Thursday, July 31, 2008

Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


SEEK a suitable time for leisure and meditate often on the favors of God (find a time that works best in your state in life). Leave curiosities alone. Read such matters as bring sorrow (ponder) to the heart rather than occupation to the mind. If you withdraw yourself from unnecessary talking and idle running about (or in my case:computer*), from listening to gossip and rumors, you will find enough time that is suitable for holy meditation.(or to clean my house)

Very many great saints avoided the company of men wherever possible (remain balanced) and chose to serve God in retirement. "As often as I have been among men," said one writer, "I have returned less a man." We often find this to be true when we take part in long(unnecessary) conversations. It is easier to be silent altogether than not to speak too much. (my husband and I call this diarrhea of the mouth) To stay at home is easier than to be sufficiently on guard while away. Anyone, then, who aims to live the inner and spiritual life must go apart, with Jesus, from the crowd. (I really think this is a big problem in our world today. Everyone is so busy running around trying to be involved in every activity out there, that there is no time for homemaking, family dinner, time as a family, etc...)

No man appears in safety before the public eye unless he first relishes obscurity. No man is safe in speaking unless he loves to be silent (or tolerates). No man rules safely unless he is willing to be ruled. No man commands safely unless he has learned well how to obey. No man rejoices safely unless he has within him the testimony of a good conscience.

*about 9 months ago I went on my first blog...It was so inspiring and impressive!!! I was instantly hooked and each morning I rushed through my morning meditation so to go on the computer. When I decided to blog (make an online scrapbook for my family) I decided that I would first do my morning meditation and instead of journaling on my lights, I would post them here...and my children would have some "love letters" of things I wanted them to know. I hope you find something here to make you grow in your relationship with Christ.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


I am sure everyone has read this book!!! We have revisited it again, and again!!! This time the 4, 2, and 1 year old are enjoying it. It has been a favorite of all of our children!!! Every time a big kid walks by they say, "hey, I remember that book!!!" than they enjoy it again!!!

Thy Will Be done!!!+JMJ+

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

Practices of a Good Religious (part 3)

(These past three days have been interesting reading meditations for religious...but, I feel I can take some good advice from Tomas A Kempis' amazing words of wisdom)

Devotions not common to all are not to be displayed in public, for such personal things are better performed in private. Furthermore, beware of indifference to community prayer through love of your own devotions. If, however, after doing completely and faithfully all you are bound and commanded to do, you then have leisure, use it as personal piety suggests. (I sometimes try to add new devotions...when I really need to work on the purity of intention of the simple pure main acts of piety of my day)

Not everyone can have the same devotion. One exactly suits this person, another that. Different exercises, likewise, are suitable for different times, (different states of life) some for feast days and some again for weekdays. In time of temptation we need certain devotions. For days of rest and peace we need others. Some are suitable when we are sad, others when we are joyful in the Lord.

About the time of the principal feasts good devotions ought to be renewed and the intercession of the saints more fervently implored. From one feast day to the next we ought to fix our purpose as though we were then to pass from this world and come to the eternal holyday.

During holy seasons, finally, we ought to prepare ourselves carefully, to live holier lives, and to observe each rule more strictly, as though we were soon to receive from God the reward of our labors. If this end be deferred, let us believe that we are not well prepared and that we are not yet worthy of the great glory that shall in due time be revealed to us. Let us try, meanwhile, to prepare ourselves better for death.

"Blessed is the servant," says Christ, "whom his master, when he cometh, shall find watching. Amen I say to you: he shall make him ruler over all his goods." Luke 12:43

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy Feast of St. Martha

Dear St. Martha,
Please pray for me. Help me get organized and enjoy housework.


IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

If you cannot recollect yourself continuously, do so once a day at least, in the morning or in the evening. In the morning make a resolution and in the evening examine yourself on what you have said this day, what you have done and thought, for in these things perhaps you have often offended God and those about you. (any good spiritual practice will start with a morning prayer, meditation time and end with an evening exam or recollection of the days activities)

Arm yourself like a man against the devil's assaults. Curb your appetite (why does this keep coming up in my meditations?!@) Never be completely unoccupied, but read or write or pray or meditate (one of the reasons that I decided to blog) or do something for the common good. Bodily discipline, however, must be undertaken with discretion and is not to be practiced indiscriminately by everyone. (seek spiritual direction)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Watch the video of beingHUMAN: 40 Days for Life, the documentary that has aired on the EWTN global television network.

They are taking over...

Here we go again...the little boys are becoming just like their dad...I guess it could be worse!!!


IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...


THE life of a good religious (or lay person) ought to abound in every virtue so that he is interiorly what to others he appears to be. With good reason there ought to be much more within than appears on the outside, for He who sees within is God, Whom we ought to reverence most highly wherever we are and in Whose sight we ought to walk pure as the angels.

Each day we ought to renew our resolutions and arouse ourselves to fervor as though it were the first day of our religious life. We ought to say: "Help me, O Lord God, in my good resolution and in Your holy service. Grant me now, this very day, to begin perfectly, for thus far I have done nothing." (perfect morning offering)

As our intention is, so will be our progress; and he who desires perfection(I would be happy with moderation at this point) must be very diligent. If the strong-willed man fails frequently, what of the man who makes up his mind seldom or half-heartedly? Many are the ways of failing in our resolutions; even a slight omission of religious practice entails a loss of some kind. (I need to conquer little acts of piety to gain strength for the big stuff)

Just men depend on the grace of God rather than on their own wisdom in keeping their resolutions. In Him they confide every undertaking, for man, indeed, proposes but God disposes, and God's way is not man's. If a habitual exercise (there is that word again)is sometimes omitted out of piety or in the interests of another, it can easily be resumed later. But if it be abandoned carelessly, through weariness or neglect, then the fault is great and will prove hurtful. Much as we try, we still fail too easily in many things. Yet we must always have some fixed purpose, especially against things which beset us the most. Our outward and inward lives alike must be closely watched and well ordered, (why does God keep telling me this) for both are important to perfection.


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Book to checkout:

If you have an on going library list...add this cute book that your little kids will love...Elephant Buttons by Noriko Ueno. It is wordless and wonderful...we have been checking it out for 10 years!!! Each time the surprise at the end never gets too old!!! Enjoy!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Sunday, July 27, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...


They renounced all riches, dignities, honors, friends, and associates. They desired nothing of the world. They scarcely allowed themselves the necessities of life, and the service of the body, even when necessary, was irksome to them. They were poor in earthly things but rich in grace and virtue. Outwardly destitute, inwardly they were full of grace and divine consolation. Strangers to the world, they were close and intimate friends of God. To themselves they seemed as nothing, and they were despised by the world, but in the eyes of God they were precious and beloved. They lived in true humility and simple obedience; they walked in charity and patience, making progress daily on the pathway of spiritual life and obtaining great favor with God. (again...simple obedience...Lord help me to be an intimate friend of Yours...and rich in grace)

They were given as an example for all religious, and their power to stimulate us to perfection ought to be greater than that of the lukewarm to tempt us to laxity.
(I need to stop making excuses)

How great was the fervor of all religious in the beginning of their holy institution! How great their devotion in prayer and their rivalry for virtue! What splendid discipline flourished among them! What great reverence and obedience in all things under the rule of a superior! The footsteps they left behind still bear witness that they indeed were holy and perfect men who fought bravely and conquered the world. (just sticking with our daily disciplines helps us grow in virtue)

Today, he who is not a transgressor and who can bear patiently the duties which he has taken upon himself is considered great. How lukewarm and negligent we are! We lose our original fervor very quickly and we even become weary of life from laziness! Do not you, who have seen so many examples of the devout, fall asleep in the pursuit of virtue! ( I know this is for the religious...but, I find great hope in trying to live these virtues better in my STATE IN LIFE)

oh yea...I'm the mom...

I am the youngest of nine...I always had someone cleaning up after me...I just realized that I am the mom...I know-I have been a mom for over 18 years...but, when I see the junk on the floor...I'm the mom...and someone bigger than me is not going to automatically pick it up!!! (so, I need to build the HABIT to just do it, or tell my kids to do it)

I hate cleaning...I am not a natural neat person...I would love to be more like Martha...but, I am much more like Mary...I have just come to the realization that I need to be neater, but accept that I WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO WORK ON IT!!! I just can't buy the right stuff to clean, organize, or help me(trust me I am always looking for the magic wand)...I have to just work on it each and every second of every day!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...


CONSIDER the lively examples set us by the saints, who possessed the light of true perfection and religion, and you will see how little, how nearly nothing, we do. What, alas, is our life, compared with theirs? The saints and friends of Christ served the Lord in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness, in work and fatigue, in vigils and fasts, in prayers and holy meditations, in persecutions and many afflictions. How many and severe were the trials they suffered -- the Apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and all the rest who willed to follow in the footsteps of Christ! They hated their lives on earth that they might have life in eternity. (no more complaining for least not for the next 5 min...)

How strict and detached were the lives the holy hermits led in the desert! What long and grave temptations they suffered! How often were they beset by the enemy! What frequent and ardent prayers they offered to God! What rigorous fasts they observed! How great their zeal and their love for spiritual perfection! How brave the fight they waged to master their evil habits! What pure and straightforward purpose they showed toward God! By day they labored and by night they spent themselves in long prayers. Even at work they did not cease from mental prayer. They used all their time profitably; every hour seemed too short for serving God, and in the great sweetness of contemplation, they forgot even their bodily needs.
(I can't even make it to lunch without completely loosing it and resisting the small temptations that I fight!!!) after this meditation, I am going to crawl under my bed like the slug that I am...I mean I am going to conquer the my compassionate to my children...give my teenagers the benefit of the doubt...excercise...not eat any junk...clean my house...and smile all day long...OFF TO CONQUER THE WORLD...

Vocations: from a mother's heart...

Why does this have to be so stinking hard!!!

I have been trying to keep busy and not think of my feelings on Monday when I dropped my oldest son off at the airport. Things went so fast-I didn't have time to really break down. The typical craziness of our family life, the car breaking down, trying to figure out how I was going to get the daily tasks done...all consumed my head.

So, it has been the last couple of days that I have begged God for an answer of why this has to be so hard? I know my son is happy...I have never seen him so content with a decision. (He hates to make decisions!!!).

I keep hearing in my head something a holy priest said (he thinks I hate him for this homely-although it has been a constant use of my morning meditations and holy hours) said, "LOVE BURNS!!! It explodes, it expands, it grows..." This is why grace comes from suffering!!! This is why I feel closer now to my son than I ever have before. This is why people, who would never understand a vocation at this age...after seeing him, finally understand, accept, and realize this isn't as crazy as it sounds.

But, my mother's heart is on fire Our Lady of Sorrows has been one of my patrons for I know why!!!

Then God sent me many consolations of people and friends who have suffered way more than neighbor's son who left for war, thoughts of mothers throughout the ages whose children have been taken from them...through sickness, death, war, and other tragedies. Not to mention the hundreds of saint stories I have read to my children over the years of the young boys and girls who have given their lives for Christ. I also remember the look on the mother's face in the movie The Chronicles of Narnia when she left her children at the train station...for their good.

I know he is preparing for his future vocation. Whatever vocation that may be…just giving God his best…I can try to do the same. I can finally act on all those many years of offering my children to the Heavenly Father to HIS service…I can walk the walk.

So consolation as it may be…my prayers for him and all my children has been…Thy will be done Lord!!! This is such a small act of suffering on my part. Seeing the formation and blessings my son and our family has received from this small yes…so I continue to pray…Thy will be done…and continue to cry, like any mom would do.

We give you thanks for all your gifts, almighty God, living and reigning now and forever...

Thy will be done!!!+JMJ+

Friday, July 25, 2008

montessori materials

For those looking for info on Montessori materials most of what we do is just play with hands on materials. I was asked a question about Montessori for kindergarten. Most of what I am familiar with is preschool stuff and the Mass kits that all my children love!!!

Some Montessori buzz words are: (my girl friend recommended these)
Catechism of the Good Shepherd Program
The Stamp Game
The World Continent Map
Sand paper letters
Binomial cube
Golden beads
1-10 chains
Metal insets
Number rods
Brown stairs
Pink towers

I am sure there are tons of other people who have suggestions...I would love to hear them for those interested!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Priest Prayers for vesting for Mass:

A friend of mine (ok-I used to babysit him) just became a priest and he shared at mass last week about these optional traditional prayers that some priest say. I thought they were so beautiful I had to share them. I also found a really cool post here.

Of a Celebrant who is a Priest

The Celebrant first says, while washing his hands:
'Give virtue to my hands, O Lord, that being cleansed from all stain I might serve you with purity of mind and body.'

Then while putting on the amice, which he first puts on his head, and then over his shoulders:
'Place upon me, O Lord, the helmet of salvation, that I may overcome the assaults of the devil.'

At the alb:
'Purify me, Lord, and cleanse my heart so that, washed in the Blood of the Lamb, I may enjoy eternal bliss.'

At the cincture:
'Gird me, O Lord, with the girdle of purity, and extinguish in me all evil desires, that the virtue of chastity may abide in me.'

At the maniple: (The maniple is an ornamental vestment in the form of a band, a little over a yard long and from somewhat over two to almost four inches wide, which is placed on the left arm in such manner that it falls in equal length on both sides of the arm.) I have only known one priest who still wears this
'Grant, O Lord, that I may so bear the maniple of weeping and sorrow, that I may receive the reward for my labors with rejoicing.'

At the stole, which he crosses over his breast:
'Restore unto me, O Lord, the stole of immortality, which was lost through the guilt of our first parents: and, although I am unworthy to approach Your sacred Mysteries, nevertheless grant unto me eternal joy.'

At the chasuble:
'O Lord, Who said: My yoke is easy and My burden light: grant that I may bear it well and follow after You with thanksgiving. Amen.'

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

MONASTIC LIFE (these next few chapters in the Imitation of Christ on religious life have something to say to me, so I will touch on them for the next couple of days)

IF YOU wish peace and concord with others, you must learn to break your will in many things. To live in monasteries or religious communities, (or families) to remain there without complaint, and to persevere faithfully till death is no small matter. Blessed indeed is he who there lives a good life and there ends his days in happiness. (our little churches)

If you would persevere in seeking perfection, you must consider yourself a pilgrim, an exile on earth. If you would become a religious, you must be content to seem a fool for the sake of Christ. (St.Francis) Habit and tonsure change a man but little; it is the change of life, the complete mortification of passions that endow a true religious. (what mom doesn't feel like a mortified half the time?)

He who seeks anything but God alone and the salvation of his soul will find only trouble and grief, and he who does not try to become the least, the servant of all, cannot remain at peace for long. (sounds like a description of a mom to me!!!)

You have come to serve, not to rule. You must understand, too, that you have been called to suffer and to work, not to idle and gossip (be on the computer) away your time. Here men are tried as gold in a furnace. Here no man can remain unless he desires with all his heart to humble himself before God. (serve not rule/suffer and work/not waste time/humble self:prescription for the day/month/year/life!!!)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

On Bearing the Faults of Others: (part two)

If you cannot make yourself what you would wish to be, how can you bend others to your will? We want them to be perfect, yet we do not correct our own faults. We wish them to be severely corrected, yet we will not correct ourselves. Their great liberty displeases us, yet we would not be denied what we ask. We would have them bound by laws (rules), yet we will allow ourselves to be restrained in nothing. Hence, it is clear how seldom we think of others as we do of ourselves. (This is the agony of my days with much is nagging and how much is me trying to raise them into Godly adults???)

If all were perfect, what should we have to suffer from others for God's sake? But God has so ordained, that we may learn to bear with one another's burdens, for there is no man without fault, no man without burden, no man sufficient to himself nor wise enough. Hence we must support one another, console one another, mutually help, counsel, and advise, for the measure of every man's virtue is best revealed in time of adversity -- adversity that does not weaken a man but rather shows what he is. (through suffering we get purified; we need to mentor and support those God places in our paths)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


It is that time of year when I get the calls and emails about my advice on " The best homeschooling CURRICULUM" I have to say... is: THE ONE YOU ACTUALLY USE!!!... That may be boxed,ordered, homemade, video, organic, unschooling, great books, hands on, Montessori, Charlotte mason, work books, 5 in a Row, themed school, etc... I have used them all and I still don't have a year that looks the same as the last. Life in our house isn't like that. There is always a glitch in my my advice is be FLEXIBLE, enjoy your kids, and read as much as you can. Some how my big kids have become well balanced, smart, and have great SAT's(if you care about that kind of stuff)...

Just do it!!! I would love to hear what you like!!! I am constantly looking for an easy science know the kind you just add water...and your kids are smart!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Meditation of the day...Daily readings...

Today's daily reading: Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jer 1:1, 4-10:
...Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I dedicated you,a prophet to the nations I appointed you.“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, I know not how to speak; I am too young.”But the LORD answered me,Say not, “I am too young.”To whomever I send you, you shall go;whatever I command you, you shall speak.Have no fear before them,because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD... (Lord I consecrate my every word to you and apologize when I scandalize you by my uncharitable actions!!!)

Responsorial Psalm Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15 and 17
I will sing of your salvation.In you, O LORD
... from my mother’s womb you are my strength.
My mouth shall declare your justice,day by day your salvation.O God, you have taught me from my youth,and till the present I proclaim Your wondrous deeds. (You have a plan for my life, please help me see it and act on it)

Gospel Mt 13:1-9
... some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” (Help me be rich soil for Your love. Let my fruit bear great witness to You and Your mighty deeds!!!)

my town is so great...

As I sat and watched my two young girls playing at the playground at the pool where I used to play, I laughed at remembering the great times I had there. They don’t believe me when I tell them that, that very plain old climber used to be Cinderella’s carriage with riding horses in front of it. Wow, 30 years flies by fast.

It is memories like those that have helped me convince a friend of mine to move to my town…or I should say “try”. Her family is having difficulty (like everyone else) selling. I laughed when she said, “I like someone who is proud of their town!” I especially want others to be so too.

What is it that makes my town so great? I truly believe it is those of us who grew up here and appreciate the family values we were taught and stuck around to share them!!! I do admit I have made friends with “some” people who didn’t grow up here and even worse…people who didn’t marry someone from who grew up here.

I felt really old a couple of weeks ago when I went to an ordination of a young man who I used to babysit. The day started off great when I went to the Shrine in Washington and saw about six men from my town who minister to those in the Washington area. The day ended with a great ceremony in the historic chapel at Sacred Heart where the newly ordained shared how special it was to be celebrating his first mass in the chapel where he was baptized! Now how many people can say that! I got chills at the thought of another great family who made a difference here.

All this adds to the sadness I feel when I see houses up for sale or I hear that great families are leaving. I realize that many are being transferred and it is important for some to spread their wings or make educational decisions for their family. I just feel semi responsible for them not staying (as if being a mom of 11 doesn’t bring about enough guilt). Didn’t I help them feel at home here? Am I not helping my town be as great as it could be? How can we keep this town an amazing place to live?

I remember when neighborhoods were places where everyone knew each other, when you never thought twice about sending your kid next door to borrow a cup of sugar. These days people don’t even know their neighbors or no one is ever home to get to know in the first place. Not so long ago you could look around your neighborhood and name the families and say that they lived here for 40, 30 or 25 years. Unfortunately people are so transient in this area, that by the time you know their name, they are off to move again.

I know this will sound strange to many, but when my parents lived here moms didn’t have a car to run around in. Some didn’t even have their license! Wow, that would rock the world, wouldn’t it!!! No more “mom’s taxi” bumper stickers…and families would actually eat together at dinner time! Now that’s a foreign thought this day and age! (And no, I am not that old!!!)I have said this before, but it is so true, we need to try to make a difference in our towns with ourselves, our families, and our community so people will want to come here and not leave. Let us look around and find the good and positive things about our wonderful town. See who needs help in your neighborhood, and help them.

It is people who can keep a town a great place to be...let's be those people!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Just a touch:

...Simplify our lives, Lord and do what needs to be done to get back our attention. May we see you daily in the littlest of things that we so often let pass by without a notice or head turn.Oh, that we would be humble in spirit. In a world that would seek to crush that humility and that simplicity, may we let our light shine so that others may see and be guided home.A meek and gentle spirit that is in submission to you, Father, this is my cry today. See this heart of mine open and in plain view for you to see...

Check it out:

Get inspired!!!

Thy will be done!!!+JMJ+



If you saw yesterday's post you will get to hear the rest of the story...

Why big families are important: (I am blessed to be the 9Th child in my family)

*so, when your car is breaking can call your sister who lives close by
*so, you can borrow the car of a family of 11...who else would have a van big enough
*so, you have a sister who helps keep the kids cool...while waiting on the road for AAA
*so, you can laugh about the family van breaking down...again
*so, your brother can remind you of the time...the tire blew up on the same highway
*so, you can get your binoculars out with your other two brothers...and watch 5 state troopers drive by without checking on you
*so, when your sister gets there with the can leave her with the tow truck driver
*so, when you walk in your hot house that has been closed up...your kids can watch the babies while you get the clothes ready for the family portrait
*so, you can have 15 kids singing Happy Birthday to Boompa...who thinks he is too young to have all these grandkids
*so, you have someone to get your picture to you do a picture with all girls or just boys if you are the only one
*so, you have someone to share Italian Ice with...and talk about it taking 43min to take all those pictures
*so, at night you have someone to talk about your weekend with...and how mom actually let you touch a G U N
*so, when you wake up you have someone to split the left over "sugar" cereal with...who thought you could spilt 1/3 of a box 6 ways
*so, when mom has to take your brother to the have a shoulder to cry on
*so, when mom has to drive hours away to pick up the have big sisters to watch you
*so, when you need the cell# of your brother or can call your other sister to get it
*so, when you need a person to help you drop a car can call your big brother and have him do it...
*so, when you can't find the van key...your big brother can pray to St. Anthony
*so, when you leave three car seats at the car shop...your big sister can call you and tell you to go back
*so, when you go can call your sister and laugh/cry at the day you have had
*so, when you get can hug your big family!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


UNTIL God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Consider it better thus -- perhaps to try your patience and to test you, for without such patience and trial your merits are of little account. Nevertheless, under such difficulties you should pray that God will consent to help you bear them calmly. (as a mom this is where I need help the most...I need to pray for the graces to bear trials calmly and not freak out)

If, after being admonished once or twice, a person does not amend, do not argue with him but commit the whole matter to God that His will and honor may be furthered in all His servants, for God knows well how to turn evil to good. (I am trying to work on this with teenagers) Try to bear patiently with the defects and infirmities of others, whatever they may be, because you also have many a fault which others must endure. (I have enough vices in my own life than to worry about my neighbors)


Monday, July 21, 2008

A family weekend away...

Our Camping Trip:

We got to go away this weekend. It was fun but as all of our family adventures was full of excitement!!! We of course hit traffic on the way to the mountains. As soon as we got to the cabin the boys pulled out the b-b guns. Three of the little boys had never seen them. It was like their dream come mom really going to let us touch them? So, of course that was one of the highlights. We got to go fishing (thanks to Aunt Betsy), hiking, swimming, play games, sit around the camp fire, make smores, let off fireworks, and spend time with Joshua before he leaves for the Novitiate.

mom actually let me touch this!!!

special time getting to sleep outside in a tent...

The way home was typical us...the car died about an hour into the trip...and about an 80 minutes from home!!! So we were stuck on the side of the road with 14 people in a hot van...we had to be home in four hours for a birthday dinner for boompa and a professional photo shoot for family Christmas pictures!!! So as we panicked as to what to do...we did what we usually do and call my one of my big sisters who lived not to far off...we also asked the only friend we knew in the area who had a 15 passenger van if they could help...they all had about 25 minutes to get to us as we were in a dangerous spot and needed to get a ride before the AAA guy got there!!! So like most large families we know...they were of course very generous!!! (Not to worry about their own 9 children!!!) My sister picked up their van and headed to us just 5 min shy of the AAA guy!!! So we piled into their van and left my sister to fend with the AAA guy!!! God is so good and we made it in time for the dinner and photos...of course tired and a little grouchy!!!

dad and boys waiting for the tow truck...

one of our Christmas pictures...

We give you thanks for all your gifts,almighty God, living and reigning now and forever...

Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


NEVER do evil for anything in the world, or for the love of any man. For one who is in need, however, a good work may at times be purposely left undone or changed for a better one. This is not the omission of a good deed but rather its improvement. (I am going to have to really think more on this...maybe I am just too tired to get it)

Without charity external work is of no value, but anything done in charity, be it ever so small and trivial, is entirely fruitful inasmuch as God weighs the love with which a man acts rather than the deed itself.
(purity of intention!!!)

He does much who loves much. He does much who does a thing well. He does well who serves the common good rather than his own interests. (forming good habits and being selfless)

Now, that which seems to be charity is oftentimes really sensuality, for man's own inclination, his own will, his hope of reward, and his self-interest, are motives seldom absent. On the contrary, he who has true and perfect charity seeks self in nothing, but searches all things for the glory of God. Moreover, he envies no man, because he desires no personal pleasure nor does he wish to rejoice in himself; rather he desires the greater glory of God above all things. He ascribes to man nothing that is good but attributes it wholly to God from Whom all things proceed as from a fountain, and in Whom all the blessed shall rest as their last end and fruition.
(detachment-I don't know if I will ever get there)

If man had but a spark of true charity he would surely sense that all the things of earth are full of vanity! (my pride is one of my biggest road blocks to true charity)

Friday, July 18, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...


TURN your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable. (I have a hard enough time taking care of myself!!!)

We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective is easily lost. If God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by opposition to our opinions. (just concentrate on Your relationship with Christ)

But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it.
Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling and opinion often divide friends and acquaintances, even those who are religious and devout. (temptations seem to find their way out of me...I put my guard down and make excuses!!! pregnant, tired, busy, me time...)

An old habit is hard to break, and no one is willing to be led farther than he can see.
If you rely more upon your intelligence or industry than upon the virtue of submission to Jesus Christ, you will hardly, and in any case slowly, become an enlightened man. God wants us to be completely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise above all human wisdom.

(Beg for wisdom, purity, and self control...with God's grace we can overcome many obstacles!!!)

See everything, over look a lot and correct little. Pope John XXIII

10 steps to Being a Better Wife:

10 Steps to Being a Better Wife

Before we try to change you, here are a few changes we'll try to make ourselves. Deal?By Sharon O’Brien

From my husband's post: (Ok wives it's your turn. Here is what you are supposed to do):

1) Take care of yourself

My honey is beautiful, nuff said. Grade A+++
I always can improve on this...I work on this harder each year.
Grade B

2) Say thank you, often

I usually feel appreciated. Grade B
I never could thank him enough...11 kids, great home, get to homeschool our kids, my every desire!!! Even a washer and dryer upstairs when we have the money {hint-hint-honey}. Grade B

3) Keep the romance alive

Um, 11 kids. Some would call that a deterrent, not for us. Grade A+
It is easy with my honey...always working to be better...need to work on making our room a haven by cleaning and organizing...not hiding my junk there.
Grade B

4) Let him have "guy time"

I workout at least once a day, sometimes with friends. Grade A+
LET HIM...ummm I guess I don't complain too much.
Grade A-

5) Make your husband a priority

Sam always wants to know how my day was, what I’m thinking etc…so I guess the grade is an A. Assuming you like that kinda stuff.
Of course, you like that kinda are very patient with me with the kids coming between us at times...especially when the babies come and gets lots of my time...AND ENERGY!!!

6) Don't try to change him

For the most part, this is no longer a problem. I think Sam has realized that trying to change me has the opposite effect. Grade B+
OPPOSITE EFFECT-right!!! I gave up on trying to change you years ago!!!
Grade B

7) Don’t make him guess—tell him what you want

I think I always know what she wants and what’s on her mind. Sweetie’s no shrinking wallflower. Grade A
I have NO problem telling what I skill needs to be to keep my mouth do not take my advice easily...I am learning to keep my pie hole shut!!!
Grade B

8) Cultivate friends and interests outside your marriage

Sam has more friends than a swimsuit model asking to have sunblock rubbed on her on a crowded spring-break beach. When we have a party the house, yard, street, neighbors yards are overflowing with people. I’ve banned her from making new friends. Grade A+
I have too many friends...Rob doesn't let me make any I have to sneak them in!!!My skill needs to be to enjoy my family and the friends I already have!!!
Grade B

9) Let free time be free

I do get free time to pursue activities but I also get booked with lots of other activities. Grade B
OPPS...Rob, you balance me...I totally overbook...sanguine temperament.
Grade C

10) Believe in your husband, and let him know it

Sam’s got this one down. Grade A
I think I am OK...but always room for improvement!!!
Grade B

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Grading Hubby

For my husband...from his post:

10 Steps to Being a Better Husband
Turn off the autopilot and start feeding your marriage.By Craig Playstead

1) Take an interest in something your wife is really passionate about.

This is a tough one. She’s really passionate about babies and I’m doing my best to give her a 12Th. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it… Grade B+
***Pretty good. Grade B-

2) Put the kids to bed.

Nobody likes me putting the kids to bed. Not my wife, not me and certainly not the kids. It takes me less than 5 minutes. “Have you brushed your teeth and gone potty? Good now get in bed and don’t get out”. Done! Sam takes at least half an hour to do the job. She does all that nicey-nicey stuff like read bedtime stories, say prayers, make sure they have on clean pajamas etc…So when we only had little kids I would do the dinner dishes and Sam would put the kids to bed. Now that we have older kids, Sam puts the kids to bed and the teens do the dishes and I goof off. When Sam is out for the evening, the older kids do the dishes and put the kids to bed and I goof off…it’s a great system. Grade D
***your correct you hate putting the kids to bed. Grade D

3) Learn to apologize.

I’ll keep this in mind in case I’m ever wrong. Grade A+++
***You don't ever think you are wrong...Grade C+

4) Thank her for putting up with you.

See #3 above. Actually I think I do this on occasion especially with my working out a lot. C+
***You are good about this. Grade A

5) Clean up after yourself.

This I do try and do. Actually both of us do. We have been on a de-cluttering kick the last few months. Our house is definitely losing weight. But with 11 kids it’s only going to get so clean. Bags and bags of stuff (clothes, toys etc…) have been leaving the house and going to various charities. Grade A-
***You are great at this. Thank you. Grade A+

6) Make time for just the two of you.

This we do. We were married on May 20Th. So we try and go out on a date the 20Th of every month. We also have ‘couch-time’ when I get home from work. 15 minutes alone in the nice living room to chat and catch up on the day. So we do OK for the amount of kids we have. Grade A-
***We do a good job at this one. Grade A

7) Groom yourself.

Well I brush my teeth each morning, my underwear are usually clean unless we are behind on the laundry, I shower at least two times a day, and my blue jeans only get worn 2-3 days in a row. There is the stray nose and ear hair now that I've passed 40. Grade B
***You are gorgeous and I love you...get rid of the nose hair!!! Grade A+

8) Get away from the family.

Oh this I do without a problem. Training for triathlon takes a whole lot of time away from the family. Grade A+
***Remember you don't like people...Grade A+

9) Deal with your side of the family.

Since I’m and only child and my parents aren’t a pain in the rear, this isn’t an issue. Grade A
***Your problem is you THINK you are an only child!!! Your mom is one of my best friends!!!Grade A

10) Don't lose your dating manners.

I could do better on this one. I try and remember to open the car and other doors but sometimes I forget. I shall endeavor to do better. Grade C+
***You do fine...I love our time together...especially walks and couch time!!! Grade A

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

On Resisting Temptation (part 3)

Some suffer great temptations in the beginning of their conversion, others toward the end, while some are troubled almost constantly throughout their life. Others, again, are tempted but lightly according to the wisdom and justice of Divine Providence Who weighs the status and merit of each and prepares all for the salvation of His elect. (different crosses in different states in life)

We should not despair, therefore, when we are tempted, but pray to God the more fervently that He may see fit to help us, for according to the word of Paul, He will make issue with temptation that we may be able to bear it. ("along with the test He will give you a way out of it so that you will be able to endure it" 1 Cor. 10:13)

Let us humble our souls under the hand of God in every trial and temptation for He will save and exalt the humble in spirit. (our crosses are different)

In temptations and trials the progress of a man is measured; in them opportunity for merit and virtue is made more manifest. (our soul grows through suffering)

When a man is not troubled it is not hard for him to be fervent and devout, but if he bears up patiently in time of adversity, there is hope for great progress.

Some, guarded against great temptations, are frequently overcome by small ones in order that, humbled by their weakness in small trials, they may not presume on their own strength in great ones. (through making small sacrifices we are strong enough to endure greater ones)

Poppyseed Cake

Poppyseed Cake Ingredients
1 Dunkin Hines
1/2 c
1 c
3/4 c OIL
Instructions for Poppyseed Cake


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

On Resisting Temptation (part 2)

The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways. Fire tempers iron and temptation steels the just. Often we do not know what we can stand, but temptation shows us what we are. (we each will deal with our own temptations in is important to first see what they are and then wipe them out little by little)

Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks. Someone has said very aptly: "Resist the beginnings; remedies come too late, when by long delay the evil has gained strength." (James 4:7Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.James 4:6-8-I love saying the St.Michael Prayer!!!)

First, a mere thought comes to mind, then strong imagination, followed by pleasure, evil delight, and consent. (in my case...remorse {that didn't taste that good})Thus, because he is not resisted in the beginning, Satan gains full entry. And the longer a man delays in resisting, so much the weaker does he become each day, while the strength of the enemy grows against him.(This is why confession as much as possible is important!!!)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


FRUIT SALAD: (sunny apple salad)
4 apples (use different colors)
3 carrots (grated)
2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate
1 can (drained) crushed pinapples
***add other fruits if you want…
***everyone loves this-great to make for families who just had a baby!!!

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...


SO LONG as we live in this world we cannot escape suffering and temptation. Whence it is written in Job: "The life of man upon earth is a warfare." (Job 7:1) Everyone, therefore, must guard against temptation and must watch in prayer lest the devil, who never sleeps but goes about seeking whom he may devour, find occasion to deceive him. (stay on your knees)

No one is so perfect or so holy but he is sometimes tempted; man cannot be altogether free from temptation. (pray and sacrifice for yourself and others always)

Yet temptations, though troublesome and severe, are often useful to a man, for in them he is humbled, purified, and instructed. The saints all passed through many temptations and trials to profit by them, while those who could not resist became reprobate and fell away. (beg God for wisdom,purity, and self-control)

There is no state so holy, no place so secret that temptations and trials will not come. Man is never safe from them as long as he lives, for they come from within us -- in sin we were born. (don't ever let your guard down)

When one temptation or trial passes, another comes; we shall always have something to suffer because we have lost the state of original blessedness. (offer up your small trials to help you prepare for the big ones)

Many people try to escape temptations, only to fall more deeply. We cannot conquer simply by fleeing, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies. (embrace the little crosses to gain strength for the big ones)

The man who only shuns temptations outwardly and does not uproot them will make little progress; indeed they will quickly return, more violent than before.
Little by little, in patience and long-suffering you will overcome them, by the help of God rather than by severity and your own rash ways. (rejoice small victories!!!)

Often take counsel when tempted; and do not be harsh with others who are tempted, but console them as you yourself would wish to be consoled. (our children or those who need our comfort)

Monday, July 14, 2008


All morning I have been pondering something I thought of at daily mass. At my wonderful parish for years we have been (as well as in our family) praying for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. In that prayer it says to send us vocations.

As I have struggled this year through the vocation choice of my 17 year old, (although I am very proud of him and believe he is doing God's will) I realized the mistakes that I have made all these years!!!

I just wasn't specific enough to God!!! When my son was in my womb and I prayed for Thy Will To Be Done with this precious life; I consecrated him to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, and then he was baptized as: priest, prophet, and king. Also, what was I thinking to give him examples like St. Dominic Savio, St. Therese of Liuseux, John Bosco, and many other holy saints as friends and examples!!!

In the prayer we say at mass and at home...I should of said, "send us vocations long as they are comfortable to me"...It is so clear now that I should of been more about this: send us vocations to the long as they don't leave the country, have to be over: say...23 years of age...OK, I think that sounds less painful...

Or maybe this... "Lord, please have my children do your will and fulfill their vocation, as long as it means: being a diocesan priest who lives in my town, visits me often, and calls me daily. That sounds better.

How about I keep going Lord...and if they get married, please have them marry the spouse I pick out for them, buy the house next to me, give me many holy grandchildren, want to visit me often, and call me daily. (it is all about me anyway, right?)

Since I already have your attention about a husband who never gets upset with me, cleans the house, does the laundry and dishes, makes the bed, never misunderstands me, walks around the house singing my praises. (I don't think it is possible for him to do more than he already does for me)

OK, just a little more since we are on the topic about the rest of my kids...I would like holy, smart, healthy, obedient, happy children. Ones who pray always, beg to go to mass and say the rosary, are so smart we never need to do school (and just can play all day), never get sick, say "yes mother dear who I love and adore" always, and never argue or fight.

Then there is me Lord...can I have uninterrupted prayer time each morning, be about 20lbs lighter, not need any sleep, like to clean my house, never yell at my kids, always do what my husband wants, be a great mother to my teenagers, and keep my mouth shut!

Did I forget anything...if so Lord...I am sure you know, and I mean it when I say...Thy will be done...

OK, just kidding Lord...I remember now...It is called picking up our cross; and that is why we need faith!!!

Isn't it funny how we think we can tell God what to do?


Kateri Tekakwihta

Happy Feast Day of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha may she continue to be a model to us and our children!!!

Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


IT IS good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. (keep us on our knees)

It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men. (a holy priest from my parish used to say that, "if everyone likes are doing something wrong." I think about our parenting. It is so easy to want to be our kids friends so we don't have to rock the boat...)

When a man of good will is afflicted, tempted, and tormented by evil thoughts, he realizes clearly that his greatest need is God, without Whom he can do no good.
(and we beg for graces)

Saddened by his miseries and sufferings, he laments and prays. He wearies of living longer and wishes for death that he might be dissolved and be with Christ. Then he understands fully that perfect security and complete peace cannot be found on earth. (It too reminds me of the nature of seasons in our lives, different states we are in. I ponder on why teenage years stretch and pull at me...then I see God's hand in HIS natural plan. Kids are to grow and leave. The struggles help them and us detach and let go.)

Sunday, July 13, 2008


The movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium was a "worth a watch" in my book. Maybe even worth a buy...but, since our library rents out movies for free-my buying days are limited!!!

I didn't see anything wrong in the movie...(would be interested if someone has.)

My favorite line is: "LIFE IS AN OCCASION...RISE TO IT!!!"

That is one of our families code's or motto's...(from another great movie!!!)

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!!

Thy Will Be Done!!!+JMJ+

Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


WE SHOULD enjoy much peace if we did not concern ourselves with what others say and do, for these are no concern of ours. How can a man who meddles in affairs not his own, who seeks strange distractions, and who is little or seldom inwardly recollected, live long in peace?
Blessed are the simple of heart for they shall enjoy peace in abundance. (one of my spiritual advisiors once told me, that after grumbling about something someone did, so what! What concern is that of yours, your job is to take care of your self!-ouch! and so true!!!)

Why were some of the saints so perfect and so given to contemplation? Because they tried to mortify entirely in themselves all earthly desires, and thus they were able to attach themselves to God with all their heart and freely to concentrate their innermost thoughts.
We are too occupied with our own whims and fancies, too taken up with passing things. Rarely do we completely conquer even one vice, and we are not inflamed with the desire to improve ourselves day by day; hence, we remain cold and indifferent. (a different advisor once told me instead of certain moritfications I needed to just to keep my mouth shut and be charitable...-I begged for fasting, hair shirts, glass in my shoes...anything but keeping my mouth shut!!!)

If we mortified our bodies perfectly and allowed no distractions to enter our minds, we could appreciate divine things and experience something of heavenly contemplation.
The greatest obstacle, indeed, the only obstacle, is that we are not free from passions and lusts, that we do not try to follow the perfect way of the saints. Thus when we encounter some slight difficulty, we are too easily dejected and turn to human consolations. (we each have our own vices...I turn to nagging, the computer, food, whatever it is that distracts me from changing my bad attitudes!!!)

If we tried, however, to stand as brave men in battle, the help of the Lord from heaven would surely sustain us. For He Who gives us the opportunity of fighting for victory, is ready to help those who carry on and trust in His grace. (just ask for it)

If we let our progress in religious life depend on the observance of its externals alone, our devotion will quickly come to an end. Let us, then, lay the ax to the root that we may be freed from our passions and thus have peace of mind. (I need to stop making excuses for myself...tired, nursing, pregnant{when I am},me time...)

If we were to uproot only one vice each year, we should soon become perfect. The contrary, however, is often the case -- we feel that we were better and purer in the first fervor of our conversion than we are after many years in the practice of our faith. Our fervor and progress ought to increase day by day; yet it is now considered noteworthy if a man can retain even a part of his first fervor. (I feel as if I have been working on the same vices for 20 years!!!)

If we did a little violence (mortifications) to ourselves at the start, we should afterwards be able to do all things with ease and joy. (it would be good to seek good counsel on this)

It is hard to break old habits, but harder still to go against our will.
If you do not overcome small, trifling things, how will you overcome the more difficult?(saint practice-we do this with the kids...little acts of yes-self control...) Resist temptations in the beginning, and unlearn the evil habit lest perhaps, little by little, it lead to a more evil one.

If you but consider what peace a good life will bring to yourself and what joy it will give to others, I think you will be more concerned about your spiritual progress. (others first)

My thoughts:
It really helps to read in different translations, my Imitation of Christ book is in the New American Bible version. The online version I found has a little different language, that is just as meaningful but sometimes strikes a different cord.

Thy will be done!!!+JMJ+

Saturday, July 12, 2008


We are on the mend...

all are better except for our 4 year old who is pretty much done.

our taunting 10 year old still hasn't gotten sick!!!

Our main disappointment is that we missed our camping trip this weekend...we will try again next weekend.


Meditation of the day...IMITATION OF CHRIST...


SHUN the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.
Many a time I wish that I had held my peace (my big mouth) and had not associated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience?
(make ourselves not seem so bad)

We do so because we seek comfort from one another's conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.

Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.

When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.

Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue.

Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.

My thoughts...My husband and I call this Diarrhea of the of my problems!!! Just talking to talk... I think it is great to have a special friend, spouse, or spiritual director to talk to. Many years ago I found that I could just talk to the saints. Hey they are up there having the time of there lives and can send prayers my way...I found that I could find a saint for any problem!!! I would have special saints to call on for special request. My Guardian Angel too!!!


Patron Saints for Special Sufferings Patron List

Abusive or Unfaithful Husbands
Physical Abuse St. Rita of Cascia
Verbal Abuse Bl. Anna Maria Taigi St. Godelieve St. Monica
Infidelity St. Elizabeth of Portugal Bl. Margaret d'Youville Bl. Paola Gambera-Costa
Battered by Relatives or Others (Martyrs Listed Separately) St. Adelaide Bl. Agostina Pietrantoni Eve Lavalliere St. Germaine de Pibrac St. Godelieve St. Jeanne de Lestonnac St. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Joaquina Venerable Laura Vicuna Bl. Maria Bagnesi Bl. Mariam Baouardy

Demonic Temptations St. Angela of Foligno St. Catherine of Bologna St. Catherine of Genoa St. Catherine of Siena St. Elizabeth of Schonau St. Eustochiurn of Padua St. Gemma Galgani Bl. Helen dei Cavalcanti St. Margaret of Cortona Bl. Maria Fortunata Viti St. Syncletia
Disabled St. Angela Merici St. Germaine de Pibrac St. Lutgardis Bl. Margaret of Castello
Disappointing Children St. Clotilda St. Louise de Marillac St. Matilda St. Monica
Divorced Mother Alphonsa Hawthorne St. Fabiola
Early Death of Children Mother Alphonsa Hawthorne Bl. Angela of Foligno St. Clotilda Concepcion Cabrera de Annida, (Conchita) Bl. Dorothy of Mantua St. Elizabeth Seton St. Frances of Rome St. Joaquina Bl. Marguerite d'Youville St. Matilda St. Melania the Younger Bl. Michelina
Extreme Poverty Bl. Agostina Pietrantoni St. Bernadette of Lourdes St. Germaine de Pibrac St. Margaret Bourgeoys St. Margaret of Castello Bl. Maria Gabriella St. Maria Goretti Bl. Maria Fortunata Viti Bl. Marie of the Incarnation (Acarie) Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot St. Soledad
Forced into Exile St. Adelaide Bl. Angela Truszkowska St. Arthelais St. Clotilda St. Elizabeth of Hungary Bl. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Joaquina Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Sister Marina St. Melania the Younger St. Puicheria St. Rose of Viterbo St. Susanna
Gravely Ill St. Alpais Sister Alphonsa of India Sister Amparo Carbonell St. Angela Merici Mother Angela Truszkowska St. Arthelais St. Bathildis St. Bernadette of Lourdes St. Catherine dei Ricci St. Catherine of Siena Edel Quinn Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity St. Elizabeth of Schonau St. Gorgonia Bl. Isabella of France Ven. Jacinta Marto St. Julia Falconieri St. Julie Billiart St. Louise de Marillac St. Lydwine Mother Margaret Hallahan Margaret Sinclair Bl. Maria Bagnesi Bl. Maria Gabriella St. Maria Mazzarello Ven. Maria Teresa Quevedo St. Mariana of Quito Bl. Marie Rose Durocher St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Bl. Paula Frassinetti Bl. Rafka Al-Rayes St. Raphaela St. Romula St. Syncletia Bl. Teresa of the Andes St. Teresa of Avila Teresa Valse Pantellini St. Therese of Lisieux
Imprisoned Bl. Beatrice da Silva Ven. Jacinta Marto St. Joan of Arc Bl. Mariam Baouardy
In-Law Problems St. Adelaide St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. Elizabeth Seton St. Godelieve St. Helen of Skovde St. Jeanne de Chantal Bl. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Ludmila Bl. Marguerite d'YouvilIe Bl. Michelina St. Pulcheria
Loss of Father or Mother Mother Alphonsa Hawthorne Sister Alphonsa of India St. Angela Merici St. Colette St. Dymphna Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity St. Elizabeth Seton Bl. Frances Scherviers St. Cemma Galgani St. Germaine de Pibrac St. Humbeline St. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Jeanne de Chantal Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha Venerable Laura Vicuna St. Louise de Marillac St. Margaret of Cortona St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Mother Margaret Hallahan Venerable Marguerite Bourgeoys Bl. Marguerite d'Youville Bl. Maria Bagnesi Bl. Maria Fortunata Viti Bl. Maria Gabriella St. Maria Goretti Bl. Mariam Baouardy St. Mariara of Quito Bl. Marie Rose Durocher Bl. Marie of the Incarnation (Acarie) Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich St. Pulcheria St. Radegunde Bl. Rafka Al-Rayes St. Raphaela Bl. Sibyllina Biscossi St. Susanna St. Syncletia St. Teresa of Avila Bl. Sister Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein) St. Therese of Lisieux
Married Unhappily Mother Alphonsa Hawthorne Bl. Castora Gabrieffi St. Catherine of Genoa St. Fabiola St. Godelieve Bl. Marguerite d'Youville St. Monica St. Radegunde St. Rita of Cascia Bl. Zedislava Berka
Mental Illness or Judged so by Enemies Bl. Eustochium of Padua St. Margaret of Cortona Bl. Michelina Bl. Maria Fortunata Viti St. Raphaela
Murdered (as Confessors of the Faith or for Moral Integrity) St. Afra St. Agatha Bl. Agatha Kim Bl. Agostina Pietrantoni Sister Amparo Carbonell St. Anastasia Bl. Antoria Messina St. Barbara Sister Carmen Moreno St. Catherine of Alexandria St. Cecilia St. Dymphna Sts. Flora and Mary St. Helen of Skovde St. Joan of Arc Venerable Laura Vicuna St. Lucy Bl. Lucy de Freitas St. Margaret Clitherow Bl. Margaret of Louvain Bl. Margaret Ward St. Maria Goretti Bl. Mariam Baouardy Sister Marina Bl. Mary Hermina Grivot Sts. Maura and Brigid St. Natalia Sts. Nunilo and Alodia Sts. Perpetua and Felicity St. Susanna and Companions Bl. Sister Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein) St. Theodota St. Winifred of Wales
Opposition of Church Authorities to Their Hopes and Dreams St. Elizabeth Seton St. Joan of Arc Mother Margaret Hallahan Bl. Marguerite d'Youville Sister Mary MacKiliop St. Mary Magdalena Bentivoglio St. Philippine Duchesne St. Raphaela St. Teresa of Avila
Parents not Married St. Bridget of Theland Bl. Eustochium of Padua Bl. Sibyllina Biscossi
Rejected by Religious Orders St. Clare Bl. Eugenie Smet St. Jeanne de Lestonnac St. Louise de Marillac Bl. Margaret of Castello Venerable Marguerite Bourgeoys St. Mariana of Quito St. Rose of Viterbo Bl. Teresa de Gesu, Jornet y Ibars Mother Thecla Merlo
Ridiculed for Their Piety (Other than Martyrs) Bl. Agostina Pietrantoni Bl. Angela of Foligno St. Bernadette of Lourdes St. Catherine of Genoa St. Catherine of Siena St. Clelia Barbieri St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. Elizabeth Seton St. Frances of Rome Venerable Jacinta Marto Bl. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Joan of Arc Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha St. Margaret of Cortona Bl. Marguerite d'Youville St. Mary Magdalene St. Matilda Sts. Nurilo and Alodia St. Rose of Lima St. Susanna St. Teresa of Avila Bl. Teresa Maria of the Cross (Bettina) Bl. Zedislava Berka St. Zita
Separated from Children St. Jeanne de Chantal Bl. Marie of the Incarnation (Acarie)
Subject to Extreme Sexual Temptation Bl. Angela of Foligno St. Catherine of Siena St. Margaret of Cortona St. Mary of Edessa St. Mary of Egypt St. Mary Magdalene St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi St. Pelagia of Antioch
Threatened by Incest St Dymphna Venerable Laura Vicuna Sister Susanna St. Winifred of Wales
Threatened with or Victim of Rape St. Agnes Bl. Antonia Mesina St Joan of Arc St. Maria Goretti Bl. Pierina Morosini St. Zita
Widowed St. Adelaide St. Anastasia Bl. Angela of Foligno St. Bathildis St. Birgitta of Sweden Bl. Castora Gabrielli St. Clotilda Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (Conchita) Bl. Dorothy of Montau St. Elizabeth of Hungary St. Elizabeth Seton St. Etheidreda or Audrey St. Eulalia St. Frances of Rome Bl. Helen dei Cavalcanti Bl. Ida of Boulogne St. Jeanne de Chantal St. Jeanne de Lestonnac Bl. Jeanne Marie de Maille St. Joaquina St. Jufta St. Louise de Marillac Bl. Lucy de Freitas St. Ludmila Bl. Marguerite d'Youville Bl. Marie of the Incarnation (Acarie) St. Matilda Bl. Michelina St. Monica St. Olga St. Paula St. Rita of Cascia