Happy Friday!

Below are three more prayers for you on this Easter Friday. Feel free to print them out or use them however you want.

The Prayer for Peace has been drumming through my head all week, so I made sure to include it this week.

We’ve been blessed with much-needed rain all week, and I see a tiny sliver of sky between the clouds this morning! I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Love & prayers,
Megan


O Blessed Saint Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray and beseech thee, to offer to God the Father, His divine Son, bathed in blood on the cross for sinners, and through the thrice holy Name of Jesus obtain for us from the eternal Father the favor we implore…

Appease the Divine anger so justly inflamed by our crimes; beg of Jesus mercy for Thy children. Amid the splendors of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep; stay the almighty arm which smites us, that by thy prayers and those of your most holy Spouse the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

In Loving Memory

Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, You have overcome death for us. Through His burial and resurrection from the dead, You have made the grave a holy place and restored us to eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried with Him in the hope of rising again. God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in You on earth praise You forever in the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I 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 are recieve
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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I hope you had a lovely Easter!

Our Easter was so beautiful! We were not able to spend it with the whole family as we had planned – my little niece was in quarantine after being exposed – but it was still so wonderful!

True to form, I cried at Easter Vigil mass. When Truth hits home, it lets me know with tears. When those bells rang out during the Gloria, there was no going back. 

I realize not everyone is able to return to Mass yet. I’m so exited for your return! Love is in every part of the liturgy. The community of your parish is irreplaceable.

And now the season of sacraments is upon us. We have Divine Mercy Sunday coming up this week, and First Communions will be celebrated in many places. 

I can’t wait to hear your stories!

Love to all,
Megan


The precious blood and tears of Christ are memorialized on this crucifix with bold gold and silver imagery.

This beautiful crucifix is white glass with a pewter corpus. White glass makes this crucifix a lovely gift for Baptism, First Communions, or weddings. 

Due to the hand-craftmanship of each piece, each of these crucifixes are different – no 2 are alike. 

7 Inches tall, Gift boxed

Do you remember Hummel images? These little children are the artwork of Sr. Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F., a Franciscan sister and artist.

Each First Communion gift set includes a mass book, rosary, lapel pin, scapular and rosary case.

The cover of this white bible is so soft and comfortable in the hand you will never want to put it down. Bible is embossed with a single decade rosary on the back. Includes page-edge indexing, silver-gilded page edge and covered in bonded leather.

Features include:

New American Revised Edition

Presentation Page  

Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation 

Origin, Inspiration and History of the Bible 

156-page Encyclopedic Dictionary 

Three Year Cycle of Readings 

Celebration of the Eucharist 

The Succession of Popes

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Yesterday a dear friend reached out to me – maybe “lashed out” would be a better term. Her cousin – a young mother of 3 small girls – died quite suddenly at the young age of 42.  My friend, in her pain, told me “No offense to you and your faith, but this is how I know there isn’t one single all-caring God.”

I haven’t responded to her. I don’t know how. 

I’m not offended. I hurt for her hurt, and I hurt for her loss of faith.

At this point, all I can do is keep her in my prayers and love her anyway. Unconditionally. 

On Friday we begin the Divine Mercy novena. One of those days is dedicated to praying for those without faith. I hope you will participate in the novena. 

We are not all blessed with being able to see God’s grace at work in our lives, but opening ourselves to being open to Him pouring grace upon us is a beautiful first step to it.

Love to all,
Megan


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I cracked this book open a few weeks ago and I couldn’t put it down. Full disclosure: I’m forty years old, and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. 

This book spoke to me. For a long time I thought discernment was only for those considering holy orders. That’s simply not true. But that doesn’t take away the mystery of vocational discernment. 

This book does a beautiful job of walking the reader through discernment and hearing God’s voice.

This New American Revised Edition has a soft, burgundy cover, gilded gold pages, and is embossed with a single decade rosary on the back for you to pray along with. Inside it has a variety of additional resources to help further your understanding of Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Plus, the larger print makes it easier to delve into God’s word.

It would also make the perfect gift for catechumens or new members of the Church.

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$23.70 per set

This delightful set of six board books with colorful illustrations inspired by Sister M.I. Hummel feature life lessons for children ages 3-6, including when to pray, how to help others, being a good example and more. Ideal for teaching moments.

Each book is 16 pages long and perfect for parents and young readers. This box set provides parents with valuable teaching moments for their young child’s faith development and in their relationship with God and others. 

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Continuing our 3-week long tradition of sending you printable prayers, I picked the 3 below because we are so close to Holy Week.

The Act of Contrition
I know this one by heart -until I get in the confessional. And then I feel silly for not knowing the prayer that I’ve known forever. But let this also be a reminder to you to get to confession!

Beautiful Hands of a Priest
Holy Week is their Super Bowl after running a marathon after training a new puppy. It’s a lot of work for Priests. Please keep them in your prayers.

An Hour in Adoration
If you’ve never been, try it for 15 minutes. It’s so peaceful, it might just become the favorite part of your week.

Enjoy!

Love to all,
Megan


Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended You, and I detest
all my sins because of Your just
punishments, but most of all
because they offend You, my God,
Who are all good and deserving of
all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of
Your grace, to sin no more, and to
avoid the near occasions of sin.

Amen.

An Hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Four 15-minute Steps for Adoration

1. Recognize the Presense of God – Enter into His holy Presence with awe and love.
2. Thanksgiving – Praise and thank the Lord. Worship Him.
3. Reparation – Repent of and express sorrow for your sins and those of the whole world.
4. Petition – Ask for your own deeper conversion and personal needs, as well as for those around you and the whole world.

Dear Jesus, You have made Yourself present in the Blessed Sacrament because You thirst for me. O dear Lord, I also thirst for You. I want to be one with You. I bow down before You with faith, hope, and love, from the depths of my heart. I worship You.
Amen.

Beautiful Hands of a Priest Laminated Prayer Card

We need them in life’s early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek it while tasting life’s woes.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their
greatness; Their dignity stands alone.

When we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin
It’s the hand of a priest that absolve
us not once, but again and again.

And when we are taking life’s partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast
But the hands that will bless and unite us,
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress,
When can a poor sinner do better than
to ask Him to guide thee and bless?

When thehour of death comes upon us,
May our courage and strength be increased
By seeing raised over us in blessing
The beautiful hands of a priest!

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My husband ran into the grocery store to pick up a handful of things, and I waited for him in the car. 

A few spots down from me, a woman had just pulled up, and she had an enormous smile on her face. She was just beautiful!

It took me 2 days to figure out why I kept thinking about her, but I finally got it….

You could tell that she was comepletely herself. There was no one else in the car with her, so it wasn’t a smile out of obligation or social norm. It was a true-blue, from the bottom of her soul, smile.

As I age I certainly have gotten better at just being myself, but I don’t know that I’ll ever outgrow ALL sense of self-consciousness. Perhaps wanting to be a considerate person comes with the extra baggage of being concerned with how one makes other people feel.

So how often, then, do we get to see unabashed, unfiltered, and untainted pure joy on the faces of those around us?

I am so grateful I got that tiny glimpse into that stranger’s life. 

And when we open our hearts to God in prayer, how can we bring that same openess?

Love to all,
Megan


In a few days the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will be administered in parishes everywhere.

Easter Vigil Mass has always been one of my favorites. It’s so beautiful and holy. We are always in Rochester MN at my sister’s for Easter (except for last year) and this year it’s going to be even more meaningful because this will be the first time our family has been together for well over a year. 

What does that have to do with this cross? I don’t know… It’s just what came to mind when I looked at it. We had a few come in from our vendor today, and I almost cried – I’m that excited!

I love this interpretation of St. Joseph taking the Child Jesus by the hand. It’s so tender and sweet.

Whether these are St. Francis’ words or not, they still give me hope and guidance. Perfect for keeping in the visor of your car.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I 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 are recieve
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Last week I sent out a collection of Divine Mercy prayers for you to print and enjoy. It went over really well! The response was enormous, so I thought I’d send out another batch.

I choose the prayers below because of the season we are in, and a few just have a personal meaning for me.

Once again I included the full prayer in case you simply want to print them out.

Enjoy!

Love to all,
Megan


Splinters from the Cross

Little headaches, little headaches
Little griefs of every day,
Little trials and vexations,
How they throng around our way!
One great cross, immense and heavy,
So it seems to our weak will,
Micht be borne with resignation,
But these many small ones kill,
Yet all life is formed of small things,
Little leaves, make up the trees,
Many tiny drops of water
Bending, making the mighty seas.
Let us not then by impatience
Mar the bewauty of the whole,
But for love of Jesus bear all
In the silence of our soul.
Asking Him for grace sufficient
To sustain us through each loss,
And to treasure each small offering
As a splinter from His Cross.

O Mother of Sorrows, by the anguish and love with which thou didst stand at the Cross of Jesus, stand by me in my last agony.
 

To thy maternal heart I commend the last three hours of my life. Offer these hours to the Eternal Father in union with the agony of our dearest Lord in atonement for my sins. Offer to the Eternal Father the most Precious Blood of Jesus, mingled with your tears on Calvary, that I may obtain the grace of receiving Holy Communion with the most perfect love and contrition before my death, and that I may breathe forth my soul in the adorable presence of Jesus.
 

Dearest Mother, when the moment of my death has at length come, present me as your child to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive me for having offended Him for I know not what I did. Beg Him to receive me into His Kingdom of glory to be united with Him forever. Amen.

Prayer to St. Roch

Dear Medicant Pilgrim, you once took care of sufferers from the plague and were always ready to help others by kind service and fervent prayers. You yourself had no home and you died in a dungeon. No wonder countless invalids have confidently invoked your help. Please grant a cure to (name of sufferer), and help us all become spiritually healthy. Amen.

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Do you look forward to your prayer time?

For years and years – decades – I thought prayer was SUPPOSED to be boring. It had to be formal and full of not only BIG words, but the RIGHT words.

There were correct ways to pray and that was a short list.

In Catholic school we would stand and face the cross when we started our day, left for recess, left for lunch, came back from lunch and at the end of the day. 

And we had to memorize so many prayers. I don’t know that I even paid attention to the content of the acts of Faith, Hope, and Love. I just didn’t want to disappoint Sr. Armella (she was so loveable!)

But the prayers were a chore. I don’t think God wants our conversations to be a chore – a thing to check off my to-do list.

What if we were to turn our favorite things into a prayer? What if the act of doing things well, of using our gifts to make the world a better place in our own little way, was a prayer?

Planting and tending a garden can be a prayer.

Smiling at the barista in the drivethru can be a prayer.

Doing you daily work – and doing it well – can be a prayer.

…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

This morning I invite to to make an intention of what you would like to do well today, and offer it to God. 

Love to all,
Megan


This book lays out a 33 day retreat to prepare yourself for consecration to St. Joseph. If you would like to consecrate yourself on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, March 30 is the appropriate starting date. 

This new book has been flying out the door. 

When feelings of frustration, anger, or hurt bubble up in your daily life, this Saint Francis of Assisi necklace reminds you to breathe and become peaceful. Let St. Francis help you de-stress as you turn your actions and thoughts towards those of peace.

This necklace has a modest but elegant look. The St. Francis medal is thick and substantive, as is the “Peace” tag and rhinstone setting.

Comes carded with a burlap branded bag. Miriam Hahn Designs.

Our Lady of Grace lightweight & durable Vinyl Polyresin Statue. Can be used indoor/outdoor.

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As we get closer to Easter, we get closer to the season of Divine Mercy.  I wanted to share some of the Divine Mercy prayers with you so…

…below are four Divine Mercy prayer cards with the full prayers they contain typed out so that you can simply print this email if you prefer.

Love to all,

Megan


The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
(for private recitation on ordinary rosary beads)

Our Father…, Hail Mary…,
The Apostles’ Creed.

Then, on the “Our Father Beads” you will say the following words:

Eternal Father, I offer You
the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for 
our sings and those of the whole world.

On the “Hail Mary Beads” you will say the following words:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

In conclusion Three Times you will recite these words:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy
Immortal One, have mercy on us and
on the whole world.

(From the Diary of the Servant of God St Faustina – note Book I, p 197)
Imprimatur: + Joseph F. Maguire
November 17, 1979  Bishop of Springfield, Mass.


Trust
I want the whole world to know my infinite mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to who trust in my mercy. (Diary, 687)  

I fly to Your mercy, Compassionate God, who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your mercy because You are the God of mercy and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed.

O God of compassion, You alone can justify me and You will never reject me when I, contrite, approach Your Merciful Heart, where no one has ever been refused, even if he were the greatest sinner. For Your Son assured me: “Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than My mercy fail to embrace a trusting soul”.


You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life
gushed forth for souls and an ocean of
mercy opened up for the whole world. 

O Fountain of Life, 
unfathomable Divine Mercy, 
envelop the whole world and empty
Yourself out upon us. 

O Blood and Water, 
which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus 
as a fountain of mercy for us, 
I trust in You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One,

Holy Immortal One,
Have Mercy on us and ont the whole world.
(3 times)

JESUS, King of mercy, I trust in You!

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I remember the first time I was introduced to Divine Mercy. I went to what I thought was the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. It wasn’t even at my home parish.

Instead of “just” the stations, them music ministry led us in singing the Divine Mercy chaplet before the stations began. 

Now I had SEEN the image of the Divine Mercy, and had heard of it, but never thought much of it… honestly maybe I had felt a little overwhelmed because I was already feeling like I didn’t know enough about all the other devotions.

But the novena was touching. I stirred something in me.

I even created a playlist so I could listen to the Divine Mercy chaplet being sung while I mowed the lawn. 

I went and found Divine Mercy Explained. – a very short, clear explanation of Divine Mercy, it’s meaning, the prayers, novena and chaplet.

If you’ve never dug into the meaning behind Divine Mercy, perhaps this is the year that you do. The Novena begins on Good Friday and I invite you to pray it with me this year. 

I hope it helps your heart feel the love of Christ the way it did for me.

Love to all,
Megan


This small booklet by Father Michael Gaitley, author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and Consoling the Heart of Jesus gives you a brief but comprehensive introduction to Divine Mercy including, its history and context, the essential elements of the devotion, and how you can live this profound and beautiful message. 

It also includes two bonus appendices: Valuable Divine Mercy prayers and Divine Mercy wisdom from Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

This book has everything you need to know about this important message and devotion. 

Ready for your frame or poster display, this 8 x 10 color image of The Divine Mercy is printed on heavy heavy weight, glossy paper.

8 inches by 10 inches 

Here is hope for those of us who have ever wondered, “How could God possibly love me?”
 
Written by Felix Carroll, Loved, Lost, Found profiles 17 everyday people who discover God’s extraordinary mercy. They include a former abortionist, a blind atheist, an unfaithful husband, a former cult member, a rape victim, a prisoner, and a survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash, among others. This book illustrates how Jesus shows mercy to prodigals.

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The publisher has caught up to demand!

These St. Joseph Consecration books have been generated a lot of phone calls. We now have a shipment that just came in and they’re ready to go right back out the door to you.

The date to start your 33 day study (which this book guides you through) is March 30. Your consecration day would be on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. 

From the publsher:

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?

What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance.

If you have already consecrated yourself to the Virgin Mary, can you be consecrated to St. Joseph, as well?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” God desires that all children be committed to the care of a mother and a father. You are not a member of a single-parent spiritual family. Mary is your spiritual mother, and St. Joseph is your spiritual father. The spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph is extremely important for your spiritual growth. Total consecration to Mary is not diminished by total consecration to St. Joseph. Mary wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Jesus wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Everything you have given to Jesus and Mary can also be given to St. Joseph. The hearts of Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph are one.

Program Overview

Consecration to St. Joseph emulates the tried-and-true preparation method employed by St. Louis de Montfort in his Marian consecration, highlighting many of St. Joseph’s titles, privileges, and heroic virtues.

The program of preparation and consecration takes 33 days.

It can be undertaken on your own or in a group.

How to make your consecration as an individual

  • Choose a consecration date. (See Consecration Chart here.)
     
  • It’s recommended to choose a day that coincides with a liturgical feast of St. Joseph. Your consecration date is day 33 of the program.
     
  • You’ll spend about 20-30 minutes a day on a short exposition on one of the invocations in the powerful Litany of St. Joseph, followed by a reading on St. Joseph, concluding with the recitation of the Litany of St. Joseph.
     
  • If you miss a day, just make it up and continue your preparation.
     
  • On the day of your consecration, feel free to use whichever act of consecration you like best; you can also make up your own, if you like.
     

Group Program

  • In the book, you will find instructions on how to make the preparation and consecration as a group. Group meetings should last about 90-120 minutes.
     
  • Speak with your pastor and/or your director of religious education to determine how to proceed.
     
  • Once you’ve chosen a consecration date and advertised, everything you need for the weekly group meetings is provided in the book, including discussion questions for each meeting.
     
  • When doing the preparation and consecration as a group, recite the same consecration prayer together.

Love to all,
Megan


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