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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

So, I’m not Oprah or Julie Andrews but I thought it would be fun to share with you guys a few of my favorite things. Let’s do this!

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1) Cafe Bustelo Coffee
Nothing starts the day off right like a delicious cuppa’ joe! Café Bustelo is one of my favorite brands because of the price ($3.75 for a can at Walmart) and the bold delicious flavor!

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2) Divine Mercy Minutes with Jesus by Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB
Have you ever wanted to read the Diary of St. Faustina but you thought it would take forever to get through so you just never started? Yep. That’s me. So when I found this book at the beginning of the year I thought I would give it a try. Basically it walks you through Jesus’ words to St. Faustina by giving you a short passage to pray with for every day in the year. I know it’s only February, but I am LOVING this way of praying with Jesus’ words of Divine Mercy and I think it will be something that I can sustain throughout the year.

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3) Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral
I am so blessed to live in a diocese with such a gorgeous cathedral! It was just restored a few years ago and the place is BEAUTIFUL! Check out the website for more photos. (Of course the most beautiful thing in this building is the True Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!)

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4) New Album, “Helios” by The Fray
I’ve been a fan of The Fray from the very first time I heard their song “Cable Car” on the radio, and their newest album “Helios” does not disappoint! Great jams for designing! Their recent single “Love Don’t Die” always makes me think of the great love that the saints had for God. Give it a listen and see what you think! 😉

Featured Saint: St. Gabriel Possenti

Featured Saint: St. Gabriel Possenti

This is the inaugural post in my newest internet adventure: Blogging! I am hoping that this blog will be a fun place to post design tips and tricks, random musings, fun facts & saint stories, and anything else that holds beauty and inspiration.

I thought I would start off the blog by featuring a saint whose feast day is today: St. Gabriel Possenti (aka. St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows)! St. Gabriel is a patron saint of youth, students, clerics, and seminarians.

b01a7e31e040df6a9bce88f1f8f9d3f5 Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, he lost his mother when he was only four years old. He was educated by the Jesuits and, having been cured twice of serious illnesses, came to believe that God was calling him to the religious life. Young Francis wished to join the Jesuits but was turned down, probably because of his age, not yet 17. Following the death of a sister to cholera, his resolve to enter religious life became even stronger and he was accepted by the Passionists. Upon entering the novitiate he was given the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. Ever popular and cheerful, Gabriel quickly was successful in his effort to be faithful in little things. His spirit of prayer, love for the poor, consideration of the feelings of others, exact observance of the Passionist Rule as well as his bodily penances—always subject to the will of his wise superiors— made a deep impression on everyone. His superiors had great expectations of Gabriel as he prepared for the priesthood, but after only four years of religious life symptoms of tuberculosis appeared. Ever obedient, he patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and the restrictions it required, seeking no special notice. He died peacefully on February 27, 1862, at age 24, having been an example to both young and old. Saint Bio from AmericanCatholic.org