Monday, March 2, 2015

Day Eleven Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

 Day Eleven Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

                                                                        Day Eleven


Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days11-17 in Lent:

Begin each day with "Lord, I wish to consecrate myself to You, through Your Mother, Mary."

First Meditation

Put in for some time off at work, on Good Friday, for three hours, between noon to three.  Besides planning ahead (as in asking for time off), think back on how your previous week went.  Did you slack off?  What can you do to prevent that?  Make up your own quick prayer asking Mary to ask her Son to give you the graces necessary to complete this consecration and have a good Lent.

Second Meditation

Pray this prayer, known as the Fatima prayer (Mary asked the visionaries at Fatima to use this prayer after each decade of her rosary.).  "Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.  Amen."

Third Meditation

Where is your quiet place--where you spend quiet time?  Wherever that is, make it your prayer space.  If you are so busy that the only quiet time you have is your car--so be it.  Consciously plan to dedicate time to prayer: contemplation, rosary, reading, resting in the peace of God.  Ask Mary, your guardian angel, your patron saint, your deceased loved ones, to remind you every day to use your prayer space.  Do this as faithfully as you take medicine, for it is medicine for the well-being of your soul.

End your days this week with this: "Lord, hear Your Mother's prayers."

End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent







Day of rest.  One thing I wouold like you to do is when you go to church is to bring along a small bottle.  Locate the holy water storage container (your church may have a pool).  Fill your small bottle with holy water and bring it home.  Put the holy water someplace where you will use it.  Bless yourself with holy water every day.  Mine is beside the coffee pot.


Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'm knee deep in my Consecration to Mary every day during Lent.  If you're interested and God bless you if you're not, read my daily posts, since Ash Wednesday.  But if you're not interested, you will surely find something of interest on my fellow bloggers' pages.  Go to This And That And The Other Thing blog and pick from the list of bloggers.  I know you'll find something to appeal to you.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Day Ten Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

                                                           Claudio Ridofi--Wikipedia                                                         Mary at the foot of the Cross                                                       Santa Maria in Portuno, Corinaldo

                     Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A                                              Lenten Journey

                                                                         Day Ten


Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:

Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.

First Meditation

Have you gone to confession yet?  C'mon.  Push yourself.  Look what Mary suffered watching her Son suffer.  I can't imagine her heart break.  As a parent, I could hardly bear watching my child strike out, in a baseball game. "Oh Mary, how could you stand it?"  Meditate upon the sufferings of a mother, and especially Mary's sufferings.

Second Meditation

Contemplate upon this argument by St. Thomas Aquinas.  Sll of God's graces come to us through Mary.  Therefore, if we wish to go to Him; seeking union with Him, we should use the same method He used in coming down from heaven to assume our human nature.  That means was through Mary, His Mother.

Third Meditation

Pray a decade of the Rosary.
Our Father
Hail Mary (10x)
Glory Be

End the day with "Mother of God, pray for me" and the examen.

End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Day Nine Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey


Day Nine Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

                                                                       Day Nine


                                                                                               No Meat Today

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:

Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.

First Meditation

Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers.
Look at people's faces all day today.  Every time you see a sad or agitated face, pray "Mary, Mother of God, help them with your prayers."  

Second Meditation

Contemplate the words of St. Augustine, who teaches that the world was unworthy to receive Jesus directly through His hands.  Only Mary was worthy enough.  The Father gave His Son to Mary in order for the rest of the world to receive Him, through her.  Do you think she's special?

Third Meditation

Think of all the people you prayed for today.  Picture their faces as you pray.  Think of your family.  Think of your deceased loved ones.  Pray, "Mary, Mother of God, help them with your prayers.  Jesus, look with pity on the souls of my deceased loved ones.  Answer my prayers and grant that they may soon enjoy your everlasting home in heaven.
     End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Day Eight Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

Day Eight Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey 
Drawing by MEK


Day Eight

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:

Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.

First Meditation

St. Louis de Montfort tells us that if Jesus is not known, it is because Mary is not known.  Read his words.
"One reason Jesus is not known as He ought to be is because Mary is unknown.  If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ are to come into the world, they will be but a necessary consequence of the knowledge and the kingdom of the most holy Virgin Mary, who brought Him into the world for the first time and will make His second Advent full of splendor."  (St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion Consecration to Mary, by Fr. Helmuts Libietis, Angelus Press, Kansas City, 1998, p.153.) 

Second Meditation

Contemplate this fact.  God is God and above all.  Mary is human and only a mere creature, like ourselves.  God did not need her to accomplish His Will.  Yet, He did.  God chose Mary to complete His plan.  Think upon that!  Now do you think she's special?

Third Meditation

I hope you've made arrangements to go to confession.  Meanwhile pray a decade of the Rosary thinking that you are joining in the praises of Mary heard throughout the world.

Our Father
Hail Mary (10x)
Glory Be

End the day with "Mother of God, pray for me" and the examen.

End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day Seven Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey

Day Seven Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey


Day Seven

Wednesday of the First Week of Lent

Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:

Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.

First Meditation

Start thinking and preparing yourself to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Look up the times in area churches.  Promise yourself to go.  Also start thinking what to confess.  If you need a thorough examination of conscience, do a google search for one.  I think http://www.focusequip.org/assets/pdf/examination-of-conscience.pdf  is a good one, even though this examen is geared toward college students, I an old lady, use it too.
Second Meditation

Pray one decade of the Rosary asking for Mary's assistance to get you to go to Confession.

Our Father
Ten Hail Mary's
Glory Be

Third Meditation

Meditate upon St. Louis de Montfort's words about Mary.

"The whole earth is full of her glory, especially among Christians, by whom she is taken as the protectress of many kingdoms, provinces, dioceses and cities.  Many cathedrals are consecrated to God under her name.  There is not a church without an altar in her honor, not a country, not a canton, where there are not some miraculous images where all sorts of evil are cured and all sorts of good gifts obtained.  Who can count the confraternities and congregations in her honor?  How many religious orders have been founded in her name and under her protection?  How many members are in these confraternities and how many religious men and women in all these orders, who publish her praises and confess her mercies!  There is not a little child who, as it lisps the Hail Mary, does not praise her.  There is scarcely a sinner who, even in his obduracy, has not some spark of confidence in her.  Nay, the very devils in hell respect her while they fear her."  (St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion Consecration to Mary, by Fr. Helmuts Libietis, Angelus Press, Kansas City, 1998, p.153.)

End the day with "Mother of God, pray for me," and the examen.

End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me. 
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?