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Category: Adoration

Pray with Your Senses – Color & Sound Sets Make Great Gifts!

I recently had the privilege of working with these two “Color & Sound” sets for Paraclete Press.  They have paired completely unique, fun, and inspirational, Marian themed coloring books with high quality Gregorian Chant CD compilations.

Set aside your electronic devices and games, and do something with your hands that will free your mind up for prayer.

I wanted to share these with you today just in time for Mother’s Day, but they would also make a perfect gift for a graduating senior!  These books are a gentle way to instill or rejuvenate our Catholic Faith.

You could also use them for prayer time in Adoration, or as a teaching tool for children to help them learn the Rosary and how to meditate on Mary’s many beautiful names.  Children love to color, so teach them also that they can turn their coloring into prayers!  It’s fun to actually pray the rosary as you’re coloring each decade page, too.  I think these also work beautifully as side-by-side adult coloring books for those times you are coloring with young children.

In fact, my daughters love to see my finished coloring pieces, and I enjoy coloring with a picture that stretches me beyond the super familiar shapes of Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty.

So here are two excellent Color & Sound sets for you to consider!  May they enhance your own prayer life, and the prayers of the ones you love.

  1.  Mother Mary – Color & Sound:  An Imaginative Pathway to Stillness and Beauty

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This coloring book has a page for many of the beautiful names we give to Mary the Mother of God.  Each page contains a title for Mary, a powerful prayer or quote related to this title, and a little more info to peak your curiosity about where this title came from, or who Mary appeared to under this title.  The pictures are fun and simple enough for coloring, and the end result is a beautiful picture that might even be suitable for displaying in your home!

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This set includes “The Chants of Mary,” a Gregorian Chant CD sung by the Gloriae Dei Cantores Men’s Schola.  I love having this CD on in the background of my day.  It puts children to sleep like a light switch when we play it in the car.  It keeps me calm in the inevitable challenging moments that arise at home with three toddlers.  It is 65 minutes of Heaven on earth.  Brush up on your Latin with the accompanying CD booklet that contains English & Latin lyrics as side-by-side text, along with beautiful full color pictures and images.

  1. The Rosary – Contemplation with Color and Sound: Color and Music to Inspire your Prayers9781612619194_p0_v1_s192x300

This coloring book takes you all the way through your rosary, with a page for each decade of the Glorious, Sorrowful, Luminous, and Joyful Mysteries!  There’s also a page for the Apostle’s Creed & Hail, Holy Queen.  The pictures are whimsical and leave much room for contemplation as you pray along with your coloring.  Enter into each mystery of the rosary a little deeper, and then go back and remember your prayers when you see a beautiful, completed picture in their place.

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This book is paired with “Feasts of Our Lady,” a Gregorian Chant CD by the Monastic Choir of St. Peter’s Abbey, Solesmes.  It also contains a booklet with side-by-side Latin & English text.  This CD is one of my favorite Gregorian Chant compilations.  The music is very vibrant and rich.  The harmonies are solid.  The sweeping melodies lift one’s thoughts to Heaven.  You will not be disappointed!

Purchase these CDs from Paraclete Press or Amazon!  And remember, God loves you & He is merciful!  Pass it on…

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Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God

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Mary’s way can be our way, too!  Judy Landrieu Klein opens her heart in this beautiful book of affirmation, hope, and encouragement for all mothers. 

Klein takes readers through her own personal journey of motherhood, with all of its sorrows and joys.  Just like Mary, we all must bring our children into the world, nurture them, love them, and then let them go into the world to hopefully become the adults God desires them to be!  This is no small feat.  And motherhood is certainly not for the faint of heart. 

Klein had a beautiful turning point in her life when Mary spoke to her heart.  From that moment on, Mary played a large role in Klein’s motherhood.  She encourages readers to trust in the Blessed Mother, and to turn to her for wisdom, guidance, and strength. 

Inside the book, you’ll find a beautiful prayer for consecrating your children and spouse to the care of the Blessed Mother.  Klein explains the significance of this consecration, and how sustaining these prayers have been in her life. 

I recommend this book for all mothers, but especially for any mothers who have adult children – particularly children who have fallen away from the church, or who have fallen into bad habits in their lives. 

Get ready for an awesome testimony to the power of a mother’s prayers! Don’t miss Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God. 

You can purchase this book from Amazon or Ave Maria Press.

P.S. God is merciful & He loves you… Pass it on! 

MGS Ministry Update 10.1.16: When Traffic Stopped for Jesus!

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Traffic certainly stopped for Jesus when he entered the streets of Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, on a day we now call Palm Sunday.  But did you know that traffic stopped for Jesus when he entered the streets of Charlotte, NC just the other day?

On September 9th and 10th, Charlotte, NC held the 2016 Eucharistic Congress celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Roads were blocked, traffic was rerouted, and the streets were packed with people waiting to see Jesus!

The Eucharistic Congress is a time when we can come together as Catholics and Christians to celebrate the riches of our Faith.  It’s a time for fellowship, prayer, penance, laughter, dining, learning, growing, and celebrating together!

It’s always amazing to watch as thousands of people descend upon the Charlotte Convention Center to celebrate Jesus.  I say this, and I’ve only experienced this twice.  But – BOTH times I experienced the Charlotte Eucharistic Congress were incredible!

Watching the Eucharistic Procession come through the large “elephant doors” of the Convention Center is just plain awesome.  The procession is like a huge parade comprised of Jesus, the bishop, priests, deacons, nuns, rows of children in First Communion attire, the sound of bells, the sight of incense, joyful singing in different languages, strollers, babies, youth, parents, grandparents, and so many smiling faces!

What a blessing to witness this little piece of Heaven.  What a privilege to be a part of this celebration, on a sunny day in 2016, when traffic stopped for Jesus.

Our Mary Garden Showers ministry had a booth again this year, and we were extremely humbled and grateful to be featured in the 2016 Eucharistic Congress highlight video put together by the Catholic News Herald.

You can watch this video and see Jesus entering the streets of Charlotte here.

The lovely Mrs. Serena Boykin, co-director of Mary Garden Showers, explains the work of our ministry just after the 2 minute mark, with help from a couple of cute kids!  Enjoy!

P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you!  Pass it on…

Collaborating to Empower Women in Crisis Pregnancies

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I decided some time ago – there is no such thing as coincidence. God has a purpose for everything He does in this world. We simply have to cooperate and be open to His will.

Our family relocated across the country a little over a year ago. So my husband was surprised one Sunday, when he recognized a family at Mass from back home. “That’s weird,” he thought. “They look exactly like the family we served with in youth group at our old church.”

As Mass went on, he realized that it was the family we served with in youth group at our old church! It was odd, too, because Read the rest of this entry »

The Blessed Sacrament Behind Glass

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I have now had the experience of kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament in adoration behind a panel of glass.

The cry room at our Church is a beautiful brick-walled space in the back corner of the Church, with a large window facing the altar. A panel of glass separates Read the rest of this entry »

Bigger, Bigger, Bigger, Like Otto: Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist!

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Sharing the Catholic Faith with children is a joy!  Okay, my oldest is two, so I only have two years of experience in this department.

But she takes everything in complete faith, which makes sharing a complete joy!  There’s a reason we are told to Read the rest of this entry »