Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hating with Calmness

Many of you know that my husband and I have gone to see a behavioral specialist to help us understand and work with our daughter.  We know that she has the makings of an amazing adult: strong willed, creative, out going at times, loving, and fiercly intelligent.  However getting us to adulthood without killing eachother is the problem.  Our next appointment with her is today.

Many of you are aware of the "Small Steps for Catholic Moms" book by Danielle Bean & Elizabeth Foss.  We I decided last night to pick up the book again and read what today's inspiration was.  Much to my suprise it fit quite well.

"Walk with simplicity in the way of the Lord and do not torment your spirit.  Learn to hate your faults but to hate them calmly." St. Padre Pio

The accompanying prayer is what spoke to me. "Padre Pio, you never sease to make me smile. Pray that I can, indeed, hate with calmness.  I want to rid myself of my own faults, to rout them out with gentle ferocity. My children, too, have faults. It is ever so important that I hate those with gentle demeanor, too.  Help me to do it with gentle partience and loving kindness."

The action for today: "When you correct today, do so with extrememe care for gentleness.  Let your posture and your tone reflect calm."

Works well for me today don't you think? 


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita: Day 9

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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 9St. Rita, come to my aid! Faithful, loving wife and mother, humble, prayerful widow and nun, because of my need, answer my call. St. Rita, come to my aid! Beautiful rose born from the Savior's thorns, lead me far from anger and hate; guide my heart on peaceful paths with charity to all. St. Rita, come to my aid! Helper, healer, holy friend, hear my petitions for troubled marriages, strained marriages, marriages of different faiths, and continued strength for all marriages. To Christ take this prayer, for he is my Lord, my God, my All, my hope in despair, my strength when afraid. St. Rita, come to my aid! St. Rita, answer my call. Amen.

Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 



Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita: Day 8

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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 8St. Rita I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death in the triumphant gate through which I shall pass my body to Jesus, shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven. From this earth over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help and ask for these favors healing troubled marriages, strained marriages, strength for marriages of different faiths and continued strength for all marriages. When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you. Amen.

Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 



Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita: Day 7

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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 7 Heavenly Father, you continually build up your Church by the lives of your Saints. Give us grace to follow St. Rita in her loving concern for the salvation of people and so come to share her reward in heaven. Walking in the footsteps of this devoted servant of yours, may we be consumed with zeal for souls and attain the reward she enjoys in your Kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 


Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita: Day 6

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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of CasciaDay 6
Glorious St. Rita, I give myself to your protection that you may always be my mother, my protector, and my guide in the ways of holiness and salvation. Aid me in observing the duties of my state of life. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life after your own example. Great lover of the Blessed Sacrament and the Passion of Jesus Christ, teach me to love the Holy Mass and the Holy Communion as the source of grace and holiness. Grace me with a tender devotion to the Passion of my redeemer.
Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 


Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

St. Romuald



June 19 is the feast day of St. Romuald, the founder of the Order of Camaldoli.  Paula Huston is an oblate of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California.  Her experience with the Camaldolese monks inspired her to apply their simple, contemplative practices to her own life, the fruit of which is her book, The Holy Way. St. Romuald's biography can be found at Catholic Online, part of which can read below.  



St. Romuald
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St. Romuald was born at Ravenna about the year 956. In spite of an infinite desire for virtue and sanctity, his early life was wasted in the service of the world and its pleasures. Then one day, obliged by his father, Sergius, to be present at a duel fought by him, he beheld him slay his adversary. The crime made such an impression upon him that he determined to expiate it for forty days, as though it were entirely his own. For this purpose he retired to a Benedictine monastery of St. Apollinare, near Ravenna, where he became Abbot. After founding several monasteries, he laid the foundations of the austere Order of Camaldoli in Tuscany. Like all the saints, he fought a lifelong battle against the assaults of devils and men.   After a long life of merit, he died in the monastery of Castro, which he founded in Marquisate of Ancona. His death occurred on June 19, about the year 1027.


St. Romuald's Brief Rule For Camaldolese Monks

Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms — never leave it.
If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind.
And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.
Realize above all that you are in God's presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.
Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.




Novena to Saint Anne: Day 5

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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 5
Glorious St. Rita, I beg you to help me to master my evil inclinations and temptations, and to avoid all occasions of sin. Obtain for me the grace of never offending God, of fulfilling faithfully all the duties of my state of life, and of practicing all those virtues that are needed for my salvation. Amen.
Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.
May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 


Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Novena to Saint Rita of Cascia: Day 4


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Our intentions:
Troubled Marriages
Strained Marriages
Marriages of Different Faiths
Strengthening of all Marriages


Novena to St. Rita of Cascia
Day 4
Glorious St. Rita, I desire to honor you with a special devotion. I choose you, as my spiritual mother and protectress. To you I entrust my soul and my body, all my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of my family. To you I consecrate my mind, that in all things it may be enlightened by faith; my heart, that you may keep it pure and fill it with love for Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and yourself; my will, that like yours, it may always be one with the will of God. Good St. Rita, filled with love for those who invoke you and with compassion for those who suffer, I confidently place before you my earnest petitions for troubled marriages, strained marriages, marriages of different faiths and continued strength for all marriages.

Novena Prayer
St. Rita, God gave you to us as an example of charity and patience, and offered you a share in the Passion of his Son. I thank him for the many blessings he bestowed upon you during your lifetime, especially during your unhappy marriage and during the difficulty you suffered in the convent.
May your example encourage me to carry my own cross patiently and to live a life that is holier. By serving God as you did, may I please him with my faith and my actions.May your prayers help me to live in fidelity to my calling as you did and bring me to the deeper love of God and my neighbor until I reach eternal life in heaven. Amen. 


Litany to St. Rita

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, ®
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, ®
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, ®
Holy Mary, Comforter of the sick, ®
Holy Mary, Queen of all the saints, ®
Holy Mary, Model of life for St. Rita, ®

O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress, ®
O Saint Rita, beloved of the Lord, ®
O Saint Rita, given special grace from Heaven,®
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood, ®
O Saint Rita,

model of obedience to God's will, ®
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience, ®
O Saint Rita, model of the Christian mothers, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror for Christian spouses, ®
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice, ®
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving, ®
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence, ®
O Saint Rita, embracing humility and poverty, ®

O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow, ®
O Saint Rita, prompt to answer the divine call, ®
O Saint Rita, patient in suffering, ®
O Saint Rita, mirror of religious observance, ®
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue, ®
O Saint Rita, enamored of the Passion of Christ, ®
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn, ®
O Saint Rita, in ecstasy before the Blessed Sacrament, ®

O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine Love, ®
O Saint Rita, received into heaven with joy, ®
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in your chaste body, ®
O Saint Rita, advocate of impossible cases, ®
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer, ®
O Saint Rita, help of those in need, ®
Let us pray

O God, who bestowed on St. Rita such grace that she loved her enemies, and bore in her heart and on her forehead the mark of your love and Passion, grant us, we beseech you, through her merits and intercession, a love for our enemies. Through our contemplation of your sufferings and Passion, may we merit the reward promised to the meek and suffering. You who live and reign forever. Amen.