Knit and Pray

Catholic woman talks about knitting, sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching, crafting and Catholic Faith and family.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fun Pizza From Papa Murphy's

It looked a lot different once it was cooked but it tasted just as good as any other Papa Murphy's pizza we've ever gotten. Just something fun to eat on this all Hallow's Eve:~D

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Prayer of Mothers

Prayer of Mothers

Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me.

Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven.

Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son.

Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family.

Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Life Is Funny When You're 5

It doesn't take too much for this sweet fellow to break into laughter.

And Now Something For A Little Girl Baby

I don't know if you can see but, the buttons are bunny shaped. The little hat is embellished with three ribbon roses. It turned out so sweet!
PS. Only 11 cloths sold yesterday, but since I originally made them for the Red Cross they are not a loss. I'll continue to make more cloths until I run out of cotton yarn. Then they will be bagged up with an Ivory Soap bar and delivered to the local Red Cross for their comfort kits. The high school orchestra played very nicely last night. Daniel and I enjoyed them very much.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Burial Bunting/Hat Fitting 9oz or Less

This burial bunting/hat will fit a 9oz or less baby boy. Pez dispenser is for scale. Even the tiniest of babies need to have something nice to be buried in. I make these in thanksgiving that I've never had to bury any of my children. Thanks be to God!

Monday, October 26, 2009

And We're Knitting...

Want to get three more cloths done before tomorrow.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Our Very Own "Quiet Man"

Dressed up like the character Shawn Thornton in the movie "The Quiet Man". John Wayne would have been proud:~D
ps. His red hair is NO LIE! Haha!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Small Preemie Hat/Bootie Set

This is the size that fits 1-3lb babies. It is the size my first two sons would have worn at birth. My first born's head circumference was the same as that of a tennis ball. Thank God they have both grown and are healthy!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Full Term Hat/Booties With Button Embellishments

Had fun using up some buttons I'd had for quite a while. Need to finish up on some cotton cloths now. My hands needed a break from the cotton and these kind of hat/booties fit the bill, but October 27 is just a few days away.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MAJOR ALERT*Help Keep America Free*

"United Nations Climate Change Treaty, scheduled to be signed in Copenhagen in December 2009. If this document is signed by the President then we will no longer be a free nation. God help us!!!

Four Days of Work

Four full term sized hat/bootie sets.


The Catholic Caveman has asked for prayers for a fellow marine and hero. Please add your prayers for this wonderful man. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Some Pictures After Mass On Sunday

Eric was feeling a little better but then got a little chill so stayed home again on Monday. He's at school today.
Love the monument in the back of Saint Agnes Cathedral that has the 10 Commandments and The Beatitudes.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Praying For The Poor Souls In Purgatory At 3 am.

The Corporal Works of Mercy

1. Feed the hungry
2. Give drink to the thirsty
3. Clothe the naked
4. Shelter the homeless
5. Visit the sick
6. Visit those in prison
7. Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. Convert the sinner
2. Instruct the ignorant
3. Counsel the doubtful
4. Comfort the sorrowful
5. Bear wrongs patiently
6. Forgive injuries
7. Pray for the living and the dead

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My Three Boys

They are just getting to be so big!
This morning Norm went to hand out Tootsie Rolls for the Knights of Columbus fund raiser. He was only scheduled to work a couple of hours but didn't get his relief until after four! So, we didn't get to make it to the Rosary Rally in front of Saint Agnes Cathedral at noon like we had planned, but the boys and I lit the Our Lady of Guadalupe candle and said the Joyful Mysteries on our rosaries.
Yesterday Eric was home feeling very achy and tired. In the evening he got me onto Facebook. What am I thinking? Just another time consuming activity. I know I'll have to limit it, but it's a nice tool to get or keep in touch with a lot of people. I have washcloths to knit up before the 27th and then I need to get a box of stuff sent to The Preemie Project before too long for their November craft sale. Must stay focused!!!

Quick Update

These are for micro preemie babies 9 oz and less. I made them up to share with the Maria Goretti Guild last Wednesday evening. What a wonderful experience! They have a first class relic of dear saint Maria Goretti! I got to hold it in my hands. So humbling. Such a wonderful group of young Catholic girls!!!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

There is a God...Einstein said so.

Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena

A Special Message from Rev. Fr Remigius Lazarus KASAWA, DP A Special Message from Rev. Fr Remigius Lazarus KASAWA, DP

To the Universal Living Rosary Association of Saint Philomena (ULRA) Members,

October is the Marian month, the month of the Holy Living Rosary, I would like to share with you, dear brethren, some insights with regard to the Rosary and the Priesthood.

What Is The (Living) Rosary?

At Fatima, in 1917, Our Lady said: "I am the Lady of the Rosary. Pray the Rosary everyday to obtain peace for the world." After saying this, Our Lady demanded that after each decade, one should say the following prayer: "0 my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy."

According to Pope Adrian VI, the Rosary is the scourge of the devil. The devil is not at peace to see one use/pray the Rosary. He is not safe and/or comfortable in the presence of the Rosary. St. Padre Pio, the stigmatic priest said, "The Rosary is the weapon." St. Leo XIII himself wrote 9 Encyclicals on the Rosary.

Our Lady asks us, her children, to pray the Rosary daily. Why?

St. Francis de Sales said that the greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary. St. Thomas Aquinas preached 40 straight days in Rome, Italy, on just the Hail Mary, and St. Jean-Marie Vianney, patron of priests, was seldom seen without a Rosary in his hand.

It was for St. Jean-Marie Vianny, that the Pope decided to inaugurate the "Year For Priests" on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - Friday 19th June 2009 to 19th June 2010, a day traditionally devoted to prayer for sanctification of the Clergy. It is Fr. Vianny, whose celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the "Dies Natalis" we are having.

Pope Paul V said the Rosary is a treasure of graces. St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, wrote, echoing St. Padre Pio, "the Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, Who so loves His Mother". To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the Face of Christ. "Will you give 1% of each day to God? If so, pray the daily Rosary.”

Our Lady promised, through St. Dominic and Blessed Alain, to Christians who recite the Rosary: whoever shall faithfully serve her by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. She also promised her special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary. She said the Rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish. It will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things.

Oh that souls would sanctify themselves by this means! Our Lady said that the soul which recommends itself to her by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish. "Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of the sacred mysteries" she said, "shall never be conquered by misfortune." God will not chastise him in His justice, and he shall not perish by unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the church. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have, during their life and at their death, the light of God and the fullness of graces and, at the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise.

Our Lady further says she shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven. Everybody shall obtain all he/she asks of her by the recitation of the Rosary. She maintains to say, all who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by her in their necessities. Our Lady says she has obtained from her Divine Son that all advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death. She also says all who recite the Rosary are her beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ. Devotion to Our Lady's Rosary is a great sign of predestination.


Therefore, dear brethren, as we journey on towards living this Living Rosary during this Holy month of October, honoring our Blessed Virgin Mother, Mary, let us appreciate our God-given gift of Our Lady. For it is said, the greatest gift a Father can give His children is to love their Mother. As Our Lady said, on May 13, 1917 at Fatima, let us pray the Rosary unceasingly, everyday, in order to obtain peace for the whole world.

May we all be blessed by the daily recitations of the Holy Rosary! Ave Maria!

Rev. Fr Remigius Lazarus KASAWA, DP,
Nzama Catholic Parish
Ntcheu, Malawi, Central Africa

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Thirteen Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

Thirteen Virtues

Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his thirteen virtues as:

  1. "TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."
  2. "SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation."
  3. "ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time."
  4. "RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."
  5. "FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing."
  6. "INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions."
  7. "SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly."
  8. "JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty."
  9. "MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve."
  10. "CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation."
  11. "TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable."
  12. "CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation."
  13. "HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."
Franklin didn't try to work on them all at once. Instead, he would work on one and only one each week "leaving all others to their ordinary chance". While Franklin didn't live completely by his virtues and by his own admission, he fell short of them many times, he believed the attempt made him a better man contributing greatly to his success and happiness, which is why in his autobiography, he devoted more pages to this plan than to any other single point; in his autobiography Franklin wrote, "I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may follow the example and reap the benefit."
More on Benjamin Franklin can be found HERE.