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Divine Mercy Day 7

Here is today’s novena of the chaplet. Hopefully you’ve been or can make time to confess before Sunday’s mass in order to receive our Lord and this enormous blessing. I’m going to try and go to our diocese cathedral this Saturday so that I can walk through the door of mercy too.

Paroles de Notre Seigneur: “Aujourd’hui, amène-moi les âmes qui honorent et glorifient particulièrement ma miséricorde et immerge-les dans ma miséricorde. Ces âmes ont le plus vivement compati aux souffrances de ma passion et ont pénétré le plus profondément dans mon esprit. Elles sont le vivant reflet de mon cœur compatissant. Ces âmes brilleront d’un éclat particulier dans la vie future, aucune n’ira dans le feu de l’enfer, je défendrai chacune d’elles en particulier à l’heure de la mort.”

Prions pour ceux qui vénèrent la Miséricorde Divine et propagent sa dévotion.

Très miséricordieux Jésus dont le Cœur n’est qu’amour, reçois dans la demeure de Ton Cœur très compatissant les âmes qui honorent et glorifient Ta miséricorde. Ces âmes sont puissantes de la force de Dieu Lui-même ; au milieu de tous les tourments et contrariétés, elles avancent confiantes en Ta miséricorde, ces âmes sont unies à Jésus et portent l’humanité entière sur leurs épaules. Ces âmes ne seront pas jugées sévèrement, mais Ta miséricorde les entourera au moment de l’agonie.

Père Eternel, jette un regard de miséricorde sur les âmes qui glorifient et honorent Ton plus grand attribut, c’est-à-dire Ton infinie miséricorde, qui sont enfermées dans le Cœur très compatissant de Jésus. Ces âmes sont un vivant Evangile, leurs mains sont pleines d’actes de miséricorde et leur âme débordante de joie chante l’hymne de la miséricorde du Très-Haut. Je t’en supplie mon Dieu, manifeste-leur Ta miséricorde selon l’espérance et la confiance qu’elles ont mis en Toi, que s’accomplisse en elles la promesse de Jésus qui leur a dit : les âmes qui vénèreront mon infinie miséricorde, je les défendrai moi-même durant leur vie et particulièrement à l’heure de la mort, comme ma propre gloire.

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Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

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Divine Mercy Day 6

Can I ask that if you are joining me in this novena that you offer today’s prayers in particular for the missionary sisters recently killed in Yemen? My friend joined this order and they are so humble and are so dedicated in their work for the sick and poor. The chaplet is here, God bless your efforts.

Paroles de Notre Seigneur: “Aujourd’hui, amène-moi les âmes douces et humbles ainsi que celles des petits enfants et immerge-les dans ma miséricorde. Ces âmes ressemblent le plus à mon cœur, elles m’ont réconforté dans mon amère agonie ; je les voyais veiller comme des anges terrestres qui veilleront sur mes autels, sur elles je verse des torrents de grâces. Seule une âme humble est capable de recevoir ma grâce, aux âmes humbles j’accorde ma confiance.”

Prions pour les enfants et les âmes humbles

Très miséricordieux Jésus qui as dit Toi-même : Apprenez de moi que je suis doux et humble de cœur – reçois dans la demeure de Ton Cœur très compatissant les âmes douces et humbles, ainsi que celles des petits enfants. Ces âmes plongent dans le ravissement le ciel entier et sont la prédilection particulière du Père céleste, elles sont un bouquet de fleurs devant le trône divin où Dieu seul se délecte de leur parfum. Ces âmes demeurent pour toujours dans le Cœur très compatissant de Jésus et chantent sans cesse l’hymne de l’amour et de la miséricorde pour les siècles.

Père Eternel, jette un regard de miséricorde sur les âmes douces et humbles, et sur les âmes des petits enfants, enfermées dans la demeure du Cœur très compatissant de Jésus. Ce sont ces âmes qui ressemblent le plus à Ton Fils, le parfum de ces âmes monte de la terre et atteint Ton trône. Père de miséricorde et de toute bonté, je T’implore par l’amour et la prédilection que Tu as pour ces âmes, bénis le monde entier, afin que toutes les âmes puissent chanter ensemble la gloire de Ta miséricorde pour l’éternité. Amen.

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“Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children, and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart.” Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father’s favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Meals For A French Kitchen · Recipes

Meals For A French Kitchen; Cassoulet du Pauvre

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This is an inexpensive version of a cassoulet that is often cooked with goose which, even for so called ‘peasant food’, is costly.

In fact it can be as easily made with duck which freinds of ours buy very cheaply vacuum sealed in France; though I’ve yet to have the courage to give it a go. So I’ve stuck to my sausages. When we move to France I think I’ll have to plump for the duck as there is nothing quite the same as a good old British banger. I hope the French aren’t offended though as there’s cured sausage as well in the form of chorizo – we don’t have any of the French cured sausage that my husband snaps up whenever we visit my folks.

The recipe is perfect for a cooler day and can be served with a Dijon mustard mash or just simply garlic bread. Délicieux!

Ingredients And Method

1tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped image

1 leek, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

6 thick pork sausages

125g diced chorizo

400g can if kidney beans, drained

500g passatta

2 beef stock cubes

150ml red wine

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan. Add the onions and leaks and fry until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, sausages and chorizo and lightly fry until the sausages start to brown.
  3. Add the beans, passatta, wine and stock cubes and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about between 45mins to an hour until the sauce has reduced to the desired consistency.

I have so many cans of kidney beans in my cupboards – I don’t know why, it looks like I’ve been preparing for some kind of Armageddon. This recipe means we’re one step closer to whittling down our foodstuffs in preparation for our going. Each time we eat one of these meals I feel like we’re one step closer.

 
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Moving To France

Viewing A Property; Things To Consider Beforehand

The dream of moving to france becomes a little bit more real as my husband has booked for us and our eldest daughter to go to France to vie houses and a school next week. We will probably rent with a view to buying in the future as discussed here. As we’ve thought about moving for some time and have looked at properties before hand, family difficulties have meant we’ve had to put plans aside before, I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt before here.

Don’t just search with estate agents – try the notaires!

I first saw a previous house we were interested in with an estate agent. However I have  found the same house on the notaires website for €10,000 less, so it’s with them I’ve made the appointment to see it with my husband. If you want to find a notaire in the area you are thinking of to look at property prices then you may wish to try this link.

However a local estate agent can be considerably less expensive than houses advertised on sites targeted at the English market specifically, so be sure to do your homework. The good thing about French property is that it is a buyers market (not so good if you’re trying to sell mind) so don’t be in a rush and do your homework.

One of the ways I do this is put the village in to google with ‘maisons vendre’ and look at the images layout. You inevitably find the same house on another site or sites and inevitably find different prices for it. One of the houses we are currently interested in has already been reduced by about €150,000 and is actually considerably more expensive with the notaire than the estate agent! Knowing this history gives us an idea of how to pitch any offer.

Location, Location, Location

As my parents already live in France and one of the reasons for our prospective move is to be closer to them the decision of location has to some extent been made for us. However they made a considered purchase and ensured the area they chose was close to links with ferries, trains and several airports – including those that cater to low budget airlines for any visiting guests. Additionally other amenities such as supermarkets are also within easy reach.

Day to Day Life

For us considerations have been a local shop as we intend to move with small children and, no matter howimage well you think you’ve written your shopping list, there are often nappy and other emergencies. Therefore a well stocked local shop is essential. In the house we were previously interested in there was a local village shop less than two kilometres from the house which had lots of groceries including fresh bread, magazines and newspapers, baby essentials to name a few. It is also opened from 7am to 7pm – you don’t expect that in a French village! If we can just find that again….

As well as local supermarkets the village also had a nearby pharmacy, doctor, dentist and other healthcare practitioners who all speak good English. Again this is something I’m looking for again as despite the fact that I have been studying French for some time and I’m more than happy to attempt to converse in it I think this is essential as, heaven forbid there is an emergency or a serious health complaint, panic may make my command of the language flee!

Shortly after my parents came to France my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well many of his male ex-patriates, and the fact that their doctor was able to speak English was of considerable comfort at the time. I must add that we are convinced that my father’s condition wouldn’t have been picked up in the UK in time as it was at an advanced stage so we are very grateful to the excellence of the French healthcare system.

Other things to consider is the social life that you can enjoy around you. My husband and I are home bodies and when we go out it tends to be to restaurants. Are there some good ones within the area? Do they close completely during low seasons as well as in high when family vacations are taken? Are there nearby towns there are some foreign cinemas, if we should ever get a babysitter, as well as good beaches, museums, markets and the like?

Family Essentials

imageUnlike in England we are not looking to relocate to better our chances in the postcode lottery of school selection as France’s schools have excellent standards across the board. However as we are wanting to move to rural France there is the consideration that any small village we choose may have had their école closed down to be submerged into a larger school nearby.

This is one of the reasons we have chosen to look into a catholic privée school, the others are listed here.

Seasons

If you can it is advisable to view the areas you’re thinking of in different seasons prior to placing an offer anywhere. This has been considerably easy for us,p,due to our family connections, but I would recommend it to anyone thinking of moving here after just one season in the place they’re thinking of purchasing. After all it could be a very expensive mistake!

Le Marie and I had thought we had refined our area to the seaside villages close to my parents – he loves living near the sea. However when we returned to drive around them on a New Year visit he found them cold and unwelcoming. Unlike our current home by the sea the shops were shut due to a lack of seasonal trade, as was the local cinema, and the result was a swift change of plan!

In comparison a property we viewed before we had seen for the first time in September. It was a very wet day and the house is down a road and at first sight seems to be completely isolated – especially on a misty day as it was then. He liked the house but felt it too isolated, particularly as he thought that snow and other bad weather scenarios would leave us vulnerable.

However, after realising that a coastal home wasn’t for us, we returned there in the January too and his fears of isolation were allayed on closer inspection by noting where nearby farms where as well as the realisation that we had been to it several times and the entrance road was very robust.

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Many of these other considerations can be made prior to your even viewing a property even for the first time through research based upon the village name given by the immoblier (estate agent) or notaire. Although you should be aware that the property area given by an immoblier may be very vague as in France contracts between vendors and immobliers aren’t binding and someone else can approach the vendor losing the immobilier the sale.  Your research could be affected by this. Nevertheless it does give you a chance to narrow down a field of possible properties to see if you can find the property online beforehand.

Once you have viewed a property once, if you can, it’s best to go and take a closer look at the amenities within the area. Go into any village shops and try your, perhaps, limited French on the shopkeepers to see if you are welcomed with warmth or an air of resignation or indifference. France is a very polite society with greetings being conveyed to everyone as people enter shops, try to do the same no matter how nervous, but there may be a frosty reservation in those areas where Les Anglais have come on mass and are felt to be unwelcome.

I must say though that when we’ve gone to village shops previously we have always been pleasantly welcomed – and our attempts to get our daughter to say bonjour and aurevoir have been met with good humour – especially as she says it upon leaving the shop and then very loudly turns to me and says ‘I said aurevoir mummy!’. 

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I hope this helps any of you considering buying/renting in France. For anyone who’s done it I’d love your advice and some may be interested to read Catherine Berry’s advice in my previous post.

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Divine Mercy Novena; Day 5

I hope you had a blessed and peaceful Easter weekend. Here are the next prayers in the novena and you kind find the chapelet here.

Paroles de Notre Seigneur: “Aujourd’hui amène-moi les âmes des hérétiques et des apostats et immerge-les dans l’océan de ma miséricorde ; dans mon amère passion, elles me déchiraient le corps et le cœur, c’est-à-dire mon Eglise. Lorsqu’elles reviennent à l’unité de l’Eglise, mes plaies se cicatrisent, et de cette façon elles me soulageront dans ma passion.”

Prions pour ceux que errent dans la foi.

Très miséricordieux Jésus qui es la bonté même, Tu ne refuses pas la lumière à ceux qui Te la demandent, reçois dans la demeure de Ton Cœur très compatissant les âmes des hérétiques et des apostats et attire-les par Ta lumière à l’unité de l’Eglise, et ne les laisse pas sortir de la demeure de Ton cœur très compatissant, mais fais qu’elles aussi glorifient la largesse de Ta miséricorde.

Père Eternel, jette un regard miséricordieux sur les âmes des hérétiques et des apostats qui, persistant obstinément dans leurs erreurs, gaspillèrent Tes bontés et abusèrent de Tes grâces. Ne regarde pas leurs fautes, mais l’amour de Ton Fils et Son amère passion qu’il souffrit également pour elles, puisqu’elles aussi sont enfermées dans le Cœur très compatissant de Jésus. Fais qu’elles aussi glorifient Ton immense miséricorde dans les siècles des siècles. Amen.

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“Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion.”

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son’s Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Moving To France

Moving To France; To Rent Or Buy?

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As we’re now in a position to start preparing to move Le Marie and I are returning to a conversation we often have; when we go shall we rent at first or buy straight away? Here are some of the factors we’ve considered in our deliberations.

Renting can help you make sure that you don’t make an expensive mistake.

  • Moving to France has been the dream for quite some time, but we all know that dreams can turn into nightmares. Will we actually like living in a country where we are ‘foreigners’? Although this can seem romantic the reality may feel different. Also, despite my attempts at learning the language, what if it is still too much of an obstacle when we go? My parents have lived in France for ten years and we visit them as often as we can, I love the people and the culture but….
  • My dream is to live in the countryside, always has been. image I’ve seen pretty much every episode of Escape To The Country, a lot of them twice. Again though that’s the dream, am I really going to like the reality? We live in a large village but it still has plenty of amenities within walking distance. What will I feel like in a country setting where the shops shut for a two hour lunch break? Renting allows us to try out country living without expensively committing to it so that even if we decide, yes France is for us, we keep our options open to perhaps buy inside a village of even a small town.
  • Due to my Escape To The Country obsession I also love older properties – again renting allows us to determine if this would be the best option for us.
  • I know for some people renting could ensure they have the right area, but as we’re moving near to my parents we’re restricted on this anyway.

imageLiving in France makes our ability to obtain an attractive mortgage far easier.

  • My husband was offered a fantastic job this time last year that meant he could work from home, which he started doing in July, and made our move to France possible. However, this resulted in him having to register as a LTD company. He would therefore have the business taxed in the UK, but the wage he draws from it would be taxed in France as a resident there. The implication for a mortgage is that he is effectively treated as self employed. Although some sites say he can obtain a mortgage after two years of books, many say three. That would result in us not getting a mortgage until next year.
  • Being a resident in France would make a 100% mortgage possible. This would mean we wouldn’t have to sell our house to release equity.
  • If we did decide to release equity through a remortgage doing so next year may be safer as the referendum, despite not having an impact on us due to my Irish citizenship, is already affecting the value of the pound. Therefore any transfer of money over this period will result in a far lower return as a result of the exchange rates. Next year, hopefully, the markets should have settled.

imageWhat about settling somewhere then having to move again?

  • I must admit this is one of my main arguments against renting prior to buying. With two children aged 4 and 1 frequent moves, particularly one which involves another language, is not conducive to their being confident enough to thrive. Also there’s the expense. However there are some solutions to this problem.
  • We’re considering a fee paying, Catholic school. Partly because I’m a practising Catholic and partly because this would mean that they can go to school in the town where we know is the centre of our desirable area because of my folks. This means that, should it be necessary to move house, they won’t have to move schools. The school we’re considering goes from l’école maternelle right through to le lycée too so the girls can attend the same school throughout.
  • There is a possibility of renting a house which we would like to buy. As I’ve been looking at the market in my desired area for some time it means that I know which houses have been on the market for a while. I have actually contacted someone before asking if they’d be interested in renting with a view to us buying in a year’s time which they agreed was a possibility, if they didn’t sell in the meantime. The house wasn’t suitable as it had a shared drive unfortunately. However I recently notice that one of the houses we like and that my parents have gone to view from the outside, which has been on the market since 2013, actually has a monthly rental charge as well. As terms and conditions for those renting are so good in France then this would be a positive step.
  • The only drawback is that you can’t do anything to a rented property without running the risk of losing a lot of money on works. You could shop for new furniture though!

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  • If it’s for a named individual a rental contract has to be for at least three years – plenty of time to make our decision. We may not have the option of a named person (I don’t know quite what that means) if someone was renting to us because they haven’t been able to sell and are doing this just to keep money coming in, but still worthwhile knowing.
  • If the owner decides to sell the house during or at the end of a lease then the tenant has the first option to purchase – which would put us in a really secure position because we wouldn’t be in a situation of having moved in only to have the property sold out from under us.
  • A tenant can terminate though after giving three months notice by registered letter at any time.

All these points make a good argument for renting first – however I’m a real Suzy homemaker and I know I’d be frustrated about not being able to decorate straight away. In spite of this renting might still be the best option as this would mean time that I would have spent obsessively decorating would be spent on putting down roots in the community we were going to live in.

What do you think? Rent or buy? I know I’m going to change my mind about fifty times more before we go so your advice won’t be wasted!