A Blessing with St Pio’s Glove

When I went to Medjugorie last month, we made a side trip to San Giovanni Rotundo. One of the ladies I was travelling with knew how to get a blessing with St Pio’s glove. She had made an appointment EARLY in the morning of the day we were to leave. Initially, since I was driving the car, I was just going to drop her off and wait while she ran in to receive her blessing since parking is a nightmare and we were in a hurry. Also, his glove had come me TWICE already in the two months prior to… Continue Reading

First Sunday of Advent Hymn Meditation

“Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear…” This Advent hymn truly captures, with both words and its fittingly wandering tune, the sense of longing that is at the root of the season. After centuries of waiting, the people of God are about to experience a miracle and have their lives changed, irrevocably and forever. We don’t see waiting as positive, do we? When we wait in line at a shop, when we wait for someone to come visit, when we wait for a paycheck to arrive—all… Continue Reading

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Calcutta Vegetarian Meal for Mother Teresa’s Poor

I know it’s not Lent, but it IS Friday after celebrating the glorious canonization of the great “Saint of the Gutters”, Mother Teresa. Consider making this typical dinner with which she used to feed the poorest of the poor in Calcutta/Kolkata. It actually looks pretty good and I bet my kids will even eat it. BONUS: The spice turmeric is even a POWERHOUSE for fighting cancer. God is so good! Donna www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.htm ______________________________________________ Here’s a suggested menu, and the simple recipe for the cooked main dish. (I understand that at one stage the nuns of the Missionaries of Charity were… Continue Reading

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All Creatures Bless the Lord – Praying Parrot

Daniel 3:57-88 The “All Creatures Bless the Lord” song from the book of Daniel makes the rounds of everything in nature blessing the Lord, including a line that says, “All you birds of the air, O bless the Lord.” This parrot, Charlie O even ends his night prayer with a song, and I just LOVE the ending! Made me laugh out loud! Keep praying. Keep singing. Charlie O does. Donna www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.htm

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A Catholic Songwriter Hails Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Since I’ve been a songwriter for most of my life, I bet you wouldn’t guess that I really don’t enjoy poetry. Actually, I avoid it, it is usually so bad. BUT THIS… I love this! And I’m sure many people would, that’s why Henry Wordworth Longfellow is so famous. Excellence has lasting power. Enjoy! A PSALM OF LIFE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful NUMBERS, “Life is but an empty dream!” For the soul is dead that slumbers, And, things ARE NOT what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the GRAVE is NOT its… Continue Reading

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Bishops of York Minster from 314 AD

York Minster Cathedral. So RICH in history. Behind me is a statue of Constantine who was proclaimed emperor IN YORK in the year 306. In 313 he legalized Christianity and a Roman basilica built. As you can see in the second picture, in 314 the FIRST BISHOP of York was instated just a year later. Look over that list of bishops. They were all CATHOLIC bishops and in 732 ARCHbishops up until 1514 with Thomas Wolsey, the poor man that was unable to get King Henry VIII an an…nulment of his marriage from the Pope and was killed. Every name… Continue Reading

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Visits to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

I HIGHLY recommend watching this video and forwarding it to ALL your friends and even ACQUAINTANCES. It is SO important and powerful. You can start it after all the introductions at around 7:12 minutes. I love, love, love it.   It’s a testimony by Marino Restrepo of how God saved him from being killed by a mob and mystically took him to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory and what he saw!   http://ingodscompany2.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-true-story-of-man-who-saw-heaven_13.html   Keep praying. Keep singing. Donna www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.html

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St. Augustine Confounds the Demon

Cool story. I especially like the picture depicting that a demon speaks out of his ass. I love a gutsy artist! Once, when St Augustine was reading, he saw a demon pass before him carrying a book on its shoulders. He at once commanded it to show him what lay written therein. And the demon said that the sins of men were written therein, which it had gathered from all parts and put down in it. The saint ordered the demon to let him read the book, to see if any of his own sins were written down in it.… Continue Reading

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Morning Glory

Usually when 3 people tell me I should do the same thing, I take it as a hint from God.  But 10 PEOPLE?!?!?   So many are telling me that I need to read Michael E. Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration.”   I hesitated at first because as many of you know, I had already made my consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort 18 years ago.  I also joined Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia Immaculata and on his feast day (the day before the feast of the Assumption)… Continue Reading

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My “Pushy” Jewish Mother in Heaven

Though I am primarily of Italian descent (1/4 Greek), I, like the rest of you, have a Jewish mother in heaven.  Her name is Mary. Why would I call Jesus’ mother and Our Lady “pushy”?  How could I be so bold?  Well, that’s a good story and tells of how this whole apostolate, Golden Arrow Music, ever got off the ground. When Mary told the waiters in John 2:5 to “Do whatever He tells you” it was probably with a  knowing wink and a nod in her heart to Jesus, confident that he “wouldn’t “let her down.”  Mothers, by nature,… Continue Reading