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JANUARY 2015 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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"To be a mother is a gift", Pope Francis said in his latest morning audience, as he explained that, through their sacrifices, mothers assist in helping society to overcome its self-centered tendencies, as well as its lack of openness, generosity and concern for others.

The Pope also draws attention to the phrase “martyrdom of mothers” coined by Archbishop Oscar Romero, who served as the archbishop of El Salvador and was shot and killed while saying Mass in 1980 for speaking out against social injustices committed by the government. This maternal martyrdom, the pontiff noted, consists of a mother’s ability to offer herself in silence, prayer and total surrender, “without any fanfare,” to her motherly duties.

My focus in life as 2015 begins, is to offer more moments of silence, prayer and total surrender in my vocation as wife and mother.


Mother Mary, please be a mother to me this year!
United in prayer, Socorro

Self-Discipline
     Self-Discipline means self-control. It is getting yourself to do what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You don't lose control of yourself when you feel hurt or angry, but decide how you are going to talk and what you are going to do. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.

"Things have a price and can be for sale, but people have a dignity that is priceless - and - worth far more than things." – Pope Francis
 

Pope Benedict XVI's prayer for the protection of the unborn child

Lord Jesus,
You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
so that young families can serenely embrace
the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
because they are unable to have children
and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity. Amen.


http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-benedict-xvi-composes-prayer-for-the-unborn
 

Young Children in Prayer
 
      Young children are freer and more spontaneous with their prayers -- both in when they pray and in what they pray about. They don't separate spirituality from life; they don't really even have those categories yet. (When was the last time you thanked God for toilet paper, underwear, puppies, or ice cream?)

      The inhibitions creep in as they get older; for instance, a fear of praying aloud -- which comes from knowing that someone other than God is hearing it, so it has to be censored of anything they might be scolded about. (It doesn't take long for a child to learn that people, especially parents, are not as accepting about the content of prayer as God is.) In a way, adult prayer is at its best when prayed like a child going to their parent.
Prayer to Forgive

        Heavenly Father, I lift up to you, all the difficult people and situations in my life. In Jesus’ Name, I forgive them for upsetting me, for rejecting me and for hurting me. I forgive them for making me feel so alone, so unloved, so guilty; for causing me so much pain, and for demanding too much from me. In Jesus’ Name, I forgive them for making me feel afraid, worthless and bitter. I also ask You, Father, to forgive them for doing these things to me, and I ask that You forgive me, for holding a judgment against each one of them.
            Heavenly Father, I confess, that at times I have blamed You, for things that went wrong in my life, things that were not Your fault. I realize now that this was sinful, and I ask Your forgiveness. I know that You have loved me with a steadfast love, and that You hate what Satan has done in my life. I thank You for Your great mercy and faithfulness.
          Heavenly Father, as a result of being hurt I have held in my heart anger, resentment and bitterness towards these people. I know that this is sinful and I choose to repent, and turn from this destructive behavior. Lord, teach me Your ways, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to yours, and fill me with Godly love for myself, for all my brothers and sisters, and for the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Fr. Greg Bramlage - Missionaries of the New Evangelization
http://missionariesofthenewevangelization.us/fr-bramlage/
 
Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged
 
 We are excited to announce the 2015 schedule for this new marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The first weekend will be January 24th & 25th, 2015. To register for this or any other weekend, please visit our website here: www.diokzoo.org/joyfilledmarriage or contact Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org or via phone at: 269-903-0199

CALLING ALL STUDENTS in grades 4th to 12th for a chance to win...

     There is still time to send in your ART, WRITING, MUSIC or VIDEO for the Student Contest, reflecting the theme “The Family Fully Alive”. In Spanish: "La Familia Llena de Vida". Deadline to submit entries has been extended to February 2015!!!

     This is your chance to have a voice, and show us your stories of family faith as little "Domestic Churches" in your communities...
    
     Tell us your stories of family faith.This is your chance to win one of several prizes including "Educational Scholarships" donated by the Knights of Columbus.
     NOTE: we hope to hear from the youth in our communities...How is your family "fully alive" in the faith? or how do you wish your family to become "fully alive"?

 
For complete contest rules call Socorro at 269-903-0199 or visit:www.diokzoo.org/domesticchurch
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