Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Books for October: The Complete Illuminated Rosary {Sponsored Review and Giveaway!}

The Complete Illuminated Rosary (hardcover edition) • Chews Life Pink Rosary

"‘Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more." 
- Our Lady to Saint Mechtilde

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. Gracewatch Media has provided me with review copies of their newly revised Illuminated Rosary series that has just been released.

With sacred art images for every single prayer of the rosary, these books are an excellent aid to help avoid distraction and reflect on the various mysteries of the Rosary. It would make a lovely and inspiring gift for the whole family!

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Complete Illuminated Rosary!


Available in three editions including The Complete Illuminated Rosary (hardcover) and Individual softcovers (pictured above - The Joyful Mysteries, The Sorrowful Mysteries, The Glorious Mysteries, and The Luminous Mysteries), as well as the The Complete Illuminated Rosary (softcover) which is pictured below in giveaway. The complete editions include all four mysteries in one 370-page book.

You can purchase them directly from the publisher and save 25% now through November 7, 2018 with coupon code roses25.


 

I really love the individual softcover editions of these new books and look forward to flipping through the pages with my little ones during one of our upcoming daily rosaries. 

For our family rosary each day we have always meditated on the original 15 Mysteries given by the Blessed Mother to St. Dominic: Joyful mysteries on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays of Advent, Christmastide & Time After Epiphany; the Sorrowful mysteries on Tuesdays, Fridays, and all the days of Septuagesima & Lent; and the Glorious mysteries on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of Eastertide & Time After Pentecost. 


 

Also pictured in this post are a couple of our little Grace's rosaries made by Chews Life! You can find them on their website as well as a variety available with free prime shipping on Amazon as well.


 
In addition to the gorgeous sacred art, the illuminated rosary books also include a a Scripture-based, kid-friendly meditation to introduce each mystery, the full text of every prayer, and a string of rose "beads" at the bottom of each page helps kids keep track of the Aves (Hail Mary prayers).

 

Saint John Paul II called the Rosary his “favorite prayer” after the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. During this month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary make an extra effort each evening to pray the rosary as a family if you don't already!

"How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening." 
- St. John Paul II




.: GIVEAWAY :.


The publisher has provided me with a copy of The Complete Illuminated Rosary (softcover edition) to send to one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses! (Retail value of $64.00

The Complete Illuminated Rosary helps kids say the rosary with their families because the full text of every prayer is printed on each page, paired with beautiful sacred art illustrating the mystery being contemplated nearly 90 works of classic and contemporary art in all.

Think of it as a “printed rosary,” where each page stands for one bead except the “beads” are works of sacred art! Each decade features a Scripture-based introduction to the mystery being prayed.


Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter Box below. Winner will be announced here in this post on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

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"If you wish to convert anyone to the fullness of the knowledge of Our Lord and of His Mystical Body, then teach him the Rosary. One of two things will happen. Either he will stop saying the Rosary — or he will get the gift of faith." - Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Saint Francis and the Wolf

Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton • Saint Francis from Catholic Folk Toys • Ostheimer Wolf 

"We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way."
- St. Francis of Assisi

Since one of the famous stories of St. Francis tells how he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio, Wolf Paw Cookies make a fun treat for this feast day. Here are this year's cookies, made by our girls while I was running errands in town! The directions can be found over at Catholic Cuisine.

The book we read this year, pictured above, is Saint Francis and the Wolf by Jane Langton. You can find lots of other options in our October Book Basket.

Scroll through the archives for more ideas for celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

While I was taking pictures, our six year old insisted on sharing his favorite Saint Francis of Assisi Pillowcase from Prayer Pillowcases with you all too! 

St. Francis of Assisi, ora pro nobis! 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Roses from St. Therese {and we bought a house!}


"O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me as a message of love..." 

I finished praying my nine day Novena to St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus on September 30th, the anniversary of the death of St. Therese and the eve of her feast day on the new calendar. I was praying for reassurance that we were making the right decisions (buying the house we are buying without our current home selling yet) and that this home will sell soon. 🙏🏻

We were originally supposed to close escrow on October 8th, but the lender needed to close earlier, due to some terms on our loan, and the title company ended up sending the mobile notary out for us to sign closing documents on October 1st! I couldn’t help grinning (and sneaking a picture) when she arrived with roses on her shirt!!! 🌹

We wired the down payment and closing costs yesterday and got the notice from the lender this afternoon that our loan has funded! Looks like we bought each other a new house for our 19th anniversary this year!! 🥂

#feastofsttherese #rosesfromsttherese #showerofroses #feastoftheholyguardianangels #icantbelieveweareactuallymoving #deogratias #theworldsthyshipandnotthyhome

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the past, and I take good care not to forestall the future.” 
- St. Thérèse de Lisieux

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 9

Brown Scapular bearing the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Little Flower hand-embroiderd by StellaMarigold Art over at Etsy • Blessed Be God Prayer Book

"Love can accomplish all things. Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work." - St. Therese

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Ninth Day
PRAYER

O MY dear Lord, grant me as much filial veneration and love for Thy faithful foster-father and Thy most holy and immaculate Mother, as Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus cherished in her simple and child-like heart. And thou, O my little Saint, address thyself to my great protector and father St. Joseph, and my most holy Mother Mary, and entreat them to obtain for me the grace of dying in the arms of Jesus and uttering thy own words: "O, I love Him . . . My God . . . I . . . love Thee." Amen. 
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

St. Jerome and the Lion


At the end of each September, I love turning our leftover Michaelmas Cupcakes into the face of a lion for the kids to enjoy while we read the legend of St. Jerome and the Lion. You can find many options for today's feast listed in our September Book Basket. This year we are reading Saint Jerome and the Lion from our out-of-print copy (The Neumann Press, 2000 Edition) of Legends of Saints and Beasts by Ann Marie Jauss originally published in 1954.  



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"So valuable to heaven is the dignity of the human soul that every member of the human race has a guardian angel from the moment the person begins to be." - St. Jerome

The feast of the Holy Guardian Angels is coming up in a couple days! 

St. Jerome, ora pro nobis!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Celebrating Michaelmas


The feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels, traditionally known as Michaelmas, is celebrated each year on September 29th!

Short stories about “Saint Michael, the Archangel” and “Saint Gabriel, the Archangel” can be found in Saints for Boys (pictured above), a darling book for children by Alma Savage. Our whole family enjoys listening to The Day the Angels Fell, a dramatized audio production with exciting sound effects, which can be purchased and downloaded from Regina Martyrum Productions!



In addition to serving something made with blackberries, one of our favorite traditions each year (at least since 2008) is baking Devil's Food Cupcakes to celebrate a certain nameday in our home! This year our older girls baked and decorated the cupcakes. We always serve them with little swords to stab the cupcake and help St. Michael defeat the "devil”!

We love turning our leftover Michaelmas cupcakes into a lion for tomorrow's feast of St. Jerome!



St. Gabriel the Archangel • St. Michael the Archangel • St. Raphael the Archangel

"Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. Without being seen, they are present with you." 
- St. Francis de Sales


Our tiny baby girl, who still fits her size 6 mth pajamas from last Christmas, loves playing with Shining Light Dolls

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.


Happy Michaelmas!

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 8

St. Therese Beaded Bracelet from Art Angel GalleryBlessed Be God Prayer Book plus custom Missal Cover

"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love." - St. Therese

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Eighth Day
PRAYER

O MY God and my love, give me on this earth the same mission Thou gavest to Thy Little Flower in heaven, of passing life in doing good to my neighbor. O Jesus, help me to console little souls and encourage them to love Thee; let them love Thee as much as Thy Immaculate Mother, Thy foster-father St. Joseph, Thy holy angels and Thy cherished Little Teresa loved Thee.  Allow me to pray with her: "Let Thy divine glance rest upon a vast number of little souls, worthy victims of Thy love." Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 7


"I applied myself above all to practice quite hidden little acts of virtue; thus I liked to fold the mantles forgotten by the Sisters, and sought a thousand opportunities of rendering them service." - St. Therese, Story of A Soul, Chapter VII

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Seventh Day
PRAYER

O MY dear Jesus, give me grace to practice little virtues. It is difficult, but I trust in Thy goodness and love for little souls. I am too weak to climb the steep ladder of perfection, but I know that as much as I hope I shall obtain from Thee. I join then Thy Little Flower and implore Thee with her to make me one of the many little, humble victims, worthy of Thy love. Amen.  Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 6


"When Charity is deeply rooted in the soul it shows itself exteriorly: there is so gracious a way of refusing what we cannot give, that the refusal pleases as much as the gift." 
- St. Therese, Story of A Soul, Chapter IX

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Sixth Day
PRAYER

O MY sweet Jesus, give me the charity and simplicity of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, whose mission in heaven is to make others love the good God as she loved Him, to teach souls her little way. Give me such longings that I may not rest until my heart loves God with all my strength, until I arrive at the spiritual childhood of the Little Flower of Jesus. Amen.   Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 5


"The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity..." - St. Therese, VI letter to her sister Celine

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Fifth Day
PRAYER

O MY Lord, Innocence itself, Thou hast endured all manner of opprobrious treatment for love of me. Give me the grace of humility, self-abnegation, and patience that I may imitate Thy spouse, Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, and say with all my heart, O my despised Jesus, grant me the merits of Thy humility and patience to bear in tranquil spirit all the sufferings of this life, and then enjoy Thy company with Thy spouse, the Little Flower. Amen.   Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 4


"To offer oneself as a victim to Divine Love is not to offer oneself to sweetness - to consolation; but to every anguish, every bitterness, for Love lives only by sacrifice; and the more a soul wills to be surrendered to Love, the more must she be surrendered to suffering." - St. Therese, Story of A Soul, Chapter XII

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Fourth Day
PRAYER

O MY God and my Lord, Thou givest me what is best for me, and as Thy Little Flower consecrated herself to Thee as a sacrificial victim to endure for love of Thee all sufferings and pains, so also may I accept whatever hardships and contradictions Thou hast destined for my sanctification with perfect submission and even with cheerful mind, that I may be able to say as Thy cherished spouse, "O Jesus, I am a victim of Thy love." Amen.   Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus: Day 3


"I understood that love comprises all vocations – that love is everything, and because it is eternal, embraces all times and places." - St. Therese

The following novena is from the Blessed Be God prayer book.


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus First DaySecond Day, Third Day, Fourth Day, Fifth Day, Sixth Day, Seventh Day, Eighth Day, Ninth Day... 


Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus 
The Little Flower of Jesus

Prayer for Each Day

O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

Third Day
PRAYER

O MY Jesus, grant that I may love Thee, as much as Saint Teresa, Thy Little Flower, loved Thee, and that I may say with her: "O my Jesus, I beg Thee only for Thy love without limits and without bounds. Grant, O my Jesus, that for love of Thee I may be a martyr. I wish to love Thee as Thou hast never been loved." And thou, O little Saint, succor and assist me that I may never show myself ungrateful to Him Who loved me so much. Amen.   Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria...

Act of Oblation of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus

MY LORD and my God! O Most Blessed Trinity! I desire to love Thee and to make Thee loved by mankind. Since Thou hast loved me so much as to give me the only begotten Son for my Saviour and my Spouse, the infinite treasures of His merits are mine. These merits I offer to Thee with joy, beseeching Thee to behold me only as in the Face of Jesus, and in His Sacred Heart burning with love. Moreover, I offer Thee all the merits of the saints - in heaven and on earth - together with their acts of love, and those of the holy Angels. Lastly, I offer Thee, O Blessed Trinity, the love and merits of the Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother. To her I entrust this oblation, begging her to present it to Thee. Amen. 

Holy Child Jesus, have mercy on us. 
Our Lady of Victories, pray for us. 
Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus, pray for us. 
Little Flower of Jesus, pray for us. 
Amen. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Seven Quick Takes :: Pray, Hope and Don't Worry

"Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. 
God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” - Padre Pio

I've had this post sitting in my drafts folder for over a month now and keep adding to it... I've shared most of these pictures and updates over on Instagram, but wanted to record them here on the blog too. With today being the feast of St. Pio, it's time to wrap it up. His reminder to "pray, hope, and don't worry" has been on my mind constantly... I've been praying, hoping, and trying my best not to worry... which is definitely easier said than done! ;)

This upcoming week will be my husband's final week at his current job, then he'll have one week off before starting his new job. He was originally scheduled to start on October 1st (feast of St. Therese) but then it was changed to October 15th (feast of St. Teresa of Avila)... "Tomayto, tomahto" is what our 16 year old son had to say about that! ❤

Before my husband even applied for the job we had planned a vacation to take the girls to summer camp at the beginning of August and it ended up turning into a house hunting trip!

Visit This Ain't the Lyceum for more Quick Takes.


— 1 :: August 11th —


We started the long drive home early this morning, but yesterday afternoon I was able to spend some time at Carmel ❤️ We considered living in town, but ended up making an offer on a home we looked at on Monday (August 6th), accepted the counter offer, and are now under contract with 60 days to get the financing in place and our current home sold 🙏🏻 The new house is on 4.5 acres in a wonderful location just over a mile from this peaceful chapel. You can even hear Angelus bells from the property! Please say a prayer that it all works out and our home sells quickly. 🌹

#somuchtodosolittletime #somanymixedemotions #icantbelieveweareactuallymoving #househunting #sttherese #holyfaceofjesus #ourladyofvictories #ourladyofmountcarmel #stjoseph #orapronobis


— 2 :: August 16th and 20th—


What do you think? Is 254 coloring books excessive? 🤦‍♀️ #thisafternoonsproject #cleaningbookshelves #gettingreadytomove #18yearsofcoloringbooks #andthensome

The Story of Our Lady Coloring Book • I Believe in God Coloring Book • It's a Joy to Go to Church Coloring Book
God Is Wonderful Coloring BookThe Rose Queen Coloring Book • How Jesus Lived Coloring Book

I ended up selling, donating or throwing away about two thirds of the coloring books... That still leaves us with an excessive amount but it’s progress!
#bookhoarder #thesewerekeepers #neumannpress #therosequeen #catholichomeschool


— 3 :: August 25th —


“May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” 
- St. Therese 🌹 

It has been a crazy two weeks of long days and hard work preparing, but our home of over 18 years went up on the market yesterday afternoon and we had our first showing today. The tears hit when I saw it listed online and again when the sign went up at the bottom of the driveway... Praying it sells quickly as we work towards closing escrow on our new home.



— 4 :: August 30th  —

 
  

Our yard looks the worst this time of year... everything is SO dry! The feedback we got from our first showing was that “They loved the home, the property itself wasn’t quite what they were looking for!” So this week’s goal has been to clean up the property some more including the garden, keep the sprinklers going, and add some plants inside and out! My sister Mary came over on Tuesday to help. #fireseason #sendrain


— 5 :: August 30th 


The drinks and fresh baked cookies were mostly gone when we returned home after our second showing yesterday afternoon ... now if someone would just buy the house already! It’s nearly impossible to keep the whole house spotless with a family of ten... I don’t think we can do this long term! {Between the math tutor and cleaning the house, we didn’t have time for lunch, but as we drove through town our local bank was hosting their grand opening! God provides!}  #loveoursmalltown

 


— 6 :: September 4th 


 

We headed to the library for our 3rd showing. I was so hopeful for this one... Their realtor had emailed right after it was listed saying they were cash buyers, needing a home quickly, and making their third trip up from California. He said he thought this would finally be the "perfect house" for them. Ultimately we ended up being third on their list and they made an offer on a different house.

The lack of a shop/garage was once again the issue. We've dropped our price twice since then, to more than make up for the lack of shop (we've done most of the prep work for building one too) but we've been told that August and September are some of the slowest months for selling a home.  I know it will sell in God's timing.

Update: We actually ended up having an unexpected showing today while we were at Mass! I think now that school has started, fall is here, and the endless smoke is finally starting to clear, that home sales will pick up again in our area.


— 7 :: August 24th —


Let's go back to August for a minute...

SO many things kept coming up and we were worried that we weren't going to end up getting the home. To complicate matters, the sellers ended up getting a couple of cash back up offers, after we had already accepted their counter offer, and would have been happy to have us fall through. (We've been told that we're getting an amazing deal on the new place even though it was a quite a bit more than we had hoped to spend.) It seemed like every few days I was needing to get additional paperwork to prove this or that, while Sean was off fighting wildfires...

My parents stepped in to loan us some of the down we needed since our current home hasn't sold yet. Their love and generosity, despite not being thrilled about us moving (and taking most of their grandchildren) out of state, has been such a blessing! They know that the move is a good one for our family.

On August 24th (the feast of St. Rose) everything finally started falling into place and our realtor called to say that the closing date was going to be moved to either October 1st (new feast of St. Therese) or October 3rd (traditional feast of St. Therese)!!! Our realtor's birthday also happens to be October 1st... Of course it is! :)

Looks like we will be getting a new home for our anniversary on October 2nd this year!


O GLORIOUS TERESA of the Infant Jesus, through whose unshaken confidence God was so glorified, obtain for me the same filial trust and love which animated thy innocent heart and soul. Grant that I may practice self-abnegation, patience and confidence, and that my confidence may be a fountain of blessings which God pours out upon me. As confidence was for thee the key to the greatest treasures of God, so it may induce me to throw myself into my Saviour's arms and say with David: "In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be confounded." Amen. 

(Novena to Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus from Blessed Be God)