Happy Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary! #sacredheartofjesus #havemercyonus #immaculateheartofmary #prayforus
Happy Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (and MEAT Friday!) ✝️🔥❤️ #feastofthesacredheart 🥩 🍖 #meatfriday A plenary indulgence, subject to the usual conditions, is available for the public recitation (in a church, family, or religious community) of the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Most sweet Jesus, You have bestowed on men the benefits of Your charity, but their ingratitude only responds with forgetfulness, negligence and spite. Thus here we prostrate ourselves before Your altar, inspired by the desire to make reparation through a special homage for their culpable indifference and the outrages which, in all ways, they oppress Your most loving Heart. Nevertheless, we remember that we ourselves have been guilty of unworthy conduct in the past, and filled with profound sorrow, we implore Your mercy for us first of all. By voluntary expiation, we are ready to atone for the faults we have committed, ready also to expiate for those who, led astray from the way of salvation and remaining obstinate in their infidelity, refuse to follow You, their Shepherd and chief, thus throwing off the yoke of Your law and trampling the promises of their Baptism. We would like to expiate for too many lamentable faults, making reparation for each of the following: our disorderly conduct, indecent fashions, scandalous corruption of innocent souls, profanation of Sundays and feasts, detestable blasphemies against You and against Your Saints, insults to your Vicar and to Your priests, reckless violations and odious sacrileges to the divine Sacrament of Your love, and finally the public sins of nations who revolt against the rights and authority of Your Church. If only we could erase so many offenses with our own blood! At the least we wish to make reparation to Your outraged honor. We present to You even the satisfaction that You have offered to Your Father on the Cross, and the offering You have renewed each day on the altar. We present that sacrifice to You, accompanied with all the acts of atonement made by the Most Holy Virgin Your Mother, the Saints, and by faithful Christians. We promise You with all of our hearts, with the help of (con’t in comments)
Oh, Flannery, you always did have a way with words. Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ (Corpus Christi)! 🍞🍷💪💉⚪️👅 Today we celebrate the joy and wonder of the gift of the Holy Eucharist without all the distraction and heaviness of the rest of the events of Holy Thursday. Today we CELEBRATE Jesus’ lasting gift of himself to us in the Eucharist. Catholics believe in transubstantiation: that while the “appearances” of the bread and wine remain (the taste, smell, calories, alcohol, gluten, etc), the substance of the bread and wine is actually changed into the actual body and blood of Our Lord. This is, undoubtedly, a “hard saying.” No less now than when Jesus explained all it to a bunch of disbelieving folks (John 6:22-72). But it’s True and Beautiful. Things we’ll plan to do today include making a Eucharistic procession after Mass (plenary indulgence); making sure we have the Act of Spiritual Communion memorized for those times we cannot receive; reciting the “Tantum Ergo”; remembering to always make the sign of the cross whenever passing a Catholic church; and making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament whenever possible, and always for a few minutes after Mass. (Genuflect on one knee if Jesus is in the tabernacle, on two knees if he is exposed in the monstrance.) For dinner, we’ll do a repeat of our Holy Thursday Last Supper Meal: lamb, potato pancakes, herb salad, flat bread, and a rice crispy lamb. #corpuschristi #feastofthemostholybodyandbloodofjesuschrist #ohflannery
Happy Feast of the Visitation! Today we remember Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, when she was pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth was pregnant with St. John the Baptist. We get the words for part of the Hail Mary and all of the Magnificat from the exchange between the two women. The kids suggested at dinner last night that they should all jump in the trampoline today, because St. John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb! 😆My tradition for the day is to make a few casseroles: one for dinner, one for the freezer, and a couple to bring to friends who could use them. So I’m always on the hunt for good casserole recipes. What are your favorites? #feastofthevisitation 😇🤰😇🤰#hailmary #liturgicalliving
Happy Feast of St. Joan of Arc! She was my confirmation saint, and is a daily inspiration to me, to face whatever the day might bring with courage, faith, and dignity! Tribunal, toddlers, whatever. 🤷♀️😂 The plan for dinner is croque madame sandwiches and torched creme brûlée 😏. #feastofstjoanofarc 😇⚔️⚜️🚩🔥 #iamnotafraid #forgodiswithme #iwasborntodothis
Let’s take a moment to pray together on this Memorial Day: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Please share names in the comments of anyone you’d like us to pray for, who died in the service of our country. #memorialday #thefaithfuldeparted
Still my favorite Holy Trinity story . . . The story goes that one day, St. Augustine was walking along the beach in North Africa, pondering the mystery of the Holy Trinity and trying desperately to understand once and for all how there could be three persons in one God. He was distracted from his thoughts by the sight of a boy, who had dug a hole in the sand, and was running back and forth, from the ocean to the hole, dumping in bucketful after bucketful of water. Finally, Augustine’s curiosity got the best of him and he asked the boy, “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “I’m emptying the ocean into this hole.” The man, amused, said, “Why, you can’t empty the ocean into a hole!” The boy looked into his eyes and said, “Neither can your mind understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity.” And then the boy was gone. p.s. my Bucket List feast of the Holy Trinity food is going to be attempted . . . TODAY. Wish me luck! 🦃🦆🐓 #iwatchedayoutubevideo #igotthis #probably #feastoftheholytrinity
The big referendum on abortion in Ireland is on May 25. We said a Rosary today for all of you in Ireland out there being missionaries to a society that looks down upon you for it. Keep up the good fight!
Happy Pentecost and Happy Birthday to the Church! #pentecost #redforpentecost #catholic
Happy Feast of the Ascension, observed to most of us! Today we remember the day that Jesus ascended to heaven, to prepare a place for us, and so that he could send the Holy Spirit into the world. Pentecost, here we come! #feastoftheascension
Happy Mother’s Day to everyone with a mother’s heart.
ALMOST always. #thestruggleisreal 😆😆😬 St. Louise de Marillac was born out of wedlock to Louis de Marillac, Lord of Ferrires, France. She never knew her mother. She grew up and was educated among the aristocracy, but never AS one of them. She desired to enter religious life, but submitted to her family’s desire that she marry. Her marriage was happy, and she raised her one son while being publicly active in parish life and secretly a mystic (as such things were frowned upon in 17th century France). Just after the death of her husband when she was 32, she met St. Vincent de Paul. Over the next ten years, she assisted him with the Confraternity of Charity’s work with poor and neglected children, eventually founding the Daughters of Charity. St. Vincent is considered the heart ❤️ of the orders, and St. Louise the head 💁♀️. Her feast day was recently moved to May 9th from March 15th, as there is a preference on the revised calendar for feast days that are celebrated as particular solemnities to be observed outside of Lent. (The feast day of an order’s founder is a solemnity for that order.) So, our Lulu gets a bonus nameday this year! #feastofstlouisedemarillac
You know you’re Catholic when . . . . Happy Star Wars Day! #catholic #starwarsday #maythefourthbewithyou #andwithyourspirit
When it comes to faith and works, Catholics are both/and. Happy Feast of Ss. Philip and James the Less! #feastofssphilipandjames
Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, instituted by Pope Pius XII in 1955, to remind us of the dignity of work, and the longstanding devotion of workers to St. Joseph. It was especially timely in light of the anti-Catholic Communist propaganda of the time. It’s a good reminder to us to be a little more tireless and upright! #feastofstjosephtheworker
Happy Feast of St. Gianna Molla: Catholic wife, mother of four, and pediatrician (1922-1962). While pregnant with her fourth child, she was diagnosed with a fibroma on her uterus. She was faced with the options of: an abortion, a hysterectomy (the double-effect of which would be the death of the child), or removal of the fibroma only. She chose to remove the fibroma, and gave birth to a healthy baby girl, but died of septic peritonitis a week after the birth, despite doctors’ best efforts to save her. She is often portrayed as having giving her life for her child, which certainly she did, and certainly that is the noblest thing one can do (#thingsjesusdidsay), but I think it’s important to note that that was not her intention. She intended that she would live AND her child would live! As a doctor, she knew the risks, but as a mother, she knew the rewards. She shouldn’t be understood to be a martyr to childbirth or motherhood, although she is an excellent intercessor for either case. St. Gianna was canonized because she lived a life of holiness, as a wife and working mother. She is held up to us as an example for her whole life, not just her death. For so many of us who are striving to find that balance between faith, family, and outside interests (in her case working outside the home), here is someone who did all three well! I really loved the biography I read of her a few years ago, and she was a great consolation to me a year ago today, when Frankie was in the hospital with his depressed skull fracture💀😬. St. Gianna, pray for us! 😇👩⚕️👶 #feastofstgiannamolla
Happy Feast of St. Mark. Not dressing the toddler is liturgically appropriate. 😇🍑🤗😁 #liturgialliving #feastofstmark p.s. new post on the blog including survey results and feast day celebration ideas!
Happy Feast of St. George. Let’s get inspired, people. 😁 The stories of St. George defeating the dragon can be found (like most traditional fantastic saint stories) in the Golden Legend, by Bl. Fr. Jacobus de Voragine. First published in 1260, it was the second most widely read book in medieval Europe. In the story, the villagers of Silene are sacrificing their children to the neighborhood dragon, having run out of sheep. On the day the king’s own lot is drawn, and he must sacrifice his own daughter to the fiery jaws of the dragon, St. George happens upon the waiting princess, vanquishes the dragon, saves the girl (with her help!) and converts the town of 10,000 people to Christianity. He then refuses any reward. Fr. Voragine specifically tells us that many of the stories in the book are allegorical. This story isn’t really about dragons, it’s about pagan religions and human sacrifice. St. George converts the townspeople, and saves their children and their souls, not JUST the princess. It’s a good day to have bangers and mash (Aldi carries white sausages if, like me, you still need to run out for something for dinner) with apple crumble for dessert, and if we can finish our schoolwork in time we’ll make cardboard swords! 😇🐉🗡🏴 #feastofstgeorge #liturgicalliving #catholic
Happy third Sunday of Easter! These are my latest custom images: one for a baby named Ford who is about to be baptized, and one for a twelve year old girl who was just received into the Church. I love getting to be a small part of these important events in people’s lives! 😁 #printableprayers
Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation! Today we celebrate Mary’s “yes,” that changed the world. The traditional meal for today is . . . WAFFLES! This is because in Swedish the words for Lady Day (another name for this feast day) sound very similar to Waffle Day! So, waffles it is! If I can make it to Party City this afternoon there will even be “It’s a Boy” baby shower decorations to go along with them, because *I* don’t find out what I’m having ahead of time . . . but Mary did. 😁 We’ll read the story of the Annunciation from Luke 1:26-38, and the kids might even act it out as a puppet show! #feastoftheannunciation #liturgicalliving #catholic #waffledayobserved p.s.The observation of the Annunciation was moved to today from its usual date of March 25th, because Palm Sunday fell on that day.