Monday, January 31, 2011
Monday: Beef Enchiladas, Cheese Dip
Tuesday: Soup and bread
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie, Honey Cornbread
Thursday: Catholic Couple's Group
Friday: Fettuccine with black bean sauce
Saturday: Caribbean grilled chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans
Sunday: Cinnamon breakfast bites, eggs, bacon
Today is the feast of St. John Bosco. He is the patron saint of Christian apprentices, editors, publishers, school children and young people. St. John Bosco dedicated his life to the education of children, and advocated teaching and disciplining children through love, not punishment. What a great saint for mothers, fathers and teachers, right?
This morning in the Office of Readings there was a fantastic except from St. John Bosco's writings. What an inspiration it was for me especially in regards to parenting some of my more strong-willed children!
From a letter by Saint John Bosco, priest
Ideas for Celebrating This Feast Day
- Have an Italian Feast as a family.
- Pray for all educators, especially those devoted to Catholic Education!
- Pray for all children that they may grow to love and serve God.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Today is the Feast of St. Angela Merici. She is the foundress of the Ursulines whose purpose is to educate young girls. Today let us pray for all educators and for all those dedicated to forming the youth.
As our Savior says: “A good tree is not able to produce bad fruit.” He says: A good tree, that is, a good heart as well as a soul on fire with charity, can do nothing but good and holy works. For this reason Saint Augustine said: “Love, and do what you will,” namely, possess love and charity and then do what you will. It is as if he had said: Charity is not able to sin. Mothers of children, even if they have a thousand, carry each and every one fixed in their hearts, and because of the strength of their love they do not forget any of them. In fact, it seems that the more children they have the more their love and care for each one is increased. Be sincerely kind to every one according to the words of our Lord: “Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” Thus you are imitating God, of whom it is said: “He has disposed all things pleasantly.” And again Jesus said: “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” - from by Saint Angela Merici
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Timothy. He was converted to Christianity by St. Paul the Apostle and was later the head of the church in Ephesus. He is the patron saint of stomach problems and intestinal disorders.
Today are family will be saying an extra prayer for Uncle Timothy (my younger brother) as he celebrates his patron saint!
Ideas for Celebrating this Feast Day
- Read some scripture as a family from the books of Timothy.
- Pray for all those people suffering with stomach and intestinal aliments.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Today's feast day is the Conversion of St. Paul. It never ceases to amaze me how God works in people's hearts. Today let us pray for conversion. Not only for the conversion of of those far from God, but also for our own conversion. Let us pray that our love for God grows stronger and that our relationship with Him goes deeper.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Today is the feast of St. Francis de Sales. He is a Doctor of the Church and is most famous for his sermons and writings, particularly An Introduction to the Devout Life. Below is an excerpt from this book, in which St. Francis de Sales reminds us that we can all attain a devout and spiritual life no matter what our position in society is.
St. Francis de Sales is the patron saint of journalists and on a personal note the patron saint of my home Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Today let us pray for his intercession in a special way as we strive to attain holiness in our vocations, whatever they may be.
From The Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales, bishop
Devotion must be practised in different ways
Monday: Potluck Dinner with women from church (Dad and kids eat leftovers.)
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner (Eggs, Bacon, Belgian Waffles)
Wednesday: Taco Soup, Grilled Cheese
Thursday: Catholic Couple's Group
Friday: MOMS Potluck (Kids eat chicken nuggets, corn, Macaroni and Cheese.)
Saturday: Lasagna, Italian Salad, La Cloche bread
Friday, January 21, 2011
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Agnes. She was an early Christian martyr who remained faithful to Christ through all trials. Here are some of the famous stories from her life. She is the patron saint of the Children of Mary, girls and engaged couples. Thank you, Jesus, for her beautiful witness of faith and love!
On a more personal note, today our family will especially be remembering Uncle Kevin and Aunt Meagan as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage on July 2, 2011!
Ideas for Celebrating this Feast Day
- Pray for girls in your family, especially that they would be filled with love, faith and purity.
- Pray for all those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage.
- Pray a rosary or part of a rosary asking for Mary's intercession for you and your loved ones.
- Pray for the future spouses of your children or loved ones.
- Since St. Agnes is often portrayed with a lamb, make lamb cut out cookies or do a lamb craft.
Let us gain courage for our own battle
by honoring the martyrdom of the glorious virgin Agnes.
St. Agnes, vessel of honor,
flower of unfading fragrance,
beloved of the choirs of Angels,
you are an example to the worth of virtue and chastity.
O you who wear a Martyr's palm
and a virgin's wreath,
pray for us that,
though unworthy of a special crown,
we may have our names written in the list of Saints.
( A hymn by Adam of St. Victor)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Sebastian patron saint of athletes and soldiers. He was a martyr in Rome during the Diocletian persecution. Take some time today to pray for athletes and soldiers.
Ideas for Celebrating this Feast as a Family
- Pray a Rosary or Decade of a Rosary for athletes and soldiers
- Pray for a famous athlete.
- Pray for all people in the military.
- Send a card to someone serving in the military.
Prayer to St. Sebastian
Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, you chose to be also a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings, for which you were condemned to die. Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. So another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord. May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been. Amen. (Catholicculture.org)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Today is the feast of St. Fillan. He was a hermit. One interesting story about him is that he was building a church, and he used an ox to help him with the work. One day a wolf killed the ox. St. Fillan then got the wolf to do the ox’s work.
He is the patron saint of mental illnesses and disorders, as well as for people who struggle with mental illness.
Today let us pray for all those struggling with any mental illness, and for their caregivers. Lord, help us to be compassionate, merciful, and kind to all those we meet.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Monday: Grandma and Grandpa's House
Tuesday: Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Wednesday: Stuffed Green Peppers, corn
Thursday: Catholic Couple's Group- dessert
Friday: Black Bean Enchiladas, cheese dip
Saturday: Manicotti from Freezer, corn, bread, salad
Sunday: Taco Soup, bread
Today is the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot. St. Anthony is a founder of monasticism and the first Christian monk. He is credited with opening the first Christian monastery for those who desired to give themselves completely to God and live in a monastic community.
On a personal note, one of his patronages is for skin diseases and eczema sufferers. Both of my boys have had horrible problems with eczema, so I was excited to learn that I could pray for St. Anthony's intercession in our battles with their skin diseases!
Ideas for Celebrating this Feast
- Tradition states that the devil often appeared in the form of a pig to tempt St. Anthony. Serve pork today and discuss the power of God and resisting the temptations of the devil.
- Pray for Monks, and thank God for their daily prayers.
Friday, January 14, 2011
This announcement brings me great joy! Let us give thanks to God!
Venerable John Paul II will be beatified on May 1, 2011, which also happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
"In our attempt to penetrate God's truth we are held within the bonds of ignorance by the weakness of our minds. We comprehend Divine ideas by earnest attention to God's teaching and by obedience to the faith which carries us beyond mere human apprehension." St. Hilary
God grant us the grace to better understand Your truths and practice them in our lives.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
In case you haven't heard yet, the Members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, "voted and approved a miracle attributed to intercession of Venerable John Paul the II".
I don't know about any of you, but this brings great joy to my heart. While John Paul the II was living, I was blessed to have been in his presence two times. Words cannot even begin to describe the multitude of emotions that I was overcome with each time that I was near him. All I can say is that the tears never stopped streaming down my face, and that my heart was filled with love. I knew that I was in the presence of someone holy, good, and special!
Thank you Jesus for blessing us with this holy man, and allowing him to lead our Church for so long!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Yesterday I finally made the bread I have been waiting for, and it was just as good as I imagined it!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Since Christmastime, the kids have been begging and praying for significant snowfall. Well, today their prayers were answered!
Monday: Rigatoni alla Norcina, Homemade Bread, Salad
Tuesday: Planned Leftovers (Chili, Smothered Chicken, Pasta)
Wednesday: Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese, Salad, Corn and Bread
Thursday: Catholic Couple's Group...Salad to share
Friday: Natural Family Planning Meeting...Appetizer to Share
Saturday-Sunday: Headed to Paris to visit family!!!!!!