9 Days For Life Novena Day 2

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9 Days For Life Day 2

Here are the intercessions, prayers, and activities for day 2.

Intercession: For the end to abortion.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby?

Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and LearnOpen OptionsVision and Value, and Extend and Empower (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside an hour today to pray for those who are struggling with a decision of life or death for their unborn child.
  • Read “What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion” (www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e), and spend some time reflecting on it. Would someone in a difficult pregnancy situation know she could turn to you for loving support?
  • Donate needed items to a pregnancy care center, or volunteer an hour of your time at one. Find a center near you at www.heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory. . . .

One Step Further: Find out other simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant: “10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting” (www.usccb.org/support-her).

God bless!

Wanda

9 Days For Life 2018

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9 Days for Life is a “digital pilgrimage” of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person’s life. A multi-faceted novena highlighting a different intention each day provides reflections, bonus information, and suggested actions.  This year’s Respect Life’s theme is “Be Not Afraid”.

This novena begins today January 18th and runs through the 26th.  To participate in this novena just go to USCCB website and fill out your info and they will send you a daily message via text or email with a link to the day’s intentions.  Or, I will be posting each day’s info here on my blog, and you can follow along here.

This program is very near and dear to my heart.  I believe that life is a precious gift from God.  A gift so special that it should never be up to any human being to decide to end it.

That is my belief.  I realize that everyone who follows my blog doesn’t feel the same way.  I hope that you will respect my beliefs even though you may disagree with me and not post unpleasant comments.

This is the information for Day 1.

Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, people pushed to the margins of society by a “throwaway culture,” and every other person—each “has a place in God’s heart from all eternity” (Amoris laetitia, 168).

As Pope Saint John Paul II reminds us in The Gospel of Life, we are asked not only to love and honor human life, but also “to work with perseverance and courage” to establish “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (no 77).

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • “Unplug” for some time praying in silence with a short reflection on this year’s Respect Life theme, “Be Not Afraid” (www.usccb.org/be-not-afraid).
  • Use one of our Respect Life social media toolkits (www.usccb.org/prolifetools) to build up a culture of life on social media.
  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Fast from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.

One Step Further: Watching the news and reading the headlines, we may sometimes feel helpless seeing the heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. How do we respond to Pope Saint John Paul II’s invitation when our efforts to make a difference feel small? “How to Build a Culture of Life” (www.usccb.org/culture-of-life) briefly explains where to start.

God bless!

Wanda

 

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Daily Prompt:  Paragon

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In the Catholic faith, you are named after a saint.  I was named after my Great Aunt Wanda.  There is no Saint Wanda.  But my middle name is Marie.  Marie is a form of Mary.  Mary is the mother of Jesus and so I have always felt that she is my patron saint.  

My earthly mother was an alcoholic and was abusive.  I started spending a lot of my Saturdays at the convent where I went to school.  The sisters were wonderful to me. They would give me little jobs to do for them.  I felt useful and loved by these wonderful women.  

These sisters taught me to love Mary.  She is, after all the mother of Jesus Christ and also our heavenly mother.  When Christ was on the cross, he gave his mother to all of us when he told John, “Son, behold your mother.” They taught me she is the paragon of virtue.  One I could look to as the example for my life and through her I would learn to love and forgive my mother.  I developed a deep and lasting devotion to the Blessed Mother.  

There is often confusion about the Blessed Mother by non-Catholics.  We do not worship her.  We venerate her.  There is a huge difference.  Only God is worshiped and adored. Mary, however, is a wonderful intercessor for us.  She willingly goes before God and her divine Son Jesus Christ to ask for our needs.  

Now many feel that since Mary is not mentioned much in the bible that there is error in our beliefs.  However, I am confident that when you ask something of our Lord, He listens.  But, when as at the wedding at Cana, Mary was an advocate for the wedding couple and Jesus said His time had not come, he did as His mother asked and performed His first miracle changing water into wine.  

I am blessed to have been raised Catholic and to have this wonderful relationship with Jesus and His mother.  

Wanda

How We See Ourselves, How Others See Us, And How To Embrace Where We Are — Catholic Wife, Catholic Life

I thought I would share this especially since the 2017 Kindness Challenge is going on right now.  I think it’s definitely worth the read.

I thought it was about time that I share some more of the best finds with you! These are some of the things that really resonated with me this week, and a lot of them have to do with who we are — with our identity, with how we see ourselves

via How We See Ourselves, How Others See Us, And How To Embrace Where We Are — Catholic Wife, Catholic Life

Boko Haram Releases 82 Kidnapped Girls

News broke over the weekend that the radical Islamist group, Boko Haram, has released 82 of the 276 female students who were abducted from a secondary school in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014. The Daily Mail is reporting on the release of 82 girls, the largest number to date, who were kidnapped three…

via Boko Haram Releases 82 Kidnapped Girls — Women of Grace

Finally Home

We drove home from Orlando today.  God was certainly kind to us, hardly any traffic and the weather was just beautiful.  Made great time.  It’s good to be home for a while.  I am going to spend some time doing some sewing.  I would like to send a couple of summer dresses down to the baby.

  Pope Francis canonized two new saints on Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Saint Stanislaw Papcznski, M.I.C.
The first is Saint Stanisław Papczyński, M.I.C.  He was born May 18, 1631, in Pdergrodzie, Polis-Lithuanian Commonwealth and died September 17, 1701, in Gora Kalwaria, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He is the founder of the Marian Fathers.  He was beatified on September 16, 2007, by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in Poland.  He is the patron of Marian Fathers, Unborn children, and children with learning disabilities.  His feast day is September 17.

Saint Elizabeth Hesselblad, O.Ss.S.

The second is Saint Elizabeth Hesselblad, O.Ss.S.  She was born June 4, 1870, in Keflavik, Vastra Gotaland County, Sweden and died April 24, 1957, in Rome, Italy.  She was beatified on April 9, 2000, by Pope Saint John Paul II in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City. She is the patroness of Bridgettine Sisters, Nurses, and Converts.   Her feast day is June 4.
How blessed we are to have the Communion of Saints to intercede for us.  I am always in awe when new saints are canonized.  Growing up going to Catholic elementary school, I remember listening to the sisters at school talking about how wonderful the saints are and I can remember thinking that the saints were canonized so long ago and just never thought that there were still saints to be named. How very happy I am that my juvenile misconceptions were wrong.  Praise God.

St. Louis de Montford’s Total Consecration to Jeaus Through Mary

On the 20th of this month I began my journey to Total Consecration.  I will make that Consecration on the 25th of March, the feast of the Annunciation.  Along with renewal of my Baptismal vows, this devotion consists in giving ourselves entirely to Our Lady, in order to belong entirely to Jesus through her. We must give her (1) our body, with all its senses and its members; (2) our soul, with all its powers (3) our exterior goods of fortune, whether present or to come; (4) our interior and spiritual goods, which are our merits and our virtues, and our good works, past, present, and future.

If you would like information on Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary go to myconsecration.org,