Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Season of Grace


The Advent season is always filled with many graces even as we rush from one event to the next trying to accomplish all we feel we need to do at a busy time of year. It seems to have flown by this year. But, that shouldn't surprise me. It speeds by each year, right?

I have been busy working hard to meet writing deadlines, have been giving talks and presentations, and doing radio shows. I released a new book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women, I have delighted in family times, and have been missing my daughter in Thailand and my sister who recently passed away. I'm also dealing with a concussion and head pain (it's a long story!).

What have you been doing? How have you been blessed? This holy Christmas season is one filled with many miracles - the seemingly tiny ones and the bigger ones too. How have you been spending your twelve days of Christmas?

What plans do you have for the New Year? Have you had a chance to even think about the New Year yet, or are you relishing in your present moments of Christmas time? I hope you have a chance to pause and enjoy this holy time.

Feel free to share your news with us in the comment box below. I hope you will.

Happy twelve days of Christmas! God bless you and yours!

Precious!



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Radio segment with Teresa Tomeo this morning

http://avemariaradio.net/archiveListen.php?file=cc_20121227_2

Teresa Tomeo and I began our chat this morning about my book, Rooted in Love at about the 13.17 point in this archive link.

Check it out!

God bless you and yours!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Moving Closer To The Crib

Catholic Moms Talk: Moving Closer To The Crib: Moving Closer To The Crib During a Season of Struggles and Great Hope We read in the Catechism,  “When the Church celebrates the li...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Advent teaching from Johnnette Benkovic

Catholic Moms Talk: Advent teaching from Johnnette Benkovic: The ancient prayer form called  Lectio-Divina  is a perfect way for us to enter into an ever deepening relationship with God, and the ...

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour: Day # 10

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour: Day # 10: E komo mai! (Welcome!) to our stopover for Donna's book tour! It is very exciting to be able to participate in this book promotion be...

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Day # 9

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Day # 9: How many books begin with an invitation to a slumber party? This one does! Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s richly personal, but powerfully...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Stop # 8

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Stop # 8: Sometimes for a woman, the Urgent is the enemy of the Important.  Amid the cacophony of family life— the homework, the laundry, the dis...

Friday, December 7, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Day # 7

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Blog Tour Day # 7: From Roxane at "Peace Garden Mama"   Welcome to Peace Garden  Mama!  I'm so pleased to be  part of the  effort to help spread word o...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Easy, Compelling, Uplifting Read

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Easy, Compelling, Uplifting Read: I loved this book and recommended it to all my Catholic female friends and family-members. Was an easy, compelling, uplifting read. In a mo...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Hark, a Herald Voice Is Calling...

Catholic Moms Talk: Hark, a Herald Voice Is Calling...: I am thrilled to welcome Johnnette S. Benkovic to "Catholic Moms Talk" today. Johnnette is the Founder and President of Women of Grace®, ...

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Tour, Day # Four

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Rooted in Love Tour, Day # Four: I am honored to be today’s stop on Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle's blog tour for her newest book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Wo...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Affairs of the Heart

Catholic Moms Talk: Affairs of the Heart: I am very happy to welcome Genevieve Kineke to "Catholic Moms Talk" today. Genevieve is a wife, mother of five, and convert to the fait...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Donna-Marie is Rooted in Love

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Donna-Marie is Rooted in Love: Donna-Marie is Rooted in Love Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle  has a beautiful new book,  Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Wome...

Friday, November 30, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Exceeded My Expectations

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: Exceeded My Expectations: 5.0 out  Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women is not quite the book I expected it to be. This particular book exceeded my expe...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: You won't be disappointed!

Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women: You won't be disappointed!: Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle has written a book from her heart to touch your own. From personal experience (and one wonders how any woman cou...

Feast of St. Catherine Laboure

Happy feast of St. Catherine Laboure!

"Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to him, Lord I am here. Tell me what you would have me to do. If he gives me some task, I am content and I thank him. If he gives me nothing, I still thank him since I do not deserve to receive anything more than that. And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart. I tell him about my pains and joys, and then I listen. If you listen, God will also speak to you, for with the good Lord, you have to both speak and listen. God always speaks to you when you approach him plainly and simply. "-St Catherine Laboure


Learn about her here: http://www.marys-touch.com/Saints/medal/medal.htm




God bless you and yours!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I enjoyed doing a audio interview earlier today which will be available for you to listen to in the coming days. It's a snowy day here--perfect day to get some writing work done and hopefully make a delicious, healthy, turkey and veggie soup later on.

What are you doing today? Whatever it is, may you be richly blessed!

Thursday, November 22, 2012





Father, all powerful,
your gifts of love are countless
and your goodness infinite.
On Thanksgiving Day we come before you
with gratitude for your kindness:
open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women,
so that we may share your gifts in loving service.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(opening prayer Thanksgiving Day Mass)



Enjoy the day! God bless you and yours!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Keeping it sane, simple, and holy on Thanksgiving!




What are your Thanksgiving plans? Tell us about them in the comment box. I'll try to write more for you soon. In the mean time, here's a radio segment from a previous Thanksgiving about "Keeping it sane, simple, and holy" with Teresa Tomeo and me on "Mom's Corner."

God bless you and yours!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OSV Daily Take Blog: They lead, they serve, they witness. Give us your ...

OSV Daily Take Blog: They lead, they serve, they witness. Give us your ...: Our Sunday Visitor is introducing a new end-of-the-year feature in OSV Newsweekly that highlights Catholics who have been outstanding exampl...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Year of Faith Saint for November

Catholic Moms Talk: Year of Faith Saint for November: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C. Missionary and founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Francis Xavier C...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Yours is the Church

Just got my copy! Yours is the Church by Mike Aquilina is a work of art!

Here's what I had to say about it: "Leave it to Mike Aquilina to skillfully dust off 2,000 years of Church history and make it come alive! Through intriguing topics, the author accurately illustrates how the Church has shaped humanity. This is THE book to learn about the Catholic Church--and in the most fascinating way."

I hope you can get your own copy.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Thorny Mercy

Catholic Moms Talk: Thorny Mercy: I am pleased to introduce Heidi Bratton to you today at "Catholic Moms Talk." Heidi is amazed to have found her niche as a wife...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: My Excitement over the Year of Faith

Catholic Moms Talk: My Excitement over the Year of Faith: I'm pleased to introduce Roxane Salonen to "Catholic Moms Talk" today. Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five children ages 7 to 16,...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Year of Faith project!

I'm excited to announce a new project I've started for the Year of Faith called, "Catholic Moms Talk." Take a look (in the link below) at the many wonderful contributors listed in the left hand column.

http://catholic-moms-talk.blogspot.com/

My hope and prayer is to bring the reader guidance and inspiration regarding studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which Pope Benedict has asked us to do during this year), as well as mothering tips, and discussions of mothering issues. Please join us there, feel free to leave comments and spread the word!

God bless!

Our Lady of Fatima




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Catholic Moms Talk: Being part of a FAITHFUL Church

Catholic Moms Talk: Being part of a FAITHFUL Church: How wonderful that we are part of a Church that lovingly reminds us about the importance of our faith and even our duties to prof...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Embracing Motherhood: Novena to St. Therese

Embracing Motherhood: Novena to St. Therese

A Mother's Study Guide

By the way, my daughter illustrated the cover!
Pope John Paul II wrote that the little domestic church, like the greater Church, needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized: hence its duty regarding permanent education in the faith. The home is a center of living faith, a domestic church, and motherhood is a vocation. This book offers a systematic course for mothers that is equally useful for groups and individuals. The leader's guide contains helpful suggestions for women on how to begin a study group in their parish or neighborhood, a format for weekly sessions, how to create a comfortable, inspiring atmosphere, and tips for leading each lesson. 
"Though an individual would benefit from reading, this book is arranged as a study guide for a group, with discussion questions at the end of each section. (And, pssst ... don't worry, busy moms -- the answers are there, too! So don't worry about passing class.)
The Domestic Church, like all of Donna-Marie's books, backs up its exhortation with solid sources such as quotes from Scripture, encyclicals and saints. I love Donna-Marie's realism, too. In this book, she includes a beautiful quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta:
"A living love hurts. Jesus, to prove His love for us, died on the Cross. The mother, to give birth to her child, has to suffer. If you really love one another properly, there must be sacrifice."

And she honestly addresses temptations to abandon the heart of the home," noting that mothers can get discouraged, or feel unrecognized and unappreciated. She writes: "A mother who is fighting this interior battle may feel, or even state that she is 'just' a mother. I have heard this so often, and I will tell the mom that she is 'not just a mother!
This is the heart of Donna's message, and this is her mission: to help other moms realize that their work is a vital, vibrant, holy vocation.

I highly recommend Donna-Marie's books to newly married women and new mothers, and to moms of any age who seek encouragement and affirmation in their vocation.
And so, dear moms, if you have any doubts about the worth of your daily struggles, sacrifices and joys, dig into these books. When you've finished, you'll close them with a contented sigh, knowing that someone out there understands your worth and knows what you're going through...that you are storing up treasures in heaven."~Author and blogger, Karen Edmisten
Thank you for your beautiful review, Karen Edmisten!
Autographed copies available at: www.donnacooperoboyle.com Discounts available on bulk orders for group studies. Inquire at: DMCOBoyle@aol.com

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hot off the press!

Here are the new covers rolling off the presses for my upcoming book, Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women!




Thursday, September 13, 2012

Releasing in the spring!

Releasing in March 2013!
More information will follow as we get closer to the release date. For now, I thought I'd share the cover image and release date!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Becoming holy in our domestic church

Embracing Motherhood: Review of Embracing Mothehood

Embracing Motherhood: Review of Embracing Mothehood

Food for thought for mothers


In light of the fact that today is Inspiration Day for the Missionaries of Charity (Religious Order founded by Blessed Mother Teresa) which is a special day commemorating Blessed Mother Teresa’s “call within a call” from Jesus to take care of the poorest of the poor, I'll post an excerpt from my new book, Embracing Motherhood.

"Blessed Mother Teresa has also said that it is far easier to serve a “dish of rice” to a starving person on the other side of the world than it is to serve that “dish of rice” to someone in our own home. Serving that person on the other side of the world may consist in writing out a check or even traveling to help the unfortunate. It's often a lot more difficult for us to show our love to those we are close to! Maybe it's a teenager who is acting up, the toddler who is running circles around you, or a spouse who is difficult or grouchy. We must look around and see if there is someone who is lacking or in need in our own homes. Love begins there. The difficulties endured in raising Christian families may cause us to seek after something else, to want to spread our love elsewhere. And, because women have big hearts, we sometimes feel so compelled to do more to help others out in the community. But as much as we may want to “run away” at times or simply desire to help others, we would be wrong to neglect our duties at home to go out and join committees, even very good ones.

  First, let’s serve that “dish of rice” to our loved ones at home and if God gives us a surplus of time and energy and we know that all is well at home, we can roll up our sleeves and go out and help others too. My point is that we need to pause and search our hearts to be sure we’re taking proper care of those whom God has entrusted to us. Let’s be sure to get our priorities straight. Our Lord will help us. 


 The irritable, the angst-ridden, and the contradictory—those family members who challenge us in some way actually help us get to Heaven. Truly! We need to ask God for grace and an extra dose of faith, hope, and love to be able to love the very people God wants us to serve that dish of rice to. We are called to love them to Heaven! In the course of one day God gives us so many opportunities to act on grace, to love our family members, to set an exemplary example in our selfless service to them. Sometimes the little loving details seem, well, little. However, I am convinced that when we pray throughout our little details of loving service, these acts of love are really huge in God's eyes. He works through them all and sanctifies them."

Embracing Motherhood (in audio too) is available on my website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com

Embracing Motherhood: My interesting life as a mother

Embracing Motherhood: My interesting life as a mother

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Blessed Mother Teresa's birthday

Today is the anniversary of Blessed Mother Teresa's birthday. If time allows, I'll write a post about her later on but for now I'll leave you with some very simple yet poignant words with which she instructed me: 
"Keep the joy of loving Jesus ever burning in your heart and share this joy with others by your thoughtful love and humble service."
This is something we can all strive to do.
My son Joseph as a baby with Blessed Mother Teresa
Here is a radio segment which was recorded some time ago (Live at that time) in which I spoke with Teresa Tomeo about Blessed Mother Teresa and the interior struggle she experienced which St. John of the Cross had coined as a dark night of the soul. I hope you enjoy it. 

http://www.donnacooperoboyle.com/press/Donna-Marie-09-07-07.mp3

God bless you and yours. May your day be abundantly blessed!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tomorrow...

Is Our Lord at home with you? Tomorrow I'll share one of my EWTN TV segments in hopes of inspiring your heart!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tomorrow...

I'll be sharing one of my EWTN TV segments tomorrow, so stay tuned! It will speak about our need to evangelize, yes, even within our domestic churches!

Are your "kids" getting ready to go back to college?


Campus Courtesy


Gracious Living column - Canticle magazine 
(September/October issue from a previous year)

Campus Courtesy


By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


(image is of an older issue which features Mother Teresa and my son on the cover)

Back to school and back to college – that time of year that can make a parent secretly ecstatic or hopelessly tearful. I happen to fit into the tearful category. Not that I ever actually shed tears when the school bus pulled away with my children. However, kids leaving the nest; going off to college is another story. I will admit that I have cried on the journey back home after settling each of my children into their college dorms. Sending our children off to embark upon college life is a milestone that I think we can never be totally prepared for. It’s bittersweet for sure. We want our children to spread their wings, but we may not be entirely ready ourselves when the reality hits us.

Tears aside, how can we help our children to prepare for a whole new way of life? Will all of those manners and guidelines for good living we taught our growing children go out the window when they are living miles and miles away from us? We certainly hope and pray not. Let’s take a look at some basic college etiquette that we can help to instill in our budding young adults.

We’ll start with dorm living. Major change is in store for our children who leave the comforts of home, to live in a fairly small room, usually with a complete stranger their freshman year. Although they may think that their new lifestyle will be a continuous slumber party, they may discover some significant challenges that can become very stressful without a basic plan for dorm survival. Talking about the upcoming changes with our children and encouraging them to use common sense practices and etiquette can help to transform their stresses into a happier college life.

Communication is crucial. Obviously, they will want to talk things over with their room-mate regarding sleep and study habits. One may be a night owl while the other may value their sleep. Colleges usually try to pair up students with other like-minded students, but this is not always the case. A book light comes in handy for late night studying. Head phones are critical too. Not hitting the alarm clock snooze button is exercising a dose of common courtesy if your room-mate is trying to sleep. Showing consideration by keeping the dorm as tidy as possible translates to less clutter and a happier room-mate. Giving space to a room-mate by leaving the room when they are engrossed in a serious phone call will be appreciated and most-likely reciprocated. Being sure to carry the room key at all times will prevent your room-mate the annoyance of having to constantly unlock the door. Obviously, the room-mate’s belongings should never be borrowed or used without permission. No snooping either – respect is paramount for a peaceful and happy relationship.

What about professors and classes? First impressions speak volumes at college. Our children are responsible for establishing a level of respect with their professors, right from the start. As well, expectations from college professors are very different from high school teachers. Therefore, the need to remember they are expected to rise to a new level of responsibility. They won’t be given slack for missed assignments, classes, and tardiness. No more notes of excuse from Mommy!

Professors should always be shown respect and addressed properly. No first name basis unless that is what the professor prefers.

We need to embed into our children the necessity for common courtesy, respect, and decency to spill over from home to college life and beyond. With our prayers, guidance and their fine efforts, the future looks very promising!

To subscribe to Canticle magazine call 1-800-558-5452 or visit www.subscriptions@womenofgrace.com or www.womenofgrace.com

Embracing Motherhood: Back to School!


Click on the link below for the post:

Embracing Motherhood: Back to School!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Radio tomorrow morning: Son Rise Morning Show

Son Rise Morning show tomorrow morning (Tues.) with Brian Patrick at 8:20 AM Eastern. I hope you can join us!

http://www.ewtn.com/radio/weekday/thesonrisemorningshow.asp

Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers to Be

My book Prayerfully Expecting: A Nine Month Novena for Mothers to Be is now reprinted with a lovely hard cover. It's the same content, but with a nice sturdy cover.

I wrote this book while I was on complete bed rest during a high risk pregnancy with my fifth child, Mary-Catherine. Blessed Mother Teresa whom I knew at that time, gave me a Foreword for the book. This book is meant to celebrate a pregnancy as a wonderful time of anticipation as the mother awaits childbirth. It offers the expectant Mom the opportunity to transform her pregnancy into a novena of prayer to God. It's a "baby book" for the unborn baby! An expectant Mom will be able to follow her baby's progress and record her thoughts and prayers as well as save her ultrasound pictures to cherish in years to come.

Many expectant mothers all around the world have used this book throughout their pregnancy and have felt spiritually nourished while using it.

Here's a very brief description of the book: This beautifully crafted book is a reflection guide, keepsake, and prayer journal that offers inspiration for each month of pregnancy in the tradition of the popular nine-day prayer, the Novena.

Here are a some of the reviews:

"Prayerfully Expecting is a different kind of pregnancy journal. Imbued as it is with Scripture, exhortations from John Paul the Great, wisdom from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and both traditional and original prayers, it steeps expectant mothers in an atmosphere of holiness, reminding them that what they are experiencing is sacred. I plan to put away three copies of this book -- one for each of my daughters -- for "someday."~Karen Edmisten


"My best friend gave me this book when I was expecting baby number 7. I had never seen anything like it and read it through pregnancy 7, 8, and 9. I'm now expecting baby number 10 and will read it again. I couldn't wait to get to the next month (and I was tempted to read ahead!) It's the perfect read whether this is your first baby or your 10th!! It's also perfect for busy moms. I'm so blessed to have received this as a gift and will treasure it always!!"~Amy Ekblad


"Prayerfully Expecting's beautiful prayers and reflections helped me to make the most of this precious time. It gave me the encouragement to approach my pregnancy and motherhood with utmost gratitude, reverence and faith. This was my favorite pregnancy book by far and prepared me in the most important way. I'm still using it for reflection now. This is a book you'll be able to go back to again and again. It includes space to write your own reflections as well, so it can be a wonderful keepsake."~J.H.S.


"This book brought amazing comfort and peace to me it what was a very complicated and stressful pregnancy. I love that you can journal all of your experiences and save pictures. Great book! I recommend for anyone who is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant!"~D.R. King


"Excellent book for mothers to be! I definitely recommend this one!! Wonderful prayers and its kind of like a diary too. So I think its beautiful memories to be kept and later share with that child. Wonderful prayers for parents to be to pray together and beautiful moments to share. I prayed all the prayers in this book with all my heart and many people tell me that my child is very calm. I think it has to do with all the prayers that were said while the baby was in my womb. Wonderful book for a gift too."~Vanessa R.


"You have been blessed with the privilege of conceiving a child, whose heart beats within you. Cradled inside you, your unborn child will be nourished and kept warm in your womb for the next nine months. What an incredible miracle!" With these words, Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle planted a seedling of hope in my heart with this, my second pregnancy, and nurtured it over the course of months. She didn't spoil the fun of what I would find in this nine-month journey - because not only am I not a rookie at it, but I am also not finished with it - but she did reframe it for me in a way that I never would have thought of - she turned me back to God with this, the incredible miracle of life within me. She changed my paradigm from one of self-focus to one of heavenly focus, and taking the nine months of my pregnancy and transforming them into a novena, a series of prayers, has made my bond with my baby and my Savior completely different...I can't help but feel, as I continue to read Prayerfully Expecting, that I'm not alone. I knew that before, though. Of course I did. It just didn't seem as obvious. Donna-Marie has made this a journey I'm taking with Mary, an adventure I'm undergoing with Mother Teresa's blessing, and an opportunity that's full of scriptural wisdom and advice. With this book, she has given expectant mothers a new approach to their vocation right from the start, without any strings or preconceptions."~Sarah Reinhard


Autographed copies are available at my website: www.donnacooperoboyle.com


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Catholic speakers

Catholic speakers

I voted for my favorite Catholic speakers. You can too. Click on the link above and vote away!

Catholic speakers

I just voted. You can too. You can vote for 15 favorite Catholic speakers and you only vote once. Don't forget to vote!

Click on the link below and scroll down to the list of speakers and choose 15--not so easy! Then, click vote.

http://brandonvogt.com/scsmvoting/

A Mom's Call to Holiness

Do you feel called to holiness?

Monday, August 13, 2012

RUSE: Say no to Girl Scout Cookies - Washington Times


This article was just mentioned by Father Benedict Groeschel on his show Sunday Night Prime. He is interviewing the author of the article and her husband. It's a shame what is going on with the Girl Scouts. I used to be a GS leader for many
 years and two of my daughters were Girl Scouts years ago. Things started going downhill with the Girl Scouts in about 2002. Graphic depictions of sexual activities as well as advice that abortion can be a good experience was given to ten year old and up -- all of which came from Planned Parenthood. Deeply perverse and offensive messages were published by Planned Parenthood and given to Girl Scouts. Try to catch the Sunday Night Prime show. Or look for it on EWTN's archives or You Tube (I'll try to post it when it's available).



RUSE: Say no to Girl Scout Cookies - Washington Times

Here's a helpful website: http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com/

Here's another helpful website: http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/

Here's an alternative to Girl Scouts - the American Heritage Girls: http://www.ahgonline.org/

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dear Saint Joseph

So many people come to me with needs for a new job, a new house, needing help for their family, difficulties in their marriage, and so much more. St. Joseph is my go-to saint for this and I explain why in my book Grace Cafe: Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering where I devote a good portion of space to talk about dear St. Joseph and how he has helped my family.

I'll post a powerful thirty day novena to St. Joseph here (which can be said any thirty days of the year):

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow!  You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow.  Look kindly on my request.  My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness.  To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection.

Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to take our nature and to be born into this world of sorrow.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the holy Virgin, nor a house where the Son of God could be born.   Then, being everywhere refused, you had to allow the Queen of Heaven to give birth to the world's Redeemer in a cave.

I ask it by that painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared the Child Jesus and His holy Mother future victims of our sins and of their great love for us.
I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies.  From their evil plan you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt.  I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all your care to protect the Sacred Child and His Immaculate Mother during your second journey, when you were ordered to return to your own country.  I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys and sorrows.

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days.  I ask it by your joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of the Child Jesus.  I ask it by the wonderful submission He showed in His obedience to you.

I ask it by the perfect love and conformity you showed in accepting the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary.  I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world, triumphant over death and hell, entered into the possession of His kingdom and led you into it with special honors.
I ask it through Mary's glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you have with her in the presence of God.

O good father!  I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask.

(make your request)
Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers everything that is useful to them in the plan of God.  Finally, my dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.



Read more:http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/thirtydayjoseph.htm#ixzz23LdirnIQ

Thursday, August 9, 2012

SANCTE PATER: Father Mitch Pacwa: Lack of any Spiritual Depth to...

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Death, peace, and my sister


Barbara Janet Cooper Schonert
I just returned from Texas after rushing down one week ago when my sister Barbara called me from the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. As she lie there in bed waiting for answers, she told me that she was at the hospital due to a sudden onset of very serious health issues.

Barbara had previously beat lung cancer and had been in remission. We had been counting our blessings because Barbara was doing so well. Then, suddenly, last week Barbara faced this new set of devastating complications. After a few days and much testing, Barbara was told that she now had acute Leukemia.

I quickly tied up lose ends at home and jumped on a plane to go to Texas to be with my sister. Before leaving I begged many prayers from so many prayer warriors I know, including Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Burke, Fr. Benedict Groechel, folks at EWTN, the Sisters at EWTN, and many others too, including the Missionaries of Charity Sisters (Mother Teresa's Order).

A Missionary of Charity Sister told me over the phone that she and the other Sisters would be praying for Barbara and us all. We both prayed that the blessed relic of Mother Teresa that Sister said she would send me to bring to my sister would arrive on time. It did.

She also blessed me (over the phone and in a letter) with beautiful poignant words from Mother Teresa to take to my heart and which can speak to all of our hearts.

Sisters!
This photo was taken very soon after I arrived last Sunday evening
This is what the MC Sister shared with me: "Death is nothing except going back to God, where He is and where we belong...Death is the most decisive moment in human life. It is like our Coronation: to die in peace with God."~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

My sister was so happy to receive the relic of Mother Teresa and told her visitors about it. I also gave her a blessed Miraculous medal that I had touched to the medal Blessed Mother Teresa gave me that I always wear. I had previously placed the medal I gave Barbara on Blessed Pope John Paul II's tomb and on Mother Teresa's bed (where she stayed at the convent when visiting her Sisters in Rome). Barbara had me put the blessed Miraculous medal on the chain around her neck. 

Barbara was a dear sister and also my best friend. She was a mother, a daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and caregiver to many. Speaking of being a caregiver, as I sat by her bedside attempting to take care of her, Barbara reminded me (more than once!) to make sure I had something to eat. 

She loved life and her family. She enjoyed inspiring others with her writings. Barbara was a fighter. Her life was not an easy one--she endured much hardship, yet she moved forward in faith.


A beautiful soul!
All throughout her fight with lung cancer she possessed an incredible positive and prayerful outlook. She showed up for her chemo and radiation appointments with a contagious smile and uplifting words. She amazed her doctors. Then, faced with her new devastating illness, she continued on each day with a hopeful heart, questioning doctors, but resigned to God's holy will. 

Barbara and her daughters

Last week was filled with many blessings amid the tears and struggles. I'm very happy I was able to spend some time with Barbara and chat with her in between her naps.

Barbara passed on to her Eternal reward on Friday surrounded by loved ones.

Barbara was and is an inspiration.


I know in my heart that my sister, my best friend, Barbara is at peace. As sorrowful and painful as it was to witness my dear loved one suffer intensely and then leave us all much too quickly, my heart is at peace and I pray for those whose hearts are not at peace. Of course, I am extremely saddened by her passing, but I am thankful for God's peace. Times like this are never easy, but God is always near, granting us graces for the asking.


I love you, Barbara. I always will!

Barbara loved the following quote and posted it on her blog (http://www.wordsofhopeforcaregivers.com/) some time ago and also on the back cover of one of her books:
                                                                       
                                                                      Be at Peace
"Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; Rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."~Saint Francis De Sales

I think God must be carrying me in His arms right now. He was carrying me all last week even as I couldn't "stand it."



A Cooper Reunion many years ago--all 8 "kids" are here. It was on the Fourth of July
(hence the American flag shirts). Barbara is in front on left. My brother Gary
on the far right has also gone to his Eternal reward.

Please live each day as it was your last and prepare your hearts and souls for Eternal life. I welcome prayers for Barbara's soul and for her whole family and her friends. 

Thank you, everyone for your prayers. May God bless you all in great abundance.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My daughter's volunteer work in Thailand

While I am in Texas to be with my sister in her time of need, my dear daughter, Jessica is gearing up to leave for Thailand very soon to volunteer her time, talents, and heart to provide emergency support for women there on the Thailand/Burma border. 


I'll share her words below and offer a link where you can see more and possibly donate a few bucks to help her reach her goal. Thank you in advance for your prayers and monetary help. God bless you!

Jessica says:
Starting in September, I will be volunteering for about 6 months on the Thailand/Burma border as an American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Volunteer Corps (VC) volunteer. AJWS is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice and dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world, regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship. 
 In Thailand, I will be working with a women's empowerment organization that works to increase young people's access to educational opportunities, as well as to promote positive political activism among women. This organization provides gender and human rights trainings for female victims of rights abuses, provides emergency support for women who have been trafficked, and builds their outreach capacities to help them participate in the political process. 
 AJWS coveres the cost of airfare to and from Thailand, but I am responsible for all living expenses, food, health insurance, visas, transportation, and all other costs. I'm hoping to raise $3,000 to cover the cost of living for 6 months so that I can learn from and work with these inspiring women. I'm hoping to raise enough money by Friday, August 24th.

The link to see more and to donate is here: 
http://www.gofundme.com/tmhek


Thank you in advance! God bless you!


Friday, July 20, 2012

My sister

My sister is extremely ill. She had overcome a battle with lung cancer and was recently hospitalized due to a critical health situation. After many tests, doctors did not give us hopeful news.

I am jumping on a plane to go see her and be by her side. Please keep her and her family in your prayers, and please, for my journey too. I pray to be the hands and feet of Christ. Thank you so very much for your prayers.

God bless!

Donna-Marie


Be At Peace


"Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; Rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; And when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."
~Saint Francis De Sales