Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Feast of St. Joesph

For the feast of St. Joseph we had a home schooling day. We attended 9am Mass at our Parish, and followed it with a procession around the church and the Litany of St. Joseph. We also made some bookmarks with a photo of a stained-glass window of St. Joseph on one side and a prayer on the other.

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Saint Patrick’s Day

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Fearless Saint Patrick!

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day.

We have St. Patrick parades all over the country but how many of us know him well?

Patrick was simply an awesome man, a powerful saint! And that is because he was truly a man of God. And we could certainly use a few of him today!

Click to read his incredible story told with a Southern twist in The Great Saint Patrick by Way of Louisiana…

Whether he expelled snakes from Ireland or not, he certainly helped the author in her snake-infested backyard in the aftermath of multiple hurricanes!

And he certainly was the saint of fire, fearlessness and miracles.

So many of us in America with Irish blood or not can claim Patrick as ours.

Read his marvelous story, and also click the links in the article that lead to his powerful Breastplate Prayer which has been handed down to us through the centuries!

Here is one verse from the Breastplate Prayer.

I bind to myself today

God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

When I read the full Breastplate Prayer, I understood better why Patrick was so powerful: he was a man in full connection with God.

He will be sure to protect and help you and yours in these increasingly challenging times.

Patrick feared nothing!

Read this article and become a fan of the great Saint Patrick.

In Jesus and Mary,
Robert E. Ritchie
Robert E. Ritchie
America Needs Fatima
PS: Click here, The Great Saint Patrick or go to Saint Patrick’s Breastplate.

The Giver | Dove Movie Reviews


The story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Dove Review

“The Giver” is an intriguing tale of a society that has chosen to ignore memories and emotions in order to suppress negative thoughts, jealousy, violence, romance and faith. The story begins “after the ruin” and we are exposed to a world without grief, color or independent thinking. Conformity is the rule and teenagers are assigned jobs based upon their skills. One young man named Jonas is chosen to be “The Receiver” of memories and is introduced to his new mentor “The Giver” who currently safeguards these experiences. When Jonas is exposed to a full range of emotions and violence of past humankind, it awakens in him a desire to break the chains of oppression by sharing these newfound feelings with everyone else.

The movie is a powerful testament to the gifts of individuality, emotion and faith. The story is told in a straightforward manner and will keep the audience’s attention throughout. Rarely do we see films these days that are sensitive to the desires of viewers who want to experience an uplifting film without senseless language or overly graphic violence. “The Giver” delivers a wholesome experience and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over.

via The Giver | Find Top Family Movies | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews.

Australia: Rated M Mature themes and violence

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