Thursday, October 30, 2014

St. Anthony, St. Anthony, Please Look Around...


You know the feeling, you've seen the item around here somewhere...  but you just can't find it.  This is my biggest "pet peeve".  I see an object somewhere and I think, "Oh yeah, maybe I'll need this in the future, but I'm not looking for it right now." and then, a few days, weeks, or months later you need that thing you saw, somewhere, in the house, you just know you saw it SOMEWHERE!  So annoying!!! :P

Have I got the solution for you! ;)

The one... the only... St. Anthony!!!!
He always helps me find things I need.  There are so many instances, I can't even count.  The other day, I needed some old pictures my sister and I took with a friend for her birthday present.  I could NOT find the CD they were on and I was going NUTS!!!  We were running out of time!  I prayed to St. Anthony and he suggested looking somewhere that I though was not likely AT ALL.  Well, as always, he came through.  Sometimes I don't even get to finish the prayer, and, BOOM!  he comes through!

+ St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please look around, something is lost and cannot be found. Amen. +

Next time you need to find something, don't just retrace your steps, (although that's good too,) pray to St. Anthony, he ALWAYS comes through for me, and he will for you too!  Here is a little bit on St. Anthony's life!

Feast day: June 13th
Birth: 1195
Death: 1231 
Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death.
There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old.So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, so that the most unlettered and innocent might understand it, that he was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. Saint Anthony was only 36 years old when he died. He is called the hammer of the Heretics His great protection against their lies and deceits in the matter of Christian doctrine was to utter, simply and innocently, the Holy Name of Mary. When St. Anthony of Padua found he was preaching the true Gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he then went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not, as liberals and naturalists are trying to say, for the instruction of the fishes, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels, and the easing of his own heart. St. Anthony wanted to profess the Catholic Faith with his mind and his heart, at every moment.

He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus, to whom He miraculously appeared, and is commonly referred to today as the "finder of lost articles." Upon exhumation, some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.
God bless your weekend!!!  May St. Anthony help you find the important things in life! Thank you St. Anthony for all of your blessings!  :)
Please also let me know if you have any blog post ideas!  I would love to answer a Q&A or interview someone!  Thanks and let me know! :)
PS.  If you could all pray he'll help me find one of my favorite DVD's, that would be great.  Skiff and AJ's Fantastic Voyage has been missing out of it's case for a while.  Thanks!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

What I Wore Sunday: October 26th

Hi all!

Happy Sunday!

Fine Linen and Purple hasn't put up the link- up yet, but...

Today is the Solemnity of Christ the King in the old Liturgical Calendar.


I wore a Rare Editions dress from the Burlington Coat Factory,
No Boundaries sweater from Walmart,
and Kenneth Cole Reaction flats, also from Burlington.

God bless you Sunday!!!  Sorry I haven't posted for a week. :)


Edit: Sorry, Fine Linnen and Purple didn't get to post the link-up.  Have a great weekend! :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A quick trip...

Hello everyone!

Happy Sunday!  I hope your day has been as beautiful as mine. :)  I wanted to share with you about this weekend!

On Friday my mom sister and I drove with some friends to go see Leah Darrow, a former model, and now speaker and apologist for the catholic faith at the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles!!!  I guess we had the most intimate meeting for her because my mom sister and friend got to show her over to our venue from the sister's chapel!!!  She is so sweet and full of the love of Our Lord!


Leah has an amazing conversion story and told us all about it.  She is an amazing speaker who relates to adults and teenagers alike.  She talked about true and imitation love, beauty and worth.  We do not need to be inappropriate to be loved or worth something.  God designed us the way we are and loves us that way.  The world is wrong about fashions and models.  You do not need to be naked or the hottest person to be loved.

Here are some things I took away from her talk about reclaiming beauty.
Only 4٪ of women and girls think that they are beautiful.

God created you VERY good.  He created  the earth, light, animals, and fish, and they were good, but man and woman, he created them and they were VERY good!  He made us in His image and He doesn't think Himself to be junk, so He couldn't create us to be junk.

God was the fist fashion designer!  In Genesis 3:21, God made clothes for Adam and Eve!  They had covered the most important parts, but they were still ashamed to come out before God!  He mad them clothes to cover up the rest of themselves because covering just the essentials was not enough.

Leah had so many other amazing things to say, but I can't cover them all.  She was inspiring.  If you have never read her story, please look it up!  They are re-doing her website, but it should be open in a little bit!  Check it out soon and sign up for e-mail up-dates! www.leahdarrow.com

It was a really short day retreat, but we had a lot of fun.  We drove back home Saturday evening and got home really late.  Us girls had fun squished in the back seat.



Today we sang for our own parishes' Tridentine Mass, and at the installation Mass of another priest as pastor at a different parish.  It has been a really full day.  We sang with two other men from a different choir which really rounded us out.  The bishop and other priests were there as well.  It was a truly beautiful Mass.  I am so blessed.

I would love to hear about your Sunday!  Comment or e-mail me!  God bless!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Favorite Part of My School!


Hi there!

How is your school year going?  Mine is good and I am surprisingly keeping up!  We are in the 7th week of school and it's going well.  I am really liking all of my subjects although history is hard.  I am reading the Iliad about the Trojan War.

Today I'm going to highlight Religion!!!


This year I'm using Mass and the Sacraments from Fr. John Laux.
It's an amazing text that explains the Sacraments, their purposes, and their effects on the soul.
Right now I am reading the chapter on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which is a really long chapter.
Fr. Laux explains how the Mass is one and the same sacrifice of calvary and the Last Supper and that they cannot be separated.  This is a great book for our time even though it was written before 
Vatican II.  It explains what you need to know and why.  Fr. Laux's religion books are my favorite I've used in all my years of schooling because they are easy to understand and very informative!  
I will also be using the 4th book in his course this year along with Beginning Apologetics
 


















God bless the rest of your week!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What I Wore Sunday October 12, 2014

Happy Sunday!

We are having such a beautiful Sunday!

Today I wore what I call my scarf dress!  I think I got it at Burlington again.
And the shoes are black velvet flats from the Bass Outlet!


Mom and Clifford are making a special appearance today!
She's wearing a Harvé Benard blouse
and a JKLA skirt.

Clifford is rocking the blue collar from Pet Smart! :)

We had a beautiful Mass and fellowship afterwards with friends.
Shout out to the Evaristos!  Thanks for a wonderful car ride!  :D You are all such great friends!
God bless your Sunday!!





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sewing!

I'm so sorry, I've been promising you all this electives post for a while.
This year I am taking Trampoline and Tumbling and Schola (Latin Choir).
There are many different things homeschoolers can do.  There are kids who are taking pole jumping, drama, irish step, and karate!  Homeschoolers can also participate in public school electives!  

I really like T-N-T because of the form it's teaching me in roundoffs, back handsprings, and cartwheels!  I also enjoy the trampoline a lot.  I don't do crazy flips, but I hope to some day.
Schola is like choir, except in Latin.  We learn how to read gregorian chant, practice harmony and sing for Our Lord!!!  What could be better than that?!  :)

Last month we went to a homeschool sewing class.  we made aprons and it was a lot of fun.  My pattern was blue and white floral with red and white floral accents.

We cut out two square pockets...

two long straps for the neck tie...

and two straps for the waist tie.

Jacquie got creative with the scraps!

Here is Jacquie's finished product!


This week, we made infinity scarves!  They were super easy and fun!!! 



Our sewing instructor also showed us how to make some pretty hair bows!!  My favorite is the navy blue one with the pearl!



Here is the link to one of the hair bows

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School: Christmas in Harvard Square (Christmas Gift Idea Giveaway!)

One more giveaway from Shower of Roses!!!


Here is what she said:
Christmas in Harvard Square was released today and is going to make a lovely addition to our home.  (affiliate links included in this post) 

I wanted to encourage you all to consider doing a little early Christmas shopping (It's always nice to have it completed by Advent, or at least try anyways!) and order either the CD or MP3 to give as a gift or keep for your family. Any orders now can help boost the initial sales so that they can make it onto the "Holiday" Billboard charts with something that actually has Christ in the title!

Note: When you purchase this recording you are also helping the The Choir School with their many funding needs.

Enter at Shower of Roses!!!
God bless!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Harvey House Publishing (Sponsored Giveaway)

Hi everyone!

Shower of Roses is hosting another giveaway!  These books are beautiful and I heard of them while at a Catholic Homeschool conference.  Enter to win on Shower of Roses' Blog!


Here is what Shower of Roses says about the books:

Olivia and the Little Way
Fifth grader Olivia Thomas has moved to a new school in a new state, and is eager to make friends! Her best friend quickly becomes someone she has never seen—St. Therese of Lisieux. Follow Olivia's trials as she tries to fit in at St. Michael's School. With the help of her grandmother, she learns about the "Little Way" of serving God and how it can change everything!

This touching and heartfelt Catholic novel celebrates the life of St. Therese and will inspire young readers to follow her example and discover their own "Little Way" miracles. This engaging story is beautifully accompanied by Sandra Casali LewAllen's stunning illustrations.


Olivia's Gift
In Olivia and the Little Way, Olivia Thomas was the new girl in school when she felt St. Therese of Lisieux enter her life. Now her relationship with the Little Flower has blossomed into a beautiful friendship as she prepares to follow the Little Way into seventh grade.

School is out for the year and it's time for a fun beach adventure. However, Olivia discovers that sometimes it can be difficult to be a good Catholic when you are in middle school—she discovers she needs God and St. Therese more than ever. In this beautiful novel that celebrates modesty and the precious gift of life, Olivia learns that it takes blind faith every day —and that God is never far away, even on vacation. This captivating story is beautifully accompanied by Sandra Casali LewAllen's stunning illustrations.

God bless!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

What I Wore Sunday: October 5th

Hi there!

Today was a beautiful Sunday with friends and family.  The schola was beautiful and sang at two Masses.  Besides that, today will be a slow day.


Today I wore a Bonnie Jean dress and sweater 
from Burlington Coat Factory 
and Kenneth Coal shoes, also from Burlington.
;)

May God bless your Sunday!!!!

Check out the link-up of other great Sunday outfits at Fine Linen and Purple!

Here is a perfect video encouragement for our modest Sunday!!!! 
(parody of That's What Makes you Beautiful!)

Enjoy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

12th Annual Children's Eucharistic Holy Hour


Hi everyone!

Today is another special day for the Church and the Children of the World!  Today, the children of the world gathered in Washington D.C. to come and adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar.  Children and families are invited to come and pray for peace in their families, communities, and their world.  We will be having our own Holy Hour at our Parish!  You can also host your own holy hour at your parish; childrenoftheeucharist.org has a document outline for you to follow along, so all you have to do is print it out and call all the children you know together to adore and glorify Jesus.  There is a world rosary for peace, prayers to Blessed Francisco and Jacinta, an intrustment to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and optional investor in the Scapular and Miraculous Medal!


Dear Mary,
Please bless all the children of the world and bring them under your motherly mantle.
Amen.



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Struggles of the Saints

Hello all,

Today is the feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus!

So I thought I could talk about the Saints and their struggles.  Yes, struggles.
Many people believe the Saints  lived completely perfect lives and that we could never be like them.  But many people are wrong.  The saints are ordinary people just like us.  There are many examples of saints who had struggles in their lives.

The one difference between them and us is that they overcame their struggles.  St. Therese, 
St. Teresa, St. Augustine, and St. Edith Stein all had troubles like us.  Not just small troubles either.
St. Augustine and St. Edith Stein both became atheist before coming to the Church.  It took many YEARS of prayer before St. Monica, Augustine's mother, was successful in bringing him to the Church.  St. Edith Stein was a Jew, and then became an atheist before becoming a Catholic and then eventually a Carmelite sister.  

St. Teresa of Avila was a pretty young girl.  She was always concerned with being beautiful and having friends.  Teresa liked romances, just like me.  She lived a ver ordinary life as a teenager concerned with boys, clothes, and rebelling.  When she was 16, her father sent her to a convent because he thought she was so out of control.  She did not like it at first, but grew to like and enjoy the life there.  

St. Therese was a very normal child.   She was the baby of the family and so, was spoiled. She cried when her mother died when she was only 4 years old, she picked the biggest piece of cake for herself,   she was terribly shy at school, and she got upset when 'Father Christmas' didn't fill her shoes.  But on that night, Christmas Eve in 1886, she realized her selfishness and changed for the better.  She changed her outlook on life to love and others instead of herself.  We can do the same.  God is calling us to have a conversion within.


These saints were ordinary people, just like you and me.  They were concerned with parties, boys, books, clothes, and all other things that interest teenagers and young adults.  What made them so different from us in the end?  They had a conversion of heart.  We can make the small decision of heart and pray for God's will in our lives as well.

How do we ultimately surrender?  I learned in our priest's homily this Sunday that we must have humility before all things.  These saints certainly didn't have this before they changed.  Humility was part of their conversion.  Humility is the root of all virtues.  Without it, we can not possibly obey God in all that he wants for us.  With humility comes obedience, and with obedience, safety in God, because we do as He commands.  

After St. Thérèse entered the Carmel at the age of 15, she grew more humble in her work.  She was assigned tasks and chores she didn't care for or that grossed her out.  She overcame her pride with humility and obedience to her superiors and to God.  We need to do the same.  We need to have humility in all things and let them sanctify us.

Let us pray:
"Thy will be done, on earth as in Heaven."
Lord, make us more humble to you, that we may become your saints for this age. 
St. Thérèse, Pray for us!

May God bless you on this special feast day!