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

Category: Rosary

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!

need to charge more to power on

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As I plugged my phone into the wall, the screen lit up, and a picture of an empty battery flashed at me in the darkness.  “Need to charge more to power on,” it said. 

You know what?  I can relate. 

I need to charge more to power on lately.  Why don’t I take the time to charge?  Is it laziness?  Is it pride? 

For me it comes down to trust.  I need to trust more in Christ.  Trust is what keeps me running through my days.  Without it, I fail miserably.  My compass is off kilter.  My direction is cloudy.  My best efforts are squelched.  It’s really that bad.  

When I pray the rosary, I trust that I am doing what I can to connect myself to the life and sufferings of Christ and our mother Mary.  The rosary allows me to trust in God’s goodness, to revel in the mysteries of His life, and to trust that my life is also intricately planned and ordained. 

Your life is also intricately planned and ordained.  Do we trust that our lives truly have purpose beyond what is seen? 

When I quiet my mind, ask my soul to be still, and listen for the sound of God’s voice in the stillness, I trust that I am doing what I can to make myself available to God’s living word in my life.  A listening prayer exercises my trust in a living God who wants to guide my heart and set order in my days. 

God wants to guide your heart and to set order in your days.  Do we trust Him and let Him lead? 

Through the rosary and through ongoing effort at contemplative prayer, I charge my battery as a wife, as a mother of three children ages three and under, as a friend, as a daughter, as a sister, as a neighbor, as a human – as me. 

I’ve had trouble finishing my rosaries lately.  I start and stop, but God knows my heart.  He searches my soul.  He searches within all of us and knows us intimately. 

Graces await if we only begin. 

I’ve had trouble finishing the dishes lately.  I’ve had trouble finishing the laundry lately.  I’ve had trouble finishing a cup of tea lately.  I start and stop, but it’s no matter.  God does not always intend for us to complete all of the work that we begin – certainly not always in the order we think is best, and certainly not when other pressing things clamor for our attention.  Yet God knows my heart.  He searches my soul.  He searches within all of us and knows us intimately. 

What matters is that we are joyful as we go about our work.  What matters is that we give praise always and everywhere to God. 

Graces await if we only begin.

So I would do well to wait until I am at least charged to power on.  I would do well to wait until I am connected with Christ before I even search through my thoughts, before I even open my mouth for the day.  I would do well to trust in Christ more fervently and intentionally. 

As we open our hearts and turn our thoughts toward the coming of Christ in this Advent season, let us begin anew with great fervor and zeal. 

Graces await if we only begin.

roses in heaven

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Every Hail Mary that we say is a rose that will adorn the gardens of Heaven, because it is through these prayers that we can achieve peace on earth.

Peace in our hearts on earth will lead us to Heaven, which will make Heaven more beautiful.

So every Hail Mary is a rose that will adorn the gardens of Heaven.

We will live with Mary and our Triune God in Heaven.  We will live among the saints.  We will live among these gardens of roses.

We are encouraged to care for our earthly home.  Through the Hail Mary and through the rosary, we can express care for our true heavenly home.

We can lift our concerns to Heaven and join with saints and angels in praising God and honoring Mary.

Shouldn’t we want our earthly home to be as beautiful as possible?  Shouldn’t we want our heavenly home to be as beautiful as possible?

Then let us pray for peace.  Let us pray for souls.

Let us together join in praying the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

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

MGS Ministry Update 8.4.16 – A Garden for Mary!!!

This is not just about distributing material stuff and it never was. This is about changing hearts, and changing lives. This is about bringing women into the loving embrace of the Church. The whole Church – the body of Christ. This is about bringing women home – even if only for a few hours on some Sunday afternoon at their baby shower.

My husband caught me off guard at the dinner table the other night.  He said, “Kaitlyn, what’s your absolute favorite thing to do?”

“Would ‘serve God’ be too vague?” I asked, looking for an easy out.

“Yes,” he shot back.

He knew I wasn’t going to say that I love to mop the floors or take long walks on the beach.  I’m more of a medium-beach-walk kinda’ girl.  Long walks near high tide have left me wondering if I’ll have to swim back home with sharks… Read the rest of this entry »

How Mother Mary Spends Her Days…

My 3 year old daughter and I were sitting outside in the middle of a bright, sunny, super hot day. We were talking about how nice it was that I’m able to stay home with her and play, and fix her meals, and take care of her each day. “I get to do those things with you because I’m very blessed that I don’t have to go to work,” I explained. She thought for a moment. “Yes and my Mother Mary doesn’t have to go to work, either.” “She doesn’t? What does your Mother Mary do?” I asked. “Well, she doesn’t work. She just sits and looks at her baby all day.”

My 3 year old daughter and I were sitting outside in the middle of a bright, sunny, super hot day.  We were talking about how nice it was that I’m able to stay home with her and play, and fix her meals, and take care of her each day.

 

“I get to do those things with you because I’m very blessed that I don’t have to go to work,” I explained.

She thought for a moment.  “Yes and my Mother Mary doesn’t have to go to work, either.”

“She doesn’t?  What does your Mother Mary do?” I asked.

“Well, she doesn’t work.  She just sits and looks at her baby all day.”

“Her baby Jesus?”

“Yes,” said my daughter.  “She looks at her baby Jesus all day!” Read the rest of this entry »

A Calendar of Pro-Life Action Items for Lent 2016!

How can we build a culture of life this Lent? Here are some great ways to get started!

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Our Church has compiled a list of awesome pro-life action items that you can slowly and meaningfully complete during Lent this year! The full list is below.

If you’d like a copy of the editable Word document calendar and accompanying prayer sheets we’ve prepared, please contact me here. We’d be more than happy to send them your way!

Please note, our documents will vary slightly from what is below as they are specific to our parish’s needs.  Helpful links are included in this post so you can refer back to this as needed throughout your Lenten journey!

Join us as we offer up these actions to cultivate a culture of life and love this Lent! Read the rest of this entry »

Kitchen Tables & Other Answered Prayers

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I sat down at my friend’s new kitchen table for lunch, and commented that it was nice and big.  She has a beautiful family of 5, and they were quickly outgrowing their old table.

“So it’s a funny story, actually,” she began.

She proceeded to tell me that just before Thanksgiving, Read the rest of this entry »

The Urgency of Prayer

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Have you ever felt an urgency to pray?

I remember a friend telling me that once after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, she felt a sudden urge to pray for a particular woman she had never heard of before. It was revealed to my friend in her thoughts that this woman was trapped in a bathroom and could not find Read the rest of this entry »

Calling All Girls! Check Out That One Girl

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What a gem. I wish I had read this book when I was 13 years old. It was still helpful to me at age 28, and I recommend it to women and girls of all ages!

Christina Mead has written this book in a sisterly tone that is often cute & always Read the rest of this entry »

Rosary Beads & Cheerios

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My daughters love rosaries. My older daughter thinks they are special necklaces. Her Daddy has taught her to hold and point to each bead and say, “this is a Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Hail Mary…” They love holding the beads.

One day, we attended Mass just the girls and I. One of our special red rosaries was accidentally Read the rest of this entry »