Faith, Marian

The Beautiful Heart of Our Mother

On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius Xll consecrated the Church and the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Two years later, on May 4, 1944, the same Pope instituted the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In his Encyclical on the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pope Pius stated:     In order that favors may flow in greater abundance on all Christians, even on the whole human race, from devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let the faithful see to it that this devotion, that of the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God is closely joined..It is, then, entirely fitting that the Christian people, after they have paid their debt of honor to the most loving Heart of Jesus, should also offer to the most loving heart of their heavenly Mother the corresponding acts of piety, affection, gratitude, and expiation.   Taken from “True Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by Father Robert J. FoxTrnava -  Heart of Virgin Mary paint in Jeusits church

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Mom-ism Monday

Celebrating ‘Mom-isms!’

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Driving Schuelke Style
The Greatest of These is Love

 

 #Worth Revisiting Wednesday

Monday, June 16, 2014

Celebrating “Mom-isms!”

My Mommy Moments
Hi my name is Tami and I am the mother of seven children Megan 21,Nicholas 18, Alexandra 17, Zachary 15, Emily 13, Joshua 11, and my baby Anthony is 8. All live at home and I home-school 5 now. I am so excited to celebrate my mommy moments with other moms and I look at this as a challenge to me. A challenge which I embrace and place in the Hands of God. Motherhood has always been such a blessing to me and being a mother is all I ever wanted. I have had my share of difficulties and too be honest it is not easy being a mom. Time goes by way too fast and before you know it your baby is 21 and I just want to hold on to all them for a little while longer. Why do I consider this a challenge:
1) I daily fight a rare form of stomach cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach 4 yrs ago. Within a week I had 80% of my stomach removed. Motherhood and the way I mother has forever changed since then. The day the Dr. told me I had cancer I dropped to my knees in prayer. Prayer filled with fear and many tears. My first thought was have I mothered my children the way God willed for me. Did I reflect the love that I have for my faith to them in my daily actions. Was I too lax in discipline. Did I instruct them on the teachings of our Catholic Faith so they would know their faith and share it with others. Do they know how much I love them and more importantly how much Jesus and Mary love them. So many thoughts, so little time. Please God my children need me let me live.
2) Jesus heard my prayer and the prayers of others. He is leading me and my family down a path we did not choose.  I don’t feel much like a mother, some days are spent in so much pain and fatigue. I am not able to be as active as I once was. This has been so hard and I don’t feel likea mother. After all my children need me the way I was-not as I am now. Jesus thinks differently as do my children. I am alive, I may not be healthy but life is a gift and Jesus holds me in His hands as well as my children.

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3) Saturday June 7th my son Nicholas had his graduation party. My son graduated and he thanked me for homeschooling him, even when I was sick. He wants to be a youth minister and is involved in a Bible study this summer for youth. Megan had her first article printed in the local Catholic paper. It was based on the book that she recently had published, called “The Greatest of these is Love.”  Alexandra attented DWeek a 4 day retreat where the youth go to daily mass and Adoration. She wants to be a Missionary of Charity. My daughter wants to be a nun. Wow! Thank you Jesus!
In all this am I a mother? Yes! Somewhere along the way I got lost in what I should be as a mother not what God wanted of me as mother. When we live outside of Gods will for our lives we fail, we fall, we forget why we are mothers. We are mothers called to raise saints for Jesus. The Blessed Mother will lead us if we allow Her too. As mothers we are called to assist each other and aid one another in our vocations as mothers.

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Come Holy Spirit, Grant me the Spirit of Piety,

michelangelos-pieta-zblizenie“That I may find the service of God sweet and amiable”
Service to God simply means to submit to Gods will for you at all times. That sounds easy enough you may be  thinking, but is it?  As a mother of seven children fulfilling Gods will is hard work and it is made more difficult if I am lacking the Gift of Piety. What does piety mean and why is it one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Pope Francis tells us that the gift of piety comes from within. It is a relation lived with the heart: it is a friendship with God, given us by Jesus; a friendship that changes our lives and fills us with enthusiasm and joy.
During the last four years I have been fighting a rare form of cancer. This walk with cancer has deepened my prayer life. My life, united with Jesus has made me more aware that my life is completely in the hands of my Loving Father in heaven. That nothing happens to me without His consent. I now know that without God I am nothing. Through the sacrament of baptism we become His children and He is our father. As a child loves his father we too love God and this love for God impels us to please Him in all things. For me that is to

imagesfulfill my vocation as wife and mother as perfectly as I can. When  we allow our souls to be guided by the Spirit of Piety we are enabled to promptly and with ease to fulfill our daily obligations.For example, when I have to get up in the middle of the night with my child I can do so with joy and love  and offer up to Jesus the loss of sleep for the salvation of souls. The gift of piety aids all those who battle  illness, it helps us to be more kind and to turn to prayer when we are scared or discouraged. Piety shows forth in all our actions. It speaks to the world that we are Christians.  It helps us treat others who may irritate us,with kindness or a smile. Why is this. Love. When piety touches love it activates the virtues  and we begin to live for Jesus with joy and gratitude, we are saints in the making.
The Blessed Mother models piety as she holds her Son, her Baby, Her God on her lap after He was taken down from the cross.           As one gazes on the “Pieta” you see a Mother  filled with sorrow as she holds her son. She is filled with sorrow but not overcome by sorrow. Her heart is breaking and  tears fall but she is in control of all her emotions as always. Piety was perfected in the Blessed Mother because she gave her “Fiat” to God. That one word was uttered out of Love and it brought her all the way to Calvary alongside Her Son Jesus. Let us pray for the gift of piety daily so we can give our “Fiat” to Jesus in whatever He may ask of us. Let us pray that we can be more like Jesus who fulfilled the will of his Father in all things even when he uttered the words “Not my will, but yours be done’ in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Let us pray together; Come Holy Spirit and breath upon us Your spirit of Piety and fill our hearts with the spirit of filial love.

“Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

 

 

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