Sundays with the Saints: Pentecost Sunday – Feast of LOVE!

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On Sunday, June 4th , the Catholic Church will celebrate Pentecost!  It’s a party for sure! 

The coming of the Holy Spirit as promised by our Lord to the disciples is Christ’s love for us and his bride, the Catholic Church!

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I have been meditating using  ST.Bonaventures  book St. Bonaventures Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ .

I highly recommend since it was highly recommend by a great saint, St. Francis De Sales. So when I read about Pentecost, I wrote the quote above in my prayer journal as well the one below.  

 For which reason, he who truly desires to serve God, should endeavor, in this holy solemnity, to be inflamed with love or at least to be enkindled with a vehement desire of being so free from any mixture of the love of this world. – St. Bonaventures

 

Those are some words to ponder!  IF we love our God, this feast must be filled with love , INFLAMED with LOVE for Him.  

How hard is not to desire but to actually be free from any mixture of the love of this world!! Lord help me!

But we can teach this to our children; the beauty of this feast day of Holy Spirit and teach them to be inflamed with love for the Church.

We can live it as we celebrate these feasts day and the great saints. We shower them with God’s love and mercy; the  Church!

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Pentecostés, 1612-1614 (Museo del Prado, Madrid).

Coloring Pages:

We love this coloring book,Coloring Book about the Holy Spirit  yet here are  some other sweet coloring pages for all ages.

 

                                           These Pentecost coloring pages show the Holy Ghost as a dove descending on Mary and the Apostles with tongues of fire.:

 

Crafts:

We can’t have a party without some crafts!

Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Paper Plate Craft

Hand Print – Holy Spirit Craft

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Spinners Pentecost Craft

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Snacks:

There are some great ideas of snacks from What Can We Leave Out.

 

It’s a Birthday Party! Celebrate it with a Cake!!

I love  God’s Canvas ‘s simple yet elegant cake!

A Simple Prayer to Holy Spirit.

We beseech you, O Lord, let the power of the Holy Spirit be always with us;

let it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard us from all harm.

Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we beseech you, O Lord, and guide us, as Your Son has promised, into all truth.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me
and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.

Something to Ponder:

Here is an interesting article on “Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Is there a difference?” by Dr. Marshall

I pray you have a blessed Pentecost Feast Day.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hairbows4Life

Head over to Hair Bows 4 Life and order your Pentecost Bow in time to celebrate!

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Check out last week’s post on St.Joan of Arc at Sundays with the Saints.

Pro-Life Wednesday: The Zookeeper’s Wife: Keeper of Life!

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Have you seen this movie?  Have you heard about this movie?  It was one of the most profound movie I have seen in a long time. Just watching the trailer again, stirs up emotions.  I don’t think it’s still out in the movies theaters, so keep an eye out for it on Redbox or Amazon (wherever you watch the latest movies).  Trust me on this and watch the movie.

This movie is based on the book, The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story . 

Summary metacritic: In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

So as I am watching this movie, I couldn’t help but to think, how brave this women and her husband are to risk it all for the lives of those whom they don’t even know (they had a few Jewish friends)

They hid over 300 Jewish people in their Zoo.  

It’s a powerful movie that was written and directed by a women. 

We are living in the greatest holocaust the world as ever know! Ever. Know.  It is hard to  compare or not  the holocaust to abortion

Jennifer Fulwier writes an excellent piece on this comparison and one of main points that really hit home to me was this:

At the root of both scourges is a particular strain of evil, the most virulent that the devil possesses. It is the kind of evil that works to take away the humanity of human beings. It whispers in the ears of one group of people who a certain other group of people are something less than human, less worthy of life because of race or religion or physical ability or age. And once this is accomplished, once a group of people have been thoroughly dehumanized in the mind of their society, evil can run wild while the populace yawns.

Johan Heldenbergh plays Jan Zabinski and Arnost Goldflam is orphanage director Dr. Janusz Korczak in ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife.’ (Focus Features)

Another hero in this story was Arnost Goldflam the orphanage director, a saint!

Zookeeper is telling Arnots that his car is right there. That he will help him escape right now. What does Arnots do? He becomes Christ. Another Jew becomes Christ-like, and goes with the children onto the gas chamber so that they will not feel alone in the end of their short life.  

He sacrifices himself for the sake of love.  He asks the zookeeper to help him make it a great joy getting on the train for the children.

It was one of the hardest part of the movie for myself.

This movie kept me thinking about my own actions (or lack of) in this fight against the evil of abortion.

I kept asking myself,  How can I be like the zookeeper’s wife (sometimes feels like I do live in a zoo) to the unborn?

Mother Teresa came to mind . 

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Everyone is call to be a certain type of Zookeeper’s wife.  Everyone must do the right thing at the right time God has called them to do. 

Don’t stay silent. Always Pray, Fast, and Love.

With the Love of Christ,

Cecilia @Hairbows4life

Sundays with the Saints: St.Joan of Arc – May 30th

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May 30 Feast Day

Joan of Arc is a very interesting saint! We are getting to know her even better ever since we moved close to New Orleans.  Every year on her birthday, which happens to be Epiphany on January 6th there is a major  parade in the French Quarters. Yes, it’s New Orleans with plenty of parades to make one sick of them but this one is different.  Let this article explain. 

The parades.tells the story of Joan of Arc’s life in chronological order all the way through to her sainthood. An array of marching groups — including the Amazons, the Chorus Girls Project, the Muff-a-lottas and Skinz and Bonez — parade in costume and are led by the Kilts of Many Colours Bagpipes and Drums group. Parade battalions figure prominently, including The Gates of Orléans, Joan’s Trial and, new to his year, one representing Joan of Arc’s hometown of Domrémy.

Highlights include toasts from The Historic New Orleans Collection and Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, from the Williams Research Center balcony at 400 Chartres St.; a sword blessing at St. Louis Cathedral by the Very Rev. Father Philip Landry; and the crowning of the king and a king cake ceremony at the parade’s conclusion, at Washington Artillery Park.

There also will be a group of court jesters carrying a birthday cake for the Maid of Orleans, who is selected each year through an application process and who is joined by New Orleanians in the community portraying the French king and queen who supported Joan in her battles against the English. (While the French were victorious, Joan was captured by the English, tried and convicted and burned at the stake.) The New Orleans Advocate

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The picture doesn’t do it justice since it was taken by my husband’s cell phone but it gives you an idea of the parade.

I also like that they throw to those watching some neat stuff from handmade Joan of Arc dolls to even Joan of Arc medals. The first year my kids attended, my son received a very nice sword made out of wood. This beats all those ugly beads from the other parades! My children enjoy this parade and it is something fun to do on Feast of the 3 Kings!

This was 2 years ago with one of my husband’s co-worker.

Barabara Beckwith  from Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior: A Seven-day Retreat, reflections is just perfect, I believe about Joan of Arc.

Joan of Arc is like a shooting star across the landscape of French and English history, amid the stories of the Church’s saints and into our consciousness. Women identify with her; men admire her courage. She challenges us in fundamental ways. Despite the fact that more than 500 years have passed since she lived, her issues of mysticism, calling, identity, trust and betrayal, conflict and focus are our issues still.


Read more about  Joan while you pray over at St.Joan of Arc Novena.

Here are some books, coloring, and snack ideas to celebrate to this amazing young saint, Joan of Arc.  

Books:

Saint Joan: The Girl Soldier (Vision Books) (Affiliate)

We got this for one of girls for the Feast of the 3 Kings. I just love this series of books, they are perfect for read aloud!

Saint Joan of Arc: Quest for Peace (Affiliate)

This is one of the kids favorite books that it doesn’t have the cover any more.  They just love this book!

Joan of Arc (Affiliate)

This book we gave to our oldest daughter and it is about the best book written on Joan of Arc. It really blew my mind away and I found it very interesting that it was written by another New Orleans /Louisiana/Mississippi famous writer, Mark Twain!

Coloring Pages:

This print out about the virtue of obedience goes perfect with Joan of Arc and helps the kids to understand the virtue. 

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This packet below is free over at Teachers pay Teachers by Catholic Cutie which includes:
1 May Calendar
1 May Blank Calendar
1 Shield/Virtues Coloring Page
1 Domremy Childhood Home Paper Cut Out
1 Mini Saint Statue
1 Saint Joan of Arc Poster Page

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 Snack:

Nothing like having beignets and coffee at New Orlean’s famous Cafe Du Monde to get a sense of French style breakfast (dessert more like it).

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Pillsbury has a very simple recipe or if you more of a homemade from scratch this recipe from Taste of Home seems easy and do able!

Prayer:

ST. JOAN BY INGRES

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Saint Joan of Arc, patron of France, my patron saint, I ask you now to fight the is battle with me by prayer, just as you led your troops to victory in battle.

You, who were filled with the Holy Spirit and chosen by God, help me this day with the favor I ask

[here say your intention].

Grant me by your divine and powerful intercession, the courage and strength I need to endure this constant fight. Oh St. Joan, help me to be victorious in the tasks God presents to me.
I thank you and ask you for your continuing protection of God’s people.

Joan of Arc, Pray for us!

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Visit us at Hair Bows 4 Life and order your Joan of Arc now to get it in time for her Feast day on May 30th!

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With Love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

 

Pro-Life Wednesday: Open to Life is also open to death!

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Have you ever taken the word pro-life and thought the meaning of it?  When you look  up the definition of pro-life, you get “opposed to abortion”.  But being opposed to abortion is not being pro-life. There is so much more to pro-life than just being opposed to abortion.   Growing up, I never thought more to those words of pro-life than that simple definition; one opposed to abortion.  I believe millions of people think the same.  But LIFE has shown me that meaning  is so much more. 

When you come to think of it, the word itself is  just odd. PRO-LIFE.  Someone who supports  LIFE.  I never met someone who was dead being pro-life?  I mean if you are breathing chances are you are pro-life (yes, we have sadly the exception of millions who take their own life and its a sadness of its own). 

But I never thought in my life that being pro-life , an openness to LIFE also  meant  having an openness to DEATH. This  openness of death didn’t really hit home to me until the death of my third child.  Losing an unborn child is no stroll in the park at whatever stage that child is develop.   I have lost two children  borderline of the first and second trimester which one resulted in an emergency D&C and the other a natural passing of the baby at home.

However, when I experienced my third loss of my unborn baby late in the second trimester, I experiences a different meaning of being pro-life/openness to life.    I had to deliver this silent baby into my arms for a short time but forever in my heart.   God’s love and presences during one of the 2 hardest time in my life (so far) was so overwhelming beautiful.  This occurred during the start of Holy Week 2012 and to unit my suffering of losing my son with Mary was a gift in many ways from God. 

I learn the hardest way that being open to life meant I had to be open to death. It meant that I had to be open to the idea that my unborn baby might not see this side of earth but they would see greater beauty, truth, and love. 

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It was only 16 months later , that I had to experiences this openness to death yet again after losing another sweet baby boy, Juan Diego (his due date was December 12th).  During this time, I had come across a book that had a great impact of my healing beside God’s grace and prayers from family and friends, After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman’s Companion to Healing & Hope .   Words have such power to bring healing and comfort to others and the stories and comfort in this book was amazing.  

I was inspired by God to start a miscarriage ministry where we can give any mother who needs to find some comfort after losing their unborn baby this book. Magnolia Miscarriage Ministry

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If you know someone or yourself that needs some healing after a miscarriage and would like a copy of this book, please visit us Magnolia Miscarriage Ministry .  I would like to also mention that any money from affiliates that we get through this site goes to fund our ministry for books and shipping cost. If you feel call to donate for these expense you can do so via paypal at magnoliamiscarriageministry@gmail.com

Please pray for all who have suffer the loss of a child.  United in Our Blessed Mother’s suffering, Our Dearest Mother, pray for us!

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

 

 

Celebrating Fatima’s 100th with A Giveaway!(19-Prizes)

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In a few days, we will encounter Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th year Anniversary.  Our Lady of Fatima has been a dear friend of mine who has protected me from myself.  She is truly a lovely mother to all of us. She wants us to enjoy the ever lasting happiness of Heaven starting on earth by penance, prayer, and devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

“Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins. . . . They must no longer offend Our Lord, Who is already so much offended.”

We don’t need to live in monastery to live out  the calling of the Fatima’s message, no we can do it right in our very home.

“Many persons,” Sr. Lucia explained, “feeling that the word penance implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of lukewarmness and sin.” Then she said Our Lord explained to her: “The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life and the observance of My law. This is the penance that I now seek and require.”

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Eight years ago in May, Hair Bows 4 Life was created out of inspiration from the Holy Spirit and in honor of Our Blessed Mother.  We had lots of ups and downs but we just trying to bring the awareness of the beauty of each child of God through simple sweet bows.   We try to raise awareness and support for the unborn and sanctity of human life, all lives!

In great honor of Our Lady of Fatima and her 100th year Anniversary, We are hosting a giveaway of many sweet  items . 

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Every one of these items has in one way or another given honor to Our Lady through their hand-crafts items or their business.

 Read about them , share the giveaway, and enjoy the faith of Our Lord and His beloved Mother!

These prizes below are from small business that are hand-made with care.

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1.) Hair Bows 4 Life : a light blue pin-wheel bow with a  Our Lady of Fatima medal and a one decade rosary bracelet with a small charm of Our Lady of Fatima and cross that was made in Italy . 

2.) Almond Rod Toys:  Our Lady of Fatima block  made from beautiful precision cut maple blocks. They are professionally printed on heavy-duty, high-tack, weatherproof polyester paper.

3.)  Wishing Star by Cris:  paper dolls, Centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, It comes with 5 dolls to cut and dress, Our Lady of Fatima, the 3 little shepherds, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco and a small sheep to complete the scene. Each has two more clothes and accessories to cut and dress (except the sheep).They come in a “house” box that represents the house of the shepherds – the facade outside the box and the representation of the room and a bedroom inside.

4.) Flor Larios Art :  a reproduction of artist Flor’s painting of Our Lady of Fatima with Children mounted on wood with a beautiful satin antique finish.

5.)Saong Jai:  a  bright and colorful rosary little ones will love with Our Lady of Fatima. Large soft to the touch beads are paired with interesting Pater beads. A matching laminated 4×6 holy card is included. The large beads are perfect for little praying hands to keep track of and will be a special treasure for them!

6.) Hair Bows 4 Life:   a Holy Rosary gift set that includes a two-tone blue bow with a small one decade rosary, Miraculous medal prayer card and a book by Fr. Lovasik The Holy Rosary.

7.) Loreto Rosaries: a special order Our Lady of Fatima rosary made with 49 strands of stainless steel, nylon-coated flexible wire. The double-sided 1/2 inch rosary center and 1 1/2 inch crucifix are solid bronze and are hand cast from vintage antique pieces

8.) Hair Bows 4 Life:  a pink layered pin-wheel bow with a  Our Lady of Fatima medal and a one decade rosary bracelet with a small charm of Our Lady of Fatima and cross that was made in Italy . 

9.) Making Little Saints: Our Lady of Fatima peg doll hand-made.

These 10 prizes below are not hand-made to say but still sweet to have!

1.) Mediation on the Holy Rosary is a CD made by a very sweet holy Irish priest in Mississippi. Father John’s love for Mary and the souls is forever engraved in our hearts and lives forever!

2.)The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima : DVD movie that tells the story–through an admittedly Hollywood prism–of one of the most beloved Catholic legends of the 20th century. (Affiliate )

3.)Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World : In this warm retelling of the story of Our Lady of Fatima, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle unfolds vividly before the eyes of children the mysterious radiant holy Lady who suddenly appeared to three peasant farm children in Portugal.(Affiliate )

4.) Holy Heroes : a Glory Stories CD from Holy Heroes on the dramatic true story of three little children from Fatima, Portugal, and their visitors from Heaven, Our Lady of Fatima.

5.)Our Lady Of Fatima With Children Rosary Tapestry Icon Pouch Keepsake Holder 5 3/8 Inch on a reversible tapestry cloth pouch. (Affiliate )

6)The Day the Sun Danced DVD and Companion Book :   “The Day the Sun Danced”  DVD fully animated with a companion lesson book. The book includes colorful detail meaning and significance of Fatima apparitions, beautiful illustrations and actual photographs bring the story to life, and  activities will help teach the children how to pray and learn the message of Fatima. 

7.) Shining Light Dolls:  Our Lady of Fatima doll  made of high quality rotocasted vinyl. 

8) Tiny Saints : Our Lady of Fatima key chain. 

9.) Our Lady of Fatima, Marian Grotto kit: this kit also includes a short synopsis of the apparition, a history of grottos, and a list of the semi-precious gemstones used in this kit (Amethyst, Tigereye, Moss Agate and Yellow Jasper)

10.)Little Drops of  Water: Our Lady of Fatima with 3 children made from resin and hand painted packed in a personalized box.

 

I hope you check out these great items and enjoy the giveaway.

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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Wired to Fail- No! 30 days of Wired to Try!

I have been reading, Robb Wolf latest book, Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You.  I really enjoy his style of writing that makes it easier to understand. There were some parts of the books that I had to pass and I really wanted to get to the plan of it.  If you know about Whole30 , you get an idea about Wired to Eat 30 days of eating plan.  He however adds that some people need some other type of carbs such as rice and after the 30 days, you learn to do a 7-Day Carb test. 

Robb Wolf gets into three areas of one’s life:  food , movement, and sleep.  I will try to deal with each one of these area. 

I have been doing well until about 3 weeks ago and I just feel sick most the time. I know that I need to get back on track so  starting May 1st, I will stick with a Paleo/Whole 30 eating plan again.  I hate not feeling well. I am big enough to know that what I put in my mouth will either make me healthy or not. That simple. 

Since I had baby girl, I have lost about 40 pounds (but many more to go). What I did that help the most was a low-carb (no ugly carbs) and I moved. I trained for Half Marathon and I did two games at  Step Bet (were you bet money to make sure you walk your step using a fit-bit or another types).   

Like I said earlier the last 3 weeks have been lazy and I can feel it . I haven’t gain anything back but my gut hurts all the time and I am tired again all the time.   

 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit,

who is in you, whom you have received from God?

 You are not your own;  you were bought at a price.  

Therefore honor God with your body,”

(1 Cor. 6:19-20)

I am wired to eat and move for I am made in His imagine and likeness.   I debated about having the post on the blog or even having any post about my personal life such as the fitness or homeschooling but you know I am leaving it be because it helps me. It helps me.  A main reason why I use blog space to write about my “fitness & wellness ” attempts is so that I know that I put it out there and for some reason, it motivates me. 

I will have to report back to you guys and that is sometimes keeps me going.. (Hello, I know you are out there?)  

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When I had my old blog of Catholic Fit Mom for Life(I stop that blog and decided to put all my eggs in one basket but I still have a facebook page ).  I blog about Fit Moms for Life program.  It’s a great program for women of all ages and types.  There I learn about SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timed. (Doran, G.T. ‘There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives)

Goals need to be Specific so that it is clear what you are working towards. If your goal is too generic, such as “lose weight” or “feel better,” there is no clear end point—you will not know when you’ve achieved your goal. Similarly, it needs to be Measurable. You need to be able to quantify or otherwise measure whether or not you are making progress towards your goal. Good goals are also Attainable and Realistic. You can and should push yourself with ambitious goals that force you to stretch, but you should also have smaller goals that are attainable in a reasonable time frame so that you can see the progress you are making along the way. Finally, good goals are Timed. Without a deadline, a goal is just something you would like to do someday. Deadlines help keep you focused and accountable —   Fit Moms for Life Program

So here are my SMART Goals in 3 areas of Wired to Eat: Diet, Movement and Sleep.

  1. I will eat for 30 days a paleo/whole foods diet. 
  2. I will train for 10 weeks for my triathlon event on July 15th. ( Can you believe it has been 2 years since I have done one?) using a sprint training program.
  3. I will attempt to get 7 hours of sleep at least 4 days a week (wish me luck on this one, with 13 months that nurses like a newborn. Ha!)

Follow me over at my personal Instagram to follow my Wired to Try! 

 

With God’s  merciful love,

Cecilia @ Hair Bows 4 Life

 

 

Do you hear that? A Catholic Priest’s Simple Rule.

When God grants you silver-linings, you take them. Let me give you a little insight to what I am talking about.   I have been experiencing a side of darkness in our church since Ash Wednesday.   There has been changes to the church we usually attend that has brought me  to a side of myself that I don’t like; a sad and dark place. I guess I took things for granted. I guess I was blindsided  to see that throughout His beautiful church, the celebration of the Holy Eucharistic was just another event like a sport outing, birthday party, or a worship concert.

I was hurting. I was witnessing a change towards the Mass being ;how many hands can get in the pot, how it’s a celebration of the community, a big O’ get together. I am sorry. Please forgive me, not to sound rude or anything. But the Sacrifice of Mass isn’t about getting ourselves  and getting hands involved in the liturgy.   It’s not about the laity or liturgical council. It’s about the sacrifice of  the Son of God, brought to God by a priest’s hand as we plead for forgiveness and His mercy  so that we can live forever with Him!

So as this all started to unfold during lent, I just couldn’t get myself to attend this church too often since it took me  to a side of me that I didn’t like.  Don’t get me wrong, I been praying for this priest and these changes, I want to show mercy as God will show mercy on me.   But, I believe that this life is too short. It is nothing compare to everlasting life.

 So I want to experiences all the beauty, truth, and goodness that I can experiences on this side of Heaven.  And yes, the mass is still the most beautiful sight ever no matter what is sung or who is alter serving. I know.     But, again this short life of mine is just that short.   I want to get as many silver-linings that is thrown my way. So we make an hour trip to a beautiful church in the middle of a city that is known for its ugliness and evil.  But this place of beauty is that light in the darkness and the mass celebrated is like being in Heaven on earth.  Where most of my senses are met with pure beauty and goodness.  It took me forty years to witness the most beautiful mass ever.  I have no words to explain it.  None at all.

But…., Yes but. Nothing is perfect but God himself and the Holy Eucharistic.  So even attending this mass, there are things one can do without; the noise after mass.  I don’t know why it seems that the second the priest is out the door, we forget where we are. We totally lose control of our mind and just speak it.  You are trying to give thanksgiving to God for what you just have witness and you can’t hear yourself in prayers for the endless noise.

Ok, so now back to that silver-lining that God shared with me this Divine Mercy Sunday. We were out-of-town due to soccer tournament and we found a beautiful church in the Bible Belt of Alabama.  I don’t need to tell you how beautiful this new church was as you can see for yourself.   I always knew that just because you build a new church doesn’t mean it has to be ugly. Why or why for ugly churches? That is another story.

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Credit to Gatlin Hudson Architects

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This young and amazing priest said a most lovely  mass .  He took his time to look at the Holy Eucharistic in his hand and you almost felt that he wasn’t there with you any longer.   You wonder what did he see at that moment that we couldn’t see? It was something.

I guess it was a pure love he had for the Holy Eucharistic as he also spoke with conviction that we can’t be a doubting Thomas. We can’t doubt the true presences of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharistic. We just can’t. We must live our lives with truth and beauty and no doubts about God’s love and mercy for us and the whole world in the Eucharistic.

He also gave each family a copy of 7 Secrets of Confession.

It’s the end of the mass, they process out of church. We stay to listen to the organ finish playing and say our prayers.  When my husband who noticed first says, “Do you hear that?”  I replied,” no, I hear nothing .” As all I see are people leaving the church and that is when it hit me and it hit me hard.  

Silence

There was silence after the mass was over. There was silence after the music stop. Pure Silence. My heart rejoiced. My eyes watered. My breath was taken.  Silence there was.

 God’s gift for us on that Merciful Sunday.

Afterwards, I had to approach the priest and I just couldn’t help myself.  I said, “Father, we are not from here and I have been most impressed by the silence after mass was over. Thank you.”  

 Father said, ” I have simple rules. It just a simple rule. Silence in presence of Christ in the church.”  Which he adds,” they only need to see me mad once!”

In His merciful love,

Cecilia @ Hairbows4life

 

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#WorthRevisit: Divine Mercy Sunday- Celebrating the Feast Day with A Giveaway

 

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We are coming upon one of the greatest feast day in the church. Divine Mercy is the greatest act of love in history of the world.

“..few souls know the unfathomable mercy of God and His great goodness.” St. Faustina

I am finishing up for the second time, 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy and it stills takes my breath away.

” In his loving mercy, God fills up the abyss of our wretchedness with his own divine love!”   Father Michael Gaitley

We have no clue how much we are loved. If we only trust Him in that love, we will be holy.

“After God conquers us and humbles us with His love he then saves us with love by giving us his own divine LOVE.” Father Michael Gaitley.

Here are some activities that would be just loving to do with children.

Over at CatholicIicing , there are these printable of His imagine.

She also has a great craft for making your own Divine Mercy Chaplet

There are some printout from Catholic Online for this Sunday’s feast day.

This a very sweet coloring page for the Divine Mercy from Catholic Playground.

divine mercy coloring page

There are many great activities out for Divine Mercy Sunday.

In honor of this  amazing feast day and our new blog for Hair Bows 4 Life (new look, check it out), we are having a giveaway of two books and Divine Mercy Hair Bow set.

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