Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christ the King


The Feast of Christ the King was started in 1925 by Pope Pius XI  (famous for that well-known and much debated Casti Connubi)  in his Encyclical Quas Primas:
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Written smack dab in the middle of the "Roaring 20s" Pius felt a need to focus the church and the world back to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ as God and King.

Quas Primas is fascinating in that it speaks to us today as if it was written specifically for the early 21st century!  These parts stood out for me, but the entire document is very well worth the trouble to read it!

In the first Encyclical Letter which We addressed at the beginning of Our Pontificate to the Bishops of the universal Church, We referred to the chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind was laboring. And We remember saying that these manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ


16. Christ as our Redeemer purchased the Church at the price of his own blood; as priest he offered himself, and continues to offer himself as a victim for our sins. Is it not evident, then, that his kingly dignity partakes in a manner of both these offices?


17. It would be a grave error, on the other hand, to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power. Nevertheless, during his life on earth he refrained from the exercise of such authority, and although he himself disdained to possess or to care for earthly goods, he did not, nor does he today, interfere with those who possess them. Non eripit mortalia qui regna dat caelestia.[27]


33. The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.[35] If all these truths are presented to the faithful for their consideration, they will prove a powerful incentive to perfection


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Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968


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A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful, who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King. A plenary indulgence is granted, if it is recited publicly on the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ King.


Most sweet Jesus,Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

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Some good links for noting this feast day!

Castle of the Immaculate: Shrinky Dinks for Christ the King

Christ the King Party

Catholic Culture


Women of Faith and Family

Christ the King Centerpiece

Catholic Cuisine

Christ the King - liturgical tea.

Catholic Mom

The New Liturgical year - Under Her Starry Mantle.

All about Christ the King

More in my Delicious Links. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Domestic Links of the Week

My latest article up at Catholicmom.com.


Some really nice Catholic Saint ornaments for this upcoming Advent season!  

Advent Saint Ornaments {8 Sparkly Images}


Also, Catholic Deals has an Etsy Shopping Guide for Christmas!

I had some lab work done a few weeks ago and was able to eek by with normal fasting blood sugar by about 8 points!  Yeah me!  But this article would have been helpful before hand and to keep in mind for keeping out of the pre-diabetic range! Except for the "whole grains" I agree with everything else on the list.


Another wedding vendor has gone out of business rather than shoot a same-sex wedding.
Urloved Photography, based in the Bay Area of Northern California, have announced they will no longer provide wedding photography after refusing service to a same-sex couple.According to Jezebel’s Mark Shrayber, a gay couple recently sought to hire Urloved owners Nang and Chris Mai, but the Mais responded, “Photographing a gay wedding is not the best match for us.” They offered the couple a referral to another photographer, wishing them “the very best!”

Because, you know, it's not enough that SSM is legal, but now everyone has to accept, condone and participate!  I still think my ideas for Christian wedding vendors on how to get around this nonsense would work.  



The HSLDA reports about a couple who were tasered and arrested in their own home - because CPS thought their house was messy?  Lord, if that's a crime I could be in some serious trouble.

A child protective services (CPS) caseworker had been inside the home several days earlier to investigate a report of a messy house and had returned for a follow-up visit. When Jason and Laura declined to allow her inside she summoned Glidden and White.
When Deputy Glidden arrived at the Hagans’ home he demanded to be allowed inside. Jason opened the door and told Glidden that he could not enter unless he had a court order.

As Jason turned to go back inside, Glidden sprayed him with pepper spray—first at the back of his head and then directly in his face. Glidden also sprayed Laura, who fell to the floor. Glidden then turned to Jason, who was still standing, and shot him in the back with his Taser. As Jason fell, Laura closed the front door. Glidden triggered the Taser three more times through the closed door.





The Huffington Post is reporting on the loss of history as part of the curriculum in Common Core. 

Fukuyama's shift, however, does not seem to have affected the New York State Board of Regents. The governing body regulating education in the state recently voted once again to de-emphasize the study of history in the state curriculum. On Monday October 20, 2014, the Regents, as part of their effort to promote new national Common Core standards and mystically prepare students for non-existing 21st century technological careers, voted unanimously that students did not have to pass both United States and Global History exams in order to graduate from high school and maintained that they were actually raising academic standards.
The Global History exam will also be modified so that students will only be tested on events after 1750, essentially eliminating topics like the early development of civilizations, ancient empires, the rise of universal religions, the Columbian Exchange, and trans-Atlantic Slave Trade from the test. A final vote will be taken in January after a period of public comment, but the change appears to be a forgone conclusion.Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the State Board of Regents, described the change as an effort to "back-fill opportunities for students with different interests, with different opportunities, with different choice."

Speaking of history- The British Museum is teaching history via 100 different objects.  Fascinating.



Thanks to Mr. Gruber for verifying everything I thought about Obamacare in the past was true!



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Martinmas and Veteran's Day

Today is the feast of St. Martin and in the US it is also Veterans Day. It seems very fitting!

The feast of St. Martin because is filled with legend and mysticism and even some humor!

St. Martin is a patron saint of the poor and outcast. As legend tells, the soldier Martin discovered a poor beggar one night, shivering, and cold. Martin gave the man half his cape for warmth. The next night, he dreamed that he saw Christ wearing the same piece of his cape. After that, he spent the rest of his life serving those in need, bringing light and warmth to those in darkness. November 11th is his feast day, originally celebrated in many French households with a festival of lanterns.

We made our own lanterns a few years ago.



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A votive candle is fastened inside the jar with a bit of wax - and voila!


This year we did something a bit different.  I bought an inexpensive glass vase from Pat Catan's.  Then we found a template under St. Martin Transparency (googled it!) and transferred that to the black paper.  We glued that to the globe and then used Mod Podge to put the glitter in the background for the winter effect!
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Today's peg saint!  Complete with the goose that gave Martin away!

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From the Rhythm of the Home Blog. St Martin of Tours (Comper)

Legend has it that when the people wanted to make him the bishop, he strenuously objected and tried to hide from the crowd. But he made the mistake of hiding in the goose house and the cackling from these noisy birds gave the saint away and the emissaries from Tours were able to find him and convince him to become the new bishop.   St. Martin was so annoyed that he killed one of the geese and cooked it for his dinner that day!

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Legend also has it that  St Martin reputedly met Satan on a trip to Rome. He changed the Devil into a donkey and rode him into Rome. The donkey said: Signa te signa. Temere me tangis et angis./ Roma tibi subito motibus ibit amor. (Cross thyself, you plague and vex me without need; for by my efforts you are about to reach Rome, the object of your travel.) Each of the Latin sentences is a palindrome, that means they read the same forwards or backwards.


HT English Diary.



A more sombre superstition that I have read in a number of places says that if you are at the back of the church on Martinmas Day, you will see a glowing over the heads of people in the congregation who will not be alive by next Martinmas Day. 


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Today is also the day to remember our beloved Veterans.
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Mr. Pete's Uncles and Father.

Isadore LaVictoire PFC

Grave marker Isadore J LaVictoire PFC US Army


See all my links about this feast on Pinterest and Diigo.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Sunday Snippets are Up!



Go check it out at the This, That and the Other Thing Blog

7-Quick Takes - a Sunday edition



Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1.  Noah finally got his letter for running cross country.
He was in the top seven of team runners for all of the races, he was almost two minutes faster than last year's PR, he ran in the off season both winter and summer and participated in track.  This was something he really, really wanted and he was rewarded!



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All city team awards
He made all city varsity as well!

2.  Izzy and Noah went to a high school/homeschool dance on Friday night. We had always participated in the homeschool dances run loosly as part of our Catholic Homeschool support group.  But after last year's experience, I wanted to try something different and just see how other homeschoolers were handling high school dances.

This dance was different in three main ways - (1) There was no demand for mail-in registration - they accepted walk ins! (2) There was no dress code other than "formal dress." (3) No formal dance lesson before the dance - everyone just did their own thing.

There was no twerking.

There were cartwheels  - homeschoolers... always just a little different!

 The decorations were lovely

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and they had a lot of fun!

3.  Some young ladies who go to co-op with Izzy wanted to go to the dance and I offered to let them borrow some of our dresses, since we have been blessed with quite a few via the generosity of my niece's collection of fine formal wear!

The one young lady ended up borrowing a dress that has its own story.  When Izzy got kicked out of the dance last spring, we quickly ran to the local department store and I found this dress on sale - a very lovely but expensive dressed marked down to a fraction or the original cost.  She didn't end up wearing it because it had sheer netting on the bodice and we didn't want to risk getting kicked out twice!   So our young friend borrowed it and it looked great on her!  Glad we could share.


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4.  Sometimes I feel like I lead a double life!   From the drama and excitement of teens to the innocence of my little girl and her friends.  It was another Little Flowers weekend!


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5.  Yesterday was the last day to get an plenary indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory.  So Mr. Pete and I headed out to Holy Cross Cemetery to do the stations of the cross usingThe Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone.   This is a very well written, thought provoking little book that really helps me to focus on each station, feel sorrow for my own sins, and pray for the soul I am praying for.  This year, I was especially praying for my grandpa and the remission of his sins and entrance into heaven.



Unfortunately, as we were finishing the stations and really feeling connected to God and inspired in out faith and full of love for our dearly departed, we were approached by two elderly Protestant women who wanted to "witness" to us about being saved. We smiled politely and listened for a while but I finally had to tell this lady that she was in a Catholic cemetery and what she was doing was in bad taste and offensive. It sort of put a damper on things.

6.   On a happier note, Sarah Folwer, the district 7 candidate for the Ohio State School board won re-election to her seat. Ms. Folwer is an energetic and hard working young woman (still in her 20s!) who came to speak to our homeschool group last August at my request about the Common Core standards.  She took some flack on Facebook for being "just a homeschooler" but she won with a very comfortable margin and I'm thrilled to be represented by her!  Way to go Sarah!

7.   And finally, although my oldest son is engaged we're having trouble getting a wedding date and time. They want to get married in October, sweetest day - which is right at the very beginning of the championship season for Noah's cross country season of his Senior Year!  I've heard that our son will rent us a hotel room so that Noah can get cleaned up and come right over to the wedding after the meet but I somehow think that's going to be pretty stressful. I'm  hoping they decide to get married in September or November and stay out of October all together!  or maybe even have a Friday night wedding like Mr. Pete and I.  But they really want the fall colors in their wedding pictures (even though there's a chance some of us won't be in those pictures because of the conflict with cross country!)   Luckily Mr. Pete and Noah are trying to persuade Calvin on this as well so it's not just me being the bad guy on this one!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Domestic Links of the Week!

FRESCO BY MELOZZO OF FORLI SEEN IN VATICAN MUSEUMS

Pope Francis' top 10 secrets to living a holy life!

This one is my favorite and probably the hardest to do!




Love me some lower gas prices!   Here's why that's happening.

Oil prices are falling because of changes in world supply and world demand. Demand has slowed because Europe is an economic wreck. But since 2008 the U.S. has increased our domestic supply by a gigantic 50 percent. This is a result of the astounding shale oil and gas revolution made possible by made-in-America technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.  Already thanks to these inventions, the U.S. has become the number one producer of natural gas. But oil production in states like Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota has doubled in just six years.Without this energy blitz, the U.S. economy would barely have recovered from the recession of 2008-09. From the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2013 the oil and gas extraction industry created more than 100,000 jobs while the overall job market shrank by 970,000.When the radical greens carry around signs saying “No to Fracking,” they couldn’t be promoting a more anti-America message. It would be like Nebraska not growing corn.

The incomparable Elizabeth Foss


As the calendar page turns to the month in which Americans collectively pause to be grateful, mothers might need to take the whole month, instead of just the fourth Thursday. Instead of a brief grace said before turkey and stuffing, can we cultivate a new habit? Can we follow the example of G. K. Chesterton, who wrote: “ You say grace before meals. Alright. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” Grace in everything. Gratitude all the time, without ceasing.
Can we hold each moment captive for gratitude? Can we refuse to let our brains leave the neural pathways of thankfulness? Can we see God’s hand on everything, be ever more aware of His provision in each and every moment? Can we recognize that He is the creator of a beautiful universe, the creator of all the little hearts walking around outside a mother’s body, and the creator of the mother’s heart itself. He knows the tendency towards anxiety. He knows, too, the remedy.
It is a challenge, to be sure. To remain in a state of gratefulness requires discipline. November is a perfect month to begin that habit training, to see God more clearly and to recognize His goodness. When we cultivate a habit of mindful gratitude, our hearts feel the peace St. Augustine observed: “This, then, is the full satisfaction of souls, this is the happy life: to recognize piously and completely the one through whom you are led into the truth, the nature of the truth you enjoy and the bond that connects you with the supreme measure.”

Wise words from the Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Blog! 

Can you take your husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorerin sickness and in health, until death do you part? Essentially, we are being asked in our wedding vows, “Can you suffer with this person?”If it hasn’t happened before the day you say, “I do,” it is bound to happen while you’re married (I promise, unfortunately), and you have to know whether your spouse will be there to help you walk through this — with faith and hope.You have to know how they deal with hurt, with disappointments, with setbacks, with tragedies and with evil.Because these things can paralyze us, they can isolate us and create walls between us. Or, they can bring us closer — to God, and to our loved ones. They can be a means of growing in our faith, especially with our spouse’s help.And when it comes to our spouses, I hope and pray that they’re the ones who can give us faith when we have doubt, and who can provide some strength when we feel weak.



Homeschool Organization at the Kitchen Table. 
Great little article! With lots of pictures!

Organizing homeschool at the kitchen table


I'd be remiss if I didn't say something about America doing a right face on Tuesday at the ballot box!   Good for you America - the socialist experiment just didn't work out!

From award winning author, Rush Limbaugh:
Whether they are even aware of the mandate is an even bigger question. As I listen to the wizards of smart -- all the analysts of both parties, all movements on TV last night and today -- the thing I'm hearing from everybody is that what the voters want is for Washington to compromise and people to work together. That's not what they said.
That is not what the voters said. They didn't say it in the exit polls. They didn't say it in the election results. This was a skunking of the Democrat Party. This was the people of America "standing athwart history and yelling, 'Stop!'" There's only one entity that can do that, and that's the Republican Party. They were not elected to "get along." They were not elected to "reach across the aisle."
They were not elected to "compromise." They were not elected to "end gridlock." They were elected to stop the policies of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party. Too much damage has been done to too many people. Because of a president of the United States, people are having their jobs converted from full time to part time. The American people didn't think that was on the table.


They didn't think the president, when he was promoting Obamacare, meant that they were gonna get fewer hours to work. They didn't think it meant that they were gonna lose their health care. They didn't think it meant that their premiums were gonna skyrocket. The American people showed up yesterday and voted in numbers and voices with one message: "Stop this!" There is no legitimate alternative analysis.





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Monday, November 03, 2014

Simple Woman




Outside my window...

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One of our sunflowers put its last bits of energy into popping up one little sun flower!   I can't tell you how much joy I got from watching that!


I am thinking...
Today is the 28th anniversary of the death of of my grandpa, Calvin Leckrone. He's the baby in this picture.


If he were alive today, Grandpa would be 114 years old. He was 59 when I was born and 60 or so when my my pregnant mother and I moved in with him and my grandma and bachelor uncle.  He was my father figure. He did the stuff dad's are supposed to do and when it was time to walk down the aisle on my wedding day, he was on one side and my father was on the other.

I am thankful...
to have known such a wonderful man.

Calvin Leckrone Sr.


In the kitchen...

I'm studying for my lab test.  Seriously, I'm having blood drawn next week as part of my physical and I am putting extra effort into having good numbers!!

Noah said that's cheating, and that I should just eat like I usually do (which is pretty healthy anyway) and let the chips fall where they may.  But I have a doctor that freaks out a lot, soooo... for her sake, I'm going to try really hard to be normal in every category!

I'm mainly cutting as much sugar out as possible, (I'm to the micromanagement part of that - like grams of sugar in salad dressings etc.) and sticking as close as possible to the SCD diet.

Turkey casserole on Monday
Meatballs on Tuesday
Cross country banquet on Wednesday- but I'll take something to eat
Not sure about Thursday
Dill Fish on Friday - great recipe for that!


I am wearing...
Black workout pants, black shirt and a seasonal vest with pumpkins.


I am going...
  • to walk or work out Monday - Thursday. Will probably have to start getting some workouts in my basement now due to the weather.   
  • Let Noah have some big driving time!  OK people- that means the express way which absolutely terrifies me. 
  • Practice my flute for upcoming concerts.
  • Get my Christmas shopping in full swing- I want to be done before Advent!
  • Pray the office and the rosary with the children in the morning with divine office. com a habit!
From the Learning Rooms...
  Noah working on: 
·       Algebra II with our new tutor.
·       British Lit and British History
·       Biology at home and with co-op.
·       Latin 2
·       Private piano lessons.
Izzy working on:
·       Geometry.
·       American History
·       American Literature
·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
·       Biology with the co-op and at home.
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.
Rosie working on:
·       Math
·       Reading
·       Spelling
·       Map skills
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op.
·       Also sign language, bible and vocal music with the co-op.
·       Private piano and art
Izzy and Noah doing the Dave Ramsey course to meet their finance requirement for high school.


One of my favorite things...
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Rosie's soccer team (Coached by Mr. Pete and cousin Paul) won the soccer championships!   She was very happy!


and then a few hours later she was at an All Saints Day Party

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I am hoping to ...
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • Start on my room. 
  • Get use to the time change! 

I am looking forward to...

  • A few big music rehearsals this year.
  • Noah hopefully getting a letter for cross country.
  • Voting on Tuesday!!


 A picture to share...
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We have almost all of the hikes done this year!  Miss C. will be able to have her own walking stick

Sunday, November 02, 2014

All Souls Day


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The past two days have been about getting dressed up, going Halloween trick or treating and All Saints Day Parties, with the kids dressed up as their favorite saints and talking about the holy men and women of yore. And now the church focuses on the rest of communion of saints - the unknown saints, but more particularly, the saint wannabees, the poor souls, the souls in purgatory.

There came a point in my life where I started to know quite a significant number of people who had died. Many of them I had loved very much in this life and I looked forward to seeing them again.  The idea that the church encourages to pray for the souls of our beloved dead finally took deep root in my system and in my prayer life.


Up until 12 years ago, I was pretty bad about praying for the dead. Too busy living I guess. When my baby Raphael died it was a real reminder that this time on earth is fleeting, and that as  Catholic/Christians we were all part of that great communion of saints.

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 It was that belief that all of our souls, even the soul of my precious little unborn baby, were all part of God's big plan, and that someday I would be able to see my baby, and hold him and talk to him, that got me through that time.  I  experienced this even more so after the death of my mother in 2009.


In the meantime, it gave me comfort to know that my little one was not alone! There was family in the next life. My beloved grandparents and uncle were already there as were my in-laws, a beloved family friend and many others. Through God's divine mercy, the all could be together and happy throughout eternity.


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I've mentioned before that I found myself spending many hours in the cemetery at my baby's grave thinking about these things. (You know you're spending a lot of time at the cemetery when you are on waving terms with the cemetery workers!) I found that I loved to pray there in baby land. Theologically it must be one of the holiest places in the cemetery with all of the relics of all these little saints and the company of all the angels commended there to protect them.

A few years later I had the opportunity to find the grave of my grandparents and my uncle. I had been there before, but I always forget exactly where they are buried. We found them. Their graves were overgrown and looked untended, uncared for and unloved. That wasn't true of course. They were still loved deeply. I know my sister and I will always have a special place in our hearts for them. Yet my practice of praying for their souls was a lot like their graves had become, untended, and uncared for.


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Calvin J. Leckrone Jr. marker

That November I made a promise to turn that around. November is a perfect time to do that as it is the month when the Catholic Church remembers all of the dearly departed.

In past years, I have taken the pictures of all of my beloved dead relatives and friends, and put them in a prominent place so that we remember to pray for them every day during the month. I talk to the children about each one and remind them of the importance of prayer for the deceased.
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Now, I have a lot of deceased relatives, so this year I have all of their holy cards from their funerals in a basket and I have that on the table so that we can remember all of them at each meal.

A few years back I found a wonderful book called Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story : A Story of Divine Mercy It's ideal for this time of year with a very "Halloween" type of feel to it, but it puts "ghosts" into their proper perspective in regard to purgatory. After reading this with my children, I was able to better explain what a poor soul in purgatory is, and how to offer up our little pains and sufferings, in a way that they could better understand.






The Catholic Culture Site reminds us that we may earn indulgences for the souls in purgatory.


Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November


Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls
A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:

Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Many families add to the "Prayer Before Meals" the second half of the "Eternal Rest" prayer:
Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts,
Which we are about to receive,
from Thy bounty,
through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
And may the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.
Other families recite the "Eternal Rest" prayer in between decades of the rosary.

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At the grave of my great, great -grandmother Emmeline Klinger


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When I was in high school, two boys who tormented my sister and me mercilessly died in a terrible car accident. My sister would always remember them during the part of the mass where we remember the dead.  It was part of her mental routine during mass. Sis tells me that one day at mass, over 30 years later,  she got a strong sense that she no longer had to pray for them - that they had finally been perfected for heaven.


From time to time, I'll get a thought in my mind of someone I used to know, who is now departed. Maybe the kid's old piano teacher, or Mr. Wolverton who use to drive us kids to band, or Uncle Harry, who really wasn't my uncle at all, but a nice friend of my grandfather's who put up with the shows my sister and I use to put on way to often. I think maybe that's a sign that I need to pray for them, or they can use those prayers for someone else. I try to say a quick prayer then.

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As the beauty of fall begins to fade and we get ready for advent and Christmas, this month becomes one of preparation, not just for those holidays, but preparing us for the home we will eventually have at sometime after this life.



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Resources for remembering the poor souls in purgatory during the month of November.


Catholic Culture

Prayer for the poor souls in purgatory.


St. John Vianney on Purgatory

Simple prayer for the poor souls that you probably didn't learn in Catholic School.

Rosary from Father Lovasick for the poor souls

Father Hardon on Purgatory.

Purgatory Pay now or Pay Later

Explaining purgatory to kids.

Explaining purgatory to nonCatholics.

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