Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Extraordinary Graces At 3 O'Clock this Friday

You don't have to be catholic, you don't have to be religious, you don't have to know how to pray and you don't have to know Jesus.  Just say the Three O'clock Hour Prayer, at 3pm to receive extraordinary graces.  God will take care of the rest.--Try it this Friday, Good Friday. 

Here is what you do:
Even if it is only briefly, look at a crucifix, an image of Jesus on the cross, or a picture of Jesus and say this prayer.

Three O'clock Hour Prayer:

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.  O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.  ...O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You.


More Information:

Divine Mercy Image

In a vision to Polish nun, St. Faustina (1905-1938), Jesus promised that during the 3 o'clock hour He would give extraordinary graces to whomever might ask for them. He said that from 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon is the Hour of Great Mercy.


Divine Mercy and the Second Coming

St. Faustina

Divine Mercy App by Marian Fathers

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Theme Thursday-Dirt

Linking up with Clan Donaldson!

I didn't meet either of my dad's parents.  I'm the youngest child of a youngest child.  If you are from a big Catholic family, that usually means you may be an aunt or an uncle when you are born.

For me, I was born after my grandparents died.  My grandfather was born during the Civil War.  I came 96 years later.

Here's their resting place in our own graveyard in Kentucky.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Dolorous (Sorrowful) Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

"He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus" ---St. Bonaventure

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I can't remember how I came across the book The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  I read it on a summer vacation in Myrtle Beach about 15 years ago.  I remember sitting by myself on the beach, under an umbrella, reading the book.   My husband had taken our children back to the beach house to give me time to myself.  It was tough to read because it made me feel that I was there at Jesus' Crucifixion. 

I remember stopping at one point and looking out at the ocean with tears streaming down my face.  The pictures that formed in my mind while reading Blessed Catherine's words, have never left me.  Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was a nun and a mystic.  She was from Germany and died in 1824.

During her life she experienced the mystical phenomenon of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, which after a study ordered by her bishop were judged by a panel of physicians and clergy to be authentic. In addition she had mystical visions, the content of which came to be written down by Clemens Brentano, a man who served as her secretary. Among the most famous of her writings is the The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  (EWTN Library)

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ contains her private revelation detailing Jesus' crucifixion.  It is a behind the scenes look at what catholics call The Passion of Christ. Blessed Anne Catherine had visions, while in ecstasy, of the past, present and future. This book deals with Jesus' Passion.  Blessed Anne Catherine's private revelation is not to be regarded as equal or to have greater authenticity than the Gospels.  Private revelation can enlighten or help to understand a part of our faith but it never corrects it. 

Blessed Anne Catherine's writings will put you at the foot of the cross.  It makes it real.  Blessed Anne Catherine's writings are frighteningly real. Luckily, you don't need to purchase the book because her writings are online.  The link is below.  The chapters are listed from 1-66.  It is a wonderful way to walk with Jesus this Lent.

Friday, February 21, 2014

7 Furry Quick Takes on My Work Anniversary

These 7 Quick Takes are shared at the awesome blog Conversion Diary!

1.  I celebrated my 7 year work anniversary this week! 
 I am the marketing coordinator at an animal shelter. 
Tanner was a Doberman that was found starved and abused.
He healed, was adopted and is doing great.

2.  I got to tell the story of how it happened on another blog, footprints on my heart.  Sarah has a series on saints that I was honored to participate in.   Here is my story
The Saint with the Broom let me know
where I was going to work.

3.  I love my job and the funniest part is making videos.  Here is a "Happy" video that I posted yesterday on our Facebook and Youtube Channel.  --I'm the one holding a white terrier in sunglasses.

4. I've met a lot of wonderful people through my job.  My SICSA co-worker and fellow Catholic, Julie, has her own Etsy shop.  She makes the most incredible jewelry using vintage pieces. She made me these earrings from medals I brought home from Medjugorje.

5.  My husband and I have fostered over 300 homeless pets.  We've only adopted 4 of them, so it is a pretty good ratio.  Here is a video of Zeke sucking on my finger.  Can anyone blame me for adopting him?

6. Do you know how many saints loved animals?  Too many to mention.  Here's a list.

7.  Another reason for me to love the new Pope!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Theme Thursday- Dishes

These dishes come with happy memories. 

The platter in the middle was my mother-in-laws.  The white platter on the right was my grandma's.  The poodle plates were were just fabulous on a clearance shelf at TJMaxx about 15 years ago.  Portmerion dishes are from a friend.
This sugar bowl was my Aunt Eunice's.  She had it in the middle
of her dining room table next to a milk-glass vase filled with
ice teaspoons.  When I look at this sugar bowl, I picture her, no more
than 100 pounds,with a cigarette full of ashes ready to fall,
walking through the dining room.

The white pitcher was my great grandma's,
and the little tea cup was my grandmas.

Check out more dishes for Theme Thursday at Clan Donaldson.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saint of the Broom

St. Martin De Porres
I have a guest posting on footprints on my heart.  Sarah started a series on saints, sharing stories on her blog, of regular people who have a saint close to their heart.  Saints show us an example of extraordinary humbleness and trust in God in every day life.

My story is about an unlikely saint who I came to know and strangely enough realized how much we had in common.   

He came to me in a dream.  Not his face, just his name.  It was written out like a cloud in the sky, St. Martin De Porres...  Read more

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Seeking Peace

The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood, is a diary of a young mother of three who had visions of Jesus and Mary for nine months in 1987.  The Virgin Mary wanted a silent apostolate to begin with mothers around the world to assist in ushering in the Triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
Jesus and Mary appeared to the young mother named Mariamante, giving her instructions for the movement and guidance for life.  The diary has the Imprimatur for sound teaching. 
I've had the book for decades, its rumpled pages worn from reading.  Jesus' words given to the visionary, have  always given me comfort, especially when I'm going through the worst of times. With life's burdens weighing down upon me, I picked up the book.  I opened it to these words from Jesus.
"Turn to Me rather than each other in times of crisis.  Persons spend hours talking about their problems to each other, when if they spent half that time with Me in the Blessed Sacrament, all their problems would be solved.  I say solved in the sense of them having strength to carry their crosses or, in some cases, even removed if it is not for the betterment of their soul that they carry it.  Many carry needless burdens because they do not come to Me.  They seek human solutions when there are none."
"I alone can truly help you.  You must learn this in time if you are to be truly Mine and not of this world.  Why all this talk in the face of problems?  Prayer is your answer, not talking to each other repeatedly about the same things...God alone can truly help you in the way in which you need it, and My Mother's intercession will make it all possible.  Turn to her in your needs and sorrows.  Tell her your woes, not each other.  Pray for help and guidance.  Think of others and pray for the world.  This will give you the peace and joy you seek.  Idle talk, idle hours spent in useless talk is unnecessary and often can be dangerous for the soul.  When will My children learn this!  They seek answers in each other, when they have none.  I alone have the answers to peace of mind and heart."

Adoration Chapel
If you have never gone to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament I encourage you to go.  Many Catholic Churches have an adoration chapel.  In the adoration chapel is a tabernacle with the Eucharist (Holy Communion), a lighted candle and seating.  You don't have to be Catholic to go, or even believe.  I know many people of different faiths that have found peace there.  Sometime, just go and sit.  You can pray, or read, or write, but I like sitting.  You WILL find peace there (-go more than once).