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
Happy Easter Friday! Meat's back on the menu, boys. Did you know . . . That Friday abstinence from meat is NOT just a Lent thing? It's true. Every Catholic should be making an act of penance every Friday (not just during Lent). Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It used to be that the required Friday penance for all Catholics was to abstain from meat. However, in the US, the guidelines were changed in 1966 to allow each person to choose his own act of penance, but at the time of the change the bishops stated that abstinence from meat was still the PREFERRED Friday penance. Among the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance which we especially commend to our people for the future observance of Friday, even though we hereby terminate the traditional law of abstinence binding under pain of sin, as the sole prescribed means of observing Friday, we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat.We do so in the hope that the Catholic community will ordinarily continue to abstain from meat by free choice as formerly we did in obedience to Church law. (Pastoral Statement On Penance And Abstinence) Since Easter is eight straight solemnities, Sunday to Sunday, Easter Friday is one of the two solemnities we can count on to trump Friday abstinence every year (Sacred Heart is also always a Friday, and others move and might fall on a Friday depending on the year.) So . . . Happy Easter! We're planning fancy burgers for dinner tonight. What's for dinner at your house? #catholic #Eastertide #meatfriday
Happy Easter Thursday! Question of the day: Anyone take up Lenten disciplines that you're trying to keep up year-round? I'm back on the Dr. Pepper train, obviously, but I didn't even notice having switched from regular tea to herbal, so I haven't switched back. And the kids don't seem to miss pop music in the car, so we're sticking with classical music and audiobooks so far. And I got much more done when I was listening to audiobooks on my own time, rather than watching Netflix, but then I started Prison Break, so, um . . . #thecountofmontecristoaintgotnothinonmichaelscofield #eastertide #catholic #intheshopuponrequest
Happy Easter Wednesday! We are halfway through our Easter week of solemnities (Meat Friday on the horizon!), and just getting started on Eastertide, which goes all the way to Pentecost. One thing our family does to remember the Easter season is to add this ancient call and response to the end of our grace before meals, and family rosary. After we all say Amen, someone says, He is Risen. and everyone else shouts, He is Risen Indeed! It's a little thing, but the kids love it, and it helps us stay mindful of the joy of Easter for all fifty days. #catholic #Eastertide #heisrisen
Did you know . . . that the Regina Caeli is traditionally said in place of the Angelus throughout Eastertide (Easter to Pentecost)? It's a lovely prayer, but I find it helps to have the words to look at, since I don't know it as well! Queen of Heaven V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia. R. Pray for us to God, alleluia. V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia. Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. #Catholic #easter #reginacaeli #queenofheaven
Happy Easter Monday! Today we'll . . . do nothing in particular! Does anyone have any traditions for keeping Easter through this whole week, and the Easter season through Pentecost? The only real family traditions we have for the whole Easter season are adding the call and response He is Risen: He is Risen Indeed! to the end of grace, having desserts all week, rewarding good behavior with jelly beans from the jar that held the Lent sacrifice beans, and trying to remember that we are supposed to say the Regina Caeli instead of the Angelus at noon. The big kids are out of school all week so I know there is going to be sleeping in and Easter candy and screens (and doing their regular chores and watching the little kids and playing outside). And I'm going to get some writing done! Yay for breaks! #Easter #heisrisen #catholic
Happy Easter! He is Risen!
It's Holy Saturday. It is our Church's day of Great Silence. No bells, no sacraments (except in case of danger of death). Today Jesus went to the Limbo of the Fathers to release all the holy men and women who came before him from their waiting and welcome them to heaven. Adam and Eve, Moses, David, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, it must have been a very happy day and a happy reunion for those folks. Meanwhile, back on earth, Jesus' disciples were lost, confused, heartbroken, and could do nothing much about it because it was the sabbath. Except for Mary. We know that Mary understood Jesus' mission and plan in a way that no one else among his followers did. I like to imagine her waking up this morning, after having gone through the worst day any mother could suffer, and immediately setting about tidying the house, and preparing some of Jesus' favorite foods because she had believed the words that were spoken to her. She must have known, she must have trusted, that Jesus would conquer death. So today, in our home, is traditionally a day of preparation. We take down Lent decorations and put up Easter decorations, we prepare food in advance of tomorrow's feast, we dye Easter eggs. I make sure everyone's new Easter clothes fit and are clean and ironed. It's a fun, quiet, mellow, anticipatory type day, which is welcome after the rush of sorrow and activities of the last two days. However THIS particular Holy Saturday, four of my kids have an all day track meet. I gotta say, I had a bit of a Liturgical Living Guru crisis of conscience when I found out about it. We don't DO STUFF ON HOLY SATURDAY, I may have shouted. But, the husband and I talked it through. A track meet isn't an Easter Egg hunt, it's not an early celebration of tomorrow. This particular track meet is important to attend, for a variety of reasons. We will still be waiting and anticipating, we'll just be doing it in a different location. So, I prepped food yesterday morning, and we'll dye eggs quickly this afternoon, and we'll see how it goes. It won't be exactly the Holy Saturday I wanted, but sometimes that works out for the best. #Catholic #liturgicalliving #holysaturday #holyweek
Today is Good Friday, the day of Jesus' scourging, crucifixion, and death. It is a day of fasting and abstinence, which currently means one regular meat-free meal, and two small meat-free snack meals that together would add up to one meal. Today we will start the day with hot cross buns, the traditional Good Friday baked good (don't forget to kiss the cross). We'll dress in somber colors and try to stay mindful all day of what is happening to Jesus at that moment. It's a good morning to tackle a chore I've been putting off (#perspective). Jesus hung on the cross from noon to three, so we'll attempt to maintain silence in the house during those hours (little kids will be napping during a good chunk of it). We won't succeed, but we'll make an effort. In the afternoon we'll attend a Good Friday communion service (no Masses today). Tonight we will host our last stations of the cross, this time accompanied by a modest catfish fry, and a double movie screening: The Passion of the Christ for grownups and teens, The Miracle Maker for younger kids. #goodfriday #holyweek #catholic #liturgicalliving
Today is Holy Thursday. It's often also called Maundy Thursday, after the Latin word for mandate because on this day, Jesus gave us the New Commandment (or mandate): Love one another, as I have loved you. A whole lot of other stuff happened today, too. Jesus and his disciples celebrated the Passover together in the upper room, during which Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and the sacramental priesthood, he washed the feet of his disciples, he experienced the agony in the garden, he was betrayed by Judas, AND by Peter, after predicting both, he was brought before the high priests, and Pontius Pilate, and Herod, tried and convicted. Today, we will follow the traditional practice of visiting seven churches. We'll do it during the day even though it's traditionally done at night after the Mass of the Last Supper, because we've got babies. We'll have a Last Supper meal featuring lamb and bitter herbs and unleavened bread, and we'll talk about the Passover and the seven plagues, and we'll celebrate the institution of the priesthood with a lamb cake. We'll wash each other's feet at home, and some of us will attend Mass in the evening and spend some time afterwards at the altar of repose. And we'll try to love one another through it all! #holythursday #maundythursday #holyweek #liturgicalliving #catholic