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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Happy feast day of St. Joachim & St. Anne : A NFP (Personal Story) Awareness.

Today, the church honors the parents of Our Blessed Mother, St. Joachim and St. Anne, grandparents to Our Lord. 

We are bless to know that we have St. Joachim and St. Anne as patron saints of  grandparents and infertile couples.  

Perfect time as  we are also in the midst of NFP Awareness Week, Natural Family Planning.

   NFP as stated by NFP Interenational is ,

NFP is a way of following God’s plan for achieving and/or avoiding pregnancy. It consists of ways to achieve or to avoid pregnancy using the physical means that God has built into human nature.

The key point here is following God’s plan and some times, God’s plan doesn’t go along with our plan.   I can understand that to core of my being .   Our NFP story isn’t much to tell really.   We didn’t really focus on it before we got married nor did we think 4 months later, we would be blessed with being pregnant.  All my life, All I dream of was to have a large family to fully love .   

My case with NFP wasn’t always a happy one. I have to say that I had a love-hate relationship with it.  I mean I thought, I am pro-life, open to life always, why did I need NFP.

 But God in his great wisdom shares with me another take on NFP. 

I imagine that it was going to be easy  to have more children.  Then we lost our very first son, Pablo de Cruz .   It was a surprise pregnancy (I think all pregnancy are a surprise)  yet again but one that we were so happy to see! The lost was a cut to core of my soul.   NFP got really interesting since I really wanted to know what was going on with my body, why was I not pregnant again.  We use NFP to help us achieve pregnancy with our  healthy son. 

  After our son was born, we were yet blessed again with a pregnancy 8 months later which I gave birth to sweet baby girl.  There was no time nor energy to really get into the NFP  and 20 months later baby girl number 3.  

I felt that I was living my dream, even thu it was crazy with 3 kids in diapers at one time and a six-year-old but I love it. Every minute it. I wanted more. 

A year later after our latest baby girl was born, we lost a girl, Martha .  It was hard times for me. It took a lot of time with NFP and trying to follow God’s plan.  Fast forward two more years, pregnant with a sweet baby boy who never seen the beauty of this side of heaven .  Losing Benditico was the most suffering I had ever endure in my whole life.  No- one was meant to  deliver a silent baby,  NO-ONE was to endure that. 

But in His greatest wisdom, He holds us through our suffering so that we can bring souls to His Mercy. 

God must have really needed my suffering for some great cause that one day I pray that I will truly understand as once again,  a year and half later, we lost our last son, Juan Deigo. 

For a very long time, I felt so alone in the sense since I had four beautiful children whom am I to feel the pain of sub-infertile ,  to complain, to ache , to want more.  I felt, I had too many for the  secular world and not enough for the Catholic world…

There wasn’t much left in my core .  I took NFP as an enemy for whatever crazy reason.  I saw others who prevent pregnancy as selfish, lack of love.  I was dead wrong.  But since God out does us in generosity, He heal me in my brokenness and show me, that I don’t need another child,  I needed HIM! Him alone.  After that freeing moment , I never look at  NFP or anyone else situations  the same. 

I just looked with love and mercy.

After 8 long years,  I do have now a sweet baby girl who is the joy of my life along with her brother and 3 sisters. I am so blessed that I can’t even begin to count.   But I have felt the hell of not achieve pregnancy for a long time and losing part of my heart to my Heavenly children. I have pray  endlessly to  this couple whom we celebrate today!  

God is all good. His plan is perfect.

Now, remember we all have a story to tell, not inventory to count.

With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

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Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a child’s sandal

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June 27th is the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.   The story behind this beautiful icon is just stunning, it’s a story of obedience.   

 

One night the Blessed Virgin appeared to the man in a dream, warning him not to keep the picture. Twice she appeared to him with this message, and both times he disregarded her warning. The third time she told him that if he continued to disobey her, he would die a miserable death. This time the man tried to persuade his wife to give up the painting, but she refused. Our Lady appeared to the man again to tell him of his impending death; within a short time, he became sick and died.   

You can read more on this story over at this beautiful site of The Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.

 

Have you ever noticed the sandal hanging from our Lord’s feet?  

Father James M. Sullivan explains the story behind the loosened sandal in Magnificat. 

“The story behind the loosened sandal is an important one. The angels appeared to Christ, showing him the means by which he would die. Possessing both a child’s fear and a child’s trust in his mother, he ran to her, as fast as his feet could carry him, so fast in fact that the strap of one sandal loosened just as Christ jumped into his Mother’s waiting arms. It was then, at that moment, that he could finally look at his cross and the suffering that awaited him. By being close to her Immaculate Heart, his own Fear was strengthened. 

 

WOW.   What a beautiful image for us to use daily.

That if we run to our Mother Mary, that we stay close to her Immaculate Heart, we will be given the strengthen to face any fear, any suffering that awaits us.

Once again, Christ is the example that we need to follow close and faithfully. He shows once again, that we must trust in His Mother and run to her arms.  

This coloring page will be a great help for children to see the meanings behind the symbols of this beautiful icon. 

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Christ’s hands, turned palms down into His Mother’s, indicate that He has placed the graces of the Redemption in her keeping. Our Lady’s hand does not clasp those of her Son, but remains open, inviting us to put our hands in hers along with those of Jesus. – Sister Mary Agatha, CMRI 

 

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O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O Purest Mary, O Sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me whenever I call on thee, for, in all my needs, in all my temptations I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary. – EWTN

 

With the Love of Christ,
Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

 

Pro-Life Wednesday: How some Coffee can save a life! Save the Stork!

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When we started our business, Hair Bows 4 Life,  7 years ago,  our main goal really was to bring awareness to the beauty of LIFE .  We promised to donated at least 10% of each of our sales back into pro-life organizations that are at the front line of this war against the unborn.  We have estimated about a thousand or  more in donations. Now, that is really not a lot.  But it is something. Our business has had many growing pains and for few years it almost seem dead.  If you don’t give it water (love, time, hard work), it’s not going to grow.

Something happen this past April that has brought new life back into our small business. Or more like  the breath of the Holy Spirit came to bring this business back to life.  So we started to work at it hard, still working hard and  done a lot in these few months.  We gave it a new face-lift (no, seriously, we got a new cute spoke person) by updating the  website and bow style. We added more social media outlets such as this blog , twitter, Instagram, and added life to facebook page.  We actual have a business plan (who knew you should have a business plan… lol  ).   

 You see in April, I got a copy of a book, Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves  and started listening to Christy Wright’s  podcast and started to believe that Yes, it is possible to have a successful business so that we can do our “WHY”.   Our main ” WHY” behind this never-ending work is to promote the Gospel of LIFE all over the world.  We can’t support these organizations and others without making our business a serious ones. It was time to move away from it being a hobby.

God inspired me 7 years ago to start this, to bring sweet bows with saints and our Blessed Mother to heads of little girls all over as well promoting the beauty of the unborn!  He will ask me, what did I do , how well did I do what I was asked of.   

The reason why I am explaining  ourselves to you is that  we will be sharing with you on Pro-Life Wednesday , our Pro-Life Organization of the week. We will run it for two weeks  from a Wednesday to a Wednesday,  and whatever we make in sells, they will get a % .   We want to share with you our WHYs.   So that you will see these organizations that we are giving to.   There are so many amazing organizations that are working so hard in so many ways to defend LIFE at all stages!   

This week we bring you some coffee with a stork.

 

 

Have you seen these Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis vans?  They look amazing.  Well, some are being use for amazing work as in the Save the Storks Vans.  These vans are equipped with exam table, restroom, multiple seats for counseling, work space for sonogram machine and technician, multiple monitors and media inputs, a built-in iPad dock, internet connection, soft lighting, a mini refrigerator, air conditioning, and plenty of storage space.   

Mercedes-Benz works with Save the Stork in an exclusive contract  to build mobile pregnancy centers using a Sprinter chassis. Good job, Mercedes-Benz!

Save the Storks helps pregnancy centers get out and be mobile to help reach more mothers. To show these moms that there is more options than abortion.  Their mission is amazing:

We exist to partner with pregnancy resource centers and give abortion-vulnerable women a choice that will change their lives forever. We partner with resource centers all over the nation, providing them with powerful tools and training to more effectively connect with those women in their communities. With the support of people like you, we’ve funded 54 buses (35 are on the road and another 19 in production), and saved over 1,000 babies.

 

 

This amazing organization started with a couple,  Joe and Ann Baker, who vision  was to have mobile medical units across country to serve those women who were vulnerable to abortions due to the fact they were not given many options. When they see their babies on that screen majority of them choose LIFE. 

Their vision is  simple yet genius:  To have  a mobile medical unit equipped with a counseling area and a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, which allows pregnancy centers to show mothers an image of their baby.  They want women to receive follow-up support with their local pregnancy centers  so they make sure centers own  and operate these vehicles as affiliates of Save the Storks.

They sell their own coffee !! Who doesn’t love coffee. I live on coffee!   They select beans from around the world that makes a flavorful and smooth cup. They make sure they know where the beans are coming from as they have visited these farms. They make sure they are sourced in a way that honors the local growers and harvesters as well. Part of the proceeds of the sale of coffee go towards

 helping moms make life-affirming decisions for their families and fueling a new generation of individuals passionate about the pro-life cause.

When you answer the call from God, He makes big things happen!  So please check them out , if you can donate directly to them .  We need more vans out in the front line fighting this war on LIFE.

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We want to introduce our two new Pro-Life products that has been in the works and finally made it out to the store.  Now, there is something for the whole family to wear!

After answering the call of demand, we just came out with a line of Boy’s Bow Tie which also includes this red Pro-Life awareness bow tie. It is made with burlap ribbon attach to an alligator clip making it  easy to attach to dress shirt. There is a tiny silver-plated feet in a corner. This size represent the actually size of a 10-week baby in the womb. Amazing! 

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The red is to represent the blood that has been lost in the innocence of the unborn and their mothers.

We also came out with another new Pro-Life product for moms, grandmothers, all women, our Precious Life Lily Pin .  This lily flower has  a golden-plated precious feet center which it is attached on a broochel locked pin.

  

Please pray and fast to end abortion.  Please love, be compassion and take some type of action.

 

With His Merciful Love,

Cecilia @Hair Bows 4 Life

 

 

 

If you know of a pro-life organization that would like to be feature at our Pro-Life Wednesday Series, please contact us by leaving a comment or email us at hairbows4life@gmail.com

 Sundays with The Saints: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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Sacred Heart of Jesus devotion is based entirely upon the symbolism of the heart. It is this symbolism that imparts to its meaning and its unity, and this symbolism is admirably completed by the representation of the Heart as wounded. Since the Heart of Jesus appears to us as the sensible sign of His love, the visible wound in the Heart will naturally recall the invisible wound of this love. 

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Jesus showed Himself to Sr. Margaret Mary in a way that she could understand – with a human heart aflame with love. He told her that He would be present in a special way to those devoted to His Sacred Heart and that His presence would lead to peace in families, the conversion of sinners, blessings in abundance and perseverance when death was near.

 To know God’s love in Jesus and to share it with others is the central message of the gospels. There has been no change in this message for two thousand years. Ways of explaining our faith may change, forms of prayer may be altered, certain devotions may come in and out of style, but at the core is the loving heart of Jesus, which remains constant and true.

 The message of the Sacred Heart is one of God’s deep and intimate love for us. Devotion to the Sacred Heart is an integral part of our Catholic heritage because it helps us to live the basic Christian message of faith and love.      – Fr. Thomas Rosica

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We will celebrate the Feast of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 23rd. 

We found a sweet country church near us, Sacred Heart of Jesus were we have been going to mass and adoration on Fridays. There is sweet young priest from Poland who is so  in love of Our Lord, that makes you want to bottle him up and share with everyone.  I’m looking forward to my son servicing with Father on Fridays so that he see up close and personal  a priest who loves and honor Our Lord. 

We have been especially going on First Fridays so that Our Lord can blessed us with his promises!

12 Promises

1
I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
2
I will give peace in their families and will unite families that are divided.
3
I will console them in all their troubles.
4
I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
5
I will bestow the blessings of Heaven on all their enterprises.
6
Sinners shall find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7
Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8
Fervent souls shall rise quickly to great perfection.
9
I will bless those places wherein the image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored and will imprint My love on the hearts of those who would wear this image on their person. I will also destroy them all disordered movements.
10
I will give to priests who are animated by a tender devotion to my Divine Heart the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11
Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.
12
I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they will not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their Sacraments. My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

The Nine Fridays must be made in honor of His Sacred Heart, meaning, practicing the devotion and having a great love of His Sacred Heart. They must be on the first Friday of the month for nine consecutive months, and Communion must be received.


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St.John Eudes

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St.John Eudes, wrote a book on  The Sacred Heart of Jesus ( you can get a free copy online here) as well on Mary The Admirable Heart of Mary 

In a word, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whether considered in His divinity or in His humanity, is more
ardently enkindled with love for His Father, loving Him infinitely more at any given moment, than
all the hearts of angels and saints together can love Him throughout all eternity.
There is no greater love than to give one’s life for the person one loves. The Son of God so loves
His Father that He would be ready to sacrifice His own life again, as He sacrificed it upon the Cross,
and to sacrifice it by suffering the same torments for the love of His Father (if such were God’s holy
will) that He suffered on Calvary

St. John Eudes words are just inspiring and helps one to really feel and want the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus!


Coloring :

Aleesa over at Life,Love, & Sacred Art has this free sweet coloring page.

 

 

Katie over at Look at Him and Be Radiant has a few of these.

This site has another lovely coloring page that would be perfect for older children.

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CRAFTS

Ruth from Just Another Day in Paradise.

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He loves her most ardently because she cooperated with Him in the accomplishment of His
great work of the Redemption of the world. Her cooperation was to, give Him a mortal body capable of
suffering and of sustaining the torments of His Passion. She also imparted to Him the Precious Blood
which He shed for us, and she offered that body, that blood, and that life as a sacrifice at the foot of the
Cross.-St.John Eudes

 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.

With the God’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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