Divorced Catholic Mother’s Prayer to St. Joseph for Her Children

st joseph with child jesus consecration for divorced Catholic mothers

Somehow I stumbled across this prayer of consecration to St. Joseph online and it touched my heart, so I’m sharing it with you! I’ve adapted a few words in this traditional prayer to St. Joseph to make it more appropriate for divorced and single Catholic mothers by replacing “us” or”we” with “I.” No other changes were made. When my husband moved out I was bereft. We had a beautiful statue of St. Joseph, a gift from my mother-in-law, and I so asked St. Joseph to be “the man of the house.” I have entrusted to St. Joseph all my attempts to work and earn income since he has the title “St. Joseph The Worker.” It gives me comfort to know that as he cared for Mary and Jesus, he also cares for me and my children. Perhaps you’ll also find comfort in turning to St Joseph. A Mother’s Prayer Consecrating Her Children to St. Joseph O glorious St. Joseph,  to you God committed the care of His only begotten Son amid the many dangers of this world. I come to you and ask you to take under your special protection the children God has given me.  Through holy baptism they became children of God and members of…

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Divorced Catholic Moms Website Continues to Grow

Grateful thanks to Manya for passing on stewardship of this site to me! And so this Divorced Catholic Moms website continues to grow… You’re Not Alone, Either This is the first site I found that helped me feel a little less alone as I first faced the impending prospect of  divorce and the loss of my marriage. Although I had come from “a broken home,” none of my Catholic-mom-friends were divorced or single women. I didn’t know any divorced women, at least not among my own contemporaries. I was shocked, scared, and filled with grief, and this site made me feel a bit less alone. Hopefully you’ll feel less alone, too, when you visit here. Divorce Hurts – And Hurts I hope this site will continue to be a little beacon of hope and light of Christ’s love here for all who are going through the heart-break of a broken marriage. Some of us were abandoned by our husbands, while others made the decision to leave an abusive marriage, or all kinds of situations in between. Whether or not you chose to divorce, it still hurts and has lasting affects on your life and the life of your children. This One’s…

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Dressing Properly for Church – Teenage Girls

Yes, this is an issue in our house.  It wasn’t with my two oldest girls but it is with my youngest, who is now 16.  As a friend who was a high school teacher for many years points out to me, my daughter views modesty (and lack thereof) very differently from how I view it.  Soooo….as her parent, it’s my job to teach my daughter what is and isn’t modest…and what is and isn’t appropriate for any given situation. And I have.  Many times.  And I will.  Many times more. I’m sure. This article came to me via email this morning, which prompted this post. 🙂  If you have teenage daughters, I encourage you to read it. How is it that some of us parents have come to the point of feeling like we can’t tell our kids “no”….?  Of course, very few of us like conflict, especially with our kids….but sometimes there’s no getting around it.  Our first and most important “job” is to raise our children to know God and to know right from wrong.  It’s our right and DUTY to say “No”  to our children when they make inappropriate choices. Of course, there’s a kind and loving way…

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7 Quick Takes Friday (Volume 1)

Are you familiar with the blog, Conversion Diary? If you’re not, you should be. The woman who writes it, Jennifer Fulwiler, is a wonderful writer and quite often has me crying from laughing so hard. (hint – read her scorpion stories!) Anyway, she started this thing called “7 Quick Takes Friday” where she writes about 7 different things…just short blurbs. Then she got all these other bloggers to play the game, too (there are 104 blog links at the bottom of her post today!). And now, I’m jumping in. Gonna give it a try, anyway. 🙂 So, here goes: – 1 – My two oldest children are out tonight at “Opera on Tap.” Yep, that’s a new one on me, too. My oldest daughter is one of the cantors at church. The woman who is the head cantor is actually an opera singer. I think she and friends started “Opera on Tap” where they meet once/month at a bar and sing pieces from operas! This seems to be pretty popular because you have to buy a ticket to get in. This surprises me…but also delights me.  Unfortunately, I’m not an opera fan but I love the quirkiness of mixing opera…

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The Annunciation – A Solemnity!

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. What’s the “Annuciation,” you might ask ? It’s the celebration of the day the Angel “announced” to Mary that God wanted her to be the mother of Jesus (and, hence, the mother of God!…since Jesus is part of the Trinity and, therefore, God….). I love that picture of the Annunciation. I only recently saw it for the first time and like it because it’s so “real.” Nothing ethereal about it. It makes it easier (in my opinion) to relate to Mary as someone like us. 🙂 AND, by the way, since this Solemnity falls on a Friday in Lent, and a Solemnity is a day of celebration, guess what?! Yep, you guessed right! NO abstaining from meat today! Meaning, you can eat meat if you want to. 🙂 AND, if you’ve given up something else for all other days in Lent, you don’t need to give it up today. Celebrate today! Be joyful and party. That’s what a Solemnity is all about, so embrace it and have a wonderful day. May God bring you joy on this very special day…the day that Mary said yes to God and all of humanity. Thank you,…

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Try Fasting!

I was working away..just as I should have been doing…when I saw an email arrive. It was from www.CatholicMom.com. I skimmed it to see if there were any articles that looked interesting to me and found one: Need a Breakthrough this Lent? Try Fasting – Seriously. Instead of putting it aside to read later (like I should have 🙂 ), I read it immediately.  It’s compelling! This Wednesday, I fast – seriously. Do you have any stories regarding fasting?  Please share with us if you do. May God bring us peace, Manya

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Ash Wednesday

Here we are at Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent again…it’s mind boggling how fast the years are passing! Remember that, as Catholics, we must abstain from meat today and, also, it’s a day of fast.  We only have two days of obligatory fasting each year – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday…we can do this. 🙂 The rule for a day of fasting: On this day one normal-sized meal and two smaller meals that do not equal the normal meal are allowed. Eating between meals, however, is prohibited although fruit juices and milk are allowed. Those between 18 and 59 years must fast.  Those 14 years and older must abstain from meat. Lent consists of 40 days of preparation for Easter (not including Sundays and solemnities -this year that will be the solemnity of St. Joseph and the solemnity of the Annunciation) .  This is a time of penance and introspection…ideally, we should come to know ourselves and God better during this time.  And we should gain more control over ourselves!  Let’s work towards not being captives of our desires (says the woman who can’t say no to sweets!). Give up something that you adore.  This doesn’t necessarily need…

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Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras, which translated means Fat Tuesday!  Eat something decadent today for tomorrow we fast! Make a King Cake or Beignets (yum!!).  They’re not hard to do. 🙂 Manya

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