Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:59

C-A-R-E

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What we did as a family when it came to Lent and Advent, was to pass a piece of paper and pencil around the table and to invite everyone to write one or two things down that they wished for God to help them with, or something to improve in their lives. 

Then we had them write down what fasting they were planning to do. 

Fasting along with prayer is a great method of praying; one which we should never lose sight of. Teach children early to fast on something.  Fasting strengthens our will and teaches us self-control.

Continuing to strengthen, to fit for battle, and to be Soldiers for Christ is to practice this acronym:

CARE 

This stands for:

C – Contrition: going regularly to confession

A - Adoration: Adoring the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament or Exposition

R - Rosary: daily rosary 

E – Eucharist: the daily Mass

By receiving the Sacraments and practicing devotions, we will remain sturdy in Christ. 

So prayer is the key for strengthening, leading, and being fit for Christ.  

I have to mention the importance of starting the day with the Morning Offering.  This can be recited together at the breakfast meal or just before going to school.  This prayer can be as simple as, “Oh my God, I give all my works, sufferings and joys today for the love of you and I consecrate myself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

As a grandparent, this is what you can do with your grandchildren. Taking them to Mass with you, or going to visit the Blessed Sacrament are the most important things you can teach them.  You can do this before or after you take them out for ice cream.

We will be led by Christ, as well as keep our minds on Christ and His will for us.

 He will guide those who love His Sacred Heart and try to follow Him as well as loving His mother.  

 By allowing Him to lead our lives through these holy means, our hearts will be more open and clear to what is right and what is wrong.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

LucyMaesMy name is Lucy Maes.  I am a wife, a mother and now a grandmother of five lovely children, all consecrated to Mary our Mother. 

My husband and I have five grown children, two consecrated to God and three married.  We live south of Atlanta, GA.  I am a homemaker, a daily Mass attendant, involved with apostolic work with a form of evangelization enthroning homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

I am busy with a couple of jobs in regards to my husband's business, I weekly take care of grandchildren, I am a catechism teacher at our parish, a prayer warrior before an abortion mill once a week, and some healthy projects I am trying to fulfill including a summer garden in which I have the privilege to enjoy God's creation.

All in Jesus' name, I give thanks.