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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Books:

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

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

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


COLORING:

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

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CRAFT:

Here are some cute crafts to do with the kids.

Miraculous Medal Craft for Catholic Kids

 

Under Her Starry Mantle: Miraculous Medal Craft Activity Part 1

 

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Gifts:

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Prayer

Novena Prayer to  Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

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

(Here privately form your petitions.)

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

 

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Have a Blessed Sunday,

Cecilia @Hairbows4life


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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First Level : Purgatory.

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

Second Level: Earth

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

 Third Level: Heaven.

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

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

 

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

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

Indulgences Acts for the Poor Souls is  a partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed.  One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory. –  Read more on this beautiful day in the Life of the Church at  Catholic Culture

Recall the souls of your beloved departed ones with prayers. 

Hair Bows 4 Life the blog prayer for departed souls

 

Have a Blessed and Joyous All Saints & Souls Day.

Cecilia @Hairbows4life


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

 

 

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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:

MIRACLE OF THE SUN - OUR LADY OF FATIMA - CATHOLIC BOOKLET - TeachersPayTeachers.com

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

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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.

 

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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

 

Saint Rose of Lima Wood Figure – Handmade & Hand painted – from In the Loft , Sue DowImage may contain: 1 person

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

 

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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

 

 

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 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

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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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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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