Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Worldwide Rosary Event for the Unborn

The WORLDWIDE ROSARY FOR UNBORN BABIES prayer event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 18th, 2008. You are invited to participate by praying the Rosary during the 9:00 a.m. hour for the following intention: For an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn babies. This worldwide prayer event is being organized by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization(www.SaintMichaelTheArchangelOrganization.org * P. O. Box 41257; Memphis, Tennessee 38174; United States of America)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sturdy Totes for Carrying All of Your Stuff!


I am now offering sturdy totes for busy Moms, GrandMoms, women, and others who are dashing around with their arms full on their way to activities and such. Put your stuff in one of these cute totes and ease your carrying! Each tote will be imprinted with my blogger header artwork on each side. There will be a "Daily Donna-Marie" on one side and "Embracing Motherhood" on the other. You may request to have both sides with the same imprint if you prefer.

The colors are white or natural. Please specify when you order. The natural color is a bit thicker and is shown at the right here. The price is only $12.99 plus shipping and handling (for US orders). You may use the Pay Pal button or send $12.99 plus $3.50 shipping and handling to Donna-Marie at PO Box 773, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.





Monday, September 22, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Grace Cafe: Coming in October!

Now available for pre-order!


From The National Catholic Register:

Grace Café
Serving Up Recipes for Faithful Mothering

By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


"Ever wish you had a cookbook for life as a Catholic wife and mother … a step-by-step guide for various “domestic church” situations? Consider your prayers answered. The recipe theme may be lighthearted, fun even, but there’s real nourishment to be had in this wonderful dish too. Inspiriting entrees — practical ways Catholic women can live out their familial vocation — are seasoned with simple suggestions for answering Christ’s universal call to holiness. Lovely poems conclude each chapter on a note of warmth that will lift hearts beyond the kitchen and point mothers straight toward heaven.

Widely published and deeply experienced in both family life and religious life, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle counted Blessed Teresa of Calcutta among her personal friends. She maintains numerous websites and has founded several Catholic apostolates and ministries."

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

We should be in an uproar over this!

There's been much discussion since the recent disgusting remarks and downright filthy verbal attacks from Russell Brand the Host of the MTV Music Awards at the Jonas Brothers. Brand made several rude and very inappropriate comments because of the Jonas Brothers' vow to remain chaste and of their being open about their beliefs by visibly wearing "promise rings." Brand's lack of tact and lack of respect for anyone with values and beliefs targets teens and tweens all over.

Brand's actions were a disgrace and unfortunately many parents allow their kids to watch MTV and be influenced by it. Parents need to be more vigilant about preventing filth from entering into their homes - their "domestic churches." The difficulty is that these young tweens and teens want to see their favorite music groups win awards and to do so they are subjected to a bunch of muck from hosts that seemingly lack consciences.

Once, I actually PAID the cable company to take the MTV channel out of my house! The MTV channel was part of the line up of channels that come to the house and in order to get rid of it, they required me to pay them thirty dollars to take it off! I had it removed not because I feared my children would watch it sneakily. Rather it was because I did not want that filth in my house!

Many bloggers are writing about the recent event at the MTV Music Awards and many Christian parents are up in arms because of it and they SHOULD be! While I did not watch the show (As I have said, don't allow the viewing of MTV at my home, yet no one here wants to see it either), I know that the show was an atrocity attacking purity in the youth and moral values in everyone since the host also made remarks about the candidates in the upcoming election and more.


I have to say that I admire Jordan Sparks for her remark, putting the host in his place. While some do not like her choice of one word, I feel she said what was on her heart and mind in a quick moment to address the disparaging and hurtful attacks. I'm sure that she wanted to get a good message out there to the young who were watching that it's not a bad thing to be pure and chaste. It's a very good thing.

What's on your mind? Did you see the show? I know some parents watched it to see what their kids may be watching when they are older. Speak up, now is your chance. What did you think? Or what did you think about the whole scenario even if you didn't see Russell Brand in action. By the way, "Brand has been arrested 11 times, once for indecent exposure,” said Erik Whittington, director of Rock for Life. “He appears to care more about making crude jokes to gain attention than he does offending who choose to live a lifestyle different from his own lascivious past.”

Here's the American Papist's sentiments on the ordeal with a link to a news article. Another article here. Film clip of Jordan Sparks with her "rebuke" of Russell Brand is here.


So, what's your take on this? Please feel free to comment. Let's continue prayers ALWAYS for our youth.

God bless!

Donna-Marie

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Special Prayer to Our Blessed Mother for those in the path of the hurricane

Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Mother of the Infant Jesus, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who invoke you with confidence, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who are devout toward the Infant Jesus, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining a lively faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for sustaining the hope of Christians, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining and persevering in charity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing the law of God, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing perseverance in virtue and good works, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every spiritual necessity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the revolt of self-will, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in the occasion of sin, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temptation, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the evil spirit, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining contrition, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those wishing to re-enter the path of salvation, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the conversion of sinners, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temporal necessity, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every affliction, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of afflicted families, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the sick and the poor, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against contagious diseases and epidemics, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every accident, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by fire, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against lightning and tempest, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by flood, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of travelers, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of navigators, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the shipwrecked, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of our country, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor in time of war, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those aspiring to the holy priesthood and the religious life, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of laborers in the Lord's vineyard, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of missionaries who spread the faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor of our Holy Father the Pope, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for those searching for the faith, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of the Church, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor at the hour of death, pray for us.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the deliverance of the souls in purgatory, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

O Almighty and Eternal God, Who sees us surrounded by so many dangers and miseries, grant in Your infinite goodness that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Divine Son, may defend us from the evil spirit and protect us against all adversities, that always and with prompt succor she may deliver us from every evil of soul and body, and safely guide us to the kingdom of heaven, through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Contemplation:

If our eyes are always on heaven and God, at the end of life we will find ourselves in His Presence.

(Recitation of the Rosary)


Imprimatur:
Joseph F. Rummel
Archbishop of New Orleans.
New Orleans.
February 11, 1936.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pre-ordering "The Domestic Church: Room by Room!


You are now able to pre-order The Domestic Church: Room by Room! It is scheduled to be released around mid October. This book is a Catholic mother's study guide which can be participated in a group setting, sharing faith and insights with other Catholic mothers or studied individually. It is 256 pages long!

From the National Catholic Register:
The Domestic Church Room by Room
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


"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.” That’s a tall order for busy Catholic mothers. You might even say it’s as big as a house: You wouldn’t want to clean the whole thing in one fell swoop but, if you take it one room at a time, you’ll get the job done. In a systematic course that’s equally useful for groups and individuals, this talented author shows how to remodel your home after the spiritual design of Holy Mother Church.

Widely published and deeply experienced in both family life and religious life, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle counted Blessed Teresa of Calcutta among her personal friends. She maintains numerous websites and has founded several Catholic apostolates and ministries."


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This book retails for $18.95. I am offering a 10% discount on all pre-orders that come in on or before September 30th! I will be setting up Pay Pal soon. In the meantime, you may email me at DMCOBoyle(at)aol(dot)com to order. I will give you details in an email regarding the shipping and handling and address to send the payment to.








On orders of 10 copies or more (for group studies) there is a 10% discount and adjusted shipping and handling fee by using this Pay Pal button (only for orders of 10 copies of The Domestic Church Room By Room or more).




Monday, September 8, 2008

The Domestic Church: Room by Room



Ta Da!! More later, stay tuned!

God bless and hugs,

Donna-Marie

Mother of all Mothers! Happy Birthday!!


"The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. A September birth was chosen because the Eastern Church begins its Church year with September. The September 8 date helped determine the date for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 (nine months earlier).
Scripture does not give an account of Mary's birth. However, the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James fills in the gap. This work has no historical value, but it does reflect the development of Christian piety. According to this account, Anna and Joachim are infertile but pray for a child. They receive the promise of a child that will advance God's plan of salvation for the world. Such a story (like many biblical counterparts) stresses the special presence of God in Mary's life from the beginning.

St. Augustine connects Mary's birth with Jesus' saving work. He tells the earth to rejoice and shine forth in the light of her birth. "She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed." The opening prayer at Mass speaks of the birth of Mary's Son as the dawn of our salvation and asks for an increase of peace." (from Saint a Day)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Blessed Mother Teresa's feast day!




"Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine."


(Mother Teresa's Daily Prayer, by Cardinal Newman)

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Here are two previous radio segments where I speak about Mother Teresa My book, Prayerfully Expecting and how I met Mother Teresa,

And Addressing the comments in the media about Mother Teresa's supposed "crisis of faith,"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

As long as we have those prayers going out...

Please also pray for two other new Catholic mother's groups who will be doing a study using my book, The Heart of Motherhood. Two women from different areas of the country - Domini will be leading one and Jane will be leading the other. Inspiration must be in the air for Catholic mothers at this time of year! Please say a prayer for their groups as they get started and as they embark on their mother's study. May God bless them all!

Thanks!

God bless!

Donna-Marie

Special prayers going out today for newly formed mother's group!


I am praying for Kim, a Catholic mother in Texas who has decided to start a Catholic mother's group after reading two of my books! God bless you Kim! She will conduct her first meeting tomorrow (Friday) and will do a study on my book, The Heart of Motherhood: Finding Holiness in the Catholic Home. Please say a prayer for Kim and her group as they embark on their study of the vocation of Catholic motherhood and meet together as sisters in Christ!

A copy of Kim's review that appears at Barnes & Noble.Com appears below.

LIFE CHANGING!

Kim Venneman Cooper, A reviewer, 04/29/2008

I am a mother of 3 children ages 3 and under and have read THE HEART OF MOTHERHOOD and it has truly changed my life! The author's outlook on the vocation of motherhood could only have come from the Holy Spirit....Donna Marie Cooper Oboyle's writings are awe inspiring. I encourage all mothers to read this book. It is easy reading and one you can't put down. The writings of this book are ones you remember in the middle of the night when you are up with sick children and want to break down and cry or the days you don't know how you are going to make it through the day....the voice of this book sticks with you and truly helps you become a better mother and helps you to live a holy life at home. IT is a reminder of the true vocation of motherhood that has been lost in today's society. I am starting a mother's group at my church based on this book because the message is so powerful that all mothers need to be touched, encouraged and inspired by the words of this book, especially in today's world!

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Thank you, Kim for your very kind words. Most especially, thank you for your courage to go forward to gather women together to work together to understand the beauty and holiness hidden in an ordinary yet extraordinary vocation! I'm praying for you and your group!

God bless and hugs,

Donna-Marie

Monday, September 1, 2008

Overheard in the "domestic church"

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A college student getting ready to return to classes at an away college for his fall semester called out from his bedroom for his Mom. He wanted her advice. He was packing up his clothes and things and would be leaving the following day.

"Do you think I should bring a jacket or just these sweatshirts?"

The Mom, of course wanting him to be warm answered, "Take the jacket, because it has been getting cold these last few nights. You may need it."

The son said, "Well, I'll be okay with these sweatshirts. The jacket is kind of bulky."

He then asked, "How may pairs of underwear do you think I should pack?"

"Seven," the Mom said.

The son looked at his Mom with a look that almost screamed, "Are you kidding me?"

The Mom, interpreting the look said, "Well, how often do you do your laundry?"

Again, no answer, but a look that spoke loud and clear. A look only a Mom could decipher.

"Well, then, I think you should bring fourteen," she answered.

They both then broke out into broad smiles!