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!!


Prayer

"Great is the mystery of the faith!"...  This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God.  This relationship is prayer.  (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558)
 If we are to truly look at life through the eyes of faith, then we must look always through the lens of prayer.  We receive the greatest gifts of HOPE in God's answer to our prayers.  Yes...  Even when His answer is, "No."  You see, in God's "No" lies a mysterious promise of something more - something that our earthly eyes cannot see.

I am setting aside this page to give these gifts of Hope a home.  As I come across prayer requests, I will add them to the list below and, if I hear of the answer to a prayer, I will note that as well.  (I welcome your prayer requests and, if you wish to share them, the answers to those prayers.  You may e-mail me privately at AliveInHope03@gmail.com and I will share only what you ask me to.)  I ask only that, from time to time, you stop by and join me in praying for these intentions.  Your prayers are so deeply appreciated!
  • for a special intention
  • for Fr. Jim (especially for physical healing) and for his intentions.

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O MY GOD

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

THE CROSS OF INFERTILITY

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.

Amen.

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.