Thursday, June 1, 2023

June: Embracing the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As we step into the month of June, filled with the excitement of children on summer break, vacations, poolside reading, and the summer heat, we are also reminded that this month is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The Sacred Heart represents the compassionate heart of Jesus, overflowing with love and mercy, and June provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace this devotion.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a powerful symbol as the image depicts the heart of Jesus, surrounded by thorns and engulfed in flames of love.  This image of Jesus’ heart signifies His suffering, sacrifice, and unwavering devotion to humanity.  It serves as a reminder of the infinite love Jesus has for each and every one of us.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has a long history within the Catholic Church.  It traces back to the revelations received by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque in the 17th century.  Through her visions, she experienced the profound love of Christ and was entrusted with the mission to spread devotion to His Sacred Heart.

The month of June provides us with the perfect opportunity to deepen our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It offers a chance to reflect upon the unconditional love and mercy that flow from His heart and inspires us to live lives rooted in compassion and kindness.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Litanyof the Sacred Heart, and participation in Mass are just some of the ways to honor the Sacred Heart.  Sacred Heart images, statues, holy cardschaplets, and books are all great tools to help deepen our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

As we journey through June, let us open our hearts to the transformative love of Christ and allow His Sacred Heart to guide us in all that we do and inspire us to extend that love to those around us. 

Sunday, March 5, 2023

A Loaf of Bread and a Few Fish


A loaf of bread and a few fish is all He had to work with and yet He fed them with plenty left over. He's our perfect example and our great provider. He wants us to go and do the same. He wants us to put out our nets and work to bring people closer to Him. And how do we do His Will? How do we serve, teach and bring others to Christ? 

It is true we have beautiful displays in the store. But they do have a plan. They often tell a story about what's going on for the season or what's going on around the Diocese. They have a purpose and we hope and pray that they are leading our customers to what they need to live like Christ, to serve and to teach. Whether it's a space filled with book suggestions such as The Passion: Reflections on the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ by Thigpen , The Last Hours of Jesus From Gethsemane to Golgotha by Gorman, The Life of Jesus: Seek and Find Sarah and Simon by Magnificat or The Holy Mass on Earth as it is in Heaven by O'Neill or gifts such as rosaries, medals, statues or crucifixes, for Baptisms or First Communions or Confirmations, for people coming into the Church at Easter or for personal use, our prayer every morning is that people receive what they need to lead a holy life and to bring everyone they may come into contact with along with them. A loaf and a few fish or a rosary and a few good books or a crucifix and a few candles; when we have something to work with, He can multiply our work and He can give us the grace and the means to serve and to make a difference, with enough left over for ourselves. 

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

The Feast of St. Thomas is tomorrow and we think it's a great time to contemplate his question to Jesus, "How can we know the way?" In our situation, we are daily questioned on product, on trust and on faith. "How do you choose what to buy? How do you decide what companies to trust, what publishers to carry? Do you have faith in the economy, in the choices of our leaders? Well, let's face it, like you, we put our trust and our faith in Jesus, in the belief in the power of His Spirit. The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre gives us all the evidence we need to know that He is real. He is here. We do not have to put our hands in his wounds to know because He Himself tells us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. If we take time with Him at Mass and in prayer, in study and by caring for and loving one another, we know the very thing that St. Thomas witnessed. We know that Jesus is with us in the day to day decisions. We know that like St Thomas, we too can say with all certainty, as the Eucharist is raised, "My Lord and My God." And it is in that trust, that faith, that belief in the power of the Holy Spirit, that we make decisions that effect others and just like you, we depend on good authors and faithful vendors as well as recommendations from customers and friends, but most importantly, we rely on prayer. On this weekend, we especially pray for the leaders of our country and for all those who defend our freedom. We pray through the intercession of St. Thomas, that we, God's people,  put on hold all doubt, all skepticism, and seek together to find the Way, the Truth and the Life...our life, as one, in Jesus Christ.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Saved Sacramentals

"Sacramentals help draw us closer to Christ. With prayer and with the proper intention, the many beautiful sacramentals help us focus on that which is holy. Although we do not need them for salvation, sacramentals draw us into deeper devotion and prayer." - Amazing Graces

We love antiques. We have couches and chairs and desks handed down from our parents and their parents and aunts and uncles...well, you get it. They carry meaning. They have history. Many were handcrafted. Things are "just not made like they used to be." Point is, we love them mainly because they bring back memories. Good times. Joy. So, as we travel, we search through local antique stores and as we do, we find many of our beautiful sacramentals. Some are well displayed and cared for but often we find them dirty and mis-marked. We have begun collecting and cleaning our sacramental finds and putting them in the store so they can go to new homes that appreciate and love them as we do. Looking up the history and thinking about who could have had these pieces in their homes has become a true joy. The statue of the Blessed Mother that was prayed in front of for the son or daughter going off to war. The picture of the Sacred Heart that blessed the multi-family home because of His promise "I will bless every place where a picture of my Heart is exposed and honored." The crucifix with the rubbed smooth feet of Jesus from constant prayers by a husband for his wife each time she gave birth. These beautiful gifts of grace carry meaning and are meant to bring us closer to Christ, to His Mother, to the Saints and to the joy of our faith. They draw us into prayer and help us to focus on our journey to become Saints. Our Saved Sacramentals section has become a very popular area inside the store. And, well, it should. Our customers love the history and the stories as much as we do! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Let's Start a New Tradition

 We are in a season of change and we have been in a year of challenge. So, let's challenge ourselves to change things up and start a new family tradition!

Whether we are a small or large family, whether we live alone or with a few or with many, we can all use the help of those who have gone before us, namely the SAINTS.

 As we know, November 1 is All Saints Day and what a great day to choose a patron for our homes for a year; maybe a Saint we are unfamiliar with or one we've been meaning to read more about or one who would be great for our children. 

This year, choose a saint and let us know who you choose! Put a statue or a prayer card or a picture of him or her in a prominent place in your house. (Good excuse to visit St. Mary's)

Once a month find a prayer related to your saint or read passages from a book or watch a movie. Do something each month that brings you closer to your Patron For a Year! Our prayer is that your Patron protects and guides and brings your family great joy! Please remember to share your Saint!

Once a month, discover more about your saint by sharing passages in a book or stories you've heard. Do something each month that brings you closer to your patron!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Face Masks - Less Mouth, More Eyes

Before reopening 4 weeks ago, we made signs for the front and back doors that stated we are following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and asking coworkers and customers to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth while inside the store and to try to keep a reasonable distance between ourselves and others while shopping. We are so glad to be reopened! We think these requests are minor. We set up a station at the front door with hand sanitizer and free bandanas in case people who want to shop have come unprepared to cover their faces. We offer curbside service for anyone who does not feel comfortable wearing a mask and we have made many, many local deliveries for customers unable or unwilling to leave their houses. We love our customers, we love our store and we want to stay open to the public. We consider ourselves somewhat essential to the local churches for communion bread and sanctuary lights to keep the light of Christ burning.

Trust us. We get it. We have heard every pro and con, every negative and positive, everything about good and evil. As you all can imagine, there is something every day about the request to wear a mask.
But here's what we have learned from serving people through "the mask". We all know that the masks are hot and irritating. We all know that when going up and down four flights of stairs, it is difficult to breathe (heck it's difficult without a mask most days). But what we've discovered is that we must have been watching people's mouths all these years to hear what they say. We must have been thinking about our response for when their mouths stop moving instead of really listening to what they say. The covering of the mouth has made us actually look into the eyes and truly listen, carefully, to what people are telling us or asking. The mask forces us to ask people to repeat things because honestly, we don't always really listen - with the heart. The book, "The Power of Silence", emphasizes the importance of listening with the heart. We are learning how to keep our mouths closed and our minds silent but it is quite the journey. Shutting off the ability to see lips move has literally allowed us to practice what Cardinal Sarah has written. We can only hope to form better habits. We can only hope to find some kind of good from all these challenges. We can only hope and pray to learn more about the care and love of people, deep in their souls.

We cannot tell you, our customers, how grateful we are for each and every one of you. You are our support. You are our livelihood. You are our teachers. You are our neighbors and our friends. We cannot grow without you. After being without for 10 or more weeks, we know how important you are to our physical, spiritual and mental well being. Together let's try not to allow the face mask, a material irritant, to separate us, but instead to help us open our eyes and really see others. We may be surprised at how much we need one another and how much they need us.

"You may be writing, and the fullness of your heart will come to your hand also. Your heart may speak through your writing. Your heart may speak through your eyes also. You know that when you look at people they must be able to see God in your eyes. If you get distracted and worldly then they will not be able to see God like that. The fullness of our heart is expressed in our eyes, in our touch, in what we write, in what we say, in the way we walk, the way we receive, the way we need. That is the fullness of our heart expressing itself in many different ways." St Teresa of Calcutta

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Welcome to the Church

This week has reminded me of how much I love our soon to be new Catholics coming into the store and sharing their excitement of the long awaited entry into Full Communion.  It's an amazing time to be sharing faith stories, and, for all of us, to be receiving the Body of Christ again at Mass inside our churches. It's as if we are all in a kind of celebration stage!
As you can imagine, people often ask us, "What is a good gift for someone coming into the Church?"
One wonderful book that we highly recommend is "Amazing Graces: The Blessings of Sacramentals". Not only does it give the history of our beautiful Sacramentals but it also gives testimony of how people have used Sacramentals to draw closer to Christ. Each chapter concludes with a prayer that ties the use of the Sacramentals to our faith journey.
Rosaries are always a great gift along with gift boxes or pouches to put them in. We have crosses with the RCIA symbols on them or Crucifixes that make wonderful gifts as well. If someone has taken a patron for Confirmation, we have many items specific to the Saints and if unsure, we have the ever popular Four-Way medal which includes a Scapular medal, a miraculous medal, St. Joseph and St. Christopher medals and some (Five Way) include the Holy Spirit on the center. These medals usually have inscribed on the back, "I am a Catholic". We have prayerbooks with nice covers that have simple short prayers for every day and we recommend to inscribe the books with a short note and the date. No matter the gift you choose, let us as always take time to pray for one another. Let us as always take time to listen to one another. Let us always take time to encourage one another in Faith. Everyone has a story and through the work of the Holy Spirit, they are all amazing!
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