Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 9 - Novena to St. Therese


Peace be with you!
 
Today is the last day of the St. Therese novena!
 
I hope this has been a great blessing for you!
 
Today, let's pray for selflessness. St. Therese gave of herself to her Carmelite sisters in love.
 
Let's pray that God will give us the grace to unconditionally love our friends, family and even our enemies. Let us ask St. Therese's intercession that we may love those who we find most difficult to love!
 
Here are the prayers for today:
 
Day 9 - Novena to St. Therese
 
Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
 
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...
 
(State your intentions)
 
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.
 
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
 
Loving God, St. Therese never doubted that her life had meaning. Help me to see how I can bless and love everyone in my life. Especially...
 
I love your people, Lord. Help me to love them more!
I reflect you to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect you more clearly!
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!
 
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...
 
Amen.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 8 - Novena to St. Therese


Peace be with you!
 
Today, let's pray for an emptying out of ourselves so that we can be Christ to others. Let's pray for the realization that our lives may be the only Gospel that some people ever read.
 
With that in mind let us continue on with our daily activities and responsibilities as St. Therese would. Doing small things with great love for the Glory of God!
 
Here are the prayers for today:
 
Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
 
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...
 
(State your intentions)
 
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.
 
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
 
Loving God, You loved St. Therese with a powerful love and made her a source of strength to those who had lost faith in You. Help me to pray with confidence for those in my life who do not believe they can be loved.
 
I reflect you to the world, Lord. Help me to reflect you more clearly!
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!
 
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...
 
Amen.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Why I Love my Farmer's Market and Will Miss it Until Next Summer

The pale specimens at the top of the bowl: good-looking (compared to their peers), on-the-vine supermarket tomatoes, around $2/lb.
The lovely red ones at the bottom: ugly, seconds-for-canning farmer's market tomatoes, 38¢/lb.

And did I mention that the latter are organic?

Day 7 - Novena to St. Therese


Peace be with you!
 
Today, let's pray for a greater dependence on God. Our culture is constantly pushing us to rely on ourselves, to be totally self-sufficient.
 
But, we are not, we belong to God -- we must rely on Him for everything just like St. Therese.
 
St. Therese, pray for us!
 
Here are the prayers for today:
 
Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
 
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...
 
(State your intentions)
 
Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.
 
Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.
 
Loving God, St. Therese offered to You her weakness. Help me to see in my weakness an opportunity to rely completely on you.
 
I rely on you, Lord. Help me to rely on you more!
I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!
 
Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...
 
Amen.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 6 - Novena to St. Therese


Peace be with you!
 
Despite great suffering at the end of her life, St. Therese still trusted deeply in God. Today, let's pray to have the same trust and strength when we suffer through hard times.
 
The suffering can come in many forms, but none of us are immune to it. Jesus carried His cross and asked us to take up ours and follow Him.
 
Since that is what He asks, He will give us the grace and strength to endure the suffering of this life as long as we continue to trust and hope in Him.
 
St. Therese, pray for us!
 
Here are the prayers for today:
 
Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.
Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, St. Therese experienced every day as a gift from You. She saw it as a time to love You through other people. May I, too, see every day as an opportunity to say yes to You.

I accept your will, Lord. Help me to accept your will every day!
I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Amen.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 5 - St. Therese Novena


From today's email:
Peace be with you!

I'm getting some amazing emails from people praying this novena! God is certainly listening!

As we continue this powerful novena, I'd like to pray for spiritual motherhood. Religious Sisters need to be spiritual mothers to all those they encounter.

So, let's pray for them and for all women praying with us to have the spiritual motherhood of the Saints!

Here are the prayers for today:

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, You gave St. Therese the gift of forgiving others even when she felt hurt and betrayed. Help me to be able to forgive others who have wounded me, especially...

I try to forgive, Lord. Help me to forgive 70 times 7 times!
I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Amen.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 4 - St. Therese Novena


From this morning's email:

Peace be with you!

As we continue to pray for more women to answer God's call to the religious life, I'd like to pray for something else as well.

Today let's pray for all those looking for work. Let's pray for everyone who is under paid and those who are unable to work. Let's pray for just and lasting employment for those who need it most.

And, of course, for your intentions!

Here are the prayers for today:

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God whom you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, You taught St. Therese how to find You through the "little way" of humility and simplicity. Grant that I may never miss the grace hidden in humble service to others.

I am humble, Lord. Give me more humility!
I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...
Amen.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 3 - St. Therese Novena

From Pray More Novenas:  We have reached 27,098 people praying this novena together! Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word! (you can still keep spreading it!)

Today, let's pray for free and open communication within our lives. Communication is the foundation to trust, honesty and therefore love.

Here are the prayers for today:

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, you gave St. Therese the ability to see You in the ordinary routine of each day. Help me to be aware of your presence in the everyday events of my life.

I see you, Lord. Help me to see you more!
I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Amen.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

St. Therese Novena - Day 2


Peace be with you!

Today, let's pray for all the relationships in our lives. Let's pray that we can be more loving and open within our relationships with family, friends and God.

Here are the prayers for today:

Day 2 - Novena to St. Therese

Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, you loved St. Therese's complete trust in your care. Help me to rely on your providential care in each circumstance of my life, especially the most difficult and stressful.

I trust you, Lord. Help me to trust you more!
I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Amen.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 1 - Novena to St. Therese


Dearest Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.

Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions...

(State your intentions)

Pray for me that I, like you, may have great and innocent confidence in the loving promises of our God. Pray that I may live my life in union with God's plan for me, and one day see the Face of God who you loved so deeply.

Saint Therese, you were faithful to God up until the moment of your death. Pray for me that I may be faithful to our loving God. May my life bring peace and love to the world through faithful endurance in love for God our savior.

Loving God, you blessed St. Therese with a capacity for a great love. Help me to believe in your unconditional love for each of your children, especially for me.

I love you, Lord. Help me to love you more!

Our Father...
Hail Mary...
Glory Be...

Amen.

Cloche Tip to the nice people at Pray More Novenas.  
We recommend signing up for their service directly, but since I heard from two people yesterday who were having trouble with that for one reason or another, I'm going to reprint this novena here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

St. Therese Novena Instructions

We've had a request to print the daily prayers for this novena here, so I may as well start with the introductory letter I received today:

Tomorrow is the first day of the novena to St. Therese!

Are you ready?

St. Therese is known as a miracle worker. She is a powerful intercessor and she wants nothing more than for you to come closer to Jesus.

St. Therese was a very holy young carmelite nun in France. She lived a simple yet profound life that was entirely dedicated to God.

Nuns are great, don't you think?

Wouldn't the world be better off with more nuns like St. Therese?

If you agree, then I think you will like my intention for this novena!

But, before I tell you what it is, I want to give you an update on our goal. We want to get 35,000 people praying this novena.

Well, since Wednesday we've had 1,292 new people sign up! So, we're up to 25,109!

That's good, but it's not going to get us to 35,000. So, after I tell you about my intention, I'd like you to do something. If you haven't already, take a moment to sit down and think about who in your life would be interested in praying this powerful novena.

Who do you know who needs God right now?

Think of those people and then invite them to sign up to pray with you here:

http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-therese-novena/

Ok, now to my intention...

Like I said, it would be great to have more holy nuns just like St. Therese! So, I'm praying for this great project that is encouraging young women to answer God's call!

It's called the One Rose project.

I could tell you more about it, but it would be best if you just watch the video here:

http://imaginesisters.org/onerose/

I hope you'll be a part of the One Rose Project :)

Now, to post your intention - go here http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-therese-novena/#comment

*Note - If you post an intention, your name will be posted publicly. If your intention is private in nature you can use your initials instead.

I'm praying for you!

God bless you!
John-Paul - PrayMoreNovenas.com

St. Therese Novena

Sign up today to start receiving email reminders for a novena to Saint Therese in your inbox.  I've already done this a couple times and it's easy and free and highly recommended!  The novena starts tomorrow, so put it on today's to-do list.  It just takes a minute.

(I guess I'm on an "email reminder" theme today.)

Year of Faith

If you've been reading any Catholic news outlets at all, you've probably heard that the Holy Father has declared the upcoming year to be The Year of Faith.  The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary* of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and not surprisingly the Catechism is a major theme of the year.  Another theme announced by Archbishop Fisichella is the Creed, with the idea that the profession of faith would become "a daily prayer, learned by heart, as it was in the first centuries of Christianity."

Of course, the Vatican is launching things in their own, unique way with a web site, a special Mass, and an official song for the occasion, but I'm more interested in what parishes, families, and individual Catholics are doing to receive the graces of this year.  To that end, it's interesting to finally see some news in this category.  To promote the reading of the Catechism, Flocknote has created what looks like a really simple program to read through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year.  Simply sign up here and beginning on October 11 you'll get an email with your daily reading assignment.
"And as you read a little bit every day, the truths of God will soak into your soul. You’ll gain new insights into how these things apply to your life. You’ll find yourself growing stronger in faith and closer to God as the year goes because the Catechism is truly light along the path of faith. Isn’t that what the Year of Faith is all about?" **
If you know of any plans for celebrating the Year of Faith, or have suggestions, mention them in the comment box.  And when we hear of things, we'll be sure to post them here; just watch for the Year of Faith logo.


*Seriously, it's been 20 years?  Boy, does that make me feel old!
**Cloche Tip to Marc Cardaronella


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Recent Projects: Chalkboard Towel Rack

While the blog may have been rather quiet this summer, I think I can speak for all of the Church Ladies in saying that we kept quite busy in our domestic churches. Knowing that I'd be more inclined to cozy up to my computer as the weather cooled, however, I made sure to snap some photos as I went, the better to share a few of my projects with you.

First off is this repurposing of a picture frame I'd received as a gift.
The frame holds a 4x6" print, to help you picture the scale.
It didn't particularly match my decor, and the verse unfortuantely tended to put a certain Marty Haugen earworm on my brain, so I knew some refinishing was in order. I liked the format with the text on the frame, though, so I decided to go with chalkboard paint, and turn it into a much-needed towel rack for our guest bath (currently, that bath sports a single bar, awkwardly placed right over the toilet).

After a misadventure wherein I managed to break the (glued-in) glass while trying to remove it*, I took my hand sander, loaded with some fine-grit sandpaper, and thoroughly roughed up the entire surface, including the outside and inside edges.
In retrospect, I could have sanded a bit more; after painting, you can still just barely see the outline of the design if the light is right.
After two coats of chalkboard paint, I added a pair of hooks, drilling the pilot holes rather carefully, since the frame wasn't solid wood. If anyone has any insights into getting these type of hooks straight, I'd be curious. One of mine is just a tad off, but there isn't a single flat surface by which to true these.

I can't see these hooks without thinking of this.
A little chalk art, and our new towel holder was ready to hang. In the future, it might hold welcome notes for our guests, or notes to mark whose towel is whose, but for now it seemed appropriate to replace the old hymn with a thematically-appropriate favorite.


*The opening turned out to be just a tad smaller than 4x6, so I couldn't just use glass from another frame. Since I was just going to use a 15¢ print of a vacation photo, I cut apart the clear plastic top from a greeting card box to replace it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting to know you ...

When this charming analogy came up on my reader yesterday, I was reminded that I wanted to share this site with you all.

I've been writing a lesson on the Liturgy of the Hours for my parish's RE program, and Coffee and Canticles has been a great help.  The best place to start (for me anyway) was at the Breviary Bootcamp tab, which has a helpful glossary and all the basics.  I hope you go beyond that though.  By subscribing, you'll get periodic posts that help and enhance your daily reading, and Daria does a fantastic job of responding to questions in the comments boxes.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Household Tips

I love these kinds of tips!  (So many creative ideas!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

In hot water

In anticipation of some small faith sharing groups I will be hosting this fall, I purchased this hot water dispenser from the local thrift store. It pumps beautifully but the liquid does not come out in a straight stream. Any troubleshooting ideas from the coffee klatsch would be welcome.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for September, 2012

General Intention: That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth.

Missionary Intention: Help for the Poorest Churches. That Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries, priests, and lay people, along with concrete resources, to the poorest Churches.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father for this month. Amen.

The Saints on Backyard Barbecues

God enlarges the heart by sending spiritual water from a source deep within us. It is like smelling something cooking on a distant grill. The spiritual joy is not something we can obtain with our own efforts. We can only receive it as a gift. 
--St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle
I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.
--St. Brigid