In the midst of the terrible and messy and difficult business of standing up for the truth and learning and following it yourself in the meantime (because nobody’s perfect least of all me and it sucks) lets not forget how awesome and blessed it is to get to be part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and all the beauty and awesomeness that comes with it like a big hug. Because saints aren’t meant to be unhappy, we are meant to rejoice, and look to the future with delight and hope, and remember what it means to party because there’s no party like a Catholic party ‘cause a Catholic party don’t stop. (Please see the Irish and the Mexican Catholics for reference. They rocked it out of the park.) So here’s my plan. On June 29th, the feast of St. Peter the Apostle, let’s throw a Catholic tumblr celebration. I want memes, I want fun facts, I want celebration of Church history, I want prayers, I want trappestine candy (if only in pics!), and most of all I want unabashed joyful excitement over what it means to be Catholic and what it has added to your life! Geek out! Fangirl! Dance around singing! Post all about it! Because we are Catholic. And we are so blessed. Let’s share that joy of Christ with the world! June 29th. Alleluia! Reblog to R.S.V.P. and share with your followers. Let’s make this big.
Edit: Also, the tag is #Catholic Party 29
On 26 June the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated, which means the novena in honour of the famous icon begins today (18 June).
For nine consecutive days the following prayer is said, followed by three Hail Marys:
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke your powerful name, the protection of the living and the salvation of the dying. Purest Mary, let your name henceforth be ever on my lips.
Delay not, Blessed Lady, to rescue me whenever I call on you. In my temptations, in my needs, I will never cease to call on you, ever repeating your sacred name, Mary, Mary. What a consolation, what sweetness, what confidence fills my soul when I utter your sacred name or even only think of you! I thank the Lord for having given you so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.
But I will not be content with merely uttering your name. Let my love for you prompt me ever to hail you Mother of Perpetual Help. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for me and grant me the favor I confidently ask of you.