Heads up party people . . . It's the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus tomorrow. One of two Meat Fridays we can count on each year! Please plan your day accordingly. 🍴🐂🐄🐃🐖🐑🐏🐐🐓🦃 #Catholic #meatfriday #sacredheart #feastofthesacredheart
Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. Today is the day we celebrate the lasting gift Jesus gave us at the Last Supper, but without the distractions of the other events of the Triduum. Jesus gave us his actual body to eat, and his actual blood to drink. If that sounds like a hard saying to you, well it did to a lot of Jesus' followers in his day as well. Catholics profess belief in transubstantiation. That is, while the bread and wine continue to have all the APPEARANCES of bread and wine, at the moment of the consecration their SUBSTANCE is changed completely to actually be the body and blood of Christ. As Ms. Flannery points out so succinctly, it's NOT a symbol. If your parish offers a Eucharistic procession today, lucky you! Either way, it would be a good day to consider starting the habit of staying after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving before Jesus in the tabernacle. Another traditional practice is to make the sign of the cross anytime you are passing a Catholic Church, to acknowledge that Jesus is in there! #feastofcorpuschristi #Catholic #itstherealdeal
A very serious Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, including our priests! #happyfathersday #Catholic
Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity!
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is coming up on Sunday. And I was thinking about what to have for dinner . . .
Happy Feast of Pentecost and Happy Birthday to the Church! Today, we'll wear red to Mass and have a bonfire and pray this prayer. 🔥💦💨🕊 #comeholyspirit #pentecost #redforpentecost ❤️
Happy Feast of the Visitation, aka pregnant ladies helping pregnant ladies. Today we celebrate Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth, when John the Baptist jumped for joy in Elizabeth's womb. Elizabeth's greeting to Mary makes up part of the Hail Mary, and Mary's reply to her is known as The Magnificat. Today would be an excellent day to recite this prayer, and perhaps the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary? My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. (Lk 1:46-55) #feastofthevisitation #hailmary #magnificat
I've been so busy writing a book on celebrating saints' feast days in the home that I almost missed the feast day of my favorite saint! St. Joan of Arc, pray for us! #feastofstjoanofarc #iamnotafraid #iwasborntodothis
Happy Feast of the Ascension (observed) (for some people) (in some places)! Hey, at least everyone in Heaven is on the same schedule, right? #feastoftheascension #ascensionsunday
Happy Feast of St. Rita of Cascia, wife, mother, nun, stigmatist. Married at a young age, she found that her husband Paolo was an abusive mobster embroiled in a public feud with another family. After years of prayer, good example, and sacrifice, her husband was converted, renounced the feud, and became a better man. They had two sons. As time went by, Paolo remained a changed man, but the feud worsened. Eventually he was betrayed by his allies, and he was violently stabbed to death by a member of the other feuding family. St. Rita publicly forgave her husband's murders, but her sons came under the influence of her husband's brother, and she soon began to fear that they would seek to avenge their father's death. She worked tirelessly to persuade them against retaliation, and, in the end, her sons died of an illness, without having committed mortal sin. After the deaths of her husband and sons, she reconciled the two warring families, then became an Augustinian nun. At the age of sixty, received a partial stigmata: one of Christ's wounds from the crown of thorns appeared on her forehead and remained there the rest of her life. She is officially the patroness of impossible causes, and is often invoked by those in difficult marriages. Because of a miracle featured in the 2002 movie The Rookie, she's unofficially the patron saint of baseball! #feastofstrita #Catholic
Happy Mother's Day with love to all mothers and to everyone with a mother's heart! 😘🌹❤️ #mothersday #catholic #printableprayers
Happy Feast of Our Lady of Fatima! And it's a big one. Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to the three children, Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia. Our Lady of Fatima's messages emphasized prayer and making sacrifices for sinners, a devotion to the Immaculate Heart, and saying a daily rosary. In her July 13, 1917 visit, Our Lady asked the children to add this prayer to the end of each decade of the rosary . . . so, in our house, we do! We're planning to go to Mass and say a family rosary, and hang out at the beach here on the Florida panhandle and attend my cousin's wedding! But if we were home, I might attempt Portuguese food for dinner. Anyone have any Portuguese favorites? #feastofourladyoffatima #ourladyoffatima #liturgicalliving
Happy Good Shepherd Sunday! Let's pray for vocations today . . . O Father, you desire all of us to be happy. Stir up the grace of a religious vocation in the hearts of many men and women. Grant to them the willingness and generosity to give of themselves,their lives, their time and their talents to the service of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord and Savior, and to His Holy Church. May more men and women go forth as priests, deacons, brothers and sisters to bring the truths of our Catholic faith to all others so that soon they, too, may know You better and love You more... and serving You, be truly happy. Amen #catholic #goodshepherdsunday #prayforvocations
It's Star Wars Day! And the Catholics are all . . . #Catholic #starwarsday
Today is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to remind everyone that the dignity of work and of the laborer is a very Christian tradition, with its roots in the Garden of Eden, despite what the Communists were trying to tell everyone. Today would be a good day to tackle a hands-on project, to pray for laborers, and to pray for the conversion of communist nations. #catholic #liturgicalliving #feastofstjosephtheworker #terrorofevilspirits #prayforus
St. Catherine of Siena is one of my very favorite saints. She reminds us that the stereotype of the docile nun isn't the only was to achieve sanctity. St. Catherine was the 22nd of 25 children born to a middle class Italian family. She received no formal education, and remained a lay person her whole life (she was a third order Dominican) but became one of the most respected philosophers of the fourteenth century and was an advisor to religious and political leaders all over Europe. She convinced the Italian authorities to oust an anti-pope, then convinced Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from his hidey hole in Avignon. All with the power of feistiness. #feistygirls #feistycatholics #feastofstcatherineofsiena #printableprayers #intheshop p.s. Thanks for all your prayers and support, we are home from the hospital and, I guess, just trying to be normal? So odd.
Happy Feast of St. Gianna Molla! Today, we'll be spending the day in the hospital to celebrate. 🤕 Seems appropriate, but I don't think I'd like to make a tradition of it. Frankie suffered an accidental head trauma yesterday, that looked like just a bad cut but turned out to be a skull fracture with unresponsiveness and a seizure and an ambulance ride from one hospital to another. Frankie is doing really well this morning, chatting and playing with some new toys. Hopefully we'll be released at the end of the day. Thank you all for your prayers!
Happy Feast of St. Mark, apostle, evangelist, naked guy in the Bible. Wait. What? It's true. St. Mark's gospel features the description of a young man who, after Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gesthemene, ended up fleeing the scene in his altogether. He's known as the naked fugitive (don't google that) and is considered by Bible historians to be the evangelist himself. 🍑👈🙈 St. Mark's symbol is a winged lion, and he is the patron saint of Venice. We'll probably do pizza for dinner tonight, and maybe, if the kids are lucky, we'll arrange the toppings to look like a lion. #Catholic #feastofstmark
Happy Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday! #Catholic #Eastertide #divinemercy #jesusitrustinyou
Happy Easter Saturday! Hope you've still got that joy, joy, joy, joy of the resurrection down in your heart! (I made this image a few years back, which is why it says Blessed rather than St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 🙂.) #eastertide #catholic #heisrisen