Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The feast of our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows with seven arrows piercing her
Pic Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

On September 15th, the Holy Catholic Church celebrates the feast of our Lady of Sorrows. The title “Lady of Sorrows” is given to our Blessed Mother Mary, which focuses on the intense sufferings and trials she had endured, especially from the moment of the Birth of our Lord Jesus. This feast honors the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) that Mother Mary that she endured which were: 
    1. The Prophecy of Simeon 
    2. The Flight to Egypt 
    3. Search for the Child Jesus in Jerusalem 
    4. Mother Mary Meets Jesus Carrying His Cross 
    5. The Crucifixion of Jesus 
    6. Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross 
    7. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb 


What do we learn about our Blessed Mother during this feast? 

Our Blessed Mother’s sorrow exceeds anyone else’s because she is the Mother of Jesus, who was not only Her Son, but Her Lord and Savior; she truly suffered with Her Son. She teaches us how to respond to suffering; our Blessed Mother received the suffering with courage, love, and trust in the Lord. In these moments, she was still saying “Yes” to God’s will, just as how she said “Yes” during Annunciation. Even in the midst of suffering, she knew that God had a greater plan, she knew the suffering of our Lord Jesus is the plan of salvation of all souls; she held onto great hope, knowing God will give His goodness. We do see His goodness; our Lord Jesus has risen from the dead, defeating sin and death! 


Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady

The Church meditates on these Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother Mary through the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady. 


Our Blessed Mother revealed to St. Bridget of Sweden of seven promises that will be fulfilled in souls to those who pray and meditate on Her tears and sorrows daily wholeheartedly. These are: 

  • I will grant peace to their families. 

  • They will be enlightened about the divine Mysteries. 

  • I will console them in their pains and will accompany them in their work. 

  • I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls. 

  • I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy, and I will protect them at every instant of their lives. 

  • I will visibly help them at the moment of their death; they will see the face of their Mother. 

  • I have obtained this grace from my divine Son: that those who propagate this devotion to My tears and sorrows will be taken from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven, and My Son will be their eternal consolation and joy. 


I invite you to pray with your families this Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady daily! 


Here are the instructions on how to pray this rosary: 

Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of our Lady 


By Tina Makkanal


Sunday, September 6, 2020

Do you want your child to be Spiritually healthy?

 đź‘‰remember to give them Spiritual supplements 



Tips to avoid spiritual malnutrition and improve spiritual fitness 


Family of four in the kitchen
1. Oxygenate them with Prayer 

2. Water them with love 

3. Feed them with word of God 

4. Nourish them with sacraments 

5. Protect them with the precious blood 

6. Cover them with mantle of mother Mary 

7. Cherish them with gratitude 

By Sheena Roy, TX

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Doing a Matthew 2020

Matthew 20.20

Mother knows best, isn’t it?
In this Scripture verse we see how a mother pleads her children’s case to Jesus. She definitely did not understand the seriousness of her own request and Jesus confirms this in His response to her. But we learn later that James is the first to be martyred among the Apostles and John was the Apostle who received all the visions in the Book of Revelation and is often nicknamed as the 'Apostle of Love'. Among the three apostles whom Jesus often called and took along with Him, two were the sons of this poor mother. 

What did this mother do right?
Many a times when praying for my children, I often wonder if I’m asking for the right things. It was one such occasion when I happened to open my Bible to Matthew 20:20. When meditating on this verse, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me that what I ask for my children isn’t significant. Rather the only one thing that is needed is that I should kneel before my God everyday for my children. 

Mom kneeling and praying in church


I have begun to call this posture a Matthew 20:20. Not just for their own children, but may the Lord Jesus give every mother the burden in their heart to bend their knees in the grace of Matthew 20:20 for all children.  

By Shikha Jose, WA

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Plugged In

Parents and a young boy watching TV

This online resource for families brings reviews of the content kids are exposed to via movies, videos, music, TV, games and appsPlugged In looks at content through a biblical worldview filter, keeping families—especially those with children in the home—ultimately in mind. 


Check out https://www.pluggedin.com/

Friday, July 31, 2020

Value the gift of our children

Parents holding their child's hand

Married couples always long to have children of their own. Children are blessings that make married life meaningful and fruitful. 



Receiving gifts, awards and recognition from world renowned leaders always make it to the headlines and becomes unique memories of our life time. So how much more valuable are the precious lives of our children whom we received from the very own hands of our Heavenly Father? Yes, the Lord has entrusted them to us for the span of their earthly life, to return to Him when asked of us. 

Pope Francis says 
"Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances"

Prayer

Lord Jesus thank you for the gift of our beautiful children. We receive it from your very own hands. Thank you for trusting us to raise your children as our very own. Lord, grant us wisdom to raise them, love them and guide them especially in times of trials. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.

By Greena Pallithanam, OH