Looking at life through the eyes of faith... and finding HOPE in a "hopeless" world!

You've given me, Lord, the gift of WORDS, allowing me to give voice to the journey... from darkness to light... from death to re-birth... from despair to HOPE!
THANK YOU... for this gift and for the journey!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

time to see the "banker"

Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.  (1 Thes 5:16-18)

As we prepare for the big move, I've had the opportunity to stumble across some old reflections that I wrote long ago.  One of them, was very striking to me this morning as I found myself thinking about what it really means to "pray without ceasing."

Taken from a journal entry written January 30, 2008...
As I prayed the Rosary this morning, I thought of all those whom I've had the intention to pray for.  There was a moment when I felt sad as I thought of the ways in which I get busy and distracted by life and, even with the best of intentions, my specific prayers for souls seem to get lost in the shuffle.
It was then that I remembered my consecration to the Blessed Mother.  I have often said that I have to entrust everything to Mary because I can never really know who needs God's grace at different times in life, but by the privileged position God has given her, SHE KNOWS.
As I prayed this morning, I began to understand how it is that one begins to "pray without ceasing."  When we offer up all our prayers and everything we do each day, it is almost like filling a type of spiritual bank account.  Joined to Jesus, our prayers and actions, especially our suffering, bring down graces that fill that spiritual "account."  When we trust Mary, whom God trusts to be Mediatrix of all Graces, with our "account," she knows when to withdraw those graces and to whom they should be given.
As  we face the many distractions of this beautiful - though busy - season and begin to make our resolutions for the new year ahead, perhaps we might consider fitting in just one more appointment.  Perhaps it's time to see the "banker" and open up the one "account" that will change lives FOREVER.

Praised be Jesus Christ!!

"Behold, your mother."

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  (from John 19:25-27)

Mount of Calvary
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Jerusalem, Israel (2007)

Today is the feast day of Saint John, the Apostle and Evangelist.  He is the one whom Scriptures describe as "the disciple whom he loved."  At the foot of His cross - on the darkest of days - the only begotten Son of God gave His mother (Mater Dei) to John...  To us!

She is OUR mother.

Today, we have a choice to make...  Will we - as John did - take her into our home??

St. John the Beloved, pray for us!

Praised be Jesus Christ!!

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When I look into the future, I am frightened,
But why plunge into the future?
Only the present moment is precious to me,
As the future may never enter my soul at all.

It is no longer in my power,
To change, correct or add to the past;
For neither sages nor prophets could do that.
And so, what the past has embraced I must entrust
to God.

O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire.
I desire to use you as best I can.
And although I am weak and small,
You grant me the grace of Your omnipotence.

And so, trusting in Your mercy,
I walk through life like a little child,
Offering you each day this heart
Burning with love for Your greater glory.

St. M. Faustina Kowalska

Your Cross

The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His Holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.
~St. Francis de Sales


Oh, my Jesus... I thank you with all my heart for the abundant graces you have poured out upon me. I thank you for the precious soul you have chosen to journey with me in this life. May we see one another safely into the arms of the Father for all eternity.

You have given the gifts of Life and Love that have brought us together. We are forever indebted to You. PLEASE be always at the heart of our marriage.

My Jesus, you have entrusted us with this cross of infertility. You are also the source of our strength. Lord, trusting in You, we take up this cross every day and follow You.

If it is in Your will, we ask for the gift to become co-creators with You, bringing into the world a precious soul who will love and serve You for all eternity.

Whatever You will, know that we love You and we trust in You. In all things, may Your holy will be done.


St. Michael the Archangel...

St. Michael the Archangel...
...defend us in battle. Be our protection 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.