Friday, May 19, 2017

Radio Program-The Good Fight with Barbara McGuigan

Hello, hello, and good morning out there! I'm sorry that I haven't had time to visit
with y'all this week! I have so much to share but it will have to wait until next week.
I had to at least take the time to let you know about something really amazing -


Next Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central/Standard Time
I will be on the radio program, The Good Fight with Barbara McGuigan -
EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network!


I wanted to share this very exciting news with all of you and invite you to listen to the
following radio broadcast - I have been invited to share my story, talk about adoption
and my book, "Adopted and Blessed: Words from my heart" on the two-hour live show
radio broadcast - The Good Fight with Barbara McGuigan. I am so thankful for this
wonderful opportunity to promote adoption as a loving life option, and talk about my
faith in God and my family. (I realize that many of you may not be able to listen in
but I wanted to let all of you know if you wanted to tune in for a short while)
We will be taking phone calls the second hour (from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)!


By the way.....91.5 FM is the radio station for San Angelo, TX (and surrounding areas)
and 1180 AM is the station for Odessa, TX and Midland, TX and if you have
satellite radio - Sirius XM channel 130
I will post some more radio station channels for other areas next week!


Have a wonderfully blessed weekend with your loved ones! Hug your spouse and
hug your kids! Put down all electronic devices for a little while - eat at the dinner
table and talk, talk, and talk! Family time is so important - cherish the time you
have together!








Saturday, May 13, 2017

The One Hundred Year Anniversary - Our Blessed Mother Mary and the Three Shepherd Children from Fatima, Portugal

Hello out there! I actually sat down today and put pen to paper and wrote out my
story the old fashioned way. The only problem is.......I will have to type it out for
y'all tomorrow!
I wanted to share something really quick with y'all before the day is over.
Today is the one hundred year anniversary of when the three shepherd children
saw the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal. The following is what was in our local
newspaper under the, "Today in history" -
1917: "Three shepherd children, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos and two of her cousins,
Jacinta and Francisco Marto, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary near
Fatima, Potugal; it was the first of six such apparitions that the children claimed to
have witnessed." (San Angelo Standard-Times)


In honor of this very special anniversary - I am going to post the Joyful Mysteries
of the Rosary with the pro-life intentions added.
 It doesn't matter whether you are Catholic or not, the scripture is from the Bible,
 and the intentions that follows are pro-life, as Christians, this is for us all.
Whoever wrote the intentions for the Pro-Life Rosary sure put their heart into it.

First Joyful Mystery
The Annunciation

Luke 1:28
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women."

Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will.
 Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have
 the grace to trust in God's will.

Second Joyful Mystery
The Visitation

Luke 1:41-42
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice:
"Blest are you among women and blest is the fruit of your womb."

John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother's womb. We pray that people
may realize that abortion is not about children who "might" come into the
world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing
in the womb, and are scheduled to be killed.

Third Joyful Mystery
The Birth Of Jesus

Luke 2:7
She gave birth to her first-born Son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes
 and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place
 where travelers lodged.

God Himself was born as a child. The greatness of a person does not depend
on size, for the newborn King is very small. Let us pray for an end to prejudice 
against the tiny babies threatened by abortion.

Fourth Joyful Mystery
The Presentation

Luke 2:22-23
When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses,
 the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem so that He could be presented
to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every first-born male
 shall be consecrated to the Lord."

The Child is presented in the Temple because the Child belongs to God.
Children are not the property of their parents, nor of the government.
They - and we - belong to God Himself.

Fifth Joyful Mystery
Finding The Child Jesus in The Temple

Luke 2:46
On the third day they came upon Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the
 teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

The boy Jesus was filled with wisdom, because He is God. Let us pray that
 all people  may see the wisdom of His teachings about the dignity of life,
and may understand that this teaching is not an opinion, but the truth. 

As a Catholic, I pray one "Our Father", "Ten Hail Marys", one
"Glory be to the Father", and one "O My Jesus" prayer after each intention.
 For the Pro-Life Rosary we add "Jesus, protect and save the unborn."
The "Hail, Holy Queen" prayer is prayed at the very end and then make
the "Sign of the Cross."


The following are a list of the prayers:
The Sign of the CrossIn the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.


                                                                Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                Bye for now, Sharla







Friday, May 12, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

Hello out there! The sun is streaming into my office window. This window faces the
west and I am able to see the most beautiful sunsets! This is such a special weekend!
To all the moms out there - May you be blessed with thanksgiving and love this
weekend and every day throughout the whole year.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Cheap Wine on Ice, Old Country Music, and Dancing on the Back Porch

Hello, hello to all of you out there! I have been blessed with so much joy this
weekend. A birthday party, a baby shower, and a faith based painting party at
a friend's house was only part of my Saturday! The really special part of
my day was Saturday night when I got home...............
Jim and I will be married thirty-four years in June. We have really been looking
back lately, reminiscing. We spent yesterday morning together before all of my
other activities took place. We prayed the rosary together, went and voted, and
then we went out to eat breakfast at our favorite little Mexican restaurant. Jim had
a small job to take care of in the courtyard at our parish so I tagged along. While
he worked, I watered all the potted plants. We came home and I quickly got ready
because I was already late to our great-niece's birthday party. Jim happily stayed
home to work in the yard! I enjoyed spending time with all of our family and
seeing all of the precious children from the toddlers to the late teens!
I went straight from the birthday party to the baby shower and had a wonderful
time visiting with everyone there as well. I dropped by a benefit bake sale on
the way home. I dashed in the door, said hi to Jim, washed a few dishes, said
goodbye to Jim, took out the trash and headed to the paint party on the other
side of town. The party was held at one of my friend's homes and was a faith
filled environment, each one of us painting a picture we chose. I really enjoyed
the evening. I will post my picture at the bottom. I left her home at 8:10 p.m.
and called Jim and told him that I was on my way home. He asked me to stop
and pick up some chicken. It was nine o'clock by the time I walked in the door.
I put the chicken on the bar and walked out onto our back porch. Jim had the
radio station turned to a Country and Western channel that plays the "oldies but
goldies" songs on Saturday nights. I looked at all the work he had done and just
shook my head. A good song came on and we two-stepped around our small back
porch, both of us wearing flip-flops! I came inside, put ice in a wine glass and
poured some wine over it. Llano Blush, $6.95 a bottle, is my favorite wine. I know
that if you are a real wine connoisseur you are probably appalled that not only do
I drink such cheap wine, but I water it down with ice! Oh well, what can I say?
That is how I like it. Jim was drinking a Lone Start beer, and I'm sure that beer
connoisseurs are not impressed either! He loved my painting! He is going to
make a frame for it out of some old fence posts and we are going to hang it on
the back porch. We sat on the porch with our two dogs and one of our cats close
by. We could see the sheep in the field next to our yard. We talked about the
old times, we laughed and we danced every time one of our favorite songs
was played. We listened to songs by Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Johnny Cash,
Shania Twain, George Strait, Dolly Parton and a bunch more. We should have
recorded me singing along with Johnny Cash and John Anderson, my Texas
Twang came out loud and proud. I started humming the tune to a song I
remembered and started singing some of the words/lyrics that sounded right.
Jim laughed because I was making up the words and he told me that I was thinking
about an old rock and roll song from a long time ago. Before we knew it, more than
two hours had passed and it was 11:30 p.m. We came inside, ate a little bit of the
chicken and watched part of a crazy show on television. We both fell asleep on the
couch and woke up about 1:00 a.m. and went to bed. On Sunday morning that song
was still stuck in my head so I tried to find it on YouTube and finally came across
it. My lyrics were kind of right. Anyway, I ran outside and got Jim and he
followed me into my office and I played the song. It was sung by the band, Edison
Lighthouse and was popular in the late sixties, early seventies and the title is.........
"Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" and it just has a great beat. Please
don't tell me the lyrics really mean something awful, just let me believe that it really
is what it sounds like, a guy who is in love with a girl who doesn't have any
money, her clothes fit kind of funny, and her hair is long and wild. That song is
stuck in my head now and I'm going to have to listen to some more John Anderson
and start singing, "Her momma was in the kitchen cuttin chicken up to fry" again.
Now for those of you who know me, I know you can just hear me singing with
my Texas Twang at the top of my lungs - Jim was laughing really hard at that point!
I also like the lyrics from Shania Twain that go, "Even when I'm ugly he still better
love me" and from Johnny Cash, "I hear the train a coming!"
Jim and I had such a good time Saturday night. Just the two of us (and our assorted
animals) sitting on the back porch, listening to some old songs, dancing and
laughing, and just being downright thankful that God brought the two of us together!
May you be blessed with love and laughter this week! Go out and make some
great memories with your loved ones!
                                                                                     Bye for now, Sharla







Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daily Blessings - Quality Time, Broken Down Trucks, Burritos, and Baseball - It's All Good!

Hello out there! What an awesome day! I was blessed to spend time with my
daughter - a wonderful Mother's Day treat! I was blessed to spend time with
my husband and son - a busy, working afternoon! I made meat and bean burritos
with grated cheese on top, iced lemonade and chips on the side for five of my
grandchildren. Three generations, Jim, our son, and our oldest grandson went to
work on our son's broken down truck which was located about fifteen miles out
of town. I fixed them burritos to go and fed our other grandchildren. I loaded them
up and took them to our youngest grandson's baseball game. The oldest sister of
the three girls is such a big helper! She helped me get the snacks together and
buckle everyone in their seat belts. I played with the girls and then would run
and watch my grandson bat, cheer him on, and then run back to the girls. The game
ended, we handed out snacks, loaded everyone back up in the truck, and received
the good news - they fixed the truck and would meet us half way. We gave thanks
to the Lord, so thankful they were able to fix the truck. Back at home once more,
Jim and I settled down to watch a little television and had a bite to eat.
Our days are busy and we've learned to go with the flow.
Enjoy each moment and be thankful for each day. Hugs and laughter, quiet times
and peace - Be thankful for God's blessings and have sweet dreams!


                                                              Good night my friends!
                                                                                  God bless you all!
                                                                                 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Quick Hello - Hoping Your Day is Full of Goodness and Light!


 Hello out there! Every now and then a scripture almost jumps off the pages and
catches my attention. I love this one -
"Your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written
in your book before one of them came to be."
                                                              Psalm 139:16


                                  


I hope y'all are praying the rosary! Today is Wednesday - The Glorious Mysteries
(Maybe this will help to get you started!)


The First Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection -
"Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised;
He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)



I hope y'all have a wonderfully blessed week! I have a bunch of things to share with
y'all but that will have to wait until tomorrow!


                                                                                   Bye for now, Sharla

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Day Seven - Saturday - Praying the Joyful Mysteries of The Rosary

Good morning out there! How are y'all this beautiful Saturday morning? I have really
enjoyed sharing the daily mysteries of the rosary with all of you. Many times I will
think about the scripture I just read and will be reminded to pray for specific people or
things that are going on in the world.
An example would be: This morning as Jim and I were praying the rosary and I read
the First Joyful Mystery - The Annunciation - And when the angel had come to her,
 he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28) - I prayed for God to
 please help all couples see that their baby is a gift, no matter what the circumstances
 are. I prayed for couples to accept the gift of life and love and nurture their babies. I
also thanked God for blessing Jim and I with our ten grandchildren and we prayed for
each one of them and then we prayed the "Our Father" and followed with the ten
"Hail Marys."
Another example would be: After reading the scripture that goes with the Second
Joyful Mystery - The Visitation - Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a
loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit
of your womb." (Luke 1:41-42) - I prayed that all couples and especially young mothers
be surrounded with family and friends to guide them and walk with them through
their pregnancy and be there to mentor them as parents. I prayed that people would
reach out especially to those who may not have family close by and for those who
are dealing with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy.
These are just some of the things that I think about as I read the scriptures. You will
probably think about something or someone else. That is the blessing that comes with
praying the rosary - it will help and guide you as you pray.


Are y'all ready? Let's pray the Joyful Mysteries of The Rosary!



I'm going to post the steps first and if you need a refresher on the prayers, scroll down to
the bottom of the page.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation - And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation -
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
(Luke 1:41-42)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Joyful Mystery is The Birth of Jesus -
She gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation -
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, just
as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb
shall be consecrated to the Lord." (Luke 2:22-23)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Joyful Mystery is Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple -
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.
These pictures go with the Joyful Mysteries - The Visitation and The Birth of Jesus


Friday, April 28, 2017

Day Six - Friday - Praying The Sorrowful Mysteries of The Rosary

Hello out there! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Have you been able to
pray the rosary this week? I hope that these posts have helped you get started or at
least interested in praying the rosary. Jim and I will have to pray the rosary on the
way to a baseball game tonight. We didn't have/make time to pray this morning
before he left for a job. We are going to watch our oldest grandson play baseball
in a small town about twenty miles away. Perfect distance for us to be able to pray
the rosary! Well, I don't have much time so let's get started! Today is Friday and
we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary on Fridays.
The following are the prayers of the rosary -The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.

Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.

1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Sorrowful Mystery is The Agony in the Garden-
He was in such agony and He prayed so fervently that His sweat became like drops
of blood falling on the ground. When He rose from prayer and returned to His disciples,
He found them sleeping from grief. (Luke 22:44-45)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Sorrowful Mystery is The Scourging at the Pillar -
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Sorrowful Mystery is Crowning With Thorns -
They stripped off His clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about Him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on His head, and a reed
in His right hand. (Matthew 27:28-29)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery is Carrying of the Cross -
And carrying the cross Himself, He went out to what is called the
Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. (John 19:17)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is The Crucifixion -
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit",
and when He had said this He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
Just a reminder -
The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday
and Saturday; The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesday and Friday;
The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesday and Sunday; and The
Luminous Mysteries are said on Thursday.


I will post the Joyful Mysteries again tomorrow and that will complete my week
of sharing the beautiful  mysteries of the rosary with you. I pray that you and your
loved ones will be blessed and cared for always! Lean on God, He will help you
through all of life's trials.
                                                                                   Bye for now, Sharla

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day Five - Thursday - Praying The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Good morning out there! I opened the back door to see why our dogs were barking
up a storm and a very cool gust of air blew in. It is 49 degrees outside at 8:54 a.m.
on this gorgeous sunny morning. The high today is supposed to reach 90 degrees.
You've got to love West Texas weather!
We are on day five of our "pray the rosary on a daily basis" schedule! Today we will
go over the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. You will love them! But I won't be
able to post them until I get back from the Sack Lunch Ministry. I'm going to hit the
"Save" button and I will finish this post later!
Okay, I'm back! I'm going to post all the prayers first and then I will post the
Luminous Mysteries!
The following are the prayers of the rosary -The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.
I'm going to take a quick break and get something to eat and then I will finish........
Let's get started!
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Luminous Mystery is The Baptism of Jesus -
After Jesus was baptized, he came directly out of the water. Suddenly the sky
opened and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and hover over him.
With that, a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son.
My favor rests on him." (Matthew 3:16-17) 
 Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Luminous Mystery is The Wedding at Cana -
His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever He tells you."......
Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them
to the brim. (John 2:5-7)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Luminous Mystery is Proclaiming The Kingdom -
"As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without
cost you have received; without cost you are to give." (Matthew 10:7-8)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Luminous Mystery is The Transfiguration -
While He was praying His face changed in appearance and His clothing
became dazzling white. Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is My chosen Son; listen to Him." (Luke 9:29, 35)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Luminous Mystery is The Institution of The Eucharist -
Then, taking bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
"This is my body to be given for you. Do this as a remembrance of me."
He did the same with the cup after eating, saying as he did so: "This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20)
 Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.
I hope that you have been able to follow the steps and I really hope that you
have begun to pray the rosary! There is so much turmoil and hate in our world
right now. I truly believe in the power of prayer and I know that God will
answer us.
                                                            Ask, and you will receive.
Seek, and you will find.
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
For the one who asks, receives.
The one who seeks, finds.
The one who knocks, enters.     
  Matthew 7:7,8


Bye for now, Sharla




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Day Four - Wednesday - Praying The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Hello out there! I only have a few minutes to keep us all on track with praying
the rosary on a daily basis! Today is Wednesday, and we pray the Glorious Mysteries
of the Rosary on Wednesday. If y'all started out with my first post on praying the
rosary daily then the Glorious Mysteries will sound familiar because I posted the
information about them on Sunday. I am going to post them again today to keep
us all on schedule. Jim and I prayed the rosary this morning because I knew we
would not have time tonight. I have to teach the 4th grade CCD class tonight and
I was at the Sack Lunch Ministry earlier. I have some really good news about a
great group of people that stopped by today but I will have to tell you all about
them tomorrow!
Are y'all ready? Let's get started! (I switched it up a bit - the prayers are after
the steps!)
Since today is Wednesday, we will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection -
"Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised;
He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) Hail Marys
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Glorious Mystery is The Ascension -
So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and
took His seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Glorious Mystery is the Descent of the Holy Spirit -
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in
different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:4)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Glorious Mystery is The Assumption -
"You are the glory of Jerusalem!.......You are the great boast of our nation!.....
You have done good things for Israel, and God is pleased with them. May the
Almighty Lord bless you forever!" (Jud 15:9-10)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Glorious Mystery is The Coronation -
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelations 12:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.


The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.


Okay y'all, I've got to go now - I will post the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary
tomorrow!


The family that prays together, stays together!
I know y'all can do it - At least pray one decade!


                                                                          Adios! Bye for now, Sharla



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day Three - Tuesday - Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Good morning out there! Another beautiful, sunny day ahead. My migraine is finally
gone and I am so thankful! I will be wearing sun glasses every time I step outside for
the next couple of days. My eyes are really sensitive after I've had a migraine.
Enough whining! I am very grateful that I am healthy and dealing with two or three
migraines a month is not something to complain about! God is good!
Today I am going to post the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Reflecting on these
scriptures really helps me put things in perspective.
I am going to hit the "Save" button right now because I have to get to the Sack Lunch
Ministry. I'll finish my post after lunch!


I'm back! I was blessed to be at the Sack Lunch Ministry volunteering with an awesome
group of people! I took a quick break when Jim stopped by so that we could change out
the pro-life banner. The one we hung up today has four precious toddlers sitting side by
side with just their diapers on.
The scripture, "God saw all that He had made and it was very good" (from the book of
Genesis) is the message on the banner. If that doesn't bring a smile to your face then
nothing will! We watered some of the plants, helped out at the Sack Lunch Ministry
a little more, and then we went to the Noon (12:10 p.m.) Mass. We came back home
and ate some left-overs for lunch.


Are y'all ready? Let's get started with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. I'm going
to post all the prayers again and then I will follow with the mysteries. After you have
been praying the rosary on a daily basis for a while, the different mysteries/scriptures
will remind you of different things you need to pray about or people you need to pray
for. At least that has been the case for me. Example: The First Sorrowful Mystery is
The Agony in the Garden and that brings to my mind people who might be going
through an extremely difficult time. Praying the rosary helps to keep my focus on
family members and friends that I need to pray for. Let's get started!









The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.

Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Tuesday we will pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Sorrowful Mystery is The Agony in the Garden-
He was in such agony and He prayed so fervently that His sweat became like drops
of blood falling on the ground. When He rose from prayer and returned to His disciples,
He found them sleeping from grief. (Luke 22:44-45)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Sorrowful Mystery is The Scourging at the Pillar -
Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Sorrowful Mystery is Crowning With Thorns -
They stripped off His clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about Him.
Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on His head, and a reed
in His right hand. (Matthew 27:28-29)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery is Carrying of the Cross -
And carrying the cross Himself, He went out to what is called the
Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. (John 19:17)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery is The Crucifixion -
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit",
and when He had said this He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.

 I will post the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Wednesday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.
Yes, I posted the Glorious Mysteries on Sunday, but they are also said on
Wednesday and I am going to go in order for one whole week.


If you would like a rosary and don't have one, please contact me at
adopted.blessed@suddenlink.net  and give me your address.
 I will be happy to send you a rosary and a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary!


I hope that the rest of your day is full of blessings! Glorious Mysteries tomorrow -
as long as the Good Lord blesses me with another day!


                                                                            Bye for now, Sharla



Monday, April 24, 2017

Day Two - Monday - Praying The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary

Hello out there! It is absolutely beautiful outside! The sun is shining and there is a cool
breeze blowing my feathery bushes (I guess it is apparent that I don't know the actual
name of the green feather duster looking plants) all around.
In yesterday's post I invited everyone to start praying the rosary. I typed out step by
step instructions and included all the prayers. I am going to post the Joyful Mysteries
of the Rosary today. I will include all the prayers again. I'm doing this for those of you
who may not know the prayers or the steps. And sometimes we just need a refresher
course if it has been awhile since you've prayed the rosary. Anyway, I just want to share
the moving prayers and scriptures of the rosary with all of you out there.
I have been dealing with a migraine headache since Saturday morning and I know that
being on the computer is probably not helping but I really want to share this information
with you.
Are y'all ready? Let's get started!


The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.


Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Monday we will pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -









The First Joyful Mystery is The Annunciation -
And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with you." (Luke 1:28)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) "Hail Marys"
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Joyful Mystery is The Visitation -
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
(Luke 1:41-42)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Joyful Mystery is The Birth of Jesus -
She gave birth to her firstborn Son. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and
laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Joyful Mystery is The Presentation -
When the days were completed for their purification according to the law
of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, just
as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb
shall be consecrated to the Lord." (Luke 2:22-23)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10)"Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Joyful Mystery is Finding the Child Jesus in the Temple -
After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the
teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Luke 2:46)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) "Hail Marys"
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.


I will post the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Tuesday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.


I forgot to post this yesterday - The Joyful Mysteries are said on Monday
and Saturday; The Sorrowful Mysteries are said on Tuesday and Friday;
The Glorious Mysteries are said on Wednesday and Sunday; and The
Luminous Mysteries are said on Thursday.
 (I have been known to say the Joyful Mysteries on the Sorrowful Mysteries day
 and vice versa depending on what is happening in my life - the most important
 thing is to - Pray the Rosary on a daily basis!)
Pray with your family, Pray by yourself, Pray as a couple,
Pray with a group of friends!


I am going to rest my eyes for awhile. Hopefully this migraine will completely
go away soon!


                                                                     Bye for now, Sharla





Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Importance of the Family Rosary - Pray Together as a Family - Pray Together as a Couple!

Good morning out there! Today is Divine Mercy Sunday and the 2nd Sunday of Easter!
I received a much needed reminder about something very important this morning.
Jim and I were sitting in the kitchen and drinking a cup of coffee. He was reading the
newspaper and I was looking through yesterday's mail. I opened the letter we received
from Guadalupe Radio Network and read it. There was also a two-sided insert titled,
"The Importance of the Family Rosary" and a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary.
The reminder I needed was that we need to pray the rosary in our home, together on a
daily basis.
I pray the rosary when I walk outside and when I walk at the gym. I periodically pray
the rosary with a group of friends in the courtyard at our parish. Jim and I pray the
rosary with our friends and fellow parishioners before Mass in the sanctuary on Sunday
evenings.
The point I'm trying to make is that Jim and I rarely pray the rosary together anymore.
We both have our individual prayer times but somewhere along the way we stopped
praying together, as a couple, on a regular basis. We still pray together before meals and
at Mass. Many times we will pray the rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet while we
are traveling but not on a daily basis.
This morning while Jim was reading the paper I kept on saying, "listen to this," as I read
different quotes and information about the importance of praying the rosary together
as a family. Jim would lay the newspaper down and listen as I read different things
to him. The sad thing is, we know how important it is to pray together, to pray the
rosary together, we just haven't made praying together a priority lately.
I feel like God is reminding us, calling us to pray the rosary together again. I invite all
of you to begin praying the family rosary together. Families all over the world need
prayer. We all need God in our lives. Jim and I are going to make praying the rosary
together on a daily basis a priority in our home. It only takes 20-25 minutes to pray the
rosary. If you don't think you can fit this into your schedule then try praying one decade,
that will only take you about 5 minutes. I know you can spare 5 minutes! I am going
to explain how to pray the rosary for those of you who may not know how. I will try
really hard to walk you through it step by step on a daily basis for the next week.
Are you ready? Let's get started!
I'm going to list all the steps that are in this pamphlet published by the Marian Press.
You can still pray the prayers of the rosary without actually having a rosary. Use
your fingers to keep count of the prayers.


The following are the prayers of the rosary -
The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in
Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from
the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the
Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and
lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory Be To The Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope,
to thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears; turn, then, most gracious
Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile, show unto us
the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises
of Christ.


Now that you have the prayers of the rosary, the next step is teaching you how
to pray the rosary.
Since today is Sunday, we will pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.
1. Make the Sign of the Cross and then say the "Apostles' Creed."
2. Say the "Our Father."
3. Say three "Hail Marys."
4. Say the "Glory Be to the Father."
5. Announce the First Mystery -
The First Glorious Mystery is The Resurrection -
"Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised;
He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)
Then say the "Our Father"
6. Say (10) Hail Marys
7. Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
8. Announce the Second Mystery -
The Second Glorious Mystery is The Ascension -
So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and
took His seat at the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
9. Announce the Third Mystery -
The Third Glorious Mystery is the Descent of the Holy Spirit -
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in
different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:4)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
10. Announce the Fourth Mystery -
The Fourth Glorious Mystery is The Assumption -
"You are the glory of Jerusalem!.......You are the great boast of our nation!.....
You have done good things for Israel, and God is pleased with them. May the
Almighty Lord bless you forever!" (Jud 15:9-10)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
11. Announce the Fifth Mystery -
The Fifth Glorious Mystery is The Coronation -
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Revelations 12:1)
Then say the "Our Father"
 Say (10) Hail Marys
 Say the "Glory Be to the Father." Then say the following prayer -
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all
souls to Heaven, especially those in  most need of Thy mercy."
12. Say the "Hail, Holy Queen" after all five decades are completed.
13. Make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen.


I will post the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary tomorrow (Monday).
Everything else (the prayers and the order) will stay the same.


If you don't have a rosary and would like one please let me know and I will be
happy to send you one. I will also include a pamphlet on how to pray the rosary.
Send your address to my blog email -
 adopted.blessed@suddenlink.net


May you and your loved ones be truly blessed during this Holy Easter Season.
I posted the prayers for the Divine Mercy Chaplet on my blog yesterday if you are
interested.


                                                                             Blessings to you and yours!
                                                                                Bye for now, Sharla







Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Easter Season, Faith, Prayers, and Miracles

Good morning and hello out there! I hope your week has been full of blessings!
I haven't written a post since Good Friday. I have all these thoughts that I want
to share running around in my head. I will begin with some of the things that my
friend and I have been teaching to our fourth grade CCD class (classes about our
Catholic faith) held on Wednesday evenings. My daughter also helps us out but she
had to substitute for the Kindergarten class this week. The Ten Commandments,
The Corporal Works of Mercy, vocations, the liturgical seasons, prayers and the
importance of praying are some of the topics in our classroom discussions. We only
have seventy-five minutes each week with the kids and we try to cram everything
we can into the time we have with them. We have really gone into depth with the
Ten Commandments. They ask a lot of questions and we really try to explain things
in a way that they can understand.

This week we explained how Easter is a season and not just one day. We started with
the beginning of Lent. We told the children that from Ash Wednesday all the way to
Palm Sunday is forty days. Then Holy Week begins on the Monday following Palm
Sunday. We celebrate the Triduum during Holy Week -
Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday - The Easter Vigil
And then we celebrate - Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Guess what? There is more! Easter doesn't end on Easter Sunday!
We explained about Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, and so on.
There is so much to learn and share!
Tomorrow, the 2nd Sunday of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday. I have posted
the Divine Mercy Chaplet in a previous post but I will type it out again for those
of you who may not have read that blog post or for those of you who would like to learn
how to pray this beautiful, divine mercy prayer.
Did you know that the Easter Season (from Easter Sunday through Pentecost Sunday) is
fifty days? The Ascension is on Thursday, May 25, 2017 and will be celebrated on the
7th Sunday of Easter, May 28, 2017. The last day of the Easter Season this year is on
June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday. The daily scriptures walk us through the life, death,
and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Jim and I will be married for thirty-four years on Pentecost Sunday! Easter is a joyful
season of miracles and blessings!
Some memories that touched my heart during Holy Week. On Holy Thursday, Jim and I
went to Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Miles. Our son and six year old grandson
were two of the twelve people that got their feet washed during the foot washing
ceremony performed by the priest. Our grandson had such a serious expression on his face.
He is my little red-headed angel! Three of our grandchildren served as altar servers at the
Easter Vigil. Seeing them serve at Mass is such a blessing, it brings joy to our hearts!
This is an extremely long Mass, almost four hours this year, because we were blessed
with so many people being received into our Catholic church. Fifteen people were
baptized, received their First Holy Communion, and were Confirmed. Seven other people
received their First Holy Communion and were Confirmed, they had already been
baptized at some point in their lives.
Our "little Joan" turned five this week. She is truly a miracle. I know that God healed
her. I will always be thankful for the many prayers that were prayed for her healing
during her illness. The doctors, who worked so hard to take care of her and find out
what was wrong, were never able to accurately diagnose her complete condition.
They told us that whatever she had was very rare (I don't remember the accurate
medical terminology) and have been surprised by her recovery and how well
she is doing!
I wrote a story about her a couple of years ago. I will post the link if you would like to
read it. I get really choked up when I think about how sick she was. I will also insert a
picture of her praying in front of the Tabernacle. She has a special devotion to Mother
Mary and always asks for her prayers. Our God is an awesome God! Pray and have faith! http://adoptedandblessed.blogspot.com/2015/06/mother-mary-mama-mary-and-my-little-joan.html
 These pictures go with the story, Mother Mary "Mama Mary" and my little Joan.


I know this is a long post but I want to get everything in! The following is how to
pray The Divine Mercy Chaplet -



This prayer is for the whole world.
It is really beautiful when we sing this Chaplet. (I'm singing this as I'm typing)
The refrain goes like  this:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

How to pray The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy:
(It is easier to keep up with if you have a rosary, but if you don't,
you can count on your fingers.)

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross and then pray (1) Our Father, (1) Hail Mary
and The Apostles Creed.
2. Prayer - (Pray this 1 time) Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in atonement for ours sins and those of the whole world.   
3. Pray this refrain 10 times:
    For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
You repeat steps (2) & (3) for a total of (5) times.
4. Conclude with (3 times)
   Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and
on  the whole world.
5. End by making the sign of the cross and saying Amen.

It is a beautiful, peaceful prayer. I find myself humming or singing it a lot. I also pray
it if I wake up during the night. 

May God Bless you and keep you safe wherever you are, wherever you live.
Many blessings to you and yours during the entire Easter Season!
                                                             Bye for now, Sharla