Friday, August 31, 2012

The Cardinal Prays

The more I see Cardinal Dolan, the more I like him. May God bless and guide him in his work.

Monday, August 27, 2012

St Monica, pray for us

Today is the feast of dear St Monica. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to venerate a relic of St Monica last week. St Monica had a hard life, her drunken husband and her wayward son, as they would say today "had her head wrecked", and her heart broken. But dear St Monica never, never gave up on them. She prayed, and prayed and prayed for them. She prayed for years, and years, and years and her prayers were answered.  (As for me, I can hardly manage a novena!!). St Monica reminds me, that as a mother, a wife, a christian, I should never give up on the power of prayer. I most pray always for my children, and those I love.

Prayer to St Monica

Dearest Saint Monica, patron of Christian parents, we entrust to your protection, the children whose names you can read in our hearts. Pray for them, that they may be granted strength to combat weakness, victory over temptation, guidance to resolve their doubts, and success in all their undertakings.

May they enjoy good health of mind and body, see beauty and worth in all created things, and serve the Lord with firm faith, joyful hope and enduring love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Say a prayer for an Actor today

Today is the feast of St Genesius, the patron saint of actors. Happy feast day to all the members of The Fraternity of St Genesius

Mass will be celebrated in St Mary's Church, Dublin Road, Drogheda @3pm, celebrant Fr John Hogan.

Prayer to St Genesius

Holy St Genesius,
martyr for Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit
through your acting
you came to discover
the truth of the Christian faith.
In your first profession of that faith
you were baptized through the shedding
of your blood,
offering your life for the praise and glory
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for those who dedicate their lives
to the theatrical and cinematic arts.
Like you may they find the presence
of the Lord in their work
and generously open their hearts
to his teaching,
living it in the midst of the challenges
and demands of their calling.
In this novena, I remember most especially….,
commending him/her to your care.

Let us pray:
Eternal Father, in your love you call all men and women to come to know you and to share in your divine life. Through the intercession of your martyr, Genesius, who responded so generously to the grace of conversion, grant that the same grace may be given to those who as yet do not know you, and may be renewed in those who do. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Advice to parents from real experts

This is an excellent parenting video.

My thoughts:
The Hahns make parenting look so easy. (I'm jealous.)

I must start doing the Lotto, so that we can move (run away) to Stubensville!!

St Genesius Novena, Day 4

Prayers for Day 4 of the Novena 

Who is St Genesius? Here is a video by high school student Amanda Wirfel on the life of St Genesius.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Novena to St Monica, Day 1

I am not a big Novena person, (whatever one of those looks like???), but today I begin my second novena, which is to St Monica. This novena is inspired by The novena prayer, and a daily reflection are available at their website.

I have 4 children starting new schools in September, so I think I really should make a conserted effort to pray for them, and this novena will surely focus my prayers.

St Monica always prayed for her son Augustine, who caused her no end of trouble or heartache.

Novena Prayer 
Exemplary mother of the Great Augustine, you perseveringly pursued your wayward son not with wild threats but with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day so that they may learn to draw their children to God.  Teach them how to remain close to their children, even the prodigal sons and daughters who have sadly gone astray.

Dear St. Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius and your beloved son, Augustine. 

Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear St. Monica, that God may favourably hear my plea for (mention your petitions here) and grant me the grace to accept his will in all things, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen. 

First Day 18th August
Remember dear St. Monica, the joy that flooded your heart when Augustine, the son of your prayers and tears, turned his life over to the Lord. Please present our novena petitions before God in whose presence you stand. Obtain for us, if it be his holy will, the graces we request through your intercessory power, that we may experience the happiness of answered prayer. Amen.
Daily Prayer
(3) Hail Mary and (3) Glory Be
St. Monica, pray for us.

St Genesius Novena, Day 2

Prayers for day 2 of the novena are over at Fr John Hogan's blog.

Here is a short video about The Fraternity of St Genesius, that I made a few years ago. (Note to self, "make a new one, as this is a little dated".)

St Genesius, pray for us

Friday, August 17, 2012

St Genesius Novena, Day 1

I'm back. St Genesius was calling! The novena to St Genesius begins today. I will try and post some Genesian things over the coming days.

Fr John Hogan will be posting prayers each day on his blog, Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus.

St Genesius,
patron saint of actors
© The Fraternity of St Genesius 

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