Today Miguel turned 10 months old! He continues to be a super sweet and happy baby and he still gets lots of comments from total strangers on what a happy baby he is! Check out how the little man looked today.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
We got back from Rome last night - and all I can say is Wow!! We saw incredible places, ate amazing food and attended some beautiful masses. Our feet still hurt from all the walking around that we did - but it was fantabulous! Here are a few of the many, many pictures that we took. And thank you again to Grandma and Grandpa for taking such good care of the kids while we were away!!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Our friend, Father Paul, came to dinner the other day. I made my favorite dinner (hot & crunchy trout and frozen lemon mousse for dessert!). We had a great time at dinner and playing with the kids. The best part of all is that he blessed our house. We've meant to do this for some time and only delayed a wonderful blessing! Fr. Paul blessed the water and took a branch that we picked from one of our trees and went through each room in the house to bless it. It was wonderful! Frankie read the reading:
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with? It is no longer of any use but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a lamp and put it under the measure, but upon the lamp-stand, so as to give light to all in the house. Even so let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven." (St. Matthew 5:13-16)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
With a contrite heart, go to confession if at all possible today.
Sunday, April 15 is Divine Mercy Sunday. The Church offers us a special opportunity to contemplate
God's Divine Mercy with intense devotion and to receive, under certain conditions, the incredible gift
of a plenary indulgence--a person becomes as if just baptized and would go directly to heaven if he or
she were to die at that very instant. It is a wonderful opportunity to receive this generous gift and, with
a firm and resolute heart, to start over again. An essential part of satisfying the conditions is to go to
sacramental confession right away. I hope this reaches everyone in time to do that! If you would like
to read more on the background of Divine Mercy Sunday, you can see this link from EWTN:
The following is drawn from the official decree. The full document may be found at the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020629_decree-ii_en.html
"O God, your mercy knows no bounds and the treasure of your goodness is infinite..." (Prayer after
the "Te Deum" Hymn) and "O God, you reveal your almighty power above all by showing mercy
and forgiveness..." (Prayer for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time), in these prayers Holy Mother
and with each individual person shines out in a special way when sins and moral failures are
forgiven by Almighty God Himself and the guilty are readmitted in a fatherlike way to his friendship,
which they deservedly lost.
Duty of honouring Divine Mercy
The faithful with deep spiritual affection are drawn to commemorate the mysteries of divine pardon
and to celebrate them devoutly. They clearly understand the supreme benefit, indeed the duty, that the
People of God have to praise Divine Mercy with special prayers and, at the same time, they realize
that by gratefully performing the works required and satisfying the necessary conditions, they can obtain
spiritual benefits that derive from the Treasury of the Church. "The paschal mystery is the culmination
of this revealing and effecting of mercy, which is able to justify man, to restore justice in the sense of
that salvific order which God willed from the beginning in man, and through man, in the world"
(Encyclical Letter Dives in misericordia, n. 7).
It is God's Mercy that grants supernatural sorrow and resolution to amend
Indeed, Divine Mercy knows how to pardon even the most serious sins, and in doing so it moves the
faithful to perceive a supernatural, not merely psychological, sorrow for their sins so that, ever with the
help of divine grace, they may make a firm resolution not to sin any more. Such spiritual dispositions
undeniably follow upon the forgiveness of mortal sin when the faithful fruitfully receive the sacrament
of Penance or repent of their sin with an act of perfect charity and perfect contrition, with the resolution
to receive the Sacrament of Penance as soon as they can. Indeed, Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us in the
parable of the Prodigal Son that the sinner must confess his misery to God saying: "Father I have sinned
against heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son" (Lk 15,18-19), realizing
that this is a work of God, "for [he] was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found" (Lk 15,32).
Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
And so with provident pastoral sensitivity and in order to impress deeply on the souls of the faithful
these precepts and teachings of the Christian faith, the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II, moved by the
of the Father of Mercy, has willed that the Second Sunday of Easter be dedicated to recalling with
special devotion these gifts of grace and gave this Sunday the name, "Divine Mercy Sunday"
Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Decree Misericors et miserator, 5 May 2000).
The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter narrates the wonderful things Christ the Lord accomplished
on the day of the Resurrection during his first public appearance: "On the evening of that day, the first day
of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood
among them and said to them, "Peace be with you'. When he said this, he showed them his hands and his
side. Then the discples were glad to see the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the
Father has sent me, even so I send you'. And then he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the
Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are
retained'" (Jn 20,19-23).
To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself
established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence, as will be explained below, so that
the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way,
they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbour, and after they have obtained God's
pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.
Pardon of others who sin against us
Thus the faithful will more closely conform to the spirit of the Gospel, receiving in their hearts the
renewal that the Second Vatican Council explained and introduced: "Mindful of the words of the
Lord: "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another'
(Jn 13,35), Christians can yearn for nothing more ardently than to serve the men of this age with
an ever growing generosity and success.... It is the Father's will that we should recognize Christ
our brother in the persons of all men and love them with an effective love, in word and in deed
(Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et spes, n. 93).
Three conditions for the plenary indulgence
And so the Supreme Pontiff, motivated by an ardent desire to foster in Christians this devotion to
Divine Mercy as much as possible in the hope of offering great spiritual fruit to the faithful, in the
Audience granted on 13 June 2002, to those Responsible for the Apostolic Penitentiary, granted
the following Indulgences:
A plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic
communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second
Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely
detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held
in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved
in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful
Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!");
A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful
Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation.
For those who cannot go to church or the seriously ill
In addition, sailors working on the vast expanse of the sea; the countless brothers and sisters, whom
the disasters of war, political events, local violence and other such causes have been driven out of
their homeland; the sick and those who nurse them, and all who for a just cause cannot leave their
homes or who carry out an activity for the community which cannot be postponed, may obtain a
plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, if totally detesting any sin, as has been said before,
and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, will recite the
Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition,
pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you).
If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence
if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining
the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness
and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three
conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence.