Our Lady's Garden

Spend some time with her and she will wrap you in her mantle

May 14, 2020

Dear Friends, 
Sharing my faith with you has been a joy. Thank you for your kindness in reading and following Our Lady's Garden, your interest has been encouraging. 
I must step away, at this time, to pursue another interest - public service.
I have been a local school board member for 20 years and am seeking a position in the Wyoming State Senate. My campaign has reached a point where I can not post or update this site like I would like. 
I hope to continue updating the First Friday and Saturday dates and leave the devotions, blogs, and Moma's House for you to enjoy. I will continue to pray for you and ask you to please pray for me. I only wish to remain firmly in God's Will.
Your sister in Christ,
Stefanie Bell


Our Lady -

We are proud to call Mary, 

the mother of Jesus, 

Our Lady.  

For mothers, seeking to raise children in the 

modern world, we gladly turn to the example of 

Our Lady for guidance and consolation 

in this our "vale of tears".

This site is consecrated through the 

Immaculate Heart of Mary to 

the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Celebrating Matthias!

It is hard to believe that 14 years ago, 

Matthias changed our lives. 

Friends and family may have worried that it would ruin us. 

After all, losing a child . . .

Matthias' story is not about surviving the loss of our son, 

it is about being truly grateful for our son. 

We invite you into those days, not knowing what was about to happen, how it would change us. 

We invite you to celebrate our gift of God,

Matthias Ambrose.

Matthias, please pray for us

Three Days is a Lifetime!

The story of 

Matthias Ambrose

 The Miracle of the Sun 

Our Lady's Message is for us


Change is tough.


It can challenge our faith and cause us anxiety.

If you struggle with change - 

big and little, 

join me in this novena-

Novena of Surrender 

to the Will of God 

authored by Servant of God, 

Surrender to the Will of God, Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo.

The Five First Saturdays 

Seek to console the

 Immaculate Heart 

of our

Sorrowful Mother

in this devotion.

First Friday Alert 

June 5th, 2020

How do we best observe 

this Friday's Devotion to The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

without the ability to receive the Blessed Eucharist 

or the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

After consulting a faithful priest, 

this is the best advice I have to offer -

Receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not possible

Suggestion - Spend time in prayer followed by an

Examination of Conscience.

Reject  Any Attraction to Sin

This component of the Nine First Fridays is the hardest for me. 

Each month, like clockwork, my true nature is revealed.

It is a great opportunity to reject sin in my life.

Offer a Act of Contrition 

There are many approved prayers for the 

Act of Contrition

Maybe this month is the time to read and consider offering a different prayer that speaks to your heart. 

Receiving the Eucharist is not possible. 

Suggestion - Prayerfully prepare (including the one-hour fast) 

actively participate in a virtual Mass. This is available in many forms including on Catholic radio stations, You Tube, and EWTN

Offer an Act of Spiritual Communion

Example from the USCCB

My Jesus, 
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace You as if You were already there 
and unite myself wholly to You. 
Never permit me to be separated from You.


Bring your First Friday Petition to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Offer an Our Father,

Hail Mary,

and a Glory Be 

for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Offer a Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Church and 

Sacraments that we have enjoyed by perhaps have taken for granted. 

No longer. Thank you Jesus for not leaving us alone.

Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit and 

blessing us through His Church.

Come, Holy Spirit!

Come Now!

Come, As You wish!

Jesus, We trust in You,

Jesus, We trust in You,

Jesus, We Trust In You!

More Information 

on the

Nine First 





Do you have a burning petition? 

Don't miss out.

Knock and Jesus will open 

the door.

First Saturday Alert 

June 6th, 2020

Give a gift to Our Lady

this Easter Season!

OK, Here's The Deal -
Everyone suffers through the pain of 
unforgiveness, loss, anger, fear, and so many human emotions that hold us down and make us doubt God's power and presence in our lives. The gift of the 9 First Fridays is God's invitation to place our inner-most needs in His Most Sacred Heart.

Are you ready for a change this Lent? In your life?
Have courage, God wants for you a life of freedom, not slavery.

Offer up that fear,
that keeps you up at night.
Place your trust in God.

The anger, 
that never diminishes.
Place your trust in God.

The unforgiveness,
that holds you hostage.
Place your trust in God.

That person who you love, worry about, and desire salvation.
Place your trust in God.

Offer that most important intention and make a commitment to bring it to the altar for 9 First Fridays.

Trust in the Love of God to change hearts.

Jesus, I trust in You,
Jesus, I trust in You,
Jesus, I trust in You!

Difficult Pregnancy Trisomy 18

"How can there be too many children?

That is like saying there are too many flowers."  Mother Theresa

Matthias Ambrose

"If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

Therese of Lisieux