Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

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Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

 

We want to THANK YOU for the CARE PACKAGES some families have blessed us with! The care each one was wrapped with, the lovely soaps some sent, the teas others sent! It just warmed my heart!

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So many of you have asked for a wish list.  I had this posted on my Facebook page and realized many of you are not on there.

2014 08 22 09.07.33 1024x768 Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers FamilyPlease pray for the repose of Cheryl Kraus the mom, who sent us these lovely soaps last summer 2013.

Recovering from a fire is enormous (see www.davidsonfamilytrust.com). If I think back to the 17 bookcases of books that went up in our fire, oh my, it would make you weep! The rare Catholic books we owned some limited editions. These were the first things I thought of, as the flames grew and devoured our home.

Losing hundreds of books from our 20+years of homeschooling was a tremendous loss as well. Imagine all the Catholic storybooks you have collected for your family, suddenly gone. Not one Catholic storybook to read to your children at night. icon sad Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers Family

A year later now, we still don’t have a real home and realize there is no way we can replace 40+ years of belongings. We must now concentrate on those things that are most important.  Our Faith.

As some of you know we had an extensive collection of very rare and unique Catholic books. Especially our large collection of ‘Father Bernard Kunkel collection’ writings in every form.

 

PLEASE consider donating to us any originals you have from Father Kunkel’s Marylike work, so we may move Our Lady’s Modesty Crusade forward, if this be God’s will.

NOTES:

Please consider sending us your used books whenever possible. Extra books your family is no longer using, books you find at church book sales, donations from closed libraries or estate sale books handed down to you that you can’t use.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Please pack well, especially old books.
  2. Send by USPS only. NO UPS please.
  3. If you require acknowledgement, please include a note with your contact information. We LOVE to know who you are so we can PRAY for you! J

 

CURRENT SHIP TO:

  • Rita Davidson & Family
  • 2988 Elphin Maberly Rd.
  • McDonalds Corners, ON
  • CANADA K0G 1M0

 

CURRENT WISH LIST:

  • *Father Bernard Kunkel, Marylike Crusader, and Divine Love publications
  • *Catholic Books, leaflets, booklets, prayercards (pre-1950)
  • *Catholic Books, leaflets, booklets on purity, modesty, virtues, commandments, spiritual life (pre-1950)
  • *Catholic children’s books and Catholic DVD’s
  • *Catholic homeschooling books & Catholic picture books

 

*My Catholic Faith

*Haydock Bible

*Catechism of the Council of Trent

*Catechism in Pictures

Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Angelus Press)

Life of Christ (Angelus Press)

The Sacraments (Angelus Press)

Treasure Box Books (TanBooks)

Religious Customs in the Family – Father Weiser (Tan Books)

Catholic Coloring books (any) (Tan Books, or others)

Saints for Boys – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Jesus and Mary – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Manners in God’s House – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Saints for Girls – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Angels Food for Boys and Girls – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

I Believe – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

An Alphabet of Saints – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

American Cardinal Reader set – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St. John Bosco – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St John Vianney – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of St. Catherine of Alexandria – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Story of Saint Lawrence – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

St Thomas More of London Town – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Margaret – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Legends of Saints and Beasts – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

The Little Flower of Jesus – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

Saints and Friendly Beasts books – (Tan/Saint Benedict/Neumann Press)

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This list by no means is complete! Whatever you send would be MOST appreciated, even if not on this list.

We are indebted to you for all your support, whether books, donations or prayers.

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You are always in our thoughts and prayers,

God bless you and keep you,

With Love,

Rita & family Xo:)

IMG 0905 150x150 Catholic Wish List for Rita & Little Flowers FamilyRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Trusting God to the End

 

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Trusting God to the End

By Rita Davidson

 

How far would you go on an empty tank of gas?

Today was one of those days. Long day arranging for a new home we found. Phone calls, calculations, many prayers, and worry.

Mark was banging in the background behind me prying open my dad’s toolbox that we had salvaged from our fire. There is still boxes of things we have to salvage. My dad passed away 10+ years ago, but I think of him often. He was an auto body man all his life and was a farmer on the side. J

So this toolbox was my dad’s tools from his work. The toolbox was some 100 lbs when we brought it here. It went through the fire, a lot of water and got crushed by the backhoe that rolled over our ruins to put out the fire. So it was in bad shape.

 

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Then Mark brought me this:

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Wow, I thought, a relic from my dad. Most of his belongings I had saved were lost in the fire. His school books, rosary and his medals, all gone. Then here was something pulled right from his toolbox, not opened since he passed away. Jennifer on my Facebook page called it a, ‘heavenly hug.’ After I read that, I couldn’t agree more.

After our excitement, I realized we had to go out. Unfortunately our closest store is 30 minutes away. When I looked at our gas tank it looked like this:

 

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How far do you think you would drive on an empty tank of gas? Well, we were about to find out. So off we went a little sheepishly. While I was driving, I felt in my pocket the St. Christopher medal of my dad. I now realized I had little to worry about.

So, I continued to pray, taking the long way to town, which unnerved Mark. I told him why should we worry? God would surely get us there. In no time we pulled into the station in the local town. We made it!

Mark laughed as he realized we had that new St. Christopher medal and said, “of course, you probably had that new medal on you.” I said, “Of course!”

It cleaned up really pretty too. A heavenly hug for sure. Thanks Dad. icon smile Trusting God to the End

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No matter what you are suffering, God is always there; planning a way to carry you through to the end. Just Trust HIM.

With love,

Rita Xo icon wink Trusting God to the End

IMG 0905 150x150 Trusting God to the EndRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy! 

 

ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

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ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

Almost every night on my Facebook page, I put out this request. And I pray for peace and everyone including anyone who read my blog, supports our work or follows us! That means YOU!

So while we are always asking you for your prayers, we wanted to give you a chance to tell us your needs and intentions! So, while we pray our rosary for you tonight, won’t you join us and put your intentions here, where we can all pray for you too!?

 Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Will you pleeeaze pray for us!

Thank you!!!

God bless you all,

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE!

IMG 0905 150x150 ROSARY TIME!!! Praying for your needs NOW and for PEACE! Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

Where have all the children gone?

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Where have all the children gone?

By Rita Davidson

I feel the wind on my face. I hear the breeze through the trees. I’ve since taught Liam that God is on the wind. Now each time we hear and feel the wind, we think of Him who made us. Little children have such wonder.

The sun is shining so beautifully. Why is it always so late in the summer before the “perfect” weather appears. LOL Likely God planned it that way so we would appreciate it more. J

I have little to complain about. This being our first summer after our fire and I have all my boys here thankfully. Thank you, thank you God. Did I say thank you? The smell of the sun is on my face and I thank God for such a lovely, perfect day.

But where have all the children gone? We are sitting at the park on the first day of school. Those swings are swinging without the laughter of children, just blowing in the wind. The sun is shining not on glowing red cheeks but on an empty playground.

The children are gone to school!

Today was a busy day with appointments so I decided today we would have our first day of HOMEschool at the park. Just packed up our school books, and kept it simple. A chalkboard for Liam, some new colors and a coloring book. Audio stories on iPod for everyone.

It turned out to be extra lovely day. I think we got more done at the park then at home!

Of course the boys had the joy of being able to run and play right in front of them. LOL

But where have all the Children gone?

Showing up here today was a shock. This normally busy park was left behind. Government schools draw children in droves on the first day of school. They go in wide-eyed and so eager to learn. They are so excited to explore but in time come out talking and looking like copies of each other.

There is an unfortunate absorbing of minds because children have to behave in a classroom. Let’s assume it’s all for good; when children ask questions out of place, they have to be taught to raise a hand. Having 20 children in a room asking all different questions would be a zoo. So, the controlled hand-up, and wait is taught early on. Herd control.

The first instinct of learning is crushed. That wide-eyed optimism gets blunted by having to wait. Add more years to this and now you have dissenting views crushed for the good of the classroom too.

All while freedoms in vice is taught so loosely, it is like a school of Sodom. These unknowing children are being taught that it’s “all about them”.  It’s all about their feelings, their ego and their confidence, not about their salvation, their souls, their eternity.

Enter high school and you now have children with no moral restraint yet no understanding of responsibility. These are the children who have left the park to enter a government school.

Who is to blame for this? Is it the kids who have been taught it’s all about them? Or the parents that were taught it’s all about them? Or the government who has forced them to believe there is no God, it’s good for one it’s good for all.

ONWARD BRAVE HOME SCHOOL SOLDIERS

Who is going to pick up the pieces after this generation falls apart. This generation that will be helping our society fall apart when they are in control and you and I are old. I am sad that society has fallen for the lies of the world. In a world that has so much to offer. For this beautiful world that God has given us if only we love Him enough.

“LOVE is the only sign that distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil”, says St. Augustine.

So what is your Home-school accomplishing this year?

  • Training your children in LOVE.
  • Not just a “love-your-neighbor-type-of-fuzzy- love”.
  • But a BURNING LOVE of God to combat the hatred of God today.
  • And a true LOVE of God’s laws to combat the lax morals today.
  • A zealous LOVE of His Sacrifice and love for us.

We cannot be satisfied with the lukewarm Catholics we see today. Who are just as satisfied with passing by the needs of their suffering brothers as much as putting on immodest attire for Church. They who care less about what the Church says, as long as it doesn’t interferes with their Sunday plans.

What this world needs today is SAINTS. Moms and dads, it is up to you to bring up your children as Happy, God-loving saints! Bravo to all you brave home-schooling moms!

Because just when you were ready to throw in the towel, you realize you are Gods plan for saving this moral torn world and filling up those lonely parks with your fruitfulness. And heaven with it’s reward.

Always love to hear from you, so please share YOUR comments too! J

With much love,

Rita Xo icon smile Where have all the children gone?

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 Where have all the children gone?Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

While the eyes of the great are elsewhere

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While the eyes of the great are elsewhere

By Rita Davidson

 

If you stay on Facebook long enough you’re bound to get weak in the knees with all the bad news that is passed around.

Wars and rumors of wars….Seems we were warned about this by Our Lady of Fatima. The terrible beheading of James Foley; (may he rest in peace). Extremists taking over city after city with a barbarity that we haven’t seen in centuries.  Watching the cries of mothers stretched to their limit. Warnings of possible US strikes. I don’t want to dredge up all the horrors but we have to agree it is frightening.

All the more frightening for families; wife’s and mothers with sons (and daughters) in the military or other professions that put them in harms way.

It is frightening enough to make one want to give up. It’s too much for the mind to take in. It sure took a few days for me to process it.

I barely hear the news; we have no radio or TV signal at all. So all my news is online and I don’t go looking for it often. So it’s usually the BIGGEST stories that trickle down to me. I have made a “choice” to block out news since, what good does it do me to know what is happening day by day? Besides the weather, what difference does it matter what is happening around the world? Our duty is here, to our vocation and our family and that is just where God would want us.

SO WHERE DOES THIS ALL FIT?

Well I’m no rocket scientist, or theologian, I’m just a Catholic mom like you. And I say Catholics, must have hope. Hope for what you ask? Well, let’s take a closer look at this.

Our Lady of Fatima said, “Russia would spread her errors”, where does Russia fit into this Middle East explosion? Was Our Lady wrong? Of course not! So, we must conclude that this is not the “ERROR” that Our Lady warned us about. That doesn’t mean we forget about it, but we must be sure that this terrifying barbarity doesn’t distract us ‘while the eyes of the great are elsewhere’. What else is happening in the world right now that should concern us?

Perhaps it’s our freedoms that are slowly being eroded from families and society in the western world. While abortion is still all the rage there is some progress here and there. But the big push is for euthanasia. Everywhere it is pushing for its place in every corner. Then there is all the entertainment. Social media and the internet has literally changed the way are families relate to each other now and impurity is at our very fingertips.

While the news is unsettling in the Middle East, we must remember this is all part of a puzzle which we are only seeing a part. What purpose does God have in this new violence? How does this all look from God’s eyes? Can you see where I’m headed with this?

Well, God is surely sick of His children that have no regard for Him. How many blasphemies of Jesus and His blessed Mother, are reported daily that cry to heaven for vengeance? How about the Satanists that are trying now to come out in the open to spread their hatred for the Catholic faith among regular society.

The West and its extravagance is drowning in impurity from every side. I even read a report that said the violence from the middle east is partly because they are sick of the impurity so widespread here.

Our Lady of Fatima has warned us to do penance to stay her Son’s hand from striking the world. “Men must amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sin”

MARTYRS ARE THE SEEDS OF THE CHURCH

Can you see how this fits in now? While the West is saturated with impurity, idolatry and Godlessness, the Middle East and other areas are slaughtering Christians for their faith. This is the blood of martyrs, these martyrs are the seeds of the Church. These martyrs are appeasing the hand of God, to give the West time to repent.

Our Lady of Fatima said, “(Russia)…,  will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed…But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

How do we know? There are glimpses of hope, if you watch for them. One story I read of some people standing up to fight back. Another story I read about those families that managed to escape and now refuges but they are ALIVE! Lastly was a report how a growing number of Muslims are siding with Christians and fighting with them because of the brave example they seen in those Christians that died for their faith.

As disheartening as it seems, God IS there with those faithful souls. Bringing their souls courage and nourishment so they may die well. For others He is helping them find a way to escape. There have always been times in the Church when all seemed lost. Now is NOT the time to give up. Now is the time to pray all the more!

WHAT CAN WE DO?

We must pray much more, and stay faithful to our station in life. Pray our rosary as Our Lady asked at Fatima, and keep her company for 15 minutes on five  1st Saturdays. She tells us, “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.”

That’s it! Our prayers are united to the Church Militant. Our prayers, can support those faithful souls that are giving up their souls for Christ.

With our cooperation God can do so much more good in the world. It is up to us to make up for those we know that are lax in the faith. There is always hope and there is nothing more that the devil would like; than to take away our hope so we will feel helpless and do nothing to help the Church.

Remember the battle of Lepanto and Our Lady’s victory there! Do not give up, but commit yourself to Our Lady’s side by saying her rosary and she will surprise us with a greater victory than we could imagine. Because in the end, “ my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”

And there will be an era of peace.

With love,

Rita Xo

©Copyright 2014  Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 While the eyes of the great are elsewhereRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

When God says “NO”

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When God says “NO”

By Rita Davidson

 

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen”

We mouth these words over and over again for our latest request. Have you ever prayed for something so badly you can almost taste it? Your heart is just breaking trying to get God to hear your plea? How about that prayer you say over and over again for days, weeks, months, or years with no answer? Do you feel that God is even hearing you? He sure can seem silent sometimes…

After living homeless for 6 months and moving six times in six months, we were so happy to get settled back here. As many of you know we lost our home, business and van in a devastating house fire that left us homeless for 6 months in 2013.

I think some of that day still hasn’t really settled in. I mean I knew my head was thick…but..well sometimes our minds can only absorb bits at a time when such a tragedy happens. Thank goodness God plans it that way.

We did all we could to get back to our land. It was the only thing that made sense at the time. Being estranged from home, everyday the boys reminded us “they just want(ed) to go home” It was this terrible longing to get back to something familiar. So powerful it was on our minds everyday. We tried and tried and tried, always looking for the “breadcrumb signs” that God was sending us to light our path.

First we thought we could raise enough to start building, we hooked up with a builder who gave us a great price on a pre-built home, but as days turned into weeks, when one fundraiser failed and another didn’t pan out, we knew it was not going to work.

We wracked our brains until they were tired, what our next step would be. Talking to our friends who became our trusty advisors. They brought clarity to our confusion. By now many weeks had passed and we were already moved to our next destination from our campsite to a cabin. We were sad to see the campsite go. The boys had loved the open space there but it was time to move on.

So now we settled into the cabin, not far from the campsite. It was beautiful and quiet compared to the bustle of the campsite. Almost too melancholic; after a tragedy like ours. I prayed to God, “please just get us home for Christmas”. And continued to pray that everyday so badly I could taste it. But we made the best of it.

Our next step, we found a little house to move. We had to try to move it here. That seemed all set, price was right, mover was set, the end seemed in sight. Amen! Then the movers backed out and that idea swiftly fell apart.

Now we were heading into late Fall, and the first snow was appearing. “Dear God,” I asked as I looked up at the sky, “please get us home for Christmas.”

When you really reduce your needs, you realize all we need is four walls and a roof to keep the weather out. Again it becomes agony as you stretch your brain to see ‘how can I get just four walls and a roof”?

As a last resort we looked up mobile home trailers. We made some phone calls and plans to go down. With one of our trusted advisors we went down to see these trailers and picked one that would work. We moved it here beginning of December to the joy of everyone. Here was some progress, finally! Thank you God!  I was dreaming of a white Christmas bundled up in this trailer back home…

But time kept ticking, as we waited for permissions and more, the ground was freezing more everyday. It had no power or heat. We had to get trenches dug to hook up our septic and power line…but the first one who tried to dig the ground failed. Now we were just 2 days before Christmas. I was crushed. By now we were sitting in our first motel with all the belongings we could carry with us after leaving the cabin. I knew right then, God was keeping us from our home for Christmas. I could feel it in my bones. The struggle was gone. I was crushed again…but oh so tired of the struggle. It was not meant to be. I fought the cross.

All I wanted was to curl up in a ball and forget where I was. But, as a mother I knew I had to do better than that. Our boys needed a Christmas! So badly, after all they suffered. I had to swallow my pride , my defeat and do something so they would have something to remember.

So I called up another large hotel and asked them if they would put them up for Christmas so we could put up a tree, Christmas dinner and a real Christmas for the boys. They invited us over that afternoon and by supper we were moved in!

Now we had a lavish, 1000 square foot apartment suite to spend our Christmas. It was a sad irony, that we were struggling so much to get four walls and a roof to live, and here we were in a fancy 1000 square foot hotel room. God has a sense of humor sometimes.

Fast Forward to today. Soon after we moved back, we were denied a mortgage to build, so we were forced to leave this place too. So the wandering began again.

We have been looking for a place after a broker said she find us a small amount of funds to buy. The first place we found we lost before we had a chance to make an offer. We’ve been agonizing over listings and drive by place after place looking for the privacy and space we need. A sign this is the place God is calling us too. Those four walls and a roof.

The last one we found was so perfect. The privacy, and size, the location, the “breadcrumbs from God” lighting the way.

We put an offer on it. Then we waited!

Oh the agony, the excitement, the worry.

Then more offers came in, and we put in another offer. But it was not meant to be. After all the time and effort put into trying to get this place, we were outbid by another. Back to looking again, God where do you want us? Where shall we go?

You see, God often says no doesn’t He? I mean all my pleas went on deaf ears really. We just wanted to go home, but He wanted us to feel ‘homeless’ on Christmas eve, just like His parents did. It was a feeling of desolation I wasn’t prepared for.

He stalled that just long enough to stretch out our cross. “Will you carry it?” He asked. I finally did, but begrudgingly at first.

“No not now little one” He speaks to us. We pout and cry, but ‘why?’. He knows why, a million more reasons than we could understand. We just have to Trust that He knows best. And He does.

We cannot see what God sees, we cannot understand His ways. All we can do is Trust that He is guiding us, that He is in control and desires what is best for us. When we can finally rest in His peace, we will stop struggling so much with “why?”.

So when you are agonizing over your “why” I hope you remember our struggle, and remember that God has a plan for us, that He just hasn’t revealed yet. We must watch for the ‘breadcrumbs from God to light our way’.

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God bless you all,

 With love,

Rita Xo icon smile When God says “NO”

©Copyright 2014  Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 When God says “NO”Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future

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“It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future”

This quote brought me great comfort this week. When we are at a crossroads and we can’t see far ahead, all we can do is place our trust in God and pray for HIS will to be done.

As we await God’s will for our home, we are placing our trust in Him who cares more for us than the flowers in the field. Be sure to remember He is taking care of YOUR every need too!

Please pray for us, and if you can, please help us raise what is needed to get us in a home:

We cannot thank you enough,

God bless you all,

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the future

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 It is because of faith that we exchange the present for the futureRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Our St Philomena Story!

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Our St Philomena Story

by Rita Davidson

I remember it distinctly, our only van was lost, out of commission and we were without a vehicle. Living in a rural area we panicked at first, but then remembered the nice neighbor we had that offered to bring us groceries and such. Even though Mark is a great on a bike, our closest store was 35 minutes by driving and though he did bike that far a few times, it wasn’t like he could do that often.

It was a hot summer, the heat bugs often in our ears. We just waited to find the ‘right’ vehicle. Problem is the ‘right’ vehicle for us was well, impossible.

We had no money to buy anything. And that was where our story started. How long were we going to go without a vehicle? We didn’t know.

We prayed and prayed and months passed by. Patience is a virtue they say, well we sure learned some this summer. Four months passed and still nothing. Then working in my kitchen baking bread one day, I heard a distinct “KNOCK”.

It was so distinct I heard it ’3′ times before it stopped. Not 2 or 4, but THREE. As the window looked right over our verandah I looked over. A distinct chill ran through up my spine. There was NO ONE there. I KNOW I heard three distinct knocks. I know I did. INSTANTLY, like a download in my brain, St. Philomena came to my mind and reminded me I had been praying to her! Oh I wasn’t crazy after all, I thought! icon smile Our St Philomena Story!

Soon after that, we found a check in the mail for our ‘van’. Just like that!

Next, as our friend was dropping off groceries she happens to say, “I seen a van for sale on this road”.

hmmmm we call up the van owner and after more prayers, some questions and a prayer to my dad (who had passed away not long before but worked in autobody, we bought it over the phone (I often thought my dad would be rolling over on this purchase) for $500.

Long story short, the van ran for years for us and Andrew just took a picture of it at our mechanics scrap-yard, still sitting there.

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We owe St. Philomena ALOT. This is not all she has done for us. I know she can do more for you too! My FAVORITE prayer to her is below. It can be said anytime and is always effective!

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Just like St. Therese sends roses, our little Philomena sends knocks! So be prepared for her knocks when she answers your prayer that will give you goosebumps as it did me! I hope she blesses you as much as she has blessed us!

As many of you know we FOUND A HOUSE! BUT we now need just $10,000 more to close the deal!

I’m asking St. Philomena to  help us with this. Won’t you help us by sharing this page, and spreading the word about St. Philomena too? Your helping us will get us closer to serving you with the favorite resources you love so much!

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St. Philomena, pray for us!

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IMG 0905 150x150 Our St Philomena Story!Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe online

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10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe online

By Rita Davidson

We are living in troubling times. With the smut on Television, and in print magazines, it doesn’t end there. While most of us try to limit exposure by leaving the city, disconnecting cable TV,  or limiting friends, it seems “smut” has a life of it’s own, and has grown more clever to find our children unawares. This was brought up on my Facebook page, by a good friend, and I’ve been pondering this ever since. It’s a brave new world, or is it?

Enter the new mobile world! From iPads to iPhones and iPods. There is a frenzy to stay connected today like no other time.

Parents have even fallen into this trap. When kids get old enough to work, they want to stay in touch in an emergency. But these same phones that are supposed to keep our children safe, are portals to impurity at their fingertips and can present serious dangers to their souls.

Just one look on the internet you can see it is rife with complaints from parents in a frenzy to shelter their children from things we shudder to think about. What are these companies doing that can create such technology but neglect to be responsible to protect children at the same time?

Who could have imagined in just 30 short years, triple XXX rated video’s would be at a child’s fingertips?

Truly challenging times we are living in!

So while the secular companies keep creating the next best technology, with not a thought to our children’s safety, we must take measures to keep them safe. Here are some points to keep in mind:

  1. Rethink: does your family each need their own cell phone? If yes, (and this IS valid in this day and age), can the younger ones have android cell phones with no internet abilities?
  2. If your children are under 15 or 16 do they really need to have their own cell phone? What rules can you make up that would ensure their safety but make use of more creative ways when we never had these tools to use? Neighborhood watch, dropping your kids off and picking them up, or sharing chaperoning with other moms? What ideas can you come up with?
  3. If you have computers in the home, do you have them in public places only so children are never alone in a room with them? Keeping them in the living room, or kitchen, a place where you are always nearby so there are no temptations or safety issues.
  4. If computers are only in the main living areas, do you also have locks on them? There are many internet blocking programs that can be used on home computers to narrow down what comes through.
  5. Don’t depend 100% on these blocking devices. It’s only when you become too secure, that your child will find a way around the program and get into something you wish they had never found.
  6. On mobile devices: are you ensuring your younger children are always near you when using them? Have you disabled the Safari browser at least and installed a Filtering browser app instead?
  7. If you have mobile devices with your older children that are away from home for long hours working, have you looked at mobile apps that can track usage, provide a history, lock the camera use, and such? You truly can never be too careful with these precious children under our care.
  8. Keep in mind, there is so much more than porn to get into, but also cyber bullies, and predators online that could be chatting with your children. Some filters are better at all of this than others. So do your homework and if one doesn’t work try another.
  9. Don’t be afraid (or too busy!) to sit down with your children on the computer or mobile devices and talk. Ask them what they are looking up? What are they playing? What do they find interesting about that game or such? Keeping the lines of communications open with them is the first line of defense with your children.

10. When all is said and done, have you been praying for your children? I mean praying for them since they were a baby? Praying for their purity and their faith so they will have the graces they need when they grow up and are in the world? Now is NOT too late. Start today praying for them. Don’t despair that it is too late. Even a child that has encountered pornography online, if caught early can become a source of sorrow for them and enough motivation to help them learn a good lesson that will stay with them all their life.

Here is a list of some Filters and Blocking apps for Computer and Mobile devices I have found. I haven’t used them all, and there are surely more, but try them out. If you have something you have used feel free to leave a comment about it below!

COMPUTER FILTERS:

Net Nanny

This is a filtering program promoted by Focus on the Family.

www.netnanny.com

 

SafeEyes

allows you to easily and effectively manage your family’s activities online.  Recommended by Dave Ramsey.

http://www.mcafee.com/SafeEyes

Clean Internet

safe from Spam and Porn and more.

http://www.cleaninter.net/

 

MOBILE APPS:

Covenant Eyes

Covenant Eyes offers an Internet browser for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is designed to replace Safari. This app is free to subscribers

http://www.covenanteyes.com/support-articles/how-do-i-use-the-iphone-browser-app/

 

Curbi

provides you with ability to totally manage your child’s mobile online experience. Stop in-app purchases, block adult content and set boundaries for social media use and time wasting apps.

http://www.curbi.com/

 

PageClean

PageClean works on all apps installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Most adult content blockers only work in a single app, like Safari, but PageClean works for all apps, on wifi or cellular connections.

https://www.pageclean.com/

 

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro, the paid version of the popular Lockdown ‘free’ app for iPhone and iPod Touch, you can password protect applications on iPhone and iPod Touch just like the free version. Seems to be for unlocked phones?

http://www.iphoneheat.com/2010/08/lockdown-pro-password-protect-iphone-applications/

 

MOVIE FILTERING:

Clearplay is one of the most popular and perhaps the only filter for modern movies. We have some friends that have used this for years with great success. We have never gotten it but hope to soon. They also have a streaming filter now saving on even having to rent or buy the movie. Amazing!

https://www.clearplay.com/

 

SHARE with me YOUR resources that worked too?

God bless you for protecting your loved ones.

With love,

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©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reseved.

IMG 0905 150x150 10 Tips for Keeping our Children safe onlineRita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

What will fix the Church today?

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What will fix the Church today?

By Rita Davidson

 

I had an interesting conversation recently after asking this question on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I want to share those answers with you today.

From my Twitter answers ranged from:

Confession and Holy Communion from Annie, Rosary and Scapular, and Get rid of the heretics…

 

From my Facebook, there was:

Jesus second coming, Traditional Latin mass, prayers, rosaries and then from Deborah, “every person fully living their Roman Catholic faith… and Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart WILL triumph.”

Then there was one that asked ‘what is there to fix?’

 

Are we in denial?

How can we fix anything, if we can’t see what is wrong?

I’m not going to make this a discourse about the problems in the Church, and outside it. (that’s a topic for another day!)

We can all agree, that society is on a slippery slope to hell. Regardless of what you think of the Church today, we know that it could have a stronger voice in the world.

Families are struggling, children are leaving the faith, there is no direction to help us stay on the right path, getting our families to heaven. Facebook is ALIVE with questions, questions, and more questions.

Then there is the small remnant, that has become overwhelmed by it all.  They are faint of heart, they have all but given up the struggle. They have lost hope. This makes me so sad. Of all the people that could have lost hope, that could have been me. From abuse as a child to a stroke at 26, losing three children from the faith, having three disabled boys and losing our home & business in a devastating fire that left us literally homeless for six months, I COULD HAVE LOST HOPE, but I Put my TRUST in GOD instead.

While all the answers above are wonderful solutions to the confusion today they are only part. There is ONE answer that is most important of all. That is:

“EVERY PERSON FULLY LIVING THEIR ROMAN CATHOLIC FAITH”

We must ALL JOIN together and become a strong force against the growing darkness. What is destroying the Church today is lukewarmness.

Lukewarmness in priests, in Bishops and laypeople. The lack of devotion in souls is what is killing the life of grace in the world. And we are all witnessing the result.

We are suffering from the collective neglect of devotion in the world. Those of us with the True Faith, that Know our duties, we cannot be satisfied with being average. We must live each day with great love for God. How can we be so lukewarm when sins are crying to heaven for vengeance!

Why?

Because we ARE the Church Militant. We are all united through grace to the Church. It is our prayer life, our abandonment of sin, our charity, our gratitude, our zeal that is filling up the gaps in this darkness. God is waiting for us to respond to His grace!

We must ALWAYS have HOPE! Before we can add grace to the world we must get serious about our own spiritual life. We must have such devotion that it overflows our soul into the world around us. First to our family, then our Church, then our community. We cannot be satisfied with mediocre we must be fervently on fire for God and charity for our neighbor.

So HOW do we do this?

Start with these three things:

  1. Abandonment of sin. That means immodest dress, impurity, complaining, and worry too! Yes! So many of us feel ‘safe’ because we don’t steal murder or lie. That is just the tip of the iceberg!  God asked us, “Be Ye Perfect!” If we find ourselves complaining all day on Facebook, how ungrateful are we to God and what He has given to us? This is one of the biggest concerns of Facebook, is all the drama and senseless chatter that takes away from our daily duties. Worry, how many of us lose sleep with worry? How dare we when God takes care of ‘the lilies in the field’. Where is our Trust?
  2. Fulfilling your Daily Duties according to your state in life. Whatever your state in life is, your duty is to do that the best that you can. Student, wife, husband, religious. God has chosen the ideal life for each of us. (even if we don’t think so). Regardless of how “small”, “Insignifigant” or ‘dull’  our life might feel, doing our best with what we have is all that God asks of us. And for some of us that is a lot!
  3. Grow in Faith. We cannot expect to expand our love for God if we do not work on growing our own soul. We don’t abandon a garden to the wind and sun without water? Why do we neglect the care of our soul so much? We feed our soul by prayer and study. Not just Sunday Mass, not just morning and evening prayer, but prayer all day. Prayers while your doing the dishes, while your driving the car to lessons, while your preparing supper. Talking to God at every opportunity you have. Telling Him your worries, your frustrations and your concerns. Tapping into the great beyond so that it becomes a daily habit for you. Only then can you have the graces to share with your children, your family and beyond. And study. We cannot begin to take our faith seriously if we don’t understand the truths of the faith. We must study the faith and pray for God to lead us to His truth, so our souls will be enlightened.

 

Only then will we be fulfilling God’s will and bringing to Him the cooperation He was waiting for to correct the confusion we are in and bring about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

 

How are you growing in your faith today? Share with me your struggles and triumphs!

 

With love,

Rita Xo icon smile What will fix the Church today?

©Copyright 2014 Rita Davidson  All Rights Reserved.

IMG 0905 150x150 What will fix the Church today?Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!