"We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us." -Pope Francis

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Our Lady of Fatima: 100 years of stories, prayers, and devotions

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Have you heard the message of Fatima?  Even if you are familiar with Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, I guarantee you haven’t heard the story told quite like this before.  And if you’re skeptical about the whole thing, all the more reason to pick up this book.

Mary wants to lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ.  She wants peace for the world, and she wants us to repent of our sins so we can all make it to Heaven!

There’s no better time to pick up this book than right now, as we are about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of these apparitions.  In fact, the Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, which is right around the corner.  On this day, Pope Francis will also canonize Jacinta and Francisco, two of the Fatima visionaries, as Saints for the whole world to celebrate!

In this book, author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle takes readers through a century of fascinating stories related to Fatima.  She recounts what occurred in this city back in 1916 and 1917, and the fulfillment of the Fatima prophecies that have taken place since that time.  She also shares things that Sr. Lucia experienced later in her life as she worked to ensure that Mary’s message spread throughout the Church, and that things were completed as Mary and Jesus requested.

In these pages, you will hear remarkable stories you’ve never heard before, and details that you won’t find in other places.  Did you know that Saint Mother Teresa planned a top secret mission in Russia specifically to occur just as Saint John Paul II consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?  Did you know she pulled it off?  Do you know about the devotion of the Five First Saturdays?  Do you know why Mary specifically requested five and not six or seven?  Have you heard the Fatima prayers?  Do you know how you can incorporate these prayers into your daily life to make atonement for the sins of the world?  All of this and more is shared in this fascinating book.

Perhaps as astounding as the Fatima miracles themselves, are the personal experiences of the author that she shares at the end of the book.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it’s unbelievable what this woman endured for the sake of this writing, and the timing of her injuries is absolutely astounding.

In short, I had a hard time putting this book down!  You won’t want to miss this exciting read, especially as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions this year.

We all must now do our part to make reparation for the sins of this world.  Find out what you can do to live the Fatima message today!

And a note to any skeptics:  With Mary, you have nothing to fear except fear itself.  Fear of Mary will only keep you from Mary, which will only keep you from a deeper intimacy with Christ.  Our Mother Mary who is Our Lady of Fatima, is the Mother of Jesus Christ who is our brother.  Hence, she is our Mother, too, and Jesus also gave her to us on the Cross.  Mary is truly amazing.  She also only wants to do the will of her Son.  She wants to support Jesus as much as possible in the work of bringing all souls to Heaven.  Perhaps you will be able to get to know her just a little better through the words in this book.

This book is available on Amazon and from Franciscan Media.

Mother Mary, pray for us!  God bless you!

Don’t Miss Divine Mercy Sunday!

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Mary Garden Showers is committed to spreading a message of love and mercy, with help from the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy & the beautiful Divine Mercy message.

Today we’d like to direct you over to our friends at Divine Mercy for Moms, who have shared a beautiful article full of ideas and resources to help you make the most of this awesome, special feast day – that’s right around the corner!

Click here to be redirected to this article!  Peace & blessings to your family!  We hope you have a very special Divine Mercy Sunday.

– Serena & Kaitlyn, Co-Directors of Mary Garden Showers, Charlotte, NC

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

Positive Adoption Language

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This post is courtesy of a little card put out by a friend Callie Jet & the lovely ladies at Talk About Adoption.  They are birth moms, so they know a thing or two about talking about adoption.  It just seemed really important, so I wanted to share it here.

 

The Do’s and the Don’ts When Referring to a Birth Mother’s Decision of Adoption

 

DO:  Unintended pregnancy / Unplanned pregnancy

DON’T:  Unwanted child / Did not want your baby

 

DO:  Birth Mother / First Mom / Biological parent(s)

DON’T:  Not keeping your baby / Did not keep your baby

 

DO:  Make an adoption plan / Made an adoption plan

DON’T:  Adopt out / Adopted out

 

DO:  Choose adoption / Chose adoption

DON’T:  Get rid of / Give up / Put up / Got rid of / Gave up

 

DO:  Place for adoption / Placed for adoption

DON’T:  Give away / Hand over / Gave away / Handed over

 

Check out talkadoption.org for lots of great info!

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

 

The Bare Necessities Baby Registry

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What does my baby really need?  This question is on the minds of many mothers who make the potentially daunting, often exciting trip into a baby store to set up a baby registry for their child.

What does my baby really need?  This question is also on the minds of the many mothers who are pregnant and raising children in dire conditions, in impoverished areas of the world where they can only dream about stepping foot in a luxurious baby store.

It’s important to keep this worldly perspective in mind when you go to set up a baby registry, because you really don’t need everything advertised. Read the rest of this entry »

faith under fire

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When I was a little girl, one of my favorite books was called “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny.”  I’m not sure whether that title is true.  I’ve never actually been a bunny.

But I have been a Christian.  I am a Christian.  And after one quick look around the world, I think we can all agree that it’s not easy being a Christian.

Fortunately, God always goes with us into the hard places!  If you need to be reminded of this, then “Faith Under Fire” by Matthew Archbold is a great book for you!

Mind you, this book is not for the faint of heart.  But then again… is Christianity?  I mean, the great symbol of our faith is a crucifix, a cross, something used to kill someone.  And as Christians, we are all called to follow Christ even if it costs us our life.

This book will take you to these hard places.  It will show you that Christ is always there, that He always goes before us, and that He always overcomes evil.  Yes, we must suffer with Christ while we are on earth, but if we stay close to Him, this suffering brings us into new and everlasting life.  And this is why we should count suffering as joy!

“Faith Under Fire” takes you through the stories of several courageous individuals who exemplify through their actions what it means to be a true Christian.  They are people who have tried to follow Christ with their whole heart, no matter what the cost. 

Some of the stories are difficult to read and contain some gory details.  For this reason, I would give this book an R rating, and I would not give it to teens without reading it first and providing a lot of guidance and discussion. 

The author anticipates that this is a book for discussing, so each chapter contains some very helpful questions at the back.  This makes the book ideal for any kind of Bible Study, book club, or group of friends wanting to explore their faith together on a deeper level.

Be prepared to walk through a whole range of emotions as you read this book.  But if you’re looking for something that’s going to prepare you for absolutely anything this world can throw at a Christian… don’t miss “Faith Under Fire!” 

“In this (salvation) you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1: 6-7

This book is available on Amazon and from Barnes and Noble

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

12 Awesome Organizations Working Outside the Box

Here are a dozen great organizations with some action plans that can help us think outside the box a little on some big world issues. Click on the links, learn more, and get involved!

Here are a dozen great organizations with some action plans that can help us think outside the box a little on some big world issues.  Some of these are new favorites of mine, and I wanted to share them here this morning.  Click on the links, learn more, and get involved! Read the rest of this entry »

Hope After Miscarriage & Infant Loss

I learned from their words in this DVD that it is always better to reach out, always better to try to love and comfort, always better to acknowledge the beautiful child who is now lost to Heaven – than it is to do and say nothing.

I can’t imagine going through a miscarriage.  I can’t imagine delivering a child who has gone to Heaven.  I can’t imagine losing an infant.  I can’t imagine going through these things because I have not gone through these things.  Not yet anyways.

While I’m grateful that is my reality, I know that for so many people out there, loss is their reality.  And my heart and my prayers go out to them.

What can we do to bring these families comfort and healing?  What can we say? Read the rest of this entry »

Drawing a New Path to God

I’ve found that coloring while I pray kinda’ forces me to be still and listen. And you may find that you learn a little about your own prayer life as you do this, too!

I often find myself reading books to our girls, playing with Play-Doh, and coloring pictures.  Of course I’m not able to sit down and do these things with them all of the time, but I always enjoy when I have an opportunity to spend good quality time with them.

I recently read a little book to our daughter that made me realize I could turn all of this time over to God.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gorgeous Sacred Music for New Mothers

Those very first few days at home, I had a lot of trouble sleeping. Childbirth brings physical discomforts, as well as an onslaught of excitement, anxiety, and overwhelming awe and joy at this new little life that is yours to love! Sleep didn’t come easily. But when I popped this gorgeous sacred music into my CD player, I felt I had entered another world – Heaven to be exact!

We brought our son home from the hospital a couple of months ago.  What a joyous occasion.  What a blessing.  What an honor.  What a privilege!

These two CDs were waiting in a small box on our doorstep when we arrived.

Those very first few days at home, I had a lot of trouble sleeping.  Childbirth brings physical discomforts, as well as an onslaught of excitement, anxiety, and overwhelming awe and joy at this new little life that is yours to love!

Sleep didn’t come easily.  But when I popped this gorgeous sacred music into my CD player, I felt I had entered another world – Heaven to be exact!  Read the rest of this entry »

Help Your Kids Learn to Love the Sacraments!

This DVD resource would make a great addition to any homeschool group, any parish that provides faith formation classes, or to any family wanting to help their children learn to love the sacraments.  I loved it… because when it comes to helping my kids love their Faith, I’ll take all the help I can get!

*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are totally mine.

 

My 2.5 year old daughter and I walked to the back of the church near the confessionals.  She had made a couple of bad choices and was becoming disruptive in Mass.  She asked me what the little rooms were for, and I explained the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“These are rooms where you can go and tell Jesus you are sorry for things that you do wrong, or for bad choices that you make,” I explained.

She proceeded to kneel down and tell Jesus she was sorry for being disruptive in Mass, and for a couple of other incidents earlier in the month that I had completely forgotten about.  I was glad for her honesty and openness!

Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3-4

What a gift we have in the sacraments!  What a beautiful opportunity we have to share this gift with our children!

It’s great to instill knowledge of the sacraments when children ask questions.  But let’s be honest, they don’t always ask.  Read the rest of this entry »