I have learned a new method for post-Communion meditation that has helped me to stay focused after receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist. I think it was originally meant for children….but hey, we are all supposed to be as little children, aren’t we?
It is easy and may help you, too. It is actually an acronym and some of you may use this method already. The acronym is FATHER and here is the method to use:
F – Acts of FAITH
A – Acts of ADORATION
T – Acts of THANKSGIVING
H – Acts of HUMILITY
E – ENTREATY (Asking God for what we need)
R – RESOLUTION (Making a doable resolution to overcome our faults)
Easy enough to remember, right? And it fits right along with what we have learned about the four methods of prayer and the four ends of the sacrifice of the Mass – Adoration, Atonement, Thanksgiving, Petition….
When I get to the Thanksgiving part of this prayer, my heart overflows (when I am focused and not too distracted) with thankfulness for everything we have. It comes easily – to think of things I am grateful for.
It hasn’t always come easy. But I have had to train myself to regularly look at the glass half full instead of half empty. I still get tripped up. But for the most part I am able to bring my mind back to what I have….which is so much.
There are so many suffering in this world of ours and when we are aware of this, it helps us to comprehend what we have. Although the news, etc. can bring us down, a proper dose (important – not too much!) of it makes us grateful. It gives us a reality check. And thankfulness SHOULD be our daily focus. Our Lord is very pleased with a thankful heart.
It may take a gratitude journal or just trying to remember to switch tracks on our train of thought if it begins to get negative and self-pitying. There is no room for that in a Catholic life. Let’s “boot it out” of our lives!(Speaking to myself here, too, of course)! I’m not an expert at it, but getting better…..
There are many, many little things that happen in every day life that we can be thankful for. A good cup of tea or coffee? A homemade apple pie? A good movie? A stranger’s smile? A friend who cares? In this time of disturbing world news, having a safe home, a haven to go home to is something to be very thankful for. I’m grateful for the beautiful fall we have had. I grew up in Canada and at this time of year winter is getting its tight grip on each day.
Thanksgiving is a great time to remember those big and little things that each of us has to be grateful for. It’s also a good time to be thankful for the adversities in our lives because they have helped us to grow and to have compassion on others who are going through rough times.
Each day we need to practice having a thankful heart. All those little things I mentioned? Why not each day, be more aware of them and send a quick prayer of thanksgiving to God, who is the Author of all these things as we experience them throughout the day.
When you are having that tea and it warms your innards, thank God for it. When you are about to sit down with your family and play a board game and you realize what a gift your family is, thank God for it. When you get in that warm shower and the heat penetrates your sore body and gives it relief, thank God for it. When you lay your head down at night and it feels so good because you are so tired., thank God for it. What better way to train your mind to be thankful!
I read these words from a very wise woman: ” Learn to enjoy life. Be thankful. Smile. When you catch yourself becoming irritated or disturbed at circumstances, stop and laugh at the little things that steal your peace. Count your blessings and learn to be appreciative.”
Cicero once said, “A grateful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”
So as the Thanksgiving weekend approaches, let us offer up our little inconveniences, our stresses, our fatigue for those less fortunate than ourselves. And, on the flip side, let’s start becoming more aware of the little things and thanking God for them.
May you all be blessed with a lovely Thanksgiving. May Our Lord and Our Lady help us to become holy with hearts filled with love and gratefulness. Amen!
Some pictures of our November so far. Rosie is not in most of these pictures. She has been suffering through October and November with the Epstein Barr Virus. It has taken her down….really down. In your charity, would you be so kind as to offer a prayer for her?
This is Gemma, Margy and Hannah. Margy (middle of the first pic)is my “right hand lady” since Rosie has been out of commission. She makes all the meals and fills in wherever there is a need. Gemma and Hannah help a lot, too!
Our All Saint’s Day Party was a smashing hit. The March of Saints and then the Litany of the Saints started the evening off. The large hall was packed with kids and adults alike. Then came the potluck where we all were able to visit with each other and have some good camaraderie. Next was the two short plays about the lives of the saints and then the games for the kids, with lots of prizes for everyone. There was the fishing pond, the cake walk and many other neat games that Margy prepared for the evening. We had a raffle for the door prize and a Pumpkin Carving Contest where the winners would take away the baskets shown below!
Mid-November we held a Robin Hood Bow Shoot. Our family was very involved. There were about 45 people who shot the course. Families came and sat around the bonfire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. It turned out to be a wonderful time and we hope to have it each year! The profit from this event will be used to help the needy in our area this Christmas season.
One of the 3D targets:
Theresa is a good shot and won first place in the Women’s competition!
Our grandson (Theresa’s son) Brendan, was pretty good, too!
Devin won second place in the Men’s Compound Bow Competition:
Our son-in-law, Mike, won first in the Men’s Competition:
How do you like that for a pile of laundry!? Sheesh…. I stuck this one in as a reality check. 😛
This is Angelo’s bed. I do believe he is going to be a Mad Professor . He’s got all sorts of contraptions rigged up. When I asked him why the beads were in the lid and precariously sitting on something suspended in the air, he proceeded to tell me it was his alarm clock. When Dominic gets up in the morning and switches on the light, somehow the fan fin will hit the lid, the beads will fall and it will wake Angelo up. 😛
We have five birthdays within five days of each other in November. Angelo and Rosie’s birthday is on the same day. Rosie was able to get herself out of bed to blow out the candles.
Our sweetheart granddaughter, Agnes.
Our Amazon packages can hold some pretty amazing things!!
Since Rosie has not been able to make it to Mass for several weeks, Father, in his kindness, came and offered Mass at our house. Such a privilege!
These are pictures of Virginia’s flowers that she makes. Theresa is modeling them. They would make lovely “fascinators” for weddings.
We have been taking part in the local bazaars to sell some of our handcrafted items.
All of the guys decided to take the birthday girls and Angelo out for dinner rather than buy gifts and have a party. This is the gang just before they left for the restaurant.
Rosie stayed behind. 🙁
This month we had a celebration as our Legion of Mary Praesidium welcomed nine new members! They made their promise and are now full-fledged Legionaires! It was very exciting!
It has arrived! The Catholic Young Lady’s Maglet (Magazine/Booklet)!! Enjoy articles about friendship, courting, purity, confession, the single life, vocations, etc. Solid, Catholic advice…. A truly lovely book for that young and not-so-young single lady in your life! Available here.
Mrs Miller said:
Wow, what an amazing post! I have to.come back and read it again on my laptop 🙂 Love the glimpses into your wonderful family life. You are blessed beyond measure by the Lord. We are blessed by your ministry in this blog and FB page !!!
Anne Marie M said:
Such a great post for Thanksgiving! The Rosary and flower are beautiful, and perfect for Christmas!
Stunning set! On my Christmas list this year is a rosary from you, so either way I win this time….lol
Paula Duda said:
I love reading about your family!
Lisa Williams said:
Beautiful family! I love reading your blog and seeing updates on your family! The Rosary bracelet, flower, and earrings are beautiful!
Britton Foshee said:
I love your posts and always look forward to your picture updates! Prayers for poor Rosie! ❤️
Anne Marie said:
Prayers for Rosie!
Patty G said:
What a wonderful post! I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed this week getting everything ready for Thanksgiving but I’m going to re-read this post everyday to keep me at peace, thankful and happy!
Karen Reep said:
Wonderful post! I look forward to reading your blog. Thank you for this chance. I live in southern Kansas, Sumner county. Where is Rossville/St. Mary’s? God Bless!
Hi Karen, We live 20 miles west of Topeka. 🙂
Thank you for your blog and maglets. May God bless you and your family.
Aw, poor Rosie. My G aunt got that real bad and ended up with Chronic Fatigue… I pray that she recuperates soon, Leane. Hugs to her.
I love your “compendium” posts. 🙂
Love the traditions you share Leane, I know Karen and I enjoy talking about them and thinking about what ones we’ll have in our family once we’re married.
Oh, and I haven’t told you, but we’re engaged and will be married May 1st. After that we’ll be able to come up for the traditional family weekends as our own family, instead of two singles.
Our Lady bless you Leane.
I am so happy to hear this, Chad!! I hope you will come again soon! Love to Karen! <3
Praying for Rosie to make a full recovery. I will make this one of my intentions for the St. Andrew the Apostle Christmas Prayer beginning on Nov. 30th. I hope others who read this blog will do the same. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you Lisa. One of the reasons I posted about Rosie was to get some prayers. 🙂 We so much appreciate it! <3
Catherine Adair said:
What a beautiful faith-filled family! very inspiring! Please pray for the conversion of my family, they have all left the Church. My husband, me, and our children are the only faithful Catholics. God bless you!
Catherine, we will not forget you in our prayers!
Grateful for your posts! It is always fun to see your family together. We will keep Rosie in our prayers. God bless!
Thank you, Charline!!
A friend let me know you had posted as I didn’t receive this to my email. 🙁 I seem to be still signed in though, I don’t know what happened.
Thank you for the reading and the pics! I hope Rosie gets better very soon, and may the soul of your dear father rest in peace. I believe it has been one year. I hope you and your mother are doing well during this time; it will always have special memory. ;’)
The giveaway is one of your most beautiful; the colors are so very very complementary(and some of my favorite)!
And as it is Thanksgiving, I am very grateful for what you do!
Mary, it is so thoughtful of you to remember this time of the year and my dad passing. It has been on my mind a lot so thank you! Mom and I are doing well….we support one another. Thank you, Mary, for your special support of my blog, etc. 🙂 <3
Thank you for the wonderful post. I hope Rosy gets better quickly.
Thank you, Isabella!
I love how you live out your faith every day with your family, Leane. So few Catholic parents do it these days, which is a tragedy because it is so essential to sowing the faith within them. Sadly, most don’t seem to understand that what I teach during catechism only works if I have something to build on- they are the ones who need to build the foundation for their children’s faith every day. So keep up the good work. =)
I will keep Rosie and all your family in my prayers this season.
Thank you kindly, Donal. It is much appreciated! And thank you for the prayers…the greatest gift one can receive!!
maria decker said:
love your rosaries and jewelry ! will remember rosie in our rosary.
Dani Vdp said:
Gorgeous accessories, will keep praying for Rosie.
Maximina Ronnau (Pryor) said:
Absolutely gorgeous! And extremely thoughtful gift. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.
Loved your post!! And the jewelry too!! Prayers for your sweet Rosie! My son had Mono a year and a half ago and he had just started a new job! I treated him with essential oils and believe it or not, he was on his feet and reported for week after only a week. I was surprised because I had it when I was young and I was sick for an entire year! I will pray for her! It’s a terrible illness!
Emily Shibler said:
We will be sure to add dear Rosie to our daily prayers! Such a good read!! They all are ..this is one of my favorite!!
Anastasia Harpe said:
I recently purchased a pair of beautiful earrings from your family. My best friend absolutely loved them 🙂
Emily Rose Shibler said:
Another fabulous read!! On my favorite list!! We will be sure to add Dear Rosie to our daily prayers🌸
Mary Fifer said:
Sherri Murphy said:
God bless your family and
Love your blog! and HELLO!!!
Good morning! Prayers for Rosie.
Your blog always reminds me of what is important; God bless all of you.
Prayers for Rosie! You have a beautiful family and I enjoy your blog!
Your website always reminds me of what is important. God bless you all.
Always love to read about you and your beautiful family Leane, thank you for sharing. Love you!!
Eugenia Doucette said:
Beautiful rosary and bracelet and earring set! Your family is very creative !
Lynn Prucha said:
What a beautiful family! Blessings to you, thanks for all you do!
gin shibler said:
Good times 🙂
Elizabeth VanderPutten said:
Lovely, as usual. Prayers for you and Rosie!
It is always nice to read your blog, and see what is happening in my extended family! 🙂 So sorry to hear about Rosie. That’s a tough one to overcome. We are off to New York in the morning for Marcellino’s wedding- our first! Please pray our trip is safe and snow-free. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Praying for Rosie, nice to see your family in action.
Wow! Awesome post and pictures, as always… 🙂 And what a beautiful set. 🙂 Hope Rosie is doing better.
We’re praying for Rosie!
Thank you for writing this beautiful blog and your maglets. Reading them really helps and inspires me as I’m trying to figure out how to create a truly Catholic home for my family. Your book list has been so helpful. I hope to be able to buy your new book soon. God bless you and your family.
Jeanette Gallant said:
Beautiful blog!!! Very inspiring, fun to look at and exciting when there’s a giveaway!!:) Keep it up mom!!!;)
Mrs. Medy Villamor said:
Since I learned about your website, I’ve been learning so much more about the Catholic faith, traditions etc. through reading your articles. I’m an avid fan. What a blessing to have such a website as this! Thank you for all your efforts. God bless !
Emily Alexander Gaddini said:
The red jewelry set is so beautiful!
I hope Rosie feels well soon.
So sorry to hear of your daughter’s condition but a blessing that you know how to carry it as Catholics. God bless you all!
Tonya Bush said:
Lovely rosary set! So much talent!
Thank you all for your prayers for Rosie! It means a lot!! 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Vicki G said:
Praying for Rosie! Thanks for the lovely giveaway! 🙂