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Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day & Call to Prayer

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, marking the first of six visitations to three children in Fatima, Portugal. On May 13,1917, Lucia dos Santos, and Francisco and Jacinta Marto were tending their sheep when Mary first appeared to them, asking them to come to that same place on the 13th of every month for the next few months.

Our Lady of Fatima Calls Us to Pray the Rosary

In her visitations, Our Lady asked them to pray the Rosary daily to obtain peace. This request was made at the time of the first World War.

On her third visitation, Our Blessed Mother gave the children a prayer to recite. We now say this prayer at the Continue reading

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary Guide

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Recite one “Our Father”
  3. Then recite three “Hail Marys”
  4. Finish with one “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say one “Our Father”
  6. Recite ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the respective Mystery
  7. Then recite one “Glory Be”
  8. Conclude the decade with the Fatima Prayer
  9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say one “Our Father” and repeat steps 6-8 as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  10. Say the “Hail Holy Queen”
  11. And conclude with the “Final Prayers”
  12. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Mysteries of the Rosary

Based on the day of the week, we reflect on the mysteries Continue reading

Saint Joseph, the Worker Feast Day

Saint Joseph Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, we honor Saint Joseph as husband of Mary, and foster father to Jesus. We thank him for being such a good role model, as a faithful husband and father.

Today, we honor Saint Joseph, the Worker, a carpenter, by trade. He worked diligently to provide for his family. Humble in nature, compassionate in heart, he remained ever faithful to God, and Mary. Beyond his humility and compassionate nature, there is so much to admire about this beloved saint. He truly was a virtuous man Continue reading

The Calm Before the Storm: Holy Monday

Calm Before the StormYesterday, we heard the Passion of the Lord from Luke 22:14 to 23:56. With every reading of the Passion, we relive, with Jesus, His humiliation, passion and death. With today being Holy Monday, we reside in the calm before the storm of a turbulent Holy Thursday and Good Friday. So, today, might seem like any other day. Yet, it is different.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the chief priests and scribes witnessed the crowd’s love for Jesus. This appreciation for Jesus made the chief priests and scribes feel uncomfortable – to the point where they began to plot Jesus’ death. They feared the rise and adulation of Jesus would deter devout Jews from the proper worship of God. They didn’t understand Continue reading

Lent and My Spiritual Closet

Spiritual ClosetHave you decided yet how you will make the most of this Lenten season that begins today – Ash Wednesday? I find this time of year to be quite cathartic, in that I use it to make things right with God. In essence, I clean out my “spiritual closet.” I look for those things in my life that I want to keep, such as prayer time, good deeds, etc. and find a dedicated place for them in my spiritual closet. Then, I find those areas of my life that need to be tossed – you know – those sins that need to be thrown out. I take them to the Confessional and leave them with God. He knows what to Continue reading

Ending the Partisanship! Finding Solutions!

Finding SolutionsI don’t know about you, but I am tired of the partisanship that pervades the halls of the U.S. Government, as well as society in general. Rather than sticking to the prescribed partisan “talking points” of divisiveness, we need to find solutions that positively impact the American majority. Who cares if a good idea comes from a Democrat or a Republican, if the idea is a good one? Finding solutions can be accomplished, if we, and our lawmakers, would act as follows:

  1. Collaborate! Truly listen to each other and seek the best ideas to solve problems, regardless of the point of origin.
  2. Compromise! God never said that he would give us everything that we want. So, why do Continue reading

Finding Goodness in a Divisive Society

Finding GoodnessWe live in such a divisive society, here in the United States, and around the world. Satan is hard at work pitting us against each other. He wants us to forget that we all come from the same Supreme Being. As adults, why is it so easy for us to quickly notice the differences of others, rather than common ground? We weren’t like that as children. When we were young, we simply played with anyone who would play with us. We found common ground in the love of “play,” in toys shared, and in having fun together. We need to find that goodness, once again – this time as adults. Finding goodness in a divisive society can be a challenge, Continue reading

Finding Our Moral Compass

Moral CompassHave we lost our moral compass? Am I the only one who thinks our society has fallen prey to:

  • Placing other idols ahead of God?
  • Thinking we know what is right, all the time?
  • Diminishing the severity of sexual sins?
  • Finding lying acceptable?
  • Considering our own self-worth far superior to others?

Losing Our Moral Compass of the First Commandment

How often do we do what we want, and not what we ought to do? For example, how often do we place political party positions ahead of God’s position, because it is easier to side with our political party affiliations rather than with God? We fail to ask, “What would Jesus do?” For example, would Jesus let children be separated from Continue reading