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!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

More Catholic HuMOr!

This Usually Happens when Catholics Leave Mass.
Who's the First one out?
Which Restaurant?

Friday, August 29, 2014

7 Quick Takes:: My Day with Jesus








Lord, I know this day is going to be a difficult one.  Help?
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9

 








 

 ---2---

I’m already biting my lip.  I think I need to say something.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?















--- 3 ---

I’m worried about what’s going to happen tomorrow.

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6: 33-34










 Lord, well, I’m stumped on this one.

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18














Lord, this world of ours.  Where is the peace?

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. “
John 14: 27

 








Lord, how do you want me to pray?

“Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
     Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
     And forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
     And do not bring us to the time of trial,[b]
        but rescue us from the evil one.[c]

 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
Matthew 6: 9-14



Lord, It was a far from perfect day.  So many things happened.  I know, things could have been worse, but, still…

“For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
 On their hands they will bear you up,
    so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”

Psalm 91: 11-12
 









 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Words Thursday:: Isaiah 35: 5-7

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 
 then the lame shall leap like a deer,
    and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
    and streams in the desert; 
the burning sand shall become a pool,
    and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
    the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
Isaiah 35: 5-7

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pope Francis Speaks About the Roles of Women in the Church

“It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.”
Pope Francis



 A Church without women is like the college of the Apostles without Mary. The role of women in the Church is not simply that of maternity, being mothers, but much greater: it is precisely to be the icon of the Virgin, of Our Lady; what helps make the Church grow! But think about it, Our Lady is more important than the Apostles! She is more important! The Church is feminine. She is Church, she is bride, she is mother. But women, in the Church, must not only… I don’t know how to say this in Italian… the role of women in the Church must not be limited to being mothers, workers, a limited role… No! It is something else! But the Popes.. Paul VI wrote beautifully of women, but I believe that we have much more to do in making explicit this role and charism of women. We can’t imagine a Church without women, but women active in the Church, with the distinctive role that they play. I think of an example which has nothing to do with the Church, but is an historical example: in Latin America, Paraguay. For me, the women of Paraguay are the most glorious women in Latin America. Are you paraguayo? After the war, there were eight women for every man, and these women made a rather difficult decision: the decision to bear children in order to save their country, their culture, their faith, and their language. In the Church, this is how we should think of women: taking risky decisions, yet as women. This needs to be better explained. I believe that we have not yet come up with a profound theology of womanhood, in the Church. All we say is: they can do this, they can do that, now they are altar servers, now they do the readings, they are in charge of Caritas (Catholic charities). But there is more! We need to develop a profound theology of womanhood. That is what I think.

Press conference 7/28/13
Pope Francis



For the full version of the story read
HERE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Suffering and Difficulty in Prayer


What I know::


God is with me.  He knows and He understands my pain.  When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane He asked His Father,

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”  Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.”
Luke 2: 42-43

                       
Jesus suffered.  He felt the excruciating pain of separation from His Father during His agony.  In His anguish, as Jesus prayed, His sweat became  “great drops of blood.”  The Precious Blood of Jesus was spilled in the garden as the weight of sin grew heavy on His back.  His Precious Blood spilled, not in a small quantity, but in “great drops.” 

Jesus knows my pain.








What I know::

This moment is a trial, a challenge, which God allows in my life to strengthen me.  Through this suffering I can grow closer to Him.  This is a time when  I must trust that God knows better than I, the suffering of His cup.  He knows what this suffering will accomplish in eternity. 

Jesus asked His Father to “remove the cup” from Him.  Jesus’ human nature recoiled at what  He must endure for love of us.  As God, Jesus knew the cost,  the great suffering He would endure when He submitted to His Father’s Will.   As our Brother, Jesus accepted the bittersweet cup of salvation for love of us. 

His moment of acceptance, similar to His Mother’s fiat when Jesus was conceived, opened the Gates of Heaven to the graces of salvation.   Jesus accepted the Father's Will, and Jesus was at peace.  Jesus knew He, the Great High Priest, would be subject to the control of men.  He knew the cruelty, the wounds that would be inflicted on Him.  Jesus knew He would die for love of us.    Jesus knew that through His sufferings, we would be saved.   Jesus overcame sin through death.  When He resurrected, Jesus over came death.   Through Jesus’ submission to His Father’s Will, He was made weak.  Through the humility of Jesus, God was glorified and we were saved!





"Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me,  but He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for  power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." 
2 Corinthians 12: 8-9 


What I Know::

God does not challenge us without giving us hope.  Our hope comes in trusting that God knows what He is doing.  As frightening and unnerving as giving up control of any situation is, as Jesus submitted to His Father’s Will, so must I.  

If words forsake me, then I will sit in silence until words come to me again.  Silence and meditation.  Silence and love.  Silence and trust.  The storm will pass.  

In the aftermath of this storm, there will be damage, but out  of the destruction comes new life, new faith, new hope.  

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."  
Jeremiah 29: 11


What I Know::

In the silence, I sit knowing that God knows what I think before I do.  God knows what I will say before I say it.  God knows my heart in the silence of His Unending Love.  Jesus, the Son of the Living God, rose from the dead in silence.  There was no one to hear the sound of Him as He returned to His glorified body.  Silence brings us closer to the Lord.  I am safe.  He is the great I AM.

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they (the women) went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they went in they did not find the body.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel;  and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,  that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.”  Luke 14: 1-8
 

I wait in silence.  I embrace the silence.  The storm is passing, and words will return.   In His tomb, silence.   Soon the Lord will rise.  He has carved me in His Palm.  He loves me.


"See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
    your walls are continually before me. 

 Your builders outdo your destroyers,
    and those who laid you waste go away from you."

 Isaiah 49: 16-17 
 


 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Conversion Story - Luke Westman

Luke Westman is a blogger and fellow parishioner at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  Luke is a recent covert to Catholicism. Luke writes a blog called:  "The Analytical  Conservative."  This blog is well written and interesting.  Luke examines many ideas in his blog.  I suggest you put aside some time to read it, because Luke's blog is very deep and analytical!  What has interested me most about Luke is his journey to Catholicism.  Unlike St. Paul, who was struck off his horse and surrounded by the love of God, Luke's journey to Catholicism was a deep, analytical journey.  You will find his story of conversion interesting because Luke uses the writings of contemporary thinkers to travel on his way the Catholic Church.   I will post part of his conversion story here, but I suggest that you go to Luke's blog to read the rest.  It's long and detailed, but it is so interesting how God worked in Luke's life to bring him home, to the Church.  Here's a sample::

I joined the Catholic Church a year ago. After confirmation, I wrote a 4 part series sharing the story of how I moved from Protestant Christianity to Catholic Christianity. The original series contained my story, but it did not contain a lot of arguments. To celebrate my 1 year anniversary, I wanted to update and elaborate on my original 4 part series.

I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2003. The environment at Gustavus is the typical university bias against any philosophical view of the world that differs from moral and cultural relativism, metaphysical anti-realism, progressive liberalism, and critical race and gender theory. At this point in my life I was completely lost. I did not have a consciously examined and accepted worldview. I was more or less a progressive liberal, but I had no idea what that meant or why I held the views associated with this philosophical perspective. I was a progressive liberal by collegiate circumstantial accident; I was by and large a practical atheist; and I was more or less a moral relativist. I lived my life based on emotional whim, self-indulgence, and a lack of conviction.

Read more HERE

Friday, August 22, 2014

7 Quick Takes This Week:: Things


Sometimes, when the road becomes rough and what lies ahead is a mystery. When all seems lost and the storm batters from all sides.

These words are heard in the quiet of your heart::

 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but He said to me,

 “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

 So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

 2 Corinthians 12: 8-9




I found these Ginkgo leaves
yesterday.  Another consolation from God even in the midst of the storm.


"Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, 
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40: 31












 Pixie and I took a long walk this week.  We stood on this old rusty bridge.
Would we fall into the water if the bridge collapsed?
Yes, I suppose we would, but the odds are that we would be all right if we did.
Sometimes, life is all about
Trust

Trust that God knows what is best for us.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight."
Proverbs 3: 5 
 



I've learned a lot this week.
One of the most important lessons I have learned is that there is a purpose for everything,
whether it be suffering or joy.

The only exception I would say that there is to that statement is::

BEETS.

I see absolutely no reason for beets.











 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 
 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 
 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 
 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:: 1-8 

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 Even Peter stepped out on the water, but when he took his eyes off of Jesus, he became afraid and began to sink.  I am comforted by the thought that this great saint, our first pope was fearful in a storm.  He whom the Lord chose to lead His Church on earth, lost faith at times, too.

So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.  But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Mathew 14: 29-31 


--6--

Even a toad does God's Will by the nature of it's existence.  A toad only knows what a toad knows, and that's the Will of God because the toad does only what a toad will do which is the Will of God.   We can all learn from a toad.



"So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."
Ephesians 5:17 







In the midst of the storm,
until the storm has passed,
His Promises are clear::

"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






















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Thursday, August 21, 2014

30 Word Thursday:: Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight. 
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3: 5-6

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Glory To God In The Highest!

"Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!"


Psalm 150: 6


And at Mass we sing or say::


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise You.
We bless You.
We adore you.
We glorify You.
We give You thanks for Your great glory. 

Lord God, Heavenly King,  O God all mighty Father. 
Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.

You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
You sit at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are Holy One.
You alone are the Lord.
You alone are most high, Jesus Christ,
With the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, the Father.
Amen.

Praised be the Father!
Praised be Jesus!
Praised be the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pray for Peace

Although not yet approved by the Catholic Church, the visions of Our Lady of Medjugorje continue after 32 years.  Often, during these visions, the visionaries are given messages to the world.  On August 17, Ivan, received the following message from Our Lady::

"Dear children, today in a special way I invite you to pray for peace. Open yourself to the Holy Spirit, dear children, so that the Holy Spirit may guide you. Particularly at this time, dear children, pray for my beloved Holy Father; pray for his mission of peace. I pray with you; interceding with my Son for each of you.  Thank you dear children, because even today you have responded to my call." 

In this message, Our Lady, again asks us to pray for peace.  She asks us to "Open yourself to the Holy Spirit so that He may guide you."  She also asks us to pray for her beloved Holy Father and for His mission of peace." 

From the beginning of the apparitions in Medjugorje, Our Lady has always asked us to pray for peace.  "Peace, peace, peace," she told the visionaries.  Peace. 

"Pray for Peace," she tells us.  "Open yourselves up to the Holy Spirit."  Hearts that are open are willing to receive His graces, and His graces will be abundant for you.  Pray for Our Beloved Holy Father who is on a mission of peace.  Pray! Pray! Pray! 

The peace the world lacks is in His Sacred Heart.  Pray.

Monday, August 18, 2014

God Answers Prayers:: Church Friends

I asked God to send me holy people who would be friends, examples, and prayer partners.  God had already  sent me wonderful friends, friends who are close to God and who strive to do His Holy Will.  I am  blessed by their amazing friendships!  I continue to ask God for His Blessing of wonderful friendships, and I have been blessed.

I read an article about the importance of being grateful and expressing that gratitude to the people for whom we are grateful.  A suggestion in the article was to write a note to or send an email to these people on Mondays.  The fact that we express our gratitude to them will make them feel appreciated.  This expression of our feelings will also elevate our mood and makes us realize how truly blessed we are.  So, today, rather than write her a note, I decided to post about a friend of mine whom I will call Maureen.  That’s not her real name, but I know she will know that this article is written about her.

Maureen is one of those people that God sent into my life to be a friend, an example, and a prayer partner.  Maureen loves God with her whole heart and soul.  Her love of God is reflected in all that she says and does.  She is well balanced, yet, a little bit funky, and I really like that about her! Maureen always has a smile on her face unless she is deeply involved in prayer. It’s then that her soul smiles.  She serves God in our church as a sacristan and many other volunteer positions.  She seems to be always moving and full of prayer as she works. 

We pray for each others children on a regular basis.  Maureen studies Sacred Scripture.  I see her reading her well worn Bible, daily, after Mass.  She seems to find special insights into scripture that have escaped me.  When I lector at Mass, and one of the readings is written by Paul, Maureen comes in and says to me, “This one is a doozy.  Good luck.”  Or, “This one is so easy.  You’ll do fine.”  We both wish that Paul would just take a breath and add commas to his preaching. 

Maureen is a regular adorer before the Blessed Sacrament.  She belongs to the Rosary group at Church and to the Marian Prayer Group that meets on Tuesdays during adoration.    Maureen is also an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.  She serves Jesus by taking Him to the local nursing home residents.  She’s on the go for the Lord! 

Maureen serves, praises, and brings others closer to God.  Do you see how blessed I am?  She’s an answer to a prayer and a true gift from God.

Maureen,  we both know that’s not your real name. Thank you for being my friend!  I am blessed by this relationship.  Thank you.

Friday, August 15, 2014

7 QT's: The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary (A Holy Day of Obligation)


 November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII, declared that by divine revelation,  the Assumption of Mary was a divinely inspired doctrine.  That at the end of her earthly life, Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul.  This was a doctrine that was accepted by the Church.  Homilies have been found going back, as far as, the 6th century. 


















 Hail Mary,
full of grace,
The Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.









Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. 

(Luke 1:46-55)
 
  



Mary, Mediatrix of all graces,
Pray for us!
Prayer of Petition
O Ever-Virgin Mother of God and Mediatrix of Grace who art the House of Gold within which dwells thy Son, our Mediator, Jesus Christ, we humbly beseech thee to grant our requests for our salvation and the salvation of the entire world. (Here pause and make your requests) Keep us close to the Vicar of thy Son in the unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church. Hear our prayer and grant the requests we make to thee.
St. Joseph, Intercede for us.
St. Jude Thaddeus, Pray for us.
St. Mary of Cleophas, Pray for us.
St. Philip Neri, Pray for us.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort, Pray for us.
St. Maximillian Kolbe, Pray for us. 




Our Lady of the Rosary, 
Pray for us!
Tradition tells us that St. Dominic put together the Rosary as we know it today.
The Rosary begins with the 
Apostle's Creed,
followed by the
Our Father,
3 Hail Mary's,
1 Glory Be.
After these initial prayers,
the Rosary is recited by praying
1 Our Father,
10 Hail Mary's,
1 Glory Be.
The different mysteries are the::
Joyful,
Sorrowful,
Luminous,
and the
Glorious.
Here's a link that teaches you how to pray the Rosary.
Click

HERE

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 Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Patroness of the Americas,
Pray for us.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the Holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary, and Mother of the True God, obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.
 

One Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father...in gratitude for the Miraculous Portrait as a continuing miracle and testimony.







Our Lady, Queen of Peace,
"Peace, Peace, and only Peace."

Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, Queen of Peace!
You came to us to lead us to God.
Obtain for us the grace
not only to say:
“Be it done to me according to Your will!”,
but to live it, as You did.
Into Your hands we put our hands,
so that You may lead us to Him
amidst these afflictions and woes.
Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Creed, 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Marys, 7 Glory Be's











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Thursday, August 14, 2014

30 Words Thursday::

"For as the heavens are high above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 
 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far he removes our transgressions from us."
Psalm 103: 11-12

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Living a Grateful Life

Hey, you!  Yes, I mean you.  Have you looked around today?  The trees look beautiful.  They open their branches like someone giving you a hug.  Look how deep the green is on their leaves.  Look at the flowers underneath the trees. The trees have so much shade, and you can rest under them. It's cooler here than anywhere else.  Look at the cracks on the sidewalks.  People call them weeds, but those plants are hardy.  They can grow out of the depths and stay strong even in drought. 

“This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118: 24


Can you find things for which you can be grateful?  Researchers have found that people who look for and find things for which they can be grateful live longer and happier lives.  They suffer less from the inevitable stress in life.  They suffer fewer physical symptoms when they are stressed.  They are more relaxed.

“Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thessalonians 17-18

We all know that life is not easy.  We find ourselves in situations which we cannot control.  Pain and suffering are guaranteed.  Something or some one  will cause you to hurt, deeply.  Yet, in every painful situation, whether the pain be physical or mental, there is always something for which you can be grateful, even if it's the thought that this horrible, terrible day is over and it's time for sleep.  (Right there were 2 things for which you can be grateful.).  Like Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind," who said, "Tomorrow is another day."  3 things. 

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34

It's easy to say, "Live gratefully every day," but the inevitable question is, "How do you live gratefully?  How do you put this life style into practice?" 

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ  dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3: 14-17

One of the things to do is, and, I know, it's one more thing to add to your list, keep a gratitude journal so that when you fill up your journal, you can remind yourself how many things for which you can be grateful.  You don't have to write full sentences unless you want to do so.  Instead,  make a quick list at the end of the day.  Go to sleep with a smile on your face. 

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Knowing that it takes 6 weeks for a new habit to be formed or broken, if you forget to add to your gratitude journal, forgive yourself, and start again.  Change is a process.  You will find that, as you realize how much you have for which you can be grateful, you will change.  You will become more peaceful.  When you are more peaceful, you will be kinder and more loving to those whom you encounter in your journey through life.  In turn, others will be more peaceful, and change has started.   Life is a journey, a process, and you can affect to change simply by being you.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble.”  Psalm 107: 1-2


Other things you can do to implement a lifestyle of gratefulness, is to remember to thank someone, even if it's for the small things they do.  Take someone a cup of coffee and say thank you.  I have begun to implement this practice.  Choose a day.  Send some one a thank you note, just because.  Thank the cashier who checks out your groceries.  Thank someone you love!  Thank God and never cease praying!

“Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.” Psalm 66:3

Begin your day with gratefulness.   When you awaken, thank God for 3 things and begin your day in joy.  God is good, and He is madly in love with you.  Thank Him for everything, because everything is a gift!

“You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God, I will extol you.
 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 118: 28-29


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rest In Peace Robin Williams

Death comes to us all.  Yesterday, Robin Williams died, the victim of an apparent suicide.  Depression can be a fatal disease.  This man who made so many of us laugh, who made us feel joy, even through our sadness, has passed into eternity.

God is the judge of each of us.  We cannot judge this man.  We can only pray for the repose of his soul.

Many people refer to the souls in Purgatory as the "poor souls." I hear that, and I think, no, not "poor souls," holy souls.  Yes, they need to make reparation for their sins, and, yes, they suffer, but their next stop is heaven.  They are not poor, they are rich!

Robin, you will be missed.  We will pray for you and for the other souls who have died. 

I remember a story about St. Padre Pio.  He would often pray for his grandparents, that they might have a holy death.  They had died many years before he began this practice.  Think of what our prayers can do for our family members who have already died.  We might be blessing them through our prayers with the gift of a very holy death.  We won't know until we reach heaven, but we do know that we can pray for anyone who has ever died, at any time. 

One of the most popular prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is the St. Gertrude Prayer.  Our Lord promised Gertrude that whenever this prayer was said that 1,000 souls would be released from Purgatory.   Our prayers do help the souls.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.  

Another prayer to say for the souls is this one.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

This is one of my favorite prayers::

Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins.  Save us from the fires of hell.  Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of they mercy.

Pray each day for the Holy souls in purgatory and the rest of us who are not so holy.  Pray for the salvation of everyone.  Our prayers are needed.  Pray for all those who suffer from depression.  Depression can kill.

Robin, May your soul, and all the souls of God's faithful departed, through the loving and infinite mercy of God, rest in His Loving arms and in His Peace peace.  Amen.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Signs of Fall, Cheesecake and a Toad - Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow



What I know::

God is never out of our lives unless we push Him away.  Even if we push Him away, He is always there waiting for us to return to Him.

Life is not easy.  Each day we must pick up our cross and walk with Him even when we do not understand
why.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, says the Lord. 
 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Isaiah 55:: 8-9

So, when I Pixie and I walk, we leave behind the problems of the day, which helps.  

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day."  Matthew 6: 34

So, today we walked and saw the tree.  Fall is on the way!

"Blessing upon blessing.  Grace upon grace."  Tracy McCarrell  

 

Then there was left over cheesecake for breakfast.  Raspberry  and chocolate.  Delicious!



"For he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”
Acts 14: 17













Then, I checked the photos from the walk.  Look at this amazing toad.
Even a toad is a loving gift from God.  

When was the last time you got this close to a toad?



"He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord."
Psalm 33:5











Even with the crosses and problems we bear each day, God blesses those who love Him.  He blesses those who don't love Him, and He waits.

"If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey." Numbers 14: 8

 "And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. "
John 1: 16

"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!"
Genevan Psalter
Thomas Ken

Friday, August 8, 2014

7 QT's This Week:: Rejoice in the Lord!


This was a difficult week.
 
Even when times are tough, 
and
the last thing you want to do is
rejoice in the Lord.

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."
 Phillipians 4:4 


 


 





When you look through the muck in your life, and we all have muck, remember to look for the light, too.  God will not be outdone in generosity.  He will show you His Love, even if you have to look to see it.  For reasons unknown to me, my credit card not only had a hold placed on it, but it was outright cancelled.  I was visiting my daughter and relying on my credit card.  I had no cash.  My only other credit card had expired a year ago.  This credit card was the first card my husband and I used when we got married.  That was almost 40 years ago.  I pay my bill each month in full.  Go figure!  It took a week and a half, working with the bank, trying to free up my card.  Good news,   I found out that the grocery store would not accept my credit card, but they would accept one of my two checks.  Working with the bank, I opened a new checking account with my other check.  I learned some financial lessons and a lot of patience.  I now have not one new credit card, but 3 new credit cards and a debit card.  I have another checking and savings account in the city where my daughter lives.  I also have cash again.  God will not be outdone in His generosity.  I don't know what I'm going to do with all the credit cards, but I do know, now, that I will not be put in the position of not having a credit card or cash on hand when I travel.  Yes, Rejoice in the Lord!

 

The tuxedo cat is named
Walter.
The ginger cat is named
Marvin.

These are my daughter's cats otherwise known to 
Pixie as
"Kitties."

They are brothers and best friends.
Put Pixie in the mix, and things begin to get complicated.

Rejoice in the Lord! 









This is Pixie.   She is an only dog.  She is a therapy dog.  She and I do hospice work together.  Pixie is not used to having to share.   She is very passive aggressive.  When kitties aren't looking, she will eat their food and drink their water, even if she has plenty of her own. 
Those eyes are amazing!  They seem to probe the depths of my soul.  She's a good dog, even if she is a bit passive aggressive.  We laugh a lot when she's around!

"Rejoice in the Lord!"











Pixie wanted to get on the love seat.
She did not have permission.
Walter lay there an entire afternoon,
even though this was not his habit.

There is a fragile truce.

If Pixie does not break the truce, she will,
eventually,
be allowed to lay on the couch when the kitties are on the bed, and only then, 
if
they 
don't 
see 
her.

"Rejoice in the Lord!"
We do smile at these antics.
 





Pixie was allowed on the couch.
Marvin is considering whether to allow her to stay.
This time,
Pixie was allowed to stay.
We smiled and chuckled.
She's so big,
and
kitties are so small.
Kitties are the
"top dogs"
here in this pack!

Yes,

Rejoice in the Lord! 





  


Delicious!
Jenny and I took a dozen cupcakes to the staff at the 
oncology infusion center
where she had an appointment
today.

You should have seen the smiles!

Like I said,
it was a rough week.

St. Peregrine,
pray for us!

God is good,
and
He will not be outdone in kindness 
 or 
generosity.


Rejoice,
Rejoice
In the Lord!
 
 

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