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Dearest Sisters…Please Pray with Me

Is there anything more motivating than the love we have for our children? I think God does that on purpose. How sanctifying it is to be a mother, be it a biological mother, foster mother, adoptive mother, or spiritual mother. How personal it is that our children find joy in this life; how vital that they find the path God has for them. Someone once told me that every mother is only as happy as her least happy child. I think there is amazing truth in that. We are so intertwined to our children. In a way, their lives make ours. It is a great vocation to be a mother…we literally hold the future in our hands.

For 17 years, St. Monica begged God to save her son, St. Augustine. Without her determined faith, would the world have missed a great Doctor of the Church? Would the world have read his 200 books or encountered a thousand edifying sermons and letters?

I know St. Monica has prayed for me in the most difficult moments of my life. I’ll spare you the horrid details, but on her feast day a few years ago, answers came. A truth was uncovered. The truth sets us free, even when the truth is terrible. Naturally, because of that, I have a great love for her.

What is most inspiring is the example St. Monica left. She stood in the midst of sin and anger, yet still pushed forward to sainthood. She watched her son live a life that glorified Satan, but after nearly 20 years, he would return to the faith and go on to leave an everlasting impact on the faith. Her answered prayers are what we now recognize as the great St. Augustine. What a model example for mothers in this world!

It is a horror that so many of our children are losing faith and being attracted to worldly things. But this is a horror St. Monica knows all too well, which is why she is an ideal intercessor for Catholic mothers today. 

For Christmas this year, I received a chaplet of Saint Monica. Through all of my years of asking for her prayers, I did not know she had a chaplet. I sobbed while discovering these beautiful prayers and truly united my tears to the prayers of this beautiful devotion. You can learn more about the chaplet here

In this life, emotions such as despair, anger, blame, suspicion, doubt, and fear will come. But if we aren’t careful, they will destroy our souls and the souls around us. How lovely that in this chaplet, we not only pray against those destructive emotions, but also pray to replace those evils with hope, love, forgiveness, trust, faith, and peace. We all need healing. We all need grace to do so. We need Heaven’s help. We need the prayers of saints so much! 

How beautiful that St. Monica and our Blessed Mother are praying mothers, for a mother’s love cannot be bound. 

Please join me in asking St. Monica to intercede for us that we might become more faithful mothers. Join me in asking St. Augustine to intercede for the protection and guidance of our children. Join me in asking Our Blessed Mother for her intercession of grace to our efforts. Our children and the world need us to stand like St. Monica. They need us to pray! Jesus longs for our efforts and for our children.

Dearest sisters, please pray with me!


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Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Monthly Dedication Resources: July, The Precious Blood of Our Lord

Every month of the year in the Catholic Church is dedicated to a particular devotion of the Catholic faith. July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Our Lord. These dedications are the same every year and are based on historical events or particular aspects of the liturgical calendar (or a combination of the two). They do not always line up exactly with their liturgically celebrated feast day, since they’re fixed calendar days (and the liturgical calendar changes slightly each year). Here we’ve gathered some of our favorite resources for you to read and use throughout the month.

Special Devotions for the Months
January Devotion- Holy Name of Jesus
February Devotion- Holy Family
March Devotion- St. Joseph
April Devotion- The Eucharist and The Holy Spirit
May Devotion- Mary
June Devotion- The Sacred Heart
July Devotion- The Precious Blood of Our Lord
August Devotion- The Blessed Sacrament
September Devotion- The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October Devotion- The Rosary
November Devotion- The Poor Souls in Purgatory
December Devotion- Advent & The Coming of Christ



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July saint feast days

Printable Saints for the whole year

July saints word find

Month of the Precious Blood // Catholic Culture

July: Month of Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus // Catholic Company

The Precious Blood by Rev. Fr. Frederick William Faber

Activities to do with the family for the month of July

Litany Prayer of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus (with an audio option)

Consecration Prayer to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Novena to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Chaplet of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Prayers for the month of July: Precious Blood of Our Lord

Prayers in Honor of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Precious Blood of Christ bracelet

Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ 2

True Presence by Monica Welch of Dovetail Ink