St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Friday, June 6, 2014

7 Quick Takes - #7QT's- Thoughts on Gratitude

Don’t you feel good when someone says, “Thank you.”  Pay this act of kindness forward and say, “Thank you.  I appreciate what you did for me.” 

"For it is in giving that we receive," St. Francis of Assisi.

How many times this week have you said, “Thank you," to someone you love?  How many times this week have you said, “Thank you” to God?

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever."

1 Chronicles 16:34
Begin your day by thanking God.  End your day by thanking God.  Soon you’ll realize that all that happens is a gift from God.

Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 


Life isn’t easy.  At times, life can be downright nasty.  Even though life isn’t easy, I would rather be alive, tackling those difficulties and knowing that, at the end, I can face God and say, “I did the best I could.  Thank You for the gift.”

"Do not fear, for I am with you,
    do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."  Isaiah 41: 10


Pie is good.  Cake is good.  Hamburgers are good.  Picnics are good.  Merry-go-rounds are good.   Make a list each day of what is good.  You will be amazed at how much you have in your life that’s good.  We also need to look at our sisters and brothers in need.  As we recognize the needs of our fellow man, we will learn to recognize that when we see them, we see Jesus in need.  Can we let any of these children of God suffer?  Love empowers us.  The Holy Spirit enlightens us.

"We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing! This Home is a place that teaches charity, a “school” of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love." (5/21/13) Pope Francis

Thank you is balm for the soul.
"O come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
 For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods."
Psalm 95: 1-3


When you say, "Thank you," to God or to God's other children, you are blessed with the gift of humility and love.  When you say, "Thank you," you are a beloved child of God.

"I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus,  for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—  just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you—  so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 1: 4-8

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  1. Thank you for this. My two little ones have been sick and very needy for days now. I can't seem to even use the bathroom or cook supper for the rest of the kids without them both hanging on my knees and crying. I'm tired, but I do give thanks to God, even in these exhausting circumstances. I needed the reminder! God bless!

  2. A Mommy's job is never easy, Jaime. I know that Our Blessed Mother gives you a special hug each and everyday! Peace and Blessings to you.