inspiration, prayers, religion

Pope Francis has Arrived

papal visit

I can’t contain my excitement.  He is here!  Pope Francis is here!  Why is this such a big deal?  He is a man who is following exactly what Jesus asked of us.  All of us, Catholic and non-Catholic, should follow his example.  I am left speechless when I think of my admiration for him.  I thank God that we have been blessed to have him lead the Catholic Church.  I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I saw him up close.

What better prayer to be said for Pope Francis than The Prayer of Saint Francis.  I changed the words me and I to him and he.

Lord, make him an instrument of thy peace.  Where there is hatred, let him sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that he may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Please be by his side and guide him in his words.  Please keep him safe from harm and healthy.  Let your will be done Lord.

I would love to hear how he has touched your life.


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parenting, religion

An Update on Going to Mass

It has been a few weeks since I posted about my struggle with my children at mass so I thought I would write an update.

We have been a few times since.  One of those times my older son was an altar server which made it a little easier with the other two in the pew.

God heard my cries.  My middle child has improved a ton.  He sang out loud in church at one mass.  Another mass I heard him saying to himself, ‘”please be good, please be good.”

He has said how he loves mass.  My little one has been good for the most part too.
I have made sure to have my bag of tricks with me which I wanted to share with all of you.  I have a few books I bring that are religious based that they are allowed to read or look at during mass.  The books are; My Own Mass Booklet, Let’s Go to Mass by Aileen Urguhart and Living the 10 Commandments for Children by Rosemarie Gortler and Donna Piscitelli.

The only thing to keep in mind about ‘Let’s Go to Mass’ is that it was made before the changes to the mass.  That is why I like to bring along ‘My Own Mass Booklet’ which is up to date.  ‘Let’s Go to Mass’ is a color and wipe off book which can keep them busy esp my little one.  Never give up.  Always keep trying 🙂


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