Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Bows & Her Immaculate Heart…..

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Did you know that  Our Blessed Mother has a feast day  dedicate to her for everyday of the year?  We are truly bless!

On August 3rd (which happens to be my son’s 12th birthday) is the Feast day of Our Lady of Bows

Our Lady of Bows was a shrine in London. It is related that in the year 1071 Mary’s image there had been carried away by a storm, together with more than 600 houses. It fell uninjured with such violence that it broke into the pavement, and sunk more than 20 feet into the earth, whence it was never possible to draw it out. –Roman Catholic Saints

I found it so interesting that even bows have our Lady’s blessing on them. 

Yet, I have to admit that the shrine takes its name from the unusual Norma arches, or bows which were considered a novelty, not hair-bows.

Just amuse me and let me celebrate with some hair bows!

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St. Mary-le-Bow, City of London

It’s  interesting history behind the Bells of Mary , is sure worth your time.

As well, it  has had a rough  history.  The shrine has been destroyed 5 times;  in 1071,  was  the tornado, in 1196  there was a fire,  in 1271 the tower of church collapsed,  in 1666 a great fire destroyed it and later is was completely destroyed by the German’s in WWII .

The shrine  was  rebuilt in 1964 and what a beauty it is!! 

I would love to hear music coming out that Beautiful Organ!

   


 August The Month of Immaculate Heart of Mary 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us!

The church dedicates August to Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Before Vatican II , the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was celebrated on August 22nd.  

St. John Eudes is considered the father of devotion to Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Pius X and his feast day is August 19th.

St. John brought people to love Christ and the Virgin Mary by speaking tirelessly about their Heart,

the sign of the love God shows for us and the communion to which we are called.

He wrote an amazing book to help others increase their devotion to Heart of Mary ,  The Admirable Heart of Mary  ,  where he reveals  a most pure and maternal of all hearts in its corporal and spiritual pulsations, while demonstrating how this human heart was divinized by the one Divine Heart of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Here are some links of coloring pages, crafts, food, and gifts to celebrate all month-long!

Coloring Pages:

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Pray for Us coloring page © 2015 R Miller06272015_0000

immaculate heart of mary coloring pageFree Catholic Coloring - Bible Journaling Scripture Luke 2:35 Mother Mary's Immaculate Heart Pierced by : anne harb

Crafts:

Create the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts from Paper | Catholic Inspired ~ Arts, Crafts, and Activities!

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing 2 new cross stitch patterns with you: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary–both as free cross stitch patterns. Well, all of a sudd…Nancy over at Do Small Things with Love has a free cross stitch pattern. 

This rustic mason jar candle votive lantern features a vintage image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is trimmed in gorgeous antique platinum ribbon from France. The lid and base of the lantern areI saw this one pinterest but the link from it is broken but I just love how it looks and I can imagine it would be an easy craft.  

Then one can light it all month-long during prayers or when saying the Novena to Immaculate Heart of Mary (a very nice kid’s print out to say this novena).

Here is Lacy’s famous tie-dy shirts from Catholic Icying craft.

 

SNACKS:

You can’t go wrong with ideas from Catholic Cuisine, here are few of my favorites. 

 

Gift Ideas:

Here are some amazing gift ideas for your home, your family, or as gifts for loved ones during this month of Immaculate Heart of Mary.  

These gifts come from small catholic businesses from amazing ladies. Show your support, shop SCB!  

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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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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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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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