Prayer

Novena for Pentecost

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Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy Love.
V/ Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R/ And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O God, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people by sending them the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Come, Holy Ghost, Sanctifier all powerful, God of Love, Thou who didst fill the Virgin Mary with grace, Thou who didst wonderfully transform the hearts of the Apostles, Thou who didst endow all Thy martyrs with a miraculous heroism, come and sanctify us. Illumine our minds, strengthen our wills, purify our consciences, rectify our judgments, set our hearts on fire, and preserve us from the misfortune of resisting Thine inspirations. Amen.

More from Mother’s Manual

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An excerpt from A. Frances Coomes’ Mother’s Manual. It is written as a reflection, almost an examination of conscience. I found it a helpful to meditate upon:

My home it is highly important that I endeavor to make it an attractive, cheerful place for my husband and my children.

It should not be forgotten that the attitude I manifest towards my husband may greatly influence authority in the home. The children may learn much from my manifest attitude

Children should not be witness to angry words between parents. Sometimes the great virtue asked of me may be silence- a patient and cheerful (not angry) silence.

My husband’s job of providing and managing family affairs may be vexing and worrisome. The home as an attractive place when he returns from work, my readiness to share his concerns, words of encouragement – and of praise at times the tenderness of understanding and wifely affection when he is worried or discourages.

Nagging can never do anything but effect destruction and promote discord. The need of cheerful silence, at times – and of patience. . .

“Two in one flesh”  is God’s plan for man and wife. When my husband looks to me for affection – even though I may be tired or distressed – I must know that in a true sense I am part of him, as he of me. Real selflessness and generosity at times is called for. How do I respond? With gentleness? tenderness?

The attractiveness of my person- even inside the home . . . In the morning – before my husband leaves for work . . . an nourishing breakfast according to his preferences? My apperance in serving it

 

Baptism of Tears

St. Bernard’s words to a couple who lost an unborn infant:

Your faith spoke for this child. Baptism for this child was only delayed by time. Your faith suffices. The waters of your womb—were they not the waters of life for this child? Look at your tears. Are they not like the waters of baptism? Do not fear this. God’s ability to love is greater than our fears. Surrender everything to God.

-St. Bernard

 

Proverbs 31

From Proverbs 31 woman ebook I’ve been reading as a Lenten reflection:

So let me tell you what a wife of noble character does not look like:

1. She does not rival her husband.

2. She does not mope around and complain about her housework.

3. She does not overspend and put her family into debt.

4. She is not bored, discontent, greedy or selfish.

5. She does not gossip and slander others.

6. She does not spend her days doing leisurely shopping, texting, emailing, web browsing, watching late night movies, and sleeping in.

7. She does not criticize, mock, or disrespect her husband.

8. She does not have children and a husband who embarrass her.

9. She does not let her outer beauty take precedence over her inner beauty.

10. She does not take God’s word lightly.

A wife of noble character, who can find? She is rare! And when she is found – her value is priceless! She is a treasure to her husband. I want to be that ruby! In order to become like the Proverbs 31 woman, we must humble ourselves and see our flaws. We must be willing to change some things – our attitudes, our thought patterns, our work ethic, our words, and what we spend our time on. But by God’s grace, you can become a woman of noble character! So for today, begin by evaluating yourself against the list above. Which character quality are you weak in? Pray and ask God for the strength to change!

50 Simple Steps to Wearing a Chapel Veil

you could  wear an attractive hat instead of a veil. However, I found church hats to be scarce and more expensive.

Copied from this site : “50 Simple Stept to Wearing A Chapel Veil or Mantilla”

You might think that the only step to wearing a mantilla to Mass is, you know, wearing it. (And getting one if you don’t have one.)

Bah! Codswallop! Humbug!

Such ignorance! But don’t worry, that’s why I’m here.

I’ve broken down this incredibly complex process into 50 simple steps. I can’t promise you success, but if you follow my 50 steps, you will succeed!

  1. Think about wearing a veil or mantilla.
  2. A lot.
  3. Don’t let anyone because that would be weird.
  4. Find you can’t get it out of your mind.
  5. Pray about it.
  6. Mention it your family or friends, all hypothetically of course!
  7. Bring it up again.
  8. Be surprised that they aren’t fazed by it — some are even enthusiastic! (Weirdos…)
  9. Decide it can’t hurt to check out some veils from The Catholic Company, Veils by Lily,Liturgical Time Veil Shop, Designs by BirgitSilver Tree Treasures, or Peter’s Bride or evenAmazon which has some lovely Spanish style mantillas!
  10. Find that the desire to veil isn’t leaving, and doesn’t seem likely to do so anytime soon.
  11. Pray about it more.
  12. Go back to those stores.
  13. Pull out your best friend, the credit card.
  14. Pick a veil length: long, medium or short.
  15. Pick a veil colour: white, black, ivory, purple, gold, or hot pink polka dots on lime green.
  16. Agonise over whether to choose French lace or Spanish lace (this is easily the hardest part.)
  17. Order it.
  18. Immediately regret your decision and think you’re an idiot.
  19. Wait.
  20. Fret.
  21. Get the package in the mail!
  22. Squeal!
  23. Try the veil on in the mirror!
  24. Squeal more!!
  25. Upload a pic to Facebook…
  26. Wait excitedly for the next time you go to Mass.
  27. Find you can’t wait.
  28. Go to Adoration with your veil.
  29. Pray about it.
  30. Feel a bit bad that you might have gone to Adoration just to wear your veil.
  31. Remind yourself that Jesus was glad to see you anyway.
  32. Take your veil to Mass on Sunday.
  33. Take deep, steadying breaths as you put it on your head.
  34. Secure with pins or clips.
  35. Or hazard it not falling off. (Some do, some don’t.)
  36. Walk nervously into church.
  37. Genuflect, and kneel to pray.
  38. Feel very self-conscious.
  39. Tug on your mantilla to make sure it’s secure but pretend to do it surreptitious. (WHAT IF SOMEONE SEES???)
  40. Look around to see if people are totally judging you.
  41. Be surprised that they’re not.
  42. Get a bit disappointed that it’s not even making a stir.
  43. I mean, you’re the only one! Doesn’t that deserve at least some whispered censures?
  44. Almost by accident, glance up at Our Lord on the Crucifix.
  45. Try to suppress your smile.
  46. Remember that’s why you’re doing this: for Him.
  47. Thank God for the joy of wearing your veil.
  48. Pray that it will only help you to love Him better.
  49. Smile.
  50. And realise He’s already answering your prayers.

Fool-proof, right? 😉

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Confessions of a Catholic Housewife

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In the last few months I have made an effort to go to confession weekly.  Usually I go to confession once every few months. I didn’t expect much from this practice – which of course is silly, but I didn’t.

The first month I began to enjoy the custom, I felt better prepared to receive the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday. By The second month I began to feel a bit discouraged about confessing the same sins over and over and over again. Mainly losing my patience with my children, disciplining them in anger not love.  At first, I just confessed my sins I did not think of how I was going to amend my life. But then it hit me, I need to amend my life! I need to avoid the near occasion of sin! I promised that I would after I confessed. Yes, it took me two months to come to this!

I began to reflect on what was an occasion of sin for me? When I was single and dating, this seemed pretty clear to me. A near occasion of sin would involve being alone with a man, a prolonged embrace etc. It seemed to be a very concrete thing to avoid. But this sin of anger seemed different more abstract, how do I avoid it?  I began to seek ways to avoid the near occasion of sin.

By coming to Christ again and again and again, not in despair but in trusting His mercy, graces flowed. The Lord showed me my heart, my sin, slowly, gently, it hit me:

“My child, you have been slothful in your duties.”

Slothfulness? My anger was stemming from slothfulness? I hadn’t even thought that I had a problem with that – I cook, I clean, I do laundry, my house is organized!

Again:

“My child, you have been slothful in your duties.”

It was true, I neglected to guide my children through sheer laziness.  I ignored their mischief, their problems, and let them escalate, not out of necessity or because I was  preoccupied, but from laziness. I let it spiral until the point of anger, yelling, sarcasm, disrespect.

Again:

“My child, you have been slothful in your duties.”

My soul was still. There were no excuses.

“Yes, Lord. forgive me. Make me new!”

There was nothing more that I could say, I was looking at sin, my sin, no one else’s but mine and it took months to come to it. Examining my conscience again and again my true problem surfaced through grace.

Go to confession. Go again and again and again and again and again for our Lord is gentle, loving, forgiving. He will show you your heart and then He will make it new. Do not let shame or fear or despair keep you from His mercy and love- go!

Holy Face Chaplet

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To honor the Five wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to ask of God the Triumph of His Holy Church.

Sign yourself with the cross and say: O God, Come to my assistance/ O, Lord make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father . . .

On the first three single beads say: My Jesus, Mercy. Glory be to the Father, ect.

On the group beads of six say: Arise, O Lord, and let thy enemies be scattered/ and let them that hate Thee flee before Thy face

On the Single beads between the decades say: My Jesus, Mercy. Glory be to the Father ect.

On the Medal say: O God, Our protector look upon us /and look upon the face of Thy Christ.

33 beads in honor of Our Lord’s 33 years.

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