May 13, 2012, I was blessed to read Fr. Michael Gaitley's book 33 Days to Morning Glory and consecrate my life to Jesus through Mary. (Click here for the 33 Days Blog or to get a copy of the book..) This spring it was announced that the apostolate with which I work, Lighthouse Catholic Media, would be partnering with Fr. Gaitley and his order, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. (Click Here for news article announcing the partnership, see pg 10.)
Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA last month. It was a singular, unexpected privilege to spend three days there, make a retreat with Fr. Michael Gaitley, pray the life size Stations of the Cross and tour the facilities of the Association of Marian Helpers.
Since going to the shrine and learning more about the message, I have gotten a copy of St. Faustina's Diary. I was a little "afraid" of it at first. I thought maybe I wouldn't be able to understand it, but I am really enjoying it and it is clearly written and easy to follow. I am very challenged by her life and the words of Our Lord recorded by her.
The Divine Mercy Message is one that needs to go out to the whole world.
Along with reading the Diary, I am also reading the authorized biography of St. Faustina, titled The Life of Faustina Kowalska by Sr. Sophia Michalenko CMGT. This is an easy to read biography which has many quotes taken from the Diary. The advantage is that it is written in chronological order. Both of these books have been ideal reading during adoration. Join me in reading this over the summer! .
The Divine Mercy Image is now be printed on canvas by the Association of Marian Helpers. Click here to get one for your home or office.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Honoring Our Blessed Mother: Plant a Mary Garden
From Una Fides e-letter
An old Catholic tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages is making a comeback: the Mary Garden. By definition, a Mary Garden is one that is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Centuries ago, at a time when books were scarce and many were not able to read, a Mary Garden was another way to teach others about the life of the Blessed Virgin and her virtues. St. Benedict is said to have had a monastic rose garden or "Rosary" in the 4th century but the first reference to an actual garden planted in Mary's honor comes from St. Fiacre, the Irish saint of the 7th century who is the patron saint of gardeners and gardening. A statue of Our Lady is present in most Mary Gardens and the flowers chosen are those that have been associated with the Blessed Mother either by name, symbol or legend.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Roses: Roses have long been associated with Mary. They are considered to be thequeen of all flowers and, therefore, remind us of Mary as Queen of the Universe.
Violets: Violets are considered a symbol of Mary's humility and innocence.
Marigolds: Marigolds, named in honor of Mary, bring to mind Our Lady's
simplicity and domesticity.
Gladiolus: This flower's name comes from the Latin word for "sword" and
represent the sword of sorrow that pierced Mary's heart.
Lillies: Lillies' white color and sweet fragrance symbolize Mary's purity and loving obedience to God.
Lavender: This fragrant herb is also known as "Our Lady's drying herb" because of the legends that Mary hung the Christ Child's blanket on a lavender bush to dry after washing.
To learn more about Mary Gardens, go to:
Monday, May 6, 2013
Great to see Publix affirming pre-born life and the special bond of mother and child, born and unborn!
Happy Mother's Day to All on Sunday