Sunday, October 25, 2020

Eucharistic Procession in Honor of Christ the King

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

The Lord shall sit King forever. 
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Little Flower :: DIY St. Therese Infant Costume

If you are looking for a simple last minute DIY costume idea for All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Day, here is what I ended up making for our baby girl last year

It was so quick and easy to make using a white one piece outfit, a brown baby hat, a crocheted rose, some light green/dark green felt, and some white thread.  I simply pinned the rose onto the hat (covering up the pink flower underneath, a silk flower would work too), added some white accents to the leaves (giving the impression that I actually took the time to sew them on), and hot glued the stem and leaves to the outfit. 

It turned out so darling and was the perfect addition to her older siblings St. Louis and Zelie Martin costumes

Scroll through the archives for many years of additional costume ideas!

PSA: Order Your Advent Candles Now

Advent begins at the end of next month and it's time to order Advent Candles for your Advent Wreath!


For many years now we have been ordering the beautiful 100% Beeswax hand-poured tapers, made by the Dominican Nuns at The Cloister Shoppe, for the wreath we light each night during dinner. 

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I try to plan ahead each year and order extra candles to have blessed on Candlemas (Feb 2) to have on hand for the new liturgical year and the following Advent.

In addition to the Advent Candles, some of my favorites have included: 
  • Beeswax Candles - You can't go wrong with any of these! I replace our Advent Candles with Beeswax Candles for the Christmas season.

We usually have two Advent wreaths set up in our home for Advent.  

The taper Advent Candles are placed in an Advent Wreath on our dining room table and we light them during dinner each night. 

We also have a larger wreath on the coffee table in the living room which we light during our family rosary each evening. I still really miss the pillar candles I bought for years from the Benedictine Monks... I currently use these 3x3 candles in purple and pink.  (Scroll through all Advent Wreath posts here.) 

One year I was feeling extra ambitious and hung our Advent Wreath like the Von Trapps

My children also really enjoy creating their own candles using this 100% Beeswax Advent Candle Kit from Illuminated Ink (pictured above). It's such a fun Advent activity for children.

The dear sisters only make a limited quantity of Advent Candles. 
They tend to sell out very quickly each year so be sure to order them soon if you are interested

Note: The Cloister Shoppe is offering free shipping for orders $75 or more until December 31st with promo code*: freeship *Eligible for US residence only. Limit of 3 times per customer.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Baking Éclairs on the Feast of St. Thérèse

Last Saturday, for the traditional feast of dear St. Thérèse, I had promised my sweet "Rose" that we would learn how to bake Homemade Éclairs. We started the day with attending First Saturday Holy Mass (she was able to participate in the procession and give a flower to Our Blessed Mother), then she and I went out for coffee (for me) and French Vanilla Hot Cocoa (for her), before heading to the grocery store to pick up a couple things. The older girls were at their Maidens of St. Joan meeting but as soon as they got home they wanted to help with filling the éclairs. So fun! 

Wearing her Rose apron and favorite St. Therese Necklace...
A First Holy Communion gift from Grandpa & Grandma

They turned out so yummy! So much better than the store bought ones we've purchased over the years. We all could see why these are said to be a favorite treat of St. Thérèse!  I had to head back to the church for a meeting so she sent along a few éclairs, one for each of the priests to enjoy too! 

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, ora pro nobis!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear

The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary and Respect Life Month. I took these sweet pictures of our baby girl back in February, when she was six months old, but since we just celebrated the feasts of the Holy Guardian Angels and Our Lady of the Rosary, I dug them up to share with you all. ♥

Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector 
and shepherd, leading him to life. - St. Basil the Great

If we could only see the JOY of our guardian angel 
when he sees us fighting our temptations. - St. John Vianney

"God’s love does not distinguish between the infant in the mother’s womb or the child or the youth or the adult or the older person. 
In each one God sees His image and likeness. 
Human life is a manifestation of God and His glory." 
Pope Benedict XVI

Angel of God Blanket from Annunciation Designs

"The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary."  - St. Pius X

Friday, October 2, 2020

A is for Angel: The Alphabet in Sacred Art

For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. ~ Ps. 91:11-12

Happy feast of the Holy Guardian Angels! This beautiful picture book is back in stock... Order a copy before it sells out again! 

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A Mother's Prayer to the Guardian Angels of Her Children 

I humbly salute ye, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and for my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed society. Amen.

Holy Guardian Angels, ora pro nobis! 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Morning Prayer by St. Thérèse

"I have not the courage to force myself to seek beautiful prayers in books; not knowing which to choose I act as children do who cannot read; I say quite simply to the good God what I want to tell Him, and He always understands me." - St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Begin the day with “A Morning Prayer” written by our beloved Saint Thérèse:

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen.

That list hasn't been updated since 2015... but you can also scroll through all past St. Therese posts here: St. Therese

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, pray for us!