“..they abandoned their nets and followed Him…”

Harold Copping, Call of Andrew and Peter

Happy First Day of Ordinary Time! While we might think of Jan. 1 as the first day of the year, as Catholics today can be seen the first day of the year as we enter into ordinary time with Mark’s telling of the call of Simon, Andrew, James and John (Mk. 1:14-20).

I like to think of how it would sound to add my own name, Rachel, to that list; and then Matthew and each of my children and then my family, my friends, and maybe you?

I’m not a fisherman, and He is asking me to remain at the work of my marriage, my family, and other work such as this. But, I want everything I do to be a result of the reality that I follow Him.

Consecration to Mary could start tonight!

Fra Angelica, wikicommons

Forgive me for this last minute reminder but this article from the Nat’l Catholic Register reminded me:

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/bishop-keenan-marian-consecration

The article says in part,

The 33-day consecration begins Jan. 9 and ends Feb. 11, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.

“Our Lady of Lourdes is special in our diocese,” Bishop Keenan explained. “Every year we make an annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes to consecrate the diocesan work to Our Lady there. Because of the pandemic we can’t do it this year.”

“I see this as going to Lourdes as we would do each year and consecrating our work for Jesus through her.” There is need for a lot of physical healing, “and to pray for our deliverance from this pandemic. And also spiritual healing for the world feels anxious.”

An act of consecration does not need to be complicated and realizing you may not have the resources mentioned in the article or a specific book, you could easily just do the Prayer of St. Maximillian Kolbe for your evening prayers (which is my family’s choice):

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/prayers/marian-prayers/consecration-prayer-to-mary

We have done consecrations before but this moment in time seems to need a reminder as Bishop Keenan says.

(Audible.com even has St. Louis de Monfort’s Consecration available on-line and they have a free trial offer!)

Happy New Year! Find a ‘new’ patron saint!

Etsy Shop: MrsTorresCreates

On the eve of Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, I want to extend my prayers for you and your family and your intentions for a blessed and safe 2021.

If your family does not already have the tradition of selecting a patron saint for the year may I suggest Jennifer Fulwiler’s Patron Saint generator:

https://saintsnamegenerator.com/

She also has a ‘word’ generator if you are inspired by that idea:

May 2021 be a better year for all of us!

(The image above comes from one of my favorite etsy shops: MrsTorresCreates. My own saint family includes St. Clare, St. Francis and St. Nicholas. Maddie is very generous in adding favorite quotes as well. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsTorresCreates?ref=usf_2020 )

Thank You for your prayers!

I am the living embodiment of the old phrase, “Adding insult to injury!”

For those who might not know, I fell in my yard recently and ended up with a series of micro-fractures to my upper humerus (which is NOT at all humorous!). I will be wearing a stylish, black sling until Thanksgiving at which point we will assess any lingering damage, see about physical therapy, etc.

While I was quick to blame my MS, the ER doctor reassured me that ‘anyone with feet risks a fall’, but still……

However, there really is so much to be grateful for as it was my right arm, and I am left handed, I fell on soft ground and not concrete and the leaves and sticks in my hair was, according to my lovely husband, a ‘good look’!

I appreciate everyone’s prayers as my mood remains optimistic (for the most part) and I regularly remind myself that if Jesus endured the cross for me, I can endure this.

Thank you all, again and I’ll keep you posted as best as I can.

JP II Novena Day 7 – Music Edition

I am showing my age when I tell you of my fondness for the music of John Michael Talbot. Anyone of a certain age will know his name, his wonderful voice and amazing guitar skills. Today, I want to share a favorite song of his from my days in college at Franciscan University…way back when…..

If you are new to his music, I hope you find another source of wonderful, Catholic music to fill your soul. If you are an ‘old’ fan as I am, I hope this makes you smile –

JPII Novena Days 4 & 5

I’m sure you didn’t miss me but I felt a bit of guilt about not posting yesterdy, but I was busy taping a talk for https://smartcatholics.com/ .

I am not yet comfortable with these and am so grateful and honored to be a part of this exciting apostolate. There are more choices to find great Catholic content than ever before – one of the small blessings that have come from quarantine and the pandemic.

They are working on a Modern Saint series and I did a short piece on St. Teresa Benedicta, our dear Edith Stein who is our patron for wisdom from Wreath III.

It is poignant to think both St. Teresa and St. John Paul II endured under Nazism.

There is a wonderful piece about St. John Paul II from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – https://www.ushmm.org/information/press/in-memoriam/pope-john-paul-ii-1920-2005

It is vitally important that we do not allow these battles in our history become forgotten.

JPII Novena Day 3

As a part of our recent on-line party, we ‘watched’ this short cartoon on the life of St. John Paul II, originally aired on EWTN, during our ‘lunch break’.

For lunch at the Watkins’ house we had an easy lunch of perorgies and sausage and this ‘easier than it looks to make’ dessert. I’ve never worked pastry dough (too scared) but the store bought made this easy-peasy. The story about its name is also a nice reflection on the childhood of St. John Paul II. Enjoy!

https://www.thespruceeats.com/polish-papal-cream-cake-recipe-1136954