2013-12-24

Jesus: The Reason for the Season

Dear Friends,

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas Day with family and friends, take a moment or two to listen to this video. It's all about the LOVE Our Lord and Our God has for us.

 


Merry Christmas! 


God bless, 

Peter's Bride

2013-12-13

First Reflection on Evangelii Gaudium: Setting the Scene

In my first attempt to offer up a reflection, I do so with the understanding that these are my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the message pronounced in Pope Francis' new encyclical. ~~~ ><(((O>

I imagine Pope Francis' encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium, to be somewhat like a road map that Catholics are encouraged to use. The roads Pope Francis outlines in this map are neither smooth nor do they cross over scenic locales. 

Instead, the path he outlines for us is a bumpy one, one filled with potholes, through unpleasant locations, but, ultimately, one where we will arrive having somehow changed as a result of the trip because of the encounters along the way. We know that the destination is worth the trip.

You see, the bumpy road is our faith lived out day to day, and our faith, ideally, is lived through our church, the church established by Christ. That the church is suffering now and in need of us, all of us, to come home to her, to defend her, to protect her and, at the same time, to open her up to others.

I grappled with how to approach Pope Francis' encyclical because I realize that all is not well in the church. All is not well outside the church. She is scorned, mistreated, abused. The rancor against Catholicism is palatable, like climbing a summit via a narrow path of jagged rocks.

Life today is not pleasant for many. It is often harsh, marked by nepotism, dishonesty and isolation. Ironically, any one of the seven sins could fit the bill to describe the devolution of our culture. Do wrath, greed, sloth, lust, envy, pride, and gluttony, ring a bell?

Although he does not state this explicitly, I think Pope Francis is asking us, in his opening lines of Evangelii Gaudium, to be part not only of the healing of our Holy Mother church, but also of ourselves, both on an individual level and on a collective level. 

We live in a time of particular challenge. A time where the vices of evil seem to be encroaching in every aspect of daily life. In fact, sometimes, evil seems to have taken up residence in our communities, on our streets and perhaps even in our homes.

Yes, we will encounter the ugly, the mean, the spiritless on this trip, but if I understand it correctly, Pope Francis is asking us to take this path with a renewed sense of promise and a deeper commitment to love when it is easier not to, to look at the sores around us, and most importantly, to stop and do something about it.





God bless,


Peter's Bride

2013-12-01

 Dear Friends,

My wish for you is that you have a wonderful day as you assemble the Nativity* in your home. Enjoy some music to mark the first day of Advent.



 

Peace,

Peter's Bride 

 * (In case you didn't know: Save Baby Jesus for placement in the manger on Christmas Day or after midnight mass.)

2013-11-29

Pope Francis' Evangeli Gaudium



Sometimes I am spellbound by the language of the faith. The words take on lives of there own, it seems. Take for example, exhortation. This word isn't exactly common parlance nowadays. One might say it lacks a certain amount of street cred. But, when you put Exhortation next to something like Apostolic, you realize that these two words are meant for one another!

I think of Apostolic and Exhortation as a kind of marriage between the apostles who knew Jesus, who followed Him, who loved Him, and the church they formed to spread His good news. So, when Pope Francis released his Apostolic Exhortation this week, I knew that this would be a kind of love letter, a call to love, a call to commitment, and a call to live with apostolic zeal.

When I think of apostolic zeal, I think of my brother Chris. He is a thirty-something, tattooed Catholic with an out-going, gregarious nature who sees his mission as that of bringing friends and acquaintances back into the church. He's been pretty effective too. He recognizes his calling to evangelize and he is meeting the challenge with enthusiasm.

Being neither tattooed nor gregarious, I too look for ways that I might heed the call of the apostles. Join me in the coming weeks and months as I reflect in future posts on Pope Francis'  
exhortation to all Catholics.

In peace,

Peter's Bride


 





 

2013-11-28

Preparing for Advent: The Advent Wreath

       We are only days away from the beginning of the Advent season! An organist practicing for Sunday mass reminded me that I, too, need to prepare. Of course, this means it is time to bring out The Nativity set, sans the Baby Jesus because he does not arrive until after midnight mass! It all means that it is time to set up the Advent wreath!

     Advent wreath, you say? Oh, yes, the Advent Wreath! What is THAT? 
An Advent Wreath is usually made of evergreens (real or not so real) with four candles nestled in amongst the greens. Three candles are purple in color and one is pink. Each candle represents one week in the Advent season, with the third candle being the pink one to mark Gaudete Sunday.

     Each evening for a few hours, burn the candle(s) to represent the which week you are celebrating. If you have never had an Advent wreath as part of your Advent celebrations, I strongly encourage you to do so. 

I also encourage you to mark the placement of your Advent wreath for your family to enjoy with a few prayers to highlight the meaning of the wreath as we prepare to celebrate the day in which our Lord Jesus Christ arrived so that we might be saved.

Here are some resources to aid you in preparing your own Advent Wreath, an activity that the whole family can enjoy :



 God bless,

     Peter's Bride

2013-11-27

Advent Veil Project 2013: Let's Celebrate the Advent Season!

After taking some time away from blogging to take care of family and reflect on the meaning of life's challenges, I am happy to say that I am back with renewed enthusiasm! The more life throws at you, the more you get to dig deep and find strength from the Catholic faith and, boy o' boy, what a deep reservoir of love and compassion it is!  ~~~><(((O>



I would like to share with you an exciting upcoming project that I have been so very fortunate to participate in! I am happy to announce that I will be participating in ...
The Advent Veil Project 2013!

 
Just what is the Advent Veil Project you ponder? 

The Advent Veil Project is the brainstorm of three lovely ladies who are serious warriors for the Catholic faith. We share a common desire to reawaken in women the desire to veil in the presence of our Lord, in his home, the Catholic church. I will be participating with four additional lovely ladies who, like me, have agreed to contribute a veil to be raffled up each week of Advent. I will be raffling off the last veil, just before Christmas!


This is a wonderful opportunity for women world-wide to share in the beauty of veiling. To learn more, please follow twitter feed, #veilproject, or visit the following blogs:



God bless,

Peter's Bride ~~~~~ <O)))>< ~~~

2013-09-14

Save the Children, Save the Future

My husband and I pray daily for the unborn. What began as a commitment to a simple prayer for each unborn child for a period of nine months, has now ensured the lives of fourteen babies (we each prayed for seven). Immediately upon finishing, we began again, together, for an additional fourteen unborn children. 

Today, I found this article online about the legalization of non-physician abortions, and I can see that things are going from bad to worse. But, I really should not be surprised because the actions of those political figures represent another step lower in the fall of our western culture. You see, when children are killed, there are no families. When there are no families, there is no future.

 If you can spare just moments a day, to spiritually adopt an unborn child, you will literally help rebuild our culture. Blessed Fulton Sheen speaks eloquently about the nature of love in this conversation well worth listening to and sharing.



 




For his perspective on contraception is conveyed in this video and well worth listening to.



God bless,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-06

Prayers for Syria: The Nuns Tell It Like It Is

It is easy to get caught up in the rhetoric on the TV and the glaring drum beat of war, all in the name of "justice," but we must not forget the men, women and children who live with the very real fear that they could be bombed.

A group of Trappistine Nuns living in a remote part of Syria let off a little steam recently and in doing so, they apparently captured the feelings of many in their small community, if not the world, who wonder,  

Will we be bombed today?

Please, offer your voice up in prayer and body in fasting, this Saturday, September 7th, for an end to strife and the avoidance of military intervention.


God of Compassion, Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace. 
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace and Light of the World.
Amen 
(Please click on title of prayer for source)
 In peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-05

Prayer and Sacrifice for Syria

"Let us pray for peace: peace in the world and in each of our hearts." - Pope Francis

As mentioned in the previous posting, Pope Francis has declared Saturday, September 7th, to be a world day of prayer and fasting for Syria and its people. 

People will gather in St. Peter's Square on this day in Eucharistic Adoration, to pray the rosary, and offer sacrifices through fasting. The Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, has requested to be present in St. Peter's square on this day.

No doubt, this event will be live-streamed and covered by Catholic TV stations. Please join the Pope and Christians all throughout the world. The future of Syria, Syrian Christians, and ultimately, humanity, need all the prayers we can offer.

In peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-02

Worldwide Day of Prayer for Syria, September 7th

Pope Francis calls all Catholics and, indeed, the world, to pray for Syria. As you may already know, there was a recent gas attack on a town that left many women and children dead. 


On Saturday, September 7th, please join Pope Francis and the world-wide Catholic Christian community in prayer for a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis, for the victims of the lethal gas attack, and for their families as they come to terms with their loss.

God bless,

Peter's Bride

2013-09-01

Birthday Reflections

Thirty years ago today, my dear, late mother drove me to university. It was my 18th birthday, as well, and I was so excited to take this next step into adulthood. I was filled with the same hope most other young men and women are filled with at this age. 

As I look back, I wonder, what has happened? How have we gone from a society so technologically advanced, so aware of the prior errors of previous generations (i.e. slavery, maltreatment of those with disabilities, etc.), to what we are now, on the verge of a new kind of dark ages?

If I sound old and warn, I am not, I promise. I am one of the most hope-filled individuals you could meet. However, the headlines of late, leave me feeling weary. The cry for tolerance of the last 50 years or so, has led to a lack of tolerance. The emphasis on freedom, has led to a restriction of freedom. The promotion of freedom of thought, has been hampered by a restriction of thought.

Today, people are being stripped of their livelihood because they are trying to live according to their beliefs, people are being terrorized for their faith, and the symbols of faith are on the verge of being stricken from the public square in even the most Christian of countries.

Oh, this is not news, you say? 

This is true. These incidents have been happening for years and are now increasingly frequent. There is a kind of wrath against Christianity that can only mean one thing:


Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.








 
Blessings,

Peter's Bride




2013-08-31

Praying in a Time of Persecution

Hopefully,  you have read my post from yesterday where I suggested that regular recitation of the Stations of the Cross and the offering up a sacrifice may be one way we that we Christians could support our fellow Christians throughout the world who are experiencing persecution first hand. 

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for September 2013, are very much in keeping with the need to pray for all Christians:


That the men and women of our time, often immersed in noise, may rediscover the value of silence and learn to listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.

I also invite you to click on the second intention that will lead to a video concerning these intentions.

Peace,

Peter's Bride 

2013-08-30

Praying for the Persecuted Christians of the World

Did you know 450 Christians die everyday for their belief in Jesus Christ? In one of many recent incidences,  a Christian woman in Pakistan has been sentenced to die by hanging for drinking water on a hot day from a well designated for muslim women.

Our fellow Christians, like this Christian woman and many, many others, are like the wounds inflicted upon Jesus Christ in his suffering on his way to the cross. 

I am sure you are thinking, What can I do? 

May I suggest that you join me in Stations of the Cross, either at your local Catholic Church, or quietly in your home by means of computer, this leaflet, or your bible, which ever leads you to do so. I am praying for the end of Christian suffering and the protection of Christians around the world who live in fear for their belief in Jesus Christ, the Holy Redeemer. 

God likes sacrifice. After all, he gave up his only son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us. If you can offer a sacrifice, be it dessert, a second cup of coffee, or some other thing, this can go a long way towards raising our prayers to Heaven.

In peace,

Peter's Bride


2013-08-27

Praying the Rosary, Part IV !!!

Sometime last winter I discovered videos of the Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen on youtube from the 1950's and 60's. I had come to realize after watching a few of them, the he had quite a following back in the day. What started out as a novelty for me became an activity that I really enjoyed. I found the Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen's lectures on the faith and observation of culture's morals to be quite fascinating. I fear to think of what he might have to say about western culture nowadays.

Blessed Bishop Fulton Sheen is soon to become a saint. How lucky we are to be able to hear his teachings. I invite you to listen to his lecture on Our Lady. You will not be disappointed!






 
To read part four, visit here.

Blessings,

Peter's Bride

2013-08-25

Praying the Rosary, Part III

It's funny how things happen. I wasn't planning on adding a third blog entry on praying the rosary, but then this video popped up out of no where and it was about... the rosary! I invite you to watch the whole video or just tune in between minutes nine to twelve of the video where Gabi refers to the rosary and gives the best explanation of the rosary I have ever come across.


Peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-08-24

Praying the Rosary, Part II

As mentioned in a previous post, praying the rosary requires concentration. Since most of us live in a time where sustained attention has been reduced to the length of a TV commercial, far less than the fourteen or fifteen minutes that the rosary requires minimally to complete.

If the first strategy I offered does not appeal to you, may I suggest another option, the video rosary! I have also tried this method, whereby I follow a video of the rosary being presented through word and image. The images are lovely and the narrator's voice is very pleasant.

Don't expect, however, to race through the rosary like you are running he marathon. The rosary is presented, instead, like a pleasant walk along a slow, winding river. Think of this time as a gift to yourself and to God. He is worth it!

The Joyful Mysteries





The Sorrowful Mysteries




The Glorious Mysteries



For part three, visit here.
 
Enjoy and, as always...

God bless,

Peter's Bride








2013-08-23

Prayers for Our Brothers and Sisters

Everyone has heard of or has viewed scenes of the chaos in Egypt. The latest scenes pictures a Coptic Christian church which  has had to cancel mass for the first time in 1600 years.

Can you imagine?

Nuns are being paraded through the streets while Christian schools are being desecrated, looted and then burnt to the ground.

It is important to understand the significance of all of this. Egypt is considered the most, or one of the most, western thinking of countries in the Middle East. The groups acting against the minority Christians have a philosophy that it closely associated with communism.

Christianity and communism are like oil and water. They do not mix. They are polar opposites. This, I imagine, is why the Christians are being terrorized so.

Is this the beginning of the great chastisement so many Christians grew up hearing about? Based on current media headlines, it would appear so. As Catholics, we must help others understand what is at play. This is a fight between good and evil. I invite you to listen below by clicking on the radio icon.


I ask you today to pray along with me to Our Lady of Fatima. 

Pray the  Rosary daily.
                     Offer Sacrifices.*
                                 Attend First Saturday mass
                                                                   Go to Confession.

*(Examples of possible sacrifices: Be patient with someone when you feel otherwise, skip dessert, give alms, etc.)

Peace,

Peter's Bride 

Praying the Rosary, Part I

In a recent discussion with a relative, he remarked about the difficult time he had remaining focused during prayer. It was perhaps ironic that just at this time, I had been trying something new to help me to maintain focus during prayer. It was something I learned from watching an episode of Church Militant. I encourage you to watch and listen. The scriptural verses to which Mr. Voris refers can be found here.

For part two, visit here.
 
God bless,  
Peter's Bride




2013-08-01

What Kind Are You?



Being a cradle Catholic, I never thought about what kind of Catholic I was for the longest time. I just was. I really never thought that any other kinds existed. I am too embarrassed to tell you just how old I was before I realized that there is more than one type of Catholic.

If you were to ask me today, I would say that I was a traditional Catholic. By this I mean that attempt, with all sincerity, to practice that Catholic faith as my great grandparents did, as well as those who came before them... to live my daily life with the teachings of the church in mind and in practice.

I am a traditionalist. 

And, I am proud of it, too

What kind of Catholic are you?




In peace,
Peter's Bride

2013-07-13

The Gift of Love

Today was a difficult day.

I kept thinking of my dear mother.

I kept thinking about how the last hour of her life was spent in a car with me driving her home. I kept thinking, what if I had known that this was the last hour of my mother's life? What would  have done? 

I would have held her, hugged her, and told her how much she meant to me in my life.

I would have loved her with open arms and an open heart.

Then I wondered, what if everyone went through their day with open arms and an open heart?

Can you even begin to imagine what might happen?

I imagine it could go something like this.


The boss at the fast food joint wouldn't fire the teenager who arrived 10 minutes late.

The teenager who arrived late wouldn't be rude at the bus driver whose route schedule was put off because the bus was derailed.

The bus driver wouldn't be anxious because this was the third time this week the bus derailed, which meant that his lunch schedule was off and his blood sugar level drops very low when he doesn't eat on time and could lead to a diabetic coma. He misses his old industrial job for its' routine.

The bus driver's wife, Lucy, who is on her way to work at the local day care, would not have had to take notice of what came home in her husband's lunch box that was not eaten. She would not have wondered how long he can hold onto his job.

The daycare director has been monitoring closely the drop in the number of students since the main industry of the town relocated to another country. She would not have had to let go of the newest employee, Lucy, and would not have had to inform her of this news upon her arrival at the daycare, because the industry that employs so many ultimately decided that it valued it's employees more then the profit.

The boss at the local fast food restaurant would not have posted a "help wanted" sign prominently in one of the restaurant's windows...

Jesus Christ came upon this earth with open arms and an open heart and, two thousands years later, he is still the single most influential person who has ever walked the planet.

I thank Jesus Christ for giving me a mother who taught me the love Jesus Christ has for us all.

God bless,

Peter's Bride


2013-07-09

There was PC in the Kool-aid

I cannot believe I drank the kool-aid.

In the 1980's and 90's, it was the one tainted with political correctness. Everyone else was drinking it too. 

As an educator, I can tell you that teachers were drinking it by the gallonsful.

The end result of drinking too much of the sweet toxic waste of political correctness is that we are left with a sense of nausea and deep regret for the binge drinking of noxious sludge.

Today,we stand, mouths shut, while non-believers take aim at the faithful and the faith. I encounter anti-Catholic sentiment often as the Catholics get blamed for many of the perceived social ills of today. 

Just the other day, someone railed to me against the Catholics for trying to prevent Sunday shopping some seven years ago, in a small community, home to 82% Catholics!

I pointed out the futility of Sunday shopping, yet, it did not register. 

But, then again, I was speaking to a single mother of three small children whose fathers did not figure in their lives. Her notion of values and morals were not surprising. I would even go so far as too say they were largely typical of this woman's generation.

Therein lies the irony.

The kool-aid of the past decades created an environment where it became socially unacceptable to comment on the actions of others or hold them accountable, where personal choices with social and spiritual ramifications were not challenged, thus creating a free-for-all.

Yes, the kool-aid was drunk by many, but now the majority of Catholics are too green in the face to stand up for the one true faith.





Peace,

Peter's Bride

2013-07-08

A Reflection on Loss

Yesterday, I shared the news of my dear mother's passing. Today, I want to share with you one of the most profound lessons I learned in the aftermath of her passing.

When I returned to the house and stood in the kitchen, where my mother had passed, I remembered that Jesus said that we were in this world, but not of this world.  

There was a profound sense of emptiness in the house. Yet, nothing had moved. The furniture was exactly as I had left it. The dainty china pattern, Old Country Roses, still rested in the cabinet in the dining room. Outside, the car remained in its exact spot in the driveway. 

Yes, everything was still very much as it had been.

Yet, everything was different.

When someone passes from this life, it does not matter what their house looks like. It does not matter what kind of car they drove. Not even the size of their bank account matters when someone dies. 

None of it matters.

Standing in the kitchen, taking in the colors of the china pattern in the adjoining dining room, I was left with the profound understanding of Jesus' message to us. The things of this world do not matter in the end. What does matter is how you spent your time on earth in relationship to others and to God.

While we are not begrudged material goods during out time here on earth, we cannot form a material attachment to them for they have no bearing in heaven. 

The pretty china dishes were not the end, but they were the means by which my mother devotedly prepared and served holiday meals to her family in an act of love she repeated over and over again.

In peace,

Petersbride

2013-07-07

Of Love and Loss


June was a difficult month.

I lost my darling mother who, at 71 years of age, died of a massive heart attack.

We had just arrived home from a trip to the US, where she visited loved ones and within five minutes of returning home, she was gone. I was with her at the time.

I am heart-broken.

I find myself walking the fine line between a sad acceptance and a certain amount of gratitude knowing that my mother passed in her own home, which she always wanted.Ten or fifteen minutes earlier and we would have been on the highway, which would have been a horrible thing. 

Mom was able to say "good-bye" to the many people she loved while visiting, which is actually pretty profound when you think about it. Conversations that she had with people in the week prior as well as the day before her death, signaled to me a kind of knowing that my mother had about her life on earth. My mother was very intuitive. She had a deep understanding of her faith and her role as a mother and transmitter of the faith. She believed, wholeheartedly.

I miss my mother greatly. She was my closest friend. I had so many plans for our summer together.  There were things she wanted to do and see. I thought we would do and see these things together. But, my plans are not God's plans and I have to accept this.

A priest once announced in his sermon while my mother was pregnant with me that mothers were "babysitters" for God. She always remembered this and often reminded me that I had an earthly mother in her, and a spiritual mother in Mary, Queen of Heaven. Please, kindly take a moment to remember my mother, Mary, who had a special devotion to Mary, Queen of Heaven. God bless my dear, sweet mother, Mary.

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace.
The Lord is with Thee,
Blessed are You 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

God bless you,

Peter's Bride

2013-05-30

World Eucharistic Adoration on June 2nd

Of all devotions, that of adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the greatest after the Sacraments, the one dearest to God and the one most helpful to us.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
 
Adoration means entering the depths of our hearts in communion with the Lord, who makes Himself bodily present in the Eucharist. In the monstrance, He always entrusts Himself to us and asks to be united with His Presence, with His risen Body.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
 
On Sunday, June 2nd, Catholics all over the world will have the opportunity to visit their local Catholic church and participate in Eucharistic Adoration, knowing that they are among the millions who will do so at the same time.
 
 
 
 
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
 
Eucharistic Adoration is, quite simply, the exposition of the Eucharist for public viewing within the church.

At his last meal on the night before He died, Jesus blessed the bread and the wine and then He passed them around to his apostles. Jesus announced that when they ate the bread and drank the wine, they were partaking in his body and blood. Thus, when a priest blesses the Eucharist and the wine in an act called transubstantiation, the Eucharist literally becomes the body and the bloody of Christ.
 
I invite you to take some time with me to prepare for Worldwide Eucharistic Adoration this coming Sunday, June 2nd. Be reminded of the importance of Eucharist Adoration, as illustrated in this video.
 
 
 
What Must I do to Participate in Eucharistic Adoration?
 
You might want to check with your local church to see if there is a Eucharistic Procession that you can participate in. A Eucharistic procession is a procession of congregants led by the priest who holds the Monstrance containing the Eucharist The usually involves a short walk along the sidewalk or on church grounds. If there is nothing formally planned at your church, you may also:
  • Demonstrate reverence by kneeling and making a sign of the cross upon entering and leaving the chuch
  • Sit quietly while being in the presence of God
  • Seek forgiveness for transgressions from God
  • Intercede for others in conversation with God
  • Pray the Rosary offering it up for the following intentions
    •  the church and its mission of mercy;
    • for the needs of those who suffer, including victims of war, the unemployed, the sick, immigrants and prisoners.
  • Recite prayers or reflect on readings inspired during this time (i.e. Magnificat)
  • Recite the Liturgy of the Hours

This is a unique event, which has never happened before in the history of the church. I hope this is helpful to you and will encourage you to participate in this special event. See you on Sunday!

Peace of Christ,

Peter's Bride


2013-05-29

Prayer for Mother and Child


A little baby boy born in eastern China has come into the world under the most trying of circumstances for both him and his mother, as you will learn from the video. Please join me in praying for the infant's health and for his mother.

According to the 22 year old mother, the father of the child did not want to be a parent. The young woman had considered abortion but was unable to do so due to cost (thankfully). Not having shared news of this pregnancy with her family, she continued to waitress at a restaurant. She gave birth to the six pound baby boy in her rooming house bathroom.

This is a sad story on many levels, right from the moment of conception through to birth. I ask you to pray with me for a better outcome for both mother and child. It seems to me that Saint Anne is most fitting to turn to on their behalf.

Prayer to St. Anne
(To Obtain Some Special Favor)
Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at your feet and humbly beg of you to take the present affair which I recommend to you under your special protection.
Vouchsafe to recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue.
Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. (Here ask for favor you wish to obtain.)
Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and with You and Mary and all the saints, praising and blessing Him through all eternity. Amen.
Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. (Three times).
 
God Bless You,
 
Peter's Bride

2013-05-24

Why Pray for Humanity & To Our Lady, Help of Christians

We live in challenging times. As society continues to evolve, some would say devolve, and become more and more secular and less and less oriented to God Almighty, we face the very real possibility of falling into a God-less state.

What state is this, you ask? A society devoid of God is a society that does not recognize the dignity of human life, be it at the beginning or the end of life. Pray with me daily for a renewed faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and for the sanctity of all human life.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~><(((O> ~~ ><(((O> ~~ ><(((O> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



Please join me today in offering up this prayer, written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, written in honor of Our Lady, Help of Christians. This prayer is to be said today, May 24th, and every year on this date, for the people of China. Today, we pray for all Chinese, most especially Chinese Catholics.






Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan


Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother,
venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title "Help of Christians,"
the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection.
We come before you today to implore your protection.
Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them
along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be
a leaven of harmonious coexistence among all citizens.
When you obediently said "yes" in the house of Nazareth,
you allowed God's eternal Son to take flesh in your virginal womb
and thus to begin in history the work of our redemption.
You willingly and generously co-operated in that work,
allowing the sword of pain to pierce your soul,
until the supreme hour of the Cross, when you kept watch on Calvary,
standing beside your Son, Who died that we might live.
From that moment, you became, in a new way,
the Mother of all those who receive your Son Jesus in faith
and choose to follow in His footsteps by taking up His Cross.
Mother of hope, in the darkness of Holy Saturday you journeyed
with unfailing trust towards the dawn of Easter.
Grant that your children may discern at all times,
even those that are darkest, the signs of God's loving presence.
Our Lady of Sheshan, sustain all those in China,
who, amid their daily trials, continue to believe, to hope, to love.
May they never be afraid to speak of Jesus to the world,
and of the world to Jesus.
In the statue overlooking the Shrine you lift your Son on high,
offering him to the world with open arms in a gesture of love.
Peace of Christ,
Peter's Bride

2013-05-22

Encountering Faith

I had an encounter a few days ago.

My husband and I were at the local coffee shop where we were having a quick breakfast before driving to the airport. A gentleman across from us noticed that we had said grace and made a sign of the cross before eating and he commented, touching his heart as he spoke.
 
My husband and I made polite conversation, but were anxious to eat quickly as we were leaving shortly for the two hour drive.
 
The man, in his 70's, had lost his son just days before to a drug overdose. As he proceeded to share his grief, some tears escaped and rolled down his face.
 
It just so happened that today, while my mother and I were at another coffee shop, this same man came up to me and thanked me for our chance encounter a few days before. Believe me, I did not do any acts of heroism other than to let the man speak. I just listened.

But, I guess that is what he needed.

Today, I learned just how important encounters are. However brief an encounter is, it can make all the difference to someone.

The grieving father mentioned today that he found yet another poem his son had written. It was about being in a crowd of people and, yet, feeling very alone. It seemed that he was searching for an encounter, an experience that would change his life and lead him away from the path of destruction he was on.
 
Encountering others seems to be a theme today as I listened to Pope Francis speak of his own encounter that, no doubt, began his journey to the seat of St. Peter.

I invite to watch this wonderful reflection of Pope Francis.

God bless you.

As always,

Peter's Bride

2013-05-21

Prayers in the Wake of Distater

No doubt you have already seen the pictures of Moore, Oklahoma. Mangled steel from building and vehicle. Heaps of rubble where houses once stood.

Please join me in praying for the families who are missing loved ones at this time, most especially for the children not yet accounted for at what was once an elementary school.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Amen

Peace of Christ,

Peter's Bride