Lucky Charms

Daily Prompt:  Talisman

Have you ever had a lucky charm?  I can remember when I was a child I had a rabbit’s foot.  Remember them?  It was supposed to bring me good luck.  But, it never did.  It was just a superstition.  I grew out of believing in things bringing luck to me.

Many non-catholic’s believe that the medals we wear or the rosaries we use or the statues of saints we have are nothing more than a talisman.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  These things are a sign of our devotion to a particular saint or to Jesus.

I wear a Miraculous Medal always.  I have since I graduated from eighth grade.  I was installed into the sodality at my parish with it.  This medal is one of the Blessed Mother.  I don’t really have a patron saint, so I adopted her as mine.  Anyway, this is an outward sign of my devotion to the Mother of Jesus.

This devotion does not take anything away from my adoration of Jesus or God.  It is simply that I call on her for help when I have a problem.  No one has more influence on God then Mary.  God chose her to be His Son’s mother.  No one has more influence on Jesus, she raised and cared for Him during his life.  So, although I pray to God for my concern, I also ask Mary to intercede for me.  It is no different than asking a friend to pray for you.

Saints have already arrived in heaven.  They enjoy the glorious vision of God.  They have His ear so to speak.  So, when we are storming heaven with prayer, they join in and pray for us too.  It’s a beautiful part of my Catholic faith.

 

Blessed Christmas

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Luke 2, 1:20

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.  2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  3 So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.  4 And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.  9 The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.  10 The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  13 And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”  16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.  17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.  18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.  19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.  20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

-The New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

I wish all of my family, friends, and online acquaintances a Very Merry Christmas.  I wish that the joy the Christ Child brings to us fills your hearts.  I wish you all love, hope, and peace this season and the rest of the year and that God blesses all of you with your needs and wants throughout the coming year.

I am celebrating with Gracie this Christmas Day.  We are on our own.  My daughter and her family are ill with the flu.  I have a terrible cold that brought on an asthma attack.  My youngest is celebrating with her in-laws.  My son and his family are healthy and celebrating at home in Miami.

Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins, Week 58

1. I challenge everyone to ________________________ this week.

2. I regret disposing of _____________________________.

3. I have a difficult time admitting                                .

4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be                              .
My answers.
1.  I challenge everyone to show some kindness to a stranger this week.  Smile at someone and say hello.  Hold a door open for someone.  Offer to lend a hand with carrying a heavy bag.  Do something no matter how small to show kindness.
2. I regret disposing of my vintage 1950’s yellow Formica kitchen table.  It had a leaf that stored right into the table and was trimmed in green.  The chairs were green and yellow. I loved that kitchen set.  My brother needed a table and chairs for his kitchen and I let him have it.  He moved out of where he was and left it there.  This set had originally belonged to my grandmother, then my mother and father and then when I first got married we used it.
3. I have a difficult time admitting when I am wrong.  No surprise there I guess.  I am sure that is probably the number one answer in this week’s fill in challenge.  I will admit that I have been working on this issue and I have gotten much better at it.
4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like the ability to vividly recall images from memory after only a few instances of exposure, with high precision for a brief time after exposure, without using a mnemonic device.  In other words have an Eidetic memory.
Wanda

Blessed Mother

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

Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace

June 3 Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “From the depths of my nothingness, I prostrate myself before Thee, O Most Sacred, Divine and Adorable Heart of Jesus, to pay Thee all the homage of love, praise and adoration in my power. Amen.” …

via Paying Homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus — Women of Grace