What a special week it has been for the Catholic church! First, Mother Teresa was canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday. And today is the Blessed Virgin Mary's birthday.
I thought it fitting to start a family tradition of celebrating Our Blessed Mother's birthday each year by going to Mass, presenting a special bouquet of The Bouqs fresh, organic flowers, and making a nice chocolate ganache tart to share since she is so cherished and loved in our household. After all, she is our mother in Heaven and on Earth and has interceded for us all of our lives. Since I am Catholic homeschooling my little boy this special feast day of the Birth of The Blessed Virgin Mary makes teaching this holy occasion very delightful and fun.
Very early on I was convinced that my vocation was to be a wife and mother and to bring my children up close to the Church. I was ten years old when I envisioned taking my children with me to daily Mass. I knew then that there is a correlation with having a deep sense of faith and attaining true happiness.
By teaching our children about the Blessed Mother and the saints, our children learn to love and better understand the faith. They learn how to live holy lives dedicated to Christ.
Today I think that it is appropriate to pray Mother Teresa's quick novena, the Memorare prayed nine times, in honor of the Blessed Mother's birthday. Many times Mother Teresa would say the Memorare nine times consecutively whenever she was in need of guidance especially during hard times and challenges. It is a most beautiful prayer that my family and I like to conclude with after praying the Rosary.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer.
Happy birthday, Mama Mary! We love you. Please pray for us.
The Bouqs. They deliver the most beautiful farm-fresh organic flowers. I love all of their bouquets!
Chocolate Ganache Tart by Sweet Laurel. I keep telling my husband that we have to live in L.A. for at least a year because I want to take one of Laurel's baking classes and, of course, order her delicate and delicious cakes. Also, I love the recipes on the Sweet Laurel blog. They are so good and healthy! She is one to follow on social media.