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.
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one
of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught
his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” Luke 11: 1-5
prayed. He would often go up to a mountain and pray through the
night. He would leave His Apostles and disciples to find a quiet place
to pray. When the crowds pressed Him on all sides, He would go out in
the boat with His chosen friends to pray. He regained His strength in
prayer. He kept His Balance through prayer. He handled tough
situations with prayer. When He was baptized by John, a dove came to
rest on His head. The Great I AM spoke.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 17
the Garden, Jesus sought consolation and peace as He faced the grim
reality of His torture and death. On the cross, Jesus prayed for those
who sought to kill Him.
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23-34
prayed without ceasing. The Apostles saw this. They saw His closeness
with the Father, the great I AM who had revealed Himself to the peoples
of the ancient world, and even though Jesus said,
“The Father and I are one.” John 10:30
Jesus prayed to the Father.
we have been called to renew our commitment to prayer. Prayer moves us
closer to a place of holiness and a union with God. Through prayer we
unite ourselves to God. God moves closer to His Beloved children. His
graces pour down on the earth. We gain the peace that the world cannot
give. We gain the peace of God.
Mother Teresa said,
“The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit
of faith is love; the fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace.”
through prayer, peace reigns in your heart, that same peace will go
with you into the world. Bit by bit, peace will begin to spread from
one person to another. If we imitate Jesus in prayer, we will begin to
live in a world where there is more peace and love than hatred and war.
God’s love will spread from one person to another, as we each awaken to
the fact that God loves us beyond all things. We will truly be
children of God and united to Him forever.
to pray and encourage others to pray. Let’s keep holy the Sabbath
through prayer. We have heaven to gain, and hell to loose.
She is calling us to prayer, only this time, she called us,
"to live our vocation in prayer."
What is a vocation?
We are particularly suited to prayer.
We are the Father's beloved children.
We were made to know the Father.
We know the Father through prayer.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."
John 1: 1-5
Our Mother wants us to renew our commitment to holiness.
She asks us to
"Pray! Pray! Pray!"
Also, as part of our
The Father calls us to
"His Immeasurable Love for which we were made."
The 4th Commandment states,
"Honor your Father and your Mother."
By praying to and adoring the Father, we honor our Mother.
"Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen!"
The blessings and gifts flow from God. All we have to do is be aware so that we can thank the Holy One for His kindnesses towards us.
As a Father, God seeks to take care of His Children.
As an older brother, the Son suffered and died so that we could be His friends, no longer a slave to sin.
The older brother won heaven for us.
As the Spirit, He is the leader, the counselor, the guide.
He leads us where we never thought we would go. He blesses us and seeks to keep us on the right path.
As the Mother of God has spoken,
"Holy is His Name."
Miracles, such as instantaneous healings from diseases such as cancer, do happen, but they are rare. Some people are blessed with gifts such as bilocation and the ability to read souls, but these people are rare. Yet, everyday, miracles do happen. God reaches down from heaven and touches our souls, but we have to be aware of the Divine in our everyday lives.
When the Divine touches you, you will never be the same. Trust me, it is impossible.
How has the Divine God touched your life today?
What are the gifts you have received?
Did your children say, "I love you!"
Did your cat let you pet her today?
Did your dog give you kisses?
(The Divine touched your life.)
Did you have lunch today?
Did you have food in your refrigerator?
Did you have shoes to wear to work?
Did you find that perfect outfit for work?
(The Divine touched your life?)
Was the sun shining, even if it was behind clouds? Was the air clean that you breathed?
Did your computer work?
Did your spouse smile that special smile for you?
(The Divine touched your life?)
How did you sleep?
Do you feel rested?
Are you looking forward to a nap?
(The Divine touched your life.)
What about the things we didn't see or know?
We'll never know how God intervened and we were spared.
The night was tremulous. The boat, which should have been a comfortable nest for the men in it, was creaking and groaning as it was battered about by waves. Several of the men were bailing water from the boat. The boat seemed to fill up as quickly as they bailed. The other men were trying to steer the boat into calmer waters, but the storm was stronger than they were. They were exhausted and lost. Their skin was sliced by the sea spray that slapped their faces like whips on bare backs . They were cold and soaked. They were all terrified as the boat shifted and groaned. The youngest sailor threw up. The leader grabbed him before he went overboard. He was pale and shivering.
In the distance, these men saw a dim light. One of them shouted, "The shore, a light on the shore." They turned to see the light growing brighter and moving closer to them. Then, one of the men yelled, "A ghost!" They were all seized with fear and terror as the figure came closer to them. Fear seized their hearts.
"Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid." said The Lord. The Divine had come to the Apostles.
Peter gasped when He saw The Lord walking on the water. "Lord," Peter said, "if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." Peter thought he saw the Master shake His Head, but he looked at Peter and said, "Come."
Fearfully, Peter stepped out on the water. The water was wet, but he walked as though on dry land. He took his eyes off of Jesus for a moment, and feeling the wind whip his face, Peter ’s terror encased him, and Peter began to sink, quickly.
Peter cried out in fear, "Lord, save me!" Peter felt the Hand of God clutching his. The hand of Jesus was stronger than the wind and the storm. He was safe. Jesus looked at Peter and said, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" Peter felt ashamed as he warmed up in the arms of the Master. Jesus rebuked the wind and the rain. The storm ended. They were safe in the boat. The Apostles knelt in adoration of the Master, "Truly you are the Son of God!”
They looked around. The Master stood at the helm gazing out on the water. The sea was calm. The night was clear. The Apostles sweat as they rowed toward the shore. There was talk of casting out nets, but the Master wanted to reach the shore. He was tired, but He planned to rise early for prayer. The moon was bright. The Master seemed to glow in the night.
The Divine had touched these men. They could never be the same. Whatever the Master requested, they would do. Peter had vowed to his brothers in the boat that he would die for the Master. Jesus seemed to sigh, but He smiled at this rowdy group of men. He knew they would follow Him, but He also knew that they would stumble and fall. They weren’t ready yet, but they would be.
Jesus could hear His Mother praying. He spoke to her silently in His heart. He could feel her smile in His Heart. He left His friends to dock the boat. He needed to join with His Father in prayer. He was proud of Peter for stepping out of the boat. He knew that one day, Peter would die for him, but Peter’s time was not now. He needed to grow to be the leader of His Church, this man who would deny the God-Man three times, would lead the new Church. Jesus knew He had chosen well. He also knew that there would be many to follow who, without ever seeing Him, hearing Him, or touching Him, would step out of that boar in faith and love, to do as He asked them to do. The harvest, well, the harvest needed workers. He would plant the seeds. The seeds would die and through future generations, new workers would arrive to gather the harvest. The Divine would touch them, too. They would never be same.
Are you ready to step out of the boat?
“Do what ever He tells you, “ His Mother had said.
“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9: 35-38
The value of a true friend, even one you've never met in person,
Deb Batten took this photo and compared it to our friendship.
We've never met in person,
but we've been friends for almost 10 years.
She is the most kind and compassionate person I have ever met.
When I asked God for a friend I would never forget or regret,
Deb came into my life.
We've been friends with our ups and downs,
but I'm a better person because I know her.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servantdoes not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends,
because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my
Father." John 15: 12-15
"But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God."
They are insane, but I learned to laugh and to love in that family.
I was loved unconditionally.
I miss these people!
"Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
I see the tree cradling Your Body as You are delivered from its wood. Oh, Blessed Tree to be blessed to hold Our Savior's body! Shreds of flesh and blood absorbed in its fibers; deep, thunderous stains of heaven in the wood. Iron nails, hardened and tempered in the fire, by the metal smith who pounded them, not knowing the nails would be blessed to hold You prisoner on the Cross. Blood stained, the nails are cast off to the side. The crown, the crown You wore on the cross, the crown saturated with the storm of blood, hair, and flesh ripped from Your skull lays next to the nails. King of the Jews! King of All!
Your Mother holds Your body and weeps in silence. Her tears clean your face. The storm is silent and past. Your Mother gently wipes Your Sacred Contenance with her veil. She carries Your Blood in her heart and on her hands. Angels surround You both. They worship and adore their Lord. They give strength to Your Mother, the first Tabernacle of Your Body. Her faith is tested as she holds You, her divine Son, in her arms. Cold flesh. Blue flesh. No breath in Your Body. Eyes that no longer see. Hands that no longer heal. Feet that no longer walk. Lips that no long sing the blessings of the Father. A heart that is still and a heart that is shattered. The sorrow cannot be contained. The world weeps with Your Mother.
She is supported by those around her, or she could not stand. Her arms reach out to You, but time demands that she let You go so that you may rest in Your tomb before sunset, as stated in the law. John holds her close as they walk behind those carrying Your Body. The angels weep and surround the small group as they follow the road to the Tomb. The Tomb is cold. There is an altar, a shelf, for Your Body. Your are wrapped in burial cloths and covered with Aloes. The angels guard your body at Your Head, at Your Feet, and at Your sides. The candles flicker, and then are silently blown out. The light is gone.
The soldiers wait at the mouth of the open tomb. They have been given orders to seal Your tomb with a rock that will not easily move into place, even with so many men working. Their heads hang in shame as Your Sorrowing Mother walks past. She reaches out to them with arms of love. One of them catches her eye and touches her hand. Beautiful Mother, you bring souls to Jesus! John pulls her closer. She weeps. Her hands touch the soldier before he puts his arms to the rock. Their eyes meet and she prays. His eyes fill with tears as he sees this sorrowful mother.
She hears the stone being rolled into place. How they will finish the burial, she does not know, but she only knows that God will take care of His Son. The angels walk with them as John takes her home. His Mother now, our Mother, too. Sadness beyond knowing. Tears of sorrow.
Blessed Mother of God,
Pray for us! May we join you in bringing souls to your Son.
Praised be Jesus!