joy.  Amen. 

(taken from the Sunday missal)

April 14: Good Friday

Today we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  The Sorrowful mysteries of the rosary remind each of us of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice for each of us.  Attend a liturgy together today.  Try to find quiet time today to “think” or “meditate” on Jesus’ death. For some children it is confusing to call this day “Good Friday”  because it clearly is a very sad day.  Explain to them why this day is so very “good” for each of us.

Please read together Mary’s Way of the Cross.