Saint O’the Day: St. Juan Diego (Dec. 9th)

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I particularly like this prayer found at the USCCB website.

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I’m using the beginning of my class tomorrow to show Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December 2016:

And I’ll support Pope Francis’ prayer by introducing my students to the statistics and the work down by this organization – War Child

Saint O’the Day: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8th)

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NOTE: I chose the dates and the location on the map, to reflect when and where this dogma was formally initiated.

Marian Video and Mother’s Day Prayers

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and May is traditionally the month for special remembrance of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

So, today I played for my students this excellent, brief video from Busted Halo:

 

And we prayed this wonderful prayer posted at the resource-rich Creighton University On-Line Ministries page:

Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me.

Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged.

Most of all, Lord, on this Mother’s Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever.