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.
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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.
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Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart, never to be effaced.
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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

BOOKS

 

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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Pro-Life Wednesday: Darkness over Delaware

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Darkness fell across the state of Delaware yesterday, as the House vote yes on SB 5 which will  legalize Late Term Abortions.

A late-term abortion is when the Child is too developed to be suctioned out via vacuum aspiration and instead requires a late-term D&E dismemberment procedure..  

My heart is so heavy that I can’t seem to move to a different thought than that of all the innocent lives who are at risk of death. The unborn babies were given a sentence to death by men and women in a suits. 

At one time, Delaware was our home and is now one of the most pro-death abortion state.  We now live in the state of Mississippi, one of the most pro-life states in the union.

I wonder what goes inside the minds of these men and women who voted yes to murder .  What happen?  Where did the evil close their eyes to the truth and beauty of LIFE?  

When I read about the bill detail last night, I noticed the time which the House passed this law was at 6:23pm.

I  couldn’t help but to look up in the Holy Bible, Matthew Chapter 6 verse 23.

23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkened, what darkness that will be!

 

What darkness it is!  But I will not let this darkness be the disease of my soul, of my peace, of my love.

No, we will keep fighting the good fight!!!  

After the post on the Zookeeper’s Wife, people asked, “How can I do more for the Pro-Life movement from home?”

Here are just somethings that can be done to keep on fighting this evil of darkness.

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  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. 

 

Involve the whole family and start young so that it is in their nature (which it should be in everyone’s ones) to be pro-life and to defend ALL LIVES!

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Mother Teresa, pray for us!

With the Love of God’s Mercy,

Cecilia @Hairbows4life

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Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Sunday – How do we celebrate Sundays!

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Have you ever heard the story of Our Lady of Sunday,  also know as Our Lady of St. Bauzille de-la-Sylve?

The story starts with  Auguste Arnaud, a man in his thirties, married with two children. He didn’t faithfully attend Mass on Sundays. He would skip mass to work in his vineyard  in Saint-Bauzille-de-la-Sylve, France

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One Sunday, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, June 8th 1873 , Auguste went to mass and afterwards went to work in his vineyard. After two hard hours of work, he rested with his lunch . 

Our Blessed Mother appeared to him, 

It was around 7:30, I saw a young woman shows all dressed in white, she wore a fringed belt and her head was crowned with a high crown like a miter. A great white veil came from the top of the crown covering her hands crossing on her chest. The figure of the woman was beautiful, quiet, without expressing neither joy nor sadness. I have not seen him smile. She seemed to be between 25 and 28 years.

Our Blessed Mother told him,

” You have a disease of the vine.  You left St. Bauzille. We must celebrate his feast on day it falls. Next Thursday you must go in procession to St.Anthony and hear mass. In a fortnight you must go in procession to Notre Dame to Canto of Gignac, Montplellier, and city of Lodeve. You must place a cross here to changing it later to another. Come in procession each year. Go tell your father and your pastor all of this, in a month I will come to thank you.

Auguste went with his father to the parish priest who didn’t believe him. He then went to the carpenter to order a wooden cross and planted it at the bottom of the vine at the place indicated by the Blessed Virgin.  With his family, he went to hermitage of St. Anthony the Egyptian and also made a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Gignac for mass and morning prayers. He replaced the wooden cross planted in the vineyard by an iron cross that was mounted in a stone pedestal.

On July 8th, Our Lady appears for the second time, as Auguste was working in his vineyard where a crowd of 400 to 600 people waiting. He went to work and take a break. He again took the tool that slipped from his hands. He sat up and grabbed his hat and threw it aside. At the same time as his arm rose into the air, his face became very pale, his hands seemed inordinately elongated, his eyes fixed on something only he could see. He was suddenly moved with lightning speed to the cross (a distance of more than 40 yards.) None of the witnesses rejected this extraordinary fact.

This time, the lady was dressed in clothes of gold and she tells him,

“Do not work on Sundays. Blessed is he who believes and unhappy the man who does not believe. You must go to our Lady of Gignac in procession with your family.”

She slipped the rosary to her left hand and, raising her right hand she blessed him and whole crowd.

Before she left, she said, “Let us sing hymns.”

He turned around and told the crowd to sing and which they sung the Magnificat.

François-Marie-Anatole de Rovérié de Cabrières, Bishop of Montpellier appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the apparitions. Three years later, the commission recognized the authenticity of the apparitions.

Our Lady of Sunday,
Make my heart like a beautiful vine,
Free from the disease of material concerns,
Rid of the weeds of the sin And carrying eternal fruits.
– Father Jean-Pierre Gaillard

 

Book:

There is an amazing short book called , The Land Without a Sunday by Maria Von Trapp (Sound of Music)  where she gives detail of how they  celebrate Sundays and reason to celebrate Sunday as Sunday should be.   

She gives details how they celebrated Sunday in Austria, which she says it will start on Saturday afternoons after 3 pm, the churches bells started to ring  She explains how  everyone puts on his finery.

 In most homes the Sunday dinner was at noon. The afternoon was often spent in visiting from house to house, especially visiting the sick. The young people would meet on the village green on Sunday afternoons for hours of folk dancing; the children would play games; the grownups would very often sit together and make music. Sunday afternoon was a time for rejoicing, for being happy, each in his own way.

On Sunday we often walked to the village church for High Mass, especially after we had started to sing. Later we used to go into the mountains with the children, taking along even the quite little ones, or we used to play an Austrian equivalent of baseball or volleyball, or we sat together and sang some of the songs we had collected ourselves on our hikes through the mountains. We also did a good deal of folk dancing, we had company come or we went visiting ourselves–just as everybody else used to do.

How do we celebrate Sunday, the greatest feast day of our lives?  What are some traditions your family does on Sundays? 

 I think we need a movement,  Take Back Our Sundays!

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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Pro-Life Wednesday: A Lethal force against Abortion with Love!

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Have you ever thought that to end the war on abortion, we  can win it from the inside ? 

I truly believe that changing the laws of abortion, will not stop abortions.  Yes, many will be save due to the law but abortion will still go on.

WE need to change the hearts and lives of those on the inside!

Don’t we want to save that one sheep? 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, went out to find that one lost sheep while he had 99 sheep in this flock. He made a great point in say thing that He needed to find that one sheep.

While we fight to end the law of abortion and win over the hearts of those who are for it, we must do what it takes to find that one lost sheep.

That sheep is an abortion worker.

When I found this organization by Abby Jonhson called, And Then There Were None also at abortionworker.com ,  I saw the face of Christ looking for his lost sheep.

ATTWN is  nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry.

ATTWN is pro-life without exceptions and support all peaceful pro-life efforts, ATTWN seeks to end abortion from the inside out.

You see, those abortion workers are human as well. Since we as pro-lifers believe that ALL lives Matter. Then these workers lives matter to Christ, matter to us. 

His mercy doesn’t pass judgment. His mercy is for all!

ATTWN shows His 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!

6 Ways they help these lost sheep!

Financial: Once they finally get a worker’s proof of their resignation from the clinic, they provide one month of income replacement.  Money is almost the key to holding them to a job a bit longer. These workers can be single moms who have bills to pay. Transitional financial assistance is a key in helping them take that first step

Legal: These  workers have been a part of or witnessed illegal activity at their clinics. ATTWN have attorneys in all 50 states. They will offer them legal protection and representation.  Another plus to this has been that the lawyers have been use for testimony of the workers to close down abortion clinics.

Employment. They have a team  of professional resume writers and professional recruiters who help them find jobs in their city.  They also have a large list of  contacts in every city in America who are willing to hire these workers. Some are now working with pregnancy resource centers and helping women choose life. WOW!

Emotional: They assigned each worker to a Client Manager that will be there and help them through this painful journey toward healing and finding forgiveness.  They use a relationship-driven model of ministry as in listening, giving advice, praying, and offering other emotional support. Everything is private and if need be professional counseling is given.

Spiritual: Any worker that leaves this evil , this darkness heads to the light, a spiritual conversion. They connect them  to healthy, vibrant churches in their areas and Christian pastors who can help them continue to grow spiritually. Their Client Manager is also available to pray and provide spiritual support at any time, as much as needed.  There is also  a section where you can  partner with them with prayers.

Retreats: They will host all expense paid to healing retreats each year.  They have several ” phases” of retreats and they encourage all the former workers to join in the healing program.

They are the face of Christ bringing home His lost sheep.

Abby Johnson’s story is amazing one. Her book Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line is a book you can’t put down.  It gives you an insight to how easy it is for a young women get sucked into the work of evil without even planning it . 

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They have help about 350 workers leave the abortion industry! 

As a direct result of the testimony of these workers, several clinics have been permanently shut down. More to Come!!

ATTWN makes a major great point, you see the abortion industry, especially Planned Parenthood know , that a former employee is lethal to their industry!

No abortion clinic workers, no abortion clinics, no abortions. It starts with the workers.

Please visit and if you can make a donation of any size but most of all, pray for their work and protection from the evil one who knows the great danger ATTWN is  to ending this war on Unborn.

With Christ’s Merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

How about this Zookeeper’s Wife approach to the war on LIVES?

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

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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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St.Joan of Arc

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!

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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

May Catholic Saint Calendar Activities - Saint Joan of Arc

 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

Check out Joan of Arc , Litanies at Catholic Tradition

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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With Love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life