Invitation of Restoration for Mothers of Aborted Infants

ake My hand,
The very same hand
That in infancy
Grasped My Mother’s finger,
Hugged her about the neck.

Look into My Eyes,
The very eyes
That held My Mother’s gaze.

Let me take you
To your child,
Never forgotten,
Buried in secret mourning,
No day without pain.

Your little one has a heart of love,
A soul of patience
A spirit of forbearance,
And one solitary prayer.

Playing on the lap of Our Father,
Whispering the heart’s desire
Into Abba’s listening ear,
Full of Love’s expectation,
Your babe smiles eternally
And waits for thee.

Take My hand,
The very same hand
That in infancy
Grasped My Mother’s finger,
Hugged her about the neck.
Now is a time to embrace
The gift I give you in Love.

©2012 Joann Nelander

Michael Keaton – Inspirational Acceptance Speech- Golden Globes

A priest writes: “Why I refuse to bless children at communion” — UPDATED

A priest writes: “Why I refuse to bless children at communion” — UPDATED.

Here’s Father Cory Sticha on the topic:

I’ve been thinking more and more about my concerns around giving special blessings to children at Mass. There are a number of people here who are continuing to express concern because of my stance on not blessing children in the communion line. To be clear, this is a position taken not out of spite, but out of a respect for the liturgy and for the documents of the Second Vatican Council. In paragraph 22, Sacrosanctum Concilium states, “Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.” A priest does not have the authority to add a blessing to the liturgy for anyone, because a priest does not have the authority to add anything to the liturgy. It doesn’t matter if other priests go beyond their authority and do it in disobedience. In my mind, it is inappropriate, and I will not. Period.”Read More:

Love for the Loud at Mass | Catholic Lane

via Love for the Loud at Mass | Catholic Lane.

……….In Mass, we’re at the foot of the cross. Lumen Gentium says: “As often as the sacrifice of the cross in which Christ our Passover was sacrificed, is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried on, and, in the sacrament of the eucharistic bread, the unity of all believers who form one body in Christ is both expressed and brought about”.

So, all of us who participate in Mass are part of one Body of Christ, the Church, which includes loud children. We come together to partake of the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross, which is offered to us in an unbloody manner in the Eucharist. Therefore, crying babies can be heard as echoes of the crying women of Jerusalem who wept on the way to Calvary.

Furthermore, children have just as much right to be at Mass as we do. In fact, small children are the only sinless saints in that church!

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Finally, remember this – a church without crying babies is a church with no future

via Love for the Loud at Mass | Catholic Lane.

Painting My Summer Days

This year my memories come in watercolor:

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Sunday Snippets — A Catholic Carnival

It’s time once again to join the Catholic bloggers at Sunday Snippets – A Catholic Carnival, hosted by RAnn of This, That and the Other Thing fame.

Read, enjoy and join the fun by sharing your posts, RAnn shows you the ropes here.

It’s been too long since I posted here. Wifi connections have been a problem. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things.

Here are my snippets :

Recently Published Children’s Book – “Christ and the Children”

Grounded in the Glorious

Becoming Flame – One Shot Wednesday- Week 51

Recently Published Children’s Book – “Christ and the Children”

Christ and the Children by Adolfo Maes and illustrated by Joann Nelander. This is a feel good, colorful children’s book.  It includes a free song download that will keep you humming and happy long after turning the last page.