Sunday with The Saints: A Miraculous Day: Feast Day of Miraculous Medal

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On November 27th, We will be celebrating the Feast of the Miraculous Medal , St. Catherine Laboure. 

Did you see how humbly she was that no one knew that she was the one who brought the Miraculous Medal until after her death.  What an amazing  humble saint!

“Now, dear Blessed Mother, you will be my mother.”-St.Catherine Laboure said after the death of her mother.

“I knew nothing. I was nothing. For this reason God picked me out”  –St. Catherine Labouré

This simple yet sweet medal has contribute to many miracles since it’s debut in the 1800’s.

After reading about some miracle, I came across one that was very interesting to me since not too long ago I watch the movie  Les Miserable.   

Now, if you haven’t watch this, I dare you.  There are a few parts that I wouldn’t watch with your eyes nor watch this movie with  younger children.   But there was something in this movie from the famous book, “Les Miserables” that moved me and had me to the very end.

In the movie, one can feel the miserable living conditions of these poor people right down to your bone.   

The start of this scenes shows you this conditions, of the terrible epidemic of the ravaging finger of cholera hit , in 1832 in the city of Paris.

This terrible epidemic, a disease without cure, struck hundreds and beleaguered many more.

And yet, an exceptional phenomenon was noticed. Those who devoutly wore a certain small medal around their neck were spared or relieved from the epidemic. Symptoms of the plague were observed to leave the victims and withdraw into the gutters of Paris.

A   small sanctuary know as Rue de Bac in Paris,  a convent of the Sisters of Charity , holds the story of many miracles due to a small object of the Miraculous Medal.

 

I have this on a bracket that I received at my first communion and was looking at it in church today wondering what it meant. So funny that I stumbled upon this pin tonight not even really even looking!


Books:

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This is a great book to read about St.Catherine , The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions . 

She shares stories of the Miraculous Medal’s attraction and impact. 

Here is  chapter book perfect for the kids to read or out aloud reading. I just love these series of books, Saint Catherine Laboure: And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal


COLORING:

Over at Joy(Filled)family, Lena has a great post on Miraculous Medal  and virtue of Humble.

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CRAFT:

Here are some cute crafts to do with the kids.

Miraculous Medal Craft for Catholic Kids

 

Under Her Starry Mantle: Miraculous Medal Craft Activity Part 1

 

St. Catherine of Laboure's feast day is traditionally celebrated on November 28th and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is on November 27th....


Gifts:

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Prayer

Novena Prayer to  Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Immaculate Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus and our mother, we have confidence in your powerful and never-failing intercession, manifested often through the Miraculous Medal. We your loving and trustful children, ask you to obtain for us the graces and favors we ask during this novena if they will be for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

(Here privately form your petitions.)

You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity. Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart which will attach us to God alone so that our every thought, word, and deed may tend to his greater glory. Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin and at length attain to that blessed abode where you are the queen of angels and of men.    Amen…

 

For a Free Miraculous Medal

 

Have a Blessed Sunday,

Cecilia @Hairbows4life


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Pro-Life Wednesday: “La Casa” of merciful love Needs YOU!

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 “I found out I was pregnant and the first thing I thought was abortion, but I thank God that I have erased that idea from my head, because now I’m happy waiting for a baby. ” – Yesenia

 

Those are the very common thinking of many young who find themselves pregnant and alone.  When they are alone, where do they go? Who will help them close LIFE?

This young women found herself again pregnant and thinking of abortion  but an angle send her to La Casa Hogar.

 La Casa Hogar  is located in Mexico City  which provides a decent home to young single mothers and children in street situations to raise their quality of life through comprehensive assistance and human promotion based on fundamental values ​​of coexistence, as well as encouraging them to develop and become independent as healthy families.

 

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La Casa Hogar para Madres Solteras AC was founded in Mexico in June 1993 and is located south of Mexico City. Its objective is to serve young mothers and their children, who due to socio-economic needs or disability problems, are unable to meet their basic subsistence and development requirements; providing medical or legal assistance, social orientation, funeral services, rehabilitation of drug-dependent minors, assistance and comprehensive care of street children and in matters of health, education, and legal assistance to unprotected single mothers.

In the first three months after giving birth, the mothers are in the House with their babies all day, without the need to go out to work in order to strengthen emotional ties with their children; in these cases the Home House covers all expenses of food, clothing, health and other expenses related to the mother and the baby.

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These single mothers are girls and young mothers from 12 to 21 years old, with one child, whose age fluctuates between 0 to 5 years of age. These young mothers are eithe victims of human trafficking, with problems of drug use in treatment, unaccompanied migrants living with HIV in an asymptomatic phase. It currently has a population of 29 young mothers and 29 boys and girls as February 2015.

Yesenia is just one of many women who are  being assisted in the  La Casa Hogar.

 Her testimony is a sign that “the way to end abortion is love and solidarity with women who suffer this tragedy. Because a man comes and goes, but a baby never comes back, ” she said.

 

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The Congregation of Slaves of the Sorrowful Virgin emerged in Guadalajara on May 22, 1920, and was founded by the young Rita Ruiz Velasco Íñiguez, who began working with women who, drowned in their sufferings, saw no possible solution. Thus, even today, after 97 years, this religious sisters continue their selfless work defending the life and dignity of women overwhelmed by problems.

“It should no longer be frowned upon to be a single mother, on the contrary, to prevent a crime against a helpless being from being committed is a great act of courage. In this sense we want to support and therefore we will continue to pray for society to unite and give voice to those who do not have it, “said the nun.

Here is a beautiful video in Spanish about this amazing work of merciful Love!

We are heading to Mexico City this Christmas season and would like to bring them suitcases filled with much-needed supplies. 

We will be traveling there on December 19th and we will physically bring these supplies to the Home.

Please consider in donating to this great cause of Pro-Life in action.

IF you donate at least $20, we will mail you a “rose rosary” from the Villa of Guadalupe .

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April 24th  reports what may have been an unusual luminosity in the famed image of Mary at the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico City immediately after that city legalized abortion.

An engineer, Luis Girault, who has studied the picture thus produced, has confirmed the authenticity of the negative, and has been able to specify that it had not been either modified nor altered, by superimposition of another image for example,” stated the priest. “He discovered that the image (the picture produced) does not come from any reflection, but literally comes from the inside of the image of the Virgin. The produced light is very white, pure and intense, different from habitual photographic lights produced by flashes. This light is encircled with a halo and appears to float inside the abdomen of the Virgin. This halo has the form and measurements of an embryo. In effect if we again examine more precisely this picture by making it turn in a sagittal plan, we perceive inside the halo some areas of shade that have the characteristics of a human embryo in the maternal womb.”

 

 

 

 Our Lady  is  hurting,  Our Lord cries.  These sisters are taking into action Our Lord’s merciful love to these young  mother who choose LIFE.

 

We have a deadline of December 15th to give us enough time to shop for the supplies.

The funds raise will be use to buy baby clothes, diapers, supplies of that nature. They were also hit by the earthquake and thankful their damage wasn’t too physical.  Any money not use for supplies will be given to the Sisters . 

These single mothers are getting a chance to change the course of their future and their children so to be able to success in this life and give to others.

We are also donating 100 of our Pro-life Precious feet and Our Lady of Sorrow for the sisters to either sell them or give them away to the children.

We ask that you help us bring some peace and love from abroad to the this home and the sisters. 

We can truly be an act of Merciful Love this Christmas.  May the Baby Jesus live your hearts and homes this Christmas and everyday!

 

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hairbows4life

 

 

 

 

Fit Friday: 33 Days of Merciful Love.

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 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37-39

Have you ever thought about how Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to LOVE God and  to love your neighbor as YOURSELF.  

We heard this reading not too long ago at Sunday Mass, which got me  thinking. 

 Jesus put these two commandment together,  first to Love God with all of our heart,soul, and mind. That is a whole person.  He didn’t say just your heart  or  soul or mind! But with our WHOLE Self! Jesus knows and is telling us that we are not just a spirit but we have a body, heart and mind!  We have it so we can LOVE God First!     Without skipping a beat, Jesus says to Love your neighbor as YOURSELF. 

But How can we love God and our neighbor if we just don’t love ourselves?   How can we give what we don’t have?   

I have come to the understanding that I have to love myself so that I can love God and neighbors.  I have to take care of myself so that I can give to others while loving God.  

I have to be merciful with myself so that I can LOVE merciful others.

IF I really take the meaning of PRO-LIFE , seriously,  I need to be pro-life in living my life to what God is calling me to do so!  In His greatest commandant , He tells me to LOVE GOD,  So to know Him is to Love him is to Serve Him with MY WHOLE SELF.   Not Just my soul but with my heart/mind which is the physical part of me!    

So I believe that to really LOVE God with my WHOLE ; Soul , Heart, and Mind.  I must take care of His greatest gift!  My Soul, Heart, and Mind. 

Once I do just that, I can love my neighbor as myself with a merciful LOVE.   I need to show this merciful love towards myself so that I can LOVE those neighbors of mine!  


I want you to join me for the next 33 Days starting on Sunday November 5th to December 8th on a

 #33DAYSOFMERCIFULLOVE,

a love that meets us in the  mirror so that it will over flow towards others as we LOVE HIM!

We will  prepared ourselves for

33 days of support & love as we transform ourselves to love ourselves so we can Love God and others.. His greatest commandment.

An  act of mercy towards ourselves so that WE can be filled with a Divine Merciful love .

This book shook my life when I did it at the end of the Year of Mercy,  33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.     IF you haven’t done it , you will be blown away by it.  IF you have, you know what I am talking about and you know that it is worth to do it again!  Read to end to see how to get a free copy!

We will focus on the 3 parts that JESUS  told us to use in loving  God.; SOUL, HEART, & MIND.

SOUL

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We need to fill our soul with Christ. To know Him is to love Him is to serve Him.    We will meet  Christ , face to face in the Most Beautiful EUCHARIST. 

IF you can’t go to a Adoration Chapel once a week, there is NO excuses because there are a few online places!

We have  St. Martin of Tours ,  Tyburn Convent   ,  Aquinas College and at The Catholic Me, they have a few place to head to.

So pick a time and  a day that  you will have a date with Our Lord!  Let Him fill you with WHO He is so that you can know Him to love Him to serve Him.

 

HEART/MIND

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.” – Romans 12:1-2

So let’s just do that, give our bodies to God by how we eat & move!

Pick three things ( I love the number 3 ) you will do for 33 days that will help you to take care of God’s gift to you, your WHOLE Wellness.

So for myself:

1. I am going to try a plant-base diet (Check out High Carb Hannah on Youtube.. she inspires me).  My gut is a mess (sorry for the  TMI) and I just need to  make it simple.   Have you ever seen the movie Forks over Knives? WOW… It really has me thinking since cancer and heart problems run big in my family.   I am just going to eat as Christ ate and bring a focus to enriched my body with what I eat.  Food is either going to do 2 things?   Make you health or not! 

2. I am going to walk and walk,  just like Mary did when she went to visit Elizabeth.   I love my fitbit watch (Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband, Black, Large (US Version) and I do a few of those StepBet(where you pay $40 and walk a certain goal daily for 6 weeks and if you meet your steps,  you win back your $40 plus more.. Last time, I got back extra $20.)

So accordly to some scholars, they said that Mary walk about 100 miles to Elizabeth.  So I am going to walk/run the 100 miles these 33 days and mediate on How Mary gave her YES to God and How I can give my YES to God in big and small ways on these 33 days of Merciful Love!

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Mary visits Elizabeth” in this painting by Fra Angelico (circa 1395-1455), public domain

3. I am going to take Me and give Me a Me Time  , I will tend to my wants for at least 30 minutes before I tend to the herd of children and a corgi and a sweet husband.    I need a ME Time….   How can I give if I don’t have?    So no matter what for at least 30 minutes, I am going to just give me time  with whatever I feel the mood for! It can be just sitting and  reading a good book (this is outside of spiritual /prayer time),   writing and reading my affirmations,  having  a  mud mask and watch  a silly youtube or short show,  whatever I am in the mood, it is for ME and ME only.

 


Ok, so decide right now that you will join me  for  #33DAYSOFMERCIFULLOVE to transform yourself.  Be merciful to yourself so that you can be merciful towards other. 

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All Souls -” Day of the Dead” — Souls who need prayers! The Church that celebrates them!

We will be celebrating two amazing feast days in our Catholic liturgical year, All Saints and All Souls .

All Souls  Day , “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”  is set aside in the Church to honor the dead by remembering them , praying for them, and celebrating them! We believe that when one dies, ones souls will either enter Heaven, hell, or purgatory.  

On All Souls Day, the ones that are waiting in purgatory,  are the souls who we need to recall and  to pray for!

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One of the beauty of our faith is that it’s universal  and with that one gets different styles and customs in celebrating these feast days.   

The history of the Day of the Dead comes from the indigenous people, Aztecs  , who have combined their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

Their tradition of creating  beautiful altars is to honor and celebrate  the souls of those who have departed.

  When the Spaniards came to Mexico, they educated  indigenous people  on the faith of the Catholic church and which now you have All Souls Day – Day of the Dead in twine with faith and culture.  For example, Aztecs used to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” in the summer yet this influence of the Catholic faith, connected this  celebration with All Souls Day.

When people die, many tend to forget about their souls and slowly their memories.  This day brings back focus to their beloved departed family members in this colorful celebration . 

I want to add that as Catholics we are not calling on any spirits to come to this table of memories or honoring our departed.  This is a dangerous act that the Church teaches against it as you can see here:

 

2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

 

This post can show the how the Aztec used this custom and how the Spaniards add the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith.


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Day of the Dead is a celebration of happiness and joy to remember our deceased loved ones, where sadness and sorrow are not allowed.

The days of the dead are truly a celebration of life.  When children dance with caricatures of death, eat skull sugar molds and learn to respect that life is brief, they learn there is a circle to life and to not fear death and then are free to enjoy and appreciate every moment.

 

  Hairbows 4 Life the blog Day of the Dead

 

First, I would like to make clear that there are many meanings that go along with having an altar.

  Having an altar doesn’t  mean one is worshiping that soul but that one is honoring the soul. Also the Day of the Dead  meanings  can go from non-religious as the Aztecs did or be fill  with  the beauty of Catholic Faith. 

Here is how we create our altar for Day of the Dead twine with our Catholic faith.

 

First thing is that one must create 3 levels to this altar. As you can imagine those levels represent Heaven, Earth, and Purgatory.   You would set purgatory on the ground, the table would be earth and then add a tier which will represent Heaven.

To create this place boxes or crates on the table where the altar will be in a way as to create tiers. Put a tablecloth over the table and boxes so that the boxes are hidden .   One also decorates by placing the papel picado around the edge of the table and each layer or anywhere on the altar.  Here is an easy one to make.

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First Level : Purgatory.

Create a “Purgatory” , one usually makes a cross out of candles ( represent light, faith and hope) and decorates using  orange marigolds (fresh flowers remind us of the impermanence of life).  Also place skull since it is a reminder of the death of our loved ones.  Head over to Jenny’s blog and print out your own  skull.

Second Level: Earth

.Here is where you place food such as the Bread of the Dead (here is a simple one to make) and other types of food or things that helps us to recall the memory of our loved ones.  One would place water or Holy Water ( Water is a source of life and represents purity.) Sugar skulls is another thing  add by the Spaniards since sugar was one of the main items they imported and they taught that the sweet skulls is a sweet reminder there is only one thing for sure in life, DEATH.   We make sugar skull cookies using this cookie stamp, Fred SWEET SPIRITS Day of the Dead Cookie Cutter/Stampers, Set of 4 , I got off of Amazon. (This is an  Amazon Affiliate, therefore if you click on Amazon link and order anything, we get a small advertising fee at no cost to you.)

 Third Level: Heaven.

 Place a crucifix on the top of the altar. You can also add an icon representing your favorite saint, candles, incense, and marigolds.   Here you place pictures of those whom have departed this life in your family that you would like to honor . You may have more than one person. http://je

Head to our Pinterest board for some ideas for All Saints and All Souls/Day of the Dead.

 

All Souls Days with Day of the Dead, brings  a focus back to the meaning of life which is to end in the arms of Our Lord for all eternity in Heaven.  We are just on a journey and even after death we still are waiting to enter into Heaven. All souls need to be remembered and prayed for until the end of time!

The Church gives us  many ways to pray and help the souls who are still waiting in purgatory especially during All Souls Day.

Indulgences Acts for the Poor Souls is  a partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed.  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. –  Read more on this beautiful day in the Life of the Church at  Catholic Culture

Recall the souls of your beloved departed ones with prayers. 

Hair Bows 4 Life the blog prayer for departed souls

 

Have a Blessed and Joyous All Saints & Souls Day.

Cecilia @Hairbows4life


Here is our video showing and talking about the altar that we did live of Facebook on Oct. 26th.

 

 

Pro-Life Wednesday: Pope John Paul “Be Not Afraid” on Defending Life with Love & Mercy!

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“Respect for life requires that science and technology should always be at the service of man and his integral development.  Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person’s life.” (Evangelium Vitae)

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October 22nd is the Feast of St.Pope John Paul II ,  the pope that change the world by giving us Divine Mercy and his knowledge of Love, Sex, and Beauty of LIFE!

He fought and taught us how to end the “Culture of Death” and live out the Culture of Life until the every end of  his life!  I will never forget the moment he die.  We were attending a conference on Life Issues and at the moment of his death, we were listening to a speaker talk about how to let one die with dignity.    Who else show us that than Pope John Paul II!

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“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (Evangelium Vitae

 

He challenged us and still does to keep on working this battle against the unborn at all cost! 

Take these 40 Days of Life and put into action with prayer and fasting  any simple way to defend Life!  

 

Being actively pro-life doesn’t just mean being out in the face of this evil.  Many people are not able to be out in front of the abortion clinics or so but there is still so much one can do from home.

5 Ways to being pro-life at home Hair Bows 4 Life the Blog

  1. Pray and Fast.  Pick a day that you will pray and fast to end this evil. Pray for the abortion doctors, nurses, politicians.   Find their names. Pray for them by their names. Fast for them!  
  2.  Be the Light of Christ. Love. Have a merciful love for all humans. See Christ in everyone you meet. Smile. Love your family, first.
  3. Be Social. Use  social media what social media is best for. Spread the word.  Find some pro-life Facebook pages that inform you on the Pro-Life movement. Next, Share, Share, Share. 
  4. Adopt a baby. Spiritually adopt a baby. Give them a name. Pray for them.
  5. Support pro-life organizations that are in the front line of this battle for LIFE.  Give to them $5 , the cost of latte . Monthly, weekly? Whatever you can. Switch organizations. Make it a family event to read up on organizations and what they do and ask the kids to vote where to donate. Ask them to donate as well. 

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You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations. You are called to work and pray against abortion. – Pope John Paul II

 

Today is the Feast Day of St. Luke,  “the  Gospel of Mercy” as St.Pope John Paul II calls  it. 

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We need a merciful love towards everyone especially those who work at abortion clinics as nurses, doctors, and office staffs.   The organization ATTWN  is a great example of  living out God’s  mercy to abortion workers. They help them get out of this evil work into a place where they can heal, forgive themselves and protect other lives!

 

We need to take the example of this great saint into our daily lives as we keep joy in our homes, love in our hearts, and others in our mind. 

 We need to live out as Pope John Paul II always would say to the young..

BE NOT AFRAID!

 

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @hairbows4life


Check out    with great ideas on snacks, crafts, and more to celebrate St.Pope John Paul!

Over at Hair Bows 4 Life, we have this sweet Pope John Paul II Bow and Books as well just a Bow.  Order yours today for His Feast Day!

 

100th Anniversary of Fatima: Let’s Celebrate! Giveaway!!

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“At one o’clock in the afternoon, midday by the sun, the rain stopped. The sky, pearly grey in colour, illuminated the vast arid landscape with a strange light. The sun had a transparent gauzy veil so that the eyes could easily be fixed upon it. The grey mother-of-pearl tone turned into a sheet of silver which broke up as the clouds were torn apart and the silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds. A cry went up from every mouth and people fell on their knees on the muddy ground….

The light turned a beautiful blue, as if it had come through the stained-glass windows of a cathedral, and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands. The blue faded slowly, and then the light seemed to pass through yellow glass. Yellow stains fell against white handkerchiefs, against the dark skirts of the women. They were repeated on the trees, on the stones and on the serra. People wept and prayed with uncovered heads, in the presence of a miracle they had awaited. The seconds seemed like hours, so vivid were they.

O Dia (another Lisbon daily, edition of 17 October 1917)

 

100th  Anniversary of the miracle of FATIMA!

 

Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended!

 

We need to get this message in grave in our souls. We must amend our lives and ask pardon. We must stop offend our Lord .  He gives us His merciful love but we need to open up this grace and live our lives as such!  

So how are you going to celebrate?  Here are some ideas we are planning to celebrate!

 

Book & movie:

We will enjoy reading and watching Our Lady of Fatima story.

(Read to the end of the post for a give away ends tomorrow morning in time for the celebration )

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Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

 

Coloring:

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Our Lady with the Children of Fatima coloring page. 100 Year Anniversary; Catholic Education, Catechism Class, Our Lady of Fatima, Blessed Mother, Children, Free Printable Coloring Sheets, Homeschool ideas

 

Crafts:

Spinning Sun Pinwheel for Our Lady of Fatima

 

Cute Sun art craft for preschooler for the celebration of Fatima miracle

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SNACKS:

Sun Cake for Our Lady of Fatima celebration!

 

Dancing Sun Cupcakes to celebrate the Miracle of the Sun for Our Lady of Fatima

 

 

  So Let’s get ready to celebrate the beauty of Our Faith and God’s gifts to us, Our Blessed Mother. Let’s pray and fast for our families, friends and the world!

Have a blessed celebration.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @hairbows4life

 

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Merciful Sister Saints: St. Therese & St. Faustina : Celebrate!

 

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We will soon be celebrating the feast day of these  two great saints, St. Therese  and St. Faustina.    I never thought much of these two saints as being sister saints until last year.  Last November, a book change me in a profound way ,   33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy  .(This is an  Amazon Affiliate, therefore if you click on Amazon link and order anything, we get a small advertising fee at no cost to you.)

 

It was the first time that I had notice how St.Therese and St. Faustina message of Divine Mercy was truly one in the same.    Their hard work  of showing the world that God’s love is a merciful love, will fill one to the ends of times. 

Their main purpose was to show through their lives and words and words of Christ;

  that God’s mercy  is for all  sinners.

St. Therese advice to her sister, ” Do not fear, the poorer you are the more Jesus will love you. He will go far, very far in search of you, if at times wander off a little and Jesus message to St.Faustina,  ” The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My Mercy”  are just a glimpse of that message for us. 

Father George W. Kosicki has a very interesting article on the  Similarities in the Lives of St. Therese and St. Faustina.  One aspects  of their similarities, that I believe units them as sister saints is the one of  suffering for souls.

In St. Thérèse’s Oblation to Merciful Love she thanks God for the grace of passing through “The Crucible of suffering.”   In her Passion of suffering and darkness in her dying of tuberculosis, she said: 

“It’s only to save souls that I want to suffer.” On the day of her death, she exclaimed: “Never would I have believed it was possible to suffer so much! Never, never! I can only explain it by the ardent desires I have had to save souls (see Bp. Guy Gaucher, The Passion of Thérèse Lisieux, p. 183-185).

In hundreds of entries in her Diary, St. Faustina records her reflections and those of our Lord on suffering for the salvation of souls, especially sinners. She also died of tuberculosis. Like St. Thérèse, her attitude toward suffering can be summarized in an equation: Suffering + Love = Joy

Saint Faustina echoes the response of St. Thérèse in the amount and extent of suffering:

O Christ, if my soul had known, all at once, what it was going to have to suffer during its lifetime, it would have died of terror at the very sight; it would not have touched its lips to the cup of bitterness. But as it has been given to drink a drop at a time, it has emptied the cup to the very bottom. O Christ, if You Yourself did not support the soul, how much could it do of itself? We are strong, but with Your strength; we are holy, but with Your holiness. And of ourselves, what are we? — less than nothing … My Jesus, You suffice me for everything else in the world. Although the sufferings are severe, You sustain me. Although the times of loneliness are terrible, You make them sweet for me. Although the weakness is great, You change it into power for me. (Diary, 1655)

 

These sister saints died at a young age in a  painful sufferings while offering it up for  souls with Jesus.  

Honor them today and everyday by showing God’s merciful love in all you meet.  Celebrate them!

 

COLORING:

St. Therese

 

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St. Faustina

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CRAFTS:

St. Therese the Little Flower Craft {Liturgical Ornament} ~ Catholic Inspired

 

St. Faustina Kowalska Craft {Liturgical Ornament} ~ Catholic Inspired

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Have a blessed feast day filled with God’s Mercy and His peace.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

Pro-Life Wednesday: 40 Days for LIFE!

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40  is an amazing number as we can see just in the bible , in pregnancy,  in society  Big “40” , in lent.

Therefore,  it makes sense that 40 Days for Life is making amazing  results against  abortion!

 

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion

 In 1998, in town Bryan/College Station, where Planned Parenthood opened an abortion center. People of the faith there didn’t want this there so they started to show up and pray. But sadly, there was no end result.  A few gathered around a table and for one hour pray how they can close down this, how can they really help to end abortion in 2004.

It’s an amazing story, their book is worthy to be on your book shelve, 40 Days for Life – Discover What God Has Done…Imagine What He Can Do – Expanded Edition.

 

 

During that hour of prayer, they found themselves drawn to the timeframe of 40 days—a timeframe God consistently uses throughout salvation history to transform His people. How might God transform Bryan/College Station in 40 days?

As that hour of prayer progressed, the four individuals felt themselves called to launch a 40 day campaign of PRAYER AND FASTING, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, AND A CONSTANT, PEACEFUL VIGIL to end abortion. They also vowed that even if no one else would join them, together they would cover the entire 40 day, 960 hour, around-the-clock vigil.

Finally, they gave their new project a name: 40 Days for Life.

The campaign results exceeded all expectations. In less than six weeks, more than 1,000 new volunteers helped ensure all 960 hours of the vigil were covered. A grassroots, door-to-door effort reached more than 25,000 households. The campaign made local, state and national news. And the local abortion rate dropped by 28 percent.

 

The power of prayer and fasting.

Many people have asked, what can I do to end abortion, I’m just a stay home mom or grandmother or teen, I am only one person.

That one person has so much power with prayer and fasting!

Prayer:

One can pray anywhere for the end of abortion, for the abortion workers, for those babies.  One can set up a time daily to pray just for the end of abortion. Use your phone as a reminder. 

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, 
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, 
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death 
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. 
Today I commit myself 
Never to be silent, 
Never to be passive, 
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement, 
And never to stop defending life 
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected, 
And our nation once again becomes 
A nation with liberty and justice 
Not just for some, but for all.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

 

During 40 days to Life, one is  to unite all prayers to  specific request so all united as one, one body of Christ: 

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion

  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing

  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience

  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers

  • Local, regional, and national leaders

  • Revival and renewal in our churches

  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

FASTING

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God’s help.- 40 Days to Life

Fasting isn’t a diet , is an amazing powerful prayer to help one unit their prayers to God.  One doesn’t need to just fast from food but one can also fast from other activities TV, social media, sleeping in.  Pray about what you want to fast from these 40 days.

We have witness in the bible from Christ, that prayer and fast has the power to drive out demons.  Abortion is a demon!

 

Community :

There are many locations throughout the United States and even the world that groups are coming together for these 40 Days to Life at abortion centers.   You can look for a location on their map here.

If you don’t see one already formed, maybe God is calling you to start one. This would be a great opportunity for home-school groups, youth groups, families to be a witness to the defense of the unborn.

 

The next 40 days to Life starts next Wednesday September 27 to November 5th!  

The results have been amazing but there is never enough results to make one stop.

13,305 Lives Save from abortion , 154 abortion workers quit their jobs, and 86 abortion centers closed!

 

Yet, we can’t stop until each unborn baby, each mother, each father, will be safe , will heal and will fight to end the war on life!

 

During the 40 days to Life,  all proceeds from any pro-life items will be donated to 40 Days to Life!

 

 

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

Sunday with the Saints: Wonder Women: St. Rose & St. Philomena!

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Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (1642–1693),

Saint Rose of Lima, the first canonized saint of the New World ,is a beauty and pure saint. Her feast day is coming up on August 23rd.

she was remarkable for a great reverence, and pronounced love, for all things relating to God. This so took possession of her that thenceforth her life was given up to prayer and mortification. She had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother, before whose altar she spent hours. She was scrupulously obedient and of untiring industry, making rapid progress by earnest attention to her parents’ instruction, to her studies, and to her domestic work, especially with her needle.” – Catholic Encyclopedia  

A role model for today’s young ladies to obey, work hard, and love endless.

I am always amazed of the new things I learn of these saints during my research for the series of Sundays with the Saints.   Did you know that St. Rose of Lima, foretold the exact date of her death? And so great were the numbers who came to her wake that they had to postpone the funereal for days.

“Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” St. Rose of Lima

Reading this quote of her gives us so much hope and peace in these days, where suffering is everywhere and it seems that our crosses are heavy. Yet if we use this ladder with love and joy, we are sure to reach our goal; HEAVEN!


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St. Philomena.. oh, a dearest saint of mine. We just celebrated her feast day on August 11th but I wasn’t able to get my act together to write a post so I add-on here with St.Rose of Lima. These two lovely young lady are so much alike, ladies in roses.

St. Philomena is prayed to by people of diverse ages, culture and social standing around the world. The young virgin who was martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation and continues her work today promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity among the world’s youth and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ. It would seem she was held in quiet reserve by God for nearly seventeen centuries and summoned at a time when so much uncertainty and absence of faith abound. – Sanctuary of St. Philomena

St. Philomena is such a dear saint to me. During the hardest time of my life, after losing Benedicto,  we were bless to attend a very special mass at church in Philadelphia of the Shrine of St. Philomena (which has a first class relic of her), were the pastor of the Shrine in Italy where her body is , was attending this mass. The mass was pack to the max and we were there waiting for the start of the procession.  I recall praying to her asking her to help me during this time of suffering and lose.    A few minuets later, this over whelming smell of roses over came me. I had to take a quick seat due to the impact of the smell. I knew that she was there, she was bringing me a rose off the cross of Christ. I had this healing that knowing that this suffering is full of the sweetness and love of Christ. 

 

Books:

Here are few books worth having in your library to celebrate their feast day.

St. Rose of Lima: The Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americas (Stories of the Saints for Young People Ages 10 to 100) . My kids love this book, it such an easy read and nice read aloud (even the older ones stay behind to listen to it. )

 

A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP! by [Henderson, Christine]

 A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP!  

I was honor to review this book. My young daughters enjoyed this take on Saint Philomena through the story of Sister Marie.   Sister Marie does a lovely job of  teaching about St.Philomena to our young readers. This books gives a great an example of living out virtues through Sister Marie as she tends to the poor, sick, helpless as well bring knowledge of an amazing saint. I sure hope that Author Christine Henderson continues to bring other saints to our readers through Sister Marie.

 

Coloring Pages:

Rose

Rose of Lima   Saint Rose of Lima Catholic coloring page: Feast day is August 30th

 

 

Philomena

A picture to colour. Symbols of St. Philomena. manondanielsmassari@gmail.com    Saint Philomena My favorite Saint I want to be just like her.

Saint Philomena by Immaculata Helvetia, via Flickr

Crafts:

Here are some sweet crafts that can be added to celebrating their feast days.

 

 

SNACKS:

Who doesn’t like lovely snacks to go along with a feast day!

Rose of Lima Cookies

 

Apple Roses, it looks very easy and yummy.Puff Pastry Apple Rose Recipe. "You don't need to be a pastry chef to bake this deliciously tempting rose-shaped dessert. It tastes just like apple pie. And it looks a lot like a beautiful red rose. Made with naturally sweet apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled up in a perfectly crispy puff pastry." - Manuela from Cooking With Manuela.

 

GIFTS:

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St. Philomena necklace from Sagely Sparrow.

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St. Rose of Lima rosary bracelet from Rosary Heart and Home.

 

St.Philomena Rosary Chaplet from Come Holy Spirit Rosaries

 

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St. Rose of Lima Sleepy Doll by Marzipantz

 

I pray that you find this post helpful in celebrating more saints.  You might be interest in our Immaculate Heart of Mary post as August is the month of Immaculate Heart.  

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With God’s merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

 

 

 

 

 

Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Bows & Her Immaculate Heart…..

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Did you know that  Our Blessed Mother has a feast day  dedicate to her for everyday of the year?  We are truly bless!

On August 3rd (which happens to be my son’s 12th birthday) is the Feast day of Our Lady of Bows

Our Lady of Bows was a shrine in London. It is related that in the year 1071 Mary’s image there had been carried away by a storm, together with more than 600 houses. It fell uninjured with such violence that it broke into the pavement, and sunk more than 20 feet into the earth, whence it was never possible to draw it out. –Roman Catholic Saints

I found it so interesting that even bows have our Lady’s blessing on them. 

Yet, I have to admit that the shrine takes its name from the unusual Norma arches, or bows which were considered a novelty, not hair-bows.

Just amuse me and let me celebrate with some hair bows!

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St. Mary-le-Bow, City of London

It’s  interesting history behind the Bells of Mary , is sure worth your time.

As well, it  has had a rough  history.  The shrine has been destroyed 5 times;  in 1071,  was  the tornado, in 1196  there was a fire,  in 1271 the tower of church collapsed,  in 1666 a great fire destroyed it and later is was completely destroyed by the German’s in WWII .

The shrine  was  rebuilt in 1964 and what a beauty it is!! 

I would love to hear music coming out that Beautiful Organ!

   


 August The Month of Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!

The church dedicates August to Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Before Vatican II , the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was celebrated on August 22nd.  

St. John Eudes is considered the father of devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius X and his feast day is August 19th.

St. John brought people to love Christ and the Virgin Mary by speaking tirelessly about their Heart,

the sign of the love God shows for us and the communion to which we are called.

He wrote an amazing book to help others increase their devotion to Heart of Mary ,  The Admirable Heart of Mary  ,  where he reveals  a most pure and maternal of all hearts in its corporal and spiritual pulsations, while demonstrating how this human heart was divinized by the one Divine Heart of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Here are some links of coloring pages, crafts, food, and gifts to celebrate all month-long!

Coloring Pages:

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray for Us coloring page © 2015 R Miller06272015_0000

immaculate heart of mary coloring pageFree Catholic Coloring - Bible Journaling Scripture Luke 2:35 Mother Mary's Immaculate Heart Pierced by : anne harb

Crafts:

Create the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts from Paper | Catholic Inspired ~ Arts, Crafts, and Activities!

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing 2 new cross stitch patterns with you: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary–both as free cross stitch patterns. Well, all of a sudd…Nancy over at Do Small Things with Love has a free cross stitch pattern. 

This rustic mason jar candle votive lantern features a vintage image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is trimmed in gorgeous antique platinum ribbon from France. The lid and base of the lantern areI saw this one pinterest but the link from it is broken but I just love how it looks and I can imagine it would be an easy craft.  

Then one can light it all month-long during prayers or when saying the Novena to Immaculate Heart of Mary (a very nice kid’s print out to say this novena).

Here is Lacy’s famous tie-dy shirts from Catholic Icying craft.

 

SNACKS:

You can’t go wrong with ideas from Catholic Cuisine, here are few of my favorites. 

 

Gift Ideas:

Here are some amazing gift ideas for your home, your family, or as gifts for loved ones during this month of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

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I pray that you have a blessed month of August.

May Immaculate Heart of Mary bring you love, peace, and joy into your homes!

 

With the God’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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