Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Daily Actions

I will examine how I perform the ordinary actions of the day.

Have I risen at the sound of the bell and immediately turned my thoughts to God and to the subject of my meditation?

Have I prepared well the points of my meditation, and sincerely tried to make to make a good one; applying my memory, understanding, and will, and taking practical resolutions?

Did I hear Mass with reverence and receive Holy Communion with due preparation and thanksgiving?

Have I recited my prayers with attention and devotion, remembering that I was then praising God in the name of the whole mystical Body of Christ and in union with the saints and angels in heaven?

Have I applied myself seriously and constantly to my duties and occupations, with a right intention, seeing the dispositions of Providence in all circumstances of the day?

Have I avoided sensuality and selfishness in eating and drinking, and attended to the wants of my neighbor at table?

Have I been faithful in my devotions to the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, my patrons and my guardian angel?

From Catholic Prayer Book

Monday, March 29, 2010

Faith (Do I.........?)

Questions to ask yourself:

Do I make an honest effort to grow in the virtue of faith by daily mental prayer on the mysteries of the faith, as revealed in the life of Jesus Christ?

Do I make at least a short act of faith everyday?

Do I pray daily for an increase in faith?

Do I ever tempt God by relying on my own strength to cope with the trials in my life?

Do I unnecessarily read or listen to those who oppose or belittle what I know are truths of my Catholic Faith?

What have I done today to externally profess my faith?

Have I allowed human respect to keep me from giving expression to my faith?

Do I defend my faith, prudently and charitably, when someone says something contrary to what I know is to be believed?

Have I helped someone overcome a difficulty against the faith?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Holy Week

"And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest."

Today is Palm Sunday and the first day of Holy Week which leads to the most important feast of the year.

Important days of Holy Week:
Palm Sunday – Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday – The Last Supper and betrayal.
Good Friday – The arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus.
Easter Sunday – The day Jesus rose from the grave.

I pray for a blessed week and a glorious Easter for all, and I hope everyone takes full advantage of all opportunity for spiritual growth this week and the entire Easter season.

Monday, March 15, 2010

18 Again!

Today was my husbands birthday, and like many years before and many that are to follow he is 18. :)

I hope you had a happy & wonderful birthday Sweetie, I love you so much and I am truly blessed and thankful that you have chosen to share your life with me.

I made my first from scratch cake today, in his honor. To check it out please CLICK HERE to visit my food blog.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spring Is Near

A couple of months ago I threw some wild flower seeds in the planter along our retaining wall, and they're finally starting to bloom. I'm so excited!!

Most flowers I plant die, so I thought this time around I'd start with seed, I sure hope they make it. The mix I chose is supposed to attract birds and butterflies, I didn't see today but then it is raining. I did however find a Lady Bug. I love lady bugs and I used to catch them all the time as a kid.

The very last picture is the view from my bathroom window. It was such a beautiful day I had to take a picture.

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