Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Passing of My Mother

 Please pray for the repose of the soul of my dear Mother.

Mary Busconi Blanchard, 92, died Saturday February 24, 2018 after a short illness. Born in Framingham, MA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Busconi. 

Mary Lou was raised in Hopkinton, MA, where she attended school and went on to raise her family. She worked very hard all her life. She owned and operated a restaurant for many years as well as a bed and breakfast on Sagamore Beach in Sandwich MA. In her later years she worked in the tax business with her daughter Kathleen. Mary Lou loved her family as she did life. She had a joy and zest for life and thoroughly enjoyed her last 13 years on the beach in York, ME. 

 She is survived by her five children, Mary Jo Jones Bardsley of York, ME, Patricia Kinnarney of Framingham MA, Kathleen Thompson of Rochester, NH, Margaret Munch of Supply, NC, and Joseph Kinnarney of Greensboro, NC; as well as 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her six siblings Anthony Busconi, Yolanda Denny, Mafalda Logan, Angie Turchi, Jenny Tassone and Lewis Busconi and by her husbands Joseph Kinnarney and Kenneth Blanchard. 

The funeral will take place Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:30 am from the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home, 34 Church Street, Hopkinton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am in St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church Street, Hopkinton. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Hopkinton. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Thursday March 1, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday Feb. 14th, 2018

For years our culture has been plagued by all sorts of addictions that enslave those who are addicted and those who love them. At this point in our history it would surprise me very much if anyone can say they are not affected by drugs, alcohol, anorexia, gambling or any one of the hundreds of life threatening addictions that plague our times our families or our loved ones. I thought the Lent of 2018 would be a good time to invoke Venerable Matt Talbot to give aid to all of our souls as we attempt to make crooked lines straight and bring some of this madness to an end. I have posted many times the words Jesus spoke to me about the legalization of Marijuana. In desperation he cried out to me, "They are legalizing the death of my children." And we are loosing thousands of children and adults. Marijuana is a gateway drug being legalized for money, money money.

Back in Matt Talbot's time as a raging alcoholic in Ireland the only antidote to the addiction problem was to kneel before the tabernacle in the Catholic Church and pledge to Jesus that you would never take a drink again. Given the numbers of people in need of saving this could be the only way to get the ball rolling. We must all get on our knees and beg for our selves, our loved ones , our neighbors and our friends.

So we put before Matt Talbot and God through the Catholic Church, (because Matt lived the Sacramental life and went to Mass daily, three times on Sunday.) this urgent need to save lives and souls. You can click on the bar above for more info on Matt Talbot. I expect the prayer to be included at the end of our daily prayers.

May this be a Hope filled Lent for all !!!

Margaret of Souls for Jesus

Novena Prayer

God of mercy, we bless You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give Your strength to N., Your servant, bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God's children. Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Official Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Matt Talbot

"Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament. May his life of prayer and penance give us courage to take up our crosses and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Father, if it be your will that your beloved servant should be glorified by your Church, make known by your heavenly favours the power he enjoys in your sight. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 10th 2018 FAITH HOPE LOVE

My sister and her husband visited Montana a few years ago and brought back a book about, " Our Lady of the Rockies. " The story is true, I just came across this video on another blog and wanted to share it.

I hope you enjoy it.

Margaret of souls for Jesus

On The Mountain from Shawn Newton on Vimeo.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Feb. 2nd 2018, Feast of the Presentation

World Youth Day 2016, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and life in the present day.

I attended W Y D 2016 with my youngest son. There was so much to take in and so much to keep up with as a 65 year old mother trying to keep sight of the youth. It is embarrassing to admit that the importance of this young man, Blessed Pier Giorgio kind of escaped me. I knew who he was and went to Mass in the Cathedral were his banner was flying but I did not venerate his incorrupt body. As I read about him now I believe he was there in person so to speak. W Y D had a major effect on myself and my son, to this day things happen that put me in awe of the opportunity we had and how it unfolds in our lives, even as time goes on.

Last week I found a number of prayer cards with the picture and the story of the priest from France who was beheaded when we were in Poland. Rev. Jacques Hamel. The Pilgrims were not told about the murder but I looked up that morning as over a million of us were heading into the Museum of Pope John Paul II. There were military helicopters circling us. As a parent, I knew something wasn't right so I called my husband knowing it was 4 am in New Hampshire. I thought maybe I would never hear his voice again. I can still hear the gentle tone of his voice. These prayer cards are another of the wonderful surprises I have found in our new church home of the Sacred Heart of Jesus South Port, North Carolina.

Another very beautiful surprise happened yesterday while talking to a parishioner about
the Secular Carmelites.  She pulls out a prayer card for Blessed Giorgio and asked me to pray to him for her son Blaze who has cancer. He has a miracle of healing a young man named Kevin of a head injury that was to claim his life but didn't. Of course I said yes and took a few cards. I thought about my son Justin who is living in North Carolina with us now. He just came a few days ago. He is a bit lost as to were to begin his life again and like most 23 year old doesn't want to be listening to Ma!!!! I showed him the picture of Giorgio and he remembered him. He said he didn't want to talk about a guy who died so young. Strange comment but there is that, "generation gap." I prayed the prayer and kept the card with me. In short order I found that my sons attitude made a 180 change. He was nice and normal as he should be, rather than dismal and angry. I layed the card on my night stand and began to pray my way to sleep when I felt and heard the name Pier Giorgio. It was sweet, soft and beautiful. So I share this with anyone who is looking to sweeten the soul of a young man or in fact as we are really trying to do, save the lives of our youth and bring them into the will of God.

It is so amazing to me the impact these young Saints have on our world, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Therese and now young Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. I will pray for miracles for our youth and look forward to the Beautification of this young man, I hope you will join me.

Most Sincerely,
Margaret of Souls for Jesus

His mother was born on my birthday, so perhaps she will help us as well.
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