Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sabbath Moments

Sabbath Moments is a weekly meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace . These moments are those when we "let go and let God" and live in the present moment.

Thursday, Randy and I enjoyed a visit to St. Joseph's Shrine in Massachusetts. While we were there we went to Confession and visited their book/gift shop. We bought some books and new Rosary beads made out of olivewood from the Holy Land. These are the sturdiest beads I've ever seen and I appreciate the symbolism of the olivewood. And being a bookworm, I'm always looking for new reading material!

Michaela wrote her first prayer this week. I loved it so much that I decided to share it:

Our God, the mightiest of the mighty,
Our Lord, the strongest of all,
Creator of everything,
please bless us with faith,
give us your grace.
Please give us the power to help
defeat the devil and sin no more.
We lift up our souls to you.
Help us to come to you in all things.

Pretty good for a 7-year-old :)


  1. Very good for a 7-year-old! I hope she stays strong in the faith throughout her life.

    What's at the St. Joseph's shrine? Anyway, it's always refreshing to do retreat/pilgrimage. Glad you got to go! :-)


  2. Very good for a 7 years old my friend, love it.
    .......:-) Hugs

  3. Very good indeed, Mary. The faith of a child is wonderful. Mom and dad should be very proud. :)

  4. Outstanding for a seven year old. Visits to shrines are always great for the soul. In some way we get to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary just as we do at Mass. Come to think of it, Confession is extraordinary, too.

  5. Evan,
    St. Joseph Shrine is a beautiful church that's we like to visit because it's the not that far from us and they have 3 Masses daily and they hear Confessions everyday, too. They also have a museum and a giftshop where I often buy my books and books for Michaela.

  6. Barb,
    Yes, Confession is extraordinary :)

    Robert and Bernie,
    I had to smile when she wrote this prayer because she was so determined to make it "super powerful". I explained to her that children's prayers are ALWAYS powerful and hers was certain to fly right into the lap of the Father :)

  7. Mary,
    Michaela's prayer is beautiful- written with that childlike faith Jesus tells us we all need.
    Glad you had a good visit to St Joseph's

  8. Karin,
    She drew a picture of Jesus to go with it but I couldn't put it up because she spilled juice all over it (lol). The picture was really funny! She thought it looked exactly like the Divine Mercy picture, "Don't you think so mommy?" Uhm...Oh yes! Exactly ;)

  9. Great prayer! She must take after her mom with writing prayers (and poems)! And I love going to shrines and book stores!

  10. Colleen,
    I love going to shrines, too. There are a few in Massachusetts with outdoor rosaries and Stations of the Cross that I love to visit. At one of them the "beads" are all large rocks connected with chains!

  11. Very good for a "ANY" year old!!! That prayer is BEAUTIFUL! I hope Michaela won't mind the kids and I praying it during our school prayer time this coming week:)
    So glad you had such a special time with your husband and God:)

  12. Judy,
    My husband and I were both quite surprised at her prayer to be honest. She'll be thrilled to hear that her prayer will prayed and that people liked it!
    Now, if she'd only pay more attention at Mass...

  13. Hi Mary, That's really a great prayer.

    God bless you and your family.

  14. Mary thank you for sharing. Always a pleasure to read. Blessings.

  15. You are so blessed to have a smart and holy daughter! Olive wood is very beautiful and quite pricey too, I know you will reflect on how you have been blessed with so many treasures in your faith and family each time you use your new rosary.

  16. Hi Mary,

    Two things: Bought a tiny olive plant in a pot three years ago. Kept it indoors and it is growing so slowly it will take about 2000 years before I can make my own Rosary with olive wood beads. I'll send you a Rosary then.

    A VOKI is a recording device. I've explained it more fully on my Blog.

    Look forward to "hearing" you.

    God bless.

  17. JBR, Anne, and Victor,
    Thanks for your comments!

    I'll be expecting them. I'm sure my current beads will be worn out by then;)

  18. Michaela is indeed gifted with writing prayers! May God bless your family with peace and guide you always.

  19. Thank you, Loci :) May God bless you, too!

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