The Courage to Trust Your Instincts

“Mother Theodore was proactive. She knew her capabilities and didn’t hesitate to take control of a situation. On her transatlantic voyage in 1843, the captain of the ship became ill after an altercation with a drunken sailor. Mother Theodore quickly approached the captain. She feared that he suffered from “congestion of the brain” and prepared to “bleed him,” a common medical remedy of the time. She felt relieved when he responded immediately after she began the invasive intervention. Anyone else might have hesitated to interfere: the responsibilities and consequences resulting from such an action were a great risk. But Mother Theodore realized it was imperative to assist the captain because of the need for his leadership. Only the captain was qualified to direct the long ocean journey ahead in the most volatile season.”

Excerpt from Seven Principles of Sainthood Following Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

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Strength from Prayer

“What strength the soul draws from prayer! In the midst of a storm, how sweet is the calm it finds in the Heart of Jesus.”

Quote from Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin’s Journals

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Gifts of the Magi

NativityJanuary 6th is noted throughout the world as the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings. In many countries, the day is considered a holiday. It is the oldest of Christmas feasts and is in remembrance of when the magi found the Christ Child in Bethlehem after following a star.

The kings are said to have brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus, the newborn king. These gifts are symbolic and meaningful.

The rarity and enduring quality of gold represents immortality. In ancient times, it was a gift for a king, signifying their strength and power. In particular, the gift to Jesus recognized him as king of his kingdom, one that cannot be destroyed by earthly powers.

Frankincense, or olibanum, is a plant-derived resin from a desert tree. It was used in the time of Christ for medicinal purposes and also incense in temple rituals. Frankincense was an expensive import since it was not native to Israel. The magi’s highly valued gift of frankincense to Jesus recognized his role as a priest.

In ancient times, myrrh, which also comes from a tree resin, was more valuable than gold because it was only found on the African continent. Myrrh was used as an analgesic and for embalming. The gift foretold Jesus’ future of suffering and death. When Jesus was on the cross, he was offered myrrh with wine. He also was anointed with it after his death.

Egyptians are known to have used the extracts from plants such as these in aromatic treatments, beauty products, food, and religious ceremonies. There are more than 200 references to them in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Essential oils of frankincense and myrrh continue to be valued today. Frankincense is used  by many to treat aging and dry skin, warts, moles, skin tags, age spots, respiratory problems, and jaundice. Resins also are burned during worship in the Catholic Church.

Myrrh currently is thought to support the immune system and aid in healing skin conditions such as athletes’ feet, chapped and cracked skin, eczema, ringworm, wounds, wrinkles, and fungal infections as well as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, gum infections, mouth ulcers, and sore throats. Aromatically, the essential oil is believed to promote spiritual awareness and emotional release.

Essential oils, which have no fatty or oily components, are highly concentrated liquids distilled from flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and the seeds of plants. They are rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and beneficial to health and vitality. One drop of peppermint essential oil in a glass of water is the equivalent of approximately 20 bags of peppermint tea.

Check with your doctor before using essential oils to learn if they are appropriate for you. They are not FDA regulated.

(Thank you to Sue Olmos from Young Living Essential Oils for information on the properties and biblical references of many oils.)

©2016, Mary K. Doyle

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Peace Prayers

Prayer for Peace
O Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you,” regard not my sins but the faith of your Church, and deign to give her peace and unity according to your will, who live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.

Prayer for the Immaculate Queen of Peace
Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.

We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.

Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.

Mary’s Peace Prayer
Mary, Mother of God my mother, Queen of Peace, ask your Son Jesus to
give me the gift of peace. Pray for me for peace; peace in my heart, peace
of mind and of soul, peace in my family, peace with all whom I meet, the
peace of Jesus.

Jesus, my Lord and Savior, my Brother, King of Peace, I come to you
with Mary, Queen of Peace, to ask you humbly for a new outpouring of the
gift of peace. Pour out on me your Holy Spirit of Peace.

Give me peace, Jesus, peace within myself, peace in my family, peace in
my everyday life. Give peace to my nation, and to all nations, peace among
all peoples, peace in the world.

Jesus, my mediator with the Father, take me to the Father to pray for
peace.

Father, Father of Jesus, our Father, my Father, I come to you with your
Son Jesus. In Him and with Him and through Him I pray for peace.

The Lady of All Nation
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now Your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war. May the Lady of All Nations who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O 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 receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Pray for Peace

Counter the unrest in the world with love and prayer. One smile, one word, one handshake, one kindness, one prayer can move mountains. You have the power to bring peace to the world.

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Jeremiah 1:5

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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

and before you were born I consecrated you

 

 

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Your Will, Lord

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When we talk with the Lord, how do we speak? Do we use language of the mid-1500s? If not, then why do we still use archaic language in our traditional prayers?

ACTA Publications just released a revised edition of The Rosary Prayer by Prayer. I was asked to use contemporary language for all the prayers. For example, instead of:

  • Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The prayer now reads:

  • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Honestly, I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t certain it was correct or respectful to change the words. But I now believe this is how we should be teaching our children to pray. These aren’t just words that are memorized. We are saying some very important things here. We are glorifying our Father and declaring our trust in Him.

We want to teach our children to talk to God all day long in words they are comfortable using, to speak from the heart. We don’t need to worry about how we say things. The Lord knows our hearts, our hopes, and fears. We only need to build on our relationship and put everything in God’s hands.

The revised version of The Rosary Prayer by Prayer has the same layout as the original with illustrations and reflections for every mystery and a picture of the rosary with the current bead circled. All the same prayers and resources are also included in the back.

The book is available from ACTA Publications, my website, and of course, Amazon.com

©2015, Mary K. Doyle

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