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December 8th is the feast of The Immaculate Conception. join me in praying this Novena! From Pray More Novenas dot com:

Peace be with you!

Today is the first day of the Immaculate Conception Novena!

It’s time to pray!

I’m looking forward to seeing the things that God does through this novena. We should all do our best to be open to God’s will and looking for Him even more during this novena.

One of the great things about praying a novena this way is all of the prayer partners you get!

There are about 32,000 people who are joining you and me in praying the Immaculate Conception Novena!

Don’t forget to post your intentions and read and pray for the intentions of the whole community.

Today, I’d like to ask you to pray for all those in need.

Many people suffer material poverty and go un-noticed and un-cared for. Please pray that not only will God provide for them, but that we will provide for them and not take anything for granted in our own lives.

Here are the novena prayers for today:

Day 1 – Immaculate Conception Novena Prayers

O most pure Virgin Mary conceived without sin, from the very first instant, you were entirely immaculate. O glorious Mary full of grace, you are the mother of my God – the Queen of Angels and of men. I humbly venerate you as the chosen mother of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Prince of Peace and the Lord of Lords chose you for the singular grace and honor of being his beloved mother. By the power of his Cross, he preserved you from all sin. Therefore, by His power and love, I have hope and bold confidence in your prayers for my holiness and salvation.

I pray first of all that you would make me worthy to call you my mother and your Son, Jesus, my Lord.

I pray that your prayers will bring me to imitate your holiness and submission to Jesus and the Divine Will.

Hail Mary…

Now, Queen of Heaven, I beg you to beg my Savior to grant me these requests…

(Mention your intentions)

My holy Mother, I know that you were obedient to the will of God. In making this petition, I know that God’s will is more perfect than mine. So, grant that I may receive God’s grace with humility like you.

As my final request, I ask that you pray for me to increase in faith in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in hope in our risen Lord; I ask that you pray for me to increase in love for the risen Jesus!

Hail Mary…

Amen.

Thank you for joining me and thousands of others in praying this Immaculate Conception Novena.

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I am not afraid to say that I really believe God speaks to us through signs and through other people.  The key is you have to be spiritually aware, always listening and have a keen ear and the faith to understand it’s from HIM.

There have been many signs that have told me my mom is OK.  Tons of gardenias – more than I’ve ever seen blooming when they should be pretty much done, her roses still in bloom, certain smells that I’m smelling when I shouldn’t be, sounds I hear when I shouldn’t be.  One of three Christmas Cacti having only ONE bloom on it.  One amazing bloom when they have hardly EVER bloomed.  My mom loved to see the deer in our neighborhood.  She was amazed by their beauty and she’d always get up from her chair and scurry to see them when I told her they were out.  This year I have NEVER seen so many deer in our yard and in the grave yard across from us.  The other morning before Mass there were 6 of them in the cemetary at 8 am.  This was on Thursday morning before we left for Mass – The Immaculate Conception and mass for my mom.  Then last night one with antlers was just staring at me – he was in the street just as calm as could be looking at me.  You get the picture.

On October 31 – All Hallow’s Eve, I was at the cemetary.  I was sitting there for a while – really struggling, talking to mom and just spending time with her.  October 30 was my birthday and it was a horribly tough day.  Mom’s stone had not been put in yet and there were summer flowers in the vase they gave us temporarily.  I hated the fact that the stone wasn’t there – there had been a delay and I was wondering when it would be in.  I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and create a Fall bouquet for her.  I was gone for about 45 minutes.  When I pulled into the cemetary there was a small tractor pulling away from the area where mom is.  I pulled up, got out of my car and her stone had been installed when I was away.  I was beside myself.  I cried and cried and cried.  What are the odds I’d go there, decide to leave for a while and when I returned the stone would be in?  A gift from my mom.

We had a bird for many, many years.  His name was Charlie.  Charlie talked and loved to ring his bell.  The Friday after the mass for the Immaculate Conception, I had Jackson outside at around 7 am.  I brought him back in the house and hung my coat up.  I heard Charlie’s bell as plain as day.  However, what you do not know is that we gave Charlie away a week prior.  His cage, his stuff and his bell were outside awaiting the garbage man.  There was no bell in this house to be rung.  There was no Charlie in this house to ring his bell.  My mom’s favorite movie was “Its a Wonderful Life.”  It is just like her to ring that bell for me as a sign.  She knew I’d “get it.”  Needless to say I was pretty amazed and very weepy.  An angel got her wings.  I believe that with every fiber of my being.

Then Saturday morning I was on Facebook.  I never use the chat feature.  I always keep it off but for some reason it always gets turned back on.  My Uncle Les’s daughter Alicia chatted “Call me when you get a chance, I have something to tell you about your mom.”  I called.  She began to tell me that her son (3 yrs. old) A.J. was having lunch with my Uncle Friday afternoon.  He looked at his grandpa and said “Poppa, your sister is in Heaven!”  Keep in mind, A.J. is only just 3.  He doesn’t know the relationship between my uncle and my mom.  He just out of the blue tells my uncle this.  He had my uncle crying.  Alicia decided to question A.J. about this.  So Saturday morning she asked him, “A.J. how do you know Aunt Kathy is in heaven?”  He replied, “I saw her Momma.  She just made it.”  Out of the mouths of babes.  A.J. knows nothing about our belief in Purgatory.  “She just made it?”  OMG!  And it is just like my mom to come to visit A.J.  She loved that little boy so much.  She never met him but she loved him dearly.  I think she loved him most because of the joy he gave her brother.  Who else to let know that she was in heaven?  A child that is too young to really “get it.”  A child who would not be doubted.  A child who was spiritually open and has that faith that we all should have.  Be like little children.  Jesus loves the little children!  What a blessing!  Merry Christmas everyone!

The Most Important Person On Earth

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Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  The belief Catholics have that Mary our Mother, the Mother of God was conceived without Original Sin and remained sinless forever.  Would God have chosen an ordinary person stained with sin and with blemish to be the tabernacle for his Son?  Absolutely not.  So, today we celebrate Her.  Today’s 9 am mass was also offered for my amazing mother.  It was absolutely beautiful.  This picture below is an oldie but goodie.  It’s one of the most favorite pictures that I have and I treasure it.  Even though you can barely see her on the right, there’s our mom just looking down on all of us with love – content having us together and watching her 3 hearts sleep.  She loved us so much and we loved her immeasurably!  We really miss you mom!A month after mom died, I went into our local Catholic Bookstore.  I was very weepy that day and could barely speak.  The owner of the shop is a sweet woman who knew us.  I was suffering and she gave me a holy card.  She put it in the bag with the other things I purchased.  Until recently I could not bring myself to read the card.  It’s so wonderful I wanted to share it with all of you:

The Most Important Person on Earth

THE most important person on earth is a mother.  She can not claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral.  She need not.  She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body.  “The angels have not been blessed with such a grace.  They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven.  Only a human mother can.  Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures.  God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation…”What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this:  to be a mother?” – Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

Join us in a Novena!!

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Today my mom and I will start an Immaculate Conception Novena. What is a novena? A novena is a nine-day period of private or public prayer to obtain special graces, to implore special favors, or to make special petitions. (Novena is derived from the Latin “novem”, meaning nine.) According to Scripture, after Jesus’ Ascension into heaven, he told his disciples to pray together in the upper room and devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). Doctrine proposes that the Apostles, Blessed Virgin Mary, and other followers of Jesus prayed together for nine consecutive days, concluding in the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

The Novena we are saying can be found here:

http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/immaculate.htm

What exactly is the Immaculate Conception? It’s not what you think it is…most think it’s the conception of Jesus in the womb of our Lady. In actuality, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is HER conception in the womb of her mother St. Anne. Church Doctrine states that from the moment of her existence, her conception, Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. (“macula” in Latin.)

The Immaculate Conception is church dogma.  In Luke 1:28, the Angel Gabriel greets her by saying, “Hail, Full of Grace!” This “exchange” was from the Annunciation…when Gabriel told her she would become the mother of Jesus. In order to become the mother of our Lord, she was given the gifts appropriate for such a role. And one of these gifts was being born without original sin. Take a peek at “New Advent” for more information on the Immaculate Conception.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07674d.htm

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Wednesday, December 8 and it is a Holy Day of Obligation.  What is a Holy Day of Obligation?

On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body. ( I love my church! )

We invite you to join us in this Novena!  Even if you aren’t Catholic…give it a whirl!  I dare you!  The Blessed Virgin Mary has never been known to fail anyone who calls upon her for her intercession.

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