A Blessing with St Pio’s Glove

When I went to Medjugorie last month, we made a side trip to San Giovanni Rotundo. One of the ladies I was travelling with knew how to get a blessing with St Pio’s glove. She had made an appointment EARLY in the morning of the day we were to leave. Initially, since I was driving the car, I was just going to drop her off and wait while she ran in to receive her blessing since parking is a nightmare and we were in a hurry. Also, his glove had come me TWICE already in the two months prior to… Continue Reading

Prayer, by reason of its nature

Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is…   a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one’s spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory.  … Continue Reading

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St. Teresa of Avila

My favorite saint, St. Teresa of Avila, doctor of the church, 1515-1582 has her feast day today, Oct. 15. Charming, witty, determined, candid, outspoken, passionate (sounds like a New Yorker, no wonder I feel an affinity toward her), she experienced mystical visions and miraculous events, but she also talked with God in an almost conversational tone, frankly speaking her mind on everything. Her “Bookmark” is one of the most famous prayers written EVER. We don’t even know for SURE if she is the one who wrote it, but we DO know that it was found written on a bookmark that… Continue Reading

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St. Therese’s Song

My second favorite saint (my most favorite is also this month), St. Therese of Lisioux, doctor of the church, 1873-1897 has her feast day, Oct. 1. She became a saint not by performing great miracles but by doing little things with great love – putting up with frustrating companions, obeying superiors, finishing the laundry. So ordinary did she appear, some of the sisters in her convent were completely unaware of her remarkable prayer life until after her death. Some even thought she wasn’t special at all. She wrote this prayer: My life is an instant, a fleeting hour. My life… Continue Reading

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Calcutta Vegetarian Meal for Mother Teresa’s Poor

I know it’s not Lent, but it IS Friday after celebrating the glorious canonization of the great “Saint of the Gutters”, Mother Teresa. Consider making this typical dinner with which she used to feed the poorest of the poor in Calcutta/Kolkata. It actually looks pretty good and I bet my kids will even eat it. BONUS: The spice turmeric is even a POWERHOUSE for fighting cancer. God is so good! Donna www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.htm ______________________________________________ Here’s a suggested menu, and the simple recipe for the cooked main dish. (I understand that at one stage the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity were… Continue Reading

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Oldest Existing and MIRACULOUS Scapulars

Two great founders of Religious Orders, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, and Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Both wore her Brown Scapular. When they died, each was buried in his priestly vestments and scapular. Several years later, their graves were opened: the bodies and sacred vestments in which they were buried were reduced to dust, but the Brown Scapular that each was wearing was perfectly intact. The Scapular of Saint Alphonsus is on display in his monastery in Rome; that of Saint John Bosco is… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine Confounds the Demon

Cool story. I especially like the picture depicting that a demon speaks out of his ass. I love a gutsy artist! Once, when St Augustine was reading, he saw a demon pass before him carrying a book on its shoulders. He at once commanded it to show him what lay written therein. And the demon said that the sins of men were written therein, which it had gathered from all parts and put down in it. The saint ordered the demon to let him read the book, to see if any of his own sins were written down in it.… Continue Reading

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Morning Glory

Usually when 3 people tell me I should do the same thing, I take it as a hint from God.  But 10 PEOPLE?!?!?   So many are telling me that I need to read Michael E. Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration.”   I hesitated at first because as many of you know, I had already made my consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort 18 years ago.  I also joined Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia Immaculata and on his feast day (the day before the feast of the Assumption)… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine

St Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), who’s feast day is today, was born in Thagaste in Africa of a Berber family. He was brought up a Christian but left the Church and embraced the Manichaean heresy, later seeing how nonsensical it was and becoming a Neoplatonist instead. He led a wild and dissolute youth. He took a concubine by whom he had a son, Adeodatus. He had a brilliant legal and acedemic career. At length, through the prayers of his mother, and the teaching of St Ambrose of Milan, he was converted back to Christanity. He was baptized in… Continue Reading

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I Die Because I Do Not Die – St. Teresa of Avila

Does anybody else feel this way? This is where I’m at with Teresa of Avila…. I DIE BECAUSE I DO NOT DIE I live without living in myself, And in such a way, I hope, I die because I do not die. Since I die of love, Living apart from love, I live now in the Lord, Who has desired me for Himself. He inscribed on my heart When I gave it to Him: I die because I do not die… Ah, how bitter a life When the Lord is not enjoyed! While love is sweet, Long awaiting is not.… Continue Reading