Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Visit to Detroit, G. A. Fuchs Church Supply, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Sweetest Heart of Mary

This past weekend, my husband and I drove from Nashville to Detroit so I could sign books at G. A. Fuchs in Madison Heights. What a wonderful trip and what a beautiful store!
The images you see of the churches are painted directly onto the wall and I must say are exquisitely detailed replicas of several of the amazing local seminaries, cathedrals, shrines and churches. Since we were only in the area for a short weekend, it was difficult to choose which to visit.
The gallery of artwork the store carries is well worth a visit but they also carry many pieces that are perfect in size for homes.
Meet Matt Klopp. He runs the Fuchs store and invited me for an autograph party. I enjoyed meeting people and helping them find gifts in the store. (couldn't help myself) We did leave a few signed copies for those in the area who may not have made it in for the event.

After the book signing, we went to the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica which had an event taking place also. A wedding! We waited and walked around visiting the outside garden area. This Shrine was just made a Basilica a week prior to our visit.

Water flowed below St. Therese's statue and from this point we could see the church as well as what was the original radio tower that now houses the St. Therese Chapel.

Pictures from St. Therese's youth decorated a small room off the altar area. Now that her parents, Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized this year, we were fortunate to read more about their lives.

The St. Therese Chapel was worth the entire visit to the Shrine. What a beautiful place to reflect on her life and her love for Christ. I happen to be reading I Believe in Love : a personal retreat based on the teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux so I was thrilled to be here in this Holy place.
We ventured on to Mass at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church. The size of this church and the beauty of this space reminded me of something I'd seen in Europe. We received Communion at the altar rail which was a first for my husband.
This large stained glass window depicts the Holy Family with the boy Jesus working with a wooden cross. Quite a moving image.
This window opposite the Holy Family window is a depiction of St. Valentine and his work among the people, spreading the love of Christ.

We ventured further to the downtown area and ate in Greektown then returned to the Royal Oaks area for some live music. We will have to go back and visit the Ford Museum and Motown. So much to see...so little time. Thank you Matt, Tom and Nancy Klopp for a wonderful first visit to Detroit. We truly enjoyed your great city!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our Lady of La Salette - Visiting Mary

In preparation for the month of May, Mary's month, I thought we could travel around the U.S. and "visit" some of the beautiful shrines dedicated to Our Lady. Our first visit is to Attleboro, Massachusetts to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.

The Rosary Pond

The Garden of Appartion

"On September 19, 1846, on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady appeared in the small village of La Salette in France. Mary's message was one of repentance. She did not want people working on Sunday and using God's name in vain. She told the children that she has prayed constantly for her people but that it is time for us to respond to her love with love.  She asked them to pray day and night, even if only a Hail Mary and an Our Father, but whenever they could to pray more. She stressed that all were to go to Mass." from Visiting Mary

The Holy Stairs

The Stations of the Cross


Shrine Church

previous spot of the entrance to the La Salette Seminary

"Mary, you love us. Help us to return that love. Help us to put aside all the excuses and go to Mass, pray, and reconcile with your Son. Our world today needs these urgent messages. Help us to step out of our homes and go out into the world with your words of hope. Give us the courage and the strength we need." from Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and their Graces

Thursday, April 9, 2015

He Leadeth Me

A group of moms from St. Cecilia Academy read "He Leadeth Me" during the Season of Lent and could not have picked a better book for this time of year. Fr. Ciszek truly experienced the Way of the Cross in the Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia for 23 years. Fr. Ciszek shares his incredible lessons of faith as he teaches the reader the importance of perseverance through prayer. His words are for today.
And his closing thoughts (along with all the other markings I made in the book) I'd like to hold onto forever.

 "...that every moment of our life has a purpose, that every action of ours, no matter how dull or routine or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and a worth beyond human understanding. No man's life is insignificant in God's sight, nor are his works insignificant-no matter what the world or his neighbors or family or friends may think of them. Yet what a terrible responsibility is here. For it means that no moment can be wasted, no opportunity missed, since each has a purpose in man's life, each has a purpose in God's plan."

"Yet no one can know greater peace, no one can be more committed, no one can achieve a greater sense of fulfillment in his life than the man who believes in this truth of the faith and strives daily to put it into practice. If it all seems too simple, you have only to try it to find how difficult it is. But you have only to try it to find out as well the joy and the peace and the happiness it can bring. For what can ultimately trouble the soul that accepts every moment of every day as a gift from the hands of God and strives always to do his will?"