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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

9-12 Project Principles and Values

The Nine Principles
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

The Twelve Values
9-Hard Work
11-Personal Responsibility


Am praying for the usual intentions and with a lot of THANKSGIVING.
Just found an appropriate prayer: "Blessed is he who does good to the undeserving and has rendered every kindness to me!" Yes, praise be to God almighty!
"Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has allowed us to live, and sustained us and enabled us to reach this day!"
Yes, praying the rosary at least 3 times a day makes a real difference, thanks be to God!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Cup Runneth Over

Imagine my surprise when on Friday Carol called and said there were two very large boxes of Red Heart (and who knows what else) yarn there for me to pick up if I wanted. It's been a very long while since I have asked for any yarn, but hey, I'll take it.
So when my dear hubby got home two very large (Jcup) boxes full of yarn goodness were picked up and dumped and sorted. The balls are in the clear bag, different types of yarn in the white bag; wool, cotton and chenille yarns on the chair; and acrylic (mostly Red Heart) yarn in the remaining box.
It looks as though 2010 will be one in which certain months will be designated as Papipad months. I am currently trying to make samples of preemie clothes to share with the Maria Goretti Guild, making cloths to sell at a fund raiser for my son's orchestra (which is scheduled for October 27), working on a wool blanket for as yet to be determined place, and I have a sweater and a cardigan on the needles for me. They are listed by priorities right now.
Truly my cup runneth over! Praise God!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today Is The Feast Day Of Saint Pio

He is definitely a saint for our times! How I love him! Thank our good God for the graces He bestowed on dear Padre Pio. Esther at Catholic Mom In Hawaii has a couple of good posts about this super saint! I hope you take the time to get to know him:~D

Litany of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
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.
Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Beloved of God, pray for us.
Imitator of Jesus Christ, pray for us.
Good shepherd of the people, pray for us.
Model for priests, pray for us.
Light of the Church, pray for us.
Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Faithful son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Marked with the stigmata of Jesus, pray for us.
Patient in suffering, pray for us.
Helper of the dying, pray for us.
Director of souls, pray for us.
Heart of gold, pray for us.
Apostle of mercy, pray for us.
Worker of miracles, pray for us.
Consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
Lover of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Helper of souls in doubt and darkness, pray for us.
Comforter of the sick, pray for us.
Example of humility, pray for us.
Source of wisdom, pray for us.
Mirror of the divine life, pray for us.
Lover of Jesus Crucified,
Resigned to the will of God, pray for us.
Doing good upon earth, pray for us.
Filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice, pray for us.
Our help and hope in all our needs, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Leading us to Christ, pray for us.
Our spiritual father and advocate, pray for us.
Crowned with glory in Heaven, pray for us.

God our Father, You helped St. Pio to reflect the
image of Christ through a life of charity and self-sacrifice.
May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of
St. Pio of Pietrelcina and by imitating his selfless love.

© Copyright 2009: Padre Pio Devotions. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Whatcha doin'? Knit much. You?

Full term hat/bootie sets. This one is embellished with clusters of small buttons.
I've also started the Garter Ridge Cardi for me from the Creative Knitting May 2006 issue. I'm using Caron Simply Soft in deep teal heather colorway.
Also knitting up some simple cloths for the Red Cross. (See library pic.)
It is possible that a simple wool blanket is on the needles as well.
Oh, and also another Bunny Blanket Buddy has been started.
Guess I got a bad case of startitis. The only thing to do is to work through the projects.
Oh, and I have to say how joyful I am that Caron Simply Soft has a white yarn that is WHITE. Not that dingy "New" White. So happy!
Have a happy day:~D

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Kitten In His Castle

Maybe it should read "Guard Kitteh Guarding His Castle"?

Sunday At the Library

Norm had the coffee and I had a Nanaberry Smoothie after we had made our choices in books. It was only a couple of hours away from the boys, but it was a nice time spent together.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Day 15 Project Completed

Our Lady of Sorrows

Litany of the Seven Sorrows

For private use only.

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.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Mother crucified,
Mother sorrowful,
Mother tearful,
Mother afflicted,
Mother forsaken,
Mother desolate,
Mother bereft of thy Child,
Mother transfixed with the sword,
Mother consumed with grief,
Mother filled with anguish,
Mother crucified in heart,
Mother most sad,
Fountain of tears,
Abyss of suffering,
Mirror of patience,
Rock of constancy,
Anchor of confidence,
Refuge of the forsaken,
Shield of the oppressed,
Subduer of the unbelieving,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Medicine of the sick,
Strength of the weak,
Harbor of the wrecked,
Allayer of tempests,
Resource of mourners,
Terror of the treacherous,
Treasure of the faithful,
Eye of the Prophets,
Staff of the Apostles,
Crown of Martyrs,
Light of confessors,
Pearl of virgins,
Consolation of widows,
Joy of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
------ sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He
arose again from the dead; He ascended into
Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God
the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come
to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

HAIL HOLY QUEEN [Salve, Regina]

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit
of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us,
O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Partial Indulgence.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is
the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

This litany was originally written in Latin by Pope Pius VII in 1809 during his captivity
under Napoleon Bonaparte.
THIS site and THIS have more about Our Lady of Sorrows.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sweet Chester

Yes, we do have Christmas lights up! Why, do you think it's too soon;~P

Day 14 Progress

Frugal Catholic Mommy Giveaway

Click HERE to enter to win "Woman of Grace: A Bible Study for Married Women by Michaelann Martin. It will end on September 25, 2009.

Day 13 Progress


Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Dates For The Knit-Ins At Simply Fibers

With Carol's kind permission I have the dates for the knit-ins this season:
Friday, October 23, 2009 6-10 pm.
Friday, November 13, 2009 6-10 pm.
No December knit-in
Friday, January 29, 2010 6-10 pm.
Friday, February 26, 2010 6-10 pm.
Hope to see you there.
Pictured is the Garter Ridge T-Top from Creative Knitting magazine July 2007 edition, I started for myself.

Prayer For Priests

Please Pray for Priests
Dear Lord, we pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle
around your priests and through her intercession strengthen them
for their ministry. We pray that Mary will guide your priests
to follow her own words "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5).
May your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most
chaste spouse. May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart
inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross.
May your priests be holy, filled with the fire of your love
seeking nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of souls.

Day 12 Progress

Pitifully little, but it's been a very busy Saturday.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Day 11 Progress

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 10 Progress

Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread

There are many variations of this delicious bread, but I used the following:

Hawaiian Banana Nut Bread
3 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
Combine and mix above ingredients.
Then combine together:
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 c. mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
8 oz. crushed pineapple
Combine dry and wet ingredients until moist.
Add 1 c. pecans or walnuts and stir.
Spoon into 2 or 3 greased bread pans.
Bake 350F 60-70 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes and turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.
MMMMMMMMmmmmmmMMMMMMMM! That's good eatin'.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Day 9 Progress

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Day 8 Progress

Feast of the Nativity of Mary

Feast of
the Nativity of Mary

The Nativity of Mary, by Pietro Cavallini, 1291 (mosaic)

Nine months ago, Mary was immaculately conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, by her father St. Joachim. The Feast of that Immaculate Conception, 8 December, is a much greater Feast than today's (it's a Holy Day of Obligation, in fact); but we recall Mary's birthday, too -- the birth of the woman destined by God from the beginning of time to be born of the House of David and the Tribe of Judah, the women whose enmity toward Satan was spoken of as far back as Genesis, the woman whom St. John saw crowned with stars and with the moon at her feet, the woman whom God chose to bear His Son and bring life to the world. With today's Feast, the line between the Old and New Testaments has been crossed; the New Covenant is imminent!

Today's Feast is one of the only three birthdays honored in the liturgical year (the others being that of St. John the Baptist and that of Jesus Christ Himself, all three born without original sin, though only Mary and Jesus were free from sin at the moments of their conceptions). We know little about Mary's birth and youth, most of our information coming from the apocryphal Gospel of the Nativity of Mary (translated from the Hebrew by St. Jerome, A.D. 340-420), the Protevangelium of St. James (dated to ca. A.D. 125), and the visions of various mystics through the years.

There are no specific traditions today, aside from those offered on all Marian Feasts, such as a recitation of the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Litany of Loreto (You can download this Litany, in Microsoft Word .doc format, in English or in Latin). Having a birthday cake for Mary is a lovely idea, though!

As to prayer, this one to Maria Bambina (the Baby Mary) is most apt:
Hail, Infant Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou forever, and blessed are thy holy parents Joachim and Anne, of whom thou wast miraculously born. Mother of God, intercede for us.

We fly to thy patronage, holy and amiable Child Mary, despise not our prayers in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, glorious and blessed Virgin.

V. Pray for us, holy Child Mary.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray: O almighty and merciful God, Who through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, didst prepare the body and soul of the Immaculate Infant Mary that she might be the worthy Mother of Thy Son, and didst preserve her from all stain, grant that we who venerate with all our hearts her most holy childhood, may be freed, through her merits and intercession, from all uncleanness of mind and body, and be able to imitate her perfect humility, obedience and charity. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

There is also this marvelous prayer in honour of Our Lady's Nativity, written by St. Anselm:

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin; give me strength against thine enemies, and against the enemy of the whole human race. Give me strength humbly to pray to thee. Give me strength to praise thee in prayer with all my powers, through the merits of thy most sacred nativity, which for the entire Christian world was a birth of joy, the hope and solace of its life.

When thou wast born, O most holy Virgin, then was the world made light.

Happy is thy stock, holy thy root, and blessed thy fruit, for thou alone as a virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit, didst merit to conceive thy God, as a virgin to bear Thy God, as a virgin to bring Him forth, and after His birth to remain a virgin.

Have mercy therefore upon me a sinner, and give me aid, O Lady, so that just as thy nativity, glorious from the seed of Abraham, sprung from the tribe of Juda, illustrious from the stock of David, didst announce joy to the entire world, so may it fill me with true joy and cleanse me from every sin.

Pray for me, O Virgin most prudent, that the gladsome joys of thy most helpful nativity may put a cloak over all my sins.

O holy Mother of God, flowering as the lily, pray to thy sweet Son for me, a wretched sinner. Amen


Monday, September 07, 2009

Day 7 Progress

Another Powerful Prayer

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that:

“We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.

“We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.

“We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.

“We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

“We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.

“We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

“We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.

“We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

“We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

“We have abused power and called it political savvy.

“We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

“We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

“We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

“Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

“Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the Center of Your Will.

“I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

My understanding about this prayer is that when Minister Joe Wright was asked to open a new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically correct “prayer” (like those heard at Obama’s inauguration - not spoken to God, but to men), but he uttered the above words instead.

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church has received international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

I also read that Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

O Lord, Give Us Fearless Men

O Lord, give us fearless men

“Weekday Prayer Book”, Ed. Morris Silverman, Prayer Book Press 1956, 1972

p. 272, Supplementary Readings

O Lord, give us fearless men! Men to meet the trials of life with faith and vision, steadfast hearts and willing hands;

Men who dare to do the right, and yield not to wealth or power.

O Lord give us righteous men!

Men who are just, men who are free,

Men who respond to their brother’s needs;

Who work together with resolute will to speed the approach of Thy kingdom on earth.

O Lord, give us faithful men!

Men like Abraham, dauntless and true, who bring to Thine alter devotion and love;

Who brave every hardship Thy will to perform, befriending the stranger in homage to Thee;

Men who proclaim Thy sovereignty in witness to Thy truth, acknowledging Thy guidance, Thy wisdom, Thy Power;

Men who break every idol blindly wrought, dispelling the darkness with Thy spirit of light.

O Lord, give us steadfast men!

Men like Joseph, who though great in the land, remember their kinsmen in time of distress,

Who seek out their brothers, proffering the hand of kinship, of rescue and of strength;

Who harbor no malice, nor sanction revenge; forbearing, forgiving, forgetting past wrongs.

Who contribute richly to the land of their birth, yet never forget Zion, Israel’s ancient land.

O Lord, give us inspired men!

Men like Moses, who hearken to Thy voice, revealing Thine eternal truths and teaching us the law.

Lord give us consecrated leaders, faithful to Thy will, pathfinders through life’s bewildering maze.

Gives us men to teach us, men to make us know that Torah is our way of life, and righteousness our goal.

With such men to guide us our faith shall never fail, our courage never falter; our future is assured.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Day 6 Progress

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Day 5 Progress

Day 4 Progress

Pro Life Day: Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Day 3 Progress

Look Upon His Face

34 And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Be careful of anger.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Day 2 of Cross Stitch

Just to keep track of progress.

A Boy & His Kitten

Don't they look comfy?


#1 son beginning his junior year in high school.
#2 son with little brother as he begins 4th grade.
Beginning cross stitch project on the first of September.