Sunday, September 29, 2013

Feast Day of the Archangels...

There is a lot of information HERE.

It's fascinating. I love the stories and the prayers of the Archangels.
There are seven Archangels, three of them have been named in the bible. These are the three.

Two of my children have been confirmed. Both have chosen St. Michael the Archangel as a patron saint.
There is something incredible about St. Michael being the one who threw Satan from Heaven and into Hell. This proves his power is mighty. The boys, I'm sure, were drawn to the strength, and nearly always being depicted stomping on the devil didn't hurt. But it comforted mom (me) to know this was their choice. If St. Michael can do this to the devil himself, imagine what influence he can have on my children. I'll take it.
   

"Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the Divine Power of God - cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen" 

 
St Gabriel. Seems to be the messenger.  He had been sent to Daniel to explain a vision concerning the Messiah. He appeared to Zachary when he was offering incense in the Temple, to foretell the birth of his son, St. John the Baptist. St. Gabriel is most known as the angel chosen by God to be the messenger of the Annunciation, to announce to mankind the mystery of the Incarnation.

 





"O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen"


St. Raphael. His mission as wonderful healer and fellow traveler with the youthful Tobias has caused him to be invoked for journeys and at critical moments in life. See? Beautiful!

  

"Dear Saint Raphael, your lovely name means "God heals." The Lord sent you to young Tobiah to guide him throughout a long journey. Upon his return you taught him how to cure his father's blindness. How natural, therefore, for Christians to pray for your powerful help for safe travel and a happy return. This is what we ask for ourselves as well as for all who are far from home. "

Friday, September 20, 2013

Five Minute Friday: She

It's that time again.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


Five Minute Friday


Today's word: She

She is not confident, she is not a superstar, she is not athletic, she is not wealthy, she is not calm and collected, she is nothing 'special', she does not have it all figured out and she is not, under any circumstances, perfect.

She is a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunt, a niece, and a friend.

She struggles to find exactly who she is supposed to be, what her purpose is, how she can make a difference.

She is opinionated, conservative, Catholic, loud, and stubborn.

She can't sew well, she cooks ok.  She isn't a house keeper, she is a stay at home mom. She isn't prim and proper, she is stubborn.

What ever else she is or is not she is a Child of God and He loves her. He does have a plan for her. She tries to remember, even on the bad days, to have that attitude first. It does not work, because she is a sinner. She confesses, she repents, she tries again, and she fails again. And God loves her anyway. She is so wrong sometimes, and God loves her anyway. She is mean sometimes, and God loves her anyway. She sins, a lot, and God loves her anyway. She is defiant sometimes, and God loves her anyway. She is weak, most of the time, and God loves her anyway.

She is grateful that He loves her unconditionally. She is grateful for all He has given her.

SHE IS BLESSED!

   

Friday, September 13, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Mercy

It's that time again.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


Five Minute Friday


Today's word: Mercy

"Lord have Mercy".  
It's a phrase I use often, it has become habit. I say it constantly. When I am frustrated, when I am tired, when I feel like there is nothing else left in me.

It has become such a habit that I have used it when there are no other words.

I've had people come back at me with "Christ have Mercy". I don't think they get why those words come out of my mouth, but I take it anyway... :)

It has become a reminder that I have someone to always fall back on, that I have better things to think about, that I am a better person then others think of me at times, better then I think of my self at times.

I have also said it in anger. When what I'd really like to do is strike out at the person with whom I am angry. It's kind of like counting to 10 to calm down.

Lord have Mercy. Three little words that when they come flying out of my mouth, even in my worst of states, has saved me, turned my thoughts to something greater. Often times even made me so sorry for even getting to that place. They have made me think to be grateful at that moment, when I might not have otherwise thought to be so.

Lord have Mercy. I say it, scream it, cry it... and I beg that He listens because as always I am still a stubborn child of God and I need all the Mercy I can get.