Friday, February 29, 2008

The Fourth Station of the Cross

PREPARTORY PRAYER
Jesus meets His Sorrowful Mother.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
R. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider the meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and Their looks became as so many arrows to wound those Hearts which loved each other so tenderly.

My most loving Jesus, by the sorrow Thou didst experience in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Thy Most Holy Mother. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession, a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son.

I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I repent with my whole heart of having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Source: catholictradition.org

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Some Inspiring Words from Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Do it Anyway
by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred...forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives...be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies...succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you...be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight...build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous...be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow...do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough...give the world the best that you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God...it was never between you and them anyway.

The Third Station of the Cross

PREPATORY PRAYER
Jesus falls the First time.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
R. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider this first fall of Jesus under His Cross. His flesh was torn
by the scourges, His Head crowned with thorns, and He had lost a
great quantity of blood. he was so weakened that He could scarcely
walk, and yet He had to carry this great load upon His shoulders.
The soldiers struck Him rudely and thus He fell several times in His journey.

My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the Cross, but of my sins,
which have made Thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this
first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin.

I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I repent
with my whole heart of having offended Thee. Never permit me to
separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always,
and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Source: catholictradition.org

St. Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi is Noah's favourite Saint. Whenever we get a chance we read stories about this wonderful man. He loved animals so much and loved to lived in poverty. This morning we read, " Saint Francis of Assisi, A Life of Joy " by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. It is a beautiful book that explains in brief the life of Saint Francis. I asked the children to draw a picture and write something about him. This is what they did:

Mia's Picture of St. Francis
Noah's Picture of St. Francis

Home-made Rosaries

The kids made Rosaries yesterday after mass. Our Parish makes Rosaries on Tuesday mornings. They make them for the missions and make them for fundraising. These Rosaries are the ones that Noah and Mia made. Noah made the red and green ones, and Mia made the light blue one. The crucifix on Noah's is the Trinity cross. Mia added a few prayer cards to make the picture even prettier. They bugged Father until he finally blessed them. lol The kids really want to go again and make Rosaries for the missions.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Second Station

 
PREPARATORY PRAYER

My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee, I repent sincerely for having ever offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.

CONCLUDE WITH:
PRAYER TO JESUS CRUCIFIED

Behold O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy
sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee
that Thou wouldst impress my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and
charity, with true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment;
while with deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself and
mentally contemplate Thy Five Wounds, having before my eyes the words
which David the Prophet put on Thy lips concerning Thee:
"They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones."

One Our Father and one Hail Mary, at least, should be said for the Roman
Pontiff's intentions if one is seeking to gain an Indulgence.

Source: catholictradition.org

Homemade Crosses

Today Noah and Mia made crosses using pipe cleaners, wooden beads and felt. They want to share them with you.

This one is Noah's.

This one is Mia's.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The First Station of the Cross

PREPARATORY PRAYER

My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee, I repent sincerely for having ever offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.

Jesus is condemned to Death.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
R. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider that Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.

My Adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate, no it was my sins,
that condemned Thee to die. I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I repent
with my whole heart of having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Source: Catholic Tradition.org

Home School vs. Public School

Friday, February 15, 2008

Too Tired

This is Owen last night at supper. From one moment to the next he was out like a light. We tried to wake him, but with his eyes shut he kept showeling in the noodles. It was priceless. He loves his food, even in his sleep.


Noah studies and writes poetry

Noah has taken a keen interest in reading am memorizing poetry. He read the poem "A Winter Night" by Sara Teasdale and illustrated it. It inspired him to write his own poem titled "A Winter Day". He began composing it during our walk yesterday morning during which he claimed that winter was boring. The trees look naked and there is nothing to see. We saw a magpie atop a high spruce tree. He looked like an ornament that you would put on top of the Christmas tree. That was the only excitement that we had on our walk. I told Noah that he should write about winter and see that it isn't so boring. That is just what he did. At home he wrote his poem. Enjoy.



Thursday, February 14, 2008

Patron Saint of the Year

+JMJ

While looking at some blogs that were suggested on other blogs, I stumbled upon an interesting blog called "The Patron Saint of the Year Ministry". I started reading the blog and thought that I should let a Patron Saint pick me. I wrote an email to Marianne to ask the Saints to chose myself and each member of my family. She was on holidays and I received the long awaited email today. I really wanted to wait until I had my Patron Saint of 2008 before I wrote about it on my blog. The following is an excerpt from the blog and from St. Faustina's diary.

The tradition of letting a saint “pick you,”is not a new one. St. Faustina wrote about it in her diary, "Divine Mercy in My Soul".The excerpt is below.

“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning, during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament,where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”
Excerpt from "Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina"


So what have I been doing all afternoon? Finding out things about our Saints of the year so that I can tell everyone about them at the dinner table tonight. I was a little shattered when I saw who our Patron Saints were. The only one I had ever heard of was my husband's Saint, Saint Andrew the Apostle. After a little research, I began to find out some interesting things about our Saints.

My Patron Saint: Saint Ischryion Feast Day December 22

DH Patron Saint: Saint Andrew Feast Day: November 30

DS Patron Saint: Saint Margaret of Antioch Feast Day: July 20

DD Patron Saint: Saint Pantaleon Feast Day: July 27

DS Patron Saint: Saint Vitalis Feast Day: April 28

Now do you see what I mean? How many of you have heard of these Saints? Well, I found out that all of them were Martyrs.

Saint Ischryion was a Christian who lived in the third century. He was a lowly attendant to an Egyptian magistrate. When one day his master commanded him to offer sacrifices to idols, Ischyrion refused. Furious that his servant would dare to refuse him, the magistrate had him killed in a most savage way; a stake was run into his bowels, impaling him.

Saint Andrew was one of the fishermen of Bethsaida, and brother, perhaps elder brother, of St. Peter, and became a disciple of St. John Baptist. He seemed always eager to bring others into notice; when called himself by Christ on the banks of the Jordan, his first thought was to go in search of his brother, and he said, "We have found the Messias," and he brought him to Jesus. It was he again who, when Christ wished to feed the five thousand in the desert, pointed out the little lad with the five loaves and fishes. St. Andrew went forth upon his mission to plant the Faith in Scythia and Greece, and at the end of years of toil to win a martyr's crown. After suffering a cruel scourging at Patræ in Achaia, he was left, bound by cords, to die upon a cross. When St. Andrew first caught sight of the gibbet on which he was to die, he greeted the precious wood with joy. "O good cross! " he cried, "made beautiful by the limbs of Christ, so long desired, now so happily found! Receive me into thy arms and present me to my Master, that He Who redeemed me through thee may now accept me from thee." Two whole days the martyr remained hanging on this cross alive, preaching, with outstretched arms from this chair of truth, to all who came near, and entreating them not to hinder his passion.

St. Margaret of Antioch, according to an untrustworthy legend, she was the daughter of a pagan priest at Antioch in Pisidia. Also known as Marina, she was converted to Christianity, whereupon she was driven from home by her father. She became a shepherdess and when she spurned the advances of Olybrius, the prefect, who was infatuated with her beauty, he charged her with being a Christian. He had her tortured and then imprisoned, and while she was in prison she had an encounter with the devil in the form of a dragon. According to the legend, he swallowed her, but the cross she carried in her hand so irritated his throat that he was forced to disgorge her (she is patroness of childbirth). The next day, attempts were made to execute her by fire and then by drowning, but she was miraculously saved and converted thousands of spectators witnessing her ordeal-all of whom were promptly executed. Finally, she was beheaded. That she existed and was martyred are probably true; all else is probably fictitious embroidery and added to her story, which was immensely popular in the Middle Ages, spreading from the East all over Western Europe. She is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and hers was one of the voices heard by Joan of Arc.

Saint Pantaleon is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers; died c.305. According to legend he was the son of a rich pagan, but was instructed in Christianity by his mother; he studied medicine and became court physician to Emperor Maximianus; he was denounced to the emperor as a Christian by envious colleagues, but resisted firmly the temptations offered him to apostatize, was condemned to death, subjected to atrocious tortures from which he remained miraculously immune, and was finally decapitated. Patron of physicians and midwives; invoked against consumption. Relics at abbey of Saint Denys, near Paris; his head is at Lyons.

Saint Vitalis was a citizen of Milan, and is said to have been the father of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius. The divine providence conducted him to Ravenna, where he saw a Christian named Ursicinus, who was condemned to lose his head for his faith, standing aghast at the sight of death, and seeming ready to yield. Vitalis was extremely moved at this spectacle. He knew his double obligation of preferring the glory of God and the eternal salvation of his neighbor to his own corporal life: he therefore boldly and successfully encouraged Ursicinus to triumph over death, and after his martyrdom carried off his body, and respectfully interred it. The judge, whose name was Paulinus, being informed of this, caused Vitalis to be apprehended, stretched on the rack, and, after other torments, to be buried alive in a place called the Palm-tree, in Ravenna.

Sources: The New Catholic Dictionary, Butler's Lives of the Saints, Catholic Online

If you would like to know who your Patron Saint of the year is contact Marianne through her blog http://yourpatronsaint.blogspot.com/ It isn't too late. God Bless.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Order of Canada for Dr. Henry Morgentaler?!?

Please follow this link and vote and vote No! It only takes two seconds. Should Dr. Henry Morgentaler (the abortion doctor) be given the Order of Canada?

VOTE NO HERE

Thank you for your vote.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sascha's Birthday Cake.

I just realized that I hadn't posted any pictures of Sascha's birthday cake. I promised Aunt Anne I would on Sascha's birthday, February 2nd. It turned out not too bad if I may say so myself. The fruit roll-up bow was really sweet though.


And here is a picture of the birthday boy with Owen.


School Today

School today went really well for the first time in a long time. I guess I get a little critical of myself when we are not producing anything. I am trying not to fret. I have to remember that we have been focusing a lot on the formation of our children and reading. It is really important to me that my kids don't become machines and produce for the sake of producing. Nonetheless, Noah did some pretty great printing this morning and they made some nice chalk pictures that I wanted to share. Take a look for yourself. Noah's printing is coming along really well.
This is Noah's depiction of St. Bernadette at the grotto kneeling in front of Our Lady of Lourdes.
 
This is Mia's "Winter Scene".

Here is Owen trying his hand at chalk art.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Good News

We have been more involved in doing activites for Lent than doing our actual school work. In Religion class, we have been discussing the "Good News". This is what Noah wrote about the "Good News". We have also been learning about the Beatitudes. We have had discussions about what the season of Lent means. The kids have given up their dinky cars, especially the ones from the Disney Pixar movie and have given up sweets. This is especially hard for them, but they are trying very hard to perservere. I have given up sweets as well and given up snacking between meals. Daddy has given up his beloved coffee and I have agreed not to drink any either. We are also trying as a family to grow in faith and trying to be the best we can be. That isn't too hard for the most part, but we are only human. I hope to post a little more frequently, but also spend less time on the computer. We will see how that works out.
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