Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A Catholic Meme

I have been tagged by Breadgirl for a Catholic Meme. Like her, I was a bit confused at first, but I think I have the gist of it now.
The rules, (from Mac) which need to be posted:
"Name your
three favourite prayers, and explain why they're your favourites.
Then tag
five bloggers - give them a link, and then go and tell them they have been tagged. Finally, tell the person who tagged you that you've completed the meme. The Liturgy and the Sacraments are off limits here. I'm more interested in people's favourite devotional prayers."

My three favourite prayers are:

O Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.

We say this every night with the lads, as it was said with us by our parents, fadó, fadó.
Prayer to Our Lady of All Nations
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.

I found this prayer in my kitchen. I think Mum must have left it there. I like the idea of Mary as being a unifying force throughout the world.

A prayer in my own words to St Thérèse
I consider her a friend who I talk to as a friend when I am troubled or thankful. Fittingly, I think she prefers us to speak our requests to her from our heart, rather than from set formula.

I am tagging

By the way, is it a 'Mee mee' or a 'meem'?

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Blessed Teresa of St Augustine and her companions

Today marks the anniversary of the martyrdom of a group of French nuns during the French Revolution. I had never heard about them until I stumbled on this post from the blog of the Third Order of Carmelites in the Philippines while searching for a name for the baby in my tummy.
It always surprises me that I have never heard about many of the brave men and women who gave their lives for our faith, but I suppose that just goes to show how important it is to try and make them better known.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Great parents and spouses

Today is the liturgical feast of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux. Happy feast day Guys! Thank you for your help in the past, help us to be more like you and please keep me well so I can stay at home with my little boys.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

a sigh of relief and now I'm holding my breath

Well, at long last, we did it. Poonch is out of our room. He is spending his first night in the neighbouring room, formerly known as Roo's bedroom. The two of them seemed fairly happy about it in the end, but of course the real test is to see what happens if Poonch wakes during the night. It was so easy and comforting just to reach out my hand to him when he was in the cot next to our bed, which is why it's taken so long for me to bite the bullet and evict him!
I will miss seeing his happy little face first thing in the morning, as he wakes me with his little call, 'Maaaamaaaaa' and of course it will be interesting to see what time the two of them wake in the morning! But it had to be done, as Baby uimhir a trí will be here soon, please God. Maybe even sooner than we had hoped, as the old problem from the last pregnancy seems to be appearing again.
Please say a prayer it won't mean I have to go into hospital again. I think it would destroy Poonch as he is way more attached to me than Roo was as the time, and it had a terrible effect on him.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

An awareness of angels

Just a quick one before I forget. This morning in Mass, Roo was quietly reading his Busytown book while his brother kept up his non-stop babble throughout. At one point, after all our entreaties had failed, I thought about asking his guardian angel to help. On the way to Mass, Roo had told me that he had asked his guardian angel what Poonch's one was called and he said it was Toto. Just as I was thinking my thought, Poonch said, 'Toto' and quietened down. It only lasted for a short while, but how amazing is that?

Friday, 2 July 2010

18 months today

...since you came into our lives, Babba Poonch. Our sunshine-headed buachaillín bán. xxxxxxx