Please take a look at Catholic Exchange today for "Sowing a Seed."
There has been a change in schedule for the Family-Centered Learning Conference. Please mark your calendars for the new dates:
July 26, 2008: Family-Centered Learning Conference
This will be my first time speaking at a Conference! Thank you, Michele, for the invitation!
My most recent column at the Long Island Catholic, Brighter than the Sun, will only be appearing at the website another week (before a new piece takes its place). It was written with a grateful heart for all the priests who have come into our lives over the years!
Prayer to Mary, Mother of Priests, Pastores dabo vobis, JPII, 1992
O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the Priesthood of your Son and of your sons, O Holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ, to the Messiah-Priest you gave a body of flesh through the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart; guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Saviour.
O Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man, the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers; give to the Father for his glory the priests of your Son, O Ark of the Covenant. O Mother of the Church, in the midst of the disciples in the Upper Room you prayed to the Spirit for the new People and their Shepherds; obtain for the Order of Presbyters a full measure of gifts, O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with him at the beginning of his life and mission, you sought the Master among the crowd, you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice and you had John, your son, near at hand; accept from the beginning those who have been called, protect their growth, in their life ministry accompany your sons, O Mother of Priests. Amen.
[This prayer, in its entirety, was taken from Father Philip's blog. Interestingly and coincidentally, he wrote the post exactly one year ago today.]
May Mary, the Mother of Priests, bless and assist all priests in their vocations!
Please head over to Cay's Cajun Cottage for a Book Walk and chances to win picture books donated by Flashlight Press.
Have you ordered your copy of Cay's new book, A Picture Perfect Childhood? [You may make a purchase here.]
Frankly, I would have ordered this book just for the charming cover photo! As it is, I have a complete set of all Cay's books and plan on keeping it up to date! Let's hope there will be many more works to add to the collection in the coming years. [BTW, I was very popular with my local friends back in November when I gave away five copies of Christmas Mosaic as door prizes at our Mother's Tea. It was, without question, the best Christmas gift I have ever purchased for these dear women!]
Meanwhile, at the Love2Learn Blog, the incredible ten year anniversary celebration continues. Please visit and put your name in (anytime until January 29th at 10 am) for a beautiful selection of books from Bethlehem Books. If you miss the 29th, have no fear, a new drawing will be announced the moment this one is over!
Thank you, Cay and Alicia!
My dear friend, Lorraine, is very active in promoting Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey's cause for beatification. Today, she wrote to me with an interesting suggestion for prayer groups:
Right now we need prayers for the Cause to be officially opened. We are close but need grace to bring us evermore close to Sr. Marie's beatification day! I can promise you with all my heart that she will become your dear friend. If you will write to me Lorrfu6@aol.com I will send you prayer cards and a little biography of Sr. Marie's life. The prayer takes 15 seconds to add to your prayer group's rosary. 15 seconds is a small offering to God for all He wants to accomplish through Sr. Marie's intercession. Please...there are graces waiting to be showered upon people in need, indeed on all the world! What a very do-able way to be part of Mary's Peace Plan for your family and all humanity.
Please consider taking Lorraine up on her offer, and visit her Sister Marie blog to learn more.
Sister Marie, pray for us!
Our Lady of Altagracia's gift to the Dilworth family arrived today. Here is the joyful message sent by Helen's husband:
Ave Maria! [Our daughter] was born at 2:40pm, after a 6 hr labor. She weighs 7lbs14oz and looks great! She is already nursing peacefully. Helen has a tremendous sense of relief and is doing great. Thank you for your prayers!
God is good!!!!!
[Updated: Castle of the Immaculate announcement here!]
I received an email from Helen's husband. They are at the hospital, and she is in labor! All is going well!
Please pray for Helen, her husband, and their beautiful baby!
God is good!
If I am blessed enough to receive another update, I will let you know.
The Cottage Care Package of books is on its way to Andrea in France!
Thanks to all who participated, and please continue to check the Love2Learn Blog for more tenth anniversary celebration book drawings. Today's prizes are "Word to Caesar," "Stories with View," "City of the Golden House" and "Sword of Clontarf," all donated by the wonderful Margot of Hillside Education, and tomorrow, there will be a selection from Emmanuel Books.
Speaking of Emmanuel, how much do I love this bracelet? One or two girls may just be finding this in their Easter baskets in March.
[This drawing is now closed, but please visit Love2Learn for more drawings and incredible resources.]
The Cottage at Bantry Bay by Hilda Van Stockum
Francie on the Run by Hilda Van Stockum
Pegeen by Hilda Van Stockum
Maiden and Mother: Prayers, Hymns, Songs, and Devotions to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary (Ignatius)
* Please click here for the book descriptions, leaving a comment to submit your name to the drawing. Be sure to sign up by midnight, January 22, 2008.
While you are visiting, take a look at Love2Learn's right hand side bar for more great giveaways!
Huge thanks to Alicia for presenting these drawings.