Friday, April 25, 2014

Divine Mercy Day 8




Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:


"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."


In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:


"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

Eighth Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice."

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Divine Mercy Day 7


"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."


Seventh Day

Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

*The text leads one to conclude that in the first prayer directed to Jesus, Who is the Redeemer, it is "victim" souls and contemplatives that are being prayed for; those persons, that is, that voluntarily offered themselves to God for the salvation of their neighbor (see Col 1:24; 2 Cor 4:12). This explains their close union with the Savior and the extraordinary efficacy that their invisible activity has for others. In the second prayer, directed to the Father from whom comes "every worthwhile gift and every genuine benefit,"we recommend the "active" souls, who promote devotion to The Divine Mercy and exercise with it all the other works that lend themselves to the spiritual and material uplifting of their brethren.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Links of Interest

The Traveling Praters have a bucket list of things to see in Ohio! They've got some interesting things on there too!

Things to do in Ohio Bucket List



How to destruction proof your family! via Like Mother Like Daughter Awesome, awesome, awesome - read it, share it, and give it to the young women in your lives!


Journey from 3 cesareans to a home birth. I was delighted to read this, but saddened too - because after almost 25 years, women are still being treated like dirt when it comes to how they have their babies. An excerpt:
I did not pre-register at the hospital with my first homebirth attempt and I think it made the transition for care very difficult, but the registration meeting this time around was enough to send me to homebirth, if I had not already decided on it. I asked for very few things in regard to my repeat c-section and was flat denied on all counts.
“Could we take pictures of our son's birth?”
“No. No cameras allowed in the operating room.”
“Please don't give me amnesic drugs. I want to remember his first moments.”
“Well, they usually don't.”
“But, they did last time.”
And lastly I asked, "Could my husband be present while I am getting the spinal?" I had great fear about being treated the way I had been before. The answer was again, no. I could not understand why it was OK for him to be there while I got an epidural in an L&D room, but not while I had essentially the same thing done in an operating room. I know there are sterile fields, but they let students observe, who have never been in an OR before. I know this because I was one of those students, and then, I worked as an OR circulating nurse. It was one of my jobs to ensure sterile technique was always observed. They could not give me a sufficient answer other than, "It's hospital policy." My most important request was to have immediate skin-to-skin with my baby in the operating and recovery rooms. I was told, “We will try, but it will depend on if we have the staff.” Really? The most important hour of bonding will depend on if you are staffed correctly? I told her the studies I had read showed it was very important for establishing breastfeeding. She agreed with me, but told me her hands were tied. The idea of doing it all again overwhelmed me, and I cried right there in her office. She offered that if I scheduled my c-section she would personally come in for me. She was so kind and understanding, but could do nothing to change the all-powerful hospital policy. She encouraged me to talk to the floor manager and gave her my name and phone number. When I spoke to her, it was all business. I felt like she was patting me on the head and saying "Oh, don't you worry your pretty little head." Treating me like I had no idea what I was talking about and constantly saying "Well, that's just hospital policy." I could tell it was all a lesson in futility, but I felt I had to try to make them see how wrong their policies were. I ended the conversation feeling so very grateful I would not be dealing with them, or their policies.
The taboo subject of vaccine injuries.  We're having practically mass hysteria here in Ohio because of a mumps outbreak in Columbus.  This article brings up points I have not been hearing in the local news.


Raising a Pure Son in a Sex Crazed World.  - sigh.


The Common Core Project.
The following lists provide information for homeschool parents relative to the Common Core Standards (CCS) - alternately known in some contexts as the Next Generation (NexGen) Standards or the College, Career and Civic Life Framework (C3) - currently being implemented across the country.

The MASTER LIST identifies which homeschool-related companies and products have explicitly chosen to align with the CCS/NexGen/C3, which have some sort ofcoincidental connection, which are correlated, and which have chosen to remain independent. It containsimportant explanatory notes wherever necessary for clarity.






Measles Witch Hunt: Anti-Vax Parents Burned at the Propaganda Stake -  Uh yep.  Just try to suggest that there might be a valid reason not to vaccinate and watch the ensuing frenzy. See also this from the Financial Post. 


How becoming a Doctor is the most miserable profession.
Neither patients nor doctors are happy about that. What worries many doctors, however, is that the Affordable Care Act has codified this broken system into law. While forcing everyone to buy health insurance, ACA might have mandated a uniform or streamlined claims procedure that would have gone a long way to improving access to care. As Malcolm Gladwell noted, “You don’t train someone for all of those years in [medicine]… and then have them run a claims processing operation for insurance companies.”

Lastly, there was this article about useless degrees, but I found this in the comment section to be the most helpful.
My arts degree (major economics) couldn't hold a candle to my husbands business/co-op degree.  One was theory while the other was practicality.  Arts degrees are a minimum eight year investment - Masters minimum to secure a position.  I've told my children consider your talents, how hard you want to work and the aspects of lifestyle you currently enjoy and/or dislike.  Their father is successful but absent a lot - Do you want to spend lots of time with the kids at home - then a strict nine to five is your answer and there's a ceiling to that salary.  I hear everyday about how we need trades people - carpenters, electricians, plumbers.  Its hard physical work that does not lend itself to the lifestyle that we define as successful (big house, big car) but it can pay off in family time and if you manage the money right.  Do you want to live in a city or a rural area?  Well nice neighborhoods in big cities cost money - STEM - is how it should be.  These are the conversations you need to have with your kids and not at sixteen.  While changing the world is a noble ambition it won't pay the mortgage.  Its almost as if we forget our children have to "live" on their own.  Passions are pursued on the weekend and during vacation - its a sad fact of life.  Grow up.  I'm encouraging my son soon to graduate high school to move away from us, stay with family and work a low paying job for a year or two while doing some college credits to keep the studying skills.  I've seen this work before.  A friend flunked out of college - worked as a security guard for a year and returned to college making the dean's list.  We all want to change the world but our kids own their own lives, successes and failures.  (When we ourselves succeed at work or after a lot of hard work in our jobs, with our hobbies or volunteer work - how many of us really think Mom and Dad deserve the credit.  When we fail do we think Mom and Dad are to blame.)  As parents our ownership has to stop at some point.  There are way too many thirty year olds with arts degrees, crappy jobs and over indulgent parents.  I often joke about these kids waiting for Mom and Dad to kick it so they can live on the proceeds - after reading articles like these its less and less funny. 

Understanding Liberals - because they are friends and family part 2 -with update!


I have a lot of beloved friends and family that I follow on Facebook, but many, perhaps more than half, do not share my political perspective or my religious views. In other words, I have a lot of liberal friends on Facebook. Luckily, when the big "equal marriage" push came to Facebook and everyone changed their profile picture to the red equal signs, I was able to round them all up and put them into a group I call "politically incorrect."  That way, I can protect them from the things I want to post that will probably offend them, and I can protect myself from their posts until I can "gird my loins"enough to read the political stuff on their pages.

See part 1 here.

One of the people I am friends with is part of a family that my family has been friends with forever!  Our grandparents go way, way back. This particular gentleman is dear to me because when my grandpa was dying in the hospital, he and his wife came to stay with us through the entire ordeal. Later after the funeral, he sent a copy of a print from his grandparents' house to my sister because she remembered it fondly and just loved it.  That kind of compassion and kindness is unforgettable, and he'll always have my high esteem.

I just don't agree with much of what he posts however.  Today is a prime example.





At first glance it looks nice that all of the kids can watch the game and cheer for the team.  But a little more analysis shows us that maybe this isn't okay.

Maybe the little one isn't steady enough to be on two boxes. He looks mighty high up and if he falls he's bound to get hurt.  Maybe he isn't agile enough to get out of the way in case a foul ball comes his way. Perhaps his balance isn't as good, and as a result he has no real way to get down or up on his own, which kind of leaves him at the mercy of bigger kids!

But if he waits a few years, to get a little taller and stronger - maybe even mowed some lawns and saved his money, he might be able to buy a regular seat!  Then he wouldn't have to worry so much about falling off and getting hurt, and he could get up or down on his own terms!  That's really the difference between modern liberalism (progressives) and conservative thought.

Update:  My friend's counter was,  "Yes but while he's disadvantaged by his age and height it's important that he's included."






My thought on that is, why? Why do we have to include someone that isn't ready for a certain experience? We don't include my 8-year-old in activities that she is not ready for. I think back to this housing market mess, where banks were mandated to give loans to people who weren't able to handle them.  And now we are making people participate in the health care market who don't want to.

And why is the little boy in the picture entitled to the bigger boy's box?  If the older boy wants to hoist the kid on his shoulders or share the box that's one thing.  But I don't see anything just about mandating that the little kid gets two boxes just because he wants them.

My friend used an analogy of a prisoner who was sentenced unjustly getting some recompense after he is released - I'm not sure I see that analogy in this picture.

Still, it's interesting to see how the other side sees things.

Divine Mercy Novena Day 6





Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:


"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."


In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:


"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

Today's intention gives me special hope for my younger children, and in particular for the soul of my stillborn son and for all the souls of the little children who have died in miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.

Sixth Day
Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of  Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.    
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Wordless Wednesday

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Grandpa's naptime buddy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Simple Woman




Outside my window...


via Father Lawrence Lew, OP on Flickr
I am thinking...
about the wonderful, full Easter weekend we just had, and about the funeral of my Great Aunt Grace.

The Easter Vigil was wonderful!  My brother-in-law of only 1 1/2 years was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. He and my sister both looked so very, very happy.  According to my sister, they both very much enjoyed the RCIA process and learned a great deal from our parochial vicar, Father Leonard.

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Izzy and Noah sang for the Easter Vigil and then the next morning they were back at church at 8:30 for the Easter Day Mass.  Then Mr. Pete and I played for the 11:00 mass on Easter Day.  We rushed home to have dinner on the table for our family and almost everyone showed up.   It was a memorable, family-filled day.

But before the sun went down, sis and I were in the car to start the eight hour drive up to Michigan for my Aunt's funeral.  Like I said, it was a very full weekend.



I am thankful...
for the time along with my sister!  16 hours in the car!  It was a great chance to catch up with everything.

In the kitchen...
Left over ham and potato salad from Sunday!

I am wearing...
Black yoga pants and a green long-sleeved T shirt.

I am creating...
some normalcy after the busyness of Holy Week and the funeral trip.

I am going...

  • get the house picked up - because my idea of cleaning up after Easter dinner and Mr. Pete's idea are apparently very different. 
  • Unpack.
  • Get back into the groove of my life.
I am pondering...
On the way home from the funeral, I asked my sister if she wanted to stop and see the grave our our grandparents and uncle.  Long time readers will remember that we grew up in an unusual household- it was my mother and us girls, with our maternal grandparents and bachelor uncle.  Anyway, sis had never been to the actual grave site before so we found the cemetery on her GPS and then set about looking for their graves.  I had a rough idea where they were but we weren't having any luck finding them.

Finally I closed my eyes and said, "Grandma, if you want your granddaughter to see your grave site, please help us NOW!"  I opened my eyes, and instantly found it.  In fact we had parked practically right by it!  So sis and I got to pay our respects to our family there too.

My grandpa was Aunt Grace's big brother.

I am reading...
various things on my Kindle.

I am hoping...

  • Get back into my exercise program.
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • Start pondering my curriculum choices for next year. 

I am looking forward to...
warmer weather!

From the Learning Rooms:
Getting back on track slowly this week.

I recently had a conversation with a young homeschooling mom.  She was so thrilled to be almost done with her curriculum for the year!  They would be done in April and not starting back until August (starting early so they can be done in April - which I don't totally understand but that's the way a lot of other homeschoolers do it).  Anyway, she asked me when I would be done.

"Never."  I said.

"We homeschool all year long.  Because stuff always happens every year.  Someone dies, or a baby is born, or a sickness goes through the whole family, or there's a computer problem, or a flood, or tornado or something.  It's always something. And I don't want to be fretting about not dealing with life on its own terms because I have to finish a math chapter or get my English book done. I learned years ago that it's less stressful for me and for the kids if we just keep going and keep our schedule the same as much as possible."

I don't think she liked to hear that.

A favorite quote for today...
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” 
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays With Morrie

A few of my favorite people...
My Family
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Aunt Grace
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Divine Mercy Day 5





Sixth Day
Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of  Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.    
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.




This is a very special novena day for me - Mr. Pete and I spent our brief time away from the church and then came back with renewed love for Her. After spending so much time in the Religion section over on the Huffington Post and also with folks on Facebook. I know there are a lot of hurt souls who have separated themselves from the church for many reasons. I pray they can find their way back and experience the love and enthusiasm we found on our return across the Tiber.

Fifth Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Divine Mercy Day 4





Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:


"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."


In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:


"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

I have a nephew who reasoned his way out of Christianity, and a dear friend who lives in a family of faith, but cannot seem to make that leap herself.  So I pray today's novena with them in mind as a special intention.

Fourth Day
"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord's original words here were "the pagans." Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Divine Mercy Day 3




Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said:


"These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.' The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy."


In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:


"On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy ... On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls."

This is is such an appropriate date for this particular intention - all the devout and faithful souls.  Any regular church goer will know to show up for mass earlier today because the Easter/Christmas Catholics will be there in all of their Easter finery - and it will be harder to find a spot in church as well as a parking space!!  yet the truly devout and faithful will endure it because we're glad to see everyone there and hope springs eternal that maybe, just maybe, some of them will keep coming back regularly!

Third Day
"Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.


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