Sundays with The Saints: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 Promises

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

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


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St.John Eudes

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

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

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


Coloring :

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

 

 

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

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

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CRAFTS

Ruth from Just Another Day in Paradise.

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SNACKS:

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Gifts:

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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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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

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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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With Love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

 

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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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#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.

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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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