Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3 Reasons-Saints

Micaela suggested a topic for her 3 Reasons to Love About the Faith Link up:for February: Saints

How do we live our lives without family, friends and a community to love and grow and nourish all aspects of our lives? Saints are our family and friends that have gone before us and now see the beautific vision, happy in heaven.  Our friends we didn't need to meet here on earth. 
Saints are those known by the Church to have made it to heaven and have have the honor bestowed by our Heavenly Father to show us here on earth signs of that honor. Needless to say, there are more saints than have been made known to us. 
We can ask these special friends of God to pray for us and help us on our journey. to ask on our behalf graces from God.

I have four holy helpers for our family. These, I have dedicated our family to their care. The have come to our aid for employment, health, comfort even physics assistance when I need some miracle to get somethings working around the house. 
Saint Anthony, more than a finder of lost things and people, a strong faithful soul, easy to befriend and as easy to talk to as a good friend. A helper for many things. 
Saint Joseph, what can I say?  Get to know and befriend Saint Joseph! There are many beautiful prayers and devotions, this one is very comforting to pray and reminds us of what Saint Joseph rose to to care for our Lord and his sweet mother.
Saint Charbel, saint who wants to help strengthen families, especially helpful for and to fathers.
Saint Jude, patron of impossible cases. A saint to offer us hope when we feel there is none.
Saints Anthony, Joseph, Charbel and Jude, pray for us!

A very special Patron/saint/soldier/archangel who sits at the right hand of the altar: Saint Michael.
I especially love the prayer written for his honor. He battled evil and won. We want him on our side to battle evil whenever it tries to creep in to our life.
If my kids wake disturbed by a bad dream. pray to Saint Michael.
As we make decisions in life, we pray to Saint Michael.
As we finish our prayers at mass before leaving the sanctuary, pray to Saint Michael.
As we embark on any journey, pray to Saint Michael.
This is a good one to have memorized.

St. Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the Divine power of God, 
cast into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Blessed Virgin Mary

I have had a lifetime devotion to our Blessed Mother, started because I was named in her honor. Many times feeling I had disappointed the name of Mary by my failings, but when I would allow myself to sit and visit with her about these failings, I would be assured of her consistent and continuous love. 
She is a mother to us all, a mostly unappreciated gift, rarely called upon as helper. She is strong, she is faithful, she is pure and unstained. With these qualities, it seems she would be unapproachable, instead she is welcoming us, calling us and is, outside Christ, our strongest ally on this journey on earth. 

The Communion of Saints
946 After confessing "the holy catholic Church," the Apostles' Creed adds "the communion of saints." In a certain sense this article is a further explanation of the preceding: "What is the Church if not the assembly of all the saints? The communion of saints is the Church.
947 "Since all the faithful form one body, the good of each is communicated to the others. . . . We must therefore believe that there exists a communion of goods in the Church. But the most important member is Christ, since he is the head. . . . Therefore, the riches of Christ are communicated to all the members, through the sacraments. As this Church is governed by one and the same Spirit, all the goods she has received necessarily become a common fund." 
* Catechism of the Catholic Church 946 & 947


  1. Great post full of good information. Thanx.

    God bless.

  2. Mary, this is beautiful. I have never heard of St. Charbel! I will certainly ask for his intercession.

    I heard at a talk recently that Jesus said in a vision to one of the Rwandan visionaries that His heart is made of 3 things: love, mercy, and justice. But that He made his mother with only love and mercy in her heart. How comforting!

    1. By the way, I apologize for taking so long to comment. I was expecting to get an email when someone linked up, but it hasn't worked for the last 3 links. :(